All posts tagged: healthy eating

Food: Dinner Tonight – Eggplants and Italian Sausage

I found this recipe, and decided since I am aiming to Keto my way through life – to change one ingredient to fit my dietary needs.  Instead of breadcrumbs I am going to add Italian spicy sausage from Trader Joe  to personalize the already perfect recipe. Simple as that. Ingredients 1 eggplant or 4 thin and long ones 3 tablespoons of breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons of grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano 1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley 1 tablespoon of finely chopped capers either brined or in salt 1 clove of garlic 4 tablespoons of water 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling A few turns of black pepper Salt {more from the original recipe}

Homemade Coconut and Walnut Gelato

I had the best of ice cream the other day in Sonoma, California and wished I could simply create my own versions of this treat at home. And guess what happened? I stumbled upon this quick and easy recipe. Ingredients 300 g of fresh cream 200 g of coconut milk 50 g of dehydrated coconut 100 g of sugar 60 g of shelled walnuts Instructions Bring cream to a simmer and remove from the heat. Pour cream over sugar and dehydrated coconut, then let it soak until completely cold. Stir once in a while to melt the sugar. When the cream is cold add the coconut milk and stir to mix. Blend the walnuts until finely chopped, then add them into the cream. Pour the cream an coconut milk into the ice-cream machine and follow the instructor’s directions. When the gelato is ready scoop it into a container and keep it in the freezer for one hour before enjoying it. Serve with chopped walnuts. {more} {I get that some folks are allergic to walnut – …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Ginger, Honey Salmon

After a week of eating just about anything in site, it’s time to settle into my kitchen and make a home cooked meal like this easy variation for the same old salmon – my favorite. INGREDIENTS 1 (2 pound) wild caught, skin on salmon zest of 1 lemon 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 1 clove garlic, grated black pepper 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon chili paste NECTARINE, CORN, AND AVOCADO SALSA 1 nectarine, chopped 1 ear grilled corn, kernels removed 1 avocado, diced 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped juice of 1/2 a lemon juice of 1/2 a lime 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped {more}

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 – Chipotle Lime Chicken of Sorts

Since I am being super careful with my carbs and sugar intake, I am  extra aware of how to tweak the meals I find online for our family dinner. So here’s the changes I’ve made to this recipe to work with my diet plan. Omit the honey, and the sweet potatoes, and eat the mango sparingly.  Simple 🙂 INGREDIENTS 1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon cumin 2 limes 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated kosher salt and pepper 2 sweet potatoes, cut into matchsticks 2 avocados, lightly mashed 3 heads romaine lettuce chopped 1 mango, diced 8 ounces feta, crumbled {more}    

Food: No Carb, No Sugar Avocado Smoothie

I’ve been on this plan since April 2nd and I have to say, I am proud of myself for not falling off the wagon. Meaning, ordering chili fries and beer, or the need to munch through a large bag of skittles just because it is forbidden on this healthy eating plan. I can actually look at rice, or potatoes just to name a few, or sit through a meal with friends eating starchy foods and be okay.  So I guess my body has adjusted – hopefully well into the rest of the year. This morning, after eating two eggs in scramble, or boiled, every morning past, I decided to try this smoothie, even though I had a tough time thinking avocado to be a tasty option in smoothies – but it was fine and a great alternative to the usual eggs and bacon option. Ingredients 1/2 avocado (3-4 oz) 3/4 cup full – fat coconut milk (from a can) 1/4 cup almond milk 1 tsp fresh grated ginger (about 1/2 inch piece) 1/2 tsp turmeric 1 tsp lemon or lime juice (or more to taste) 1 cup crushed ice …

Food: Healthy Nachos Alternative

Two weeks into this healthy eating plan – no sugar, no carbs – I find myself having a withdrawals here and there, or maybe its my mind playing tricks on me. But today I woke up craving Nachos, knowing very well the typical tortilla chips included in the recipe is not a smart idea when aiming to wean myself off all things carb-heavy. So naturally the first thing on my list today was to find an alternative to the traditional tortilla chips and aim to make the healthier version of one of my favorite meals/snacks/comfort foods for dinner tonight.  I’ll let you know how it goes, unless of course you’ve tried this recipe and can share your experience with us here. Ingredients Fat Head Tortilla Chips 170 g pre-shredded/grated mozzarella 85 g almond meal/flour 2 tbsp cream cheese 1 egg salt to taste 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp coriander/cilantro powder pinch chilli powder Nacho Meat Sauce 1 red onion diced 500 g ground/mince beef 400 g tinned/canned tomatoes diced 1/2 tsp chilli powder, or to taste 1 tbsp tomato paste Topping Options guacamole salsa shredded/grated cheese sour cream jalapeños

Food: Gluten-Free Poppy Seed Buns

Always looking for interesting variations to baking – and this gluten-free poppy seed bun recipe is one I am adding to my list of what to prepare while visiting a friend over the course of next week. Gluten-free Poppy Seed Buns Ingredients for 11-15 Poppy Seed Buns Gluten-free yeast dough 300ml rice milk 80g butter 525g gluten-free flour mix (we used this flour mix Mehlmix von Bauckhof) 1 pck active dry yeast 80g fine sugar 1 egg (for the dough; size M/L) 1 egg (for brushing the poppy seed rolls before baking) 1/2 tsp salt Gluten-free poppy seed filling 125g ground poppy seeds 30g polenta/cornmeal 250ml coconut milk (or almond milk, heavy cream or similar) 50g peach jam 40g sugar 1 egg 1 pinch ground vanilla Icing 150g powdered sugar about 3 tbsp water {more}

Food: Dinner Tonight – White Bean Burger

I’ll try any veggie burger, at least once, and this one is something the entire clan appreciated a few weeks ago, so I decided to share it here, in case variety in veggie meals is something you need right about now. Sure it’s a bit of work, but make the slaw and aoli the day before or save it all for a lazy Saturday afternoon at home: WHITE BEAN BURGERS WITH FENNEL SLAW   INGREDIENTS – FOR THE BURGERS 2 cloves garlic zest from 1/2 lemon 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds 1/4 cup chickpea flour 1 15oz can navy beans, drained and rinsed 1/4 cup parsley oil for frying FOR THE SLAW 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon olive oil juice form 1/2 lemon salt and pepper to taste FOR THE CAPER AOLI 1/4 cup capers, roughly chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon honey 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon black pepper {more}