Tag Archives: Real Food

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! 

 

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Easy Potatoes and Green Pepper

Cut up potatoes and pepper and some onion….sautéed in a splash of olive oil.  Seasoned with Garlic Pepper blend; dried basil and Mrs. Dash Seasoning.  Added in croutons made with oatmeal bread and a sprouted rye multigrain bread; these were sauteed in Earth Balance Soy Free Butter Spread, with some dried basil and some garlic powder sprinkled in.

I’m not gonna’ lie to ya’    —  this turned out to be a tasty dish.

I try not to include oil in my meals because I hear it’s not good for me but I also hear that it IS, so sometimes I throw a bit in here and there just because I can.  And if you say “sautéed” instead of fried, it’s easier to pretend it’s healthy. 

This could all be done with water, too….I’ve done that and I liked it! 

Your thoughts and feedback on the inclusion of oil are welcomed and encouraged!!

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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. 

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!

Retirement & a Recipe

I have now been officially retired for 18 days, the last few days of which have been spent with a cold or flu — still not sure which.  I read that a cold doesn’t involve a fever and I did have a slight fever yesterday and part of the day before that of about 99.9 or so.  Fever is gone now and I am feeling better.   Meanwhile, my husband has a sinus infection and is on antibiotics so it’s been a less than stellar beginning.

This may be an aspect of the joy of retirement, though; it is so nice that I didn’t have to worry about payroll not getting done since I was feeling rather miserable and it is so nice that I didn’t have to stay at work even though I felt bad.  Just had to focus on healing.

I could even make a healing soup with ease.   Sauteed onions, celery and diced carrots in broth; then added remaining broth, and after that cooked for a few minutes, I added a crushed clove of garlic, a few sprinkles of thyme, dried basil, and a dash of paprika and some frozen peas.  Later we added in some rice to cook in the soup.  This photo shows pasta, but that was from last week (same process, same good taste).

The sandwich includes non-dairy cheese made by Follow Your Heart — the mozzarella version is especially good.

I read that broth and thyme and garlic and dark chocolate are supposed to be helpful for healing a cough– couldn’t hurt!

May we all be well and prosper.   Starting NOW!

 

Mushrooms

Cooking mushrooms with green peppers and onion along with garlic-pepper seasoning seems to be something that continues to be a part of my favorite meals.

Using water as the medium instead of oil, seems to be working well for me.

It’s fresh.  It’s vegan.  And I think it is even nutritious. 

So Good…

This is all there is to it:

Brussels sprouts and butternut squash tossed with about a tablespoon of olive oil, bake at 350 degrees for about a half hour.  Add some dried cranberries and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes or so.

So good!

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Vegan Choices

Here are some ideas for vegan dishes.  Sort of a visual recipe card. 

Sometimes I just need a reminder that a meal can consist of some simple choices. 

Italian green beans and tomatoes are from our garden so those choices were obvious.  The arugula was from the farmers market and we added strawberries, a little sweet onion, and cucumbers from our garden. 

Today I’m going to attempt to make a Kung Pao Tofu and if that turns out, I will post an actual recipe……and a picture, of course!

Simple is Good

So simple.  So visually appealing.  So delicious. 

Cut stuff up, season it, roast it or even microwave it.

I usually use salt, pepper, basil, garlic, parsley, sometimes dill;  Alden Mill House makes some great seasoning combinations.  Use what you like, experiment; it will taste good!

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