Nov. 20, 2012 10:53 am
Updated: Nov. 20, 2012 8:20 pm
http://beachbites.blogspot.com/Most of us have heard that the average person gains between 8-10 pounds during the holiday season.Starting with Thanksgiving and ending on New Year’s Day. The day when 51% of Americans vow to exercise more in the coming year and 35% commit to losing weight.I’m…
For me food is not simple the vehicle to get energy (calories) into our bodies to keep moving, but it is the means in which I communicate to those I care about. I don’t eat to live, I live to cook for those that I love.
As someone that has struggled with weight all their life and with a keen understanding of calories in and calories out, I know every calorie counts. I simply don’t understand throwing together a bunch of preserved canned goods, warming it up, topping it with some cheese and calling it a meal. Recipes that combines a protein and canned soup is one of my biggest dislikes! I want to know that when I put a bite in my mouth that is 40 calories, 1 gram of fat, 3 carbs, 1 protein, sugars, etc…. it is worth every bite. I want to know it was created from love, fresh locally produced gardens, not produced from a machine in the middle of the country somewhere from produce from an irresponsible farmer that is unknown.
My favorite things to cook
I love anything with Quinoa! Shrimp scampi is always an easy and elegant meal; I could eat Thai any day of the week; people are always asking me for my recipe for wilted spinach salad; my son and his classmates love my crepes; bolognese is always a hit with the crowds; the boys love my chimichurri steak with spicy mango salsa; don't bake a lot, but make some awesome healthy muffins and cookies and lemon is one of my most favorite ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The only thing I grew up cooking with my mom was Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies. Other than that, I was banned from the kitchen. This is why I'm trying to create new traditions with my son, nephews and friends. I love that I have now created the family traditions of serving loving food to my family and they are so appreciative!
My cooking triumphs
My rule for cooking for a crowd is simple - Saute onion, garlic and bacon in a pan. No it DOESN"T matter what you are really making, people will smell that and assume what ever you are cooking is going to be delicious. Works every time :-) shhhhhh