Category: HEALTHY CHOICES

Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge is one of those perfect comforting foods during cooler weather.

Ah, don’t you just love the smell of cooler weather approaching, beautiful Autumn scenery and comfort food?

Alright, perhaps we look forward to comforting holiday food more than anything else, but fall weather and scenery is up there, too?!

I just love going to mountains this time of year and breathing fresh air, enjoying gorgeous nature and looking at trees that look like man-made color placements.

To be honest, there is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a quiet time in nature. I worked so hard this year that I need one more short weekend getaway, preferably with my hubby only. Just two of us!

Well, to be honest, I’d miss my kids and kitties way too much. Needless to say, the weekend getaway does sound like a dream right now.

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Let’s talk more about this tasty and sweet pumpkin porridge. It is a simply delightful comfort with every spoon you take.

I understand that it is not everyone’s cup of tea, nevertheless, it is so delicious and above all fulfilling as well as healthy.

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Since it is Pumpkin season I wanted to share pumpkin recipes and some of its health benefits.

  • Pumpkins/squashes are not only delicious but like I said healthy; they relieve stress, they’re good for weight loss, good for eyes and skin, it boosts the immune system and helps the digestive system and yes, they could reduce risk of cancer. I believe it is in the category of super-foods! 

When I was growing up, rice porridge was usually offered to the kids. Which is not as flavorful.

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

However, it was mostly eaten when we felt sick and needed something light just to keep us going, and through the days of illness.

Any porridge is good for the digestive system because it’s light and texture is easy to digest.

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I made a twist, a huge one on Korean traditional pumpkin porridge called Hobaak Jook (juk). I am not saying that Korean pumpkin porridge is not delicious, on the contrary, it is very comforting, especially if you like pumpkin.

First, instead of boiling, I roasted pumpkin. The best one for porridge or even soups is winter squash such as Butternut, Lakota, Kabocha, Buttercup squashes/pumpkins. My favorite is Kabocha, which I found in Trader Joe’s.

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Pumpkin is naturally sweet, but the winter squash that I wrote above is just a little sweeter. I like to mix different pumpkins as it gives better and different levels of flavor.

Also instead of sugar, I used organic honey, and spices such as ground ginger, cinnamon and pumpkin spice which made a huge difference. With all the changes and twists you are increasing the flavor as well as health benefits. 

Comparing rice that you granulate yourself vs. sweet rice flour in pumpkin porridge, I like granulated rice because even though that coarse rice is cooked it still gives you little nuttiness.

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Sweet Pumpkin Porridge
Yield: Serves 4

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge is one of those perfect comforting foods during cooler weather

Ingredients

  • 3 lb pumpkin or winter squash (Salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar - Few pinches on each slice)
  • 1 cup Sweet Mochi Rice/Glutinous Rice (or Flour)/Water, enough to cover over the rice for soaking
  • 1-1.5 cup water, for cooking
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Pumpkin Spice
  • Organic Honey, to taste /or other sweeteners
  • Pumpkin seeds for garnish, or any nuts

Instructions

  1. Wash the rice 3-4 times and soak in a big bowl for about an hour.
  2. When the rice is soaked at least 1 hour (although, it's the best if you soak it for a couple of hours) place rice into a food processor with a bit of water and puree until it gets completely granulated. READ NOTES
  3. Preheat oven on 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  4. Pumpkin Prep: Slice the pumpkin into thicker slices (be careful), take out the seeds and reserve for later; Season pumpkin with few pinches of salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, and brown sugar to taste. Rub all over and place in baking pan. Roast until the pumpkin slices are tender, about 30-40 minutes. Once done, separate skin from the pumpkin flesh (be careful it could be still hot) and Puree in a food processor, and add a little bit of water so it's easier to puree. I ended up with little more than 2 cups of pumpkin puree. 
  5. In a large pot add 1 cup of water and pumpkin puree. Stir until it bubbles, then start adding the rice puree, keep stirring and add pumpkin spice, salt, and honey. 
  6. Stirring is very important because it can stick to the bottom of the pot very fast. Lower the heat on simmer, and slowly just stir for 5 minutes. Add more water when porridge becomes too thick, and cook for 20 more minutes on simmer. It's done when rice becomes smoother and cooked. Taste the porridge and add more sweetener to your taste preference. 
  7. Garnish with roasted and peeled pumpkin seeds OR chopped nuts. Serve on room temperature. 

Notes

  • You can skip the part of soaking the rice and instead use sweet Glutinous rice flour ..just make sure to mix it into a smooth texture (with water). You can find videos regarding this type of porridge. When you are using flour, it will be more smooth. I like the texture of granulated rice in porridge. You can also make it thick or thinner just by adjusting it with water. When you taste that rice is cooked take it off the stove and cover. It's all in the taste senses, so use them! 
  • For pumpkin seeds, I wash them, dry with kitchen paper towels and then toss on the newspaper then outside to air dry completely. Preheat oven on 400F then put sea salt, I used actually sriracha salt and it was fantastic. Bake until they are toasted. However, if you going to garnish porridge with pumpkin seeds, of curse peel them. 
  • For baby food, I would definitely either make rice cooked with adding more water or use flour because it gives you a smooth texture. If the baby is not at least year and a half please do not use honey, and add some other natural sweetener. Of course, you got to keep it a notch down because babies can't handle sweet like adults.


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Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

I could eat this delicious Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese probably every other day. Well, I like calling this Mac-flower and Cheese ’cause I used Cauliflower instead of macaroni.

This recipe blew my Instagram account after food52 reshared my picture of Mac-flower and Cheese. Since I did not have a recipe on my blog, I received well over 300 messages, all asking for this recipe. It was a madhouse for a good week.

So I re-tested a recipe twice again to make sure. I am not a huge fan of cream cheese addition, but my family really likes it so I will give you an option. You can use it or omit.

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Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

You can use this cheese sauce over roasted potatoes, peppers or broccoli. It is so good!

Don’t get me wrong, cream cheese does not make this sauce bad, just I like it better without it.

What makes this meal unique? It’s cauliflower and we all know the hype over this brain food. Also, it is lower in carb and really delicious. Even my kids eat this one and my boys are not fans of cauliflower but they are eating this way.

I feel like even if you eat carbs roasted cauliflower could be mixed with macaroni and cheese. That way you eat a slightly “healthier” pasta.

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I always loved cauliflower so I could eat it literally any possible way. Give the cauliflower a chance as well as this yummy recipe. I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is really not bad at all.

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

Also, you have two option on how to prepare cauliflower; roasted on the oven or use your air fryer. It is so easy when you pop cauliflower florets in the air fryer. No mess!

I love my air fryer for real, but you can totally use sheet pan and just roast in the oven. The conventional oven is alright as well, as long as you cook cauliflower.

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Roasted Cauliflower And Cheese
Yield: 4

Roasted Cauliflower And Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Easy and delicious side dish. It is perfect with any protein or on its own.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds cauliflower
  • Salt, ground black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil
  • Pinch or two of herbs such as dried parsley

CHEESE SAUCE

  • 1 1/4 cup heavy whipped cream
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
  • 6 ounces mild cheddar, shredded
  • 3 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
  • Salt to taste

ASSEMBLY

  • 1-ounce mild cheddar, shredded
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley

Instructions

  1. Wash and separate cauliflower into bite-size pieces.
  2. Season with salt and pepper then drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Toss it to coat then cook in the air fryer at 375 Fahrenheit for 16-17 minutes or roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 400F. Make sure that cauliflower is in one layer on the baking sheet.


SAUCE


  1. While cauliflower is cooking prep for the cheese sauce. You can use pre-shredded cheese but it is so much better if you shred it yourself.
  2. Now, heat heavy whipped cream on medium heat, then add butter and allow it to slightly melt.
    Add cream cheese, black pepper, and turmeric and stir.
  3. Add shredded cheese then mix it well.
  4. Keep stirring so the cheese could melt.
  5. The sauce will start to get thicker. Now, taste it and add salt according to your taste.

Assembly

  1. Place cauliflower into the skillet, pour cheese over it, slightly stir to coat then add a drizzle of olive oil and a bit of shredded cheese. Add a good sprinkle of dried parsley.
  2. Turn the stove off and serve immediately.

Notes

You do not need to use cream cheese but according to 5 people, it tasted much better with the cream cheese and two tests.

I never tried placing it overnight in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 622 Total Fat: 51g Saturated Fat: 27g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 20g Cholesterol: 127mg Sodium: 751mg Carbohydrates: 21g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 26g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate, but we try our best.

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Simple Halibut Burger Recipe

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Fruit Salad with Citrus-Maple Dressing

Fruit Salad with Citrus-Maple Dressing

Fruit Salad with Citrus-Maple Dressing

Easy and tasty fruit salad with citrus infused citrus maple dressing recipe.

There is nothing more refreshing during hot summer days than colorful and delightful fruit salad. I made this tasty fruit salad with citrus maple dressing, which gave this salad a nice taste lift.

Also, if you want to bring this to a potluck or any other gathering you can make this in 10 minutes from start to finish.

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Fruit Salad with Citrus-Maple Dressing

I am not a big fan of cold fruit. I am not sure why, but I actually liked it when I make this mixed fruit salad.

The sweetness of the fruit thoroughly blends together when it is coated with this amazingly delicious citrus maple dressing.

I am almost certain that you guys going to love this one because it is a keeper.

If you do not like maple syrup then use pure organic honey. I used sugar-free version but you may use any that you prefer.

Fruit Salad with Citrus-Maple Dressing

My family always go bananas over this fruit salad. I do mix it up using different kinds of fruit. You may use whatever s in a season like luscious peaches, nectarines, plums or cherries.

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Fruit Salad with Citrus-Maple Dressing
Yield: 8 Servings

Fruit Salad with Citrus-Maple Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Easy and tasty fruit salad with citrus infused citrus maple dressing recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blueberry
  • 1 cup Strawberry, sliced
  • 1 cup Grapes, seedless, sliced
  • 1 medium size Pomegranate
  • 1 smaller Pineapple, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Mango pitted and cubed
  • 2 Kiwi, sliced
  • 5-6 Mint leaves
  • Lemon Thyme, optional
  • Citrus-Maple Dressing:
  • Juice from 1 Ripe Lime + zest
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon + zest
  • 1/8-1/4 cup Maple Syrup (or honey)

Instructions

  1. Wash and prep all the fruit. You may keep everything in the fridge to keep the fruit cold. It will be easier to slice and it tastes better.
  2. Mix everything for the dressing in the glass jar.
  3. Once all the fruit is tossed together drizzle dressing a bit at the time and toss to coat.
  4. Store in the airtight container, large glass jar or glass bowl, then place the container in the fridge.
  5. I keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Notes

You may use any any fruit that you prefer and more or less. I just added how much we added to our fruit salad but you can add more fruit especially if you omit. So, if you do not add Pomegranate please ad more grapes or strawberries or blueberries.

For the best taste keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

I used Sugar Free Maple syrup to support my diet, you may use any that you prefer.

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