Thursday, February 18, 2010

collection of healthy foods

I have decided to do a little post briefly discussing and posting links to some very healthy things I've been incorporating into my life. I will than hopefully add more as time goes by. So the list begins. I probably have more, but these are the ones that I can think of for now. A BIG HUGE thank you for the people who have shared these wonderful recipes and have made my life more healthier. I have tried them all and they all get a BIG thumbs up. : )

1. My new favorite salad. Link here: SALAD
Look at Chris’ Cayenne Candied Pecan California Salad under Eat A Salad Everyday.
I actually have used walnuts and sunflower seeds instead of pecans many times.

To continue with the salad sega for a second, I actually made one up today. 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, tuna (which was mixed with a few tablespoons of sour cream, lemon juice and some spices), 1/2 cup cold black beans and a whole bunch of spring lettuce leaves. It was sooo good. : )

2. Here is a list of 10 healthy marinades you can make. Tonight, I'm trying the Tandoori Chicken marindade. It's in the oven now. I plan on trying more of these marinades. Here is the link: MARINADES
You have to scroll down a little to get to the list of marinades.

3. Also from the same site, but different link: Some homemade salad dressings. I have made the Balsamic Vinaigrette a few times. It is is so good and it took like 2 minutes to make. Here is the link: SALAD DRESSINGS

4. A recipe my mom found recently. It comes from Sam the Cooking Guy, her new favorite show.

Warm Cabbage Salad.
Serves 4.


1/3 to 1/2 cup of any kind of honey dijon dressing

1/2 head of napa cabbage (not the core end) finely shredded - about 6 cups.

1-2 ounces pack 'ready bacon', sliced thin across the strips

8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced

4 ounces crumbled blue cheese


1. Place cabbage in large bowl with cheese on top
2. Saute mushrooms in about a tablespoon of olive oil until quite soft - add bacon. Book both about 3 more minutes, until bacon starts getting crispy.
3. Add dressing to pan
4. Pour mushroom, bacon dressing on the the cabbage and mix well.
5. Season with salt, pepper and serve.

4. I have many!!! lovely recipes from my friend Galya over at

Some of my favorites are:

1. Ricotta Breakfasts: Ricotta Breakfasts

2. Mock bread and Italian Mock bread: Mock Bread. Italian Mock Bread.

3. Banana Bread: Banana Bread

4. Protein Bars. This one is a GREAT one. I can't for some reason find it on the site right now, so here it is, written by Galya. Thanks Galya!!!!


1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup oat bran
1 grated apple
1/2 cup berries ( I used aronia/chokeberry here)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (roughly 50 grams)
1/2 cup nuts
1/4 cup dried fruit (cranberries in this recipe)
3 eggs
2 tsp pumpkin spice

Mix all the ingredients and let them sit for half an hour. Pour in a silicone pan and bake for about 20 minutes at 370F. Cut while still warm, pizza cutters work best in my opinion.

To store, wrap in a wet towel and keep in the fridge.

5. Guacamole Dip

6. Nutty Swiss Chard

Thanks so much Galya!!!!!!

and my last one, that I made up but got the general idea from a forum I was reading:


tablespoon of cocoa powder or however much you want
smooched up banana
tablespoon of coconut oil (actually looks more like a paste or soft butter than oil)
tablespoon of peanut butter or almond butter
1/4 to 1/2 cup of blueberries.
1-2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup.
1/4 cup chopped nuts (toasted would be best, like hazelnuts)
Mix all together and eat. A little mushy looking, but it's a good sweet treat. I think I left out the nuts, the last time I made it, because it was fairly late at night and I didn't feel like chopping them in my mini chopper and toasting them in the oven.

OK ONE MORE. : ). My new favorite Shake.

1. frozen banana
2. 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter
3. cup of unsweetened almond milk
4. few bunches of baby spinache
5. sometimes sliced strawberries or frozen blueberries
6. Blend!!! Yummy

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Red Curry Sauce

Once again, I'll have to update with pictures at a later time. I do want to continue sharing my favorite recipes, even if don't have pictures of them. : )

This is great. I usually make a stir fry and pour it over the stir fry. Served with rice is always good too. I've made this a bunch of time too. I also have to find the original source that I found this recipe. I found it awhile ago. I was very excited when I first made it, because it really reminds of a sauce I've had at a Thai Restaurant in Salem that I used to go to.

2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minched, peeled ginger root
1 teaspoon coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
1 1/2 teaspoons of paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 1/4 cups of coconut milk
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons packed brown sugar

1. heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
2. Saute the garlic and ginger for several minutes, than remove from heat and add the coriander seeds, cumin, paprika, curry paste and cook over low heat for 2 minutes to release oils, stirring constantly.
3. Do not let it burn.
4. Add the coconut milk, tomato paste, soy sauce, and brown sugar.
5. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to ALMOST a boil, stirring constantly. Be careful and don't let it boil or it will separate. Remove from heat and keep warm, or reheat it very gently when ready to use.

Baked Halibut (or TALAPIA) with tomatoes, capers and olive vinaigrette

This recipe is so awesome. I've made it for company and my husband and I love this supper. The next time I make it, I'll try to take pictures and than update this blog with pictures. I've been making this for years now. It was adaped from Gourmet Magazine.

Baked Haliburt (OR TALAPIA) with tomato, capers, olive vinaigrette.


1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons of dijon mustard
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
quartered 2/3 cup kalmata olives
2 tablespoons drained capers, rinsed
salt and pepper
1-2 lobs of fish cut into bite size pieces.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Whisk together lemon juice, and mustard.
3. add oil in a slow stream whisking until emulsified.
4. stir in tomatoes, olives, capers, salt and pepper.
5. Put fish into a glass baking dish and pour everything in with the fish.
6. Cook until finished. Anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes.

Kellys healthy pancake recipe

I think I mentioned in an early board, that I would post my friend Kellys pancake recipe. We all love this. My friend Kelly also has young children, and her family loves it too.

Dry Mix to store:

4 cups of Quick Oats
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup nonfat dry milk
1/4 cup wheat germ or groundflaxseed
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
3 tablespoons baking power
1/2 teaspoon cream tarta (found in spice isle).

When ready to make Pancakes:

1. 2 cups mix that you made above.
2. 2 eggs
3. 1/2 cup olive oil
4. 1 cup water
5. mix alltogether and make pancakes.

You can half the recipe too.