Moroccan Cuisine…Give it a Try!

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(Bisteeya, a Moroccan meat pie)

Posted by Jennifer (The RD) on December 27, 2012
I have recently discovered Moroccan food and have found it to be quite exciting.  I was actually introduced to it by a nutrition student of mine, Kim, who did a cultural foods presentation on the cuisine. Morocco is located on the northwest coast of Africa and it borders the shores of the Atlantic and Mediterranean.  Its cuisine reflects Arab, Berber, Middle Eastern, Moorish, Iberian, Mediterranean, African, and Jewish influences.  I was especially impressed by all of the different spices found in the cuisine such as cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, paprika, anise seed, pepper, coriander, sesame seeds, saffron, and mint. If you want to try something new and exciting, give it a try!

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Marshmallow Fluff

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on December 26,2012

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Marshmallow has always been a favorite off mine. I like it with hot chocolate and chocolate ice cream. Back in high school, I remember many trip to the market with my sister looking for marshmallow fluff and ice cream. I wish I knew back then how simple it is to make and that homemade tastes so much better. This is an old recipe I found in my mom’s recipe box. Since I found it, I have been making it about once a month and now my husband shares in my love of marshmallow fluff. Continue reading

WIAW #37

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on December 26, 2012


Merry Christmas and Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I am sharing my meals from last Saturday. This Saturday, we ran lots of errands, so all my meals we on the run. I hope you enjoy my day.  Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW.

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (6:30am)

I started the day with coffee and scrambled eggs with cheese and avocado.

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Lunch (1:00pm)

A chicken breast I made the day before.

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Dinner (6:00pm)

We stopped for a quick meal at Whittier Peruvian and I had my favorite dish Lomo Saltado.

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Dessert (7:00pm)

Homemade red velvet cupcake. 🙂

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

You are Cordially Invited to Jenmi Jenmi’s First Year Anniversary Party.  

Our party will start January 28th and run through February 1st. We will be celebrating for 5 days, each day will feature a different post-sharing theme to enhance and help our “Fresh Start.” Since our anniversary coincides with the New Years celebration our theme will be “Fresh Start.” Jenmi Jenmi will be sharing recipes, hints, tips, foods, exercises and advice on how to maintain our healthy “Fresh Start; all year long.”

 If you are interested in participating with a guest post, contact us for details!

Come share in all the fun!

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“Wow” Them at the Holiday Party

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Posted by Jennifer (The RD) on December 24, 2012

Tis the season for holiday parties.  It is always difficult to decide what to bring.  Chips and dip?  Holiday pies?  Christmas cookies?  These are all great ideas, but the dishes that get the most attention are those that are just a little different.  Above are pictures of a couple of dishes that I enjoyed during the holidays….Moroccan flatbread and spicy Korean tofu soup.  So, before you consider stopping by Marie Callender’s for the usual pumpkin pie, how about something a little different?

Happy Holidays!!!!

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Merry Christmas!

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on December 24, 2012

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We wish you the warmest Holiday Wishes from Jennifer and Jennifer!

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The Health Benefits of Ginger

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on December 22, 2012
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Fresh ginger is one of my favorite culinary delights. Ginger is so tasty in so many different types of dishes from sweet to savory. Ginger is an incredible herb that you can feel good about eating because it is so full of health benefits.

Ginger has been used by traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, anti-oxidant and contains a small amount of analgesic properties.

Benefits:

  • Acts as an antihistamine and aids in the treatment of allergies.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Helps to prevent and treat nausea and motion sickness.
  • Reduces arthritis caused by joint pain.
  • Improves digestion by increasing absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients.
  • Clears throat and nasal congestion
  • Prevents and treats ulcers by inhibiting the bacteria H. pylori.
  • Effective against E. coli induced diarrhea.
  • Helps to prevent or treat diabetes by lowering blood sugar, cholesterol, blood fats and protect nerves.
  • Increases appetite.
  • Helps to reduce gas.
  • Improves mood and reduces stress.

These are just a few of the many benefits of ginger. Ginger is a great addition to many dishes but an easy way to add ginger to your diet is to make a tea with ginger.  Add a tablespoon of peeled, sliced ginger to boiling water and flavor with fresh lemon and honey. Or go ahead and have that piece of gingerbread.

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WIAW #36

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

 

Hello Everyone. Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I am sharing my meals from last Sunday. This day, I was busy preparing for finals so all my meals were at home. Today I have my last final, I can’t remember ever having final this late in the year. Tonight I will be celebrating! 🙂 Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW.

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (6:30am)

I started the day with coffee and it was so good I almost forgot to take a picture. My husband made me a couple of poached eggs with a little cheese.

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Lunch (1:00pm)

I pick-up these sandwiches about once a week from a Japanese bakery in Tustin called Cream Pan. I love these simple finger sandwiches, they come boxed with four different sandwiches; turkey, tuna, egg salad and ham. Also, I had some homemade broccoli soup that I made earlier in the week.

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Dinner (6:00pm)

I took a break from studying to make dinner. Pea and pancetta pasta, good old comfort food.

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Dessert (7:00pm)

I had one of the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had. A friend of mine has a cinnamon roll business, Susie’s Sinnamon Rolls. And she surprised me by sending me a dozen, I am so lucky!  Yum! 🙂

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

You are Cordially Invited to Jenmi Jenmi’s First Year Anniversary Party.  

Our party will start January 28th and run through February 1st. We will be celebrating for 5 days, each day will feature a different post-sharing theme to enhance and help our “Fresh Start.” Since our anniversary coincides with the New Years celebration our theme will be “Fresh Start.” Jenmi Jenmi will be sharing recipes, hints, tips, foods, exercises and advice on how to maintain our healthy “Fresh Start; all year long.”

 If you are interested in participating with a guest post, contact us for details!

Come share in all the fun!

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Ishler Cookies

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Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on December 19, 2012

This is a special cookie recipe that my mom has started using about 20 years ago.  She cut out from a womens’ magazine, but I’m not sure which one.  It is a very unusual cookie, and not very easy to make because it is so fragile, but it is so good!  The trick is to chop the walnuts super fine!  🙂

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ½ cups sifted flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 ½ cups finely chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup cold sweet butter
  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate pieces

Mix flour, sugar, and walnuts together.  Knead in butter until smooth and firm.  Work quickly to prevent butter from softening.  Chill dough 1 hour.  Roll out on a floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut into 2 inch rounds.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees  for 10-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.  Cool on cookie sheets.  Melt the chocolate in a pan over hot boiling water (double boiler).  Spread a thin layer of chocolate over the cookies.

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Food Trends for 2013

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

Americans are looking to make smarter choices when cooking and shopping. Many of the 2013 food trends reflex the changes in attitude.

These are some of the trends in food to look for in 2013

1. Cooking With Tea, in sweet and savory dishes.

 

2. Boozy Desserts, simple desserts are being reinvented for mature taste.

 

3. Popcorn, a popped whole grain can be sweet or savory.

 

4. Better Burger Buns, look for more variety.

Source: allrecipes.com via Jenn on Pinterest

 

5. Sour Flavors, moving beyond sweet, salty and creamy. Look for pickled vegetables and a kimchi to be used in unexpected ways.

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6. Ramen, gone are the MSG filled packaged soup. This flavorful Japanese staple will grow in popularity.

Source: delish.com via Carla on Pinterest

 

7. Vegetables Becoming the Star of the Meal, the popularity of meatless meals will continue to grow.

Source: bhg.com via Kathy on Pinterest

 

8. Ancient Grains as Snacks; look for quinoa, amaranth and more to show up in the snack section of your local market.

 

9. Powdered Alternatives to Popular Health Trends, such as powdered coconut water that could be added to smoothie and powdered chia seeds that could be used to replace flour in baked goods or it could be sprinkled over cereal or yogurt.

Source: amazon.com via Jennifers on Pinterest

 

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Book Review: The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on December 14 ,2012


If you are looking for a very practical, user friendly, fact based guide to weight control, this is the book for you.  The reason I enjoyed this book was because it did not offer any quick fixes or give out any gimmicky recommendations for weight loss.  As a Registered Dietitian, I can tell you that the information presented in this book was very evidence based.  However, it was distilled down to very easily understood, simple language.     I am actually considering using it as an addendum to a weight control course I am teaching next year.

I can’t vouch for any of the recipes since I haven’t tried them, but it was nice that those were included also.

Overall, I highly recommend this book written by Stan Spencer, Ph.D.

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