Get some healthy pesto pasta!

I miss cooking! It’s been so busy lately, I just haven’t had the time to cook. But last weekend, I finally did! I’m so proud! Yay! I bought all my ingredients at Whole Foods and made some healthy pesto pasta.

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I boiled the whole wheat Fusili pasta in Chardonnay, water, garlic salt, and extra virgin olive oil. I thought I would be able to taste the wine, but I didn’t.

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I found this chia seed pesto sauce, which looked every interesting. I, of course, added pine nuts to the pesto sauce. Gotta! I even added wine! Haha! That was some good pesto sauce. Tasted very similar to my homemade recipe. Couldn’t even taste the chia seeds. I wouldn’t have known otherwise!

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Saw these and they looked interesting to add to the pasta. Plus, they were on sale- whoo hoo! They sausages were pretty good, and they were organic! Yes!

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Gotta have cheese! Crumbled Parmesan cheese and Halloumi cheese. Mmmm! The Halloumi cheese had more of a mozzarella texture.

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Bam! What a healthy creation!

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Made a side of broccoli with sharp cheddar cheese. Mmmm!

Until the next cooking adventure! Yee haw!

Food of Steel!!!

Happy Monday!

I recently educated myself on steel-cut oats. I was shopping at Target the other weekend and came across Quaker’s Steel-Cut Oats. I was intrigued, as I’ve never seen steel-cut oats before. I always see the old-fashioned oats or instant oats. I seriously thought all oats were the same. What was I thinking?!?!

I’m all for eating healthy. Right then and there at Target, I researched what steel-cut oats were. I recently read an article and was informed that they were healthy. I found a wonderful article that compares the three different oats (steel-cut, rolled, and instant): http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-steel-cut-rolled-and-instant-oats-138355

Basically, it’s all about how the oat groat is processed.

Dr. Andrew Weil, explains in this article why he recommends eating steel-cut oats. He says it slows down the sugar conversion process. Another learning moment!

This past weekend, I made myself a bowl and I liked it very much. The texture was definitely different than the traditional oats (aka rolled). It felt more chewy and grainy. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it! …And if it’s healthier, then I’m all for it!

I get so excited when I do my research on foods. Life is all about continuous learning. It’s a lot of work, but it’s so important to take care of our one-and-only body.

Eat green on Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

To celebrate this wonderful planet we live on, I’ve found this link- eat your greens!

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Cheers!! Pictured is the sashimi salad from Sakura Terrace. The salad contains chunks of raw fish (ahi/tuna, hamachi/yellowtail, & salmon), pieces of shrimp, crab meat, and fish eggs/roe (ikura). Yummy!

Visit Sakura Terrace
1240 S. King St.; Honolulu, 96814
http://www.sakuraterrace.com/

Remember to take care of our beautiful planet- use less, conserve, reuse, and recycle. http://www.earthday.org/

Happy weekend!

FS~

 

Going smoothie crazy with my newest food gadget!

It’s #WellnessWednesday, and I am so excited to share this post with y’all!!

Last Christmas, my boyfriend got me this multi-purpose Nutri Ninja®/Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost™ (ooh, fancy, huh?). I finally started using it- three-and-a-half months later, haha!

My new food gadget consists of:

One base and two interchangeable vessels, the 1200-watt DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost™ easily switches between Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction** and Nutrient Fusion*** in single serve or 4-cup Nutri Bowl. (http://www.ninjakitchen.com/store/)

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Wow! It’s an all-in-one blender and food processor, if you ask me! I can just use this one base to make my drinks and food!

For the past two weeks, I’ve gone crazy making all different kinds of smoothies. The featured image above is a carrot-strawberry smoothie, with the “Essential” flavor Vitamin Water® drink.

Here’s a list of the different (protein) smoothies I’ve made with my new gadget. It’s truly amazing!! It’s so easy to use and I can make multiple batches to last an entire week!

The ingredients in these smoothies are adjusted by your taste buds =D

Apple-banana smoothie:

  • Apples
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • “Essential” flavor Vitamin Water® drink
  • Ice (optional. I use ice to make my drinks colder and slushy)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Strawberry-banana-blueberry smoothie:

  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Blueberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (you can use fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Peanut butter-banana-grape smoothie:

  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Grapes (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (I use both- I use lactaid milk since I am lactose-intolerant)
  • Peanut butter
  • Ice (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-strawberry smoothie (yes, carrots):

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Any kind of orange juice (I used the “Essential” Vitamin Water®)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-strawberry-banana-blueberry smoothie:

 

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (or fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-apple-banana-blueberry smoothie:

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Apples
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Blueberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (or fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

The blender did a fine job blending the carrots well into the smoothie, with the other ingredients because of the auto-iQ boost™ feature. If you like your smoothies with more texture and “grittiness,” you can turn the feature off.

I can’t wait to incorporate different veggies and fruits together to create more yummy smoothies. It’s not just about the fruits these days! Veggies are included, too!

http://www.ninjakitchen.com/ (you can find yummy recipes here)

Cheers, till next time!

FS~

 

 

This soup is a winner!

One night, I had the intent of making homemade ground turkey vegetable soup, but instead, I turned it into an Italian soup! That was the greatest idea- the soup turned out absolutely delicious! My boyfriend and I wiped out the pot! Haha!

It was a simple dish to make. You can use whatever vegetables you choose. I had leftover carrots and zucchini. I added garlic and onions. I love ground turkey- I could eat that every day- that was my meat of choice. I seasoned the chicken broth with pepper, garlic salt, Hawaiian salt, and Italian seasoning. Yum!

Happy Sunday!

FS x

Curry! Good for the cold!

I’ve been under the weather the entire week. Thanks to my good friend- he suggested eating curry, as it’s a type of spice and is good for our health. It boosts our immune system (see article link below).

…So I did!

Today, I will review two different Japanese curries I had at two different restaurants.

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Tonkatsu (aka pork cutlet) curry set from Menchanko Tei. This is part of their lunch special. It comes with toss salad. Very filling and VERY delicious!!

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Curry rice dish from Goma Tei at Pearlridge. It was very spicy; I liked it! Yum!

Both curries were very delicious! I love Japanese curry in general. I’ve never tasted any curry dish that wasn’t good.

Here are some links I found about the curry spice and spices in general. They’re very good for us! We should have more spices cooked in our meals.

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-curry-powder.html

http://www.self.com/story/5-healthy-benefits-of-eating-s

Menchanko Tei
903 Keeaumoku St.; Honolulu, 96814
(808) 946-1888

Goma Tei at Pearlridge Shopping Center
98-1005 Moanalua Rd.; Aiea, 96701
(808) 488-9188

Happy weekend!

FS~

 

La Tour never disappoints!

La Tour Café has really expanded their business, since opening in 2011. They now have four locations across O’ahu.

My boyfriend, his parents, and I had dinner at the Pearl City location last weekend. I tried their curry chicken salad sandwich. Boy, was it good! The sandwich included: chopped chicken, curry yogurt sauce, red grapes, almonds (which I could not taste at all, considering I don’t like nuts), crispy green papaya house mayo (this must’ve been a secret ingredient because I didn’t taste this mayo at all), and greens on a multi-grain bread, which was awesomely delicious and healthy! Their homemade chips were off-the-charts, as well.

Y’all got to try La Tour- their food is really, really good!

The Pearl City La Tour Café is located at:

Gateway Shopping Center
1140 Kuala St.
Pearl City, 96782
(808) 369-7317
http://latourcafe.com/

Hours of Operation
Sun–Thurs: 10am–9pm
Fri–Sat: 10am–10pm

 

Happy Hump Day!

FS