Food Therapy Blog

3 Easy Recipes for Pickled Vegetables

 

So I’ve gotten into pickling. Mainly because I freaking love vinegar and what it does to vegetables. But all the pickling recipes out there make such huge quantities! So I decided to make up my own recipe for pickling in a 1-quart mason jar. This is incredibly easy and doable in about half an hour, tops.

Below is the base for my quart-jar pickling recipe, followed by 3 recipes for pickled vegetables. You might have a little liquid leftover, depending upon how tightly you pack the vegetables, and if you have several types of vegetables that you want to pickle, you can easily double or triple this recipe in multiple jars.

Keep in mind that these are not shelf-stable, so be sure to refrigerate them.

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Green Tuna Salad (with Avocado)

I grew up on tuna salad sandwiches made with tuna, mayo, relish, and a little lemon. They were delicious and simple. As a college student, I ate a lot of tuna because it was cheap, low in calories, and high in protein, perfect in my seemingly endless quest to lose weight. In the past four years, I’ve shied away from canned tuna for multiple reasons:Green Tuna Salad (more…)

Quick Tip: Mercola’s Top 9 Junk “Health” Foods

Well, evidently health foods that aren’t healthy are all the rage right now, because Dr. Mercola recently posted phentermine .” I learned quite a few things from it, and it’s a great follow up to my most recent post, “?”watch film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales now

Should You Avoid These Eight “Health” Foods?

 

Jess Ainscough’s recent article “8 Foods People Think Are Healthy (But Aren’t)” on Mind Body Green, one of my favorite sites for real health articles, sparked some thoughts about what healthy food is and isn’t. Although I agree with her on most counts, I can’t help but add a few provisos. (more…)

Should You Trust the FDA, Your Doctor, or Your Dietitian with Your Health?

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It’s recently come to my attention that some people, perhaps even my close friends and/or family, might think of me as a little bit of a conspiracy theorist. OK, maybe I’m just whacky when it comes to food and health. After all, “alternative” health has been synonymous for “quackery” for quite some time now—and I DO drink raw milk, which everyone knows makes your spleen glow in the dark so that aliens will come and abduct you.

However, I like to think that my craziness is just common sense. (more…)

How to Have the Best (Steak) Dinner Ever

   Steak Meal How to have the best dinner ever:

1. Marinate New York Strip or sirloin steaks (4–6 oz. per person) in soy sauce, grated fresh ginger, and minced garlic and scallions for 30 minutes to 1 hour. (more…)

How Food Labels Can Sabotage Your Health

 

We all come into contact with packaged food at the grocery store. And that means reading labels. For a while there I was comparing calories, serving sizes, and grams of fat, carbs, protein, as well as milligrams of salt…it was time consuming and not a lot of fun.

Fortunately, it can be quite a bit easier than that. Knowing how to read food labels will save you a lot of time and keep you from eating something you think is healthy but really isn’t. Because if you’re trying to eat healthy, you deserve the credit with your body! (more…)

Quick Tip: A Crunchy, Tasty Snack

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I realize this probably sounds ridiculous, but I love raw broccoli.

Hear me out! You know those grocery store veggie trays that have carrots, tomatoes, celery, broccoli, and some kind of disgusting, chemical-filled ranch dressing dip?

Well, if you’ve never tried broccoli dipped in homemade vinaigrette before, you’re missing out. Just mix 2/3 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup red wine vinegar, add 1 tsp dried minced onion or minced shallot, 1/2 tsp minced garlic or 1/4 tsp powdered garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp dried basil, 1 tsp dried oregano, and 1 tsp sugar, and voila! The tastiest, crunchiest dipping snack you can imagine (that’s also good for you).

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Fish 15 Ways: The Fastest Dinner You’ve Ever Made

It’s the Fish 15 Ways recipe #3!

This is seriously the fastest meal I’ve ever made. Usually I say to my husband, “I’ll have dinner ready in half an hour,” and an hour or more later, it’s finally done. But this seriously took me less than thirty minutes, with one proviso: you’ve got to have at least 1 cup of cooked quinoa in the fridge. After my previous post, you should have plenty of reasons to do that. Here’s one more.

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My Favorite Quinoa Recipes

 

Though often classified as a grain, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is actually a seed. It has the highest nutritional profile and cooks the fastest of all grains.

Benefits to eating quinoa:

  • Contains all eight amino acids to make it a complete protein
  • Has a protein content equal to milk
  • High in B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, and vitamin E
  • Gluten-free; easy to digest
  • Ideal food for endurance
  • Strengthens the kidneys, heart, and lungs

Below are three of my favorite quinoa recipes that highlight just how versatile this grain is. It can be cooked and served hot or cold with sweet or savory seasonings, and it can be used to bake with.

 

Quinoa Breakfast Bites

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