Archive for October, 2010

Bok Choy in a Spicy Peanut Sauce

Posted on Oct. 30th 2010 2 Comments »

Here we use a spicy peanut sauce to jazz up an otherwise simple combination of tofu and vegetables. Complete the meal with a platter of red and green bell pepper strips, sliced cucumbers, and carrot sticks.

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Posted by poppa-d | in Bok Choy, Onion, Pepper, Soba Noodles, Tofu

8 Healthy Office Snacks

Posted on Oct. 26th 2010 1 Comment »
Don’t get caught in front of the vending machine again. Pack these eight healthy snacks (each less than 200 calories) to keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout the work day.

Desktop Snacks

Working eight or more hours a day can make it difficult to eat healthfully unless you plan ahead. Research shows that eating every four hours helps to keep your metabolism charged and your energy level high. Before you dig in your drawer for spare change and head to the vending machine, plan ahead and stash low-calorie, nutritious snacks in a cabinet, drawer, or your briefcase. Each of these snacks has less than 200 calories and are sure to satisfy when the 3 p.m. cravings hit.

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Posted by poppa-d | in Health and Fitness

Garlic Soba Noodle Recipe

Posted on Oct. 23rd 2010 1 Comment »

If you use powered garlic use a simple dehydrated garlic that has been ground. It has a harsher flavor than most fresh garlic you’ll encounter, and the fragrance it puts off is different as well. Feel free to toss in a few fresh cloves (chopped) in its place if you prefer. In that scenario add the fresh garlic just before the chard.

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Posted by poppa-d | in Green Onion, Parmesan, Radish, Recipe, Soba noodle, Tofu

Simple Butternut Squash Tart

Posted on Oct. 16th 2010 No Comments »

You can make this in a pan, free form or in a muffin pan. One big one, or multiple smaller ones. Don’t be afraid to experiment with seasonal ingredients. You could even sweeten up the ricotta a bit when summer comes around and do a stone fruit or berry version.

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Posted by poppa-d | in Butternut Squash, Onion, Recipe, Ricotta Cheese

Simple Pleasures

Posted on Oct. 12th 2010 No Comments »

Short on time and long on responsibilities? Overwhelmed by stuff? This year, resolve to simplify your life. The goal is to cut back on the clutter―both in your closet and your schedule―so you can focus on more meaningful things. “Living simply means less stress and leading the life you want,” says Janet Luhrs, author of The Simple Living Guide (Broadway Books, 1997) and publisher of the Seattle-based quarterly newsletter Simple Living Journal. “It’s about living consciously and deliberately.”

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Posted by poppa-d | in Health and Fitness

Bok Choy Salad

Posted on Oct. 9th 2010 1 Comment »

Crunchy bok choy is drizzled with sweetened soy vinaigrette and speckled with toasted almonds, sesame seeds and ramen noodles. I prefer the fresh ramon noodles. You can substitute the bok choy with nappa cabbage.

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Posted by poppa-d | in Bok Choy, Green Onion, Recipe

Benedict’s Café

Posted on Oct. 5th 2010 2 Comments »

Tucked inside an unassuming street corner in North Phoenix is a true foodie haven.  Once you step inside Benedict’s Café, you may wonder if you have been transported into a faraway French café.  The elegant décor and soothing music played can instantly take you far away from the stress of the day.

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Posted by Caroline | in Restaurant Review

A Tasty Frittata Recipe

Posted on Oct. 2nd 2010 No Comments »

This is a great Frittata as is but you can also substitute other vegetables in place of the zucchini and potatoes.

Cilantro Chile Sauce

  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • 1 green (serrano) chile, seeds removed
  • 2 pinches ground cumin
  • a couple big pinches of salt

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Posted by poppa-d | in Egg, Goat Cheese, Onion, Recipe, Zucchini


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