Monday, June 28, 2010

Plan It Monday

Last week I only made one out of three recipes but that's ok. Actually it was pretty good considering the busy week my family planned without telling me everything.

So what shall we plan for this week.

Today is easy. No one except me is home. So - leftover Flame Broiler beef and rice sound good.

Spinach, Tomato and Feta Scramble

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 packed cup of chopped spinach
8-10 free-range eggs
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes or 1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (could use 2-4 minced garlic cloves)
1/2 tsp. onion powder (could use 1/2 sm. onion, diced)
1 cup shredded cheese (mild Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Colby, etc.)
1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese

1) Melt coconut oil in a large frying pan or skillet at medium heat. Add chopped spinach, and cook until just wilted.

2) Whisk eggs together (add a bit of water or milk for extra fluffiness, if you like). Pour into pan, and begin to scramble with spinach. Add the sun-dried tomatoes or diced tomatoes.

3) Sprinkle salt, onion and garlic powder and mix in well while continuing to cook.

4) Once eggs are just cooked, sprinkle in shredded cheese and feta cheese. Keep cooking until melted. Remove from heat and serve!

This serves 4 if you pair it with sourdough toast.

recipe from

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Who says you have to serve cookies?

My daughter Bea's Senior Piano Recital was this afternoon. She has worked for an entire year practicing, planning and practicing. She was expected to plan the music, who she would have to fill out the recital, where it would be held, invitations, programs, thank you's, and a reception.

Who says you have to have cookies or brownies or cake at a reception? Bea needs to eat gluten free and is also lactose intolerant. She planned a gluten free, dairy free reception. Everyone enjoyed the food and it was simple.

She had fruit and veggies. Honeydew melon, watermelon, grapes, sliced pink lady apples, carrots, celery and grape tomatoes. She also served ice tea with no added sweeteners and chilled water bottles.

Good Job Bea!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Avocado and Tomato Salad

Mix vegetable oil, white wine vinegar, Pink Himalayan Salt, fresh ground pepper and red pepper sauce in a bowl.
Check your oil carefully to be sure it smells fresh for this recipe. You don't want it to be even slightly rancid. I used white wine vinegar because I only use white vinegar for cleaning purposes not eating. Since I discovered Pink Himalayan Salt about 6 months ago that is all I use for cooking. It is saltier than table salt so use a little less than what is in the recipe. It is a complete salt with the minerals nature provided so I think it is a healthier salt than the purified sodium chloride in table salt. I always use fresh ground pepper for fresh food like a salad. Use whatever red pepper sauce you have on hand. Today I used Garlic Tabasco. Don't leave out the pepper sauce. It doesn't make it spicy or hot, it just gives it a little pop.

Cube your avocado.
Fresh avocado is available year round here in So. California. I used Haas because that is what I had but a smooth skin avocado would have a firmer texture for this recipe. It is easy to cube or slice an avocado. Cut in half, remove stone, slice or cube with table knife, then turn inside out and the avocado usually falls out. If it needs a little help use your knife or fingers.

Place avocado cubes, chopped tomato, crumbled bacon and chopped onion into bowl with oil mixture.
I chose Roma Tomatoes, however any tomato that holds up when you chop it will work. I prefer the thick sliced bacon at the butcher block to the pre-packaged bacon. It is usually sale priced once a month so if you watch for the sales it is a better price and higher meatier bacon. Any kind of onion would work in this salad. I had regular brown onion on hand so that is what I used. Red or Sweet onion would be nice for the flavor combination with the sweet tomato and avocado.

GENTLY mix together and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
My husband liked it even better the next day.

Place your mixture on a bed of greens. We love spinach so that was my choice today.
Enjoy your gluten free versatile salad. We ate it as the main dish the night I made it but had it as a side salad the next day.

Avocado and Tomato Salad
6 slices cooked crisp bacon
3 T. vegetable oil
1 T. white vinegar
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
3 drops red pepper sauce
2 med. avocados, cubed
2 med. tomatoes, cubed
1 small onion, chopped (1/4 c.)
4-6 cups salad greens

Betty Crocker recipe from

Monday, June 21, 2010

Plan It Monday

I need to be more diligent with my cooking so...

Welcome to Plan It Mondays!

Let's start with some new recipes I have seen recently and want to try...

'Save''Print''View 'Save''Print''ViewAvocado and Tomato Salad

Turkey Cucumber Dill Sandwiches'Save''Print''View (need to find a good gluten free bread)

Cilantro Lime Rice

These are all at

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Raw Foods

I have been trying to eat more of my foods raw. I am currently struggling with some reactions to food. I still don't know what exactly my body is not liking but I have cut most dairy products and am trying to not eat wheat/gluten.

I will say I really really like my food raw. I seem to actually crave raw foods.

Whole fruit and vegetables are easy.
Nuts and seeds are easy.

My favorite right now is Two Moms in the Raw. I particularly enjoy the Goji Berry granola bar.

Eggs - not so much raw...but I like soft boiled and runny yolks.
Meat - I do tend to like my beef extremely rare. When I was visiting Guam I really loved the raw meat dish Kelaguen. I need to learn what substitutions to use here. Guam has it's own citrus that is similar to lime but much more tart and it's own wild hot pepper.

I loved the Thai Fresh Spring Rolls I had in WA but have not found a good Thai restaurant locally yet. Any suggestions are welcome.

My goal is to eat 70% or more raw. I really feel better and have less hives and rashes. I suppose I should mention that I tend to be pickier buying food that I intend to eat raw. Organic is better and washing is very important.

I will post some of the raw recipes that work later.