French Lentils

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The U.N. has named 2016 the International Year of Pulses like lentils, beans, peas, and chickpeas. The initiative is celebrating the fact that beans are an eminently sustainable protein source: hardy, nourishing, energy-efficient, and even altruistic, as they can be successfully used to assist with crop rotation. In the winter especially, I want something warm and protein rich to …

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Lunch and Litter

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I have become really aware of the way that lunches generate trash. I live and work in Washington DC where boxed lunches are often provided at meetings. I am almost always shocked by the paper plates and napkins; plastic flatware and cups that are left after the meetings’ end.  I am fortunate enough to work …

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What to do about lunch

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Working 40 hours a week it’s often hard to find good lunch options. Many times people head to vending machines, delis and restaurants only to spend and eat much more than they had planned to… My office is off the beaten track so even a trip to the vending machine involves leaving the building so …

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What’s in a meal?

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In many cultures around the world, the lunchtime meal is the biggest, most nutritious meal of the day. I remember breakfasts and lunches in Central America being much more elaborate than the suppertime meal. I lived in a rural area and people where people got up at dawn and went out to the fields to …

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