Black Bean Tostadas | Easy Weeknight Vegan and Gluten-Free Dinners | Healthy Mexican Dinner Ideas

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 🍹 if you need a reason to have a margarita or Mexican food, today’s your day! 🇲🇽 😂 This is a Blue Zone inspired recipe- meaning it’s meat free! . I fried the beans a bit like my family does to take this recipe up a notch! (The original recipe just uses whole beans that will… Continue reading Black Bean Tostadas | Easy Weeknight Vegan and Gluten-Free Dinners | Healthy Mexican Dinner Ideas

Simmered Kabocha Squash in Dashi Broth | Blue Zones Adapted Recipe | Longevity Recipes

Do you miss Japanese food? Well, now is the perfect time to learn how to make some simple dishes. This one here is simmered Okinawan Pumpkin. I used Kabocha squash and YES- you can eat the skin. . Like many recipes in the Blue Zones, the ingredients are few and simple. This squash was simmered… Continue reading Simmered Kabocha Squash in Dashi Broth | Blue Zones Adapted Recipe | Longevity Recipes

Pantry-Style Street Noodles (Indonesia, Malaysia) | Blue Zones Recipe

          Today I shared my funny Pad thai story with the staff at Children’s Hospital. Okay, it was not so funny when it happened. These rice noodles reminded me of that young chef learning moment. . In college, I was getting ready to leave for the weekend. As a good roommate,… Continue reading Pantry-Style Street Noodles (Indonesia, Malaysia) | Blue Zones Recipe

Forever Young Minestrone | Blue Zones Adapted Recipe | Sardinia, Italy

This is by far my favorite minestrone soup in the Blue Zones Kitchen cookbook.  The more you read about longevity cooking, the more you realize it’s all about soups and stew. It’s a perfect way to get all your nutrients in one bowl. They usually include beans.  I’ve tried many soup recipes in longevity cooking,… Continue reading Forever Young Minestrone | Blue Zones Adapted Recipe | Sardinia, Italy

Gladiator Bowl | Hearty Kale and Barley Bowl | Blue Zones Loma Linda

Did you know gladiators were called “barley men” because they ate so much barley. They were mostly vegetarians! So if you think vegetables are for weaklings, think again! . This salad has a base of barley and then is topped with some Mediterranean accents to make it fully plant-based. Get creative and add what you… Continue reading Gladiator Bowl | Hearty Kale and Barley Bowl | Blue Zones Loma Linda

7-Ingredient Veggie Champuru with Cabbage | Gluten-Free | Blue Zone Japan

This recipe is from the Blue Zone Okinawa, Japan. People there reach 90 to 100 years of age, and are free of disease. They are outliving the average American by 8 to 10 years. This is something they eat often. Unlike most Asian cultures, the main carbohydrate (starch) they eat is not rice. It is… Continue reading 7-Ingredient Veggie Champuru with Cabbage | Gluten-Free | Blue Zone Japan

Minestrone with Fennel & Garlic by World's Longest Living Family | Low Carb

Today, a humble soup, Minestrone makes an appearance here. This is what the longest living family ate every day in Sardinia, Italy.  The recipe is almost exact.  It is full of beans and vegetables which make it one of the most nutritious one-pot meals you can make.  Even though its summer and hot out, I… Continue reading Minestrone with Fennel & Garlic by World's Longest Living Family | Low Carb

Sardinian Walnut Pesto with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes | Blue Zones

          This is a student favorite. It’s easy to make and it tastes like restaurant quality Italian food.  I recommend pairing it with a simple side salad for a nice meal.    I teach this in my Blue Zones class. You can either serve the pesto with homemade zoodles (which I… Continue reading Sardinian Walnut Pesto with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes | Blue Zones

Veggie No-Meat Balls with Zoodles | Vegan Recipes | Blue Zones

Wellness Wednesday took us to Blue zone, Loma Linda, California. A place where they outlive the average American by 10 years! One of their secrets- eating 1/2 to 1 cup of beans a day. And this recipe is one way you can introduce more beans into your diet. These No-meat meatballs are made from chickpeas.… Continue reading Veggie No-Meat Balls with Zoodles | Vegan Recipes | Blue Zones

7-ingredient Veggie Champuru (stir-fry) | Gluten-Free

Wellness Wednesday is here! This time we went to Blue Zone Okinawa Japan to make….7-ingredient Veggie Champuru. “Champuru” means something mixed in Okinawan dialect and this is exactly what it is- a veggie mix!.Thank you Minal and Tigist for the opportunity to cook with you and your staff! #childrenshospitalofphiladelphia This meal is 100% plant based… Continue reading 7-ingredient Veggie Champuru (stir-fry) | Gluten-Free