Monthly Archives: September 2011

Recipe: Confetti Brown Rice

By now, we all know what we *should* be eating, right? Whole wheat bread vs white bread; plain yogurt vs flavored; steel cut oats vs regular oatmeal; and brown rice instead of white. But do you know why?Brown Rice

For the most part, it has to do with eating foods that are as unprocessed as possible, to keep them close to their natural state. But I knew there had to be more to it, so after some Googling, I quickly found the answers about brown rice:  nutrition, plain and simple!  By retaining the outer husk of the rice, it kept the fiber and up to 4 times certain minerals.

I was sold, a brown rice convert. Now there was just this small problem. How do I put it? I wasn’t crazy about the taste. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Grilled Thai Tofu

I admit, I expected tofu to be on this list of 10 Most Hated Foods, because of the initial reaction that I usually get when I serve it up.

So much to know about tofu!  First of all, it’s not just for vegetarians. I eat it because I enjoy it, as simple as that. Tofu is an inexpensive way to get some low-fat protein, and can be prepared hundreds of ways.

Grilled tofu with Thai Treasure

Since I like simple recipes, I came up with this very quick but exotic-tasting way to enjoy tofu that is honestly delicious. Ready? Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Deconstructed Hummus

Chick peas.  Garbanzo beans.  Chi chi beans. Their biggest claim to fame, here in the States, is salad bars.They are vastly underappreciated, which is sad because they are inexpensive, filling, low in fat, easy to work with, full of fiber, creamy and delicious!  (Really! Check this out)

They are also the main ingredient in hummus, which is easy to make but requires pulling out your food processor or blender. I like simple, so I came up with this dish that has all the same flavors as a spiced hummus without the fuss.

Chick peas with Moroccan spice

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Recipe: Mexican Rice Fiesta

Meatless Mondays have become really popular, so I wanted to give you an idea for a hearty, healthy meatless dish! It is full of flavor, fresh veggies, filling brown rice, and black beans for added protein.

Mexican Rice Fiesta

Bonus:  this dish can be prepared ahead of time, so that you start off your week stress-free. What’s not to love about that? Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Dilly Cucumber Salad

Summer is full of picnics, BBQ’s and outdoors celebrations, with traditional foods like burgers, hotdogs and potato salad. Haven’t you ever craved something a little different?

Fresh, cool dill cucumber salad is the perfect answer. It’s quick and easy to make, refreshing, and holds up well because there is no mayonnaise to worry about.

The star ingredient that gives this salad so much flavor is Sarah’s Home on The Ranch Dip Mix. Yes, dip mix!

Dilly Cucumber Salad
Easy and cool cucumber salad

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