Category Archives: Eating to Live – Living Healthy

Stir Fry—just add rice

 

Stir-fry

Sauté mushrooms (12 oz package) for about five minutes and then add in any kind of   cut -up veggies you like.  I sautéed these in water.

Here is what I used:

1 stalk celery, including some of the leafy stuff

1 large carrot

about a half cup of onion

about a cup of cabbage

a crown of broccoli

a couple of tablespoons of jarred red pepper

Sprinkle on about 1/4 teaspoon of each (amounts are approximate – go with your own taste and judgment):

cumin

powdered red pepper

coriander

dashes of salt and pepper

and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

For the sauce:

Blend the following:

1/3 cup peanut butter

2 teaspoons sesame oil

2 teaspoons safflower oil

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (rice vinegar would work great, too)

2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or other aminos or soy sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon powdered red pepper

Once the veggies have softened a tiny bit, add in the sauce and cook until tender.

Add more water if you like.

FOR THE RICE:

Sauté 1 cup of long grain white rice in 1 tablespoon or so of Earth Balance (or butter) for a few minutes.

When rice glistens, add 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil, then simmer for about   15-20 minutes until water is absorbed.  Remove from heat and cover with a               towel- covered lid.   (These are tips I used from a Cook’s Country episode — it should all make the rice fluffier and it seemed to work!)

Mix the rice in with the vegetables and it will be delicious if you like this sort of thing, which I do.

The sauce works well with noodles or pasta, too!

I usually include bamboo shoots but the canned brand I got (Reese) had this odor that I do not like so I skipped it.  I tried this brand years ago for mixed vegetables and it was the same — thought I’d give it a second change, but…no go.  Their water chestnuts seem fine, though, I think….unless those were La Choy.  I think maybe it is just a flavoring I don’t like and some people do like that — likely all a matter of personal preference.

Peas of any kind would be great, too, but, alas, I had none on hand.  This is the “minestrone” approach to stir-fry.

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Simply Potatoes (no French; no fry)

So good. Pre-heat oven to 400 or even 405. degrees. Peel a potato, rinse; don’t dry; cut into whatever form you like, shake some salt on them and spread out on no-stick baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, flip them and bake for another 10 minutes. And just like that you have French-fries with no frying at all. Makes me wonder why we even need to fry them! Great flavor and texture.

Easy Mushrooms

img_8151Slice mushrooms and roughly cut up some sweet pepper.  Sauté these in a few tablespoons of water.  Add in about two tablespoons of coconut aminos (got mine from Trader Joe’s — least expensive brand that I’ve found).  Shake in spices of your choice — I like Alden Mill’s Garlic-Pepper but when I don’t have that I use an Italian seasoning mix along with a bit of black pepper.

Often I add onions – depends on my mood! 

This is good all by itself or added to a tossed salad or drizzled over mashed potatoes or rice.

(If you accidentally cook it a little to long and the water seems to disappear, add in some more water and this will pick up any dried spices and mushroom bits and it probably will taste even better.)

Good stuff — and easy to throw together.

 

Fruit Salad

This is a combination of chopped up apple, banana, strawberries, mango topped with a “store-bought” container of mandarin oranges in fruit juice (no sugar added).  Great for a quick, easy and healthy dessert! 

 

Pretty Carrots!

Simple.  Quick.  Tastes good!  I cut up two carrots.  Sprinkled with seasoning — I used Mrs. Dash Original Blend seasoning.  I also sprinkled on a little stevia (SweetLeaf Organic Stevia Sweetener)….probably less than 1/4 of an ounce.  You could roast this; this time I put it in the microwave for about three to five minutes.  Done. 

Blue Plate Special

Easy Breakfast Idea for a Vegan

I cut up a half of a banana, sliced in some mango, plopped on a quarter cup or so of Daiya Black Cherry Yogurt…quick and tasty! It barely qualifies as a recipe, more like an idea and an excuse for me to take a picture of something I like liking at. (At which I like looking?)

Choppin’ Broccoli

How about this?  Broccoli Salad

In water, sauté:

1/2 cup chopped onion; 1/4 cup raisins; after a couple of minutes add in a bunch of finely chopped broccoli (or however fine you like it).  Add in some salt and pepper.  Stir everything together.  Let it sauté until it is not-too-smooshy and not-too-crispy.

Options:  Sprinkle in some bacon bits that are real or fake and/or sprinkle on some shredded coconut.   It’s a basic recipe that you can enhance (or not) with curry or other spices and herbs.

This just shows that you can make stuff up and it can end up tasting really good!  I did …..and it did.

Vegetarian heading for Vegan

First photo is: 

Cucumber with Follow Your Heart Gouda cheese (non-dairy);

Next one:  add a few sauteed mushrooms & some green pepper(sauteed in water with garlic-pepper seasoning);

Third photo is a version with kinda’ fake bacon;

and then a kidney and pinto bean salad with chopped onion, celery, carrot and a Vegenaise & mustard dressing and a hard-cooked egg (so that one is not vegan — but I have made it without the egg and it is still so good). 

Buon Appetito!

FRUITFUL LIVING

AIMING FOR A HEALTHY START TO THE DAY                                                                                     (strawberries, banana and mango)

I’m thinking maybe eating a preponderance of real, whole foods, may have shortened the duration and intensity of whatever this cold/flu thing is that I had. 

I have to say, I am not a purist (my husband calls us “flexitarians”), but I do aim to include mainly healthy stuff:  vegetables, starches, greens, legumes, fruit, nuts — with most days excluding meat or eggs or dairy.  Less animal-related products has to have good effects for me and the animals – I feel better and they feel better.  Some say if you don’t adhere to strictly vegan standards, you aren’t helping animals at all; I disagree.  Less mass slaughter has to be better than more of the same; I think it will lead to more humane conditions.