Monday, December 30, 2013

Grandma Ikedaʻs Shrimp Tempura Fritters

Grandma Ikeda's shrimp tempura is more fritter like and less like traditional panko tempura. This is one of the New Year's traditional foods for our family. The sauce is above, but when you add ketchup, then it gets a nicer orange color to it.

3 T. cornstarch
3 T. baking powder
1 c. water, iced
1 c. flour

Tips from Big Spazz: The oil should be at about 350 degrees, but if the shrimp is cold, put the oil temperature up a little so that the oil doesn't drop down too much. If the oil is too low, the fritters will absorb too much oil. Drain on a cookie sheet with paper towels and a drying rack on top. 

Tips from RSC: veggies to use - diagonally sliced eggplant, zucchini, cooked sweet potato, chiso leaves, carrot, green beans and carrots, broccoli

1/2 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. vinegar
8-10 drops tabasco sauce
1/2 T. cornstarch
little bit of ketchup for color

Monday, May 20, 2013

HH Reboot Day 1

I am on the Happy Herbivore 3-Day Reboot followed by the 10-Day Cleanse and Immersion as a way to get my body and my mind back into "herbing." Day 0 was spent menu planning for me as well as menu planning for the family. Lindsey gives you the menu and shopping list when you buy the ebooks, so that part was not difficult.

I also tried to cook at least my first day's worth of meals but the kicker for me is always the drinking, so here's the detox drink above. It's water, Bragg's apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and a little honey. I cannot say that it does not have a taste. It definitely tastes like vinegar water. Do you see how I love it so much that I had to take the first sip, take a loverly photo of myself and then blog this before I took another sip?

Ugh. It is going to be a long day. Maybe tomorrow I will love it more. Lord, let me be a glass 3/4 full kind of gal today.

Paleo Challenge Results

30 days = 5 lbs.

Not a good statistic for me when I have so much more to get my body healthy.

What worked for me:
Big Spazz liked the meat part so he was able to help with the cooking
I found out that I can live on no grains/rice

What didn't work for me:
I didn't exercise like I needed to
My body does not like the fat/oil

Next step: back to vegan for me, even if I have to do it alone. What I will do is moderate my soy/starchy veg/grains to 1 serving a day (which is what I was supposed to do anyway).

Monday, May 6, 2013

Day 15 - 19 Paleo Log

They (meaning our Cross Fit, Imua Challenge coaches) say that Week 3 is supposed to make you feel more energized, but I am feeling more run down and flat tire-ish so LOSER on me. Plus, I stepped on the scale at the doctor's office and only saw a measly 3 pound weight loss!!!!!!

3 pounds is good if you're 5 pounds overweight, but when I am 50 pounds+ overweight, 3 pounds means that I will be fat 4EVER.

Anyway, I was not starving myself and I ate, so I will try to be less pathetic and record my food intake, although somehow I donʻt remember any cheats - how convenient.

Day 15 - 19 
The same freaking breakfast I've been eating for the past 13 days: mini meat and veggie frittata muffins
Seasonal fruit
Herbal tea
Weekend breakfast - which Big Spazz lovingly cooks - some kind of meat he smoked himself and some veggies and some eggs

Hugh Jass salad with my favorite vinaigrette 
Some kind of meat
Small 1/2 fruit
Leftover occasionally

Goat curry (I will post directions when I get the recipe from Big Spazz)
Mustard chicken thighs with cauliflower rice (my trick is to pulse the cauliflower in small batches or it doesn't come to the right consistency)
Prime rib and salad with crab and shrimp (OK, it was a special occasion and we went to a buffet so our portion sizes were WAAAAAYYYYY off and I don't think I really took salad. I took a plate of desserts and soft serve ice cream bar for myself, though).
Carnitas - said no to the refried beans, but not to the homemade Spanish rice or to the two corn tortillas (or to the tres leche cake with homemade whip cream that Big Spazz made)
Hamburger steak with onions and mushrooms, salad

Phew - I think I gained those 3 pounds back.

Today is Monday, and it is a new day. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day 14 Paleo log

I had a NovaSure  and a D&C procedure done at the hospital, so no eating from midnight, and I was in major pain and nausea when I left the hospital so just one meal to record today.

chicken soup (smoked chicken, water, carrots, zucchini, onion, assorted herbs)

Day 13 Paleo Log

Almost halfway there (weʻre on this for 30 days)

muffin frittata

Hugh Jass salad with chicken + lemon basil vinaigrette
leftover green beans

meat and fish jun
Korean veggies

Favorite Green Beans with Almonds

My husband put the bag of green beans in the wine cooler and we left for the weekend, so I didn't have a choice but to make the whole bag. Hereʻs my favorite use of the 2 lb. bag of haricot verts from Costco:

2 lbs haricort verts (young green beans)
4 T. butter
2-3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped almonds

My pan can only fit one batch at a time, so melt 2 T butter with almonds until almonds are brown, then cook beans and garlic until just done and still crisp. Make next batch.

Monday, April 29, 2013

My Cheating Tummy

Monday blues (after a weekend of splurging on carbs and sugar)

I'm a hungry monster
Oh man, such a hungry monster
Looking in my bag for stray peanut M&M's.

Got too much time to think
Just sitting at the computer dreaming
Oh, please stop my tummy from growling.

I had a pizza and a cupcake
Still thinking about that cupcake
Man, the weekend is the devil to my Monday.

Day 10-12 - The Weekend on Paleo :0

The true test this weekend: how to keep on track while chaperoning from Friday to Sunday? The answer, I am learning, is to try my best and don't beat myself up if I fall a little. When I have no kitchen, and food is bought based on ease, then I can only do what I can do.

Day 10 log
muffin frittata and fruit
cheat: one shortbread/jelly "scone"

huge salad with shredded meat

teriyaki chicken bento
cheat: soybeans and half a musubi

Day 11 log
bacon veggie omelet, no cheese

cheat: 6" Subway sandwich (cold cut combo)

Asian chicken and broccoli slaw salad wrap
cheat: the wrapper
dessert - small slice of cake, cupcake YIKES

Day 12 log
omelet, fruit

trail mix
cheat: diet coke

green beans and almond
cheat: 2 slices thin crust chicken and spinach pizza
cheat: orange sherbert

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Day 9 Paleo log

I had to make more frittata muffins, so here's how I figured out how much I need for one batch. I got a pupu platter and put veggies in all but one puka, and meat in the last one. It makes just enough for 12 muffins.

Today's food log:
frittata muffins

Hugh Jass salad with roast chicken favorite vinaigrette

mixed steamed veggies under roasted lamb - so good!!!

Now to get my 10 minute exercise in so I don't have to pay my son $50.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Day 8 Paleo log

Today was a good day even though I didn't get to eat lunch until 2 pm.

frittata muffin - last of the batch

Hugh Jass salad with roast chicken, brussel sprouts and a little bit of sweet potato
Basil-white balsamic vinaigrette

Big Spazz made the most bombalicious dinner and of course he has no recipe! Aggravating, but that's why he has to stick around because no one knows how to cook what he cooks.

Cauliflower "rice" from Nom Nom Paleo
and hamburger/roast chicken chili with lots of peppers and no beans.

My new favorite vinaigrette: balsamic basil vinaigrette

I found these absolutely yummy infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars in Denver at EVOO and they've been sitting in my pantry since summer. I finally get to use it in this scrumptious dressing

Garlic Basil White Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/4 C White Balsamic Vinegar (I used honey ginger balsamic)
1/2 C Olive oil (I wish I still had my garlic infused olive oil, but I'm using the persian lime evoo)
1 TBS Dijon Mustard (I ran out of dijon and used honey mustard)
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

This makes enough for about 4 Hugh Jass salads.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Day 7: WHAT was I thinking?

Day 1 of mini cross fit - not so bad. A little sore on the inner thighs, but walking good, can sit and stand, no problem!

Day 2 - I'm so excited I bring the little one with me to the gym - my Tabata app on the iPad and 4 exercises on an orange post it: butterfly pull ups, prisoner squats, tricep extensions, bicep curls. WHAT was I thinking? Note to self: do not do 2 intensive WODs in a row. I struggled to walk and I couldn't go downstairs to get the dogs. How can 20 second reps x 4 make a body so sore?! By my 4th round of prisoner squats, the young one says, "mom, shouldn't you go down more?" ---NOOOO!!!

Day 7 meals:
ham spinach frittata

Hugh Jass salad with leftover adobo
cold barley tea (I'm seriously having an issue with drinking half of my weight in ounces of water)

smoked/roasted chicken
sauteed brussel sprouts with bacon

Monday, April 22, 2013

Day 6 Paleo Log & Cross Fit Mini

I have been combing the internet for paleo food sites, and here's what I learned:

  • there are a lot more people blogging about Paleo food than nutritarian food (perhaps because it takes a little less time to prep everything on Paleo, so they have time to blog)
  • Paleo = cross fit; all the bloggers talk about working out which just eliminates me from this club because I HATE to work out. Don't know what cross fit is? The picture above is your body on cross fit. I think it takes just as much work as any other addiction to continue, like being addicted to crack, or. . . food. I just want to keep my rickety knees and cracking shoulder intact for as long as possible, so I am not keen on working out until you throw up. Those days are OVAH!
  • they use too much fat for my missing my gall bladder self - how do I know this? Because when I follow a recipe to the T and it has too much fat, my body wants to expel it in not so loverly fashion within the next hour or two
With those things learned, and more help from the Whole 30 site(s), I forge on. Whole 30 is the place to start when starting Paleo, so  it's more strict than some of the regular Paleo food blogs.

Today we had a group work out, really a 6 minute WOD (workout of the day) that took 45 minutes - how you figure that? But we Tabata'd it. Let's just say, my thighs and my abdomen are a little tender right now, and if we had done the whole 12 minutes of a regular cross fit, sitting on the toilet would take some mental preparation ahead of time just to squat down within doing the flop and crack the seat routine.

Here's what we ate:
ham, mushroom spinach frittata muffins

Hugh Jass salad with

  • balsamic basil vinaigrette (I'll post the recipe later, this thing is so ONO)
  • assorted crudités 
  • roast beef strips
  • a few olives
apple with almond butter

pork and watercress soup (onion, pork belly, ginger, chicken broth, some kind of choy, watercress, Hawaiian salt)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Day 5 Paleo log

Sweet potato hash and fried egg

  • sweet potato (microwaved earlier in the week and diced)
  • Big Spazz's homemade bacon and ends
  • onion
  • bell pepper
  • salt and pepper
Masala chai tea


Hugh Jass salad with half a boiled egg, leftover steak and orange peppers, lemon vinaigrette

Pork adobo
Green salad

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Day 4 log

Today was a hard day because I was hungry and dizzy, but here's the truth.

Last of the ham veggie frittatas

Boiled egg

Steak salad
Sautéed mushrooms and spinach
Sweet potato
Lemon mustard vinaigrette

The cheat:
Small bowl of tin roof sundae ice cream

Egg Fu Young Soup

When spring is rainy and gloomy, and just a little chilly, and I am huuuuungy like a mother, this kind of stuff comes out of my refrigerator - kind of like garbage soup where anything goes, but I wanted egg drop soup and with the leftover broccoli slaw and onions, it tasted like egg fu young.

2 T coconut oil
1 onion, diced
4 C broth (I had about 2 cups of vegetable stock and 2 cups of chicken stock)
1 t fish sauce
1 t sesame oil (although I think I forgot this and it tasted good anyway)
1/2 t ginger (I had ground ginger)
4-5 eggs, scrambled (my eggs looked a little less than large, so I used 5)
salt and pepper to taste
handfuls of broccoli slaw or grated carrot and grated broccoli
green onion to garnish on top

Saute onions in coconut oil, add broth and flavor, get it boiling while eggs are scrambled.  Taste broth, adjust seasoning, and swish veggies in broth. Don't overcook. Stir soup and drizzle eggs into boiling broth. Serve with green onion.


Ham and veggie frittata
herbal tea

Beef broccoli
mixed veggies

Lap with lettuce cups
Egg Fu Young soup

Friday, April 19, 2013

Day 2 Log

2 ham and veggie frittatas
2 cuties

Big salad with spinach, broccoli slaw, olives, red peppers, tuna

Apple with almond butter

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Sweet potato spears
Roast chicken

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ham and Veggie Frittata

Made these little nuggets of eggy goodness last night for breakfast on the go, and this morning I popped a couple in a container, supplemented with two little clementines, some herbal tea and that was breakfast. Big Spazz actually sent me an email saying the egg muffins were "super good," which is a great thing because that's what's for breakfast tomorrow too.

Ham and Veggie Frittata

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease the muffin tin with coconut oil or other "grease." Makes 12

2 T grease (I used coconut oil because I have always wanted to use my coconut oil that I got from the health food store)
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 bell pepper (I used red)
3 cloves garlic
handful of broccoli slaw
handful of other green like spinach (I used collard greens taken off the stem and cut in ribbons - can't spell the french term)
tomato diced (I used tomatoes that were going mushy and they worked fine)
2 handfuls of ham or other leftover meat not found in a can
8 large eggs
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 T coconut flour (used as a binding, thickening agent)
Hawaiian salt
ground pepper

Stir fry onions, garlic, bell pepper in coconut oil until onions are translucent. I am in love with the smell of coconut oil melting into the onions after so many months of water "frying." When almost done, add in the other greens for a flash stir. Season

I added my meat (assuming it's cooked, otherwise cook with onions), slaw and tomatoes at the end and started to mix my eggs, coconut milk, coconut flour and salt and pepper.
Pour egg mixture into veggie mixture, and pour into greased muffin tins, about 3/4 of the way up. I left it in about 25 minutes, but check after 20. 

These can be eaten straight out of the oven, cold or warmed up later in the microwave. I'm definitely not a hard core exercise person, so 2 was good with a fruit, but if you burn a lot of calories, then go for 3. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pork and Broccoli Slaw Lettuce Cups

I only had a few days to really do some research on the paleo diet, so I will need to borrow some recipes from some of the blogs I saw and just adjust to what I already had. It has to be better than our lentil fail from our first Eat to Live dinner.

Pork and Broccoli Slaw Lettuce Cups 

modified from NomNom Paleo
The ingredients:
1 lb. meat (ground beef, etc.) - I used stir-fry pork strips
shiitake mushrooms (I used a hand full) - softened in warm water, squeezed out and slivered
1 Maui onion, diced
2-3 slices of bacon, diced for the oil in pan
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small bag of broccoli slaw (about 3-4 cups)
2-3 stalks green onion
cilantro, coarsely chopped
1-2 T fish sauce
1-2 T cider vinegar
1-2 T coconut aminos ( I don't have this, so maybe Braggs amino until I find it)
Hawaiian salt
fresh black pepper

Stir fry the bacon to create grease, then put in the pork seasoned with some Hawaiian salt. When the pork is almost cooked, add the onions, shiitake, garlic

When the onion is translucent, add the seasoning. They should be equal, so start with 1 tablespoon each and taste, adjust.

Add the broccoli slaw until it's slightly soft, add green onions, black pepper, and take it off of the heat and clean the lettuce for the cups.

Made some pan choy with garlic and sesame oil.

Use any lettuce. We used red leaf lettuce.

Hereʻs the finished pork slaw.

Leaving Eat To Live Failure for the Paleo

I am not an Eat to Live success case. I just couldn't do it, and my body just kept getting more worn down and more worn down. At 45, I feel much older than that. I need a new shoulder, new knees; I have no gall bladder. . .  My monthlies were getting heavier and heavier until I was on one and then two 600 mg iron pills per day. 

My doctor sent me kicking and screaming to my OB/GYN because the anemia made me dizzy and lethargic. I tried to exercise, but instead of making me feel better, I felt more dizzy, like I was going to just pass out. The vegan diet did not cause my iron issues, but I have always been iron deficient, just that it was not as bad. Basically, I am doing a Novasure procedure to burn the lining down in my uterus, creating a hostile uterus to try and stop my body from hoarding in my uteral wall. Nice dinner conversation.

My iron issues, added to an "Imua Challenge" at work leads me to day one of the Paleo diet. It seems odd to start at dinner, but I did my physical assessment this afternoon and heck if I was going to start before. Paleo, like Paleolithic, caveman, so nothing that would orally be farmed instead of hunt and gathered (grains - even whole, soy, wheat, etc.)

I am once again as heavy as when I started Eat to Live, and having taken the advice of a good friend of mine to get rid of my big clothes, I am in a dire situation if I want to show up at work with more than the four pairs of pants that fit me. 

In the picture of my shopping tonight, I didn't change much except that I have a roast chicken for tomorrow night and the alcohol and green olives are for Big Spazz's alcohol obsession. First he was obsessed with his smoker so we have homemade bacon, smoked pork chops, smoked meat, and on and on. Now he is into alcohol. This is cavemen diet, not Mad Men diet, but he is determined to move on from his Old Fashioned to drinking martinis this week. 

I'm pretty much on my own for this one, so all I can do is try my best. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Taro Blueberry Banana Pancakes

So simple, so yummy! Kaipo's school had a fundraiser on taro pancake mix so taro pancake mix and water with fresh blueberries and bananas. 

The sauce:
frozen blueberries with a splash of orange juice in a pot - makes it taste like ohelo berries.

This will go in our keeper file. So easy.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Roasted Beet with Feta Salad

There were nice young beets at the Farmer's market this morning, so made this beet salad with some leftover feta. Yummmmm and so easy.

Wash and peel about 8-10 small or 4 medium beets. Cut into 1/2" pieces. Toss with 1 T of olive oil and some salt and paper to taste. I cut the tops off and blanched them separately. Put beets on a baking sheet and roast at 450 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until the beets are tender. Transfer beets, blanched beet tops, green onion and juice from 1/2 a lemon. Mix, toss with feta, done.

Almost plant strong - the feta, but the feta so ono. I have failed on trying to make my own feta, but I'm still trying.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Vegan Slow Cooker Chili

After all the stress of the holidays, the LAST thing I want to do is go to the supermarket, so here's the January 2nd live out of the pantry and freezer slow cooker chili.

Start with 3 cans of beans rinsed and drained. I made slow cooker beans and I stored them in 1 1/2 cup portions that equal one can of beans. In here I have one can of kidney, one can of black and one package of mixed frozen beans. I put it in frozen.

Add one 28oz can of tomatoes

1 1/2 cup of frozen corn (want to add other veggies - go for it)

the seasonings - add and mix, cook on low for 6-8 hours.
3 cloves garlic (or more)
1 T chili powder
1/2 T cumin
couple dashes of liquid smoke
couple dashes of chili pepper water (or Tabasco)
salt and pepper to taste (I just had to add salt because I rinsed all the beans)

I decided to serve the chili over steamed frozen broccoli instead of the usual rice and chili. Mix it and leave it. I was able to put away the Christmas decorations and see a matinee movie. Dinner doesn't get any better than that.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy and Healthy 2013

Yes, we have  been off our game, but losing the battle is not the same as losing the war, so Big Spazz and I are climbing back on the health train. We may jump off out of pure boredom, rebellion, or for no good reason at all, but for now, we're back on.

From Rico, Honey, Big Spazz and the Rubber Slipper Contessa - happy 2013! Take care of each other, and most importantly, take care of yourself.