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  1. Welcome-Home Vegetable Soup


    June 5, 2014 by Johanna Burani


    My husband, Sergio, and I have always travelled a lot, many times to far distant places for several weeks at a time.  Decades ago, I developed the habit of making a big pot of vegetable soup as soon as the suitcases were unpacked and I did some local food shopping.  The recipe varies with the time of year, of course, because I only put fresh, organic produce in the pot.  Below is what I just made in our New Jersey home, after returning from a one-month fabulous stay (thanks to our adorable one-year-old grandson, Elia, and his parents) in our Friuli home.

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  2. Low GI Recipe: Pao’s Asparagus Soup


    April 3, 2013 by Johanna Burani

    Pao's Asparagus Soup

    This recipe is not of Italian origin.  It came to me from Ireland during a culinary conversation with a fabulous Thai chef while we were visiting good friends in Bankok more than 20 years ago.  This chef, Boonraud Poonruang, fondly called “Pao,” made this soup while previously working in Ireland.  Pao recently left this life and it is in tribute to her that I share her recipe, just at a time when this year’s crop of asparagus is starting to show up in Italian markets. keep reading »

  3. Low GI Recipe: “Early Bird” Tomato Soup


    July 5, 2012 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Early Bird Tomato Soup

    At some point in October, Italians harvest the last of their homegrown tomatoes.  They will not taste the luscious flavor of just-picked, perfectly ripe tomatoes again until early summer.  That’s when the first tomatoes of the season are sent to market from Naples.  The flavors in this recipe improve as the season wears on, but even those “early bird” tomatoes don’t disappoint! keep reading »

  4. Low GI Recipe: Broccoli with Orzo Soup


    January 14, 2012 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Broccoli with Orzo Soup

    Leave it to the Italians.  All they do is boil fresh broccoli with some other fresh household staples and they get this wonderful tasting soup.  It’s usually served in the evening with bread, cheese and wine. keep reading »

  5. Low GI Recipe: My Traditional Winter Minestrone


    January 15, 2011 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Traditional Winter Minestrone

    Fresh homemade vegetable soup shows up on Italian kitchen tables all year long. Whatever fresh vegetables are already in the fridge, or growing in the vegetable garden or are the seasonal choices at the greengrocer’s is what constitutes that day’s “minestrone” or large pot of soup.

    In the States we can easily find zucchini in the winter and broccoli in the summer but I stick pretty much to the traditional winter/spring/summer/fall vegetables. Here’s how I make my minestrone during the winter months.


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  6. Low GI Recipe: Cream of Carrot and Celery Soup


    November 1, 2009 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Cream of Carrot and Celery Soup

    This simple, earthy soup tastes like it came right out of Mother Nature’s very own soup kettle! It’s wholesome, smooth and absolutely delicious. Make a double batch and freeze some. It will taste just as good the second time.


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Gushers vs Tricklers

"Gushers" are quickly-digested carbohydrates that cause a rapid rise in blood glucose and fuel appetite.

"Tricklers" are slowly-digested carbohydrates that are gradually released into the bloodstream and sustain satiety. These are the good carbs.

Johanna Burani
Nutrition Works LLC
Morristown, NJ, USA

Expert in individualized, low-glycemic index (low GI) meal planning.

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