April 14, 2012

How to make the perfect guacamole

via How to make the perfect guacamole. (Malou)

Thank you for adding chiles!!!

April 13, 2012

How the smell of food affects how much you eat

How the smell of food affects how much you eat.

 

Lord have mercy! I never thought about food in this aspect. It’s not even surprising!

Sitting down at a dinner with the whole family. Everyone brought their famous dishes. Smells of sweet and savory spices waft through the air… The anticipation of sinking your fork into those tender morsels of goodness and shoving them down your gullet nearly drives you mad! As soon as grandma gives everyone the go ahead you shovel away till you can’t eat anymore. But there’s so much delicious smelling foods still on the table!! What do you do?

It’s half time. You scope out your favorite dishes and determine how much time you need to digest the food that has swollen your belly to the point of no return. Time to unbuckle your belt and pace around the house to burn off some of that weight. You disguise yourself by schmoozing with aunts and uncles when all you can think about is how good that food smells and tastes.

Alright! It’s time! There’s just enough space in your stomach for the final attack!

HOME RUN!! … Oh no! Pecan Pie! Looks like we’re heading into over time folks!

But yeah… that’s what good smelling food does to me. Read the article already!

April 12, 2012

Chickens Born Brainless

“Have a Bit of Brainless Chicken”

So, I’m not so sure how serious this is. However, I don’t think it’s out of the question for many big time industries. What am I talking about? The theory of hatching baby chickens (probably the new mutated featherless chickens) and removing just enough of their brain to “desensitize” them so the only functions active are that needed for the chicken to grow until ripe for the picking. This is known as “Unconscious Farming“.

Demand for chicken has increased greatly. Industrial farming units such as Purdue are attempting experiments like the “Blind Chicken Solution” in order to farm more chickens in a smaller space. It has already became common knowledge for most FDA and food regulators that, “broiler chickens spend their 6-7week lives in windowless sheds, each containing around 40,000 birds. They are selectively bred to grow faster than they would naturally which often causes skeletal problems and lameness. Many die because their hearts and lungs cannot keep up with their rapid growth.”

Pro Unconscious Farming Point of View:

– Chickens would be subjected to brain surgery as a humanitarian measure. They wouldn’t feel a thing. Muscles and bodily functions would stay ‘alive’ through electric stimuli with tube fed nutrients to product a healthy chicken.

Anti Unconscious Farming Point of View: 

– “Society’s moral character can be judged by how it treats animals” Ghandi

– Chickens, whose neuroanatomy has been studied extensively in recent years, turn out to have a lot more going on inside their heads than we ever thought. One neuroscientist argues that chickens in the wild have problem solving abilities that aren’t apparent when we raise them in cages.

My Point of View:

– Decrease portion size… Speaking as an American: We eat and waste too much damn food.

 

Your Point of View?

April 8, 2012

Cold Asian Noodle Salad- Living For The Next Meal

via Cold Asian Noodle Salad- Living For The Next Meal.

This recipe is definitely on my bucket-list. I really enjoy the step-by-step picture instructions. That makes learning new recipes less intimidating for sure!

This lady has quite the list of different and healthy eats. Check her out!

April 8, 2012

Recipes with Domestic Diva, MD

via Recipes.

If you want a good story with a good recipe then check this ‘Domestic Diva’!

I was tickled reading stories from noisy neighbors in heat to quirky child memoirs. Fits like two peas in a pod!

Thank you madam.

 

April 8, 2012

Greek Salad

via Greek Salad.

Props to ‘The Ranting Chef’! I’ve never seen a Greek salad like this before. (And I’ve seen a lot of salads)

Ingredients are green, red, orange, and (YES) yellow pepper, cucumber, feta cheese, oregano, lemon juice, and red wine vinegar.

I give this the nickname ‘the Greek Rainbow’. Sweet peppers against a lemon zest mixed with the warm feta flavor is a hole in one.  This recipe is especially perfect if you live near a farmer’s market.

On an added note: All my meat lovers should check out his page. He has plenty of easy, mouthwatering ideas to choose from.

– Much love!
Q

April 7, 2012

15 Minute Sesame Broccoli Powerhouse

I found this lovely recipe that is so simple I would have never thought about it. You can make this as a side dish or have as the main course. For a main course you could easily pair it with a side of couscous boiled in your favorite broth. [If you didn’t already know, couscous is an inexpensive pasta/rice that takes literally 5 minutes to make].

NUTRITIONAL FACT:    Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse. On the vitamin side, it contains Vitamins B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6, B9 (Folate), Vitamin C and A. For minerals, healthy broccoli contains: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Ounce for ounce, broccoli actually contains more Vitamin C than many citrus fruits, more calcium than an entire glass of milk, and is an even richer source of fiber than whole wheat bread.

Total Time: 15 minutes     Prep Time: 10 minutes     Serves: 4 …(2 if you’re really hungry)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 57
Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5 g     7%
Saturated Fat 630 mg     3%
Trans Fat     0%
Cholesterol     0%
Sodium 10 mg     0%
Total Carbohydrate 4 g     1%
Dietary Fiber 2 g     6%
Sugars 1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 44 mg 74%
Calcium 37 mg 4%
Iron 1 mg 3%
Potassium 141 mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp sesame oil
2 cups broccoli (chopped)
1 tbsp sesame seeds
green bell pepper (sliced)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute broccoli and sesame seeds for 2 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until pepper is tender crisp.

IMPORTANT:  All these vitamins and minerals will diminish significantly if you cook the veggies for too long. All we’re doing is heating up the veggies a touch to make them soft and soak in the sesame flavor.

April 1, 2012

Misconception of Soy?

Now I’ve been on the healthy food train for about 3 years. Like any good health nut I make sure to educate myself on what goes into my body. By all means, I write this article with ignorance in hopes to find the truth. With that said… I’ve been looking into the properties of soy for about 3 months since I first heard it wasn’t the bee knees that everyone made it out to be. I’m inclined to agree. Here are a few facts that have been popping up in my studies that go against popular media claims:

  • “Soy has been a common food source in Asia for centuries.” (Half true. It’s fermented soy products like soy sauce, fermented bean paste, natto, and tempeh used as condiments was common. Raw soy has been noted to be pretty toxic to both humans and animals. Even cooked soy still has traces of those toxins. Don’t forget the voracious appetite of the American people. Our dinner portions are the largest in the world.)
  • “Soy prevents osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer.” (False. The main anti-nutrients that are in soy are phytates, trypsin inhibitors and phytoestrogens. Soy processing results in some undesirable components as well: toxic lysinoalanine, carcinogenic nitrosamines, monosodium glutamate or MSG (a potent neurotoxin), and aluminum (a toxin to the nervous system and kidneys). In Asia, soy is fermented, so many of the above problems, with the exception of the phytoestrogens, are eliminated.)
  • “Soy does not contributes to infertility.” (False. Consuming large amounts of unfermented soy products will  most likely cause this effect. Phytoestrogens is an ‘estrogren’. Doctors will use estrogen treatments in men to battle prostrate cancer which drastically decreases their testosterone levels. In other words… Soy adds estrogen to the body and a decreased sperm count can be found among heavy soy consumers. FUN FACT: In Japan, when housewives want to decrease the virility of their husbands, typically they give them soy products.)
  • “Soy is good for postmenopausal women.” (False. Soy has high amounts of phytoestrogens (a potent anti-thyroid agent and endocrine disruptor) and the problems of low thyroid function during postmenopausal years is heightened. Also, tumors that require large amounts of estrogen can feed off of the phytoestrogens in the soy.)


So to reiterate: I write this post with ignorance. However, I have to say that I’ve stopped my regular consumption of soy until I feel satisfied in my studies.

If you’re intrigued by this and would like to your own homework, here is a great place to start: ‘Why Soy is Bad’

May 14, 2011

Midnight Berry Smoothie

So, it’s 9:30 pm. As per  usual my sweet tooth is nagging me. Instead of grabbing a tub of icecream, I tricked my tastebuds with a sweet,  anti-oxidant packed smoothie goodness!… And for my other-half because I’m generous like that.

Cook Time: 5 minutes   Serves: 2

What I used:

Blender

1 banana

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen strawberries

2 cups Silk: Vanilla Coconut milk   (would have used Silk Vanilla Almond, but the store didn’t have it at the time)

1 tbsp Agave  (or sugar)

1/3 cup lemon juice

Put all ingredients into blender and ( yes you guessed it) BLEND!

May 14, 2011

Brazilian Black Bean Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe from: “Incredible Easy Vegetarian”

Comment: I absolutely loved how this turned out! It’s incredibly easy and hearty.  I left out the rum and pepper sauce only because I didn’t have it on hand, but it was still delicious. I just used an extra helping of black pepper. The only downfall is the bean skins getting stuck in your teeth. At least it made for a funny evening with me and my significant other!

 

Prep Time: 10 min   Cook Time: 30 min   Serves: 4 to 6

What you need:

Processor

Large Stew Pot

1 red onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can (29 ounces) black beans, drained

1 can (14 ½ ounces) vegetable broth

3 tbsp Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

2 tbsp chopped cilantro

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tbsp rum or sherry

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in 3-qt saucepot. Cook and stir onion and garlic 3 minutes or just until tender. Stir 1 ½ cups water and remaining ingredients except rum. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, partially covered, 20 minutes or until flavors are blended, stirring occasionally.
  2. Ladle about half of soup into blender or food processor. Cover securely. Process on low speed until mixture is smooth. Return to saucepot.  Stir in rum. Cook over medium-low heat 3 minutes or until heated through and flavors are blended. Garnish with lime slices, sour cream, minced onion or cilantro, if desired.