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What’s To Eat This Week

August 31, 2010
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Pho geddaboutit (image:Wikipedia)

Obviously, I’m a pretty big fan of eating healthy.  Every now and then I like the throw the hubby a bone and make a “health neutral” meal. That typically means meat + refined grains.

This week I’m making a yummy Vietnamese soup called “pho” (pronounced “fuh”). It’s basically beef with rice noodles and spices. I will be using lean cuts of meat but the recipe is still not a nutritional superstar. Good thing it’s tasty!

Next up is a breakfast casserole. The recipe calls for loads of cheese but I just add a little sprinkle to the served dish. I will also use turkey bacon (the kind without the skin in it, please don’t jump me in the comments), whole wheat bread and throw in some red peppers, tomatoes, garlic and zucchini.

Finally, I’ll be making a vegetable curry. This is basically the easiest meal there is. You throw a bunch of vegetables into a pot or slow cooker, add curry and other indian spices. When everything is soft and warm, you eat it. You can pick pretty much any veg that you’re into. I like zucchini, squash, eggplant, tomatoes and chickpeas. You can substitute the chickpeas for any type of bean or lentil.

Obviously curry powder is key to vegetable curry. I use a couple of tablespoons, plus sprinklings of tumeric, cardamom, coriander, anise and fenugreek (which is the most amazing smell on earth).

For snacks/desserts, I picked up strawberries, a pineapple, mangos, pomegranates (if they are there, I will always buy them), pears, nectarines, apples, grapes and a ton of prickly pears.

Prickly Pears (aka barbary figs) are very lightly sweet – like an asian apple pear or a starfruit – and have a unique flavor. Plus one pear has daily values of 24% Vitamin C, 22% magnesium, 6% calcium & potassium and 4g of dietary fiber.

What healthy/yumming creations are you cooking up this week? What freggies are you filling up on before summer ends?

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