Taco Pie

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on December 12, 2012

I found this recipe a couple of weeks ago and I think I have make it at least three times already. It is so easy and it tastes great on a cold night. We love the original version of this recipe but I am always looking for ways to add more vegetables. I like it with avocado but I think it would be good with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt too.

Adapted from Dishing With Leslie

4 to 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 – 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 – 8.5 oz box corn bread mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3-cup milk
  • 2 oz diced green chile (½ 4 oz cans)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet, brown ground beef, onion and bell pepper.
  3. Cook until onion and bell pepper soften.
  4. Remove from heat and drain off fat.
  5. Return to heat and add garlic powder, black pepper, crushed red pepper, cumin, and tomato paste.
  6. Combine well and top with grated cheese. Then remove from the heat and set aside.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, combine cornbread mix, egg, milk and green chilies.
  8. Pour this mixture on top of the cheese.
  9. Bake for 15 minute.
  10. Remove from heat and serve.
  11. Enjoy.

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WIAW #35

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on December 12, 2012

Hello Everyone. Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I am sharing my meals from last Sunday. This day was busy, I attended a Christmas party and I forgot my camera so I apologize for the terrible pictures. 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 from our local Starbuck’s. The baristas are so sweet, Sarah left a message on my cup. 🙂 Followed by an apple before my usual Sunday hike.

AM Snacks (10:30am)

Susan’s Sweet and Salty Pecans. Yum! (Recipe here)

Lunch (1:00pm)

A Christmas party at the Queen Mary. A group of four of us went to together and we all won a prize, how lucky are we.

The Queen Mary.

The ballroom.

Lunch

Dessert

 Candies, I won. 🙂

Jennifer (the RD) after she won a TV. 🙂

Jennifer’s new TV.

Dinner (6:00pm)

Taco pie with avocado. Recipe here.

Dessert (7:00pm)

Homemade hot chocolate with homemade marshmallow fluff. Yum!

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 7th and run through January 11th. 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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Exercising With Your Dog

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on December 10, 2012

Please meet friend of the blog, Shri Patel.  She is a 3 year old healthy and physically active dog.  Her family makes sure that she is properly exercised and loves getting on that treadmill!  🙂

Unfortunately, many dogs do not get the appropriate amount of exercise.  Approximately 35% of pets are considered overweight. Like humans, this can lead to chronic health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

Before starting an exercise regimen, it is a good idea to ask your vet a few questions.  Many dogs have breed specific restrictions/limitations.  Here are some questions to ask:

  • What is the appropriate amount of exercise my dog should be getting?
  • Are there any breed specific limitations my dog may have such as heat intolerance or joint problems?
  • Do I live in an area that may be too hot or too cold to be outdoors all year round?
  • Are there any other precautions I should consider?

Here are some exercise ideas for your dog:

  • play fetch
  • take your dog for a swim
  • go for a jog or walk with your dog
  • have your dog participate in agility training
  • try slowly getting your dog used to the treadmill…like Shri!  🙂 (must be careful to constantly supervise your dog)

Have a great time exercising with your dogs!!!!!

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The Health Benefits of Vitamin C

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on December 7, 2012

 

As a water-soluble vitamin, vitamin C is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing disease. The body does not produce water-soluble vitamins; they must be obtained through diet. The recommended daily intake of vitamin C recommended by the Institute of Medicine for adult women is 75 milligrams and for adult males 90 milligrams.

Vitamin C has many benefits, such as growth and repair of tissue such as skin, bone, cartilage, muscle, blood vessels and aids in wound healing. Also, it is a highly effective antioxidant helping to block damage caused by free radicals. In addition, vitamin C helps to prevent heart disease by cleaning arteries and enables healthy blood flow. And contributes to mood elevation and plays a critical role in brain function. Moreover, studies have shown that increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables have been associated with a reduced risk of most types of cancer. Vitamin C also reduces the severity of cataracts and is helpful in the prevention of gout. Lastly, vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron.

Vitamin C is essential to good health, working foods containing it is easy and tasty. Fruits and vegetables are the richest natural sources of vitamin C.

Fruits containing a high source of vitamin C:

  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cranberries
  • Guava
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Vegetables containing a high source of vitamin C:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes

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Super Easy Chicken Pasta

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on December 5th, 2012

I made this dish for myself when I came back from Vegas and was very tired last week.  It was all ingredients that I had in my refrigerator and could easily whip up!

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups cooked spaghetti

1 TB canola oil

1 TB “better than bouillon” chicken soup base

1 clove chopped garlic

2 portions of frozen, chopped cilantro (found at Trader Joe’s or Fresh and Easy)  or 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

3/4 cup  sliced carrots

3/4 cup  choped celery

3/4 cup boiled and shelled edamame

1 cup shredded, cooked chicken

 

Saute carrots, celery, garlic, cilantro  and edamame in canola oil in a large skillet on medium heat until  veggies are barely tender, for approximately 3-5 minutes.

Add soup base and combine until well blended.

Add in  spaghetti noodles and chicken and mix together until all ingredients are warmed through and thoroughly combined, for an additional 3-5 minutes.

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WIAW #34

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on December 5, 2012


Hello Everyone. Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I am sharing my meals from last Saturday. Finals are quickly approaching so my weekends are very low key. I hope you enjoy my day. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW.

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (7:30am)

I started the day with coffee, before heading out for breakfast. We went to Euro Pane in Pasadena and I had my favorite Egg Salad Sandwich. What a treat. 🙂

Lunch (11:45am)

Homemade french onion soup.

PM Snacks (2:00pm)

Beer bread and kale.

 

Dinner (5:30pm)

Taco pie with avocado.

Dessert (6:30pm)

I wanted something sweet badly and I was inspired by Shannon at Healthiful Balances Banana Bread Cookies. At the moment, I am working on cleaning out my over flowing pantry, so I wanted to work with what I had. I sort of experimented with bananas, almond meal, sunflower butter, vanilla, baking soda and chocolate chips. My cookies ended up tasting great but looking terrible because they came out of the oven green. After some research,  I found baking soda or powder react with the chlorophyll in the sunflower butter turning the cookies green. 🙂

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

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5 Reasons Soup Is Good For You

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on December 3, 2012

 

Homemade soup makes a quick, easy, nutritious and a hot filling meal. With a little creativity the possibilities of soup varieties are endless. Making soup can be a good way to use up leftovers or cleaning our your pantry. Best of all, soup is an excellent way to work more vegetable into your diet.

  1. Broth-based soups are low in fat and calories helping with weight control.
  2. Soups create a feeling of fullness helping with appetite control.
  3. Soups that are full of vegetables offer an immune system boost.
  4. Soups warming energy is comforting.
  5. A large pot of soup is very cost-effective. One pot provide several meals and you only need to clean the kitchen once.

So get creative and cook up some soup.

 Here are a few ideas: 

The best minestrone soup I have ever had!  Recipe here.

 White Bean & Mushroom Soup Recipe Here

Do you have a favorite soup recipe?

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 A Humble Bumble

First Year Anniversary Party!

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on December 2, 2012

 

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, contact us for details!

Come share in all the fun!

♥ ♥