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  1. Vinegar – A Culinary Acid to Love

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    May 7, 2015 by Johanna Burani

    vinegarVinegar is 95% water, contains no protein, fat, vitamins, or hardly any other nutrient (it only “weighs in” at 2 calories/tablespoon). Yet the ancient Babylonians, Greeks and Romans praised it for its medicinal virtues, as do many of today’s cultures. Vinegar has been used to treat wounds, burns, insect bites, poison ivy, headaches and chronic fatigue. It is also believed to promote digestion and relieve stomachaches. keep reading »


  2. Roasted Summer Grape Tomatoes

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    June 11, 2014 by admin

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    If vegetables were ever in a parade, tomatoes would be the marching band, color guard and the festival queen!  This recipe elevates the humble grape tomato to its rightful  position of peerless distinctive taste.  Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this recipe; the burst of flavor these tomatoes leave in your mouth is what sweet dreams are made of.  I’ve divided the recipe into four generous portions – anything less would be a tease.

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  3. I’m Back!

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    January 21, 2014 by Johanna Burani

    Polenta with Buckwheat and Mushrooms

    I know. I’ve been gone for nearly six months. Well, not really “gone” – just away from my computer and my website. I had shoulder surgery during the summer. For a while, I couldn’t drive, see my patients, or use my computer. And I couldn’t cook. I couldn’t even open up the refrigerator door! Doctor’s orders.

    I’m one of those people who needs both of her arms and hands to function well. So, now that I have full use again of my repaired arm, I’ve succeeded in catching up with professional and other responsibilities that had been put on hold.  That means I’m back to share with my virtual friends some of my wholesome, home cooked, low glycemic Italian dishes.

    Today it is snowing in New Jersey and the temperature outside is 22 degrees Fahrenheit.  What better day to cook up some steaming polenta? Here’s a recipe for you.

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  4. Low GI Recipe: Pao’s Asparagus Soup

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    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 »


  5. Low GI Recipe: Winter Vegetable Mix

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    March 1, 2013 by Johanna Burani

    Winter Vegetable Mix

    Leave it to the Italians to take the humdrum vegetables that everybody has been eating all winter long and ZAP! them with shout-in-your-mouth flavor.  What a combination of well groomed flavors!  Feel free to adjust the dressing seasonings to appease your personal palate.  And, if you find a little excess dressing pooling in your plate, do what the Italians do – soak up every last drop with a piece of fresh crusty Italian bread! keep reading »


  6. Low GI Recipe: Beet Greens Frittelle

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    September 1, 2012 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe Beet Greens Frittelle

    Italians love to use every part of every vegetable plant they can.  This recipe   incorporates the slightly bitter-tasting leaves of the rootbeet in a simple, quick and wholesome vegetable side dish or entree.  “Frittelle” translates as “fritters” but there’s nothing deep fried here! keep reading »


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
MS, RD, CDE
Nutrition Works LLC
Morristown, NJ, USA

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

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