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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wed. Dec 12th

Quinoa Salad Stuffed Acorn Squash for Dinner!

Daily Tidbit:    I love The Men's Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition!  Of all the books I have borrowed from the library or flipped through at the book store about food/ eating/ health, this is the first one I think I'm actually going to buy and keep in my kitchen.  It is an amazing up to date resource for information on all things food & health related, and it has recipes to boot!   Though it was written for men, I still think it is a great read and resource for any health conscious woman.

While reading through it last night I came across an abbreviated ORAC list in the back.  The ORAC scale quantifies the amount of usable antioxidants in various foods.  I knew that unsweetened Cocoa (like I have been enjoying in my daily Coffee this week) was pretty high in antioxidants, but was floored to see a number over 80,000 (for 100 gram serving)!  For a frame of reference, Blueberries are about 6,500 and Black Beans are about 8,000, for the same size serving Talk about bang for your buck!  I think that morning cup of Cocoa Joe is here to stay!

Here are some other great sources for Antioxidants, if you are like me, trying to get rid of all those crazy free radicals:

Shredded Wheat Cereal with Walnuts

Breakfast: Shredded Wheat & Walnuts
1 cup Plain Shredded Wheat (not frosted/ no sugar!)
1 cup Fat Free Milk
2 tbsp Plain chopped Walnuts
5oz Orange Juice
Regular Coffee, 1/2 tsp 100% Cacao Dark Chocolate Cocoa, splash of Fat Free Milk

*The Cocoa adds such a nice velvety chocolatey flavor to the coffee, it is almost like a Hot Cocoa-Coffee!  The Cocoa I'm using is 100% Cacoa Cocoa, with no other ingredients, and no Sugar :)  Just a little trick I've figured out to get some more Dark Chocolate Antioxidants and yummy-ness into my day!


Veggie Loaded Taco Salad

Lunch: Veggie Loaded Taco Salad
1 cup Veggie Black Refried Bean Dip (recipe below) +
1 cup Grated Zucchini & 1/2 cup Sauteed Broccoli Rabe, mixed in and heated and topped with:

Red Onions, 1/2 diced fresh Plum Tomato,
1/2 Avocado, diced &  
2 tbsp broken Yellow & Blue Corn Tortilla Chip pieces
Plain Hot Green Tea
I love this dish - there are the Veggies you can see (Red Onions, Tomatoes, Avocado) and then the Veggies you can't see....Pumpkin Puree in the Bean Dip with the Grated Zucchini and Broccoli Rabe mixed in, and by the way, super YUM!


Plain Organic Popcorn

Snack: 4 cups Plain Organic Popcorn (microwaved in folded over brown paper bag)
Water with Lemon 


Quinoa Salad Stuffed Acorn Squash

Dinner: Quinoa Salad Stuffed Acorn Squash (Vegetarian)
1/2 Acorn Squash (microwaved whole until soft, then halved and seeded) stuffed with Organic Red Quinoa Sun Dried Tomato White Bean Salad (recipe below)
Red Wine  


Dessert:  1 Small Gala Apple, Water



Veggie Black Refried Bean Dip Recipe:
In a large bowl mix:
1 can Vegetarian Black Refried Beans with Jalapenos
1/4 cup jarred Medium Salsa
3 tbsp Water
1/2 cup Pure Pumpkin Puree
Mix items and heat in microwave until warm.  Top with 1/4 packed cup
Sharp Cheddar Cheese and serve!

Organic Red Quinoa Sun Dried Tomato White Bean Salad Recipe:
1 cup Organic Red Quinoa
6 Sun Dried Tomatoes, chopped
1 Zucchini, diced, and broiled with 1/4 cup diced Red Onion
1 cup White Cannellini Beans (canned, drained/ rinsed)
1 tbsp EVOO
2 tsp Red Wine Vinegar


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