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Try This Healthy Lunch Dip

23 May
soybean hummus

Using different veggies to make dips similar to hummus is a great way to enjoy eating healthy food more than usual.

I love creating new veggie dip combinations. Getting creative in the kitchen helps me to have fun when trying to lose weight and eat healthier. It also helps me use up stuff that is in the fridge before it goes bad. I don’t know about you, but I’m guilty of letting lots of perfectly good veggies go to waste because I just let them sit there. Weight loss can be made easier if you like the health food you need to eat. For example, I didn’t want to eat the rest of the edamame in the fridge, so I found a soybean hummus recipe online. Then I added my own twist to that recipe idea. The result was a really yummy, healthy veggie dip that made for a great lunch!

Easy Healthy Lunch: Carrots and soybean-veggie dip sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese and served with a few Alphonso (Kalamata) olives.

Ingredients and Directions:

  • 1 package of soybeans (out of the pod)
  • half a can of green beans
  • 1 small Roma tomato
  • 1 small, thin slice of butter (about a tsp)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Italian vinaigrette dressing

Bring to boil and reduce eat to simmer altogether until everything is tender. Puree til smooth as hummus. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired, and enjoy as a super yummy, healthy dip!

–Michelle

Related post: When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

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Awesome Brazilian Panquecas Recipe In Pictures

16 Apr

Last Friday we had lots of fun visiting our good friends for another round of playing Kinect golf game. The game took a few hours to play and enough exercise for all five of us to get pretty hungry in the evening. That’s when our friend Victor decided to cook panquecas for us. As you can see from the name, panquecas are very much like thin pancakes; I would compare them exactly to french crepes or Russian blintz, rolled with stuffing inside. It was funny to see this type of food prepared since it’s just like a traditional Russian blintz and very close to my heart. But I guess every culture has some sort of variation of this dish. For example, we have this either with meat or it could be sweet, stuffed with mix of cottage cheese and fruit preserves. It’s a very simple dish to make, and I would say the most time-consuming part is probably the panquecas making. It’s very tasty and great either for lunch or dinner. Total making time: around 30-40 minutes.

Ingredients (for 5 people):

Dough

– 2 cups of milk

– 2 cups of flour

– 4 eggs

– pinch of salt

Stuffing

– 1 large onion

– 1 1/2 lbs. of ground beef

– 1 can (15 oz) of crushed tomatoes

– 1 small can of tomato paste

– 1 can (15 oz) of whole kernel corn

– 1 can (3.8 oz) of sliced black olives

– 1 pack of shredded cheese

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Leftover Easter Ham Recipe #3: Ham Stock & Veggie Medley Soup

16 Apr

When it comes to soup, I’m good at getting the flavor right but I always make way too much. But since I love soup–and can freeze a bunch of containers of it–it’s not too bad of a problem to have. I’ve only ever made chicken stock and soup before but when I saw all the ham bone and scraps after Easter dinner, I thought it presented the perfect opportunity to try making ham stock for the first time. Most recipes available online call for using ham stock as a base for split pea soup. I decided to add several more types of veggies to that idea. Read on to learn how to make this Ham Stock & Veggie Medley Soup I came up with…and how to avoid making too much of it (I learned the hard way so you don’t have to, ha ha). I’ve listed measurements that will provide you with a good amount a soup and little to none of the crazy mess I made in my kitchen. This is a hearty, healthy, filling soup that is great for celebrating vegetables in springtime. [For more Leftover Easter Ham Recipe ideas, try my Ham and Pepper Jack Quesadillas and Spring Mix Pasta.]

ham stock veggie soup

Ham Stock and Veggie Medley Soup by Michelle.

Ham Stock & Veggie Medley Soup

Total prep time: about 40 minutes

Total cook time: 3 to 4 hours

Ingredients for the ham stock:

– leftover ham bone and ham bits

– 2 cloves garlic, split

– about 1/2 cup of cilantro

Ingredients for the soup:

– 1/4 to 1/2 c. each (depending on preference of favorite veggies) of green split peas, yellow split peas, lentils, great northern beans, and barley (all dried, not canned; get the kind that has rapid-boil instructions so that you don’t have to soak them overnight in advance)

– 2 roma tomatoes, chopped (1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces)

– 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces)

– 5 small potatoes, peeled and chopped (1/2- to 1-inch pieces)

– 1 skinny red yam, peeled and chopped (1/2- to 1-inch pieces)

– 1 c. baby carrots, chopped (1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces)

– 1/2 to 1 c. of loose frozen corn kernels

Seasonings for the soup (per 6 cups of broth):

– 1 tsp Peruvian aji amarillo (If you don’t have this, substitute with your favorite pepper or pepper paste.)

– 1 tsp salt

– 1/2 tsp black pepper

– 1 tsp ground ginger

– 1 tsp thyme

– 1 tsp marjoram

– 1 tsp basil

– 1/2 tsp seasoning salt

– 1 tsp cumin

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Leftover Easter Ham Recipe #2: Ham & Pepper Jack Quesadillas

12 Apr

I’ve used leftover ham to make paninis before but since I’m trying to eat as little bread as possible, I thought I’d come up with a quesadilla instead.

Ham & Pepper Jack Quesadillas

Ham and Pepper Jack Quesadillas on corn tortillas with tomatoes, black olives, and a thin spread of BBQ sauce. Yum!

This combination of flavors came out so great! It almost reminded me of a Hawaiian-style pizza with Canadian bacon and pineapple. Ham is such a good meat to experiment with because it has such a sweet, distinct flavor. It lends itself well to many meals. These quesadillas are yummy and light. They make a great snack or lunch (depending on how many you eat, of course). [Also check out Leftover Easter Ham Recipe #1 and stay tuned for Leftover Easter Ham Recipe #3.]

Ingredients:

– thinly sliced leftover ham

– thinly sliced pepper jack cheese

– thinly sliced tomatoes (three slices per quesadilla)

– chopped black olives

– BBQ sauce

– small corn tortillas

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Visually Tricking Your Hunger

24 Mar

Since the beginning of Project Diet Drop, I started to cut down on my meal portions, eating from 1/3 to 1/2 of what I’d eat before, and giving myself around 20 minutes to see if I’d want any extra. It’s an old trick, because usually that’s how long it takes for a meal to start digesting, and therefore the need to eat more disappears. And sure enough, I do not go for extra, I just allow myself room for a choice without any restrictions (that’s the reason why all strict diet plans always fail for me). They also advise people to eat on a smaller plate, which visually makes your portion look bigger. Well, I decided to implement another technique: I put this smaller portion onto a full dinner plate and fill out the rest of the empty space with bulky cauliflower,  broccoli, or salad. We all know that we mainly eat with our eyes, and it helps to see big plate full of food in front of you rather than small one. It definitely works for me!

I also read about a couple of other tricks that you can use to help yourself lose some weight:

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