Shirley Fan

Shirley Fan is a cookbook author, writer, and registered dietitian living in Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about Shirley Fan at

Articles by Shirley Fan

Drink Tea Instead of Coffee

Make the switch. C'mon, you can do it. Even just for a week to see how you feel. Your heart will thank you. Emerging science on the substances in tea suggest that it may reduce cancer risk, promote weight loss and bone health and improve glycemic control. While the science on these issues isn’t settled, they’re a nice bonus to the already long list of reasons to drink tea.

5 Reasons NOT to Detox

Part of me is seduced by the idea of vitamin-rich elixirs scavenging for free radicals and purifying my body. Why not drink a greenish concoction that will banish all the bad stuff still lurking in my veins, and help me shed a few pounds? And don’t forget the glowing skin I’ll have! Sign. Me. Up! But when I put on my nutritionist's hat, I can't recommend detoxing to anyone.

Roasted Apricot Chia Pudding

A staple in the Aztec diet, chia seeds only recently started gaining attention as a health food rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Though the seed has plenty to get excited about, I didn’t get on the chia bandwagon until I tried them at a fitness conference last year. Chia seeds can be eaten […]

Savory Eggplant and Chickpea Stew

Inspired by the bounty of fresh vegetables and herbs at harvest time, this quick-cooking dish is similar to ratatouille, the classic French vegetable stew. I added chickpeas to this meat-free dish for some extra protein and heft, but they can be easily taken out for a light side dish. Serve hot or cold on top […]

Cauliflower Is the New Kale

Thanks in no small part to low-carb devotees, these lovely flowering heads are super hot. And with more reasons than ever to incorporate it in our diets, here’s everything you need to know about why to eat it, how to eat it, and how to buy it.

Plum Cornmeal Cake

When it comes to the bounty of desserts you can make with late fall fruit, plums are a perennial favorite. Besides their lovely sweet and tart flavor, they’re abundant in the summer and come in many varieties. Red or black plums provide a nice counterpoint to this slightly coarse, lemony-flavored corn cake. To prepare them, […]

Coconut Peanut Noodles with Fresh Vegetables

Many years ago, my first attempt at whole coconut left me desperately smashing the shell on a city sidewalk, but I’ve always wanted to give it another shot. This time around, I watched a few online videos, and learned that all I needed was a hammer and a screwdriver (see directions below). With these tips, […]

Food Hack: Leftover Canned Pumpkin

3 things to do with leftover pumpkin.

If you're like me, you're about to have pumpkin puree to spare. Maybe you save it in the refrigerator and wait—wait for another opportunity that doesn't come fast enough. By the time you pluck it out of the deep recesses of the fridge, it's dry, looking a bit suspect, and just plain old. Next time, rather than giving that old pumpkin the heave-ho, try these ways to use leftover puree.
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