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Legit Thai Salad

I don’t know about you, but one of my pet peeves is when restaurants title a dish in a misleading way. Like whenever they have “Mexican salad” or “Asian stir fry” and it doesn’t resemble anything that an actual Mexican or Asian would eat. Not to mention that Asia is huge and encompasses so many different countries and diverse cultures… I also find it pretty funny when restaurants boast about their Cuban food. I have been to Cuba, and their food is definitely not a strong point. The street food is mainly cheese sandwiches, meh pastries, and really greasy pizza. However, I did have some amazing (and healthy) dishes while I was there! Like here:

My recipe for today is for my Thai Salad. It is so good! I had it for an appetizer at lunch and dinner yesterday. I can vouch for its authenticity because…


I know you foodies want some of this:

I stalk monks like its my job…

I tried to eat literally everything I saw while I was there. In some cases, I bit off more than I could chew. Like when I literally started crying from the amount of red chili peppers in my fruit baggy. They are big on chopped fruit, in a bag, with lime juice, sugar, and red chili peppers. He asked me if I wanted it tourist style or local style. I went for local. Which means 4 or 5 chili peppers instead of 1. BIG mistake. Can’t hang, can’t hang.

The only not-that-Thai ingredient that I added is a pinch of cumin and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The cumin isn’t key, but the cinnamon issss.

Recipe: Serves 1

Chop up 2 large handfuls worth of green cabbage, 1/4 of a red bell pepper, a handful of mushrooms, and some avocado. Throw into a bowl.

Squeeze the juice of 1/3 of a lime into the bowl. Add 1 tbsp of brown sugar, a pinch of cumin, a shake of cinnamon, and as much cayenne pepper as you like/can handle.

Stir well and enjoy!

Benefits:

Cabbage * contains fiber and antioxidants.

Red bell Pepper * the bright color is an indication of its high concentration of vitamins. It has tons of vitamin A, carotenoids, and vitamin C. Of green, red, and yellow bell peppers, red ones are technically the most nutrient dense.

Mushrooms * a great source of niacin, potassium, and selenium!

Cayenne pepper * high in antioxidants and temporarily raises the metabolism!

Lime juice * has been linked to weight loss, improved digestion, constipation relief, treatment of scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), and respiratory disorder improvement.

Portobello Burger with Basil Mayo

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So in an effort to make it up to y’all for having such hideous photos the last few days, I decided to make an extra pretty dinner tonight. I recommend serving this with a buttery grilled ear of corn!

Presenting a portobello burger with basil mayo, caramelized onions, and red bell peppers…

Recipe: Serves 1

Preheat the oven to broil.

Spray a pan with canola oil. Slices half an onion and half of a red bell pepper into strips. Cook on medium low heat until the onions are caramelized and the peppers are soft, about 20 minutes.

Lightly coat 1 large portobello cap with olive oil and fresh ground pepper. Broil for 4 minutes on each side.

Mix 2 tbsps canola mayo with 1/4 tsp dill, 1/4 tsp basil, and a few shakes of lemon pepper. This spread MAKES the burger!

Toast a whole wheat bun and spread the mayo on both sides. Layer the burger with caramelized onion and bell pepper and enjoy!

Benefits:

Portobello * a great source of niacin, potassium, and selenium!

Onion * Contains quercitin, an antioxidant that halts the growth of tumors! Also, studies have linked regular onion consumption with lower cholesterol and reduced risk of colon cancer. A prime source of chromium.

Red bell pepper * The bright color is an indication of its high concentration of vitamins. It has tons of vitamin A, carotenoids, and vitamin C. Of green, red, and yellow bell peppers, red ones are technically the most nutrient dense.

Dill * aids in digestion, is a relaxant, can help ease insomnia, and contains the antioxidants monoterpenes, which protect against cancer!

Basil * Has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants called flavonoids. Flavonoids protect your cells from damage (and thus, in the long run, cancer).

Stuffed Breakfast Pepper

I was craving a Mexican inspired breakfast and had some left over bulgur that needed to be used and thus the Stuffed Breakfast Pepper was born.

Recipe: Serves 1

Preheat oven to 375.

*If you prefer your peppers to be more soft and sweet instead of crunchy then it would be best to cook the bell pepper for a few minutes before stuffing it. Im guessing maybe 5-8 minutes at 375. You could do this the night before.

In a bowl, microwave a cup of cooked bulgur until hot and dry, about 80 seconds. Add 1 raw egg, some chopped onions, some chopped tomato, 1/3 cup shredded cheese, salt, and mix together. If you like spicy food, stir in your favorite hot sauce or sriracha. Also, if you have any taco or fajita seasoning, throw that in there!

Hollow out a bell pepper (I like yellow for this dish because it is more sweet). and stuff with the bulgur-egg-etc mixture. Bake for about 15 minutes (this is a guess… check it).

Top with salsa or sour cream, or just eat it plain!

Benefits:

Bulgur * Keeps the digestive tract healthy with lots of fiber.

Bell pepper * High concentration of vitamins and antioxidants.

Eggs * Do not fear the egg yolk. The protein is in the egg white, but the taste and vitamins and minerals resides in the orange stuff.

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This lunch took about 5 minutes to make! It’s a tangy Thai Beef wrap, and if you don’t have all the ingredients, its not a big deal. Also, all you veggies out there can sub the beef for seitan or gilled tofu, no probs.

Recipe: Serves 1

For the sauce – In a bowl, mix together about a tablespoon of ketchup, a tablespoon of tamari sauce (or soy, if you prefer), a squeeze of lime, a pinch of red pepper flakes and cumin, and a sprinkle of chopped garlic and fresh grated ginger. (One of my roomies threw away my ginger root because she thought it looked like a gnarled creepy thing, so I had to use a spoonful of mango-ginger chutney instead. Worked.)

Peel and slice a third of a cucumber, carrot, and red bell paper into thin long strips.

Lay out a warm whole wheat tortilla and spread some of the sauce on it. Use the rest to coat the veggies. Place a couple slices of roast beef (or any left over beef that you have on hand) on the tortilla, top with veggies, and roll up!

Benefits:

Tamari * Contains antioxidants and tryptophan. Fermented soy products are debated over, some say they are bad for health because of the high salt content. In my opinion, if your diet is mainly based on whole, healthy foods, a little tamari or soy sauce isnt gonna hurtcha. Other believe that fermented soy has many positive, anti aging effects on the body.

Ginger * Soothes the stomach and aids in digestion!

Lean beef * Prime source of iron and B vitamins, and protein of course.

Red bell pepper * The bright color is an indication of its high concentration of vitamins. It has tons of vitamin A, carotenoids, and vitamin C. Of green, red, and yellow bell peppers, red ones are technically the most nutrient dense.