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Carolyn Dunn, PhD, RDN, LDN

I have been in nutrition for over 35 years and have read literally hundreds of popular books to help others navigate the plethora of diet books. The Whole Body Reset by Stephen Perrine caught my eye as it was specifically for those in mid-life and beyond. Most nutrition and diet books don’t really discern between… Continue reading »

The recommendations for how much we need to be active include cardio (walking and running) and strength training. You hear plenty about how important moving is but may not know or hear much about the importance of strength training. It is critical for overall health. Strength training includes anything you do to stress your muscles.… Continue reading »

The pandemic had most gyms closed.  You then may have questioned if it was a safe place to be. With vaccines and loosening of COVID precautions, many of us are now back at a gym. If you are like me, your gym membership has long since expired and you may be in search of your… Continue reading »

Pad Thai is certainly one of the most popular Thai dishes in the US. It has a sweet, sour, spicy combination that is hard to beat. Making it at home can be complicated with finding the traditional ingredients of Nahm prik Pow (hot sauce), palm sugar, tamarind sauce, fish sauce, etc. The noodles used for… Continue reading »

This dish resembles Raasam a Southern Indian soup. However, we have adapted this to be made with ingredients more common in American kitchens. It does have some of the flavors you might expect in an Indian dish and can be made spicier by adding more hot peppers or using hotter peppers than jalapenos. You can… Continue reading »

Kim Chi is a staple in the Korean diet. It is usually made with Napa Cabbage and is fermented. It takes several days to make. This recipe is not fermented so it is technically not Kim Chi. It is, however, delicious and is a great side dish with salmon or other fish. It is also… Continue reading »

The best part of a samosa is the filling. This dish is inspired by samosas without the frying or outside wrapper. They are delicious and the heat can easily be adjusted for your palate by how much cayenne you use. Placing the mixture in the refrigerator makes it much easier to make patties and sear… Continue reading »

This is really an amazing rice dish. It is so creamy and has an exotic flavor thanks to the tang of the yogurt and cumin. You can use any whole grain in the place of the brown rice. Recipe available on Med Instead of Meds and adapted from Culinary Institutes of America. Watch this video… Continue reading »

Shaking beef is a very famous Vietnamese dish that gets its American name from the constant shaking of the pan to cook the beef and onions without burning. It is traditionally served on a bed of watercress and with a dipping sauce of lime juice and pepper. This dish borrows from the famous original but… Continue reading »

I get this question all the time. Shouldn’t I cook with an oil other than olive oil? The answer to this is yes and no. If you have a $40 bottle of olive oil, I would save that for a special splash on top of a salad or use it as a dipping oil for… Continue reading »