All posts tagged: how to eat healthy

Food: Lime, Cilantro and Salmon

I’ve been testing out plant based diet – or way of eating and so far, it’s been challenging. What sucks is that the second we are aware of something changing, we become obsessed with all the bad associated with it. In this case, I am having withdrawals for mostly salmon. Not so much beef, or chicken, but for sure salmon. Yesterday, I had my first scrambled eggs, by accident, since I was in a place which offered nothing plant-based for breakfast yesterday, and I had to default to eggs. But that’s okay, I am well disciplined in life and will bounce back to plant-based approach.  And make the following dish for dinner tonight – no rice of course. INGREDIENTS 4 (5-6 ounce) salmon filets, skin on or off 2 teaspoons chili powder, chipotle or regular 2 teaspoons smoked paprika kosher salt and black pepper 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 red or orange bell peppers, thinly sliced 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons salted butter 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated zest and juice of 2 limes, plus more for serving 1 tablespoon honey 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped 1/4 cup fresh …

Food: Chicken, Veggies and Avocado

This recipe is titled California Chicken – which naturally sparked my interest – because I am often curious about the naming of recipes. California chicken in this case, has to do with Avocados I think.  All I know, is that I have chicken thawing in the refrigerator and at first considered a simple fajita dinner, but now – well, we are making California Chicken for dinner tonight. INGREDIENTS CHICKEN 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken tenders 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon zest 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1/4 cup fresh parsley or basil, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried) kosher salt and black pepper THE RICE + VEGGIES + AVOCADO 2 red bell peppers, cut into fourths 1 zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 avocados, mashed very well juice of 1 lemon 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced or grated 2 cups cooked basmati rice 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped 1/2 cup crumbled feta, goat, or blue cheese  (and Cotija cheese it is, considering it is a California thing)  – {more} On another note, …

Food: Cauliflower in Full Bloom

I ordered a side of cauliflower the other day while lunching with a friend at Stanford Shopping Mall. We were aiming for a quick bite since we each had other engagements to attend in the evening. So we walked into my favorite eatery and in addition to a fried chicken sandwich, which I highly recommend, I opted for steamed cauliflower, which I didn’t realize until I took a bite, it was curry flavored. I don’t know about you, but although I love curry mixed with veggies, and some form of protein, I don’t care for it on cauliflower. Since cauliflower has a unique taste and one it takes time getting used to, adding the wrong flavors tend to play tricks on your taste buds and curry with cauliflower is just not the best of combo in my opinion based on decades of enjoying my family’s Mediterranean cuisine . But that’s me. You might think otherwise and that’s perfectly fine. But since Saturday, I’ve craved cauliflower, grilled to perfection in the oven and tossed around or …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Personalized Pizza

I have a weakness for pizza and could very well eat a personal size one a day – with a variety of toppings. My current favorite pizza places in San Francisco being here for a get-together traditional pizza experience, here for a quick bite to eat at the mall, and here, and here when we venture out of San Francisco and do not have the time to search for a local Yelp reviewed five-star restaurant. The trouble with Pizza is that since I have cut down or eliminated as much as possible, carbs from my diet, I try to minimize the consumption to once a month or twice and maybe three times, but only on a cold and rainy day. 🙂 So when I found this recipe here, I felt the need to  switch-it-up to fit all of my dietary restrictions and I am forcing the family to follow along. INGREDIENTS 1/2 pound pizza dough, homemade or store-bought {I switched to cauliflower ready-made dough} 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil  1 yellow onion, thinly sliced kosher salt and pepper 3 tablespoons crème fraîche …

Food: Dinner Tonight- Thai Steak Sandwich

I love steak sandwich and will actually search for the option on any menu while dining out. But tonight, I wanted to do something different with the skirt steak that’s been thawing out in my refrigerator. Now as I have mentioned many times, I Keto my way through life now, with the option to have one cheat day here and there. Meaning to say, that this recipe is too good for me to leave out anything, so if you are curious then see below how it is I am cheating: INGREDIENTS 2 pounds skirt steak 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup honey (cheat) 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari   (cheat)  4 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 1 tablespoon chili paste 1 toasted baguette, halved and cut into 4-6 pieces (cheat) gingered tahini or mayo, for spreading (optional) MANGO BASIL SALAD 1/3 cup sesame oil juice from 2 limes 1 tablespoon fish sauce 2 green onions, chopped 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 mango, sliced or chopped (cheat) 2 carrots, shredded (cheat) 2 persian cucumbers, sliced 2 jalapeños, sliced 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped  (cheat)   **If you want to maintain the Keto alternative …

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}  

Food: Mediterranean Cooking Surely A Hit

Mediterranean cooking is what I grew up with and one I cherish and consider the best of healthy foods. Recently I’ve been asking my mother to teach me all that she knows about our home cooking, and then I find ways to tweak those recipes – meaning to say – finding ways to shortcut my way through the meal prep.  In case you are not familiar, Mediterranean cooking is very time-consuming. With that said, I found an interesting site here which has a few of my favorite Medi-dishes, although a little different then the traditional style, still pretty tasty:

Food: Irish Burrito?

We took the Eurostar from London to Paris for a five day visit – and as I sat in my hotel room to play catch up with my blog, I noticed this bit of wonderfulness. And since it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day – I figured you wouldn’t mind me adding it here just in case after all the ‘celebrating’ ahem drinking,  a burrito is in order. 🙂