Category Archives: Healthy Eating

Tofu and Veggie Couscous

IMG_20151110_174309290It had been a while since I made tofu so I bought some and then it sat in my fridge because I didn’t know what the hell to make with it. I looked at a few recipes for the sauce and then I dumbed it down because I usually don’t have all the ingredients. This recipe was fun because you can toss in any veggies you want! I used what I had on hand.

 

Ingredients

Tofu (Extra firm)

Chopped Broccoli (head)

Box of Israeli Couscous

Shredded Carrot (1)

Fresh Spinach (2-3 handfuls)

 

Sauce

2tablespoons canola/veg oil

3 garlic cloves (1 thinly sliced, 2 minced)

3 teaspoons fish sauce or tamari

1/3cup soy sauce

4teaspoons dark brown sugar

3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

Sriracha to add heat *optional

Directions

Cut tofu up into bite size pieces and saute in vegetable oil for about 15 min turning over until slightly brown and crispy (I made mine the night before)

Cook couscous according to box add the broccoli in the water during the last 4 min to slightly cook it.

Meanwhile combine the minced garlic,  fish and soy sauces, brown sugar, and sesame oil. Toss this in with the tofu and let it simmer for a minute. Add the couscous and broccoli and shredded carrots and sriracha and mix well. Then add the fresh spinach and toss until it becomes wilted.

Enjoy.

 

 

Strawberry Avocado Salad

This path month I’ve been trying to eat different things for breakfast and lunch, and find new ways to incorporate certain foods. Like strawberries, I use them in my smoothies and maybe a spinach salad here and there but then they always seem to go bad in the frig or sit in the freezer.

Today I made a strawberry and avocado salad! It was so good and filling, the perfect amount of creamy/crunch mixed with a punch of sweet and salty.

Recipe:

4-5 large strawberries chopped

1/2 of an avocado chopped

1.5 oz of gorgonzola cheese

quarter of a small onion chopped (optional)

drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette

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Grow Your Own Veggies – Cheat Sheet

If you are like me and don’t have a green thumb maybe this can help you! I am interested to try.

Garden cheat sheet (via anglianhome.co.uk/goodtobehome)

Cheesy Orzo with Sweet Potato and Broccoli

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Cheesy Orzo with Sweet Potato and Broccoli Recipe

Ingredients:

Box Orzo
Head of Broccoli (chopped)
Sweet Potato (diced)
3 Cloves of Garlic
1/2 cup Parmesan
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder (optional)
Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
Small Onion Chopped
3 Tbsp EVOO
1/2 Lemon (juice)
Veggie/Chicken Stock (optional)

 

Boil a pot of water or stock. Toss in the orzo and sweet potatoes cook for about 15 min. Add the broccoli and cook for another 5 min or until everything is slightly tender then drain. In a separate pan heat 2 tbsp EVOO and add onion and garlic and saute until onion is translucent. Then add the cooked orzo, sweet potato and broccoli to the pan with the onion and garlic toss in the Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, 1 tbsp of EVOO, lemon juice, and other (optional) spices. Mix well and serve.

Benefits of Cucumber Water

Today’s Inspiration: Cucumber Water

wpid-20140528_102355.jpgOver the Memorial Day Weekend I tried a new drink, Cucumber Martini. It was delicious, very refreshing and even with a little simple syrup, not too sweet. I love cucumbers but I tend to only eat them in salads. So today I decided to try plain cucumber water. I hear it’s the thing at spas. I wanted to give my water a boost by adding some natural flavors in addition to increasing my water intake.  Turns out I love it! I can’t wait to try other flavors like strawberry mint!

Curious about health benefits? I was, so I did a little research and here’s what I found.

1. Plenty of Vitamins &  good for your muscles: Cucumbers contain silica, a trace mineral necessary to keep connective tissue healthy. Cucumbers are also full of Vitamin K, which keep bones strong and healthy. Plus Vitamins A, B and C, which boost immunity, give you energy, and keep you radiant

2. Skin Friendly: The silica and antioxidants help your skin stay clear and supple. It’s also an anti-inflammatory which can reduce acne redness. Try washing your face with cucumber water in addition to your usual acne routine to reduce redness.

3. It’s low calorie: An entire cucumber averages about 45 calories so a few slices in your water is not

4. You may drink more water: We like things that taste good. Better tasting water just increase your intake.

5. It’s detoxifying: Antioxidants help your body fight free radicals, thereby promoting healthy aging and fighting disease.

6. It’s inexpensive: Cucumbers are the 4th most widely cultivated vegetable in the world. Organics cost a bit more, however, they are less expensive.

7. It’s easy: It takes just a few minutes to fill a pitcher (or glass) of water and slice a few cucumbers into it.

8. Goodbye Bloat: Cucumbers also act as a natural diuretic helping you get rid of that excess water and bloating.

Tip: The cucumber slices should soak in the water overnight to give you maximum flavor. Discard any unused water after two days to keep your beverage tasting fresh.

Cucumber skins contain vitamin A so buy the unwaxed kind. If adding waxed cucumbers to your water, peel the skin off first.

Cinco de Mayo – Let’s Eat!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I love Mexican food and margaritas so today is one of my favorite holidays to eat and be merry.

In addition to chicken fajitas, I wanted to make some kind of creamy yet spicy corn dip.

I did a search on the ingredients I wanted to base my recipe on, and found one Corn and Jalapeno Dip

This is a slow cooker recipe but I’m making stovetop today.

Corn and Jalapeno Dip
Slow Cooker corn jalapeno dip (via damndelicious)

 

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 3 (15.25-ounces) cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives or scallions

For the slow cooker recipe Read More

Stovetop Instructions

Cook bacon and drain.  Save a bit of grease for sauteing.

Saute corn and jalapenos in a little bacon grease for about 5 minutes, stir in cream cheese and sour cream and simmer until everything melts together.  Add the Pepper jack and Parmesan cheeses along with salt and pepper.  Toss in the bacon and mix until the cheeses melt. Pull off the stove and garnish with chives/scallions.
Note: I added sauted mushrooms and cilantro for extra flavor!

 

 

 

 

Make Better Food Choices

Weight Management

Since the holidays, I have been indulging in whatever I want without a care in the world. Sure I’ll have a beer or 3, pass me the Kit Kat, did someone say pizza? Yum.

The last couple of weeks I’ve noticed that my holiday binging needs to be OVER – Hello March, goodbye extra pounds!

I decided that I TODAY I will get back on a regular workout routine and start making better choices with food.

Like most people, I know foods that are good to eat and foods to stay away from. But sometimes the good food sounds boring or I don’t know how to “dress it up.” Let’s face it, I need a little help pairing it up with other super foods to make it more appealing and delectable.

In my search for healthy food ideas, I found this link Familycircle. 

The post is weight loss diet plans. I am not a fan of the word DIET or following a DIET. I believe it’s about making lifestyle changes and start slowly. When a diet ends, the results will end too. But if you continue to make the right choices via lifestyle changes, you won’t go through the yo-yo of weight management. I hope it helps you to find some ideas and tips for healthy food ideas and even exercise.

Don’t forget exercise

Start to incorporate some quick exercises into your daily routine. You can pick 3 one day (upper body) – do 3 reps of each. The next day pick another 3 (lower body) – do 3 reps of each. Rotate each day, along with walking/cardio 4 days a week. Even if it’s only 15 min, it’s something be proud of!

Remember this is a lifelong change so it’s ok to start small, you will build up over time! Here’s a few exercise ideas to get you and me started.

Upper Body

Pushups

Plank

Dumbells

Tricep Dips

Lower Body

Crunches

Lunges

High Knees

Plank with Leg lift

Full Body

Jumping Jacks

Mountain Climbers

Burpees

Spinach, Peas & Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce

I have been making a pasta with garlic cream sauce for some time now but it always tasted a little bland to me. Tonight, I pat myself on the back because I nailed it. I changed up the recipe and added more garlic, plus the peas were leftover so I tossed them in. Forgot to take a pic, we gobbled it up so fast.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of peas
Bag of fresh spinach
4-5 garlic cloves
Bowtie Pasta
5 tbsp butter
1 1/2 cup of half and half
1/2 cup of grated parmesan
Salt
Garlic powder

Boil pasta,  meanwhile in large saucepan melt butter and add crushed garlic let that saute for about a minute. Toss in spinach and saute until it wilts then add the cream, mix well until it starts to slightly bubble, add parmesan cheese mix again then add peas let that simmer for a few minutes until peas are cooked. Lastly, toss in the cooked pasta add salt, pinch of garlic powder and serve.

Hope you enjoy!

A Simple Life – Microwave-Free

ImageOne of my resolutions this year was to declutter my life.

I started the first week with email. As an email marketer at my previous job, I signed up for everything. I would get about 200 emails a day, most of it was used for competitive research and most of it was also CRAP!

Anyway, now that I am in a new position, I can recapture my precious morning time doing other things (like blogging) rather than skimming through and deleting senseless emails full of advertisements that promise to make me smell better, look better, or get the lowest price today – even though another great offer will appear in two days.

After the digital cleansing, I moved over to the domestic cleansing – the house. As you know, I’m sure, house work is never done. I donated a few bags to Purple Heart but I still have a long way to go. I feel like it’s a revolving door, as you move more junk out, shit comes right back in (especially with kids). Little by little, I will get there, at least that’s what I tell myself.

Then the unexpected happens. Our microwave, which is only a couple of years old, suddenly broke. It’s been a week and I really haven’t missed it. Actually last week, due to the snow storm, we had a couple of families stay with us for a few days and no one really noticed!

So last night, I moved it out of the kitchen, reclaimed my counter space, looked at it a few minutes and decided…what the hell, let’s do without!

I asked my 8 year old son what he thought, and he couldn’t care less. My 6 year old daughter gave the same reaction. Then I asked my husband, “hey, you want to try an experiment? Let’s go microwave-free!” And surprisingly, he was on board right away, his exact words, “sure, you don’t need a microwave, it’s just a convenience.”

Yes nailed it!

It’s now been a week and the transition was easy. I remember in the 80’s when my parents first got one, we were “totally siked!” But as I got older, I’ve always had some weird feeling about microwaves, they just seemed unnatural – something about the radiation part.

Before I decided to go sans micro – I did some research and internal thinking. As it turns out, we are not regular users. Besides popcorn, very few frozen veggies, and heating up leftovers, we rarely used it.

Here are some tips I came across for making this transition, and most of these, I was already doing.

  • Buy fresh foods
  • Thaw meats in a pot of cold water
  • Reheat leftovers in the oven
  • Stove-top popcorn
  • Store food in frig to oven containers
  • Buy a kettle (I use my keurig and love it)

As far as cooking and baking, I’ve always used my oven and in the winter it doubles as an extra heater!

I’m excited about our lifestyle change, stove-top popcorn and fresh tasting leftovers – hell yeah!

What I’m curious about is the reaction we’re going to get from people. I’m sure we’re going to hear a lot of “why?” and “how?” But it’s a decision we made – maybe less convenient – but simple!