MSG: Get the facts on monosodium glutamate

Michelle answers your biggest questions about MSG

This blog post is sponsored by Ajinomoto. Written 100% by me. My family and I have been enjoying MSG in our food for years. From our favorite ranch dressing to chicken noodle soup. I’m excited to be partnering with Ajinomoto, manufacturer of MSG, to bring...
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Jackfruit BBQ

If you eat mostly vegan or vegetarian and find yourself jonesing for the taste of pulled pork, you are in luck.

If you eat mostly vegan or vegetarian and find yourself jonesing for the taste of pulled pork, you are in luck. With jackfruit BBQ, you get the sauciness and meatiness you crave but without the saturated fat and cholesterol. Unfortunately, it’s low in protein...
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The Best Easy Guacamole

I've made all sorts of versions of guacamole. The one I perfected when I'd fly down to Cabo as a private chef is the one in my cookbook. But I have a new one for you, from an unexpected place.

It’s the kick-off to 4th of July week! I will just be hanging locally this year, but you can bet I’ll be digging into lots of guacamole. I’ve made all sorts of versions of guacamole. The one I perfected when I’d fly down to Cabo...
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Curried Broccoli and Chickpea Sauté

While I love blasting broccoli in a 425-degree oven to concentrate flavors and crisp the edges, stovetop pan searing and braising adds a new dimension to broccoli while keeping the kitchen cooler during the summer heat. You can put this dish together in 30...
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Creamy Rosemary-Chive Cashew Spread

Nutritious breakfast spread options are typically limited to vegan buttery spread and traditional nut butters. I am also a fan of mashing fresh avocado on toast. Here is another savory topping to add to the mix that provides you with nearly a half serving...
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Pear, Apple and Grape Salad with Thyme and Walnuts

While lush summer berries and melons are frequently enjoyed as fruit salad, it is a mystery to me why seasonal fall fruits don’t get the same treatment. I’m trying to change that by tempting you with this salad made of the season’s bounty, including...
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Creamy Vegan White Bean Ranch Dip

Ranch dressing….what’s not to love? The complex blend of herbs, spices and salt. The acidic tang of buttermilk. Its versatility on vegetable crudités, French fries, and dare I mention bad pizza crust? But the downside: 2 tablespoons delivers 145 calories, 13% of the Daily...
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Crunchy Cilantro-Lime Hummus Tacos

My husband actually raved about these vegan tacos! He didn’t ask for a side of chicken sausage or even sprinkle on cheese. He just happily ate (devoured) them, as I did: slathered with taco sauce and filled with mixed greens. The recipe yields tacos that are...
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