RECIPE: Easy Delicious Grains and Greens Salad

Long ago I ordered an entree by this name at Besaws in Portland, I loved the idea, so I hijacked the title from them.  Besaws used chard instead of kale and tahini sauce instead of humus.  I think mine has a little more zip.  Wouldn’t’a eaten this 10 years ago. Now I’m diggin’ it.  Hope you do too. (BTW I got most of these ingredients … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Delicious Grains and Greens Salad

RECIPE: A Different Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

This is NOT your average Strawberry & Banana Smoothie! It’s like an ideal lover: Thick and Rich. Yet a delectable dessert, Sweet and Creamy. But it’s protein-packed so it won’t leave you unsatisfied as desserts and lovers often do. In a blender combine: 1/2 cup almond milk 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries 1/4 cup gluten-free oats 1/2 frozen peeled banana (if using … Continue reading RECIPE: A Different Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

RULE: Chew Your Food

There’s this great thing called chewing. If you’re like me, you’ve done very little chewing and much more inhaling of food over the years. Usually I’m shoveling in enormous bites, in between patients or while driving. Not good. We all forget food is not for entertainment or even for taste.  We eat to stay alive and to nurture and heal our bodies. As we enter … Continue reading RULE: Chew Your Food

RECIPE: Easy Healthy Quick Dinners

If you’re like me, you want a healthy rotation of dinners that don’t get boring, don’t take a fortnight to prepare, are easy on the wallet and tempt the ole’ taste buds. For those of us without a personal chef and lacking culinary genius, the list below will help guide your grocery shopping on Sunday for a healthy weekly rotation.  Select your sauce, your meats/proteins, … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Healthy Quick Dinners

RULE: Meet other Proteins

I’m not here to take sides. If you love meat, you love meat. I get it. Sometimes the smell of a cheeseburger on a nearby grill, sends me floating cartoon-style on a levitating wave of vapor in the direction of said burger.  But most of the time, I’m looking for other protein options. I used to think Beef, Chicken, and Pork were the only proteins … Continue reading RULE: Meet other Proteins

RULE: Surround Yourself with Healthy People

The next time you are out to eat, look around you.  Notice the number of obese people in the restaurant patrons and employees.  This is a good indicator of whether obese people like this restaurant you’ve chosen.  If you frequent overweight feeding spots, you are likely on your way to joining the millions of hefty Americans, because guess what packs on the pounds? Unhealthy, processed starchy, salty, sugary foods. … Continue reading RULE: Surround Yourself with Healthy People

Surround Yourself with Healthy People

The next time you are out to eat, look around you. Notice the number of fit vs obese people in the restaurant -observe both patrons and employees.  This is a good indicator of whether the restaurant you’ve chosen will support your health. If you frequent overweight feeding spots, you are likely on your way to joining the millions of hefty Americans – because guess what packs on the … Continue reading Surround Yourself with Healthy People

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 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

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: 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