Ask Ina: What Foods Should I Avoid to Keep GMOs Off Our Plates?

The question Ina answers this week: “We are concerned about GMOs in our diet. Can you tell me which foods I should avoid to keep GMOs out of our pantry and off our plates?”
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The Bridge and the Bully

Monsanto, the Monopoly

Deep in the heart of Capitol Hill, behind closed doors, national corporate bully Monsanto is working to ensure its world dominance by pressing President Obama and Congress to fast-track trade deals that force other countries to treat GMOs with the same lack of caution we in the U.S. currently do. Should this come to pass, countries could lose their right to regulate factory farms and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
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Ina's Unmeatloaf

Unmeatloaf is a “mileage” food for sure (when something takes a little longer to prepare but you can freeze some for later use). It’s not hard to make, but there are a few steps involved. I think you could add whatever vegetables you wanted into the saute, just as if it were your own “meatloaf” recipe. Feel free to experiment. It feels great to have this in the freezer for that weeknight home cooked meal.
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What Can We Do With the Color Green?

Broccoli

I wish by some miraculous turn of events, I could say “Abracadabra”… and poof… America would fall in love with vegetables as I did – decades ago. I resist owning how much of an anomaly I really am (because I LOVE VEGETABLES).
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Spicy Coconut Sweet Potato Soup with Collard Greens

Spicy Coconut Sweet Potato Soup with Collard Greens

Easy to make, full of autumn goodness, and yummy! Spicy without a hint of curry.
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Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Croquettes

Finished Cauliflower Croquettes

These croquettes are tasty. They are made with millet and short grain brown rice, which together, create a chewy binding for the vegetables. If you only use one grain, I suggest trying the millet, especially if you’ve not tasted it before. The addition of red pepper adds beautiful flecks of color throughout the croquette.
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How Much Does COSTCO Cost Us?

We are hooked by the insatiable bait of savings in the face of size. We love getting twice or three times as much for something – anything – because it feels “free.” But it isn’t free… it comes loaded with consequence (in the form of calories), and we can never feed this gaping maw with enough dollar savings. Our only way out is to unplug from believing in its value.
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Whey-ing the Pros and Cons: It’s All Greek to Me!

Greek yogurt ready to eat

Everything is interconnected, and all actions have consequences. Whether they are intended or not, some consequences are better than others. My recent discovery that New York’s Greek yogurt production is getting whey out of hand is exemplary. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
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The pulses of life!

In summer it’s often too hot to eat warm or hot food. But on a cool night, a rainy day, NOW in June, or late August into September, red lentil, roasted tomatoes and dill soup tastes divine with fresh garden tomatoes! You can also just cut them up and plop them in the lentil pot.
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Red Lentil, Roasted Tomatoes, and Dill Soup

Red Lentil, Roasted Tomato, and Dill Soup

This is easy, delicious, comforting and beautiful. It tastes crazy good with fresh garden tomatoes!
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