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Go Green with Pesto!

By: Jillian Ouhrabka MS, RD, LDN, CHC

What is Pesto?

We all love it but what is Pesto exactly? Pesto is easily made in a food processor and while there are variations, it is typically composed of basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese.

Get Creative!

Spice up your Pesto with a little orange rind or add home grown veggies!  If your garden has cilantro, thyme, chives, mint, or parsley (or any other green) add it for a twisted Pesto or try a new Pesto Recipe:

Kale Pesto Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts
  • 4 cups of firmly packed kale
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 oz grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 salt (optional)

Directions:

  1. In food processor finely chop garlic
  2. Add nuts and pulse
  3. Add Kale and pulse
  4. With food processor running, add olive oil, and water until you have created a paste
  5. Using a spoon, mix in the cheese and salt (optional)
  6. Add to your favorite dish!

Suggested Use:

You can add Pesto to most any dish for a great burst of flavor! Try adding it to:

  • Pizza or Pasta Sauce
  • Chili
  • Beans and Rice
  • Lettuce, turkey, and hummus wrap
  • Quinoa
  • Salad

 

 

dill tilapia

Get Grilling! Lemon Dill Tilapia

Grilling is a great way to cook healthy foods with little to no kitchen cleanup. Grill veggies on the grill using aluminum foil or try kabobs! Fish and Chicken are great on the grill, and this is a healthy way to cook, draining excess fat from the meat.  Try this lemon dill tilapia recipe to get started!

Lemon Dill Tilapia

Servings: 4, 8oz servings                               Prep: 15 minutes              Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Per Serving: 240 calories, 10g Fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 55mg cholesterol, 65mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 4g sugar, 26g protein

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. tilapia (cut into 4 fillets)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 2 ears of corn (slice into about 1 inch thick pieces)
  • 2 lemons (cut into thin slices)

Directions:

  1. Preheat outdoor grill (if cooking inside, preheat oven to 450 degrees)
  2. Using a large mixing bowl, combine oil, garlic, and dill
    1. Evenly pour mixture into 2 bowls
  3. In one bowl, add zucchini and corn, coating with the oil, garlic dill mixture evenly
  4. Next you need 4 large pieces of aluminum foil (you may need to double up for thickness), spray with non-stick cooking spray, place corn/zucchini mixture in the center of each
  5. With the 2nd bowl of oil, garlic and dill mixture, coat the fish fillets an dplace one fillet on top of each corn/zucchini pile in the aluminum foil packets
  6. Add 2 to 3 slices of lemon to the top of the fillet
  7. Fold each aluminum foil packet to seal shut
  8. Cook for 20 minutes, remove from heat and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before opening
  9. Enjoy!
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Healthy Habits Start at Home

by: Jillian Ouhrabka, MS ,RD, LDN, CHC

Attention Parents! Do you have a picky eater or worry what your child is or is not eating? Well, help your child learn how to eat right, you are your child’s first teacher and they follow your example. This means your child picks up on all your habits and behaviors (good and bad)! 

 You are their role model and they want to be like you

 They will copy what they see you (the parent) do

 If you do or don’t try a food, they likely will too

 If you eat healthily, they will too!

Set a Good Example

  • Try new foods: If you try it, your child is more likely to too!
  • Keep introducing new foods: It often takes children about 11 times of seeing a new food before he/she will even attempt to try it. Don’t make a fuss if your child does not try it, just offer it and let them do the rest! 
  • Eat meals together and SIT down:
    • Use meal time to catch up on everyone’s day and be a family
    • Even if your child does not want to eat, have them sit at the table until everyone else is done and the meal is over (often times kids think if they don’t eat they can go play, breaking that notion will help them realize meal time is important)
  • Turn off distractions
    • This means television, cell phones, and video games
  • Shop, Cook, and Bake together
    • At the store, let your child pick out some new fruit or vegetables to try
    • Your child will be more likely to try new foods if they are involved in making them
  • Keep it positive
    • Avoid making faces at food or judging it before you eat it
    • If your child does not want to eat it, don’t force it-then food starts to become about control or lack there of

Your job is to provide healthy, nutritious food for your child, their job is to listen to their body and determine what they want and how much!

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Spinach, Peppers, and Poached Eggs!

Takes about 20 minutes to prepare and cook

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp low fat cheese (grated)
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar

    Directions

  • Thinly slice the onion and pepper.
  • Using a little olive oil, sauté onion and pepper in pan over medium heat.
  • Cook onions and pepper until soft
  • In separate pot add 3 to 4 inches of water, boil water and add 2 tbsp vinegar
  • When water starts to boil, reduce heat to a simmer
  • Now it is time to add the spinach to the onions and pepper. Saute the spinach briefly (about 1 minute) until it is wilted.
  • To poach the eggs: Crack in a small bowl one at a time and then drop into the simmering water one at a time.
  • Allow eggs to cook for about 3 minutes (longer it cooks, the more firm it will be)
  • Once eggs are cooked to desire firmness,  place the spinach, peppers and onion on two plates. Place eggs on top of veggies, add a little bit of low fat cheese, pepper and enjoy!
  •  *Make your eggs and veggies to go by adding them to Whole Wheat Toast or English muffin.
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  • Meal Plans and Recipes
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hummus

Healthy Hummus with Tomatoes and Cucumber

Make your own hummus as a healthy snack, side dish, or appetizer!

Prep Time: 15 minutes           Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (14 oz) garbanzo beans (drain them in colander and rinse under running water)
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 large or 2 medium cucumbers (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

*Serve with pita bread, flat bread, or vegetable sticks (carrots, broccoli, celery, pepper, etc)

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor, combine: garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, vinegar, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Mix until ingredients form a smooth mixture (I actually like to leave my hummus a little thick and chunky so you can mix it less if you like this too!)
  2. In large bowl gently toss tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, 1 tablespoon olive oil and remaining lemon juice (you can add more pepper, herbs, or other spices to this if you wish)
  3. Serve hummus on small plates with tomato and cucumber salad on top
  4. Add pita bread, flat bread or vegetable slices
  5. Enjoy!
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Your weight does NOT define you!

By: Jill Ouhrabka MS, RD, LDN, CHC

Working with clients, particularly those who are struggle to lose weight there is a common theme…they all are focused on the number on the scale!  Once they let go of weighing themselves they stop focusing on calories and food and end up loosing weight!

Why is this?

When you weigh yourself, you feel good if your weight is where you want it and badly if it is not where you want it. This reaction to the number on the scale can fuel your mood for the day causing negative (or positive) thoughts and emotions particularly related to body image and food choices. You may find yourself restricting calories or food to try to lose weight or making poor food choices because your weight is where you want it. Why does your weight make it okay or not okay to eat certain foods?

By focusing on your weight, you are so focused on changing the number on the scale that you are not actually listening to what your body needs and this can cause many weight issues. You are also not taking into account that your weight can fluctuate a great deal during the day and depending on what is going on with your body.

What is the answer?

If you have to weigh yourself, do it once a week as an objective measure. Don’t let the number define you.  Remember that the number you see on the scale says nothing about your body composition including body fat versus lean muscle. It does not account for height or body frame.

Focus on how you feel in your body. When you are eating well, exercising in moderation, and your clothes fit well, you are going to feel good about your body! When you stop focusing on the number, you can focus on how you feel and what your body needs (as far as food, sleep, nutrition, exercise, meditation, etc).

How can you get to a healthy weight?

Focus on balance. Eating foods that are healthy most of the time, and those less healthy foods in moderation- don’t deny yourself, eat less.

Diet: Focus on eating breakfast everyday and then eating every 3 hours.

Exercise: Aim to exercise most days of the week for 30 to 45 minutes/day.

Sleep:  Get enough sleep! If you are tired, your body will think it needs energy and you will end up eating more!

Stress: Manage stress with exercise, meditation, and yoga. Stress can cause weight gain so managing it daily is essential.

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Vegetarian and Delicious Peanut Butter Stir Fry Recipe!

By:Jill Ouhrabka

My favorite healthy meal is a Peanut Butter Stir Fry-first introduced by my boyfriend’s sister. It is a very healthy, quick meal that is full of nutrients and tastes like a treat!

Servings: 2 (if main dish) 4 (if side dish)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup minced garlic

1 cup diced carrots

2 cups chopped broccoli

1 medium onion chopped or diced

4 cups whole pea pods

4 oz water chestnuts sliced

onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder (optional)

1 package Lomein Noodles

1 cup peanut butter

Soy Sauce

Directions:

Boil a little water in bottom of fry pan, add minced garlic

Add carrots, broccoli and onion to frying pan

Then add a little bit of water (1/4 cup), onion powder, pepper and garlic powder

As the vegetables cook, alternate adding water with rice vinegar

Next, add whole pea pods and sliced water chestnuts

Let cook for about 5 minutes

Then add 1/2 cup peanut butter, three tablespoons soy sauce. Let the sauce mix with the water/rice vinegar to coat the veggies, add some crushed cashews and serve over a bed of rice noodles or brown rice.

Enjoy!

Catherine A

Simple Roasted Carrots

Restorative Nutrition is happy to promote Catherine Amoriggi and her creative recipes. Catherine has a deep love of cooking and passion for creating new recipes. We will be featuring some of her recipes and you can get more ideas at her blog: http://www.cookingwithcath.com/

Simple Roasted Carrots

By: Catherine Amoriggi

Is that a rainbow?? Nope, it’s only carrots! Only carrots? Carrots are a great source of vitamin A and antioxidants so unleash the power of beautiful skin while eating something simply delicious.

This is a really great simple side dish that would go great with any main course (particularly a nice roasted meat or a hearty pasta). Carrots are a refrigerator essential. They have a good shelf life and are relatively inexpensive. Sometimes carrots get a bad rap for not being the most flavorful vegetable, but I simply adore them. When you roast carrots, they take on a very sweet, caramelized flavor. I roasted different colored carrots for this dish. This is the perfect side dish because although the carrots would be great served hot, you can also enjoy them at room temperature or cold. So lets get cooking!

Ingredients:

1 bunch of purple carrots
5 medium sized orange carrots
3 tbs. olive oil
2 whole garlic cloves, still in the  peel
sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper
crushed red flakes
1/2-1 tbs. balsamic glaze
1/2 tbs. roughly chopped fresh parsley

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash, trim and peel all of the carrots. Cut the carrots into similar sized matchsticks. Do this by cutting the carrots in half width wise and then half length wise (or so forth).
  3. Toss the carrots in a roasting pan with the olive oil, garlic cloves, salt, black pepper and red pepper. Make sure that the carrots are spread out in one layer.
  4. Place the pan with the carrots in the oven.  Roast for about 8-15 minutes or until the carrots are tender yet brown and caramelized. Take the pan out of the oven.
  5. Top the carrots with the parsley, balsamic glaze and salt and pepper to taste. Put into a serving dish and enjoy!
Catherine A

Light Pumpkin Bread with Olive Oil

Restorative Nutrition is happy to promote Catherine Amoriggi and her creative recipes. Catherine has a deep love of cooking and passion for creating new recipes. We will be featuring some of her recipes and you can get more ideas at her blog: http://www.cookingwithcath.com/

Light Pumpkin Bread with Olive Oil

By: Catherine Amoriggi

This is not the most traditional pumpkin bread recipe that I make; however, it is special. The olive oil adds a nice citrusy note and the whipped egg whites make it super light and airy. It is a nice change of pace from the typical pumpkin bread.

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of fine sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup+ 1 tbs. olive oil
1 tbs. vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips
5 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup milk

  • Tip: To make this recipe even healthier, substitute egg beaters for the egg yolk, and use low fat or skim milk in place of regular milk. 

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two 9 by 5 by 3 inch loaf pans with olive oil.

  1. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger and cinnamon; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar and olive oil until well combined. Next beat in 2 eggs (one at a time). Incorporate the pumpkin, vanilla extract and milk into this mixture.
  3. Next add the flour mixture and chocolate chips into the pumpkin mixture. Make sure everything is well combined; set  aside.
  4. Separate your remaining 3 eggs into whites and yolks. Place the egg whites in a mixing bowl and beat until you get soft peaks, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. In batches, gently fold your whipped egg whites into the batter mixture. Once incorporated, place an even amount of batter into each loaf pan. Immediatley, place them into the oven and cook for about 30-45 minutes or until a  wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Then remove from the pan and let it cool on a wired rack for about 30-40 minutes.