Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Best Fresh Vegetable Substitutes

Let's face it, fresh vegetables are not always looking their best at the grocery store, and if our of season they are ridiculous in price. You can't just stop eating your vegetables, what would your mother say?

I've come accross two fresh vegetable substitutes, and they are quite possibly the next best thing, and with NO prep time.

1. Pacific Shores - Stir Fry Vegetables

What's in them? Chinese pea pods, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, green soybeans, water chestnuts, carrots, and mushrooms.

What a blend, especially for a stir fry (hence the name.) I got them at Trader Joe's but I'm sure they are also available at other whole food store type places.

Per serving = 7g of carbohydrates, 10g of protein and 45 calories

2. Acme Brand - Fiesta Blend Vegetables

What's in them? broccoli, carrots, white beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, Italian style green beans, and red peppers.

Vegetables with a twist, so tasty in so many ways. A nice variety to get away from just eating broccoli.

Per serving = 10g of carbohydrates, 3g of protein, and 60 calories

Friday, September 26, 2008

Honey Mustard Ginger Cinnamon Roasted Yams

Such a healthy side dish, and tastes great!

First, honey mustard dressing can be tricky. Sometimes it's too sweet, sometimes it's too spicy, so for this recipe you need to find the honey mustard recipe that suits your taste. Once you have it, you'll need to add in ground ginger and ground cinnamon to taste.

Peel and chop 2-3 large yams, be sure that the cut pieces are all uniform in size.

Place inside a large ziploc bag.
Coat with Honey Mustard Ginger Cinnamon dressing.
Let set for 4-6 hours.

Spray cooking/baking sheet with olive oil.
Set oven to 350 degrees.
Evenly place yam pieces on cooking/baking sheet.
Rotate pieces until lightly browned on all sides.

Serve warm with dinner, or cool as a snack.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Arugula and Gluten Free Pasta Salad

I know, I know, gluten free anything has to taste not so good, but it is!! The Ancient Harvest Quinoa brand has quite possibily the best tasting gluten free pasta I have ever had. Trust me.

For 2 servings...

Cook half a box of Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta as per directions. Set side to cool.

You'll need...
1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup goat cheese
2 cups arugula
fresh ground white pepper to taste

Once the pasta has cooled, add in the sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese, and white pepper, and mix.

When ready to serve add in arugula.



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