Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More

Posted by Debbra Williams, Alumna Mentor @debbraw, Feb 22, 2019

Some of the members of the Gratitude Discussion Group were interested in having a place to share recipes and food ideas. I’m hoping that we can use this thread as a place to have that kind of discussion. I’d love to hear your ideas for quick meals, comfort food, healthy snacks, and more.

Personally, I’ve just been through a bad reaction to one of my medications that left me with a very queasy stomach. I would love to hear ideas – or recipes – that might be used when you need to get something on your stomach, but don’t want to overdo it.

Hopefully, this thread will even be a place where we can share recipes for special treats and yummy rewards. It doesn’t always have to be healthy!

I’d love to hear from members who have been part of other discussions AND from new members who have good ideas, recipes and food tips to share. I’m excited to see who might start us off here with an awesome food suggestion!

@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 That certainly is an option. Camrys are good cars. Mine had gotten old enough to not be worth much so we gave it to my daughter when she was about to graduate from college. It was a fairly ugly beige color (I bought it used) and my kids used to call it "the giant thumb". 😄

I do love Volvos too though and when we replace my CRV I wouldn't mind getting another. Their seats are very comfortable too, and after having three of them totaled I have to believe they are very safe cars in an accident. The worst accident was the one when my daughter was driving and the only ill-effects she had was a big bruise on her thighs from the airbag deploying. The one that my son totaled was pretty bad too. When I went to get my personal possessions out of it in a junkyard I couldn't believe how bad it looked. It didn't look as if a person could have survived the crash without at least some severe injuries. He went around a curve too fast and went straight into a tree. It was early evening, no alcohol or anything involved. I took his license away for a couple of months after that.
JK

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@contentandwell
Amazing your son wasn't seriously injured. No doubt he has the Volvo to thank for that. My brother had a Volvo. He got rid of it and bought an Acura. That's when he was so seriously injured. I wonder about his injures had he been in a Volvo.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell
Amazing your son wasn't seriously injured. No doubt he has the Volvo to thank for that. My brother had a Volvo. He got rid of it and bought an Acura. That's when he was so seriously injured. I wonder about his injures had he been in a Volvo.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 As I said, all three cars were totaled, so we were very fortunate. Frankly, the first one was old enough at the time of the accident that it's hard to say if it had been newer it would have been considered to be totaled. It might have simply been that the value of it was less than the cost to repair would have been.

Both of the accidents my kids were in though were pretty bad. My daughter missed a stop sign due to overhanging foliage on an unfamiliar road at nighttime, drove out onto a road, and was hit by a pickup truck. The pickup truck was totaled too.
JK

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@imallears

@jakedduck1
I take the leaves off of carrots and sauté them in olive oil, garlic, s and p. I generally use vegetable greens and cook the same way. They need to be washed really well. I don’t normally sauté the carrots them selves. If you do, dice them so they will cook up faster. You can put your carrots in the toaster oven slice down the middle and cover with EVO and seasonings and roast them…400 is good.
Or just dice the carrots and separated leaves all in the same pan… cut up the leaves a bit so they are smaller. I love the taste of roasted or sautéed carrots…brings out their sweetness. It’s a quick dish too.

FL Mary who is making her mouthwatering bison meatloaf tonight with roasted cauliflower and asparagus.

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I do the same with the tops of beets with olive oil and lemon juice.

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@marjou

I do the same with the tops of beets with olive oil and lemon juice.

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@marjou
Thank you @marjou. How do you cook the beets? I never thought about how many nutrients are in the tops. @marjou, are beet tops bitter?
Jake

Carrot tops,
six times more vitamin C than carrot.
Chlorophyll has detoxifying properties that helps kidneys filter toxic substances from the blood, prevents formation of kidney stones.
detoxifying properties
Vitamin K
Vitamin A
magnesium and potassium
boosts hemoglobin.

Beet tops,
protein
phosphorus
zinc
fiber
antioxidants
vitamin B6
magnesium
potassium
copper
manganese
low fat
low cholesterol

Jake

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@marjou

I do the same with the tops of beets with olive oil and lemon juice.

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@marjou
Hi
Sometimes I come across some beet tops that are a little more bitter. I use a Japanese condiment called mirin that brings the bitterness down a bit. When I do cook beets I wrap them individually in aluminum foil and roast them. When they're cool the Skins just slide right off
FL Mary

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@imallears

@marjou
Hi
Sometimes I come across some beet tops that are a little more bitter. I use a Japanese condiment called mirin that brings the bitterness down a bit. When I do cook beets I wrap them individually in aluminum foil and roast them. When they're cool the Skins just slide right off
FL Mary

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@imallears I love roasted beets. How long do you usually roast them and at what temperature (I know it probably depends on the size)?

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@hopeful33250
Hi,

I usually use 400 for roasting beets…time does depend on size and sometimes you have to leave one in longer. I am thinking about 45 minutes is the average….take out and poke for tenderness but then put an extra layer of foil around the beet if putting back in the oven…..if not I invariably have leaking beet juice. I don’t take the skins off until I use them and then I use disposable plastic gloves. I have only cooked the red beets not the golden ones…don’t know why.

FL Mary

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@jakedduck1

@marjou
Thank you @marjou. How do you cook the beets? I never thought about how many nutrients are in the tops. @marjou, are beet tops bitter?
Jake

Carrot tops,
six times more vitamin C than carrot.
Chlorophyll has detoxifying properties that helps kidneys filter toxic substances from the blood, prevents formation of kidney stones.
detoxifying properties
Vitamin K
Vitamin A
magnesium and potassium
boosts hemoglobin.

Beet tops,
protein
phosphorus
zinc
fiber
antioxidants
vitamin B6
magnesium
potassium
copper
manganese
low fat
low cholesterol

Jake

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@jakedduck1 I cut the beets in half with skins on and add other veggies on hand like carrots, small potatoes, onions and place on aluminum foil ( create a pouch) with olive oil, a pat of butter and lemon juice. In toaster oven bake at 400-425 degrees for about 50 minutes (use timer) or until tender. Can season with Lawry's seasoning salt. The beet skins are easier to remove after they are cooked. Beets are tasty both hot or cold. Hope you enjoy

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@imallears

@hopeful33250
Hi,

I usually use 400 for roasting beets…time does depend on size and sometimes you have to leave one in longer. I am thinking about 45 minutes is the average….take out and poke for tenderness but then put an extra layer of foil around the beet if putting back in the oven…..if not I invariably have leaking beet juice. I don’t take the skins off until I use them and then I use disposable plastic gloves. I have only cooked the red beets not the golden ones…don’t know why.

FL Mary

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What do beets taste like, can you compare them to another food? I love pickled beets.
Jake

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@hopeful33250

@imallears I love roasted beets. How long do you usually roast them and at what temperature (I know it probably depends on the size)?

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Cut beets in half and add other veggies like baby carrots, small potatoes, onions bake in toaster oven 400-425 degrees for about 50 minutes in an aluminum pouch which steams veggies.

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@jakedduck1

What do beets taste like, can you compare them to another food? I love pickled beets.
Jake

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I get beets from local farmer's market and taste a bit sweet to me once roasted.

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@marjou

@jakedduck1 I cut the beets in half with skins on and add other veggies on hand like carrots, small potatoes, onions and place on aluminum foil ( create a pouch) with olive oil, a pat of butter and lemon juice. In toaster oven bake at 400-425 degrees for about 50 minutes (use timer) or until tender. Can season with Lawry's seasoning salt. The beet skins are easier to remove after they are cooked. Beets are tasty both hot or cold. Hope you enjoy

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Funny, until my daughter lived with us, I never heard of eating beets cold, except in a summer salad. She buys them pre-cooked in shelf-stable pouches (Costco?) and adds them to the plate for any meal that looks a little short of vegetables or color. For example, baked sausage (no buns), coleslaw with apples and a side of beets makes a great meal. Spicy, sour & sweet.
@jakedduck1 – I would say beet are sweeter than cooked carrots, but unlike most other cooked roots, beets are "smooth" textured not mealy or mushy. I think with the color, sweetness & texture they are quite nice to eat – but I find the canned ones "blah" We also add them to fruit/veg smoothies.
Sue

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