5 On The Go Foods Which Reduce Holiday Stress

JoAnn's Food Bites Food Stress

As we approach Christmas and another New Year, most of us are experiencing higher levels of stress.  Between shopping, decorations, family commitments and preparing food – it is hard to control anxiety, much less what you are eating. Unfortunately, the American Psychological Association reports 40% of Americans stress eat, regularly. These statistics are only amplifiedRead more

Streamline Your Cooking With Frozen Vegetables

Beef Stew Frozen Vegetables

Have you ever considered buying frozen vegetables? Frozen vegetables are a convenient, time-saving short cut when preparing meals at home. Perfect for soups and stews (where the vegetable is NOT the primary ingredient), these packaged foods sometimes hold flavor better than their fresh counterpart, especially when the vegetable is out of season. I would neverRead more

Autumn Leeks Elevate Mashed Potatoes

Leeks gardening potatoes

Usually harvested in the autumn months, leeks are easy to grow from seedlings and are ready six months after planting. Much like an onion, leeks form a bulb and long, bundle of leaves extend above the ground. Soil must be loose and well-drained.  The bulbs of the plant do not tolerate wet soil. As aRead more

Kicking My Bread Addiction

Kicking Bread Addiction

Remember last week, I was going to change my eating habits.  After revealing my weight frustration to my doctor, he explained cutting out carbohydrates was more beneficial than exercising. Cutting Out Carbs Better Than Exercise? So, I have really been working hard, avoiding potatoes and pasta; which has not been a problem. I have discoveredRead more

Carbohydrates in Food Trump Exercise

Carbohydrates Trump Exercise

Visited my internal medicine doctor last week, for my six month check-up.  Because I have high blood pressure, I like to keep it monitored. I was actually looking forward to the visit because it would be the first time I weighed, since staring my new power walking regime. Unfortunately, I GAINED 3 pounds!  I wasRead more

Crazy for Crispy Celery

JoAnns Food Bites celery Curtis Stone

Earlier this year, Chef Curtis Stone developed a 9-course tasting menu centered around celery, for his restaurant Maude in California. He created a celery salad; reduced celery juice for an apple sorbet and braised some stalks for a celeri barigoule. Celeri Barigoule – a traditional Provencal dish of artichokes braised with onions, garlic and carrotsRead more

Simple Asian Dinner: Pork and Rice

This simple Asian dinner is my substitute for Chinese take out.  Some “fast food” Chinese is loaded in MSG, which I try to avoid. Although easy, this Pork and Rice dish is filling and a great option for a weeknight meal. It can be done in only one pot and one skillet, for less cleanRead more