Living the WELL Life

Balancing Act - by Christina Pirello

I had the incredible opportunity to testify before the U.S. Department of Agriculture last Thursday and share my story and passion for healthy eating.  I asked the committee responsible for the dietary guidelines (you know, that food pyramid!) to consider the overwhelming research and results that show we can reverse chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes with a plant-based diet.   Read more

Score at the Shore - by Christina Pirello

Yes, it's that time of year again...time to get out the bathing suit, grab the hubby, and head to the shore!  But don't forget the food!  Here are a few dishes I made for the trip.  While they seem a little uncharacteristic when compared to traditional beach eats, these treats will satisfy tastebuds and leave you nourished all day.  Read more

Feel the Heat - by Christina Pirello

Even in the heat of summer I love to spice things up for some hot and heavy action…in the kitchen.  This menu is perfect for a festive dinner party with friends or, better yet, a couples’ night.  Your taste buds will do the tango as you and your partner bring on the salsa dancing.  I kept these dishes on the light side because, who knows, you might need some energy for later

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Breakfast for Dinner - by Christina Pirello

Sometimes there is nothing better than having comforting breakfast foods to help wind down from a busy day.  There are plenty of treats on this menu; you might just have enough left over to jumpstart your morning!  Enjoy!   Read more

Ladies Night - by Christina Pirello

Busy work schedules and family obligations oftentimes leave few opportunities for me and my girlfriends to catch up.  But when we do actually get together it feels like we’re picking up, seamlessly, right where we left off.  Mark your calendars to dish with your girlfriends and feast on these Ladies Night treats!



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Red, White and Blue - by Christina Pirello

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and it has put me in the mood for a kick-off to summer food fixins.  It’s a great time of year to plan outdoor get-togethers with family and friends, bask in the sunshine, and savor the tastes of summer.  I’ve put together some healthy versions of my family’s recipes celebrating the Memorial Day weekend.  Enjoy!


Grilled Soy Sausage with Carmelized Onions
Quinoa Salad
Baked Beans
Warm Potato, Soybean, and Cucumber Salad
Apple Pie  Read more

Returning to Basics - by Frances Abrams

It upsets me to hear the words “good” and “bad” when we talk about food.  In our society we tend to give what we eat enormous power and control.  I have always believed that judging our weight and our food stems from dieting and the restrictions we impose upon ourselves. When we go on a diet, we are setting ourselves up for failure. It doesn’t matter why we are on a diet.  If we feel we are depriving ourselves, then eating is going to be a struggle.  Read more

No Choice but to Be Fat? - by Christina Pirello

‘Sometimes I have no choice but to eat heavy, greasy food…’ goes the opening line in a television ad for ‘Activia,’ the yogurt enriched with ‘bifidus regularis’ (an invented marketing name for Dannon’s exclusively used probiotic) to normalize digestion. A professional-looking woman runs through her day, grabbing a hot dog, cake at a party to illustrate the point.

But it’s not Dannon and their manufactured bacteria that got me thinking about the health of this country. No, it was the opening line of the ad that got me.

Really? There’s no choice but to eat food that we know is robbing us of our health and making us fat?   Read more

Diner Time - by Christina Pirello

Sometimes there’s nothing better than grabbing a bite to eat at a local diner.  Ah, the pleasure of comfort foods!  In this spirit, I’ve prepared a menu of delicious ‘diner’ cuisine that you can enjoy without having to leave the house!  And guess what?  These recipes are better for you too!  So put your records (or iPod) on and start rockin’ it in the kitchen.  Read more

La Dolce Vita
 - by Christina Pirello

Ah, the good life!  For me Italian food will always be a main ingredient in life.  After all, I am Italian!  And what’s not to love?  The flavors, aromas, fresh produce, mouth-watering pastas, and colors of la dolce vita are ever-present in Italian cuisine.  Take in the tastes of Italy in the comfort of your own home with this special menu.  And if you want to be fully immersed, consider joining me for the ultimate Italy experience with our Tuscan Harvest Feast tour, June 18-27, 2010.  (We’ve only got a few spots left!)  Read more

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