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Why Every Individual Counts

On this very special day celebrating our nation’s birthday, I want to write about why every individual counts.  There are nearly 320 million of us in this country – that’s a lot of people – enough to have made me think from time to time that what I do or don’t do really doesn’t matter. After all, I’m just one person – does it really matter if I eat a piece of grilled chicken, a slice of bacon, an ice cream cone or not think about the food chain in this country? Yes, it does and here’s why. Read more »


Teff: A Nutritional Powerhouse

Teff is the smallest grain in the world – the size of a poppy seed – but a nutritional powerhouse with 1/4 cup of dry teff providing 7 grams of protein, 4 grams of dietary fiber along with iron and calcium. With a mild nutty flavor, teff can be used to make a hot cereal, added to homemade vegie or bean burgers for a nutritional boost, formed into a polenta-like patty, or used in baked goods. A gluten-free grain, teff flour can also be used to make pancakes,waffles, and baked goods making teff especially popular for those who seek alternative grains to wheat. Read more »


Millet: The Pearl of Ancient Grains

Millet – and specifically pearl millet – is a widely grown grass that gives off small grain seeds which are hulled and used as a cereal food.   Creamy or yellow in color, round, and small, the tiny circular grains of millet hail from Asia where it has been cultivated for more than 10,000 years.

Able to grow quickly in dry, high temperatures, millet has until recently been used as an ingredient in bird seed in developed countries (but it’s really not for the birds as USAID recently – July, 2013 – awarded Kansas State University nearly $14 million dollars to research millet and sorghum). Millet is gluten-free and a complete protein, with 1/4 cup of dry millet providing 7 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, magnesium, calcium, B6, iron, folate, and zinc. Read more »


Quinoa: Gluten-Free Goodness

Quinoa is a grain-like crop that is actually a seed making it immensely popular in gluten-free diets.  Highly cultivated by South Americans and particularly by those who live in the mountainous regions, quinoa is one of the few crops that thrives in high altitudes and in less than ideal farming conditions. Read more »


Sorghum: The Hearty Grain

Sorghum is a small circular grain that is often referred to as the traditional grain of India although it originated in Africa thousands of years ago. Popular in geographic areas that can be prone to drought, sorghum is hearty and has a chewy texture making it a staple grain in India and Africa. The flavor is neutral although some varieties are slightly sweet which allows spices and seasoning to shine through in a dish. In the west, sorghum is more often cooked and then added to soups, salads or used as an alternative to rice in recipes although more recently sweet sorghum flour has become a popular ingredient in gluten-free recipes.  Read more »