January 29, 1995 |
If you're looking for a hearty but low-fat lunch, try lentils. They're a modern miracle health food as old as the hills. Probably the first cultivated legumes, lentils have been grown for food since 7000 B.C., according to food historians. Lentils are the most digestible of all the legumes, and the easiest to prepare. Unlike most beans, lentils don't have to be soaked, and can be cooked, from scratch, in just 15 to 20 minutes. Health benefits abound. Just one cup of cooked lentils provides 232 calories, 18 grams of protein, 40 grams of carbohydrate, and only a trace of fat and sodium.
February 14, 2013
Makes 8 to 10 servings 1 onion, peeled and quartered 6 ounces (approximate- ly 11 slices) bacon or pancetta Small handful fresh parsley 1 clove garlic, peeled 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cups lentils, brown or green, rinsed 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, plus 12/3 cups cold water to rinse out 2 bay leaves 21/2 quarts chicken or ...
November 3, 2011 |
This is an excerpt from Maureen Fitzgerald's cooking blog, "My Daughter's Kitchen. " Lentil soup is one of those staples you can turn to as the weather turns chilly. If you have a few basics on hand, this is a soup you can throw together, with a soothing, hearty result. It comes with a punch of protein without the heaviness of meat. It's exactly the kind of recipe I'm trying to pass along to my daughter - easy, healthy, and cheap - for the cooking blog we have started.
March 22, 1992 |
Leg of pork can be trimmed so that there's very little fat. And the salt in hams that have been cured can be balanced by using unsalted accompaniments. Still, pork and roast ham remain on most nutritionists' "out" lists. Not only are they singled out as heart-health no-nos, they are also quite expensive - if, that is, you get a ham worth bothering with. Fortunately for ham lovers, health and the pocketbook can be addressed by using small amounts of ham for flavoring. And you can get those small amounts from butchers' leftovers, also known as ends.
December 6, 2012
The old and the new At the lovingly restored Shane Confectionery in Old City, the Berley brothers still offer the classic buttercreams and clear toys that Philadelphians count on for the holidays, but they've also introduced several newbies. There's seasonal items like giant peppermint marshmallows dipped in dark chocolate and artisanal peppermint bark, and then year-round wonders like the Whirly Berley Bars: salted caramel and dark chocolate nougat enrobed in dark chocolate, sprinkled with cocoa nibs.
January 8, 1986 |
Starting the New Year with some sort of bean dish is a tradition in many countries. The belief is usually related to wealth rather than health. In the north of Italy it would be tempting the fates not to eat lentils on New Year's Day. The Italians believe that the tiny beans bring good fortune. However, if you want to stick around to enjoy your good luck, it's best not to make bean eating a once-a-year event. High in natural fiber and fat- free vegetable protein, beans are a healthy meat-stretcher or substitute.
January 30, 2002 |
I'm here to "spill the beans" about wonderful bean soups that are both easy and inexpensive to make. Bean soup may be the homiest - and even homeliest - dish you can think of, but there are so many versions that you'll never get bored. Satisfying, inexpensive and filling, bean soup will taste just as good, if not better, after a few days of mellowing. In cold weather, I make a different kind of bean soup every weekend to keep on hand for lunch or a quick supper. Because the soups freeze so beautifully, I almost always make a double recipe and freeze half.
November 25, 1992 |
On the day before Thanksgiving, virtually everyone in America is focused on the great traditional feast to come, when it's almost a patriotic duty to eat too much of our updated versions of the Pilgrims' foods. But if you're in the mood for a complete change of pace, here's a simple, very basic kind of Thanksgiving eve alternative to the elaborate holiday fare. This month's four-person menu consists of soup, salad, bread and candied fruit, all made from supermarket ingredients - except for the red wine - and generally easy to prepare.
August 31, 2006 |
In the Philadelphia area, restaurants are rethinking menus, shopkeepers are worrying over stock, and Indian customers, always in search of a bargain, are grumbling. The price of dals - the lentils of various hues that are essential to any proper Indian diet - has skyrocketed in the United States recently, since India stopped exporting them due to a shortage there. The ban has pushed prices two to four or more times higher in this region; in other parts of the country, supplies are short.
December 27, 2013 |
We had a lot on our plates for our final cooking class at Bayard Taylor Elementary in North Philadelphia, especially for fifth-grade cooks: We were preparing dinner for their families, cooking the favorite recipes from the ones they had learned. Each of the five children had invited two guests. At least that was the plan. Somehow, we ended up with three younger siblings in the kitchen: Kareema Brown's younger sister, Kiara, 10, and the little brother and sister of Yariel Fernandez, Bryan, 9, and Yarianna, 7. And Bryan, a high-energy boy, was already running laps around the prep area.