Cooking 101

I have spent some MAJOR time in the kitchen this week. While I’m still on my Vegan adventure until next Wednesday, I have made some yummy dishes for the hubby. (Non Vegan dishes of course)

In addition to some yummy recipes I’m also so happy to share another contact with all of you in regards to Body Image issues. Lot’s to discuss, so let’s go!

My first recipe is great for a week night. It takes a little prep work, but it’s worth it.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash:

This was my first time to cok with spaghetti squash. While it wasn’t the quickets or cleanest ingredient, it was really tasty! AND it really looks like spaghetti……AMAZING!

What you’ll need:

-Slow cooker/crock pot

-1 large spaghetti squash, sliced in half lengthwise and cleaned

-1 can Italian style tomatoes NOT DRAINED

-1/2 cup onions chopped

-EVOO for drizzling

-1 tsp each Parsley, Oregano, Sea Salt and Black Pepper

-2 large zucchini cut into half moons

Layer all ingredients in slow cooker, beginning with spagehtti squash.

Drizzle everything with EVOO and set cooker to medium. Allow to cook for 4 to 6 hours or until all veggies are tender.

Once done and cooled, use a fork to scrape squash. As you scrape you’ll see the strands lift away. Discard shell. Plate it up and enjoy!

This dish made so much! I had a huge bowl of left overs…..

and my left overs transferred into a yummy Tofu stirfry!

I simply sauteed some tofu in soy sauce and then combined everything in the skillet to get warm. Best left overs ever! For the hubby I’ve been experimenting with my Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and chicken cutlets! Have a peek!

This is Cranberry Walnut Chicken!!!! I simply ran 4 slices of wheat bread, handful of dried cranberries and raw walnuts through the food processor to create a “breading”. I ran the cutlets under water to get them ready for the breading, and using my hands coated them really well on both sides. Place into baking dish, drizzle liberally with Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and bake in pre heated 350 oven for 25 minutes or until golden and bubbly! He raved about them, and he’s not a fruity chicken kind of guy!

Let’s talk dessert! Because who doesn’t  love a sweet treat!

Mixed Berry Tarts:

Using my recipe for Vegan Pie Crust I simply filled lightly “greased” muffin cups with dough.

Then using berries of your choice, I chose strawberries-blueberries-blackberries, fill cups and drizzle with Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil.

Place in pre heated 400 oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. If using left over dough for toppers bake until tops are golden and bubbly.

Allow to cool, and using a spoon remove from tins! Enjoy warm! The hubby says they’re DELISH with cool whip….I’ll take his word for it as I can’t have dairy!

So now that we are all full, let’s move on to tonights guest post! This lovely lady is someone I look up to so much and I’m honored to have her share a bit about herself and how she helps people with body image issues, DAILY! Please feel free to Follow her on Twitter and tell her I sent you! She is a wealth of nutrition, so please use her. Take it away Rachel!

Rachel Berman RD, CDN is a dietitian in Manhattan who works with Columbia University Medical Center’s Day Program for Eating Disorders (http://cumc.columbia.edu/dept/eatingdisorders/). Her goal is to help people develop healthy relationships with food and to help spread credible nutrition information via private counseling, social media and through her up-and-coming website. A negative body image can be very difficult to change. Many people with poor body image assess their self worth completely based on their weight or shape. If you are someone who puts heightened importance on these traits, it might be helpful to write down or think of all the characteristics of yourself which make you who you are! What truly makes you happy? Maybe it’s being with family and friends, going for a run, excelling at your work and/or engaging in fulfilling hobbies. These pieces of yourself give you joy. Recognizing that being thin is not the key to happiness in life is a step in the right direction towards body acceptance.

Thanks so much to Rachel for taking time out of your busy schedule! Such an honor!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!

One lucky GGH reader will win a delicious 32 oz jar of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil, just like this one!

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1) Sign up for the Tropical Traditions E-Newsletter http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/subscribe_for_special_sales.cfm

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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Have a wonderful evening friends!!! Healthy Wishes!

13 comments for “Cooking 101

  1. Melissa W.
    June 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm
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    June 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm
  3. Melissa W.
    June 2, 2010 at 11:23 pm
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    June 1, 2010 at 12:06 am
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    May 30, 2010 at 2:06 am
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    May 29, 2010 at 1:36 am
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    May 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm
  8. Melissa W.
    May 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm
  9. Melissa W.
    May 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm
  10. Melissa W.
    May 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I’d probably make the Coconut Rice recipe.

  11. Melissa W.
    May 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Fan of Tropical Tradition’s Facebook Page (matthew wood) and follow them on Twitter (@matt4melis)

  12. Melissa W.
    May 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I’m signed up for the Tropical Traditions E-Newsletter

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