Featured Restaurant – Green2Go

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

Green2Go

2435-A E. Imperial Highway

Brea, CA 92821

Phone # (714) 482-2130

Website: http://livegreen2go.com/

Hours: 11am to 9pm Everyday

Green2Go is a new farm to table café in Brea featuring local and organic ingredients. This café offers comfort food made healthy in a fresh and clean atmosphere. I like restaurants that are individual owned and that are trying to offer something different and this restaurant does just that.

Linda, Anita, and Jouila 

 Menu

The very friendly and helpful staff at the counter take the orders. Green2Go offers indoor seating and outdoor seating in a courtyard with a fountain.

The menu is well-rounded, featuring salads, sandwiches, panini, burgers, rice bowls, tacos and desserts.

 Roasted Jidori Chicken Salad

My favorite dish is the Roasted Jidori Chicken Salad because it tastes fresh and homemade. This salad has organic granny smith apples, roasted sesame seeds, slaw, radish, lemon juice, Dijon, mayo and avocado. I love that all the salads are available in two sizes: healthy and full size.

 Seared Ahi Salad

Another favorite is the Seared Ahi Salad that features rare ahi, Asian slaw, greens, and organic granny smith apples with vinaigrette.

Ahi Poke Salad 

Angus Beef Burger with Lettuce Wrap 

In addition, I have enjoyed the Angus beef and turkey burgers both were juicy and flavorful. I like that they offer the choice of a whole-wheat bun or a lettuce wrap.

 Cookies

I can’t leave Green2Go without some dessert. I like their old-fashioned banana bread that is available by the slice or loaf. Also, I have sampled several different cookies and they have all been good.

If you are looking for a wholesome, quality meal, give Green2Go a try. I think you will be glad you did. Thank you to Anita and Joulia and their friendly staff.

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Chicken Tequila

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on August 29, 2023

When I was working at a local hospital, their cafeteria was known for their chicken tequila recipe.  It  was delicious!  I don’t have the recipe, and can’t quite remember the ingredients either.  However, I tried to re-invent a healthier version than the one I remembered.

2 skinless chicken breasts, chopped into bite size pieces

1 TB plus 1 tsp. olive oil

¼ cup diced onions

¼ cup diced celery

1 clove garlic, minced

2 cups diced roma tomatoes

½ cup tequila

1 tsp. chicken or vegetable “Better than Bouillon” soup base

½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. dried oregano

Shaved or grated parmesan cheese

 

Heat a large saucepan and add 1 TB olive oil.  Sprinkle with ¼ tsp. salt and heat until the chicken is lightly browned.  Remove it from the pan.

Add 1 tsp. olive oil and add in the onions, celery, and garlic clove.  Sprinkle with ¼ tsp. salt. Cook until the onions are translucent.

Add diced tomatoes, tequila, soup base, oregano, and your browned chicken.  Heat for approximately 5 minutes, or a little longer to make sure the tomatoes are broken up.

Lower to heat to simmer, and cover for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve over your favorite pasta.

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WIAW #20

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on August 29, 2012


Hi, Everyone!  ” Happy “What I Ate Wednesday!”  These are my meals from last Sunday. This was a busy day, I attended a picnic and a concert. Hope you enjoy my day. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW!

This month’s theme is summer staples and on this day I attended a picnic, barbecued at home and attended a concert, all summer staples for me.
 

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (6:30am)

I started the day with a coffee and smoothie made with chia, coconut milk, almond butter, flax seeds, frozen bananas, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Lunch (12:00am)

I attended a company picnic at Whittier Narrow Recreational Area for family and friends.  I forgot to take a picture of my plate, so the plate below belonged to someone else. I had carne asada, bean dip, veggies and chips. Everything was tasty and it was a fun event.

 Picnic Tables

 BBQ 

 The Grillers

 Jennifer (the RD)

 Dog Party

Dinner (5:30 pm)

My husband grilled some chicken for the week and I had a piece. It was good as always, I am lucky he is such a good cook. 🙂  This evening I attended a concert at the House of Blues in Anaheim with a few friends. We saw The Wiseguys, they played old big band music. I had never seen them before and they were really good. It was a fun night!

House of Blues 

 The Wiseguys

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

Here is a link to my exercise log for the week.

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Chocolate Chip Cream Pie

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

Ingredients

Crust

  • Cooking spray
  • 5 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 package of chocolate wafers (Nabisco or similar)

Filling

  •  4-cups of mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1-cup heavy cream
  • 1-cup semi sweet chocolate chips (roughly chopped)

Directions

Crust

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In Ziploc bag, place chocolate wafers, crush cookies until they are a powder consistency. I used a meat tenderizer on the flat side.
  3. In a bowl, combine wafer powder and melted butter.
  4. Spray pie tin with cooking spray and pour wafer mixture into pie tin. Press mixture into the sides and bottom of tin to form the crust.
  5. Bake crust for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool.

 Filling

  1. In a double boiler over medium heat, add marshmallows and milk. Melt marshmallows and combine with milk.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  3. With a mixer, whip cream until it forms peaks.
  4. Gently fold in cooled marshmallow mixture into the whipped cream.
  5. Gently fold in chocolate.
  6. Pour mixture into cooled piecrust.
  7. Refrigerate for 3 or more hours.
  8. Serve and enjoy.
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August 26th – Exercise Log

Posted by Jennifer (the student) On August 26, 2012

 

8/26/12     Off √

8/27/12       Yoga 1 hr X

8/28/12      Walk/Jog 2 miles, Weight Train 20 min, Piyo 1 hr √

8/29/12       Pilates 1 hr X

8/30/12       Walk/Jog 2 miles, Weight Train 20 min, yoga 1 hr √

8/31/12       Piyo 1 hr √

9/01/12       Tennis 1 1/2 hr class √

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Elements of a Good Salad

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

I don’t know about all of you, but I find it harder and harder to find a good salad at a restaurant.  Most are either really boring and not aesthetically pleasing, or not as fresh as I would like.  The last good salad I had was the grilled chicken salad at the Tommy Bahama restaurant ( www.tommybahama.com ) on Maui which was topped with roma tomatoes, maytag bleu cheese, apples, macadamia nuts, Nueske’s bacon, corn, and a honey lime vinaigrette.  It was heavenly.  The dressing was light and refreshing, the sweet and savory were balanced perfectly, the ingredients were premium and super fresh, and it was beautiful to look at! Here are some elements I think are essential for a good salad:

  • Freshness
  • Premium ingredients
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Good balance of texture
  • Good flavor balance…with all the different combinations of veggies, salad dressings, etc.,

 

Please feel free to share where you’ve eaten your favorite salad!

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WOW! WIAW # 19

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


 Hi, Everyone!  ” Happy “What I Ate Wednesday!”  These are my meals from last Wednesday. This day we attended the last outdoor concert of the summer season in our town. We have attended most of them and we enjoy being outside and picnicking. Tanner, our dog, loves the concert more than we do and I am sad the season is over for him. 🙁  Hope you enjoy my day. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW!

This month’s theme is summer staples and this day does feature some my summer staples. Blueberries, salads (all kinds), water  and summer concerts are some of my summer staples.

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (6:30am)

I started the day with a coffee and two poached eggs with some melted cheese, green salsa and fresh ground pepper.

Am Snack (10:00am)

Ricotta cheese, blueberries, slivered almonds and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Yummy 🙂

Lunch (11:30am)

Salad with brisket (leftover from the night before), butter lettuce, spinach, red bell pepper, tomato (home-grown), feta cheese and Italian dressing.

Dinner (5:30 pm)

I didn’t have time to pack a picnic, so we picked up dinner from Healthy Junk. I had a vegan Philly Cheese Steak with sparkling water.

 Before the Concert

 Tanner Taking in the Sites

 My Dinner

Water 

Beautiful Sunset 

Dessert (9:00pm)

My sister brought us a mini lemon bundt cake, that my husband and I shared.

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

Here is a link to my exercise log for the week.

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Reasons to Take a Cooking Class

Pictures from my cooking class

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on August 20, 2012

My good friend Soo invited me to attend a cooking class with her and it was so much fun that I feel like I have to share my experience with you.  Going to a cooking class was much more fun than anything I’ve done in a long time.  I had a blast.  I’ve been thinking of some of the reasons I had such a good time.   Here they are:

  • It motivated all of us to try something new.  The seasoned cooks were in love with the new recipes and techniques learned and the beginning cooks were inspired to learn more!
  • It was a great chance to socialize.  I met so many nice people and had a chance to bond while creating our wonderful meal.  We even noticed that one of the guys at our table got a phone number out of it!
  • It was a great way to experience healthy food that tastes good too.  If you pick the right class, you can walk out of it feeling like you are not only prepared to try out some new recipes for your friends of families, but can also be assured that they are healthy also!
  • It was fun to sample the fruits of our labor.  After the completion of the hands on portion of the class, we were all able to sample our creations…such fun!

Would anyone else like to share their cooking class experiences?

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August 19th – Exercise Log

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on August 19, 2012

 

8/19/12            Walk/Hike 6 miles √

8/20/12            Yoga 1 hr, Weight Train 15 min √

8/21/12            Walk/Jog 2 miles, Piyo 1 hr √

8/22/12            Pilates 1 hr, Weight Train 15 min X

8/23/12            Walk/Jog 2 miles, Yoga 1 hr X

8/24/12            Off √

8/25/12            Tennis 1 ½ hr √

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Water Logged App

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on August 17, 2012

 

If you have been following us for a while, I am sure you know we are big fans of keeping hydrated (post Staying Hydrated) and journaling food intake (post Writing For Weight Loss). Recently, I found an app that combines these two goals called Water Logged. This is a free app for iPhones, iPad and iPod Touch that keeps track of your water intake goal for the day.

What I like about this app:

  • It is quick and very simple to record water intake.
  • You can set reminders.
  • It simulated a glass filling with water as you add water consumed.
  • Goals can be changed easily and often.
  • Quantities can be reported on oz, mL or L.
  • Mistakes can easily be deleted.
  • You can take pictures of your glasses and keep them on record.
  • It keeps you motivated through the day.
  • Once you have reached your goal for the day, you are congratulated 🙂

Drink up!

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