Did you know that the United States Department of Agriculture reported that tortilla chips are high in calories per gram and are filled with saturated fats and high levels of sodium? Today’s recipe is a lower fat and low carb take on tacos and taco salad. You’ve probably seen taco and burrito bowls everywhere in restaurants. A taco bowl is a deconstructed taco with all of your favorite taco filling ingredients. A traditional taco bowl would involve beans and grains like corn and rice. This recipe is easy to adapt to multiple diets as the taco bowls can be customized as desired. Use all of the taco bowl toppings listed or mix and match your favorites. How about setting up the toppings on the dinner table and each family member makes their own version? First we start with lean ground meat. I suggest either ground chicken or turkey. Of course another option is lean ground beef. Be sure and pour off any fat after cooking. Add 2 tablespoons taco seasoning; for great taste and economy, make your own using my easy taco seasoning recipe.Read More
Seasonal Affective Disorder
- When the dark days of winter approach, do you feel sluggish and slow? Is it a struggle to get out of bed each morning?
- Do you have difficulty focusing at work or in relationships, feel down in the dumps, or, worse still, get really depressed?
- Does it get harder than ever to stick to a healthy diet and control your weight?
In many northern areas, as the days grow shorter, the sky becomes gray. When I was an adolescent in east Tennessee, I said I hated empty trees in winter. I didn’t know it then, but the gray days of winter made me melancholy. One of my earliest posts here on the blog was about the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder. I am sensitive to the loss of sunlight. Gray skies and empty trees are my image of winter when my energy diminishes. If you experience that sensitivity, go back and read my post. Check out the reference book in the symptoms and actions you can take to feel better. Personally, I found full spectrum light helped me. I moved to Miami from middle Tennessee in my 20’s. I didn’t know about SAD but I had more energy and was happier. Later reading Winter Blues by Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal I understood the problem and possible solutions. This perennial best seller can help you evaluate your own seasonality and seek relief.Read More
If you’ve read many of my food posts, you’ve probably noticed I like to eat what is called “real, whole food” as much as possible. Fruits and vegetables prepared in simple ways to maximize the nutrition and flavor and without a lot of chemicals found in processed food. Yes, I eat meat but in much less quantity than in the past. My meals contain a lot of vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruits. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to prepare my food and my favorites are usually very simple.
If you’ve read my food posts before, you probably noticed I like real food. I believe in eating clean, whole food that is prepared with real ingredients and fresh produce. Today we’ll talk about real food in a fresh bowl of soup full of vegetables. Rich in vitamins A, C and K, but also in minerals such as iron, phosphorus, potassium and calcium, savoy cabbage is definitely a wonderful ingredient for many typical winter recipes. What is one of the best recipes? Savoy cabbage soup! It’s very easy to prepare and with so many different variations, you can make it your way. If you find any recipe is too spicy or bland, make your own adjustments. This is what cooking is all about. It might not be the “classic” result, but it’s yours. The soup is made with bright green Savoy cabbage with carrots, potatoes, and tomatoes. I like to make it with chicken stock and even have put left over baked chicken in it. It is equally good made with a good vegetable stock for a meatless meal. Then I would add mushrooms and white beans for protein and fiber. With a hearty bread, you have a meal in a pot. If you can’t find Savoy cabbage, green cabbage will work, but don’t use red cabbage. It has a sharper flavor. If you want to add leftover meat like baked chicken, pork roast, or beef, add at the end and heat for 5 mintues.
Breakfast is a time we need to give our bodies fuel for the day after the night’s fast. It’s also a busy time in most households. Today’s recipe is a quick smoothie filled with delicious goodness. Frozen pineapple and blueberries with milk, chia seeds, and a little ginger blend together to create a heavenly taste to wake you up. If you need more protein, add a scoop of protein powder. Make it your own!
We all love easy, tasty treats especially when they’re good for us. Today’s energy balls make a quick breakfast with a hot drink, a wonderful lunch, and even a great snack. Around 3 PM when our energy level can drop, a little snack helps keep us going to finish the day.Read More
I’ve posted many recipes calling for sautéed greens – a little olive oil and garlic with spinach, kale, chard, collards. All the greens you can name taste good with olive oil and garlic. If you want to really raise it a notch, add a couple of shallots, some onions, or leeks. A fine combination of flavors that can start your day with a warm dish, provide a tasty lunch, or even an easy dinner when paired with eggs. Wash the greens, remove the ribs, and chop or tear the leaves.
I’m all about easy, delicious food. I discovered pan roasting a few years ago and haven’t looked back. This tasty lemon chicken with vegetables is all cooked together in a baking sheet with sides. One pan to clean but lots of good food to eat. Use a whole chicken cut into pieces or just your favorite parts. If you want an economical meal, use thighs with as much fat removed as possible. Tasty!