Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Our family is trying the Feingold Diet. This diet is directed for ADHD and after seeing an excellent response in one of our cousins over the holidays we decided to give it a try.  It eliminate ALL artifical color, flavors and sweeteners plus several preservatives.  In the beginning you also eliminate many "good foods" such as tomatoes and apples that produce natural salicyates which you can try to add back in later.  It is too soon to tell the effects but I will keep you updated.  So the upcoming months of recipes will be reflective of this challenging program. 

Here is one dinner I found the recipe in Clean Eating Magazine we all enjoyed.  I got the tortilla at Whole Foods (they have a list of approved foods you choose from in the beginning that have been researched for additives ect..).  Was a hit with everyone. 

Shrimp and Artichoke Quesadillas
cream cheese
plain yogurt
fresh lemon juice
garlic clove, minced
frozen spinach, chopped thawed and squeezed excess liquid
cooked shrimp, coarsely chopped
4 1/2
frozen artichokes, thawed and chopped
white cheddar cheese, grated (recipe called for mozzarella I used cheddar)
corn tortillas (about 6 inches)- I used whole wheat flour and white flour
olive oil
In mixer blend cream cheese (softened) on high for about 1 minute until smooth. Add yogurt and blend one more minute. Reduce to medium and add garlic, lemon juice. With spatula fold in spinach, artichokes and cheese.
Place tortillas on work surface and brush with olive oil (I used spray oil). Spread 1/3 cup filling (for 6 inch tortilla) Top with second tortilla (coated in oil). Repeat. ( I used larger tortillas and than cut them into triangles when serving.
Place tortillas in large cast iron or hot skillet or on hot griddle in batches and cook 4-6 minutes until mixture melted and tortilla light brown. Can keep warm in oven while cooking rest. if cooking on large griddle not necessary.
Servings: 8
Yield: 3 pieces
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/8 of a recipe (2.9 ounces).
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.
Amount Per Serving
Calories From Fat (56%)
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.53g
Saturated Fat 4.03g
Cholesterol 47.67mg
Sodium 147.08mg
Potassium 240.32mg
Total Carbohydrates 4.18g
Fiber 1.27g
Sugar 1.23g
Protein 7.44g

i was hoping to have some leftovers to pack in the lunch boxes the next day but did not have ANY left. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day!

I will add a picture after dinner tonight!

My family has always had Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day. My day insist the tradition is Italian although my understanding is that it is Southern. Eating something as humble as a pea as you enter the New Year brings good luck and prosperity.  Fortunately, this recipe is so good you can eat it anytime for a healthy  meal. Omit the ham and use vegetable stock for a vegetarian version.  I did not have ham today and will be using bacon.

Hoppin' John
* 1 large ham hock
* 1 cup onion, chopped
* 1/2 cup celery, chopped
* 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
* 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
* 1 pound black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and rinsed
* 1 quart chicken stock
* Bay leaf
* 1 teaspoon dry thyme leaves
* Salt, black pepper, and cayenne or dried hot pepper
* 3 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
3 cups ham pieces
1 can diced tomatoes
* 3 cups steamed white rice
Heat oil in a large soup pot, add the ham hock and sear on all sides for 4 minutes. Add the onion, celery, green pepper, and garlic, cook for 4 minutes. Add the black-eyed peas, stock, bay leaves, thyme, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the peas are creamy and tender, stir occasionally. If the liquid evaporates, add more water or stock. Add tomatoes and ham allow to heat before serving. Adjust seasonings, and garnish with green onions. Serve over rice.
Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Dont overcook peas!