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Loosing "Half of Myself," without loosing my mind!

Healthier hard, yet so rewarding 
Mar. 16, 2013 6:17 am 
Updated: Mar. 23, 2013 2:54 pm
I have been on a years long journey to find healthier alternatives to my traditional Italian/Polish upbringing...really hard with an 80 year old father who doesn't like change.  Now...first said, my family is very supportive...yet very hesitant to trying new things.  My sister is the most adventurous with alternative foods.

My latest love is tempeh...3 grain tempeh mixed with oven roasted vegetables and shiratake noodles where an amazing alternative meal (with very low calories) that I just enjoyed.  From this, my sister is now trying it for herself (she is a much more amazing cook than me).  Okay, I love the shiratake noodles also, but stick with the angel hair and rice styles; and make sure you rinse with very cold water well.  The initial smell is "odiferous" but once rinsed well, they are an amazing substitute for pasta.  And I love my pasta!!!

Tempeh and Shiratake Noodles can be quickly thrown together with your favorite veggies for a hearty healthy meal.  I have even used frozen veggies when my time is limited, yet I want to stay on the "healthy path."

Mar. 16, 2013 6:24 am
Changing your diet can be a struggle. Seems easier if it's done for health reasons. If you have questions, ask them on the recipe buzz-many there have the same concerns.
Mar. 16, 2013 9:04 am
tomatoes, oregano, and garlic is good for you.
Mar. 16, 2013 6:41 pm
Hmmm. I've been doing whole foods, low carbs and healthy ... I'll have to give tempeh a try. Never had it but am willing to give it a go.
Mar. 16, 2013 8:49 pm
I learned so much from your post today. I have never heard of shirataki noodles and have barely hear of tempeh. Spent some time on the Internet and am now going to give them a try. Thank you!! Have you ever tried spaghetti squash? I use that often as a pasta replacement. It's so good! Anyway, thanks for broadening my horizons and good luck on your healthy eating quest! -Lara
Mar. 17, 2013 9:51 am
I should have looked up shirataki noodles too AZ93 ... now I want to try them also. Ideal for low carbing!
Mar. 21, 2013 1:32 pm
Are you all talking about shitaki mushrooms?
Mar. 23, 2013 2:54 pm
I love spaghetti's just the noodles are soooo much easier at the end of a long day
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Baking is so therapeutic...with 2 science degrees and 2 education favorite place is baking (and tasting) in my kitchen. Just created a blog on this site: Loosing "Half of Myself"...without loosing my mind.
My favorite things to cook
If I have to's with a slow far, (knocking on wood) it hasn't failed me yet! I am now working to get healthy...I have lost 150 pounds so far...and this is encouraging me to cook, and cook healthy. I have been recently very successful with Shirataki Noodles, Artichokes Hearts and oven roasted veggies...low in calories and very healthy!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Eve...a seafood extravaganza
My cooking triumphs
Creating the "carrot cake" from my youth...and figuring out my Polish Grandmother's Christmas cookie recipe that uses her irons...and they older than dirt
My cooking tragedies
I try to cook to keep loosing weight. I found this recipe for a "healthy" eggplant took me all day to prepare...and was so not worth the time and effort...and it tasted worse than dirt. There are just some things that should not be changed.
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