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Mexican Jicama Sticks

Mexican Jicama Sticks
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Mexican
  • 1 medium size jicama
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  1. Peel the jicama then cut into french fry size strips.
  2. Place jicama in bowl and sprinkle with lime juice and chili powder and toss lightly.
  3. Add salt, toss again.
  4. Chill or serve immediately.


Whole Wheat Mac ‘N Real Cheese

Whole Wheat Mac 'N Real Cheese
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
Serves: 5
  • 8 oz whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups frozen vegetables
  • 1¾ cups milk, divided
  • 3 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  1. Cook macaroni according to package direction.
  2. When macaroni is half way cooked add frozen vegetables and continue cooking until macaroni is tender.
  3. Drain through a colander and keep warm.
  4. In sauce pan, add 1½ cups of the milk to the pot and bring to a simmer.
  5. Whisk together remaining milk, flour, salt and pepper.
  6. Slowly add flour mixture to simmering milk, simmer until thickened.
  7. Add both cheeses and mustard, stir constantly until cheese is melted completely.
  8. Add Macaroni and Vegetables, stirring until well coated.


Lamb Kabobs

Lamb Kabobs
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
  • 2 pounds boneless lamb
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • **FOR PASTE**
  • 1 cup coriander leaves
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 3 green chiles
  • 1 " ginger piece
  • 10 garlic flakes
  • 12 grams raw papaya
  1. Combine all ingredients for paste and mix well.
  2. Add Lamb, yogurt, lemon juice and salt and mix well, making sure the lamb is well coated.
  3. Marinate for 5 hours
  4. Skewer these pieces through a kabob rod and grill over fire, until they are evenly reddish brown.
  5. Serve with onion pieces and lemon wedges.

Chicken Strips

Chicken Strips
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 dash of hot sauce
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • 1 lb chicken breast, bones and skin removed, cut into strips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place cooling rack on baking dish.
  3. Whisk together eggs and hot sauce and place in pie pan.
  4. Mix together cornmeal, garlic powder, black pepper, and thyme and place in pie pan.
  5. Coat each piece of chicken with egg mixture then cornmeal mixture.
  6. Repeat until all chicken is coated evenly.
  7. Place chicken on rack and back for 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken is slightly browned.
  8. Server with BBQ, Ranch or any of your favorite dipping sauces.


Albacore Asian Stir Fry

Albacore Asian Stir Fry
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
  • 2 - 5 oz . cans white albacore tuna, packed in water
  • peanut oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, cut into thin strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 - 16 oz bag frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • hot cooked brown rice for serving
  1. Drain Tuna.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet until very hot.
  3. Add the onion and garlic and stirring quickly for approximately.
  4. Add frozen vegetables and cook, stirring until vegetables soften, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Cook on a high of heat as possible, but do not burn.
  6. When vegetables are tender, stir in the soy sauce, lemon juice, add the albacore.
  7. Remove from the heat, and stir gingerly to combine.
  8. Serve over hot cooked brown rice.


Sweet Chili Glazed Pork Tenderloin Medallions

Sweet Chili Glazed Pork Tenderloin Medallions
Recipe type: Pork
Cuisine: American
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb lean pork tenderloin, cut into thin circles
  • 2 tsp cooking oil
  • ¼ cup natural apple cider
  • 1 Tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  1. Mix chili powder, salt and pepper, and sprinkle over pork.
  2. Add oil to a frying pan and heat over medium-high heat until oil is sizzling.
  3. Add the pork and cook until slightly browned.
  4. Remove Pork.
  5. Add the apple cider, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar to frying pan and stir to combine and reduce heat to medium-low.
  6. Add Pork back to frying pan and coat with sauce.
  7. Cooking, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens into a glaze.
  8. Server immediately.


Unforgetable Brownies

Unforgetable Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
  • ⅔ Cups Butter
  • 5 oz. Unsweetened Chocolate, cut into pieces
  • 1¾ Cups Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • ½ Cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease 9x9 Pan.
  3. Heat butter and chocolate over medium heat until melted, stirring constantly. Cool.
  4. Mix together all other ingredients.
  5. Mix in chocolate mixture.
  6. Pour into pan.
  7. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes


But I Don’t Have Time To Cook

Busy days can lead to frustration when it comes to making dinner. Who has time to fix a meal when they don’t get home until 6pm or later? Better yet, who feels like cooking a meal after a hard day’s work? So, what’s a girl to do in order to avoid frozen dinners or worse yet, fast food? Use your weekends off to prepare all your meals for the upcoming week.

We’ve all been there at least once and if you’re like me, more times than we wish to admit. We go to the grocery store and spend a ton of money so that there will be food in the house. We then make a promise to cook each and every night since the food is already there and ready to be consumed.


But, guess what happens? I come home from work late and I am tired. Everyone else is tired from work and school and no one wants to cook. It falls on me to cook so I suggest that we order take-out food. We spend twenty or thirty dollars on food for one meal when we have a freezer full of food. Have you been there, too? Not a very good choice when we’re trying hard to save money, right?


One way I’ve found to stop this endless cycle is to pick one day on the weekend and have a cooking party. Yes, you read that right – a cooking party. I make a menu for the week and thaw out the food on Friday. Then, on Saturday morning I get to work. The kids can help me if they choose and when they do, they get a say in what we will be eating.


For your weekend cooking party, decide on the menu early. This ensures that everything needed is present and accounted for. Start with the meats. They will take the longest to cook so get that going and try to have a variety so you’re not bored with the same meats all week long.


Side dishes should be prepared, too. It seems like such a small thing to cook the main part of the meal and save the rest for later. What usually happens is no one feels like cooking anything. Avoid the drama by cooking everything at the same time.


Cooking that much food for later requires containers to hold it all. There are two ways this can be done. One way is to use containers that are large enough for each side dish and the main meat courses. Each day, take a meat and two sides out of the fridge and heat it up for dinner.


The second way gives the family a little more of a choice each day of what they want to eat. When the food cools (everything needs to cool before placing it in containers), have each person scoop what they want to eat into a serving container. Have one meat and two sides per container. In the absence of the family you can do it yourself. Label each with what is inside. During the week, everyone can pick from a variety of dinner combinations.


Each works, but it is up to you to decide which is better for your family. Cooking on the weekend saves time and money because you’ll be less tempted to go out when you’re tired from working all day. Not to mention, for once you’re sure to use the leftovers!


If your food makes more meals than you could eat in a week, freeze several of them for another time. Simply thaw each meal the day you plan to serve it. Yes, you will have to make an investment in dinner size containers, but it pays off the more you use them. Once you see how much stress you relieve and healthier your family is eating it will be well worth the initial cost.

Sausage Gravy


Sausage Gravy
  • 1 lb. pork sausage
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Cook sausage and remove from pan.
  2. Add ⅔ cup flour to drippings in pan. Cook and stir over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes or mixture starts to turn golden brown.
  3. Slowly add milk stirring constantly.
  4. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Cook gravy until it boils and thickens.
  6. Add sausage to gravy mixture.
  7. Server over warm biscuits.


Women And Rice – The Perfect Health Partners

We all know women and men are different creatures; some may even argue different species. We’ll leave that debate for another time and place. But, there is ample evidence that when it comes to nutritional makeup, the difference is highly defined.
A woman’s need for specific nutrients to fight diseases is now well documented thanks to many in-depth studies. The focus has narrowed to three nutrients that have been shown to greatly influence a woman’s health. These three nutrients are folic acid, iron, and fiber. Let’s take a look at the concerns with these nutritional elements.

Folic Acid
It is best to begin at the beginning – the beginning of life, that is. Since the US Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) mandatory folic acid fortification program went into effect in 1998, there has been a significant drop in NTD (neural tube birth defects) as well as the risk of early miscarriage due to folic acid deficiency.
However, even with the folic acid enriched rice, not even half of all women of childbearing age are consuming the recommended daily allowance of folic acid. Studies also show that even fewer women over 65 are consuming enough folic acid in their diet. The research indicates one reason recently may be the increasing number of women who are following a ‘low carb’ diet, effectively eliminating one very viable source of folic acid – rice.
Aside from pregnancy and the developing fetus, folic acid plays a role in the lifetime of a woman. Studies recently indicate that folic acid helps decrease the risk of stroke in women. Heart disease caused by high levels of homocysteine may also be helped by the addition of folic acid, which lowers blood homocystein levels. Recent research has also found a link between folic acid and the prevention of certain cancers, including ovarian cancer.

As many as one in five women of all ages, and half of all pregnant women in the US suffer from an iron deficiency. When the body does not get enough iron, it can not produce enough red blood cells. Hemoglobin is needed in ample supply for the pregnant woman to feed and support the fetus as it develops.
In women of all ages, a shortage of iron could cause anemia. It is a misconception that only women of childbearing age may suffer from an iron shortage. Women in every age group need to consume enough iron to produce red blood cells. Symptoms of anemia may include general weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, confusion, inability to concentrate, and even shortness of breath.

We know fiber is necessary for proper digestion, which helps reduce the risk of colon and other cancers. Now we also know that fiber is crucial for proper weight control.
People who eat a diet rich in whole grains (fiber) tend to have a lower BMI (body mass index) than people who eliminate grains from their diet. Having a lower BMI is not just about our figures; it’s about our health. A higher BMI has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
Women tend to have a more difficult time than men consuming enough fiber. One reason may be that women are more likely to follow diets that eliminate many foods that are believed to be high in carbohydrates. When examining a low carb diet, one must remember that we need complex carbohydrates for a healthy diet. Eliminating ALL carbs is not good for us, nor will it result in lasting benefits. Whole grains are complex carbs, or ‘good’ carbs, and have a moderate glycemic index which may help control food cravings and sugar spikes.
So, what food can women eat to meet these three important nutritional essentials? The answer is simple:

A diet that includes plenty of enriched white rice along with brown rice provides these three building blocks that can otherwise be missing from a woman’s diet. Just a few servings a day of white and brown rice will meet the recommended allowance for folic acid, iron, and fiber. Rice is low in calories, has no fat, and is easily cooked and paired with a variety of healthy ingredients to suit every taste.
Rice is a complex carbohydrate so it fits into even a low-carb diet plan. There are many varieties of rice from which to choose, so you will never get tired of finding new recipes to make for yourself or your family.
Yes, women and men are different. But who knew even our nutritional needs were something to consider? Now that we know, I think it’s time we took our health seriously. Fill your pantry with the ‘superfood’ specially designed just for women – RICE!