“In a study that examined food intake patterns and risk of death from coronary heart disease, researchers followed more than 16,000 middle-aged men in the U.S., Finland, The Netherlands, Italy, former Yugoslavia, Greece and Japan for 25 years. Typical food patterns were: higher consumption of dairy products in Northern Europe; higher consumption of meat in the U.S.; higher consumption of vegetables, legumes, fish, and wine in Southern Europe; and higher consumption of cereals, soy products, and fish in Japan. When researchers analyzed this data in relation to the risk of death from heart disease, they found that legumes were associated with a whopping 82% reduction in risk!!”
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I’ve found my husband’s request for a red meat-free week quite a challenge. It’s just so easy to throw together a roast with a starch and three veg. When it comes to creating a meal that has the right nutritional balance, things become more complicated. I ruled out the easy option of making soup or stir-fry every day. Likewise, I was not going to go the route of sandwiches. Of special concern for me were: not too much fatty cheese, ensuring that there was enough iron in my meals and making sure that the food was robust enough to prevent hunger between meals.
Lasagne is a perennial favourite in my house and I found that my mixture of lentils and other seasonal vegetables more than substituted for beef. Instead of béchamel sauce I used pureed butternut, and I used feta instead of mozzarella. I was terribly impressed with the result, to the extent that I may never make meat lasagne again.
And, from the sublime to the ridiculous (if not downright sinful?); on this date back in 1953 Cheez Whiz was introduced nationwide by Kraft. Oh dear, some things should simply not be allowed to happen …
(All food history is sourced from foodreference.com)