Category Archives: Appetizers

Tasty Tuna Salad!

Tuna Salad

Tuna salad is perfect for wraps or sandwiches, as a side or to eat with crackers. It can be a very filling meal but actually requires no cooking time. Personally, I think since Tuna is healthy it’s a waste to make it into a salad filled with unnecessary additional calories.

For that reason, I use low-fat mayonnaise which is much healthier and lower in calories than regular mayo but still tastes delicious. By using low-fat mayo the recipe still keeps the delicious texture and taste tuna salad should have.

Everyone has their favorite Tuna Salad recipe. There are endless recipes to be found online. This is my recipe and it very quick and easy to make. It really  tastes great every time!

Ingredients:

  • 4 small cans of tuna in water
  • 3 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise
  • 1 can of corn
  • 2 carrots- small dice
  • 2 celery stalks- small dice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Combine cut carrots, celery and corn in a large bowl
  2. Open the four cans of tuna and spill out the water and put in another bowl
  3. With a fork mash up the tuna and then add it to veggie bowl
  4. Add mayo and mix to evenly coat
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Tuna Wraps

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

“Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know its tuna, but it says “Chicken of the Sea”

 ~ Jessica Simpson

Speak to you soon,

                  Nicole Doreen

THE Broccoli in Brown Sauce Recipe you have all been waiting for!

Broccoli in Brown Sauce

I know many of you have been begging me for this post, or at least for me to finally give you the recipe I claim is so simple. Well it is a very easy recipe and it taste great.

My sister went away for the weekend a little while ago and came home telling me they served the best broccoli side dish. I was so curious what this dish was because she happens to be the pickiest food eater ever. Anyway long story short she told me what was in it and I have been making it ever since.

It literally has become a staple side dish in my home and I have been serving it at all the holiday meals. NO joke this dish has been a huge crowd pleaser! I love this recipe because you can play around with it and add baby corn or water chestnuts for the real Chinese Food taste. Or you can prepare it like I have many times …. Just with broccoli.

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads of broccoli- washed and cut bite size
  • 2 cloves of garlic- minced
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Osem Soup Mix
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Soy Sauce to taste
  • Boiling water (about 1/4 of a cup)
  • Baby corn cut up or water chestnuts ( if desired)

Preparation:

  1. Fry two cloves garlic in two table spoons of Sesame oil then add 3 heads of washed/cut broccoli
  2. In a separate bowl- mix soup mix, cornstarch, add boiling water to dissolve the mix and add soy sauce
  3. Add the mixture into broccoli cook covered for 10 minutes. ( if you want to add baby corn or water chestnuts, mix them into the broccoli after five minutes and let it cook covered for the last 5 minutes)

Serve Hot and Enjoy!

Broccoli, Baby Corn and Water Chestnuts

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

“Eating is really one of your indoor sports. You play three times a day, and it’s well worthwhile to make the game as pleasant as possible”

~ Dorothy Draper

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                  Nicole Doreen

Classic Israeli Salad

Israeli Salad

The vegetables in Israel are always so fresh and delicious. Salad is served at every meal, no joke, Israelis even have salads for breakfasts. The classic Israeli salad is perfect as a light meal, a side or to stuff in a pita. This is one of those salads that is not filled with heavy dressing but actually is extremely healthy and not to mention tasty as well 🙂

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 3 tomatoes – chopped small dice
  • 3 Persian/Israeli cucumbers- Chopped small dice with the peel
  • 1/2 cup parsley (flat leaf)- chopped
  • 1/2 an onion – Chopped Small

Dressing:

  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Preparation:

1. Finely chop the vegetables and place all chopped veggies into a bowl.

2. Immediately before serving, season with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

“Adopting a new healthier lifestyle can involve changing diet to include more fresh fruit and vegetables as well as increasing levels of exercise.”

~ Linford Christie

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                  Nicole Doreen

Sweet Potato, Craisin, Feta and Walnut Salad!

My family loves salads but eating the same simple veggie salad gets boring so we like to try different recipes. This is by far one of my favorite healthy salads.

The combination of these ingredients is simply delicious!

Ingredients:

  • ·       Sweet potato
  • ·       Romaine lettuce
  • ·       Tomatoes
  • ·       Cucumbers
  • ·       Purple onion
  • ·       Red pepper
  • ·       Feta cheese
  • ·       Walnuts
  • ·       Craisins
  • ·       Lemon – for juice and garnish
  • ·       Olive Oil
  • ·       Salt and Pepper

Preparation:

1. Bake the Potatoes: scrub the potatoes very well and prick them with a fork, then arrange them on a rack and place them in a preheated 450degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until tender.

2. In the meantime wash and cut the vegetables: purple onion, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. Place them in a large bowl.

3. Peel the baked potatoes and slice them

3. Season the bowl of cut veggies with salt, pepper, lemon and olive oil. Then place a portion on separate plates.

4. Put some walnuts, craisins, feta cheese and slices of sweet potato on each portion.                                                                                                                                                  

5. Garnish with a piece of lemon.

 Enjoy!!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
~ Virginia Woolf

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                  Nicole Doreen

 

Mango Salsa!!

Mango Salsa

Until, I was introduced to Mango salsa when I thought of salsa I would automatically think of tomatoes and onions. Salsas with fruits are unique summer salads. This is a quick and easy recipe that can be an appetizer with chips or a delicious side to many dishes, from fish to grilled chicken. What I love about Mango Salsa are the beautiful colors and mouthwatering flavor.

Whenever I want ideas for presenting and plating food I simply search on Google images and see what comes up. Check out the link below for different foods to serve with this salsa or ways to garnish the plate.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=unique+mango+salsa&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1280&bih=601&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

For those of you who love fruit salsas with mango check out this site for some great recipes:

http://www.great-salsa.com/mangosalsarecipes.html

Mango Salsa

½ cup red onion finely diced

2 cups chopped pitted peeled mango

1 cup red bell pepper diced finely

2/3 cup chopped green onions

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

4 tsp olive oil

2 Tbsp honey

2 tsp white vinegar

¼ tsp ground cumin

½ Jalapeno pepper diced finely

 

Mix all ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

“To remember a successful salad is generally to remember a successful dinner; at all events, the perfect dinner necessarily includes the perfect salad.”

~ George Ellwanger

Speak to you soon,

                  Nicole Doreen