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: Simple Gluten-Free Lasagna

Who doesn’t like warm, crisp, gooey, melted-cheese? OK, I know dairy-free folks won’t back flip at this, but for the rest of us…this healthy lasagna will blow your mind! Savory and delicious minus the inflammatory, sleep-inducing, belt-busting pasta.  Even your Italian friends’ll be gesticulating “Benissimo!” INGREDIENTS: 1 cup Quinoa 6 large Chard leaves 5-6 ounces of goat cheese (small sleeve, plain or spiced) 16 ounce jar marinara … Continue reading RECIPE: Simple Gluten-Free Lasagna

RECIPE: Dragon Fruit Smoothie

For all you Game of Thrones fanatics or those of you who care what you put in to your body, this is a Dragonfruit smoothie, whose color is more vibrant than Bran Stark’s visions.   Dragon fruit, or Pitaya, is actually the fruit of a cactus,  has a mild flavor like melon or kiwifruit and is rich in antioxidants (hello anti-aging!) If you don’t have any … Continue reading RECIPE: Dragon Fruit Smoothie

RULE: Crowd Out

If you’re like me, forcing myself to eat salads or fish, results in me NOT wanting salads and fish. (And then my eating lots of other things I enjoy because I’d felt I’d been depriving myself of them.)  Opting to eat something “because I know I should” robs you of the delicious meal experience.  Sound strange? It’s like if your mom sets you up on a … Continue reading RULE: Crowd Out

RECIPE: Delicata Squash Salad

I’ve been wondering what to do with those gorgeous yellow and green-striped squash I’ve been seeing hanging around the supermarket. Per my usual, I’m either gonna grind it up (smoothie) or green it up (salad).  In this case, I chose to green it up! Not the most simple recipe ever, but if you cook and boil while you chop, it only takes a few more … Continue reading RECIPE: Delicata Squash 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: Quick Grab Mini Quiches

Do you know the Muffin Man? He’s quite rotund. So fill your muffin pans with something healthier, tasty and custom made! These mini quiches are great to grab and go! And they keep for several days in the fridge. Nosh on these instead of a high sugar ‘protein’ bars! Whisk together 6 eggs and a Tbsp of filtered water.  Add a dash (~ tsp) of … Continue reading RECIPE: Quick Grab Mini Quiches

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: 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

RULE: Would I Eat an Apple?

Recall that the reason we eat is to survive, not for oral pleasure. Food can be incredibly enjoyable, especially when you eat with complete focus. Be present while you chew. Notice the variations of flavor on your tongue. Concentrate as you chew and swallow. Avoid distractions. Be aware of what you are putting in your body.  Don’t email, talk on the phone or watch TV … Continue reading RULE: Would I Eat an Apple?

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