How to turn boring brown rice into inspired dishes

 

Lemon parley brown rice with almonds

Lemon parley brown rice with almonds

I love brown rice and as you might already know I keep a batch of cooked, ready to use rice in my fridge. I love stir fry but sometimes you need a side dish that works with your entree. Here are three different ways to prepare your rice. One of them is sure to be perfect for your needs.

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Salmon cheesecake is a perfect and popular appetizer

Salmon cheesecake

Salmon cheesecake will make you very popular

So you’ve never heard of salmon cheesecake?

I could have bet. It is so amazing, you have to try this recipe. It is by far one of my favorite appetizers. It is party perfect or wonderful to share with your special someone. I always hope for leftovers but there usually isn’t any left, its that good. It has a very creamy texture easily spread with a butter knife or you can dip a cracker directly into it (if it is room temperature).

Once your guests taste it, they will either ask you for the recipe or invite you to their party with a request that you bring it with you. Continue Reading →

Tzatziki is food for the gods

Tzatziki

Tzatziki is delicious on a variety of meats

How do you pronounce Tzatziki?

I couldn’t wait to make this sauce. I really am not sure what has taken me so long as I adore it. It works as a dip with veges or crackers. It is also perfect on meats, especially Greek seasoned meats like kofte and gyro meat (the is the sauce served on gyros). I also love it on grilled flat iron steak. Most of the meats can be stuffed in a pita for a delicious, flavorful sandwich. Of course you can also just add the tzatziki to the top of the different meats and eat with a fork and maybe serve a Greek salad with it. It is yummy any way you choose to serve it.

This sauce is a flavor powerhouse and works best with beef, lamb or pork. I only ever use full fat Greek yogurt to make tzatziki as anything else just falls flat in the flavor department. I did have trouble finding it but Trader Joe’s caries a 16 oz tub of it. You can also find a much smaller version at some larger groceries in the healthy foods section (refrigerated) and some health food stores.

 

Tzatziki
 
Tzatziki is so good. Creamy, light, fresh, flavorful, delicious are all words that describe it.
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Ingredients
  • ½ cp Greek yogurt, you must use Greek and full fat at that.
  • ½ cp English cucumber, peeled and grated
  • 2 tsp evoo
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • ½ tsp dill
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp fermented vinegar (plum or apple cider)
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
Instructions
  1. Grate the cucumber and lightly salt. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so, then squeeze out the liquid before adding to the yogurt.
  2. Mix all the ingredients. Refrigerate for 2 hours to allow the flavors to marry.
  3. This sauce will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator
Notes
You can use regular cucumber but you have to scrape out the seeds along with squeezing out the liquid.

 

You will love this rich blueberry walnut chicken salad!

Blueberry walnut chicken salad

Blueberry walnut chicken salad

This is a perfect recipe for the height of summer. Blueberry walnut chicken salad is rich with just the right amount of crunch and sweetness provided by the pecans and blueberries. I  created it in typical fashion, because I had surplus of both. I also had just started making my own mayonnaise and needed to use some of it up, so it was a easy jump to chicken salad. It turned out fantastic and I really had to force myself to stop eating it because it was so surprisingly delicious.

The components worked in perfect harmony. It was rich without being overly so,  just right as far as sweetness, and the chicken and walnuts provided needed texture. All I had to do was get the seasonings right and we were off. I did, so here is the recipe.

Blueberry walnut chicken salad
 
Blueberry walnut chicken salad is a perfect summer dish!
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Ingredients
  • 1 cp cooked chicken, chopped, I used dark and light meat
  • ½ cp mayo, I make my own
  • ½ cp coarsely chopped walnuts
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic
  • ¼ cp diced shallot
  • ½-3/4 cp blueberries, preferably in season and organic
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients. Stir well being careful not to smash the berries.

This would be ever so perfect for a summer lunch or featured at a shower of some sort. Of course it doesn’t have to be a special occasion, by all means make it for yourself any time you want. Plus it is so easy to throw together.

Clean eating brings new challenges, like making condiments

Make your own mayonnaise, its unbelievable

Make your own mayonnaise, its unbelievable

As you know, I refer to salad dressing that you buy at a store as “death in a bottle”, so obviously I never buy it. I make my own. You can find recipes for balsamic, roasted garlic and creamy parmesan right here on my blog.

So, I can’t in good conscience, continue to use and/or recommend purchased condiments like mayo and mustard. While they are not as bad as salad dressings they still contain ingredients I do not want to consume. Making your own is easy, quick, so delicious and fresh, plus no nasty chemicals and bad for you oils.

The first recipe is for mayonnaise. If you have a real fear of eating raw eggs then I suggest you move on to the mustard recipe. Personally, I do not. I eat raw egg in all sorts of things Continue Reading →

The foods I never eat

Doughnut danger

Doughnut danger

I first had some pretty serious health issues related to diet when I was about 17. I had minor issues prior to that but they went full blown around then. I had constant headaches, multiple bouts of strep throat and tonsillitis, depression and hypoglycemia. I also had my first (and only) bout of mono. I sometimes didn’t eat for four days at a time (teen rebellion) and when I did eat I chose cheese, orange juice, ice cream or shakes and graham crackers. Its no wonder I was sick, everything I chose was in the beige/ brown family and nothing was considered a good for me choice.

I missed much of my junior year due to illness, although I did manage to keep my grades up. My mom took me to a chiropractor/naturopath  that a friend told her about. I met with him and he set to work fixing me. That was when my interest in healthy living started. Continue Reading →

The kitchen gadgets you don’t need

Kitchen gadgets you dont need

How can you even find anything?

I was shopping for a new knife sharpener. My Furi diamond fingers wore out after seven years and would no longer sharpen my knives. I was in the market for a longer lasting version (I was not aware of the fact that it would wear out). While on my excursion, I saw several gadgets available to all shoppers that made me just shake my head in disbelief. The one that made me decide I had to write this post was an avocado slicer. I wanted to scream, “just use a friggin paring knife!”

How many gadgets are available to do simple jobs that can easily be performed by a utensil you already have in your kitchen drawers. I already have a page that tells you the items you need but I neglected to tell you the things you DO NOT NEED OR WANT. These gadgets are a waste of drawer/cupboard space and money. Continue Reading →