Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More

Posted by Debbra, Volunteer 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!

@jakedduck1

@danab
Hi Dan,
Have you ever tried making homemade mayonnaise?

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@jakedduck1 no i haven't. Have you and whats a good recipe?

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@lioness

@contentandwell Wonder why some people have good genes and most of us don't do you think a past life is to blame? If so alot of us didn't fair so good haha

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@lioness My husband is of Italian heritage, and I think Mediterranean types do live longer! A woman in my water aerobics class is of Norwegian heritage and her family also all live very long lives. I have no idea, just some people apparently have stronger constitutions. There does seem to be a genetic component, but things change too. In my mother's family, no one made it to 70 but things were different then. People ate differently, and as they aged they were more sedentary.

I accompanied my husband to an oncologist for a check-up (he did have prostate cancer 15 years ago) and the doctor almost fell off his stool when he heard my husband's age and that he is on no medications.
JK

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@contentandwell Other regions of the world have longer lifespans look at Japan people there life into there 120 yrs some of them

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@danab

@jakedduck1 no i haven't. Have you and whats a good recipe?

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@danab
I have but it was back when I liked to cook. I used extra virgin olive oil and it was awful. I threw it out. Mild oils are best, IMO. Sunflower oil works. I made some with blue cheese in it, very good if you like blue cheese and a little lemon juice. If I made it today I wouldn’t use any salt. Doesn’t keep very long though 3 maybe 4 days depending on your courage level and if you use a raw egg or pasteurized. Sorry I can’t remember exactly how I made it. Good luck. 🍀
Jake

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@lioness

@contentandwell Other regions of the world have longer lifespans look at Japan people there life into there 120 yrs some of them

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@lioness
120? Really. Glad I’m not Japanese, that would mean another 50 or so years of cooking. What a revolting thought.
Jake

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 I wish I had his genes too. I tell him I married him for his longevity genes. He does take ibuprofen occasionally if he has a headache, but that's pretty much it.
JK

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@contentandwell
I’m in the process of gene testing at the University of California San Francisco for Epilepsy research. They’re trying to figure out why I have it among other things. They send it to research scientists around the world.
Jake

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@lioness

@debbraw Glad you started this thread I have a quick healthy recipe Haluski it's a Polish dish but good I'm not Polish but like it Get a firm cabbage cut of a good Slice cut up in chunks 1 pot Boil some noodles and cabbage together till edible drain water put back in pot add butter till melts salt to taste put on plate enjoy

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@lioness
Yum!
That is one recipe that I got from my mother-in-law, cabbage and noodles.
Years ago, the cabbage (and we add oinions) were fried in chicken fat. Needless to say, the taste was amazing, but you could feel your heart arteries harden (lol).
You can add some protein to make it a full meal.
To make it easy, get a ready cooked chicken and add it to the dish or just eat it on the side.
Yummy!
Have to make it soon!!!!!!!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@jakedduck1

@parus
Obviously I’m not as active as I use to be. No more swimming 5 miles a day. Multiple shoulder surgeries took care of that. I can’t stand very long since I quit the Fentanyl but I get the housework drudgery done, do all errands and take care of my Mom etc. I’m not the lazy slouch you seem to think I am.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Thank you for the clarification. I have asked you in the past-do you still drive?? Congrats on stopping the Fentanyl.

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@contentandwell

@lioness My husband is of Italian heritage, and I think Mediterranean types do live longer! A woman in my water aerobics class is of Norwegian heritage and her family also all live very long lives. I have no idea, just some people apparently have stronger constitutions. There does seem to be a genetic component, but things change too. In my mother's family, no one made it to 70 but things were different then. People ate differently, and as they aged they were more sedentary.

I accompanied my husband to an oncologist for a check-up (he did have prostate cancer 15 years ago) and the doctor almost fell off his stool when he heard my husband's age and that he is on no medications.
JK

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@contentandwell
I really don't know if their long lives have to do with their constitution. Of course, it would be a factor, just like genetics.
The truth is, the people in the US (as a whole) have a horrible life style! We don't eat well. Our food is processed, we eat large quantities, too much red meat, not enough fruit, veggies or fish, etc. Our lives are overly stressed and we don't take enough time to 'smell the flowers.' So many people don't even take the vacation time they are due. We overextend ourselves financially and things we do. The more we make, the more stressed we become. Our lives are so fast paced!
People in the Mediterranean eat foods that are more natural. Foods like fruit, veggies and fish. People in Japan do not spend hours and hours in food prep. Quick and easy.
So basically, my long winded answer was just to say….eat less, eat fresh, stress less, take care of your mind and soul!
I just have to take some of my own advice!!!!!!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@parus

@jakedduck1 What is your limit on daily sodium intake? Why is it restricted? You will need to pay attention to portion size for a serving. Please tell me you don’t use an electric can opener too. Read labels carefully. Fresh is typically the best. It is up to you.

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@jakedduck1 Why is your salt intake restricted?? Curious.

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@lioness

@contentandwell Wonder why some people have good genes and most of us don't do you think a past life is to blame? If so alot of us didn't fair so good haha

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It's genetic!

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@harriethodgson1

I am in heart failure, on a low-salt, low-fat, low sugar diet. My recommendation for anyone else on a low-salt diet: Fix sheet tray meals. You can buy a magazine or book on the topic. Tonight we're having roast chicken (small serving), roasted gold potatoes, with roasted carrots and onions. Easy to prepare on a jelly roll pan and seasoned with Herbs de Provence. Do not eat reduced calorie frozen meals; they're loaded with salt.

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@harriethodgson1– I am so sorry for your struggles, and good for you that you are making such healthy meals! I hope that you will share more recipes!

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I would be glad to share some recipes.

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell
I’m in the process of gene testing at the University of California San Francisco for Epilepsy research. They’re trying to figure out why I have it among other things. They send it to research scientists around the world.
Jake

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@jake- Good for you! I have participated in many many tests to help science.

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 Jake, you may have said before what causes your food restrictions, but if you did I forget. Do you mind telling that?
Vegetables take on a whole better taste when you roast them. Last night we had baked haddock for dinner and I made roasted Brussels sprouts and parsnips for dinner. Even my husband enjoyed it, and it was easy. Just trim the outer leaves from the sprouts and cut them in half or quarters depending on their size, peel and cut the parsnips, toss in a bit of EVOO, and roast. Yum. Brussels Sprouts got a bad name when people just boiled them. My kids both love them.
JK

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@contentandwell and @jakedduck1

Yes, roasting veggies is a great idea! Keep a variety in your frig. You can add grape tomatoes with asparagus, onions, Brussel sprouts and anything else that you like. Sprinkle with olive oil and some Mrs. Dash (salt-free seasoning) and you got your veggies without the unhealthy add-ons. (You can place them on aluminum foil that has been sprayed with a baking spray and you also have a quick clean up.)

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