Thai Green Curry with Vegetables
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Thai Green Curry with Vegetables

I can’t believe tomorrow is the 1st of April, 2013. How fast is time flying by?? I feel like it was just yesterday that I started blogging about my two week cleanse, and now, I’ve come so far in my eating habits. I have currently cut out all meat from my diet except for seafood. That is still a work in progress for me, and I am actively trying to cut back on it each week, and that’s working out pretty well.

Another reason I cannot believe it’s the end of March is because of Game of Thrones. Season 2 premiered last April 2012, and ever since the finale, I have been eagerly awaiting the new season. And, yes, I am currently watching it as I write this blog post! Multi-tasking at its finest ; )

 

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This thai green curry is absolutely fantastic – I saw a recipe for it in last month’s issue of Veg News, and was inspired by it. (more…)

Quick Mushroom & White Bean Soup
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Quick Mushroom & White Bean Soup

I think I just found one of my favorite soups to prepare. Ever. Yup, you heard right. This is a healthy, delicious, hearty soup that can be made in under 30 minutes! There was a ton of mushrooms in the fridge just waiting to get in my belly, and I thought I’d try something different. I’ve never made a mushroom soup before, but the thought of mushrooms in a soupy broth really appealed to my taste buds.

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Upon scouring my foodgawker app (as I usually do), I found this interesting recipe that is originally intended for the slow-cooker. I didn’t have time, or necessarily the desire to wait till TOMORROW to have soup, I decided to adapt the recipe to my time-frame and palate. I think everything tastes better with ginger and garlic, so of-course I had to add it to the recipe.

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Kale & Shrimp Whole-Wheat Spaghetti
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Kale & Shrimp Whole-Wheat Spaghetti

I realized that it was cheaper for me to bring a second suitcase along rather than mail it to me. And, I could pack more (yay, 50lbs!!!) winter coats and boots than I could have ever shipped!

I’m glad that I flew Virgin America because I was able to catch The Mindy Project on Fox via satellite tv. I never realized how funny Mindy Kaling was until I started watching her show…which led me to get her book Is Everyone Hanging Out without me (and other concerns). What’s even better is the fact that she reads her own audiobook…which I highly recommend getting. I couldn’t stop laughing…I found a new friend. Now, to get her to acknowledge this friendship, and we’ll be golden! ; )

Sticking to eating healthy hasn’t been hard, but I do admit I indulge sometimes (with a slice of pizza). I’m surprised at how easy it is to stay on track because the food is so appetizing. I am never tempted to snack on a piece of meat.  : )

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I tried kale for the first time last week when I made it two ways: kale chips (YUM!!!) and kale in pasta.

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Lemony Garlic Avocado Hummus
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Lemony Garlic Avocado Hummus

I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since I last posted…time flies by so fast when you’re having fun. But, I wouldn’t know that…because that’s not the case for me. I’ve been dealing with a lot recently – getting sick, stressed out, and generally overwhelmed with my current situation. Sometimes you just need to take a little break from everything you’ve been doing on a daily basis, and do something new and different. So, what did I do? Read, listen to audiobooks, watch tv shows and movies, and just take time to relax. This has obviously caused me to shirk my blogging duties, and for that I am incredibly sorry.

I have successfully followed my cleanse, and have to note that it ended yesterday. I cannot begin to tell you how much better I feel…I have stopped craving sugary desserts, which is an amazing, amazing feat. I’d rather have some fruit, or a raw dessert as opposed to a processed candy bar. It’s crazy how my body has changed and adapted…I’ve lost 10lbs so far on the cleanse, and I feel the difference in my energy!

I think I will be sticking to the healthy eating even after the 21 days, and be more aware of the foods I put into my body. I am a huge fan of cooking from scratch whenever possible as opposed to frozen meals, and have never been a huge fan of chicken or red meat, so I won’t lose sleep not eating it anymore : )

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A great source of protein to incorporate into a meatless diet would be chickpeas. With a delicious, nutty taste and smooth texture, they are also a great source of fiber, antioxidants like flavonoids, and manganese. In short, you really can’t go wrong eating them. I use them in curries, salads, as a snack, and in my all-time favorite dip: hummus. (more…)

Happy New Year 2013!
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Happy New Year 2013!

I cannot believe I am sitting here welcoming in another year. New beginnings, new everything. 2012 was one hell of a ride for me…a lot of ups, a lot of middle, and a lot of downs. I’m excited for what the new year has to offer me!

As you know, I am trying to recover from the flu, and so far, for the past week, it’s been kicking my butt. I was supposed to start off today by starting a 21 day cleanse from processed foods, but right now, that’s going to be pushed back till my immune system isn’t fighting so hard. I’m so so so tired, and all my body wants to do is sleep, while my mind is so over it! Ahhh

Once I am back to normal, I am going to start the healthy, non-processed food cleanse. You could call it a food-challenge for better eating, eating more vegetables and whatever comes out of the ground. It’s incredibly scary to read labels at the grocery store and not know what half the ingredients are!

I’m looking for recipes that are simple to prepare but hearty and delicious; recipes that have no processed products, no dairy products, no refined sugars, no meats. So, in a nutshell, going back to basics…have you ever done anything like this before? I would love to hear your suggestions & recommendations on recipes. 

Hot Chocolate Cookies
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Hot Chocolate Cookies

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I know holiday baking has come to an end, and I would have got this post out sooner, but I have been sick for the past week. It just seems to be getting worse. What sucks the most, isn’t the stuffy nose or the fever, ohhhh no. What is it you ask? Not being able to taste food! Seriously, everything tastes the same to me…bland bland bland : (

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Banana Walnut Bread
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Banana Walnut Bread

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One of my favorite recipes to make is this Banana Walnut Bread with maple syrup drizzled thru the batter. The first banana bread I ever baked was the Starbucks version - they used to have recipe cards you could pick up at the store. But their recipe calls for ingredients that I don’t always have on hand aka buttermilk, so over the years, I have adjusted the recipe to my liking and tastes.

If you ever have overripe bananas and are thinking about just throwing them out. DON’T!!!! Make this instead. It’s a simple, foolproof recipe that goes great as a snack or during tea time.

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Just in Time for Your Christmas Meal: Persimmon Pudding
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Just in Time for Your Christmas Meal: Persimmon Pudding

‘Tis the season for persimmons falalalalaaaa lalaaala

Persimmons are a delicious, edible fruit that seem to be relatively unknown in the United States. There are two kinds astringent or non-astringent, and the variety I purchased was the non-astringent fuyu version. They are less astringent and lose their tannic quality as they ripen, making them palatable. They are in season from late October to December, which is why they are currently sold in grocery stores. They strikingly resemble tomatoes, but don’t worry, taste nothing like it! When ripened, the fruit is sweet, almost custard like.

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A word of caution, if they are not fully ripened, they do have a bitter, mealy taste to them, which leaves little to be desired. A good way to tell when they can be eaten is by their color (change from orange to red) and cracking skins.
Growing up, they were a common sight in my home, and since I haven’t had it in a while I decided to purchase some, and what better way to eat it than in a dessert?!

I scoured my foodgawker iphone app (a godsend, I tell you!) for an appropriate app, and found the perfect one: a vintage Persimmon Pudding & Hard Sauce recipe made by Boulder Locavore’s Grandmother! I love English puddings, they are so dense, and have an intense nutty flavor to them. Putting some persimmons into the mix could only mean a good outcome : ) I am not afraid to explore and try new recipes even though it sometimes means you could end up with a disaster. While, that has happened before, it wasn’t the case with this recipe!

In the UK, Hard Sauce is associated with Xmas/New Years desserts and is made by creaming butter, and sugar with alcohols like rum, or brandy. It is best served cold and accompanies hot desserts such as puddings, pies or cakes.

Persimmon Pudding with Hard Sauce

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A Taste of India: Chana Masala
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A Taste of India: Chana Masala

Ever so often I have major Indian food cravings, and I terribly miss my dad’s cooking. Growing up, I remember wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen every afternoon. I would go in and see my dad chopping, stirring and prepping away, and I think that’s where I developed my love for cooking. My dad always refers to himself as a Look-book Cook! I’m a little different, however, as I look at recipes to inspire me and always make changes along the way. When it comes to adding spices to dishes, I hardly ever follow the recipe, but go according to taste.

I miss being home and eating homemade Indian food, or even eating out at Indian restaurants in Dubai. Restaurants here in California just don’t compare…I do admit there are pretty good ones, but considering the price, I rarely eat Indian food out.

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 Chana masala is an incredibly easy vegetarian dish to prepare, yet delicious and flavorful. This is my own recipe inspired by watching my parents cook it over the years : )

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