Tofu Lettuce Cups

As the weather heats up, perfect-for-summer lettuce wraps start to work their way onto my menus. You can fold the lettuce around the fillings and eat with your hands, or dig in with a knife and fork. Softer, foldable lettuces like butter or leaf work best.

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Happy Earth Day!

Some of the ways we could save the planet start with what’s on our plate at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of America’s total energy budget, 50 percent of our land, and 80 percent of our fresh water.  Sustainable farming practices contribute to reduced water and air pollution, richer organic material in soil, and healthier environments and communities.  That is why, together with Earth Day, we are asking governments to act on a list of policies to improve farming practices and the food environment.


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Surefire Tips for Eating Healthy

It can be impossible to keep up with all of the eating trends these days. In my experience, fads come and go but what continues to resurface is balance and moderation. As a working mother I know that it can be a struggle to find the time and effort to eat the way I know we should and the way that makes us feel our best. If we focus on eating more plant-based, whole foods, try to fill our plate with a variety of color, and prepare the majority of our meals at home, we can rest assured that we are on a healthy-life track. Being together in the kitchen, sitting down to a family meal, and feeding my family healthy food are things that I prioritize. Over the years, I have found ways to make staying on track much easierfeatured.jpg


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On Earth Day, Improve Food Environment: Tell Your Government to Act

This Earth Day action was originally published on the Earth Day Network website.

The Issue:

Some of the solutions to save the planet start with what we put on our plate at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of America’s total energy budget, 50% of land, and swallows 80% of fresh water. Sustainable farming practices contribute to reduced water and air pollution, richer organic material in soil, and healthier environments and communities.

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Every time you choose organic, you are supporting a way of farming that benefits people & the planet

Did you know that every time you choose organic, you are supporting a way of farming that benefits people and the planet?

It starts with soils.

It is estimated that 95% of our food is directly or indirectly produced on our soils. Yet chemical farming practices are depleting them at an alarming rate. For organic farmers, soil fertility is a key ingredient to growing nutritious food. They don’t use chemicals that degrade soils but work with nature to build and maintain soil health and fertility.

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Crunchy Veggie Burritos

The Kids Cook Monday is a campaign that encourages parents and kids to start their weeks off right by making Monday family night. Each week, the campaign provides an easy weeknight recipe and all the tools families will need to enjoy a fun cooking and dining experience on Monday nights. To have The Family Dinner Date Newsletter delivered to your inbox each Friday, sign up here.


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Chef Ben Vaughn's Food Waste Reduction Tricks

I read an interesting stat the other day.  Within the United States, 40% of all edible food goes uneaten and is thrown-away. 

Or to put it another way, nearly half of all the edible food in this country is feeding our nation's landfills.  That statistic is unbelievable.

As a chef, it's impossible for me to not be acutely aware of food and ingredients. Food is everywhere in my life, from personal to professional. I try to conserve as much as possible, and along the way I've come up with a few tricks that might help you do the same.


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