Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More

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 I love blue cheese but rarely have it now, it's very high in sodium. I use goat cheese most of the time for salads, it has half of the sodium. I think it's an acquired taste but I love it now. I would never use a raw egg.
JK

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@contentandwell Speaking of cheese. A friend of mine we where talking one day about TINNITIS he said he cured his. He got of off dairy altogether and uses Almond Cheese . Almond milk. I don't think he eats butter but I use Irish Gold. This weekend I started the almond cheese . Its in the refrigerator now and later today I will check it . I,ve had tinnitus seems like forever, so hope this works

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@contentandwell– I know that they can be dry. You'll have to google the timing. Every oven is different. You can mix in spices of your choosing or sprinkle them on- just like beef burgers. They are so simple!

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@grandmar

@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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@grandmar Very good point . When my son was born we learned shortly afterwards he was allergic to processed foods and dye,s . So that's when we decided to put a big garden and I taught myself to can . It was nice to go to the fruitcellar and get a jar of green beans or whatever.

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@lioness

@contentandwell Speaking of cheese. A friend of mine we where talking one day about TINNITIS he said he cured his. He got of off dairy altogether and uses Almond Cheese . Almond milk. I don't think he eats butter but I use Irish Gold. This weekend I started the almond cheese . Its in the refrigerator now and later today I will check it . I,ve had tinnitus seems like forever, so hope this works

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@lioness Thanks but for now I will stick with dairy cheeses. I do have lactose problems but aged cheeses have no lactose. I have read that lactose is in the whey and in the process of aging the whey disappears. If you are purchasing a cheese that has the nutritional information on it, look for zero sugars. Lactose is a sugar.
When I do have a cheese that is not aged I take Lactaid and that helps.
JK

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@ktcrosswalk1

This sounds like a great idea! I’ve had bad reactions to medications in the past. For instance, about 12 years ago while taking Tricor for high triglycerides, I awoke one morning and couldn’t see out of one eye. A retina specialist diagnosed me with wet macular degeneration and commented that at 57 years old, I was very young to get that. I checked the local hospital website for side effects of Tricor (the only med I was taking). Two side effects were unusual bleeding and vision problems. I requested that my cardiologist take me off the med. After 10 days off Tricor, my vision returned, and there was no sign of wet macular degeneration. I manage my cholesterol through diet and exercise and tweak that diet when I need to. I eat a plant-based pescatarian diet. The following is my favorite salad. It’s a meal. I eat salads once or twice a day. Create your own amounts; these are just ingredients I use most frequently… and the salad can be stuffed into a baked potato, also, for a healthy comfort meal.
Grated carrot and grated cabbage (purple or green), are always the base of the salad. Then I add lacinato kale, arugula, avocado, beans (pinto, kidney, etc.), tofu, broccoli (shred the stalks), fruit (choose apples, oranges, grapes, mangoes, blueberries, raspberries, etc.), 1 oz. low-fat cheese (I like Cabot), and my dressing is olive oil and vinegar or olive oil and any fresh squeezed citrus…

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My welcome to you @ktcrosswalk1– Thank you so much for your salad ingredients. We make our own salad dressing too. I have an aversion to the texture of tofu- any helpful hints on how to over come this?

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@contentandwell

@merpreb I have never made turkey burgers. What do you put in them? I have had turkey burgers in restaurants and they have been so dry they were almost inedible.
Thanks. JK

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@contentandwell If eggs are allowed in the diet this helps with the dryness. Rather defeats the purpose of a turkey burger. 🙃

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@parus

@contentandwell If eggs are allowed in the diet this helps with the dryness. Rather defeats the purpose of a turkey burger. 🙃

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@parus They are saying more and more that an egg a day is healthy! Apparently cholesterol problems are not from the foods that we eat. I can't figure that one out. Also, you can use just egg whites. I just googled turkey burger and there was a recipe using egg whites. It sounded pretty good, I may try it.
JK

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@merpreb

@grandmar– Good morning. The people in Europe eat much better than we do for sure! I still can't believe the serving sizes in restaurants! I mean, who can eat all of that?

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@merpreb It is ridicules isn't it If I can I eat half and bring the other home for later .

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Here's another recipe you may wish to try–Eggs in Creole Sauce

2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
14.5-ounce can petite tomatoes in juice (I use salt-free.)
Dash of hot sauce
8 hard-cooked eggs, halved

1. Put olive olive oil and butter in skillet.
2. As soon as butter has melted, add onion, green pepper, smoked paprika, and rosemary.
3. Cook 5 minutes.
4. Combine canned tomatoes with vegetables.
5. Set eggs in sauce. Add a little water if necessary. Cover and simmer 5 minutes, or until eggs are hot.
6. Serve eggs and sauce over rice.
7. Pass hot sauce if desired. Makes 4 servings.

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@lioness

@merpreb It is ridicules isn't it If I can I eat half and bring the other home for later .

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@lioness My husband goes to lunch every other week with a friend, to a restaurant that is renowned for their chicken tenders — they claim to have invented them. He gets the chicken tenders for lunch and brings the remainders home. He has two more lunches from what is left! How crazy is that? Their chicken tenders really are the best we have ever had, and just about everyone agrees with that. When my kids come home we almost always have to get some chicken tenders. I no longer eat them, I try to avoid fried foods.
https://www.eater.com/2015/12/17/10455226/puritan-new-hampshire-invented-chicken-tenders
JK

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@contentandwell

@lioness Thanks but for now I will stick with dairy cheeses. I do have lactose problems but aged cheeses have no lactose. I have read that lactose is in the whey and in the process of aging the whey disappears. If you are purchasing a cheese that has the nutritional information on it, look for zero sugars. Lactose is a sugar.
When I do have a cheese that is not aged I take Lactaid and that helps.
JK

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@contentandwell My grandson does also Maybe all this milk came in the genes ? I always did drink non fat milk before but last couple of years done Almond milk I like the taste I was told by my D I L that Trader Joes has it , didn't know that or I wouldn't tried the recipe

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@lioness

@contentandwell My grandson does also Maybe all this milk came in the genes ? I always did drink non fat milk before but last couple of years done Almond milk I like the taste I was told by my D I L that Trader Joes has it , didn't know that or I wouldn't tried the recipe

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@lioness I also drink unsweetened almond milk. The only dairy "milk" type of product I have in the house is half and half for my coffee and I am trying to find a good substitute. So far, nothing compares, I may have to learn to drink it black.
JK

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@contentandwell

@lioness I also drink unsweetened almond milk. The only dairy "milk" type of product I have in the house is half and half for my coffee and I am trying to find a good substitute. So far, nothing compares, I may have to learn to drink it black.
JK

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All- Here's a recipe from The Simple Green
inter Vegetable Soup with Chickpeas & Wild Rice
Wild rice and chickpeas add a healthy dose of protein to this simple and satisfying winter vegetable soup. Top with loads of fresh parsley for a near-hearty meal.
Course Main Course, Soup
Keyword vegetable soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Heidi Richter
Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 large carrot diced
1 stalk celery diced
1 medium parsnip diced
1 medium leek sliced, white part only
good splash of sherry cooking wine or white wine
1/2 cup wild rice uncooked
1/2 tsp whole celery seed
1 bay leaf
sea salt & fresh black pepper to taste
6 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

Heat the olive oil in a medium pot. Add the diced onion, garlic, carrot, celery, parsnip and leek and cook until softened and slightly browned (about 5 minutes).

De-glaze the pot with a splash of sherry cooking wine. Stir in the wild rice, celery seed and bay leaf. Add the vegetable broth and stir to combine.

Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 30-35 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Stir in the chickpeas and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with a generous helping of chopped fresh parsley.

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@contentandwell

@lioness I also drink unsweetened almond milk. The only dairy "milk" type of product I have in the house is half and half for my coffee and I am trying to find a good substitute. So far, nothing compares, I may have to learn to drink it black.
JK

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@contentandwell zI can drink it black but like half@,half also I'm waiting for Almond milk to come out with something

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@lioness

@contentandwell zI can drink it black but like half@,half also I'm waiting for Almond milk to come out with something

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@lioness I did find an almond milk creamer over the weekend and it's not great but better than anything else I have tried. For my second cup of coffee, I put cinnamon in too and that really improved it.
JK

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