Quick Fix: Warm up with a bowl of hardy veggie and bean soup

While looking for a warm and inviting winter meal, I thought a hot bowl of soup would be perfect. I love the welcoming smell of homemade soup. The best part is this soup is made in one pot and takes about 20 minutes from assembling the ingredients to cooking it. It’s a vegetarian meal that won’t break your calorie bank.

The ‘other’ pasta Bolognese better suits weeknight cooking

Classic, slow-simmered ragù Bolognese isn’t a weeknight dinner option, but its tomato-free cousin, white Bolognese, certainly can be. This rustic sauce made from ground meat, white wine, aromatics and olive oil is no less traditional and gets on the table in under 45 minutes.

Healthy drink recipe: America’s Test Kitchen Kombucha

Determined to consume more gut-healthy fermented drinks in 2023? Fizzy, refreshing kombucha is a great place to start. The combination of sweetened, cooled tea and mature kombucha is super easy to make and far more economical than buying it at the store. And tastier too, say the editors of America’s Test Kitchen, who provide fool-proof recipes for making fermented drinks in the new cookbook, “The Complete Guide to Healthy Drinks” (America’s Test Kitchen; $28).

On Gardening: Superbena Royale Plum Wine verbena is Garden Guy’s pick for Viva Magenta, Pantone’s Color of the Year

Viva Magenta is the hot new color for 2023, according to Pantone, the gurus of all things color. Specifically, it is Pantone 18-1750. In the garden world, flowers will never be able to be bred so specifically so as to reach a Pantone number. We as gardeners, horticulturists, landscape and container designers, however, want to participate; we love this time of the year. Thus, Viva Magenta becomes somewhat subjective. That being said, I first nominate Superbena Royale Plum Wine verbena as a gardening pick for the color of the year.

Healthy juice recipe: America’s Test Kitchen v5 Juice

Leave it to the editors at America’s Test Kitchen to come up with a homemade version of v8 that’s fresh, pretty and lower in sodium. They eschewed the thick, tomato puree-like texture for zesty, raw whole tomato, which they blended with spinach, watercress, carrot and celery. The result is a bright green-and-red juice you simply can’t get out of a can. Optional Worcestershire sauce adds a touch of umami. The recipe is one of 160 juices, flavored waters, broths and fermented beverages featured in the new cookbook, “The Complete Guide to Healthy Drinks” (America’s Test Kitchen; $28).

7 tips for eating and living well in the new year

At the end of 2022, as holiday potlucks and cookie exchanges came to an end, we took a look at diet and wellness research to find the most valuable lessons for eating and living well in the new year. We coupled those with the time-honored lessons — red meat in moderation, plants in abundance — to bring you these top seven tips. We hope you find them as useful as we do.

Greening the island: Master Gardener Program kicks off 2023 class series

When it comes to community outreach, rhe University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Extension Service is comparable to the way Peace Corps reaches out to folks in other countries. The Master Gardener program is an important componant of the UH-CTAHR Extension Service. The program is set up to assist local folks with home gardening issues.

Humpback whale counts scheduled

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary welcomes back volunteers for the 2023 Sanctuary Ocean Count scheduled for Jan. 28, Feb. 25, and March 25.