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Fiery Seitan Fajitas

In Main dish on May 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Seitan Fajita

Our dinner last night consisted of these bad boys.  I put so much chipotle chili powder in them that my eyes burned while cooking them!  My goal is to one day making something so spicy Josh won’t eat it… I have a ways to go, because he devoured two fajitas and the leftovers that were in the pan.

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Whole-Wheat Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

In Breakfast on May 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm

classic pancake stack

Growing up, my father rarely cooked for us; the culinary duties fell upon my mother (kudos to my mother!).  On the occasional weekend, however, my father would sneak down to the kitchen and whip up a homemade breakfast for my brother and me.  I absolutely loved these weekends because they put my father in a new role and gave us a reprise from the humdrum of cereal.  This little gesture made the entire weekend feel different and special.  Consequently, I use ‘special’ breakfasts as a way to connote that this weekend or morning is different from other days.

On that note: TODAY IS A MONDAY AND I AM NOT AT WORK!!!  OH SNAP, SNAP, SNAP!  I slept in until 9:30 today and one of my first thoughts when I woke up, right after “wow, it is really bright outside,” was “I am well rested and don’t have to go to work.  This deserves a special breakfast.”

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The Great Salt Debate

In Health rambles on May 30, 2010 at 12:11 pm

There was an article published by The New York Times yesterday that describes the efforts of the food industry to maintain high salt levels in foods.  Basically, the American public is realizing that they are consuming enormous amounts of salt everyday because it is packed into the processed foods that they buy.  Consequently, there is a demand for lower salt food and it has been suggested that the government mandate a reduction in salt contents, which the industry has inevitably resisted.

If you are not familiar with how much salt is in your everyday foods without you adding it in yourself, scroll down to the section in the article called “Case Study: The Cheeze-It.”  It is everywhere!

Salt sprinkled on top gives the tongue a quick buzz. More salt in the cheese adds crunch. Still more in the dough blocks the tang that develops during fermentation. In all, a generous cup of Cheez-Its delivers one-third of the daily amount of sodium recommended for most Americans.

While I strongly encourage healthy eating and am thrilled that people are learning more about what they are consuming, I personally do not think it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that the American public isn’t gorging on salt.   Government intervention in the form of product regulation will not solve a systemic problem.

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Basil Whole Wheat Pizza

In Main dish on May 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Pizza

Confession of a foodie: A mere two years ago, I was such a food n00b that I was shocked to learn that people could make pizza at home!  When someone suggested making their own pizza, I thought it was impossible because pizzas were clearly produced by a gigantic and magical pizza machine that we obviously lacked.  How were we supposed to create the same greasy monstrosity that Papa Johns pumped out of their pizza machines?

SHOCKINGANSWER:  People make their own pizzas all the time and they do not have to be loaded with grease and fat.

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‘Cado’ ‘n’ Cuc’ Sandwich

In Beyond Easy, Lunch, Sandwich on May 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm

This is not a recipe, per se, but rather instructions for making a darn tasty sandwich!

Guac Sandwhich

My lunch today consisted of one of the above sandwiches.

Ingredients for One Sandwich

  • 1 whole wheat, organic English muffin, toasted
  • 3 or 4 pieces of spinach
  • 3 or 4 slices of a peeled cucumber
  • 4 slices of avocado

Josh put cheese on his sandwich, which he said he really liked.

Tip: put the avocado on the top layer- the sandwich will be unstable if your put them lower on the sandwich.

Yes, every bite of an avocado is packed with fat and calories, but it is not bad fat. The nutritional benefits are outstanding!

I put the left over slices of avocado in a bag with lime juice so they will stay fresh.  Thinkin’ about making some tasty guacamole tomorrow!

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In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 2:38 am

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