valentine’s day 2013

daisi - March 5, 2013

vegetarian soba noodle stir-fry

daisi - March 5, 2013

“real” food recipes

daisi - March 5, 2013
garlic scallops
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real food

My Lenten venture this year is complicated. I have decided I will try to cut out processed foods during Lent and continue thereafter as a lifelong way of eating. Now, this being said, I know it won’t be possible 100% of the time, but I’m making a conscious effort to know exactly what I’m putting in my body. I’m using the blog 100 days of real food as my guide and I love how easy they make it seem.

Here are some helpful tips I repeat to myself daily (and more if you’re interested):

  • eat as many fruits and vegetables as I can
  • don’t buy anything with more than 5 ingredients listed on the can/jar
  • you can have as much junk food as you want, as long as you make it yourself
  • always choose brown rice
  • popcorn is a whole grain
  • no sugar, no white flour

I wanted to see which of my recipes qualify as “real food” I was pleasantly surprised to see how many met the classifications.

I’ve summarized them below and you can find them all with the tag “real food recipe” as well.

appetizers: black bean salsa* | chipotle artichoke dip* | roasted tomatillo salsa* | hummus | chipotle peach salsa | three-pepper hummus

side dish: beans with wilted spinach | farmers mac & cheese* | butternut squash soup* | roasted vegetables | warm german potato salad | honey glazed carrots | cilantro lime brown rice | roasted parmesan asparagus | oven-baked sweet potato fries | green bean bundles | cauliflower rice | horseradish roasted potatoes | spaghetti squash

main dish: beer chicken | pulled chicken tacos | chicken pesto packets |skillet vegetarian curry* | red curry quinoa |slow-cooker chicken korma | breakfast burritos | beef with snow peas and red pepper | sweet & spicy stir fried rice |scallops in garlic butter | chicken & peas curry | slow-cooker chicken tikka masala* | creamy chicken salad | chipotle roasted vegetable & chicken pizza* | quinoa stuffed acorn squash | slow-cooker indian curry | new orleans spicy cajun shrimp | Julia Child’s roasted chicken | vegetarian stuffed zucchini | boursin cream bowties with mushrooms & asparagus* | spicy (no-mayo) tuna salad | meatballs with tomatoes & zucchini | crustless quiche with spinach & bacon | tequila marinated shrimp | spicy chicken rice bowlschicken burgers with garlic-rosemary mayo*| four-cheese pizza*| skillet vegetarian curry | Ina’s mustard chicken salad | slow-cooker red curry beef | chicken sausage, sweet onion & fennel pizza* | tabasco shrimp & sausage jambalaya* | green curry shrimp 

miscellaneous: homemade vegetable stock | caramelized red onions | blueberry avocado smoothie | slow-cooker chicken stock | roasted chicken stock | breadcrumbs | homemade tortillas | red onion salad dressing (omit the sugar)| homemade easy mac

*with slight modifications such as: using homemade tortillas to make the chips, substituting whole-wheat pasta or brown rice, omiting the bread or use a whole-grain option instead

I challenge you to cut out unnecessary processed ingredients in your favorite recipes. Can’t hurt.

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