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In the non-veg section of Hypercity, I was about to buy my usual handful of prawns when I saw fresh sardines. As far as I can remember, it was my first time to see fresh sardines. I’m used to eating the 555 ones in a can, drenched in tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Cans dug out of the cupboards on a rainy Manila day, poured on top of fried eggs and fried garlic rice.

But that’s not what this post is about :). Here’s a recipe for one that takes around 30 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:
2 medium sized sardines
olive oil
salt and pepper
6 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1/2 cup of lettuce (chopped)
1 medium sized tomato (chopped)
1 teaspoon of anchovy
1 teaspoon of crumbled feta cheese
balsamic vinegar

Rub salt and pepper onto the sardines. Pan fry the garlic and sardines for ten to fifteen minutes.

On a salad bowl, lay a bed of lettuce. Place bits of the sardines on top of the lettuce. Add the garlic, tomatoes, capers, anchovy and feta cheese. Sprinkle balsamic to taste.

Bon appetit!

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It’s been quite some time since I featured a healthy eat.

This is grilled garlic chicken in balsamic with Alfez Tahini dressing on top of lettuce. I sprinkled some green olives after taking the photo. Oooohlala! It was delicious!

Back to work for me means reentering the rat race. It means waking up at four in the morn to finish unfinished tasks and chat with B. It means that students, teachers, school and innovation are at the forefront of my mind. It also means self-care takes a backseat. All you have to do is look at my one month old pedicure and eyebrows in want of threading! (Note to self: visit the parlor next weekend.)

But as I’ve discussed in previous posts, within the limits of my schedule, I would like to continue eating healthy, writing and taking photos. There’s so much learning that occurs while I do this. Besides, hopefully improving in my craft, I’m exploring the WordPress blogoshphere and it’s opened up a whole new world to me, a new dimension that has somehow made life more interesting. I’m thoroughly enjoying reading and listening to the various talents out there and learning from them. I’m learning how to give feedback and encouragement. I’m also convinced that blogging can be used as a valuable tool in 21st century education and it’s something that I’d like to slowly introduce to my school’s interested students and teachers.

So why the diversion into reentering the rat race when I’m supposed to be sharing my broccoli-mushroom curry recipe? It’s because this is a quick recipe. And perhaps I should add a category called quick recipes for those who are always on the run but still want to take care of themselves by cooking 30 minute meals with minimal dish washing.

This recipe serves one and is pretty good with basmati rice.

Ingredients:

1 cup broccoli, sliced
1/2 cup button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 red onion, chopped
4 cloves, chopped
1/2 cup of low fat milk
1 teaspoon of Thai green curry paste
1 tablespoon olive oil

Pour the olive oil into a pan and saute the garlic and onions until the onions are translucent.

Add the milk and Thai green curry paste. In India, I’ve found this curry paste in Nature’s Basket. In Manila, you can get it from Cash and Carry, and in the States, I’ve seen this in the Asian section of Walmart. Stir the curry paste until it dissolves.

First add the mushrooms and cook for around three minutes. Then add the broccoli and cook for two.

Pour the veggies on top of steaming hot basmati rice and it’s all ready to eat! Bon appetit!

I know that I got carried away with my story in my last entry. My purpose in doing this blog is to eat healthy, and practice photography and writing. Sometimes I find myself stumbling upon personal stories about traveling, people, art and life. I don’t want to restrain this organic progression, thus the off-the-beaten-track posts. Bear with me! 😀

During the fourth of July weekend, Linda whipped up a taco salad for me and B, which coincidentally, is also a popular salad in Manila. Here’s a healthy recipe that serves two!

Ingredients:

For cooking the beef:
1 cup lean ground beef
1 cup bottled salsa (Linda’s personal touch)
1/2 medium sized red onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste

For making the salad:
1 cup shredded lettuce
2 tomatoes, diced
1 white onion, diced
1/4 cup black olives
1/2 cup low fat cheese, shredded
1 cup corn chips (optional)

Heat a pan and pour the olive oil. Add the garlic and onions. Saute for 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and salsa and cook for around 30 minutes. Add the paprika, salt and pepper.

Place the ingredients for making a salad on separate bowls or a platter with dividers. Assemble your own taco salad by filling your plate with lettuce, beef, tomatoes, olives and onions. Add the corn chips if you like. Sprinkle the low fat cheese on top. Bon appetit!

Healthy Eats Facts:
Lean ground beef — good source of protein
Lettuce – besides having vitamins A, C and K, lettuce has manganese and chromium. It also has a lot of fiber.
Tomatoes – has lycopene which contains anti-oxidants and cancer preventing properties
Olives – have monounsaturated fats and vitamin E
Garlic and onions – has anti-bacterial and anti-viral benefits
Low fat cheese – has calcium which can contribute to preventing colon cancer, osteoporosis, migraines and PMS

Source:
The World’s Healthiest Foods

This is Lally's healthy eat. The garlic chicken is somewhere on the left. Squint!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Lally shared a healthy eat. She subsequently shared the recipes from allrecipes.com and I decided to try one of them! I’ve tweaked some of the ingredients to suit what was available in my kitchen. I also try my best not to cook with flour and butter to help myself remain true to being a healthy eater.

This serves two.

Ingredients:
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Rub salt and pepper on the chicken and leave for 15 minutes.

Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat and saute the chicken until it is nicely browned on one side. Add the garlic. Turn the chicken breasts and scatter the mushrooms over them. Continue frying, shaking the skillet and stirring the mushrooms. Cook for about 3 minutes, then add the vinegar and thyme. Cover tightly and simmer over medium low heat for 10 minutes, turning occasionally.

Transfer the chicken, mushrooms and sauce on to a plate and it’s all ready to eat! Bon appetit!

Thanks for sharing, Lally, and please continue to send us your healthy eats. By the way, looove the new red carpet look :-D.

Healthy Eat Facts:
Chicken – a good source of protein, protects against bone loss in older people, and has nutrients that protect from cancer
Mushrooms – boosts the immune system
Garlic – is good for the heart and has anti-bacterial and anti-viral benefits
Balsamic Vinegar – the digestive system can benefit from this

Sources:
The World’s Healthiest Foods
Livestrong.Com

I was determined to finish Louie’s garden veggies before B and I left for our fourth of July Croghan trip. So I popped my head into the fridge and voila! Broccoli!

This is another healthy eat for those who are always on the run, and again, this was one of my non-thinking Manila recipes. The slight acerbic taste and the broccoli’s vivid green refreshes and awakens one’s senses after a stressful day of toiling.

This recipe serves one.

Ingredients:
1 cup of broccoli
5 cloves of chopped garlic
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 cup of shredded low fat cheese

Pour the olive oil into a pan. Add the garlic and saute until it’s light brown. Toss in the broccoli and watch it turn a vivid green! Saute for two to three minutes, then transfer the dish to a bowl. Sprinkle the cheese on top and there you have it. A low calorie meal which you can eat guilt-free as you plop down in front of the TV.

Healthy Eats Facts:
Broccoli – associated with cancer prevention
Garlic – contributes to cardiovascular health
Olive oil – contributes to cardiovascular health and cancer prevention
Low fat cheese – prevents colon cancer, osteoporosis, migraines and PMS

Source:
The World’s Healthiest Foods

I’ve been cooking pasta dishes for years because it’s one of the easiest recipes to cook if you’re always on the run. I also like experimenting with different ingredients that go with different kinds of pasta, and I encourage you to do the same. Here’s an easy recipe that serves two.

(If you’d like to know how to sear tuna, check out my recipe on Seared Tuna with Greens.)

Ingredients:

1 cup whole grain pasta
4-6 chopped garlic cloves (adjust according to your taste)
1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup capers
olive oil
1/4 cup of shredded low fat cheese
salt and pepper
Italian seasoning

Boil water in a pot, then add the whole grain pasta. Cook the pasta for 7 to 10 minutes over medium heat and drain.

On a sauce pan, pour some olive oil and pan fry the garlic until brown. Add the mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes. Add the capers and cooked pasta noodles. Mix the ingredients. Add salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to taste.

Serve on a plate and sprinkle cheese on top. Bon appetit!

Healthy Eats Facts:
Whole grain pasta – associated with developing a significant lower risk of cardiovascular diseases
Garlic – is also good for the heart
Button mushrooms – boosts the immune system
Capers – low in calories and rich in anti-oxidants
Cheese – has calcium which can contribute to preventing colon cancer, osteoporosis, migraines and PMS

Source:
The World’s Healthiest Foods
Science Daily
www.nutrition-and-you.com

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