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Cooking up a Storm… Where did that gust of wind come from?

3 May

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I not longer have class, just final exams for school so I’ve been able to rummage around my favorite grocery stores, Trader Joes and Whole Foods getting inspired and staying well stocked in fruits and veggies. I am concentrating on raw recipes, but mostly just trying to incorporate tons of freshness (fresh foods) into my day!

I spent 2 hours tonight just preparing foods and sealing them off in little containers for later. I find that it is always so much nicer to be exposed to many different tastes and textures during a meal, rather than just a heap of the same thing. I made egg white salad, very healthy- I used only cooked egg whites, parsley, cucumber, and my favorite cottage cheese. The cottage cheese gives the salad a spread texture and a cheesy taste, without having to use mayonnaise.
I also cooked up some steamed spinach and garlic for tomorrow and roasted some baby portabello mushrooms and butternut squash for later. A little bit of each of these things along, some fresh carrot and celery sticks, and a bag of salad mix and my lunch (and possibly early dinner too!) is set tomorrow.

I had coffee today for the first time in 2 or 3 weeks. I haven’t had caffeine in a while, since I was on the cleanse etc. Though it was only one cup, it kind of made me feel slightly sick and gave me a baby headache. I know caffeine (and obviously caffeine addictions) are not good, but I love coffee, I love the taste, the brew, the ritual, the whole damn thing! I suppose it’s not something I should really PUSH to bring back into my life, though.

I have been looking at a lot of blogs and want to attempt raw vegan “sushi” using nori and all veggies (poss. with a bit of marinated tofu) or wraps with collard greens. I’ve never rolled sushi before, and I don’t quite know how to do it and I’m also a bit perplexed about how to wrap with the collard greens. Do i use a toothpick? How does everything stay together??

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FAGE fantastic

26 Mar

I could eat FAGE all day. One container is only 80 calories and packed with protein. I like Total 0% Greek Yogurt, which has no fat and is still soo thick and creamy. I eat it with a bit of splenda and cinnamon and sometimes apple slices. It is the equivalent of dessert for me.
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A testament to how good this non-fat yogurt is.. the other day I was eating a container (delicious as always) and randomly looked at the label. I had accidently bought FAGE Total Classic, which has all the classic fat. I realized that the classic version was slightly thicker, but not any better. I love this stuff! I eat one or two containers every day. I’m just addicted-it is so much better than lite ‘n’ fit, go for FAGE amis.

TIP: But yogurt (any kind) in the freezer for about 1 hour and it makes this great frozen yogurt, ice cream that is perfect for dessert. Don’t leave it in for too long though, because then the yogurt just turns to ice!

Amazing and Extremely Low-Cal Tofu Noodles..

22 Mar

FILLING PASTA DISHES 60-86 CALORIES!!

If you can find it at your grocery store, tofu noodles or yam noodles are delicious replacements for pasta and can act as a base for any dish. Plus Tofu noodles are only 20 calories a serving and yam noodles are only 5!

They taste very plain, but I’ve found it is the perfect food to have around the house (especially when I wanna stuff my face) because it is filling like pasta, but no where near the calories..
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Check out the KONNAYAKU section from this link
http://www.house-foods.com/our_products/other_products.html
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My own very simplified pasta recipe based of one listed on the website is as follows…

Pasta Marinara
86 calories a serving

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Whole bag of Tofu Noodles (2 servings)
1/4 cup of marinara sauce

Prepare like pasta! et voila. I would suggest throwing some frozen veggies in there to make it more nutritious. But using this recipe as a base, thinking of all the really filling 100 calorie dishes you can have.

Tip: Try cooking these noodles plain, and then covering them with a low-cal teriyaki sauce I learned about from a diabetic girl I used to tutor. Just take soy sauce and add Splenda to taste. It makes a yummy version of Terikyaki sauce. Teriyaki Tofu Noodles would make a similarly low-cal meal. 40 calories for the whole bag of noodles! and about 20 calories for the soy sauce!

Pumpkin Party

21 Mar

So, pumpkin is my favorite food. Kinda like Bubba Gump with shrimp.. I make roasted pumpkin, pumpkin curry soup, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin quiche, pumpkin everything….
I’ve tracked down some great healthy recipes on Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin site.

Lite ‘n Easy Crustless Pumpkin Pie
138 calories a serving
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http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/detail.aspx?ID=28790#

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
150 calories a serving
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http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/detail.aspx?ID=28449

Free Veggieburger

19 Mar

Follow this link and print out a coupon for a free VeggieBurger at JohnnyRockets. It does look pretty damn good. I don’t know the last time I had a burger with all the topping, I just usually eat the boca burgers plain. Well YUMM
http://www.vegcooking.com/johnnyrocketspecial.asp?c=vcjrvb07
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Recipes from Yogatea.com

19 Mar
    Trinity Root Soup

Garlic, ginger and onion are called the Trinity roots. Garlic is warming, strengthening, antiviral and reduces toxins. Ginger soothes the nerves, fights flu and colds, relieves nausea, is a potent digestive stimulant and helps relieve menstrual cramps. Onions purify the blood, balance the blood sugar and are antibacterial. When cooked together, the trinity roots help heal infections, aid digestion, and stimulate the sexual system.
• 3 onions sliced in thin coins
• 5 cloves garlic
• 1-2 inch piece of ginger
• 1 tsp Nama Shoyu or Braggs
• 1/2 tsp chili powder or jalapeno
• 4 cups water
In a saucepan, sauté all ingredients in one cup of water until onions are translucent and starting to stick to the pot. Add the rest of the water and simmer for 30 minutes. Yields 3 servings.

    Celery Soup

Celery is an excellent internal cleanser, also good for strengthening and soothing the nervous system. The addition of Kombu and other seaweeds is useful for removing heavy metals from the body.
• 1/2 head of celery
• 1 onion or 2 leeks
• 3 cloves garlic
• 1 tsp parsley
• 1 tsp basil
• 1 tsp sage
• 1 piece of kombu or other sea vegetable
• 4 cups water
Simmer all ingredients in a saucepan for 30 minutes. Blend in blender. Top with one tsp of Bragg Liquid Aminos* and one Tbsp of ghee if desired. Yields 2 servings.

Don’t know how I feel about this one – I like that in this recipe you can replace honey and maple syrup with stevia. I never bought the idea that all the nutrients we need can successfully come from honey and maple syrup.

Master Cleanse

The master cleanse can help sooth and detoxify the entire body. This drink will dissolve and eliminate toxins and congestion from the kidneys, digestive system, glands, joints, muscles and blood stream.
• 1 quart of purified water
• 1 shaved lemon (save as much of
the white pith as possible)
• 1 pinch of cloves (whole cloves or powder)
• 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey, real maple
syrup or stevia
• pinch of cayenne

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 20-40 seconds. No straining is necessary. Drink as often as you like throughout the day.