My beautiful wife made this English cumber salad the other day. This was the first time I have ever had English cucumbers, and I liked them pretty well. I am not one who normally eats raw cucumbers as I really just don’t care for their taste. But these were different, they are a little sweeter than the common cucumber.
English cucumbers were actually bred to create a cucumber without some of the more undesirable characteristics that this vegetable has, such as a tough outer skin, large seeds, and a bitter taste. They are also known as hothouse cucumber, burpless cucumber, seedless cucumber, and European cucumber.
Healthy eating is not expensive!
We like to keep our healthy eating as simple and inexpensive as possible. Using fresh vegetables allows us to do so. This bowl of salad that yielded about 6 servings cost less than $6.00 US is filling enough you could make a small meal of it alone. But it pairs nicely with grilled chicken.
1 – English cucumber
1/2 – red onion
10 ounce – cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp – Italian seasoning
1 tbsp. minced garlic
salt and pepper
Slice cucumbers and red onion to your desired thickness, then place in a large bowl.
Halve the cherry tomatoes and add to the bowl.
Combine all dressing ingredients in another bowl, and then add to salad and mix well.
Salt and pepper to taste, then either serve right away or place in the refrigerator for a later meal. The longer this salad sits, the tastier it becomes.
This sugar free, Maple Glazed Pork Chop was quite the decadent dinner tonight. Yet despite the sweet flavor, there was zero sugar involved in making them. At David’s Way to Health and Fitness we adamantly believe we can still enjoy terrific foods as an integral part of our lifestyles. yet never feel any guilt or remorse after eating them. All of our delicious recipes are sugar free and healthy to eat.
While this glaze was fantastic on pork chops, it would also be excellent on grilled chicken or pork spare ribs. The garlic and ginger make a perfect complimentary flavor to the sweet maple syrup flavor.
Check out more of our recipes in Loraine’s Kitchen and let us know how you like them!
Nutrition per serving: Calories – 159, Carbs – 3.7 grams, Fat – 10 grams, Protein – 24.2 grams
1/3 cup – sugar free maple syrup
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
2 cloves – garlic
1/2 tsp. – ground ginger
1 tbsp. olive oil
4 – 4 ounce pork chops
Mix all glaze ingredients well in a bowl and set aside.
Brown pork chops with olive oil in a non-stick skillet.
Once chops are done, add sauce to pan and bring to a simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, then serve with vegetables of your choice.
Another healthy dish from Loraine’s Kitchen. Tonight, she prepared Norwegian Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon for dinner which is paired with a baked potato and topped with a simple dill sauce.
A serving of salmon — 3 to 4 ounces — is about 200 calories. It’s very low in saturated fat and a good source of protein. It’s also one of the best sources of vitamin B12. It’s also bursting in potassium and other nutrients like iron and vitamin D.
The vitamin B12 in salmon keeps blood and nerve cells humming and helps you make DNA. But for your health, the true beauty of salmon is its wealth of omega-3 fatty acids. Most omega-3s are “essential” fatty acids. Your body can’t make them, but they play critical roles in your body.
Prep by coating salmon with olive oil, and then covering it with a mixture of salt and dried dill weed. Then place into the refrigerator to sit for an hour.
After an hour in the refrigerator, thoroughly rinse the salt and dill weed mixture from the salmon and place onto a cedar plank which has been soaking while the salmon is in the refrigerator.
Bake at 350* f for 15 to 20 minutes until done. Remove from oven and place tent a piece of aluminum foil over it while it rests for 10 minutes before eating.
The Dill Sauce was a mixture of mayonnaise, lemon juice and dill weed. Get creative and create your own flavor profile with these ingredients, or create a sauce of your own. The salmon is wonderful even without the sauce.
Many of us who have, or have had weight control problems usually love our potato chips. They are a palatable treat that are difficult for most to give up. Unfortunately, most commercially available chips are not a healthy choice to make. Now, if you love potato chips, you do not need to feel as if you are sacrificing a food that you love. you can prepare these in less time than it takes to run to the store to buy a bag, and for a fraction of the cost. The best part is that you control the flavor and fat content. You can rest assured that you know what each and every ingredient will be.
Wash your potatoes and then slice very thinly. This is where a mandolin type food slicer comes in handy. A mandolin will ensure an even thickness which helps with even cooking.
Spray a microwave safe plate with a light spray type olive or canola oil. It does not need much, which is great for keeping the calories down.
Place the potato slices evenly spaced on the plate, and top with a seasoning of your choice. You have complete control over the flavor and the sodium content of your chips.
Microwave on high for about 4 minutes until done to your desired doneness.
Once done, enjoy these healthy potato chips with absolutely no guilt.
The calorie content is 110 calories per one medium size potato. The calories from the oil will be minimum considering it takes very little to keep the chips from sticking to the plate during cooking. Loraine did not use more than a teaspoon of olive oil for a whole potato, therefore the total calories for this batch was about 150 calories and was enough for the both of us.
Loraine found this easy and delicious salad dressing recipe the other day, then made it her own through a few modifications. The beauty of all recipes is that you can tailor anything to suit your taste and needs.
This dressing is great not only on salads, but also spread onto fish or a burger. It has a sweet tangy flavor accentuated, but not over powered by the onion.
I put the ingredients in my recipe builder for 26 – 2 ounce servings. You might like a little more on your salad or a little less. Either way, the calories are still quite low. Give us feedback and let us know how you like it.
Carbs: 1 gram
Fat: 2.7 grams
Protein: .1 gram
1/2 cup – very finely chopped onion
1 cup – No Sugar Added Ketchup
1/2 cup – white vinegar
1/3 cup – olive oil
1 cup – water
1 tsp – onion powder
1 tsp – garlic powder
Finely chop 1/2 cup of onion. A food processor works best for this.
Add all the ingredients together, and stir until well blended.
Note: This dressing will congeal when refrigerated over night. All you need to do is heat it for a few seconds in the microwave and stir in a little water if needed. Enjoy!
Here is a hearty meal that is simple to prepare and inexpensive to prepare and a good healthy meal to feed your family for dinner. Cabbage is quite the super food and provides quite a good dose of nutrition. It’s outstanding nutrient profile is especially high in vitamins C and K. In addition, eating cabbage may even help lower the risk of certain diseases, improve digestion and combat inflammation.
Cabbage is rich in vitamin B6 and folate, both of which are essential for many important processes in the body, including energy metabolism and the normal functioning of the nervous system. In addition, cabbage is high in fiber and contains powerful antioxidants, including polyphenols and sulfur compounds . Coupled with 24.9 grams of protein, this simple dish is quite the powerhouse meal.
This recipe serves four.
211 calories per serving,
Carbs: 8.9 total grams carbs / 5.8 grams net,
Fat: 8.1 grams,
Protein: 24.9 grams
Fiber: 3.1 grams
1 small head of cabbage chopped, about 4 1/2 cups
1 pound, 97/3 lean ground beef
1 – 10 ounce can Rotel (tomato and chilis)
salt and pepper to taste
Brown the ground beef in a skillet. If not using lean ground beef, be sure to drain off all the grease after browned.
Once ground beef is browned, add chopped cabbage and Rotel on top, cover and let simmer about 35 to 40 minutes on low heat.
This is an excellent side dish we enjoy with chicken. But you can pair it about anything you like. In fact, it can even make for a meal in itself. Good food does not have to be complicated or time consuming to make in order to be as healthy as it is delicious. The best thing about foods like this is being low in calories and dense in nutrition, you can eat about as much of it as you want, which is a good thing for people like me who really enjoy eating, yet still manage our weight.
Add remaining ingredients with chicken, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender and done to your liking.
Eating healthy at home is inexpensive compared to going out, and is certainly a healthier option for your family. The best thing about simple dishes like this, is you can get creative with your favorite seasonings to make it your own.
My sweet Loraine’s Chicken Caprese recipe is most excellent and easy to follow. The final results are quite delectable to say the least. I believe it is one of my new favorite meals. And to sweeten the deal, it is not superhigh in calories, nor unhealthy ingredients.
This hearty soup is a hit in my home. It is easy and inexpensive to prepare, and is as healthy as it is tasty. The great thing about this soup is you can make excellent use of left over vegetables with it.
Easy and healthy recipes like this are perfect for those who are on the go. You can prepare everything ahead of time, and then let the crockpot do the rest as you take care of your business. Healthy foods do not have to be difficult or time consuming to prepare. Nor do they have to cost you a lot of money.
1/2 pound 85/15 ground beef
3 fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup green beans
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1 cup long and wild grain rice
14 ounces of beef broth
2 1/2 stalks celery
1/2 medium onion
Brown the ground beef, then drain off the fat in a colander. Rinse the ground beef to remove any residual fat. Place in crockpot.
Dice tomatoes, and add to crockpot with remaining ingredients.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook on high in crockpot for 6 hours.
This recipe makes 12 servings for 78 calories, 7.7g carbs, 3.1g fat, and 5.3g protein