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A vegan tortilla soup recipe with mushrooms, black beans and your favorite toppings

The broth, meanwhile, is the backbone, and it should be deeply flavored and a little smoky.

Garza’s one-pot recipe, from his new book “The 30-Day Vegan Meal Plan for Beginners,” gets that flavor from a little adobo sauce from canned chipotles that you blend into the base of tomatoes and aromatic vegetables. You brown mushrooms in the same pot with spices, then simmer them in the broth before stirring in some corn, cilantro and lime juice shortly before serving. The recipe is such a breeze to put together, it surprised me that it resulted in such complex flavors. I made one addition — a can’s worth of black beans for protein.

Given that I’ve been trying to cook more low-sodium dishes for my husband lately, I also followed one of Garza’s suggested alternatives, to pan-fry corn tortillas instead of using store-bought chips. It adds only 10 minutes

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This Is My All-Time Favorite Chicken Recipe

On my last trip to the Bay Area, I landed at SFO and went right to La Guerrera’s Kitchen in Oakland, their famous tamales on my brain. But by the time I arrived, just after noon on a Sunday, they had sold out. Lucky for me, chef Ofelia Barajas and her daughter Reyna Maldonado were both working behind the counter of the airy, open kitchen, and they recommended I try the chicken mole instead. It was just cool enough on the patio that by the time I settled into a picnic table with my paper plate of chicken, draped in a velvety red sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds, I was grateful for the accompanying stack of fresh tortillas, made with fresh-ground masa. One swipe of the mole sauce, smoky and warming, shook off my jet lag. Later, Barajas shared that the mole was her grandmother Jovita Vargas’ recipe from

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A Nutritionist with IBD Shares Her 5 Favorite Foods for Gut Health

The million-dollar question with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): “What should I eat?”

While there’s not a singular list of foods that everyone with IBD should toss in their grocery carts (food tolerances vary across the board), there are a handful of foods that stand out as my personal favorites for great gut health.

Bone broth is a food with ancient origins.

It’s made by slowly simmering animal bones with herbs, spices, and vegetables, as desired, for added flavor and nutrients.

Bone broth is rich in collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body, as well as other amino acids and minerals. The practice of slowly simmering bones extracts these nutrients and ends up as an easily digestible broth.

In a 2015 study in Nutrition Journal, collagen supplementation showed to significantly reduce pain, stiffness, and physical function in people with osteoarthritis. This suggests that collagen-rich bone broth may be helpful

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What is your favorite Super Bowl food?

The big game is right around the corner, and while our beloved Chicago Bears are sitting this one out (again), us fans will mostly still be able to enjoy the Super Bowl for what it has become. A glorious football holiday.



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Some will congregate at a big party with friends and family, while others will keep things low key, but regardless of how we celebrate the end of the NFL’s season, many of us will be eating something scrumptious for the occasion.

I asked some of the WCG team to give us their favorite Super Bowl food and to share their recipes with us too.

Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter:

My Bangin’ Brats, of course.

Recipe – One (1) lot of your favorite, high quality bratwurst; Italian seasoning; three whole garlic cloves; Greek seasoning; oregano; thyme; red chili

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