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Green Tea Cheesecake – No Bake


I’ve been on a Green Tea crave recently + tight on time so this recipe sparked quite an interest!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp gelatine powder & 1/4 cup water
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp matcha green tea powder and 3 Tbsp warm water, mixed
  • For Crust: 1 package graham crackers crushed into crumbs & 3 Tbsp butter & 1 Tbsp sugar

Preparation:

  1. Mix gelatine powder and water in a small cup and set aside. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Spread the crumbs in bottom of a 8 inch round cake pan. Flatten the crust, pressing with a spoon. Chill in refrigerator.
  3. Stir softened cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl. Add plain yogurt and heavy cream and mix until smooth. Further, add matcha green tea powder mixture into the filling.
  4. Heat gelatine mixture in the microwave until becomes liquid and add it to the filling. Stir well.
  5. Pour the filling on top of the crust and spread evenly. Refrigerate the cake for 3 hours, or until set.

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Smoked Salmon Vodka Cream Sauce Pasta


Had something like this at Mi Piace in Pasadena!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced smoked salmon
  • 2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tablespoon cayenne pepper

    Bowtie  or Penne pasta *

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan saute butter and onion with smoked salmon. Once the pan begins to lightly smoke, pull saucepan away from heat source and add the Vodka.
  2. When the Vodka has burned off, return the sauce to heat source and mix in the tomatoes, tomato sauce and heavy cream.
  3. Season sauce with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and chile pepper. Reduce sauce to desired consistency; mix and serve with Bowtie/Penne  pasta.

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Steamed Eggplant


I really like eggplant and my mother recently told me about this quick 10 minute recipe for a healthy meal.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Asian eggplants

  • 2 tablespoons red rice vinegar (note: not red wine vinegar)

  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as canola

  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Preparation:

  1. Remove the stalk from the eggplants. Cut in the middle and then cut each half lengthwise so that you have 4 equal pieces

  2. Steam the eggplant over high heat until softened (about 5 minutes). Remove from the heat and cool

  3. Whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the eggplant and serve.

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10 Ways to Cut Back on Sugar


Americans are consuming way more sugar than they should — 22 teaspoons a day. It’s clear we need to cut back, but it’s hard to break old habits. The American Heart Association (AHA) is urging people to aim for no more than 100 calories of sugar a day (six teaspoons). Here are some easy things you can do to lighten up on the white stuff.

1. Cut back slowly. A gradual switch is ideal to avoid the chances of regressing back to sweets.

2. Try to ween yourself off of the sugar you add to foods. Stir less sugar into your cup of joe and sprinkle less sugar on your cereal or oatmeal.

3. Choose your sugar vice for the day. Limit your daily sugar intake. Keep in mind that one soft drink, a small candy bar, a few plain cookies, or a small portion of light ice cream or frozen yogurt is equal to 100 to 150 calories of added sugar.

4. Don’t be fooled by natural sugars. Brown sugar, molasses, Sucanat, and turbinado sugar are still sugar. 5. Avoid liquid sugars. A 12-ounce can of coke contains 40 grams of sugar, and a 20-ounce bottle of Vitamin Water contains 32 grams.

6. Buy plain yogurt instead of flavored yogurt. Either sweeten it with fresh or frozen fruit, or mix half plain yogurt with half fruit yogurt.

7. Don’t be fooled by healthier versions of treats. An oatmeal raisin cookie and strawberry ice cream are still made with sugar. So are many energy bars.

8. Get fruity. To satisfy your sweet tooth, choose naturally sweet foods like fruit, dried fruit such as dates or apricots, fruit smoothies, carrots, sweet potatoes, and homemade popsicles.

9. Check labels on fruit products. Fruit is naturally sweet enough, but some companies choose to make it sweeter by adding sugar. Choose jams and juices that are sweetened with nothing but fruit.

10. Check labels on other foods and look for hidden sugars. If a label says sucrose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, cane juice crystals, evaporated cane juice, dextrose, molasses, or malted barley extract, it contains sugar.

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Low Calorie Fruit Desserts


Green Eggs and Ham


Want that Dr. Suess breakfast? Try this recipe of green eggs and ham!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp prepared pesto
  • 2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 whole-wheat English muffins, split
  • 4-8 slices ham, prosciutto, or cooked Canadian bacon
  • 1/4 cup sliced jarred roasted red peppers
  • Salt and pepper to taste

MINUTES 1-13

  1. Poach the eggs
  2. Bring 3 inches of water to a boil in a large skillet or saucepan. Reduce to a bare simmer and add vinegar.
  3. Working in two batches, poach the eggs (see “Poaching Laws”) until the whites are just firm, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the eggs to a plate.

MINUTES 14-18

  1. Prep the accents
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the pesto and yogurt until they’re smooth and combined. Toast the split English muffins until golden.

MINUTES 19-22

  1. Assemble the sandwiches
  2. Dividing evenly, top 4 of the muffin halves with the ham, red peppers, and eggs. Season with salt and pepper and add the pesto mixture. Top the eggs with the remaining muffin halves.

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Olive Oil, The Prime Component of the Mediterranean Diet


Olive oil is the prime component of the Mediterranean Diet. It is the only vegetable oil that can be consumed as it is – freshly pressed from the fruit.

Generally, olive oil is extracted by pressing or crushing olives. There are different varieties of olive oil, depending on the amount of processing involved. Varieties include:

Extra virgin – considered the best, least processed, comprising the oil from the first pressing of the olives.

Virgin – from the second pressing of the olives.

Pure – undergoes some processing, such as filtering and refining. Is made by adding a little extra virgin olive oil to refined olive oil.

Extra light – undergoes considerable processing and only retains a very mild olive flavor.

The less the olive oil is handled, the closer to its natural state, the better the oil.

Olive oil’s health benefits

The beneficial health effects of olive oil are due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidative substances. Olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the “good” cholesterol) levels. Studies have shown that people who consumed about 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil daily for 1 week showed less oxidation of LDL cholesterol and higher levels of antioxidant compounds, particularly phenols, in the blood.

Olive oil is very well tolerated by the stomach. In fact, olive oil’s protective function has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. Including olive oil in your diet may also offer benefits in terms of colon cancer prevention.