RECIPE: Easy Snack Alert: Popcorn

FAVORITE SNACK ALERT: Real popcorn I’m not talking about the prepackaged, sprayed with chemicals, individually wrapped microwave popcorn, although I’ve eaten my fair share of those! I’m talking about real corn kernels…. you can actually put 2 Tbsp popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag and put it in to the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Yeah, you can and its called Popcorn. Not too long … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Snack Alert: Popcorn

RECIPE: Healthy Grain Dish that tastes like Mac & Cheese!

Mac N’ Cheese (MnCh) used to be my comfort foods of choice.  But over the years, I’ve been disappointed by most of the  Mac N’ cheeses I’ve ordered (except for my cousin, Kacki’s recipe, of course!) Yeah, they had a delicious appearing crispy, cheesy crust, but ultimately what lie beneath, was never as savory as I’d remembered.  Now that I know refined white pastas are … Continue reading RECIPE: Healthy Grain Dish that tastes like Mac & Cheese!

RECIPE: Easy Healthy Beet Soup

I have this habit of getting stuck on songs.  Not songs that I’ve recently heard or even songs I necessarily like, but songs that are some how pertinent to the situation. For example, if it starts raining, I’ll unknowingly start singing “I’m singing in the the Rain, just singing in the rain, what a glorious feeling…” or worse, “It’s raining men, Hallelujah, its raining men, … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Healthy Beet Soup

RANT: Psychological Tricks

Did you know that restaurants actually hire food psychologists to help craft menus?  The appetizers a menu offers are carefully selected items that actually trigger increased food consumption. These little traps are always high fat, high sodium items that have been scientifically proven to make people order more food, which in turn make the restaurants more money. While we are talking about psychological tricks…. There … Continue reading RANT: Psychological Tricks

RULE: Don’t Buy it and You Won’t Eat It

Don’t buy it and you wont eat it. Ok there are some corollaries to this, which seems to happen to me frequently.  We’re at a gathering and the stars have aligned, and I am shockingly not putting a smackdown on the hors d’oeuvre table, but a friend or cousin whisks by, forcing a cracker loaded with a hot, drippy mess on it.  Though I’m not hungry, it … Continue reading RULE: Don’t Buy it and You Won’t Eat It

RECIPE: Easy Tangy Chicken and Bean Dish

Ain’t nuthin this tasty and healthy on a chinese buffet! Try this deliciously easy dinner. Packed with protein and FLA-VA-FLAV-VA! Serve it with brown rice or as is….serve it hot and IF there are any left-overs, bring ’em with you to work/school or eat ’em for lunch the next day! I do hope you enjoy… 4 cups or 1 bag (~ 20 oz) raw string … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Tangy Chicken and Bean Dish

RECIPE: Black Bean Chili

Fall is in the air and nuthin’ warms you up like a nice bowl of Chili!  It’s a crowd pleaser at tailgates too! Other than some basic choppin’ this recipe’s pretty simple 2 cans black beans (I used 3 cups of dried beans, soaked ’em over night, but canned ok) 2 cups water (filtered) 1 cup red quinoa (or brown rice) 1 cup grape tomatoes, … Continue reading RECIPE: Black Bean Chili

RULE: Freeze Everything

If a friendly neighbor drops off a pound cake, and you don’t want the extra pounds its sure to give, and you can’t refuse it or toss it. Freeze it.  If you make cookies and don’t want to eat all 22 of them in one sitting (it can be done). Freeze ’em.  You don’t want the fresh whole grain bread you bought (instead of the processed junk … Continue reading RULE: Freeze Everything

RULE: Brown is Better

Brown is better. I tell my African-American patients this and they nod approvingly. But it’s true.  The more processed a food is (white bread, chips, macaroni, mashed potatoes) the more stripped it is of its original nutrients, and thus, the worse it is for our body. I grew up on grilled cheeses made with Kraft singles (not real cheese BTW) and white bread, and got … Continue reading RULE: Brown is Better

RECIPE: Tomato Basil Sauce or Salad Dressing

I’m not Italian; never claimed to be.  So this isn’t Papa Antonio’s secret sauce; you can find yummy marinara recipes elsewhere.  This is so you can make a clean, preservative-free, easy sauce you can use on whole wheat pasta or atop a spinach salad (which I now commonly use instead of pasta);  double the recipe and freeze it to save time later if you like. … Continue reading RECIPE: Tomato Basil Sauce or Salad Dressing

RULE: Stop Making Excuses

EXCUSES                                                 MY HARSH RESPONSE “I don’t like vegetables”         “I don’t like wearing a seat belt, but I hear it’s good for me” “my knees hurt when I run”       “the heavier you are the more they’ll … Continue reading RULE: Stop Making Excuses

RECIPE: Easy Lunch: Avocado, Cream Cheese and Salmon Toast

Remember we talked about good fats and bad fats? Fat around your waist, BAD.  Fat from walnuts, GOOD.  Fat from a bacon-cheese burger, BAD.  Fat from an avocado and fish oil, GOOD.  So fear not the good fat! It keeps you full longer, makes your skin glow and your hair shiny.  Now, don’t go all Joey Chesnut on the fat intake, but enjoy small amounts … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Lunch: Avocado, Cream Cheese and Salmon Toast

RECIPE: Asian Fusion Sauce (with tofu and vegetables)

Do You Tofu? Some do.  Others poo-poo. If they only knew…how to…dress up tofu with this tasty brew… from MORI-NU: 6 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce 2 tsp honey 2 tsp balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp sesame oil Blend above ingredients together and pour 1/2 of mixture over diced tofu spread out on a baking sheet. Bake … Continue reading RECIPE: Asian Fusion Sauce (with tofu and vegetables)

RECIPE: Edamame and Portobello Mushroom Dish

This is my new favorite simple yummy recipe.  It’s so delicious you might faint, but stay prone as long as you like, because you’ll save loads of time making it! You’ll need: 1 bag of frozen shelled edamame 2 Portobello mushrooms, sliced 1 sleeve of soba noodles (don’t fret, most international aisles at the grocery store have these; 3 sleeves per package) 1/3 cup lite soy … Continue reading RECIPE: Edamame and Portobello Mushroom Dish