All posts tagged: healthy cooking

Food: How to Substitude Ingredients and This Recipe

I have to admit, I switch up ingredients all the time while preparing a meal. For example – I am allergic to soy, so I use Worcestershire sauce instead. I hate the taste of fish, so I never add fish sauce to any Asian dish. So I was glad to find a list of alternatives here, for ingredients. What have you substituted, and share your experience or other recommendations Here’s a recipe for dinner tonight for the family – spicy eggplant pasta    {featured image source}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Korean Chicken Bowl

And to think I was considering making a simple fajita dish, until I stumbled upon this recipe for sheet pan Korean chicken bowl with sweet potatoes and yum yum sauce and dinner will be a whole kinds of wonderful tonight! INGREDIENTS 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes 3 tablespoon toasted sesame or extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce 3-4 tablespoons Gochujang (Korean chili paste) 2 tablespoons honey 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 2 cloves garlic, grated 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch cubes kosher salt and black pepper 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, sour cream, or olive oil mayo 2-3 cups kale, roughly torn juice from 1 lime 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped 3 cups steamed white or brown rice kimichi, avocado, shredded carrots, green onions, sliced cucumbers, and radishes, for serving {more} How do you decide on a recipe? Can you taste the flavors as you read through it or you would have to make it to feel the flavors? 

Food: Dinner Tonight – Pineapple, BBQ Chicken, Quinoa

I’ve switched gears, just like that, regarding eating less comfort food and more healthy meals. Yes, the weather has been unusually freezing in San Francisco, with the weirdest of storms passing over the city. But my body is in Spring-Summer mode I think and it is craving more veggies, and less starch – so the meal planning begins to satisfy my cravings. Yes folks, the family usually works around my clock – in terms of food. 😉 So, here we go – tonight’s dinner INGREDIENTS 2 pounds  boneless skinless chicken breasts 2  cups BBQ sauce, homemade or store-bought (if using store-bought, I like Primal Kitchens BBQ Sauce) 2 tablespoon pineapple juice juice from 2 limes 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks 2 jalapeños, chopped, and seeded if desired 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped kosher salt and pepper 3 cups cooked quinoa or rice  – OR in my case, I prefer cauliflower rice over quinoa 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup fresh basil, and or cilantro leaves, roughly chopped 5 cups shredded romaine lettuce 1 avocado, sliced 4 fresh chives, chopped fried garlic for serving (optional)  {more} On another note – what TV shows are you binge-watching right …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Thai Chicken Noodle

I’m back from another crazy few days of juggling and the first stop to normality is my blog and need to share what’s for dinner tonight – with cold/hot/warm/freezing/windy temperatures and this is just hour to hour. So here it is – Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen/noodle soup which goes something like this: INGREDIENTS 4 cups low sodium chicken broth 1 can (14 ounce) coconut milk 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons fish sauce 2 tablespoons honey (omit from my Keto Diet efforts)  1/3 cup creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced 2 red peppers, chopped 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 1 clove garlic, minced or grated 4 squares ramen noodles  (omit from my Keto Diet efforts) juice of 1 lime 3 cups fresh baby spinach 1/3 cup fresh basil or cilantro, roughly chopped, plus more for serving chopped peanuts and toasted sesame oil, for serving (more)

Food: Dinner Tonight – Roasted Chicken and Burrata

Here’s what’s happening this week – I have family in town. Which means, there is no deciding or organizing any meal at home. Everything is decided last minute and meals are consumed at any number of wonderful eateries around the city-San Francisco.  Except tonight – where I am left on my own and the meal I prepare will be a healthier variation to the mostly overly salty meals I’ve been having each night since last Thursday.   By the way, this is also the explanation for my lack of posts. I will be on track next week for sure. So, here’s what I’ll be switching up to take my dietary needs into consideration ORIGINAL INGREDIENTS – RECIPE 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (skin on or off, I prefer skin off)  – {sticking to chicken breast, not a fan of thighs} 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme, plus more for serving 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper kosher salt and pepper 1/4 cup all-purpose flour   {Not adding any flour} 4 …

Food: Dinner Tonight: Coconut Curry Noodles or Chicken

I do love coconut curry or around this time of year, butternut squash curry I normally order from my favorite eatery in the city here, and here.  So, here’s whats happened. I assumed we were finally getting our warmer temperatures in the city, but it turns out, we’ve had nothing but cold windy days, overcast, and definitely the feel of Autumn in the air.  Which of course has me craving soups of sorts – and so this recipe for tonight’s dinner: INGREDIENTS 8 ounces rice noodles  {or I’ll add boiled chicken pieces instead of the rice noodles for my diet} 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 sweet onion, diced 2 zucchini, or summer squash, diced 2 ears sweet corn kernels, removed from the cob 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated 2-3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste 1 14 ounce can full fat coconut milk 1 tablespoon fish sauce (soy sauce for vegan option)   {not a fan of fish sauce so that will be omitted} 2 teaspoons honey   {not necessary, but it’s all up to you} juice and zest from 1/2 a lime 1/4 cup fresh cilantro OR basil, roughly chopped (use you personal favorite) sliced …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Skillet Chicken and Peaches

Growing up in a Mediterranean home meant, fresh seasonal fruits were used to create the most interesting of meals and the tastiest fruit salads to indulge. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found this recipe – which in addition to reminding me of my childhood – is going to be the most talked about dish in our household. In a good way, I can assure you.  Also, pretty Keto friendly if you leave out the rice pilaf I’d consider pairing up with this meal. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons smoked paprika zest and juice of 1 lemon kosher salt and pepper 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1 cup dry white wine or low-sodium chicken broth 2 peaches, sliced 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons toasted pistachios, chopped 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese {more}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Spinach and Artichoke Melt – Two Ways

Sorry to keep opening most of my food posts with this – but in my household there is me following Keto, and others who don’t really want to (yet), so I have to be mindful when announcing our dinner menu. Although really, I seldom announce it, I just make it – one meal, two ways so no one feels left out. This morning I searched for a cheesy, gooey recipe since the crazy cold weather in San Francisco is making me crave comfort foods – and this is what I came across to tweak a portion for my dietary needs: INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon butter 1 clove garlic minced or grated 1 tablespoon flour  * I usually omit the flour – no need for it really, the cheese is enough thickening ingredient.  1/2 cup milk (I used 2% but whatever you have will be fine)   * I replaced with almond milk or coconut milk for entire meal 1 ounce cream cheese 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/2 cup greek yogurt I used 0% 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach thawed, about 5 ounces 1 (8 ounce) jar grilled artichoke hearts or …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Garlic Shrimp with Honey Drizzle

Although I am following a no-carb no sugar diet, I have to consider the family when preparing dinner – Meaning to clarify – a dish where I can leave out the carbs and enjoy the key parts of the meal to feed my dietary needs. Like this amazing recipe I found here: In this case I simply eat the shrimp and avocado, and pass up on the rice, beans and just maybe have two slices of the plantain or maybe not (I need to be good) INGREDIENTS 1 pound raw tail on shrimp 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons honey 4-6 cloves garlic finely minced or grated (I like using around 4) 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger 2 jalapenos seeded + chopped 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less for less heat maybe 1/4-1/2 teaspoon) 1 teaspoon cumin 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped 4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup canned coconut milk 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped + more fore serving kosher salt + pepper steamed white rice + black beans + sliced avocado for serving FRIED PLANTAINS 4 inch yellow plantains sliced into 1/2 rounds oil for frying flaky sea salt {more}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Salmon, Dill and Lemon

Just to remind, I am following a very strict diet of eliminating carbs and sugar. So, finding creative ways to make dinner is hard. Especially for a family with different dietary needs. This recipe is close to one I already follow when baking salmon – except that is has the option to add the potatoes and a dill yogurt for dipping. In my case, I will leave out the potatoes, and replace the regular yogurt sauce with coconut yogurt. INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 2 lemons 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 2 small potatoes, very thinly sliced using a mandolin 4 6-8 ounce salmon fillets, skinned kosher salt and pepper fresh arugula and basil, for serving 1 cup plain greek yogurt DILL YOGURT 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill juice of 1 lemon 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes {more}