Egg Drop Soup

I love egg drop soup. It’s hard to find here, in Benin, although rumor has it that there’s one Chinese restaurant that has a passable version. Lucky for me, it’s dead simple to make and super-low calorie too. This may be the only soup recipe where I tell you to go ahead and use faux-broth instead of making it from scratch, but it’s worth it to keep the recipe easy...


Modified recipe: Zucchini Garlic Soup

I am addicted to chicken broth. Not the gross sodium-filled broth in a can or broth from a cube, but delicious homemade chicken broth made by boiling leftover bones, onions, garlic, and carrots in a liter or so of water. I am not equally addicted to zucchinis, but we are still getting them in our CSA, and I needed a healthy low-cal way to: get some much needed salt into...


Throw together meals week: “Mexican” “Pizza”

Cheap, fast, and healthy. The diet industry seems to spend a lot of time telling us that we can only have two out of three: cheap and healthy? Prepare to spend hours slaving over a hot stove. Cheap and fast? Junk food it is. Fast and healthy? It’ll cost you an arm and a leg. Fortunately, we know that this isn’t the case. While knowing how to cook and take...


Oh, sorry about that, Sweetheart!

Last night, Bertrand came home from the grocery store with 5 kilos of pasta. I think he’s getting tired of salads and feta cheese. OK SWEETHEART I CAN TAKE THE HINT.вирусный маркетинг продвижение


On life as I know it.

I passed the Foreign Service written exam. Now I have to write some essays. Then maybe I’ll have to fly back to Washington (oh no! not the briar patch!). Then maybe one day I’ll be a FILTHY FILTHY RICH RICH expat with a big SUV and a big house and domestic staff. The alternative, which is staying in West Africa and continuing to grow our business, is pretty attractive too....


Those nachos are disgusting NOM NOM NOM

What’s needed is a perceptual shift, Kessler said. “We did this with cigarettes,” he said. “It used to be sexy and glamorous but now people look at it and say, ‘That’s not my friend, that’s not something I want.’ We need to make a cognitive shift as a country and change the way we look at food. Instead of viewing that huge plate of nachos and fries as a guilty...


Baba Ganoush

With a wealth of eggplants in this week’s CSA (and more coming next Tuesday), I wanted an easy effortless meal. And easy effortless meal that Bertrand won’t touch, that … that … that … HATER OF EGGPLANTS. Enter the veggie platter.


Roasted Onion Dip

The invitation for this past weekend’s BBQ has been sitting in my inbox for a week, striking fear into my calorie-phobic heart. How to enjoy delicious pork BBQ, coleslaw, and baked beans while not going disastrously off plan? The answer is simpler than you’d think: bring a vegetable platter. This roasted onion dip was a hit, and it’s insanely easy: roast some onions; blend w/ mayonnaise, sour cream, and salt;...


Simple and filling egg salad

After five days of viscous food poisoning, I didn’t care about dieting maintaining a healthy life style, or points, or anything but getting some carbs and protein into my system. Enter a delicious and nutritious egg salad, eaten with delicious and nutritious rye bread.