• My two Favorite Kimchi Products!

    I have a LOVE-LOVE relationship with Kimchi.  There are few kimchi’s out there that I don’t like, but I have two new favorites I have to share with you! The first is one I found at Whole Foods a few weeks back.  It is a regional product for us Charlestonians, as it’s produced in Atlanta, […]

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    My two Favorite Kimchi Products!

  • Whole Foods Grab-n-Go Lunches

    Yesterday I was rushing around trying to get errands done.  Around noon I hit Whole Foods for some dinner ingredients and was lured over to their prepared foods section with the waft of wonderful smells!  I often grab a salad at their salad bar (amazing healthy options in there!), but wanted to give their new […]

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    Whole Foods Grab-n-Go Lunches

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    Spicy Sriracha Pasta with Coconut Infused Poached Mahi Mahi

    Always trying to get more omega-3 fats into my children’s diet, I put wild caught Mahi Mahi on our menu for this week.  I was craving coconut milk and a bit of spice, so I played around with infusing the Mahi with these flavors by poaching it in coconut milk and red curry paste, in […]

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    Spicy Sriracha Pasta with Coconut Infused Poached Mahi Mahi

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    Eureka Baking Company

    A few months ago I came across this bread that caught my eye.  I often avoid the bread aisle as it drives me nuts how big the slices are and how calorically dense and full of processed grains and sugars most breads contain.  But these colorful bags by Eureka Baking Company made me do a […]

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    Eureka Baking Company

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    Madras Lentils – with a Boost

    On nights when you’re late at the office, have to drive kids to soccer practice and piano lessons, and need to drive the dog to the vet, the last thing you’re thinking of is coming home to whip up a nutritious meal!  We have too many nights like these, so even if I’ve planned a menu out for the […]

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    Madras Lentils – with a Boost

My two Favorite Kimchi Products!

I have a LOVE-LOVE relationship with Kimchi.  There are few kimchi’s out there that I don’t like, but I have two new favorites I have to share with you! The first is one I found at Whole Foods a few weeks back.  It is a regional product for us Charlestonians, as it’s produced in Atlanta, […]

Read More

Whole Foods Grab-n-Go Lunches

Yesterday I was rushing around trying to get errands done.  Around noon I hit Whole Foods for some dinner ingredients and was lured over to their prepared foods section with the waft of wonderful smells!  I often grab a salad at their salad bar (amazing healthy options in there!), but wanted to give their new […]

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coconut infused mahi

Spicy Sriracha Pasta with Coconut Infused Poached Mahi Mahi

Always trying to get more omega-3 fats into my children’s diet, I put wild caught Mahi Mahi on our menu for this week.  I was craving coconut milk and a bit of spice, so I played around with infusing the Mahi with these flavors by poaching it in coconut milk and red curry paste, in […]

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My two Favorite Kimchi Products!

I have a LOVE-LOVE relationship with Kimchi.  There are few kimchi’s out there that I don’t like, but I have two new favorites I have to share with you!

The first is one I found at Whole Foods a few weeks back.  It is a regional product for us Charlestonians, as it’s produced in Atlanta, GA:  Simply Seoul Napa Cabbage Kimchi ($9.99 at Whole Foods).  It may seem $$ but it took me a week to finish this bottle.  As my daily lunch I topped my favorite veggie burger with it; and served it over my husband’s grass fed beef burger.  He loved it!  My kids even enjoyed it (although in much smaller doses).  Despite being a bit spicy it is the perfect mixture of heat, freshness, crunch and flavor.  A little really goes a long way here (of course I can never use a “little” kimchi in my food).  You can top any sandwich with kimchi, steam up some brown rice and top with it, or serve alone as a side.  Simply Seoul also makes a Daikon Radish Kimchi that I am going to try next!IMG_7716

 

Upon singing the praises of Simply Seoul Kimchi, my dear friend Mosmi told me about a Kimchi Paste that she loves – Mama O’s Premium Kimchi Paste.  She picked me up a bottle at Southern Season ($9.99), and I gave it a try as a spread on a sandwich first.  Another win!  This kimchi paste also has a fabulous little kick, and tons of flavor you expect from a kimchi (without the cabbage).  On Sunday I spread a little of the paste (about 1 Tbsp for each serving) over wild halibut.  I then broiled the halibut for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through. My mom, and both boys gobbled it up!  Proof positive kids too can enjoy the full flavors (and health benefits) of kimchi!

For those of you unfamiliar with kimchi, it is a traditional Korean side dish made of fermented vegetables (mainly napa cabbage but also daikon, radish, cucumber even), brine, onions, chili peppers, garlic, salt, and many other spices.  Kimchi is known for it’s health perks: it is rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, B and C, but more importantly it is an excellent form of beneficial bacteria, “probiotics,” similar to those found in yogurt, kefir, and other fermented foods.  These healthy bacteria have been shown to be beneficial to gut health and digestion, and the cabbage in kimchi may help to  fight cancers too.

Next time you are at Whole Foods or Southern Season, give these two a try!  You will love them!

Whole Foods Grab-n-Go Lunches

Yesterday I was rushing around trying to get errands done.  Around noon I hit Whole Foods for some dinner ingredients and was lured over to their prepared foods section with the waft of wonderful smells!  I often grab a salad at their salad bar (amazing healthy options in there!), but wanted to give their new Wok section a try.  If you haven’t seen Whole Foods new renovation, you MUST go!  They have a sushi, wok, sub sandwich, and dine-in bar section, and as always their fabulous salad or hot bar and prepared dishes.  I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying their tofu and cucumber sushi rolls (no raw seafood right now for this pregnant mama) recently, and they are fabulous.  But yesterday I had a hankering for a warm stir fry dish.

Their Wok section offers you a number of choices for around $7.99-8.99/dish.  You can choose from two different noodles or brown rice.  You then choose your protein – beef, chicken, tempura fried fish, or fried tofu.  Two veggies – wok stir fried sprouts, eggplant or squash with tomatoes.  Then a sauce (choose from three), two choices for a finishing topping (such as marinated cucumbers, cilantro, pickled ginger, etc). and crunchy topping (e.g., peanuts).   I chose brown rice, tofu, eggplant and squash, the spicy curry sauce, and topped with fresh cilantro and marinated cucumbers (I didn’t add the final crunch topping).  One word: YUM!

Here’s a pic from my lap in the car!  Nothing like eating on the run!

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Spicy Sriracha Pasta with Coconut Infused Poached Mahi Mahi

coconut infused mahi

Always trying to get more omega-3 fats into my children’s diet, I put wild caught Mahi Mahi on our menu for this week.  I was craving coconut milk and a bit of spice, so I played around with infusing the Mahi with these flavors by poaching it in coconut milk and red curry paste, in addition to a bit of lime.  YUM is all I can say.  I then searched for some tasty side-dish that I thought would complement the Mahi and found one called “Sriracha-Soy Sauce Over Egg Noodles” on Vegetariantimes.com.

Although the Sriracha-Soy sauce was on the spicy side, my kids DEVOURED two helpings (with the help of a few glasses of milk) each!  I think next time I’ll even try this dish with zucchini ribbons or Shirataki noodles.  If you are not comfortable with heat, I’d suggest cutting the sriracha in half as it does have a kick.  I also used only 2 Tbsp sesame oil and highly suggest ONLY using reduced sodium soy sauce or this will be over the top with sodium.

Click on the Vegetarian Times link above for the Sriracha-Soy pasta side.  Below is the poached Mahi.  Couldn’t be easier (or tastier!).

Coconut Milk-Infused Mahi Mahi

Serves 4

4, 4-6 ounce wild caught Mahi-Mahi filets

1 can Lite Coconut Milk

1 1/2 tsp Red Curry Paste

Zest and juice of one lime

1.  In a medium bowl, whisk together coconut milk, red curry paste, zest and juice.

2.  Pour coconut mixture into a medium stock pot or pan with fitted lid.  Heat overmedium-high.  Place Mahi filets evenly over the bottom of the pan and cover with a lid.

Finished product after poaching in coconut-red curry broth

Finished product after poaching in coconut-red curry broth

3.  Allow the coconut milk to reach a simmer (not a rolling boil) and poach fish for about 8 minutes, no more (may be less time depending on the size of filet).  When done, fish will flake easily with a fork.  Serve immediately, pouring some of reserved liquid over top each serving.

My children absolutely love Mahi, so if you have children that are leery of eating fish, try this mild one first.

Enjoy!

 

Eureka Baking Company

A few months ago I came across this bread that caught my eye.  I often avoid the bread aisle as it drives me nuts how big the slices are and how calorically dense and full of processed grains and sugars most breads contain.  But these colorful bags by Eureka Baking Company made me do a double take.

Eureka Baking Company (a subsidiary of Orograin Bakeries) makes an 80-calorie per slice (28 g) bread called Graniac that contains organic whole wheat flour as it’s first ingredient. It has 3 g fiber and 4 g sugar per slice and contains a host of other good-for-you ingredients such as flax, sunflower kernels, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, millet, rye, barley, amaranth and more.  It is not void of sugar, however, but contains cane sugar and molasses instead of HFCS.  It is 100% organic and has no artificial colors or preservatives.

I love toasting this bread and smothering it with fresh avocado or homemade guacamole for breakfast; my kids love it with sunflower seed butter and fruit preserves.  I just love that the kind offered at our Publix is the 80 calorie per slice (they sell larger sizes but I haven’t seen them in stores, just on their website), as I am so tired of super-sized breads as the only available option anymore!

Grab a bag and give it a try today!  Happens to be on sale this week at Publix for $3.99.

Madras Lentils – with a Boost

On nights when you’re late at the office, have to drive kids to soccer practice and piano lessons, and need to drive the dog to the vet, the last thing you’re thinking of is coming home to whip up a nutritious meal!  We have too many nights like these, so even if I’ve planned a menu out for the week and anticipate creating a wonderful dinner each and every night – there is always a hiccup in my plans somewhere.  That is why I ALWAYS stock my pantry and fridge with these three items:

Tasty Bite Madras Lentils (with 5g fiber, 7 g protein and only 150 calories in a serving – this is a perfect meatless meal option!)

Organic Baby Spinach (chock full of vitamins A, K and C, folate, potassium and iron)

Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods frozen pre-cooked brown rice (great source of fiber)

Three items.  Five total minutes.  Delicious and nutritious when homemade just won’t happen.

How to prepare:

1.  Tear microwave-safe Tasty Bite container 1″.  Heat in microwave on high 1 minute.  Set aside.

2.  Place two large handfuls of spinach into a soup bowl.  Microwave on high 30 seconds, or until just wilted.

3.  Microwave brown rice in pouch provided for 3 minutes.

4.  Spoon 1/2 cup brown rice over top wilted spinach, then pour Madras Lentils (either half (1 serving) or whole (2 servings) packet) over rice and spinach.  Serve immediately.

Both my boys and husband LOVE this dish!  Top with cheddar or feta cheese if desired.  Enjoy and never say you can’t have a healthy and quick meal again :)

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