Main Meals, Meat, Poultry, Recipes

Enchiladas with Panela cheese

March 23, 2016

E: Make yourself a batch of this enchilada sauce. You can use half of it and freeze the other half for another time. It’s not that hard, and it will be ready  in  about 10 minutes. Once the sauce is ready, it’s downhill from there.  I tend to vary my sauce depending on what kind of chile I have on hand. This time my mom left me with a bag of California and Japanese Chili pods, so I used that. However, you can also use chile pasilla and guajillo. You can serve the Enchiladas with rice and/or beans. We ate them a la carte to save calories.

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Drinks, Smoothies

Mango-Banana-Pineapple Smoothie with Maca

March 1, 2016

E: I highly recommend this smoothie. The burst of tropical fruit early in the morning really wakes you up and encourages you to start your day. Plus, it’s fully loaded with fiber, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, etc. You will not be disappointed.

Research has shown that mango has antioxidant compounds which have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Pineapple is good because it has a lot of fiber. A diet high in fiber helps reduce risk of constipation, heart disease, and possibly cancer. Plus the  fiber keeps you full and can help you lose weight. Bananas have high potassium content and they are an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.

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Dessert

Red Velvet Cupcakes

February 16, 2016

E: Cuz sometimes you just want to live a little. I made these cupcakes for Valentine’s Day mostly to treat my sister in law Jocelyn. Once I find a topping with a lower sugar content I will share it. This ended up yielding about 16 cupcakes. 

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Kale-Basil-Parsley Pesto with Toasted Nuts

November 12, 2015

Kale-Basil-Parsley Pesto with Toasted Nuts

 

E: I got home around 7:10 pm today. I didn’t have to cook because I have spaghetti and fajita leftovers. But I was in the mood for a vegetarian dish that incorporated kale. I got the idea to make this recipe once I saw the pine nuts in my pantry. I haven’t made pesto in over four years, so I kinda forgot how to make it. I started googling kale pesto and I found several recipes that used kale instead of basil and walnuts instead of pine nuts.

One recipe from epicurious  from Fifty Shades of Kale, by Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh mentions that kale-walnut pesto has high amounts of folate capable of producing a pound of serotonin in one hour- which they say translates into good sleep and a smile in the morning. Umm. .. sold!  

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Chicken Fajita Platter

November 11, 2015

Chicken Fajitas

 

E: We love fajitas in our house. It was actually the first meal we shared together. Sam took me to Margaritaville in Capitola and we shared fajitas for lunch on our first date. He  likes to order beef, chicken and shrimp fajitas. At home I will sometimes make the trio for a special occasion. This time around I incorporated more vegetables. It was fun selecting what veggies to put in my taco and sometimes substituting out the chicken. I made the salsa ahead of time. 

Instead of using the fajitas pre-packaged seasoning envelopes with preservatives, just make your own. I sometimes add lime juice at the end too. Okay, enjoy.

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Main Meals, Meat, Poultry, Soups, Soups & Salads

Albondigas (Meatball Soup)

November 11, 2015

E: Happy winter! It was 37 degrees overnight in Gilroy. That is one of the coldest nights of the year.  If you are in the mood for something warm, this soup is ideal.

First I have to say I’m sorry for not having blogged in awhile. I’ve been cooking, I just haven’t had time to blog about it. I’m a bit behind. Last weekend I ran a half-marathon and I injured my knee. I’ve been home for three days. Today is Veteran’s Day, so I’m off. Happy Veteran’s Day by the way.  The weekend before that my parents came over. They had not visited for over seven months.  It was nice to have them here. The weekend before that we went to a wedding, and before that we went on vacation. Long story short, life happens.

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Breakfast, Clean Recipes, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Semi-Vegetarian

Protein Packed Mexican Style Eggs

September 9, 2015

Protein Packed Mexican Style Eggs

E: I knew I was going to have a long-day today and possibly skip lunch. I started off with this baby. I used small organic eggs. We bought a 5 dozen pack from Costco, but the eggs are smaller than usual. I had salsa on hand as I usually do. If you don’t already have that then you are going to want to make that first which may take time. I ate these eggs with half a piece of toast and some papaya. It’s much like huevos rancheros without the tortilla and more egg whites for extra protein. Hope you like. 

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Summer Frittata

September 7, 2015

Summer Frittata

Serves 2

E: It’s Labor Day Weekend! I hope you had the chance to do absolutely nothing. Sam and I went furniture shopping and we picked up a few things for our Kauai trip. I got a cool hat. I did not run or lift weights, and I feel very guilty about it. But at the same time, I don’t remember the last time that I slept in until 10:30 am. I actually woke up after Sam, which rarely happens. Usually I’m back from my run, and have gotten started on breakfast by the time he gets up. Anyways, I’m glad I was able to escape from my work-life and relax on this extended holiday weekend.  

I made this frittata in about 15 minutes. I start it off on the stovetop then finish it off in the broiler. It is savory and sweet from the cheese and warm juicy cherry tomatoes. Enjoy it with some coffee and your favorite toast. 


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Spaghetti Sauce a la Tricarico

August 31, 2015

Spaghetti Sauce a la Tricarico

E:  Although this is a “spaghetti sauce” it’s technically more like a bolognese sauce, except it doesn’t come from bologna. My husband’s grandmother gave this recipe to my mother-in-law (MIL). Grandma likely learned it from her MIL who was a first generation Italian immigrant from Tricarico, Province of Matera, in southern Italy. After comparing marinara recipes from various sources, I learned that southern-Italy uses more ingredients than northern Italy.

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Esme’s Turkey Chilli

August 30, 2015

Esme’s Turkey Chilli

Serves 6+

slow-cooker
(4 hours cook-time)

 

E: It’s Sunday, and I am not feeling well. I went on a run this morning and ten minutes in I got a migraine. My head started throbbing and I started to lose my vision. I made it back home and immediately iced my head, and closed my eyes. A few hours later Sam helped me pull myself together. He went to get me aspirin, and some lunch. I decided to make this chilli which takes about 30 minutes to make if you don’t think about the 3.5 hours it sits in the slow cooker without supervision. We had it for dinner, and we will have it tomorrow as well. This is my original recipe, and I hope you like it. I added brown rice this time, because it reminds me of albondiga soup which always brings me comfort.

 

During my time “relaxing” I caught up on some blogging. I’m going to get ready for a new day tomorrow, and hope this migraine and tension headache goes away.


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