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How I Found Empowerment in the History of Black Veganism

The imagery of veganism propagated by the wellness industry erases the long — and often radical — history of plant-based diets in the Black diaspora

I used to think of pork as a life-giving food. One of my happiest childhood memories is shaking a fat pork chop in a Ziploc bag full of Shake ’n Bake seasoning before my grandmother slapped a few on a tray and put them in the oven. Forty-five minutes later, she’d pull out the crispy, amber slabs and pile them on a plate like a stack of golden bricks, a monument to the abundance of meat in my childhood home. It was everywhere, in every meal: turkey wings, barbecue ribs, fried chicken — all of it accompanied by delicious, dairy-heavy sides like my aunt’s macaroni and cheese and my mom’s potato salad.

I never thought I’d willingly give it up. But four years ago, I … Read more

Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese (Low Carb and Keto Friendly!)

Low Carb and Keto Friendly Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is the answer to your diet friendly comfort food craving! Rich, creamy and oh so cheesy, you have to try this tonight!

Cauliflower is a hidden gem vegetable, it has become the go to vegetable to lighten up so many foods. It turns off limit foods into indulgent wonders. Try these incredible favorites again for the first time. Copycat Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup, Creamy Cauliflower Au Gratin with Bacon and Baked Buffalo Cauliflower.

Baked, creamy and cheesy cauliflower macaroni and cheese.

Amazing Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

The Best Mac and Cheese without all the carbs! One bite of this indulgent satisfying dish and you will fall in love. Cauliflower mac and cheese is every dieter’s dream dish come true. You will never miss the noodles. You will never miss the carbs, I promise. My family loved this and I loved sneaking in more vegetables into their … Read more

FDA’s outgoing Commissioner delivers swan song in recent breakfast remarks

Editor’s Note:  Outgoing FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn spoke on Jan. 6  at the Brazda Breakfast hosted by the Alliance for Health Policy, a Washington D.C. -based think tank.  That turned out to be the morning of the Capitol Hill riot, so Hahn’s remarks did not get much attention. An acting commissioner,  perhaps Janet Woodcock or Joshua Sharfstein, will take over for Hahn by Inauguration Day, so we wanted to catch up with what Hahn had to say, especially regarding food safety.

Hahn became FDA Commissioner in December 2019, moving from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he was chair of radiation oncology. His arrival at FDA came only a few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic was declared, putting Hahn at the center of the government’s response.

What follows are mostly excerpts from Hahn’s remarks at the breakfast.

“As always, the new year brings with it … Read more

Subway’s New Protein Bowls Are Basically Piles of Cold Cuts

In addition to cold cuts, Subway protein bowls offer steak and chicken. | Subway

Feast your eyes on cornucopias of salami, turkey, and pepperoni — no bread (or joy) in sight!

At this point, pretty much every fast-casual restaurant has a protein bowl on its menu and now Subway is getting in on the action. While protein bowls are often geared towards the health-conscious or those looking to pack a convenient meal into an easy-to-consume format, the sandwich chain is taking a different, decidedly ’90s Atkins diet approach, offering bowls that are essentially deconstructed sandwiches without the bread. Imagine the deli tray from the last school event you attended (whatever the year), add iceberg lettuce, and voila, you have a Subway protein bowl.

Seeing photos of the newly launched, cursed bowls — which the chain assures customers are here to stay — one can’t help but spiral as the questions … Read more

Crispy Air Fryer “Fried” Chicken

Crispy Air Fryer “Fried” Chicken is what Air Fryers were created to do! Crunchy golden seasoned outside, and tender, juicy, full of flavor inside! This is how chicken was meant to be eaten.

Air Frying is sweeping the culinary world and with good reason. Food is done quicker, it’s juicer and has beautiful crusts. Try yours out with these absolutely delicious air fryer recipes. Brown Sugar Garlic Air Fryer Salmon, Perfect Air Fryer Steak with Garlic Herb Butter and The Best Air Fryer Chicken Breast (super juicy and tender).

Crispy air fryer fried chicken leg.

Perfect Air Fryer Fried Chicken

This fried chicken is going to change your life! It’s one of the best air fryer recipes ever! If you love fried chicken but hate the mess and the extra fat, then this recipe is for you!  Succulent tender chicken surrounded in crunchy, mouthwatering, seasoned coating. Air frying chicken is much healthier than deep fat … Read more