Eat for Your Health: Eggplant Claypot from Vietnam (V, GF)

Here is part two from my series on plant-based recipes from around the world!  This one is a traditional Vietnamese dish that comes from Kim of Kay Vegan Bistro in Ho Chi Minh City.  I ate there several times during my stay in March and everything was so delicious!  The restaurant is tucked in a peaceful little side street in Saigon and the staff is so friendly, especially Kim!  Here is the recipe for a special traditional dish that many of their guests enjoy, myself included!  I also highly recommend the papaya salad.

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Translating Food Labels

Food labels are kind of a nightmare. Although meant to guide, they often seriously complicate the food decision making process. The best (and healthiest!) solution is to buy food WITHOUT labels and packaging like fruits and vegetables, but let's be real: some of your food comes from a box. Now by no means do I advocate running around antagonizing over every nutrition label.  My main reason for looking at food labels is not for calorie or carb counting, but rather to be more mindful of what I am using to fuel my body.  In my opinion the number of carbs or grams of sugar doesn't matter as much as WHERE those calories and carbs come from.  If you must eat food from a box, can, bag or jar there are three components of a nutrition label that are important to review.

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Eat For Your Health: Lemon Navy Bean Pasta (V)

My mom made dinner most nights when I was growing up and Wednesday was ALWAYS pasta night.  I don't eat pasta that frequently anymore, but it still holds a special place in my heart.  When I do make it, I attempt a healthier version that is still just as comforting.  This particular recipe is super quick and easy- perfect for a busy weeknight.  You can make it with any type of pasta you choose.  I used a gluten free, vegan version (it's Kosher and GMO-free too!) from Al Dente Pasta Company made with brown rice flour and white beans, making it high in fiber (6g) and protein (7g). The beans give this dish an extra protein punch.  

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Eat for your Health: Mediterranean Veggie Burger (V, GF)

I'm a sucker for frozen veggie burgers, especially Hilary's Hemp and Greens Burger, but the homemade variety just can't be beat!  These burgers are quick and easy.

Excuse the terrible photos.  Although the veggie burger looks identical to the countertop, I promise it tastes much better! Multi-colored granite is not the most photogenic food backdrop, but I was too damn hungry to get creative with the photography.  

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