Crushing My Craving For Pasta

Ravioli pasta crush the craving

Foodies, I am still battling my love for PASTA. Despite my recent doctor’s advice, see my post http://joannsfoodbites.com/ways-to-lower-bad-cholesterol-triglycerides/ I am still cooking it at least once a week (okay, it was twice last week). Believe me, the Lightlife plant-based, soy product  was great, but I can’t travel 30 miles to the nearest store for it, on aRead more

Lightlife’s Savory Plant-Based Food Innovations

Lightlife Plant Protein Based

As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, one of the biggest food trends for 2018 will be the expansion of plant-based food innovations, such as plant protein sources and Lightlife is one of the pioneers.  Read my Food Trends for 2018 article here Plant-based diets are dominating the food world.  Several manufactures areRead more

5 Recipes to Get Rid of Leftover Holiday Ham

Holiday leftover ham

Did you make a holiday ham for Christmas?  Do you plan to make a ham for New Year’s dinner?  You are going to have some leftover ham at some point.  Don’t throw it away!  Strategically plan dinners and snacks, with JoAnn’s Food Bites, and you can rid your fridge of that leftover ham. Inspirational HolidayRead more

Pasta Can Be Healthy

whole wheat pasta - 100 Days Real Food - joanns food bites

DAY 6 of my 100 Days of Real Food Challenge and my #1 issue is PASTA!  I crave it constantly. Scientific research claims when we crave carbohydrates, it is usually due to the association of comfort and our mood. Besides the energy boost, carbohydrates provide solace during stressful times. Although I don’t feel it, subconsciously,Read more

Quick Lunch Sauteed Bella Mushrooms

Bella mushrooms for a quick lunch

Baby Bellas are Cremini mushrooms that have been allowed to mature for up to seven days longer than commercial Creminis.  Available in most supermarkets year-round, baby Bellas have an intense, meat-like flavor when cooked.  They are at their peak in fall and winter.  A dark-brown, slightly firmer variation of the everyday cultivated white mushroom.  TheyRead more

Macaroni Baked Ziti is Possible

What is Baked Ziti? Traditionally, Baked Ziti is an Italian casserole dish, cooked with tomato sauce and cheese.  After searching my pantry, I discovered I did not have any Ziti, nor Penne pasta, both used interchangeably in this classic recipe.  Because Ziti and Penne are tubular pastas, why couldn’t I use elbow macaroni, of whichRead more

Homemade Tomato Sauce Without Sweating Over a Hot Stove

With my bounty of my home-grown tomatoes and Doug’s love for red pasta sauces; I have been searching for a tomato sauce, NOT requiring me to sweat over a hot stove all day long.   So, imagine my elation when I discovered a recipe that I can use my home-grown tomatoes and the Crock Pot!  TheRead more