Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Vegetarian Chow Mein


I really need to get back to regularly posting healthy meals on this blog, well this is a start. Here is a yummy, healthy, vegetarian meal that is very easy to make and will please even the pickiest of eaters.  

Ingredients

1 package of firm tofu, cubed
1 large package of Asian ramen noodles (cooked according to package)
4 cups of shredded cabbage
4 carrots, cut into thin strips
(I used rainbow carrots, thats why they look red in the picture)
2 green onions, sliced
1 large bunch of snow peas, cut in half
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp of minced ginger
1 Tbsp of honey

Directions

Cook your ramen according to package, toss with a little bit of sesame oil, so the noodles don't stick together. Set your noodles aside. In order to get a crisp sears tofu you must dry it out a little. I cut my tofu into cubes and the pat it dry with paper towel to soak up the excess water it holds. I then season and sear the tofu in sesame oil. When your tofu is golden brown transfer it to a separate bowl. Add your cooked noodles back to you heated pan, add your shredded cabbage, green onions, snow peas,
and carrots. Toss your noodle and veggie mix, your noodles will start to get crispy, which is good.
In a small bowl add your soy sauce, garlic, ginger,  and honey and mix well. Add this sauce to your noodle mixture and let cook for another 7 to 10 minutes. Add back your tofu and cook for another two minutes. Serve warm.

Enjoy!
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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Turkey Quinoa Meatballs over Pasta

It's been a while, since my last post, I have a bit more time on my hands these days since my daughter has left the nest and is off at college. It's so quiet and a little bit sad in my house. So its time to distract myself and cook!!

 I've been thinking that I really want to go vegetarian but my love of fish holds me back. Quinoa is a great source of protein. In fact quinoa is complete protein containing all nine essential amino sources. Its high in iron, fiber, and lysine. Along with riboflavin, and magnesium
which is a powerful antioxidant. Here is a recipe that just came to mind while thinking of other non meat protein sources.


Ingredients for Meatballs 

1 pound of lean ground turkey
1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
2 tbsp of Italian seasoning
1/2 cup of fresh pesto
2 cups of cooked quinoa

Directions 

Cook quinoa according to package, mix with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Hand roll each meat ball and place in a medium high heat pan and let brown on each side of ball until throughly cooked. No oil is needed in pan due to the pesto in the meat mixture. When the meatballs are throughly cooked place them on folded paper towels to let the oil drain off of them. Serve the meatballs over pasta with red sauce, top with parmesan and fresh basil.

Enjoy!
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Champagne Seared Scallops with Cous Cous

scallops

grapefruit


It's a new year and a new way of eating for me. After juice fasting for 10 days thick fattening foods just do not appeal to me or my tummy. I plan on juice fasting at least once a month, it's such a refreshing feeling! Here is a light but full of flavor scallop dish that is easy and quick.


Ingredients 

1.5 pounds of fresh jumbo sea scallops, sliced in half
1 tbs. olive oil
Seasoning salt of any kind, I use a small amount of lemon pepper
1 box of herb or plain cous cous, cook according to directions on box
2 large pink grapefruits, cut into wedges
Fresh spinach or arugula
Champagne Vinaigrette


Directions

Make your cous cous according to the directions on the the box. Set aside. Cut your grapefruit into clean wedges as shown. Cut your scallops in half, pat them dry with paper towel. Dry scallops sear up beautifully. Wet scallops just boil in their own juices. Once your scallops are dry add olive oil to a hot pan. Drop your scallops in carefully. A hot pan is also key to a nice sear on your scallops. Let your scallops cook 3 minutes on each side, lightly dust with seasoning salt. Turn your heat down to medium and drizzle your scallops with a couple of tablespoons of the Champagne Vinaigrette. Let them caramelize up for another 2 minutes. Or until your scallops are done, they should be opaque when finished cooking. Remove scallops from pan. Assemble your pate with greens, cous cous, and scallops. Garnish with the grapefruit wedges. Drizzle the dish with the left over vinaigrette.


Champagne Vinaigrette Recipe

2 tsp of Dijon mustard
1/4 cup of champagne vinegar
3/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper

Directions

In a small bowl combine Champagne vinegar and mustard whisk together, while whisking slowly drizzle in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 10 • My Last Day Fasting


Today was my last day of the fast! Tomorrow and onwards I will be juicing breakfast and lunch and then have a healthy solid food dinner. I love juicing and will for the rest of my days be a juicer! I received my 10 day juicer badge today! I will be honest I am so excited to actually eat and chew food! Oddly, I am craving peanut butter, nuts, and steamed broccoli??? Thank you for everyone who followed me on this journey, I plan to post lots of new and healthy recipes on this blog starting in February out of courtesy of my fellow juicer friends who are fasting for 30 days, I don't want to tease them with food pictures. :)


Me 10 pounds lighter!

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Day 10:

Breakfast Juice
celery, zucchini, pear, grapefruit





































Lunch/Dinner Juice (I made lots of this juice)
spinach, cranberries, blueberries, grapefruit


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day • 9 Realization


I have come to the realization that I can only fast for 10 days. I am on Day 9 today. I have passed my goal of how much I wanted to loose in weight and do not want to loose anymore. Which was 10 pounds! :) Fearing that I will loose some of my muscle mass that I have worked so hard to get. I am a total gym rat and working out being fit and healthy means so much to me. I just do not have the energy to get me through the workouts I am used to doing. I crave those workouts and can't fathom stopping or slowing them. I am still going to juice my breakfast and lunch and eat a healthy more vegan plant based dinner. I actually plan on juicing for the rest of my days. Thank you Steven Robalino for opening my eyes to this wonderful world of juicing that I am now addicted to. I will be juice fasting with this awesome group in the future for sure.  Here's to Day 10!

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Day 9:

Breakfast Juice
kale, celery, pear, clementine, cara oranges




















Lunch Juice
carrots, beets, cranberries, mango




















Dinner Juice 
zucchini, celery, pineapple, blackberries


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Day 8 • Was Great!


Yes, finally a great day! I had energy, I worked out twice and I was never terribly hungry. I will be honest it is hard to make the rest of my family dinner, and to pack my daughters lunch. Willpower!! Although, I did make snack juice pops and they were delicious. My lunch juice was a total fail, I do not recommend making it. It was hard to get down and I reeked of garlic the rest of the day, Not good. But other than that today was a great day, I think I can do this... on to Day 9!!

Day 8:

Breakfast Juice
butternut squash, celery, cara oranges, raspberries




















Lunch Juice (total fail)
kale, zucchini, green bell pepper, celery, golden beet, radishes, tomatoes




















Dinner Juice
kale, spinach, red apples, grapes





Snack: Juice Pop
pineapple, strawberry



Monday, January 7, 2013

Day 7 • Dark Day


Today was a little hard for me. I went on a run and had no energy, and I'm sitting here starving as I write this. I might have to juice again today or just add a 4th juice to my day going forward. I want to complete this goal so bad, so onward to Day 8! ;/

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Day 7:

Breakfast Juice
spinach, broccoli, mango, red apples




















Lunch Juice
spinach, pineapple, blueberries





















Dinner Juice
butternut squash, carrots, pineapple, strawberries





Sunday, January 6, 2013

Day 6 • Focus


Focus, focus, focus, I can do this!! Day 6 is done and I really do feel amazing. I have tons of energy, I made it to the gym today and sweated buckets. When I started this cleanse Jan1st, I weighed 145 today I weigh 137 I have lost 8 pounds, I am only two pounds away from a goal weight I have been trying to reach for years. Weight loss is a great side effect but the real reason I am doing this is for my health. Bring ...it Day 7!

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Day 6:

Breakfast Juice
spinach, cucumber, pear, mango





















Lunch Juice: 
carrots, beets, radishes, cranberries, strawberries






































Dinner Juice:
carrots, cara oranges, ginger


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day 5 • Achievement


I feel a huge sense of achievement today, I made it to Day 5 and survived! A group of super nice people  on facebook are also doing this fast/cleanse they call it Juiceuary. Juiceuary, meaning we juice the whole month of January. The group was started by a single father from New York Steven Robalino and they have been doing this for a couple of years. It's nice to have some support from all over the world during those dark times. I had a couple of those dark moments today like ...what the heck am I doing?? Am I crazy?? I haven't eaten in 5 days!!! They pass, the day goes on and before you know it, it's Day 6. Only 26 more days to go!

I even was awarded a little Day 5 badge today  :)













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Day 5:

Breakfast Juice
carrots, golden beets, cara oranges, clementines, pineapple





















Lunch Juice
spinach, kale, kiwi, green apple, ginger




















Dinner Juice
spinach, red lettuce, beets, raspberries, strawberries