Thai Beef Salad; Savory Foods We Can’t Wait to Try

Early in the week, Kylie Lawson, military spouse and mother of two, unwittingly changed our plans for the weekend. In what ended up being a battle between savory foods, her Thai beef salad was pitted against an avocado, corn and bacon salad for The Today Show’s salad edition of their Ultimate Cook-Off series.

Beans & Rice in Asian Cuisine

In a conversation with The Bean Institute, registered dietitian (and MSGdish blogger) Mary Lee Chin talks—well, beans! As the daughter of Chinese American immigrants and a renowned consultant, Chin’s love of Asian cuisine is both personal and professional.

Surprising Benefit of Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Around the world today, there are at least 170 million tons of tomatoes being produced every year. Dr. Michael Mosley wanted to know why. We already know that there is more than one benefit of tomatoes; vitamin C, potassium, folate, vitamin K and lycopene. But did this fruit, yes fruit, become the most popular because of its nutritional value?

Dr. Mosley discovered that such is not the case. There was another reason why tomatoes are leaping over mangoes, bananas and apples to be the world’s most consumed fruit.

Healthy Soul Food

Jo Ann Pegues knows something about savory foods. In fact, her latest book is titled, Simple, Soulful and Savory Too, a follow-up to her 2014 book, Simple Soulful and Savory. In the updated cookbook, Pegues gives us even more practical, truly delicious, healthy soul food concoctions—some of her own design and others offered from friends and family. True to the book’s name, each recipe is pleasantly easy.

Foods that are Rich in Umami Taste Have “Natural” MSG

A recent article in Business Insider, noting that monosodium glutamate (MSG) occurs naturally in many flavorful foods, poses the question, “How do you get free glutamates in your food naturally?”

The article explains: “Monosodium glutamate is a powerful flavor enhancer that, despite what you may have heard, is widely accepted in the scientific community as a safe additive. In fact, MSG or other ‘free glutamates’ occur naturally in many of the most flavorful foods, some of which have been used to enhance flavor in cooking for millennia.”