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!

@imallears

@hopeful33250

Starting with sardines I would only buy from Portugal. Spain and Portugal care more about the quality of their seafood than any other country and they also produce canned muscles, squid, mackerel and clams. Our Publix sells many different brands from Portugal. If I see grilled octopus on a restaurant menu I ask where it is from and will only eat octopus from Spain. I usually only see this in Italian restaurants and high-end restaurants. I think any canned salmon that is labeled Wild is probably good. The word sustainability is not an easy word to decipher, it’s not black-and-white and can mean different things to different producers.
Fish notably scallops from Canada and down the Atlantic Coast is an another area that produces superior fish.
Our Publix sells fresh, previously frozen fish but I don’t know where it’s from. They also sell this fish frozen in one and 2 pound bags. I’ve only ever had their wild sockeye that was frozen.
Chile and Japan are other countries that produce good fish.

Costco sells Baramundi which is a sweet white mild fish from Australia. I always buy a big frozen bag there because of the price. You can find this in Whole Foods and sprouts.
It’s easier to trace the source of canned fish then it is fresh fish unless you happen to know a particular fish market. If you could understand what the codes and numbers mean on these cans you could probably trace back to its origins. We’re lucky to have a few good fresh seafood markets in my area and also a good number of ethnic food markets where you can find the most unusual products.

I do the same for a grass fed beef when I buy it. I look at the company that produces it and then research the company. Aldi supermarkets happens to have the best grass fed ribeye I have ever tasted. Even if you overcook it it’s still so tender. They also have organic chicken and chicken cutlets that are very tender.

I wind up going to several different stores when I shop and always buy my organic veggies at Sprouts. I like that you can buy one cucumber or one pepper instead of a package. So it’s not easy to know where your food comes from but you can research and if you come across something that is good then you know where to buy it. I wish supermarkets would stop using the term “natural” as it doesn’t really mean anything. It’s a crap shoot at times. But my family enjoys cooking, watching cooking shows and reading about the history of food…both son and daughter are excellent cooks and have given me a renewed interest in food.

So it is ribeye with onions and mushrooms , leftover red cabbage and spinach for dinner tonight….maybe some leftover cubed butternut squash…..red wine and too many Bark Thins.
Seems strange to be eating dinner at 6:30 or 7 when it’s still light out.

FL Mary

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Yes, Portugal is my source for sardines.

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@artist01

@mockingbird I've read that canned salmon is actually better nutritionally than fresh, I believe because of the calcium content in "bone in".

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Thanks, good to know.

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@sueinmn

My cousin in Plano says rhubarb is occasionally available in the frozen foods section at Trader Joes. We found it in an HEB superstore in the Valley once too.
Sue

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Good to know. I make a custard rhubarb pie that I really like. No strawberries allowed. Rhubarb, sugar, eggs etc. No pastry top. Can’t wait for rhubarb season to start. Hurry rhubarb season, hurry. 😀

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@artist01

@fiesty76 My husband was the only one who liked mincemeat pie!
I had a huge walnut tree in my front yard when I lived in the Okanagan area of British Columbia. The walnuts were delicious but so much work in the Fall to harvest and clean. My next-door-neighbour always complained about my walnut tree's leaves blowing into her yard (!), and I was gracious enough to rake them up for her, even though she was 30 years younger than I.

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Love, love mincemeat pie with bourbon as a critical ingredient. Yum. Thinking about all these goodies makes me run to get a bite of candy. Bye for now!

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@fiesty76

@contentandwell , @artist01, Like Laurie, I frequently use a small can of salmon, with a dab of mayo, green onions, bread and butter pickles and finely chopp'd red/yellow bell peppers or even squash if any are on hand. Topped on a leafy green salad…delish!!

JK, maybe if you "pretend" the salmon is tuna for a first try it will get you over the hump? Smiles

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@fiesty76 Thanks for trying, but I've never been very good at pretending, it goes along with not being a creative type I think. I've always more of a math/science/factual type of person.
JK

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@gingerw

It's National Pie Day!! 3/14 for 3.14159. Succinctly, pi—which is written as the Greek letter for p, or π—is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle.

For sake of argument, what is your favorite healthy pie, but all comers are acceptable, today. As for me, my mother's homemade tamale. For the desert side, strawberry rhubarb.
Ginger

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@gingerw There's such a thing as "healthy pie"? If it involves pie crust, it is not healthy. I do love turkey pies from a turkey farm that makes great ones, with or without vegetables, but I haven't had one for years because they really are not very healthy.

For dessert pies? I love key lime, and as someone else has mentioned, I loved mince pie when I was young but haven't had that in many years. My parents always bought them for weekend desserts in the fall. We used to go to an incredible bakery. When the owners retired they closed the place rather than sell it because they didn't want to risk their name being associated with an inferior bakery if a new owner was not as good as they were. My father and I would go there every Saturday and buy homemade baked beans, their bread, and a dessert for Sunday dinner. I can still imagine the taste of that bread.
JK

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Sharing a new somewhat simple recipe for ravioli. Take frozen or pre prepared ravioli of your choosing and cook according to directions, drain and put aside. Saute in fry pan with Olive oil spinach, red pepper flakes and sliced mushrooms with garlic. Add sun dried tomatoes with a little of the oil along with ravioli. Top with parmesan cheese….enjoy

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@marjou

Sharing a new somewhat simple recipe for ravioli. Take frozen or pre prepared ravioli of your choosing and cook according to directions, drain and put aside. Saute in fry pan with Olive oil spinach, red pepper flakes and sliced mushrooms with garlic. Add sun dried tomatoes with a little of the oil along with ravioli. Top with parmesan cheese….enjoy

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@marjou
Jeez, how’s a person supposed to “enjoy.”
I’d be recovering from a major nervous breakdown after going through all that.
Regarding dark covered cranberries,
I don’t mind chocking down dark chocolates if there is something good inside like chocolate, vanilla or fruit cream, Carmel, brown sugar or some such delightful goodie but a plain Cranberry sounds a bit heavy on the healthy scale for a treat. Maybe when I go on a treat health kick I’ll give it a try, maybe!!
Jake

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@contentandwell

@fiesty76 Thanks for trying, but I've never been very good at pretending, it goes along with not being a creative type I think. I've always more of a math/science/factual type of person.
JK

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@fiesty76
Costco carries their Kirkland brand of canned wild salmon which is the best I have tasted. Salmon shouldn’t have a fishy taste if that is a concern…nor a pungent odor. This particular brand is so mild, sweet and tasty that I prefer it over tuna and, as others have said, just dumped over salad….it has more of a “taste” than tuna.
I remember Wild Planet being good. But , for goodness sakes, don’t force yourself to eat it and pretend it is something else. Our neighbor, several years ago, brought us back whole salmons when they were in Alaska…superb…and my daughter made some salmon cakes out of them…can’t beat the real deal.
Find another fishy fiesty.

FL Mary

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@contentandwell

@gingerw There's such a thing as "healthy pie"? If it involves pie crust, it is not healthy. I do love turkey pies from a turkey farm that makes great ones, with or without vegetables, but I haven't had one for years because they really are not very healthy.

For dessert pies? I love key lime, and as someone else has mentioned, I loved mince pie when I was young but haven't had that in many years. My parents always bought them for weekend desserts in the fall. We used to go to an incredible bakery. When the owners retired they closed the place rather than sell it because they didn't want to risk their name being associated with an inferior bakery if a new owner was not as good as they were. My father and I would go there every Saturday and buy homemade baked beans, their bread, and a dessert for Sunday dinner. I can still imagine the taste of that bread.
JK

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@contentandwell Isn't it amazing how our memories about food or special holiday meals, or smelling something today that triggers our memories from childhood meals, opens up a big box of feelings!?

My mother was quite the cook. Pumpkin, apple, cherry, mincemeat pies. Cookies of all kinds. My favorite desert was a simple banana sliced, with a little milk and cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. I recall attending a function where there was a "cake walk". Of course she contributed a pie. I won a ticket, and collected a German chocolate cake [had never tasted such a beautiful creation!] She was royally p***ed I didn't choose her pie!
Ginger

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@jakedduck1

@marjou
Jeez, how’s a person supposed to “enjoy.”
I’d be recovering from a major nervous breakdown after going through all that.
Regarding dark covered cranberries,
I don’t mind chocking down dark chocolates if there is something good inside like chocolate, vanilla or fruit cream, Carmel, brown sugar or some such delightful goodie but a plain Cranberry sounds a bit heavy on the healthy scale for a treat. Maybe when I go on a treat health kick I’ll give it a try, maybe!!
Jake

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@jakedduck1 You are a hoot Jake.There are so many delicious dk.chovolatesvthat have (goodies) inside ,orange,raspberry,carmel and more just go to store and check them out None have sauerkraut in them 😂

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@gingerw

@contentandwell Isn't it amazing how our memories about food or special holiday meals, or smelling something today that triggers our memories from childhood meals, opens up a big box of feelings!?

My mother was quite the cook. Pumpkin, apple, cherry, mincemeat pies. Cookies of all kinds. My favorite desert was a simple banana sliced, with a little milk and cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. I recall attending a function where there was a "cake walk". Of course she contributed a pie. I won a ticket, and collected a German chocolate cake [had never tasted such a beautiful creation!] She was royally p***ed I didn't choose her pie!
Ginger

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@ginger My mouth is watering all those favorite pies.Hoe bout Butterscotch my Mom use to make a very good butterscotch 🥧

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