Saturday, March 28, 2015

Craving for brunch at home

Lately, I've been craving some brunch menu items, one being my favorite Smoke Salmon Eggs Benedict.  I use to meet my girlfriends at least once a month and grab brunch in the city.  However, since the move, it's been quite some time since I had a good "benny".  So, I've decided to make "brunch" happen at home this morning.  

It is Saturday, and being a good day to sleep in, best time to have "brunch at home".  Now, I'm no

Friday, March 27, 2015

Healthy & Yummy Quinoa Salad Again

I recently made a quinoa salad with chicken sausage and it was a hit. It was so popular, a week later, I was requested to repeat the meal.  However, since I didn't plan for it, I had to use what we already have in the fridge/pantry.  Luckily, quinoa and frozen veggies, as well as majority of the basics (chicken broth, s&p, chili powder...etc.) are staples in our household. However, I did not have any zucchinis.  What can we do? The good thing about this recipe is that it's so easy to substitute and change it to what fits for YOU. Click on the above link for the recipe, and see what I used this time around.  This is also a great recipe for vegetarians - see below for vegetarian options.

So this time:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Against the grain

Gluten. In recent years, the term gluten-free diet are all over, in restaurants, TV and even amongst friends.  It's something you start wondering about. What is it and is it only for those with celiac disease or will following a gluten free diet be beneficial to anyone, or say, athletes.  For instance, the current number 1 ranked tennis player, Novak Djokovic is gluten intolerance which affected his game until he went on a gluten free diet.   Celiac disease is a disease that means your body can't process or is basically allergic to the protein gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye products.  There are also instances, like Djokovic who is intolerant to gluten, which does not have the full-on symptoms of those with celiac, but will have an adverse reaction to gluten, fatigue and headaches being the major symptoms.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Yummy & healthy quinoa salad

Today, I was inspired to fix up a healthier pasta salad than normal.  Since my quinoa patties turned out to be a hit, I wanted to use quinoa again.  Quinoa is one of the super foods / grains out there.  It turned out quite pretty too! Don't you think so? Scroll down for recipe.

Here are some benefits of quinoa according to an article in Forbes magazine:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Healthy mind for a healthy mind cookbook?

So do you need a healthy mind in order to even consider a "healthy mind" cookbook? Or is it vice versa, in which you are perusing a "healthy mind" cookbook in order to have a healthy mind? Well, which ever way it is, this is the book for you. And what book is this, you ask? It is "The Healthy Mind Cookbook" by Rebecca Katz (with Mat Edelson). 

"The Healthy Mind Cookbook" is just what it says, for the healthy minds, and for a healthy mind.  I just love the simplicity of this title, and the more profound meaning to what it could mean.  Since I'm not here to get philosophical, but to share my opinion on Ms. Katz' book, I'll let you figure it out.