Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Chinese Noodle Salad

red lentil pasta and veggies

It's the Chinese New Year and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious Chinese Noodle Salad. Blogging is an opportunity to learn about different cultures and delicious flavors from all over the globe.

Twisted noodles in a bowl

This simple hearty side dish that is both flavorful and healthy. Sauteed cabbage and noodles have always been one of my favorites.  Chinese Noodle Salad is my variation of my noodle salad, but I've added sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds to give it that Asian flavor that so many people just love.

noodle salad and vegetables

In addition, I've added some uncooked chopped veggies and sunflower seeds  for a little crunch and fiber.

Whether you are looking for a dish to bring to a pot luck or a side to serve for dinner, this easy recipe is sure to please. After all , who doesn't love pasta and best of all it doesn't need to be heated up. It is delicious at room temperature for easier serving.

You have your choice of what type of pasta to use. Of course I selected a gluten free variety-
I have been seeing red lentil pasta twists at Whole Foods, Aldi's and even the supermarket.  It's made from 100% red lentils. The ones I've bought at both Aldi and Whole Foods are both organic and gluten free.
box of red lentil pasta

I love the slightly reddish color of the red lentil noodle, and it's firm texture in the salad. However, I did feel the red lentil flavor  was a little overbearing in this recipe so next time I might change to a brown rice gluten free pasta that I get at Trader Joe's and save my red lentil pasta for a palin bowl of pasta and cheese.

It's a great side for a group because it takes into consideration guests with specific diets needs. It is gluten free ( of course you need to use a gluten free pasta) , egg free, diary free. If you leave out the sunflower seeds , it can also be nut free.

two heart shaped bowls with pasta
Maybe I'll make some for Valentine's Day

Chinese New Year is on Feb 16 2018 - Celebrate and Enjoy!!

1/2 head of white cabbage, chopped
1 onion, sliced 
2  of olive oil 
1/2 red pepper, chopped 
1/2 cup of chopped parsley
1 cup of chopped fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup of toasted sunflower seeds
1 Tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup of sesame oil 
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons of 21 Salute salt free seasoning from Trade Joe's ( or Mrs. Dash) 

In a large skillet, suttee the onions in the olive oil on a low flame for about 5 minutes. Add the chopped cabbage and saute until the cabbage is soft and set aside.  

Cook 12 ounces of dry noodles according to the directions on the package.  Drain noodles and toss with the sauteed onion and cabbage mixture in a large bowl. Add the raw chopped vegetables ( red pepper, parsley, tomatoes) and the sunflower seeds. Add the sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, salt and pepper, and a salt free seasoning like 21 Salute from Trader Joes.  Serve at room temperature.

Variation: omit the sesame oil and sesame seeds and toss with Italian dressing and 1/2 cup of feta cheese

Linking to Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking where anyone can share a food related post. This week Beth review the Netflix series called Rotten which explores the many problems in our food industry,. 

This post is also linked to Souper Sunday where anyone can share a soup, salad, or sammie recipe. Check out this week's recipes.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Flu ? Natural Flu Prevention

Are you afraid you will get the flu? 

Some of the first things I do if I start to come down with the slightest sore throat, sniffle, or cough.  

1.  I Reach for the Zicam immediately- the sooner the better-
 Zicam really works for me if I start to take it immediately. Last week I was developing a cough-I was afraid I was getting the flu because so many people in my building had it. I took Zicam before bed and first thing in the morning for 3 days- despite feeling something coming on - I am fine

2.  I Start taking Manuka Honey K-factor 16- Why? Manuka honey is from New Zealand where the bees pollinate with the Manuka bush. Known for it's antibiotic properties, I always feel it's a good addition to my routine if I feel like I'm coming down with something. Read Dr. Axe's article on Proven benefits  of Manuka honey

3.  I increase my Vitamin C and Vitamin D for a few days or more to help boost my immune system

4. I drink lots of warm water and lemon, herbal tea, and homemade soup. In fact I have a  stove top soup recipe that can be made easily and quickly. or use one of my Instant pot recipes. It is soothing, delicious, and has lots of antioxidants.

5. I diffuse essential oils like Thieves, Raven, eucalyptus , or oregano- here is a good article for essential oil and colds 

6. I wash my hands frequently especially if I am playing cards or mah jong and 
I never eat anything while I am playing or eat from a communal bowl of snacks.

I  come across interesting posts and articles that might also be of interest to you my readers.  I'm sharing an exceptionally good article by best selling author and nutritionist Louise Gittleman. I have been following Louise for years. Her post offers some very simple yet powerful suggestions to help prevent or deal with the flu. Here is a link to her article - where Louise shares some valuable information
What I Would do If I Had The Flu by Anne Louise Gittleman

Don't Rub Your Eyes
I never realized that you can pick up flu germs through your eyes!!! if you touch something like a table top or handle with the germ ( someone coughed or sneezed) and then rub your eyes - you can make contact into your body that way

What natural things do you do ? 

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Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and I am not trying to diagnose or treat disease. Please always check with your medical doctor if you have the flu or are feeling sick.  This information in this blog is strictly for educational purposes. 

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Go Healthy For the Superbowl -12 Real Food Appetizers

Healthy Appetizers for superbowl

I'm sharing some of my favorite healthy appetizers for the big Superbowl Game !  No reason to eat a lot of junk when you can make some of these great tasting healthy appetizers.

Go Eagles 

This year I am especially interested because I live just outside of Philadelphia ! It will definitely be exciting cheering on the Eagles while enjoying some of these healthy appetizers that meet gluten free and vegetarian standards as well.

cheesy bean bake

Mexican Corn and Bean Bake- A hearty appetizer  that is fast, easy , and delicious

guacamole and tomatoes

Classic Guacamole - easy to make and so delicious ( vegan) 

captrese salad vegan

Avocado Caprese Salad - dairy free and delicious ( vegan) 

homemade baba ganooj and dippers

Homemade Baba Ganooush 

stuffed mushrooms vegetarian

Spinach and artichoke stuffed mushrooms

vegan mushroom scampi

Mushroom Scampi

pesto stuffed mushrooms

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms 

Mango Salsa Dip

Asian  Party  Slaw

Cauliflower Low Carb Breadsticks 

Mozzarella Cheese Caprese Salad Platter

Cauliflower low Carb Snow patties - cut in quarters for appetizers 

Hope you have a great time watching the game- but we have to say, Go Eagles!! Who are you rooting for ?