5 Healthy Foods I Love: Part 8

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Read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Cheese

Favorites are always of the strong, pungent variety: Extra sharp Vermont cheddar- especially on meatloaf, crumbles of blue with anything and everything Buffalo Chicken, goat, parmesan, and gorgonzola. I do not often add cheese to foods where I fear the flavor will get lost- in cold sandwiches most notably. This is a reasonable calorie saver. Use cheese where you love it most; use it where you highlight its taste and texture. 2.6.11 072

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Broccoli Slaw

For 100 highly filling calories per 4 cups, this shredded mix of broccoli stalks and carrots is incredibly versatile.  I’ve been known to do any and all of the following:

1. Stuff it inside a wonton wrapper for refreshing crispness in Buffalo Chicken Rolls or Barbecue Chicken Rolls. I’m building an egg roll enterprise.  

2. Use it as a mock pasta in Vegetarian Lo Mein or Soy Ginger Fried Couscous.

3. Steam and stir it with a Laughing Cow French Onion cheese wedge for a creamy, healthy, and light side dish for chicken or fish.

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Shrimp

There’s something about that first snap through a piece of shrimp. That slight burst in my mouth. Texturally, shrimp does it for me. These pink shellfish are lean, low in calories, and can mingle quite happily with just about any type of cuisine- Italian, Asian, Latin, you name it. They are my go-to stir fry addition.

Here are 3 favorite shrimp recipes: Scampi Stuffed and Roasted Shrimp, Shrimp Cakes, Shrimp with Spicy Garlic Sauce. almond butter (2)

Almond Butter

Dearest Peanut Butter,

I love you just as much. Your sister is just darkly roasted and, for better or worse, a little bolder than you.

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Red Onion

I love the sweet pungency of red onion. Slicing it thinly, it’s the perfect sharp crunch on sandwiches. Slicing it thickly, it’s a favorite of mine when it softens and caramelizes in fajitas.

 

What are 5 healthy foods you’re loving right now?

Comments

  1. colette says

    Thank you for introducing me to broccoli slaw! I had never had it before making your buffalo chicken rolls (admittedly, I didn’t even know what it was before then) and now I am thinking of all of the recipes I can add it to for extra nutrients/volume and not many extra calories. I can’t wait to try it with laughing cow as a side dish… how do you think of these things?!?!

  2. says

    Have you ever made your own broccoli slaw? I have a couple of recipes I want to make with it, but can’t find it in any grocery stores in my area. Plus my dad has broccoli growing in his garden. Do you think I could just throw the stalks in the food processor with the shredding blade?

  3. says

    Seeing you suggest that cheese is, in any way at all, healthy, upsets me. Cheese is full of saturated fat, cholesterol and calories. It brings to the table very little nutritional value, and what little is has is overruled by all the unhealthy aspects. All fats aren’t unhealthy, but cheese sure is.

    1. Kale
    2. Garlic
    3. Edamame
    4. Chia seeds
    5. Quinoa

  4. says

    Lately, I’m especially loving kale (my very favorite topper to homemade pizzas), grape seed oil, spaghetti squash, tangerines, and broccoli–can’t seem to get enough!

  5. Amanda V says

    Currently,

    Roasted pumpkin seeds
    Oatmeal (ok that is always)
    Spinach (in smoothies, why did this take me so long to discover?)
    Cottage cheese

  6. Mia says

    Can anyone tell me what the ingredient list for broccoli slaw is please?
    We don’t get it here in the UK but it sure does sound nice!

  7. says

    I’ve just recently come to terms with the fact that cheese doesn’t belong on everything! I would add it to pretty much anything, but the flavor was lost in certain dishes. Now I add it sparingly to things I know I’ll be able to taste it in. The calories saved can go to something better, and I don’t have to be so disappointed when I learn the hard way (yet again) that cheese doesn’t always add to a dish.

    That being said, a small amount of a nice, tangy cheese is one of my favorite things in life.

    I also have a new love for steamed cabbage with a little butter. Just a little.

  8. Lacey says

    mustard (or turnip or collard) greens, hummus, asparagus, FRUIT!!! (because I am slightly reliant upon them at this point. I have eliminated excess sugars [ice cream, cake, cookies, candy, cheesecake, pie…] for 21 days with hopes of “breaking the habit” and will go from there. After my ridiculous indulgence during the holidays this year, my addiciton to sugar has been fueled, and I MUST get it under control.), and greek yogurt.

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