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!

@jakedduck1

@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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@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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@hopeful33250

@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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@hopeful33250 Always, aluminum foil. I have never used Mrs. Dash but I will have to give it a try.
When I feel I can afford to add something with sodium, I grate some pecorino romano on top of the vegetables. It has to be freshly grated. Grana Padano is good too but more difficult to find in typical supermarkets.
JK

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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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@jakedduck1 Is epilepsy the reason for dietary restrictions? It sounds as if you do have your epilepsy well under control.
KL

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JK- Good mroning- When I make turkey burgers I always use Mrs Dash as a seasoning

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@jakedduck1

@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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@jakedduck1 LOL I think they eat healthy Jake

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@merpreb

JK- Good mroning- When I make turkey burgers I always use Mrs Dash as a seasoning

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@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

@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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