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9th-Mar-2006 10:38 am - Paella Recipe
Boondock Saints
Here's a recipe for something highly versatile and very tasty.  LIke it says at the bottom the recipe can be altered according to your taste or health requirements.  Throwing in Lots of fresh Veg and Protein is a great way to healthify it.  Olive Oil can be substituted, and Vegetable Stock thrown in w/ the water when cooking the rice helps seal in a lot of flavor.   It makes enough that it can clear up a few nights out of the week so you need less time for cooking and have more time for working out.  (Big plus in my book)

Vegetarian Paella

A Spanish dish traditionally made with meat and shellfish. This flexible veggie version is simpler, but no less delicious.

Yield 6 servings
Time 30 minutes
Tools large saucepan with lid
wooden spoon
small bowl

Ingredients 2 T olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, sliced or diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 t paprika
½ t pepper
¼ t crushed saffron
2 c white rice, uncooked and rinsed
3 c boiling water
2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 c peas
1 c corn

Directions Sauté 1 garlic clove in 1 T oil for about 1 minute. Add bell pepper and cook for two minutes. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
Heat 1 T olive oil over medium heat. Sauté remaining garlic, onion, and carrot for 2 minutes. Add spices and stir well.

Mix in the rice, then pour in water.

Stir well, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until water is absorbed and rice is cooked.

Remove from heat, place the cooked bell pepper, tomatoes, peas, and corn on top of the rice. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.

Serve hot.

Notes This is a very flexible recipe. You can leave out pretty much anything except the rice and saffron (ok, you could even leave out the saffron, but the flavor would be sorely lacking), and you can add just about anything - tofu, tempeh, seitan, red beans, black beans, scallions, garbanzos, or artichoke hearts, just to give you a few ideas.

1st-Mar-2006 08:22 pm(no subject)
serious Oracle
I did some free weights today, though not as much cardio as I should have. As a result, I'll try to eat a healthy dinner. Tonight's menu:

Pork chops with a coarse grained mustard cream sauce
Mashed cauliflower
Roasted Broccoli

And I got Weight Watcher's fudge cake type thing for dessert.
1st-Mar-2006 10:15 am - Random Healthy Stuff
Boondock Saints
Hi everybody. Some of you don't know me, some of you do.

Here's some random stuff regarding healthy living thought I'd throw out there.

Foods: MY parents are both overweight so I've watched them try out hundreds of healthy recipes. Some of them are damn tasty. Asparagus, coated with no fat cooking spray and put in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes then covered w/ balsamic vinagrette and pepper, can be very yummy.
Fish recipes can be suprisingly tasty, easy to make, and high protein/low fat.
Point being branch out. There are lots recipes from parts of the globe your kitchen may not usually touch on that are very healthy and suprisingly addictive.

staying active: This is something I've found works for me. My free weights usually reside somewhere around the television. In the rare case that I ever watch TV, I do so while lifting weights. It's become so routine now I don't think about it. While my mind is occupied I do something that is kinda mindless and repetitive. Like the tvs they have in front of bikes in gyms, it helps the exertion go by without noticing as much. My mind gets it's required veg time and my roomies get their tickets to the gun show.
1st-Mar-2006 09:34 am - How to Post in a Community
Kerry 20s
It occurs to me not everyone belongs to 11 other communities like I do, so here is how to post in this (or any) community you belong to:

Go to your regular Update Journal page.

Immediately go down to the dropdown boxes below where you edit, where you can do things like choose your mood, icon, etc.

Below that is another drop down box next to the selections Update Journal, Spellcheck & Preview. It should have your user name in it. Click that box and it will have the names of the communities that you belong to. Choose the community first before you start to write, and that way you won't accidentally post it to your own journal like I do all the time.
28th-Feb-2006 09:37 pm - Active
Kerry 20s
Who's got some home exercise ideas?
25th-Feb-2006 02:07 pm - Fess Up
Kerry 20s
Who's ever off their diet already, raise their hand.

*raise*
22nd-Feb-2006 07:26 pm(no subject)
serious Oracle
Do any of you have a good recipe for red beans and rice?
22nd-Feb-2006 01:11 pm - Foiled Again *twirls mustache*
Kerry 20s
Blech! Somebody ruined my healthy lunch because they microwaved fish. I walked past it as it cooked and almost vomited. Fish repulses me--why does it have to be healthy? Why can't refined sugar repulse me?

So I had to get out of the kitchen...I wasn't going to cook my chicken in the microwave after that. I ended up going to Quick Check and getting a 6 in. Buffalo Bacon Sub. Just the chicken and the bacon. Unhealthy, but I'll make up for it tonight with some biking.

Again: Death to Fish!
21st-Feb-2006 03:48 pm - The food dysfunction cycle...
Oh Broomhilda!
My Father is a food-a-holic. A bad one. The fact that at 68 years old he has finally gotten over his need to eat no less than a pint of ice cream in a sitting is nothing short of a miracle. He has had a major Heart attack (5 years ago this coming Sunday) and clogged up stuff since and set his little difib thingy inside his chest off at least twice. Recently he and my Mom have started a new diet that they stick pretty close to. It's working for them too. I like it because I eat dinner with them and so I know I'm getting a healthy meal that I don't have to think about like the rest of the day.

All this time he has insisted on biting the head off of anyone who says anything about what he eats. At times to the point where my Mother has left the room in tears.
Breakfast at the Vink houseCollapse )

And so last night he finished up the ice cream cake by splitting the just under a half a small cake between us. Meaning Mom and I split half of it and he ate the other half all by himself. *sigh* And this was after 2 eggsalad sandwiches.

And yeah I know why give him an ice cream cake when he has little control. Well his birthday was Saturday.
21st-Feb-2006 03:18 pm - What I've done today...
gir
Breakfast - chocolate yogurt and tea, no sweetener.

Lunch -- spicy dumpling soup, half can of ginger ale, green tea with no sweetener


I've walked around six blocks total - half in the morning, half at lunch. Three more blocks in order to get home. Dinner will likely be soup, perhaps fortified with some greens.

Not great, not terrible. I consider it a start.

How about you guys?
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