Eggplant and Mushroom Sauce

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on May 31, 2012

 

This dish is the result of wanting to make eggplant without breading or frying it. I usually serve it with pasta, quinoa or polenta and it is a dish we really enjoy.

Ingredients
  • 2 large eggplants, sliced to ½” to ¼” thick
  • 2 cups of mushrooms, sliced (any type you like)
  • ¼ onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream (I use vegan sour cream or fat-free will work)
  • fresh ground pepper (to taste)
  • salt
Directions
  1. Spread eggplant on cookie sheets and salt. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes then wipe water and excess salt from eggplant.
  2. In a large stockpot on medium heat, add 1 Tbsp of olive oil and onion. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  3. Next add 1 Tbsp of olive oil and eggplant. Sauté for about 20 minutes until eggplant in almost cooked.
  4. Then add the last Tbsp of olive oil and the mushrooms. Sauté for about 10 minutes until mushrooms are cooked.
  5. Finally, add sour cream, tomato paste and pepper and combine.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

*This dish actually tastes better the next day.

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Blueberry and Banana Smoothie

Posted By Jennifer (the student) on May 30, 2012
 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (any milk)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter (any nut butter)
  • 1 generous sprinkle of cinnamon
Directions
  1. In a blender, blend banana and milk until blended.
  2. Add blueberries, almond butter and cinnamon and blend until smooth about 1 minute.

*Options: Add 1 heaping teaspoon of spirulina. And/or add ½ cup frozen peaches or mango.

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My 7th WIAW & Our 100th Post!

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on May 30, 2012

Hello Everyone. Happy “What I Ate Wednesday”! This is an exciting post because it is my 7th WIAW and it is also jenmijenmi’s 100th post. Last fall, my friend Jennifer and I thought of starting a blog that would share our perspective on healthy food and lifestyle from a registered dietitian and a dietetic student. We are having fun so far and we are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for our next 100 posts. 🙂  Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting.

This is what I ate:
Breakfast (6:30 am)

Coffee with hazelnut milk and stevia.

A blueberry and banana smoothie.

Blueberry and Banana Smoothie Recipe
 
Ingredients

1 frozen banana

½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (any milk)

1 heaping tablespoon almond butter (any nut butter)

1 generous sprinkle of cinnamon

Directions
  1. In a blender, blend banana and milk until blended.
  2. Add blueberries, almond butter and cinnamon and blend until smooth about 1 minute.

*Options: Add 1 heaping teaspoon of spirulina. And/or add ½ cup frozen peaches or mango.

AM Snack (10:00am)

Cubed Watermelon.

Lunch (1:00pm)

Garlic mushroom flatbread from Green Bliss in Fullerton again.

After Lunch Treat (2:00pm)

Half of a vegan cookie dough brownie from the Gypsy Den that I picked up a couple of days ago.

PM Snack (4:00pm)

Roasted carrots. On the weekends, I roast up a bunch of different vegetables so we can snack on them through out the week.

Dinner (6:00pm)

A large green salad from Kentro in Fullerton. This salad is called Three Chromo and I love it. It came with beautiful bread that I did not eat because once I start it is hard to stop.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day was full of healthy meals. 🙂

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What is Agar Agar?

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on May 29, 2012

Agar agar is a non animal alternative to gelatin.  It is a combination of different sea vegetables and is used to stabilize/firm pies, puddings, jellies, etc.  Just like gelatin, it needs to be dissolved in hot liquid, but firms up and thickens at room temperature.  I bought a package at the Chinese supermarket and noticed that it was at least 50% cheaper than it was at Whole foods! 🙂

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May 27th – Exercise Log

 Posted by Jennifer (the student) on May 28, 2012 

Source: verblife.tumblr.com via Jennifer on Pinterest

 

5/27/12            Walk/Hike 6 miles √

5/28/12            Walk/Jog 2 miles, Weight Train Arms 15 min √

5/29/12            Piyo 1-hr class √

5/30/12            Walk/Jog 2 miles √ Weight Train Arms 15 min √
Yoga 1-hr class X
5/31/12            Yoga 1-hr class √

6/01/12            Walk/Jog 2 miles, Weight Train Arms 15 min √

6/02/12            Off √

 

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Happy Memorial Weekend!

Posted by Jennifer (the student)

Source: thejoysofhomeeducating.com via Jennifer on Pinterest

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Weeknight Potato Tacos

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on May 23, 2012

This is something that I throw together when I am strapped for time…which seems to be all of the time lately.  It’s nothing fancy, but it is pretty tasty,  inexpensive, and easy to make.

1 package of reynaldo’s brand soyrizo

4 ½ cups frozen potato shreds, thawed

Diced tomatoes

Shredded lettuce

Lite sour cream (can use full fat if you want to splurge or fat free if you want to save fat calories)

Soft taco size tortillas

 

In a large skillet, cook soyrizo on medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Mix in potatoes and cook for an additional 10 minutes on low to medium heat.  Warm tortillas over an open flame and fill with potato mixture, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.

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My 6th WIAW

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on May 23, 2012

Hi everyone! Happy What I Ate Wednesday! Hope everyone is having a good week. I am certainly enjoying my summer break. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW!

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (6:45 am)

My usual coffee with hazelnut milk and stevia.

A blueberry and banana smoothie, it has been so warm here that a smoothie tastes extra good.

AM Snack (9:30 am)

Roasted asparagus – I can’t seem to get enough of them.

Lunch (11:30 am)

Curried chickpea sandwich and an iced latte at a new restaurant in Fullerton called Green Bliss. The curried chickpea sandwich was so good I want to try to recreate the recipe at home.

 

PM Snack (2:30 pm)

Strawberries and kiwis – these strawberries were so sweet.

Dinner (5:30 pm)

A salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, purple onion, feta cheese and a simple vinaigrette.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day was full of healthy meals!

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The 5 Most Abundant Vitamins in Limes

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on May 22, 2012

 

Limes and warm weather go together. Not only are they refreshing, they offer many health benefits

  •  Vitamin C – Improves immunity and helps to prevent against heart disease.
  • Vitamin A – Benefits eye health.
  • Vitamin B – Aids digestion, improves memory and eases stress.
  • Vitamin E – An antioxidant that helps prevent cancer and heart disease.
  • Vitamin K – Aids in blood clotting and improves bone health.

Limes add a delicious accent to foods and beverages. Try adding some to your diet, your health will benefit.

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Exercise Log – May 20th

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on May 20, 2012

 

5/20/12            Walk/Hike 6 miles √

5/21/12            Yoga 1 hr class, Walk/Jog 1 ½ miles, Weight Train 15 min √

5/22/12            Piyo 1 hr class √

5/23/12            Yoga 1 hr class, Walk/Jog 1 ½ miles, Weight Train  15 min √

5/24/12            Yoga 1 hr class X

5/25/12            Walk/Jog 1 ½ miles, Weight Train 15 min X

5/26/12             Off √

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