Meatless Monday – Purple Potatoes

Happy Monday! Happy First Day of Spring! It’s almost midnight and its been weeks since my last post.  For the past several weeks I’ve been recovering from a herniated disc where sitting in one position was absolutely painful.  On a brighter note, I’ve been working on mastering several dishes and reading more culinary cookbooks and science research for inspiration.  But…

Back to business.  It’s Meatless Monday and I want to add that since March 1st I’ve given up meat for forty (40) days for Lent.  So for the next several weeks, majority of my posts will be mostly vegetarians and/or vegan.

For today, we will be focusing on one of the healthiest potatoes to consume: The Purple Potato.  One weekend, I went to Fairway with my parents and came across a bag of small purple potatoes for $2.50 so I brought a bag because I heard really good things about them.  During this research journey, I came across this image below from Dr. Axe summarizing the benefits of consuming purple potatoes.

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After reading Dr. Axe’s summary on purple potatoes, I did a little investigation on to additional evidence based research within the last five (5) years.  The following confirmed:

  1. Purple potatoes contained high level of anthocyanins, which prevent inflammation and inhibit cancer growth especially breast cancer, gastric cancer and colon adenocarcinoma (Sugata, M, Lin CY, and Shih, YC, 2016).
  2. Another study showed that baked potato extracts have reduced colon cancer stem cell growth along and lowered the number of tumors (Charepalli, et al, 2015)
  3. Anti-microbial potential against Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa especially during consumption (Ombra, MN, 2015).

After the investigation of this native South American crop, I came across a recipe from Chef Aaron Sanchez, who by the way is this year’s honoree for the 12th Annual Taste of Hope.

1 bag of small Peruvian purple potatoes = 70 calories for 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons.

8 tablespoons of olive oil = 120 calories/tablespoon (Pantry)

1 tablespoon of dried oregano = 15 calories/tablespoon

1 tablespoon of minced garlic = 15 calories/tablespoon

Dash of ground black pepper

1 tablespoon of dried cilantro = 5 calories/tablepoon

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Overall taste of the potatoes were good and very flavorful especially with the olive oil, garlic, oregano and cilantro mixture.  Plus all four mixture components carry health benefits as well.  This is a very healthy, filling and budget friendly dish that can be consumed more than once.  Stay tuned for more!

 

 

Meatless Monday – Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Recovering from yesterday’s holiday dinner, today I personally decided to eat my leftover brussel sprouts that were made in bulk using the recipe posted back in March. 

Keep in mind that there will be a strong odor that is released when roasting brussel sprouts.  Leftover brussel sprouts can be consumed either hot or cold and a salad can be created.  Roasted brussel sprouts go well with other green vegetables such as kale or whole grains such as farro and quinoa.  Brussel sprouts’ versatility offers a wide variety of options as a side dish, main entree light healthy vegan dish or even a snack. 

Sunday Game Plan – Ultimate Vegetarian Meal Plan under $10. 

Happy Sunday! As I aggressively push myself to lose the remaining twenty pounds, this was a great opportunity for me to resume calorie counting and making entries on MyFitnessPal. So I began burning calories walking to various supermarket checking for deals. As a result I ended going to three Asian markets and spent less than $10 on the star ingredients for this game plan. 

For this game plan, the star ingredients were: zucchini, plantains, cauliflower, tofu, eggplants, peppers and carrots. 

I am so excited to create these dishes. Stay tuned! 

Week One Semi Paleo/Clean Eating Diet and The Final 15-20 Update

Hello everybody, as Labor Day approaches which unofficially means that summer has ended.  So in my last diet game plan post,  I took ideas from the a diet published by the authors of Physique 57 Solution   The good news is that I followed the classic workout outlined in the book, it definitely took longer than 57 minutes because I kept taking breaks.  However, I struggled with the diet as unfortunately I have cheated numerous times with ice cream, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, flour and alcohol.  I improved my water intake and slept according to schedule for the most part.  Consequently I did not lose the weight.

I am not giving up and still hope to lose the last 15-20 before the year’s end.  I began doing research again on devising another diet plan and for the next two weeks I am going into the plan that is semi paleo and semi clean.

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It is obvious that I have stocked up on spinach, onions, eggs along with my own pantry of oils and spices.  My goal is to track the number of calorie consumption and calories burned throughout the day.   I do plan on having lots of left overs so hopefully by the end of next week I can feel skinnier.   Stay tuned.

Meatless Monday – Mung Bean Pudding

Happy Monday, technically Tuesday.  Well, this week there is no game plan because, I had an accident working out and I am recovering from the aftermath.  Therefore, since this week is Songkran aka Thai New Year, I will dedicate this week to posting healthy Thai recipes and recent places I have eaten at.

Therefore, the first of two Thai recipes for the week is meatless for Meatless Monday.  This dish is a Thai dessert, which personally can be versatile and be served as a meal.  The meal can be made with two ingredients or up to four ingredients.  The star ingredient of the dish is Mung Bean, a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine and it is very nutritious and detoxifying.

Health Benefits of Mung Bean Consumption:

Contain high soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol

Contain protease inhibitors, which block the copying and reproducing of tumor and cancer cells especially breast cancer

Contain isoflavones that regulate hormones, estrogen, in particular, which helps women with post-menopause.

Low glycemic making it diabetic friendly.

High in protein

Recently, an article was published at the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggesting the possibility that the extract of mung bean sprouts can serve as a potent antiviral property.  The extract’s potency can economically and effectively fight against the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Herpes Simplex virus −1 (HSV-1).

Tau Suan – Mung Bean Sweet Dessert/Pudding

This dish is very easy to make and it cost effective.  Total cost of the dish can range between $5-$10 at most Asian supermarkets.  This dish serves two people.

8 tablespoons of dried mung beans = 361 calories/2 servings

2 cups of water = 0 calories

4 tablespoons tapioca starch  = 84 calories/2 servings (optional)

4 tablespoons sugar =186 calories/2 servings (optional)

5 tablespoons coconut milk = 100 calories/2 servings (optional)

  1. Boil beans in water for approximately 20 minutes.
  2. Mix tapioca starch with water, keep stirring so nothing sticks in the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add sugar (optional)
  4. Warm coconut milk but do not heat it all the way (optional).
  5. Pour warm coconut milk to the lentil dish (optional).

Personally I have made this dish several times, using three ingredients and performing only the first two steps because my father does not eat sweets.  Recently I have made this dish using all the ingredients listed to obtain the sweet and creamy texture.

Cheers to better health! Off to the next recipe.  Stay tuned.

Meatless Monday – Sauteed Watercress & Bok Choy

Happy Monday!! I am starting off the week with another Meatless Monday recipe.  This recipe is right off the Sunday Game Plan list posted yesterday.

I was introduced to watercress and bok choy at a family style Chinese restaurant when I was a child.  The dish is usually served stir fried with garlic slices and oil.  Last weekend, I went to H Mart, which is Korean owned supermarket in Flushing, NY and saw that watercress and bok choy were on sale so I purchased two bunches of each.

Watercress (Nasturii herba) is considered one of the healing foods to consume.  Consumption of watercress can have the potential health benefits such as:

  • Serves as an anti-carcinogen.
  • Reverses DNA damage to white blood cells
  • Rich in Vitamin C, which fight off cancer and treat common colds
  • Calcium content helps maintain bone health
  • Rich in folate, which prevents birth defects, depression, stroke, cognitive decline
  • Rich in Vitamin A, which helps maintain ocular health found in beta carotene

Here is a three ingredient side dish, which is so easy to make ( <5 minutes):

Saute Watercress:

2 tablespoons of olive oil – 240 calories

2 tablespoons of minced garlic ~ 38 calories

2 bunches of watercress ~ 30 calories

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Bok Choy (Brassica campestris) aka white cabbage originated in China over 5000 years ago.  Consumption of Bok Choy has the following health benefits:

  • Rich in Vitamin C, which fight off cancer and treat common colds
  • Rich in Vitamin A, which helps maintain ocular health found in beta carotene
  • Contains fiber, which aids in digestion
  • Contains calcium and potassium with low sodium, which reduces blood pressure

Here is a three ingredient side dish, which is so easy to make in less than 10 minutes:

Saute Bok Choy:

1 tablespoon of olive oil – 120 calories

2 cloves sliced garlic  ~ 40 calories

3 heads of bok choy  ~ 330 calories

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Both vegetable dishes are low in calories and relatively healthy.  Stay tuned for the next post.