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Gonna eat that: easy dinner with coconut curry sauce

Tonight's dinner was the bomb.  With the elimination diet I've been on for the past few weeks, my food choices have been limited - and a bit bland.  I've been craving Indian food but much of it contains dairy.  So tonight I tried something new to spice up a plain dinner of grilled sausage, jasmine rice, and green beans... a coconut curry sauce recipe from Real Simple that took about 10 minutes from start to…

Gonna eat that: 10 things to do with hummus

Yesterday was a 14+ hour work day with lots of time spent running around and moving heavy stuff.  (We had a fundraiser at work.  It was a boatload of work but also a boatload of fun.)  Maybe I depleted my salt and electrolytes, because I woke up this morning hungry for a batch of fresh, homemade hummus that is extra tart and extra salty.  I'm sitting here now noshing on it with my morning coffee,…

Part 2: Gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, peanut-free, chocolate-free eating

I feel bad for those who got their gluten-free marching orders in years past. Now there are so many gluten-free foods on the market and so much awareness about it that going without it is actually doable. Gluten free seems like the latest health buzzword - most folks have heard about it now, and most seem to know someone who lives gluten free either by choice or by necessity. I have a feeling that ten…

Part 1: Gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, peanut-free, chocolate-free eating

About ten days ago, I took a new step on my journey to take better care of myself.  I visited a certified lifestyle educator at a naturopathic practice in Columbus called Leaves of Life.  My reason for going was that I’ve just not felt great in a long time - and not necessarily just because of too much illness, but more, I think, because of not enough underlying wellness.  I love my doctor and believe…
braised cabbage with kielbasa

Braised cabbage with kielbasa and apples

What to do with a half a head of leftover cabbage? Hmmm. Chef Google recommended braising. And, who knew? It's delicious! Here's my version... Braised Cabbage with Kielbasa and Apples You'll need: 2 Tbsp butter 1 c water ½ head of green cabbage, chopped 1-2 apples, diced ½ to 1 ring of kielbasa, halved lengthwise then sliced into 3/8” slices kosher salt Do this: In a large skillet, heat butter over medium high. Add cabbage…

Killer Griller

Mike and I have started calling ourselves, “The Dynamic Duo of Dinner.”  Mike is a total bad-ass with a gas grill, and we’ve been having a good time cooking together.  Our latest favorite is these grilled veggies. The first night we made them, it was a delicious mix of green pepper, onion, and zucchini.  I chopped everything into large pieces (the zukes were probably ¾”-1” chunks, and everything else was similarly chunky), then placed them…
Picture of fresh tomato salad

Time for some healthy eating

Dating is fattening, but not this fresh tomato salad!  Mike and I have been going out for nice dinners and watching movies on the couch all winter.  Time to get back to healthier eating and more outdoor fun.  Today’s homemade tomato salad had fresh chunks of Roma tomatoes, Kalamata olives, thinly sliced celery, and black beans, topped with sunflower seeds and my favorite balsamic vinegar. (It’s Alessi’s 20-year-old balsamic; sweet and tangy.)  Good lunch.  
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