All posts filed under: food

Quick and Easy Naan Recipe

I’ve been a bit MIA here for awhile, typically school stuff, but I had to share a recipe with you guys. As you might already know I’m a little obsessed with making my own breads, primarily using a bread machine, which makes it a whole lot easier but I’ve found something even easier, making naan. I actually eat a lot of this Persian / Indian bread so much so that it’s on the weekly grocery store list. However I didn’t have any idea how easy it was to make until seeing a video where a group of men were using an steel drum to do it on a desert camping trip. I figured if they did it then I could too, and I didn’t even need to turn on my grill to get it done. Ingredients: 1 2/3 cups of water 2 Teaspoons active dry yeast 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 1/3 cups of flour (plus extra) Butter to fry The first step is putting the sugar and yeast in a …

Starting the Jenny Craig Program

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. — Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig! If you’ve followed my blog for awhile you’d notice that my weight fluctuates quite a bit. I’ve gone from very thin, to a little chunky, to thin, to even heavier, in a sort of cycle to do with school schedules, stress levels. At the end of each cycle I end up gaining more weight, and while I don’t think I have any adverse health affects yet, my continuing weight gain has become a worry. So I’ve decided to actually do something about it and am so happy to have Jenny Craig helping me out with my new meal plan. I was especially interested in Jenny Craig because they are a clinically proven and recommended weight-loss program designed to provide structure and support to help members lose weight and learn how to keep it off. The program takes a holistic approach to weight loss and weight management, focusing on food, body and mind, instead of just counting calories. When …

Recipe,Vegan Spanish Rice Meal

My first week back has been crazy, which makes me realize maybe my winter break wasn’t as busy as I thought it was. While I haven’t been able to post as much as I’d like to I’m hoping by the end of next week I’ll have everything all together so I can get on a more consistent schedule of sharing with you guys. I have made a few great meals in the past week with my new Ozeri frying pan and wanted to share one of my recipes with you as well as give a mini review of this pan at the end of the post.  This one is mostly for Spanish Rice but in addition I shared a little bit of info on how to make the rest of the meal so it’s a complete dinner. The first step is of course putting the already cooked rice into your frying pan with a bit of vegetable oil on high on your stove top. Then add in a cup of salsa, and let this heat …

Making Syrian Casserole + Recipe

I’ll freely admit I’m a bit food obsessed. More often than not this is sweet foods, that taste great but are terrible and just want to make me eat more. Lately however I’ve been working on making meals that are a bit  better for me, and very filling which is where this casserole comes in! While there are a lot of variations on the typical casserole I love the Syrian version because I like the distinctive Arabian taste and the ease to make this casserole. Ingredients needed for the Syrian Casserole 1/2 Onion Vegetable Oil 1 lb Ground Beef 14 oz Macaroni 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup sour cream 1 Ranch Packet White Cheese Cream Shredded Mozzarella Spices to taste (black pepper, curry, meat masala powder, cinnamon, garlic, seasoning salt) First dice the onion and sauté in a large pan using vegetable oil, until the onions are golden brown. The add ground beef to the pan as well as the spices and cook for ten minutes.  During this time you can boil macaroni …

Trying out Hello Fresh + Recipes

As someone who doesn’t like to go grocery shopping, and someone who does like to do online shopping food subscription boxes have a huge appeal to me. I’ve been seeing a few different versions like Blue Apron (lots of bloggers seem to be getting these), Plated, Marely Spoony are just a few that I’ve seen floating around. I hadn’t actually known anyone in real life who’d used a food subscription box until a friend of mine began subscribing to Hello Fresh. They liked it quite well (making me even more interested) and I was super excited when they received a promotional discount to give away and I immediately decided I’d be the one to take it! For my box I went with the family plan which can contain meat, fish and veggie recipes and is made for two adults and two children and the option to pick either two (that’s what I chose) or three meals for the week, at a cost of $8.75 a meal. From there you can pick what day you want …

Baked Custard with Grape-Nuts, Recipe

It’s officially that time of year, the holiday season. Although I’m not done with school yet, I’m totally feeling into the season. One of my favorite holiday traditions is making (and of course eating) baked goods! As the weather gets colder it becomes even more fun to stay inside and cook and bake. One of my first recipes of this holiday season is something new and I had to share it, Baked Custard. I wanted to make this recipe a little different than your transitional baked custard so I added in a few crunchy things, like dates, and Post Grape Nuts® that made it even better. In addition to sponsoring this post they’ve also done a partnership with Sing® the movie, which reminds me of another great holiday tradition in my family, going to the movies. But about that recipe. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups Grape-Nuts 1/2 Stick Butter 1 Tbs Coconut Oil 3 Eggs 1/2 Cup Sugar 1 1/2 Cups Milk 1/4 Cup Dates 2 Tablespoons Vanilla 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon Pinch of Salt Pinch of Nutmeg Preheat the oven to 380 …

Arabian Gulf Style Baked Chicken & Vegetables Recipe

Last week I shared with you guys a recipe for making Arabian Gulf Chicken Salsa that is dairy free and low histamine. This week I wanted to do another food post (maybe I should make recipes a weekly thing?) Sticking with the Arabian Gulf or as some of you might call it Persian Gulf style for the dish I’m sharing a recipe that is incredibly easy to find ingredients for and just as easy to make. While I would call this recipe something that is great if you’re on a low histamine diet it isn’t quite non dairy because there is a bit of yogurt in the mix. Preparation Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 50 minutes Ingredients:  Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 1/2 a lemon 2 Onions 2 Tomatoes 1/2 Green Pepper Yogurt 1 Carrot 3 Small Golden potatoes *I used Extra Long Basmati Rice as well Spices: (in order of amount used) Curry Powder Chicken Masala Salt Ground Black Pepper Paprika Garlic Ginger Clove Cinnamon Cumin Nutmeg Red Chili Okay so first of all I did …

Arabian Gulf Chicken Salsa Recipe + Rice

It has been quite awhile since I’ve shared a recipe post with you guys and a lot has changed in my diet since then. While I’m still quite keen on cooking vegan food, I’ve now reverted to making vegetarian foods and even dishes that include meat, although this meal could easily substitute the chicken for tofu and be a vegan entree. This Chicken Salsa recipe is a little different in other ways though.    First of all it is a middle eastern inspired dish (as you can see in the photo I even served this one sitting on the ground), especially taken from the Persian Arabian gulf, that has flavors reminiscent of eastern spices. Most importantly it is a low histamine food, for a friend of mine with dietary restrictions which was the main reason I wanted to share this dish with you guys. Originally I’d google searched for recipes for low histamine diets and low histamine meal planners and didn’t really come up with much. Only recipes that would “sort of work” or you should just “substitute this …

Book Review: Gluten-Free for Good

Gluten-Free for Good Simple, wholesome recipes made from scratch By Samantha Seneviratne Gluten-Free for Good features 100 irresistible recipes for dishes you may have thought you’d never enjoy again – not without resorting to expensive packaged gluten-free foods that aren’t as delicious or healthful as the real thing. Here are quick-cooking meals for any time of day, all made from scratch without hard-to-digest processed additives like xanthin or guar gum.  The best way to eat more of what you love is to cook real foods at home. With inspiring photographs and a simple pantry primer, Gluten-Free for Good shows how cooking gluten-free can be seamless, instinctive and appealing.  Samantha Seneviratne was a food editor at Good Housekeeping, Fine Cooking and Martha Stewart’s Everyday Good before starting her blog Love, Cake which was a finalist for the 2015 Saver Blog Awards. She is also a recipe developer, food stylist, and the author of The New Sugar and Spice. She lives in New York City.  My Thoughts: The first time I tried a gluten-free food I wasn’t …

Las Posadas Holiday Vegan Recipe

Before I get into another fun vegan recipe I figure a few of you guys might be wondering what exactly Las Posadas is if you aren’t Hispanic, or at live in a Latino area. Well first of all it’s part of the Christmas holiday, but a precursor to the whole opening presents under the tree ordeal. It is a 9 night celebration (from December 16-24) of the journey that Mary and Joseph took from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Lots of food, family and friends are involved. Because I’m in the no meat club I originally looked at vegan Las Posadas recipes, but was completely unimpressed with what I saw. I then decided that this year I would make my own. Luckily I had a little help with my recipe from the wonderful people at HERDEZ who has an authentic culture for authentic food. With them I put together a totally vegan Las Posadas meal that has a whole lot of flavor, is healthy and easy to make. Ingredients: Firm Tofu 16 oz pack Soft Tortilla Shells …