Tomato Cucumber Balsamic Salad

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on August 14, 2013

cucumber salad

I threw this salad together today because it was hot today and thought I’d share it with you!


  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (I used golden cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 cup sliced and quartered cucumbers
  • 2 TB crumbled cotija cheese
  • 2 TB balsamic vinegar
  • 2 TB fresh cilantro

Just combine all ingredients and enjoy!

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Best Potluck Salad Dressing

guaca salad guacasalsa

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on July 31, 2013

For some reason, this item gets more requests than any other potluck item I bring.  The salad dressing is SO simple.  I just use 50% Ranch dressing with 50% of the Guaca Salsa (a tomatillo based salsa) seen above.  It has been tested out by tons of partygoers with the following ingredients that have been narrowed down to work the best with the dressing:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Baby Spinach
  • chopped cilantro
  • chopped green onions
  • chopped bell pepper
  • fresh corn
  • tomatoes
  • shredded chicken
  • frozen, thawed peas
  • thick, fresh tortilla chips, crushed (from a restaurant or bakery) or make them yourself

Just combine all the ingredients with the salad dressing and enjoy!

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Summer Veggies

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on July 26, 2013

summer veg

It’s always great to feast on produce that is in season.  It is summer and ’tis the season for zucchini, bell peppers, and fresh corn.  This is one of my favorites, from  Bizarra Capital in Uptown Whittier.  So yummy!  For you locals, it is the same owners as Cook’s Tortas in Monterey Park and Guisados Tacos in East LA (where this comes in taco form also!)  🙂   They are all great spots.  Unfortunately, they don’t have websites.

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Honeydew Nectarine?

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on July 22, 2013

honeydew nectarine

My friend gave me this really good piece of fruit.  To me, it taste like a nectarine, but sweeter. I really love it.  She said she has it on a tree in her background, but doesn’t know what kind of fruit is.  I tried to look it up on the internet.  I think it might be a honeydew nectarine.  Not a  cross breed of a nectarine/honeydew, but actually a breed of several types of nectarines.  Can anyone identify it?

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Fiesta Roll Ups

fiesta roll up

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on July 17, 2013

This is a recipe that I tried out for the dialysis patients that I work with.  This was taken directly from the davita website,   It is lower in phosphorus than a quesadilla and is also a lower potassium choice.  It’s really simple to make.  You could also use tomato or spinach tortillas for yourself (I did not due to their higher potassium content which would not be appropriate for this specific patient population).


  • 4 oz. canned chopped green chiles
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 4 TB green  onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 6 flour tortillas, 8″ size


  1. Combine green chiles, spices and green onions in a bowl.
  2. Blend in softened cream cheese.
  3. Spread thin layer of cream cheese mixture on each tortilla, leaving 1/4″ edge uncovered.
  4. Roll tortillas up like a jelly roll.  Use toothpick to secure rolls.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  6. Slice rolls into 1″ pieces and serve as a snack or appetizer

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Easy Fried Rice

Posted by Jennifer (The RD) on July 3,2013

I make this fried rice because it’s easy, and I can make it super fast. I know that pork products are really popular in fried rice, but I use flavored ground turkey.  🙂


½ lb. extra lean ground turkey

1 egg

¼ cup diced onion

1 tsp. fresh ground ginger

1 TB canola oil

2 tsp. soy sauce

1 orange bell pepper, diced

1 carrot, sliced extra thin

½ cup frozen peas

1 package frozen Jasmine and red/black rice from Fresh and Easy

Salt and pepper to taste

  • Cook rice according to package directions.
  • Add 1 ½ tsp. oil to a medium skillet and heat with ¾ tsp. ground ginger for about 20-30 seconds on medium heat.  Add the ground turkey, onion, and soy sauce and heat until thoroughly cooked.  Remove from heat and save for later.
  • Scramble the egg and set aside with the ground turkey.
  • Add another 1 ½ tsp. oil  1nd ¼ tsp. ginger to the pan and sauté the carrots and pepper until barely tender.  Add back the turkey and egg and mix together.  Then, add the rice.  When all ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add the frozen peas and incorporate until they are warmed through.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

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New and Exciting Doggie Treats

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on June 24, 2013

We often get excited about trying out different cuisine when we travel.  However, it’s also exciting to see what kind of interesting treats we can find for our pets on our travels.  My parents recently visited family in Hawaii.  They were taken to some really fun pet stores that carried treats that are very specific to Hawaii. Pictured above is a bone made with coconut, treats that are like arare (Japanese rice crackers), and purple Okinawan sweet potatoes.  My dog Kasper loved them.  So next time you travel, don’t forget about your pets!  🙂

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Watermelon Refresher

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on June 19, 2013

I really love watermelon and thought I would love the pure watermelon juice when I bought it, but it tasted a little one dimensional to me.  I sorta fixed up this watermelon juice, made out of a watermelon that was kinda mushy (not that it has to be mushy but I really didn’t want to eat it) by deciding to test the waters with this juice.


  • 3 cups watermelon chunks
  • zest of one lemon
  • 3 cups lemon lime soda

Put the watermelon chunks and lemon zest in a blender and blend completely.

Pour the liquid mixture into a strainer and reserve the juice.

Combine watermelon juice and lemon lime soda (50/50).  Makes 3 cups total

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Chef In Training

My Dog is a Fruit and Veggie Lover!

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on June 14, 2013

(pictured above is Kasper, salivating over a baby carrot)

Dinner preparation time is one of Kasper’s favorite times of the day.  He sits and waits for a handout as soon as the cutting board comes out.  He loves all food in general, but especially crispy fruits and vegetables!  I often wondered how veggies fit into a dog’s diet. According to an article by Sarah Winkler, published on the Animal Planet website, very well.  The article lists 10 fruits and veggies that aid in dogs’ nutrition:

  1. carrots
  2. broccoli
  3. cantaloupe
  4. celery
  5. green beans
  6. spinach
  7. apples
  8. pears
  9. oranges
  10. pumpkin

Kasper says yahoo!!!!  I can keep eating fruits and veggies!!!

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What’s Wrong With Store Bought Tomatoes?

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on June 10th, 2013


Have you ever noticed that store bought tomatoes have almost no taste at all?  They also have a very “cardboard” texture.  According to an article in the LA Times, most store bought tomatoes are genetically mutated to make them look better and make them easier to harvest.  However, is it worth the lack of flavor and juiciness?  I don’t think so.  And furthermore, homegrown tomatoes can look just as good.  Take a look at the beauties I got from my friends’ garden.  They tasted so good!!!!  Thanks Jennifer and Fred!!!!  🙂

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