When we got married all of a sudden we were the ones buying groceries, which meant the house was stocked with everything we liked. After gaining unwanted weight, we realized we needed to start eating healthy, but didn’t truly understand what that meant. Lucky for me I had the pleasure of learning from co-workers who were gluten free, whole food followers and even a raw chef.
Learning to eat “healthy” is a gradual process and not something you’ll fully understand over night. Reading books such as Fast Food Nation or The Omnivores Dilemma is a great start. Becoming educated on what is actually good for you and what isn’t is really important. I mean potatoes are vegetables so you can eat a lot of them right? Wrong.
So what does eating healthy mean for me? Eating real food. It’s as simple as that ~ no artificial flavors, minimally processed food, no gmos and very little sugar. Eating healthy 90% of the time and not so healthy 10% of the time. Never dieting, but turning food choices into a lifestyle.
Eating real food doesn’t have to be more difficult or more expensive. (After reading my blog title here’s what you’ve been waiting to read about… haha) My ultimate favorite chef is Jamie Oliver. I’ll be the first to admit I have a slight crush on him. Clearly not in a romantic way, you know I’m head over heals for my husband. All you have to do is watch a few youtube videos and start cooking with his recipes and you’ll understand why. Jamie Oliver is a British chef, known for his television series The Naked Chef. He helps you transform unhealthy eating habits and breaks recipes down by using fresh, whole food. Learning how to make fresh, healthy and affordable home cooked meals in minutes. Who doesn’t want that?
Here’s one of my favorite Jamie Oliver recipes, which I’ve pictured above. It may seem like an odd combination, but trust me ~ SO DELICIOUS.
One of my all time favorite things to order is the dragon bowl from Scotty Browns. So much flavor and absolutely delicious. I love creating new healthy dishes for our family ~ so after looking through dragon bowl inspiration, I came up with my own version.
For the base, use whatever you have in the pantry. I’d say my favorite is quinoa, but you can be creative and use any type of rice you have in the house. Rice noodles are also an option. I like to put the fresh cilantro, basil and peanuts in little glass bowls on the table. I love cilantro but hubby can’t stand it. Either people love it or hate it, so it’s nice to give the option. Also, we love eating our dragon bowl with naan bread, perfect for dipping in the extra sauce. Not quite as healthy but you just need a small piece. I buy ours at Trader Joes and keep it in the freezer for whenever we need it. Ps ~ You might think peanuts are an odd garnish, but they add the perfect crunch and taste delicious so don’t leave them out.
This recipe has become a favorite in our house. The colors, the flavor and the different textures come together perfectly. Super healthy and pure deliciousness. Basically, you can create your own dragon bowl with whatever you have in the house, there aren’t any rules. Choose your base (rice/quinoa), add some protein, veggies and sauce and voila a dragon bowl masterpiece has been created.
I’ve been asked by friends ~ Why don’t you put recipes on your blog? So here you go! Cooking is one of the things that brings me joy and I’m happy to share my first recipe with you. Since this is the first time I’m posting a recipe:
A. Leave a comment if you have a question or something doesn’t make sense.
B. If you make it ~ how did it turn out?
C. If you know how to make a recipe rich pin for Pinterest, talk to me!
Looking for the perfect appetizer to bring to your holiday parties?
These baked brie bites are a party-worthy appetizer and super easy to make! My SIL introduced them to me a while back and I’ve been making them for parties ever since.
1 pkg frozen puff pastry dough
4 ounces of brie cheese
3 tablespoons crushed pistachio
½ cup cranberry jelly (I have used grape jelly, or Trader Joe’s Cranberry Orange Relish too. All AMAZING)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees f.
Take a mini-cupcake tin and spray with oil.
Cut the de-thawed puff pastry dough into squares and place in cupcake tins.
Bake for 10 minutes (or until puffed)
Remove from oven and place ½ tablespoon chunks of brie into the cooked pastry cups. Top with jelly and chopped pistachios and return to oven for 3-5 minutes (until cheese is bubbling)
Remove from oven and wait a few minutes before removing pastry from the tin.
I’ve also made these brie bites with phyllo dough (you can buy premade cups from Safeway in the deli section where you’d find the brie). Or you can make them yourself with Phyllo dough rolls you would find in the freezer aisle, where the frozen puff pastry dough is.