Ginger Soy Brussels Sprouts

As you all know, brussels sprouts are my favorite veggie. So I decided to try and create an Asian-inspired recipe that highlights them. Mixing ginger, soy sauce and almonds gives the sprouts a salty, spicy flavor that enhances their natural sweetness. Full recipe and photos after the jump!Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes Ingredients:1 lb brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed and halved2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced3 tbsp sliced or slivered almonds2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Step by Step Instructions:1. Preheat oven to 350 2. Mix washed sprouts with soy sauce, oil, ginger and almonds 3. Toss thoroughly 4. Roast for 30 minutes, until sprouts [...]

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Shrimp Po Boy with Spicy Remoulade

In honor of Mardi Gras last night, I decided to cook up a New Orleans style dinner. This is an untraditional take on the traditionally calorie and fat laden sandwich. Instead of fried shrimp, I sauteed them with garlic and onions for flavor. To make the creamy base for the remoulade, I used fat free plain greek yogurt instead of mayo or sour cream. This can be whipped up in 15 minutes and is a crunchy, spicy and flavorful dinner or lunch. Best of all, it’s packed with filling protein. Having never been to New Orleans, I am not an expert on this type of cuisine. Love it? Hate it? [...]

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Broiled Pineapple

This is a quick and healthy dessert that can be served in a variety of ways. Broiling pineapple brings out it’s incredibly sweet flavor and pairing it with simple vanilla bean ice cream or frozen yogurt makes a tasty treat. I drizzled some honey, but you could use caramel or nuts as well. Recipe and photos after the jump.Prep Time: 5-10 minutesCook Time: 5-7 minutes Ingredients:1 fresh pineapple, cut and cored, see belowvanilla ice creamhoney Step by Step Instructions:1. Twist off the stem of the pineapple 2. Slice off the ends 3. Slice off the skin 4. Cut into thick slices 5. Remove core 6. Place pineapple on a cookie sheet [...]

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Bok Choy Fried Rice

Bok Choy, also known as Chinese cabbage, is an antioxidant packed powerfood that you should add to your shopping list immediately. It is high in phytonutrieints, vitamins A, C, and K. It’s also a great source of potassium and folic acid, and, like all cruciferous veggies, is a known cancer fighter due to high levels of glucosinates. Having purchased some bok choy this week, I decided to whip up a simple fried rice with chicken, carrots and bean sprouts. This recipe makes a quick and easy dinner that is low in calories and sodium. Feel free to substitute your protein source of choice for the chicken, I think this dish [...]

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News You Can Use: Exercise May Reduce Effects of Aging

New research released this week by the National Academy of Sciences showed that exercise effectively reduced or eliminated most detrimental effects of aging in lab mice that had been genetically altered to age at an accelerated rate. This could have a significant impact on how we understand the benefits of exercise in the long term. Read more after the jump.The mice in question were genetically programed to age rapidly. At 3 months, the mice were the equivalent of 20 human years old. At 8 months, they were in their 60s. The mice were divided into two groups. The group that did not exercise was dead before reaching a year. The [...]

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Spicy Thai Soba Noodle Salad

This tasty salad can be a great side dish or a filling meal. The crunchy veggies, combined with the salty soy sauce and the spicy kick of the curry paste makes for a complex and delicious salad. Buckwheat soba noodles are a wonderful whole grain option that are filled with vitamin B1, B2, minerals, and twice as much protein as rice. Buckwheat also contains choline, which is a compound in B vitamins that plays an important role in metabolism, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing cholesterol. The key to making this great is not to overcook the veggies, they should still be crunchy and crisp. This dish can be served either [...]

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