Goodies From the Garden (Sweden: Part One)

September 25, 2017

My first visit to Iceland was actually a long layover… on my way to Sweden! Longtime readers will know I’ve been to Sweden before – this is actually my fourth trip there, and the third since I started this blog. (Hankering for more posts about Sweden? Here’s my archive.)

My friends Katherine and Peter live in that house in the distance, located Read the rest of this entry »

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Crispy Eggplant Chips

October 11, 2016

Here’s an easy, healthy snack for when you’re craving potato chips but don’t want all the carbs: eggplant chips! All you need are Japanese eggplants, and a few things you probably already have in your cupboard.

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Potatoes have about 3 times the carbs that eggplants have (17 grams vs. 6 grams, respectively, per 100 grams), so it Read the rest of this entry »


What’s in the Crockpot? Part 13

May 10, 2016

How’s this for a blast from the past? It’s the return of a Keep It Up, David staple. It’s actually a game, and a pretty simple one at that. You guess what’s in the crockpot, and then keep reading to see if you’re right. Now that the rules have been explained, keep your arms and hands inside the train at all times, and have at it!

WHAT’S IN THE CROCKPOT?

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A Week of Veggies, Veggies, Veggies

March 21, 2014

Keep reading for my Baked Green Bean Fries recipe. And click here to enter my Siggi’s yogurt giveaway – the deadline is tonight! (Friday, 3/21/14 at 11:59pm)

It’s a proven, scientific fact – free vegetables taste better. So I’ve been eating like a king all week long, because my friend Andie, who works for the Los Angeles Salad Company, gifted me with a ton of extra veggies that she had brought home for a work project.  One day, I halved 2 pounds of brussels sprouts…

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…and roasted them until Read the rest of this entry »


A Visit to Sunland Produce

August 27, 2013

I was driving home the other day, and it occurred to me that my kitchen inventory was running low. I need to go to the store, I told myself, and minutes later, an answer presented itself. I was getting my mail, when a single sheet of paper somehow managed to break free from the bundle of Pennysaver circular ads that had been unceremoniously shoved into my mailbox. It was for a grocery store I had never heard of, and man, it was advertising killer prices!

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Three pounds of apples for $1? Seven pounds of onions for $1? Holy crap, that’s awesome! (It also promoted flap meat for $4 a pound, and if you know what flap meat is, would you pretty please enlighten me in the comments section?)

The store is called Sunland Produce, and it’s Read the rest of this entry »


Back to Work!

June 25, 2012

Today’s my first day at my exciting new job! I was never a boy scout, but I am prepared. It’s been a while since I’ve worked, and I wanted to set some habits back into place right from the get-go. So I packed a gym bag and woke up early to exercise before work (that’s the plan, at least… I confess that I’m writing this Sunday evening).

I also packed a healthy lunch. In fact, I spent hours yesterday prepping food for the work week. And I’m not joking around. I literally spent hours. You must be wearing your lucky pants… because I took pictures!

It all started at Sprouts, which is quickly becoming my favorite supermarket, thanks to its prices and its proximity to my gym (two blocks away).

There’s no gentle way to put this:

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What’s In The RediSetGo? Part Twenty-One

January 14, 2012

Can you feel that magic something-something in the air? It’s because this is the first RediSetGo post of 2012! It’s been about three months since our last game of What’s In The RediSetGo, so we’re due. Don’t worry if this is your first time playing – you’ll pick it up in a flash. It’s a easy-sneezy game, you’ll see. But, if you’d like some practice (or some other ideas for how to use your own RediSetGo), then click on My Favorite Posts – all twenty prior editions of What’s In The RediSetGo are archived there, and I think you’ll find every single one is better than the last!

So what are we waiting for? Grab your helmet and smear some eye-black under your peepers, it’s time to play…

WHAT’S IN THE REDISETGO?

GRAPEFRUIT CHICKEN is in the RediSetGo!

This really couldn’t have been easier. I started with 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, and marinated them for about 20 minutes in the juice of half a grapefruit. I also added in a few tablespoons of nonfat balsamic vinaigrette. I stabbed each breast a few times with a fork so the marinade would get all through the meat.

Yep, those are a few grapefruit seeds on top that my juicer didn’t catch. I made sure the chicken breasts were seed-free when I placed them in the RediSetGo’s divider pan (and they fit perfectly!)

Meanwhile, we got to work on a side dish. Oh – I never said who was helping! My friend Susan came over for dinner and some TV (we watched this week’s Top Chef and the premiere of 30 Rock). When we made the plans earlier in the week, Susan said to me, “Are you going to blog about our dinner? I really want to be on the blog. I want to be famous.” That’s a direct quote. I’ll see what I can do, Susan!

For the side dish, we decided on a quick and simple veggie stir-fry. Susan did all the chopping, and there was a lot of chopping. The veggies before:

And the veggies after:

There’s Susan! She’s a star! I hope this doesn’t go to her head, because what Los Angeles doesn’t need is another celebrity that’s always wearing sunglasses indoors and only drinking certain brands of water.

Enough about Susan, more about those veggies: that bowl has cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, green bell pepper, mini yellow and red bell peppers, eggplant, and mushrooms. Susan also chopped up some scallions and garlic, but we kept them seperate.

The garlic and scallions went into my big skillet first, after we coated it with some cooking spray, and then we added all the veggies.  When they were most of the way cooked (about 15 minutes – it was a lot of veggies), we added some sauce:

This coconut curry simmer sauce (which I found at Whole Foods) has only 50 calories and 3.5 grams of fat per serving. We made a ton of veggies (so I could leftovers), so we added most of the jar. Oh, and here’s a fun fact about turmeric, one of the standard spices in most curries: it’s been linked to preventing and slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric also aids digestion, and has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A wonder spice!

Here’s our pan full o’ veggies ‘n’ sauce:

Once our chicken was cooked (which took about 13 minutes – they were thick) and our veggies were sauced, it was time to eat! The end result was delicious:

The chicken was tender and very grapefruity, and the veggies were flavorful. The coconut curry sauce was spicy, but not hot. Here’s Susan enjoying her dinner:

And one more picture, because I couldn’t not share it:

This was Susan’s first time eating curry (she loved it), and the first time for both of us eating grapefruit chicken (and we both loved it), and soon, Susan’s gonna experience her first class at Slimmons. She’s gonna really love that.

Oh, and by the way, the veggies were just as good the second time around. They made for a fantastic lunch!

Keep it up, David!