Pear Super Salad with Raspberry Dressing
yields: 1 serving
E: We resurrected this salad recipe from a few months ago. This was before I stopped eating dairy products and meat. I would still make this salad, but I would add some walnuts, and maybe some stonefruit like nectarines and maybe some apples, and a tiny bit of thinly sliced red onions. That’s the beauty about salads, you can add whatever you like.
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.
French Omelette Topped with Tomatillo Salsa and Avocado
E: This is a lazy Sunday morning. I’m catching up on some food blogging and doing chores around the house. I’m getting ready to go to Mexico next friday with my sister, her hubby and my parents. I’m so excited. One of the towns near my mom’s hometown was recently flooded by a dam that broke. My aunt’s home was rendered uninhabitable and she lost everything. I am going through my closet to see what I can bring with me to donate. I’m looking forward to seeing my mom’s family and also visiting with my dad’s parents. They are the only grandparents I have left and it makes me sad I don’t see them or know them enough. It will be a great trip, I know it.
Anyways, as I was doing some of my chores I started craving this omelette. The french omelette is like a crepe, it’s thin and you fold it in as it cooks. I like the savory parmigiano-reggiano inside. I topped this french omelette with some homemade tomatillo salsa and some avocado. It is light and healthy. If you don’t already have tomatillo salsa, you would want to make that first.
I first experimented with french omelettes when I was watching a cooking episode with Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. The entire 30 minutes episode was about cooking eggs for breakfast. They each shared how to make scrambled eggs, french omelettes, poached eggs, sunny side up eggs, etc. It was actually very educational. Plus how can you not like Julia and Jacques’s accents.
Anyways, for my hubby’s omelette I used 3 eggs as the recipe suggests. However, for mine I only used 1 egg and an additional egg white, less cheese and more avocado. I love avocado. We planted an avocado tree and can’t wait until the day I can just pick them from our backyard.
Sweet Potato Soup or Sopa de Camote
E: I’m in love with sweet potatoes. I first started eating these because they were a recommended source of protein and carbs for runners. I also began to eat them in lieu of a regular potato because they are a superfood which means they are loaded with anti-inflammatory nutrients and are low on the glycemic index. I find sweet potatoes on sale all the time at the mexican market. Although, the sweet potatoes there have a thinner skin are slightly pale yellow, and are not as sweet nor mushy when cooked. I can eat sweet potatoes in a variety of ways, but this was the first time I tried it in soup form. I really liked it. It’s hard to say where this recipe originated because I’ve seen variations of it on so many blogs and cooking books.
My boss recommended Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Tursthen’s book, “It’s All Good.” I found a sweet potato recipe there that is just about like the one I made. I’ve also seen this on a website at “simplyrecipes” and even then she gives credit to another blogger. Anyways, the moral of the story is that you can really make this soup your own by adding a few of your favorite spices or toppings, just like when adding toppings to a baked potato. I love paprika and honey with my sweet potato, so I used a little of that here. Enjoy!
Protein Shake with Almonds and Coconut Milk
E: This recipe was inspired by Gwyneth’s recipe “homemade almond milk.” This protein shake does in fact resemble horchata as Gwyneth’s recipe suggests. I mixed this with cinnamon, coconut milk and some agave to add some “horchata” taste. This is a protein blaster! Great for an energy booster.
Chinese Chicken Salad
yields: 4 generous servings
E: Kudos to me for running on the treadmill today and eating this healthy salad for dinner. I’m trying to be healthier about by physical activity and my eating. Today I even woke up early to make myself a green juice smoothie, and do a 15-minute workout from Women’s Health Magazine. My sister Maggie and I are constantly sending each other our meals throughout the day, and pictures of ourselves at the gym to motivate each other. The same goes for my sister Sandra. Today, naturally, I sent them a picture of this salad. Ha ha. What do you do to ensure you reach your health goals? Perhaps make this salad for dinner tonight? You can’t go wrong.
M: Oh pancakes… I’ve tried so many different recipes and different flours but this adaptation seems to work best for me. For those not familiar with almond flour, its basically ground up almonds fine enough to make it a flour. It a healthier alternative to traditional flour but also pricier. This recipe is for pancakes that although healthier, are still an indulgence so be careful not to eat them too often. Anyway, this is an adaptation of several recipes I’ve found online. My ingredients usually change depending on what I have at the time but for the most part it stays the same.
Grilled Fish Tacos (Mahi-Mahi) with Salsa
E: We are still watching NBA playoffs at our house. This Saturday we had my hubby’s brothers come watch the game with us. My sister-in-law Jocelyn was going to bring some guacamole, so she inspired me to make fish tacos. These turned out so delicious. I found the recipe on chow.com. The fish and slaw were slightly modified, I improvised a little with the recipe to make it more my taste. I also made a delicious salsa which was perfect with the fish.
[The salsa can also be used as a marinade. However, I decided not to put spice on the actual fish other than the little bit of cayenne because my sister-in-law is very sensitive to spicy foods.]
I served these with mexican rice and a grilled corn salad (lemon, parmesan, olive oil, salt and pepper). This was the main meal. I also made beef taquitos as an appetizer that could have been eaten with the guacamole my sister Jocelyn made. The fish tacos would have been enough, but you just never know. My mom taught me that it’s always better to make more food, than not enough. I love that about Mexican households, the people are so hospitable. I want to make people comfortable, and not leave my house hungry. So we had a feast.
We had a great time. I think it helped that the Warriors swept the Pelicans. Off we go to round 2 of playoffs. I think these tacos are great for any taco tuesday, or for cinco de mayo coming up. Buen provecho.
M: So Drew and I have made these twice and both times we loved them. We took this recipe from one of my favorite books The Frugal Paleo Cookbook (slightly changed it according to what we had). This recipe is for the chicken but we paired with super easy veggie fry and / zoodles. The first time we made these we didn’t have capers but the second time around we made sure to add them to the dish. They are really good! At least the ones we got which were in vinegar. We weren’t very familiar with capers, in fact our first attempt at shopping for them failed. Apparently Vons doesn’t carry them. I still think they are there somewhere. Anyway, here is what you need:
yields: about 4 chicken thighs
Spicy and Sweet Chicken Wings
Time: 1 hour
E: My mother-in-law introduced me to these chicken wings two years ago at New Year’s Eve. They smell and taste SOOOOO good. The garlic, ginger, honey and chipotle give off a very pleasant asian-fusion smell. The honey makes them a little sticky, but the sweetness is perfect to cool off the spiciness from the chipotle.
As I was grocery shopping today, I figured I would make finger food since we were going to be watching the Golden State Warriors play in game 2 of the NBA playoffs. I made these along with some potato wedges. These are relatively easy to make. There is hardly any clean-up. Sometimes that’s a bigger factor than the time it actually takes to cook the meal. My mother-in-law got the recipe from “The Neelys,” a show on the Food network. I replaced the butter with canola oil. Enjoy. Let me know how they turned out.