If your New Year’s food resolutions seem overwhelming, plan to read Michael Pollan’s best-seller, “Food Rules.” You will find his food guidelines straightforward and worth considering. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother would not recognize as food.
  • Avoid foods that have some form of sugar or sweetener listed as one of the top three ingredients.
  • Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they are not — butter vs. margarine is a classic.
  • Eat foods that will eventually rot. The more processed the food, the longer the shelf life. (Note: honey is an exception as it has a shelf life measured in centuries.)
  • Eat foods made from ingredients you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature.

With those guidelines in mind, the recipe this week for hearty root soup is from Sapna Von Reich, certified Food for Life instructor. Having tasted this soup with friends at the Clearview Library cooking class, it meets the food rule guidelines with exceptional flavor! Read more…

Published in ‘Coloradoan’ on Jan. 2, 2017