Spring Vegetable Bars

spring vegetable bars

I came up with this recipe on Easter Sunday because I felt like we needed another appetizer. We really didn’t. There were six of us and we had enough food to feed about twenty people but I like to be excessive on Holidays. And parties. And really any occasion where food is involved. So, I made this. I wanted something spring-y and I happened to have zucchini, asparagus and spring onions on hand and I always have a bag of frozen peas in my freezer. I also happened to have on hand my new favorite refrigerator staple, a Pillsbury ready made pizza crust. These things are amazing. They take no time to cook and are super versatile. I mean you can do so many things with pre-made pizza crust. But what you should do is make these spring vegetable bars. (more…)

Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken

slow cooker tex mex chicken

I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies lately which means I have not been cooking all that much, but when I do cook, I want it to be healthy and this Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken fits that bill.

I wasn’t sure what to call this actually. There are probably a million variations of this recipe because it’s not at all complicated. I’ve made something similar before and the recipe I followed called it Santa Fe chicken. I thought about calling it Mexican chicken because the dish does utilize Mexican flavors, but it’s not authentically Mexican. The recipe felt more like a Tex Mex recipe to me. It calls for flavors like fire roasted tomatoes, black beans, cumin, chili powder, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Hence, the name slow cooker Tex Mex chicken. (more…)

Healthy turkey chili over spaghetti squash

turkey chili and spaghetti squash

I’m constantly looking for ways to eat more vegetables and if your curious as to why, check out my previous post and my recommendation for C.J. English’s book WTF Am I Supposed to Eat?: A Dieter’s Manifesto. I also love chili. It’s super flavorful and comes together really fast. There are lots of variations of chili from the type of meat you use, or lack of meat, i.e. a lentil or vegetarian version, to the spices, vegetables and liquids you choose to flavor it with. I love the versatility of it. This one uses lean ground turkey instead of beef and is packed with flavor from cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. It’s also full of veggies like tomatoes, beans, spinach and onions. (more…)

Quinoa, kale and chicken bowls

quinoa, kale and chicken bowls

During the month of February I basically revamped my diet, which has been a long overdue project I’ve been avoiding. I’ve been carrying an extra 20 lbs around for the past 4 years and I finally decided I’d had enough and it was time to get my eating habits under control. I have been unhappy with my weight for a long time and so, instead of complaining about it like usual, I tackled it and really committed to healthy eating. Sigh. It hasn’t been easy especially when results have been slow, which are due to a number of factors that I am ironing out and won’t bore you with here. But I’ve lost about 6 pounds, which is better than nothing, and I feel healthier, which is key. I think my hair is shinier and my skin looks better. So, needless to say I’m going to stick with it. I might not be able to keep up the no dairy, no carb, no sugar, no alcohol thing for much longer but I feel like I can keep those things to a minimum now. After all we really shouldn’t be “on a diet” so to speak. We should be making a “lifestyle change”. Any health expert or doctor will tell you that. (more…)

Ramen noodle and veggie stirfry

ramen noodle and veggie stirfry

When I was in college, I ate my fair share of Ramen noodles. Shocker, I know. I always had a stash somewhere and when there was nothing else to eat or I was too lazy or too poor to go out, I, like all other college students everywhere, would reach for that block of dried noodles and that yummy seasoning packet full of MSG and call it a day. It was tasty, and salty and not very good for you but it provided the nourishment and the satisfaction needed during those long nights of studying for midterms. It had it’s place. (more…)

Food in Ho Chi Minh

Pho

I recently returned from an amazing trip to Southeast Asia. Vietnam had been on my “to see” list for a long time so, after trekking and schlepping halfway around the world to Bangkok and spending a few days there, I decided it would be ludicrous not to take the short one hour flight from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City.

And I’m so glad I did. (more…)

Bangkok must sees

Chatrium Bangkok

I was lucky enough to grow up in this amazing city and, even though I’ve been living in the States for years now, I’ve been able to visit it many times since but it has been 7 years since I’ve been back, the longest I’ve ever been away. So, when I saw plane tickets from JFK starting at around $575 I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go back. I also visited Cambodia and Vietnam, which I will fill you in on in a different post.

Whenever I take that first step onto Bangkok soil after the plane lands, it’s a bit like coming home. I love so much about Thailand and though I don’t live there now, it will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s changed a lot since I lived there, but in many ways it’s still the same. On my latest visit last month, I spent time visiting old friends, my old neighborhood, shopping and of course, eating my favorite foods. But, if it’s your first time visiting the city, chances are you’re going to want to check out the “must sees and dos”. (more…)

cucumber, goat cheese and salami appetizer

cucumber, goat cheese and salami appetizer

This is possibly the easiest appetizer you’ll ever make. Unless you count pre-made appetizers that you just microwave or bake but this one may even rival those because there is literally no cooking involved in this recipe. It’s just assembling.

It’s also perfect for summer because it’s light and refreshing, and like I mentioned above, you don’t have to turn your stove top or your oven on. I don’t know about you but I eat a TON of cucumber in the summer. It’s full of water and the crisp texture is great for a quick, healthy summer snack. Add some cool, creamy goat cheese and a piece of salami and you got it made. Literally.

Bonus: It’s only 3 ingredients! (more…)

Pasta with sausage and spinach pesto

pasta with sausage and spinach pesto

Let me start off by saying this is not the healthiest of dishes…Yes, it has healthy components like a whole bag of spinach and a bunch of mushrooms, but pasta is the base and it’s loaded with parmesan cheese and olive oil and pine nuts (as most pestos are). So, if you’re trying to eat healthy this may not be the dish for you. But if you’re looking to treat yourself and still want to eat something nutritious, this recipe is totally worth the calories. Also, read on if you’d like to know how to still enjoy a dish like this but not ingest a ton of calories.

I recently lost 10 pounds and have been trying to keep it up and eat healthier…but I also love food. Anyone who has looked at this blog for more than two seconds should know that. And I’ve learned that I can’t ALWAYS deprive myself of the stuff I want to eat. I’ve also learned that I can’t ALWAYS just go for it either. So, I made a bit of a compromise and for those of you who also love food and pasta but are trying to eat healthier or lose weight or cut carbs or whatever, this is what I did with this dish to alleviate a bit of the guilt. (more…)

Black bean and butternut squash chili

black bean and butternut squash chili

I almost never serve a meal without vegetables, but, if I’m being honest, that doesn’t always mean the meal is completely guilt free. It has healthy components, but there are usually some guilty pleasures involved too. Not so much with this dish. I’ve been on a pretty strict diet which has involved serious calorie cutting and sticking to a basic clean eating plan. This black bean and butternut squash chili fits the bill. I cheated a bit with the beer, but it really adds a ton of flavor and when all the other ingredients are guilt free I figured using beer as part of the cooking liquid wasn’t that bad. If you want you can omit it and just add more vegetable or chicken stock. (more…)

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