Food battle

“Are you going to be a picky eater tonight?” Or “why aren’t you eating that? The amount of times I’ve heard these……馃

Why are we so critical of what other people eat or don’t eat? I’ve battled with a food allergy for almost 10 years now. I’ve gone to dinner at peoples houses and not been able to eat much of anything because they served something I’m allergic to. I’ve gotten better about letting people know ahead of time. But I used to be so shy about it that I wouldn’t eat. A people assumed I had an eating disorder because I wouldn’t eat. Little did they know, on my way home I was eating the protein bar I had stashed in my car and would wolf down everything in my fridge at home!

There have been other times where I had to pick around food in hopes of eating something without getting sick. I’ve been called a picky eater because of this. I don’t really think a food allergy qualifies someone as a picky eater. It’s not really their choice to have a food allergy. If I could get rid of it I would! It would definitely make life easier when eating out or at peoples houses!

Rather than assume someone has an eating disorder or brand them as a picky eater, why not give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they have a food allergy! Or maybe they just don’t like what you’re serving. 馃槀 I think we as a society need to work on being less critical. We also need to worry more about ourselves and less about what other people are doing (in some cases).

Salmon with wild rice

Ingredients

-2 6oz salmon filets

-1/2 cup seasoned wild rice

-1/4 oz fresh parsley

-4 oz grape tomatoes

-2 cups chopped broccoli

-2 tsp grainy mustard

-2 garlic cloves

-Olive oil

Recipe

Bring medium pot with 1 1/2 cups of water and wild rice to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook until tender. 20-23 minutes

Halve tomatoes. Mince garlic. Mince parsley. Rinse salmon, pat dry and season with salt and pepper.

Place water and steaming basket in a medium pot. Bring water to boil and place broccoli in pot. Steam for 5-6 minutes

Place a medium non stick pan over medium heat. Add 1 tsp of olive oil and salmon. Cook 4-6 minutes each side. Remove from burner and plate salmon.

Use same pan used to cook salmon. Add 1 tsp of olive oil, tomatoes, garlic and parsley. Stir till tomatoes blister. 1-2 minutes. Remove from burner and mix in mustard. Top salmon with mixture.

Plate rice and broccoli with salmon and enjoy! 馃嵈

Ponzu Salmon and Rice

Last night I made ponzu salmon and rice. It was under 500 calories and incredibly filling. Decently easy and tasted great!

Ingredients:

馃敼2 salmon filets (6oz)

馃敼6 oz cremini mushrooms

馃敼2 garlic cloves

馃敼2 green onions

馃敼1/2 cup jasmine rice (can sub brown rice)

馃敼2 oz peas

馃敼1 oz ponzu sauce

Recipe:

Bring a pot of 1 1/2 cups of water to boil. Pour in rice. Reduce to simmer and cook until tender. 18-20 minutes

While rice cooks chop mushrooms and onion. Mince garlic. Rinse salmon and pat dry. Combine ponzu, ginger and green onions. Place 2 tbsp of mixture in a separate small bowl and set aside.

Spray a medium nonstick pan with cooking spray. Place over medium heat. Add mushrooms to pan and cook until soft. Add rice, peas and garlic. Cook till peas are warm. Mix in ponzu sauce mixture. Cover and remove from burner.

Spray a second medium nonstick pan with cooking spray. Place over medium heat. Add salmon. Sear until golden brown. 4-6 minutes each side.

Plate salmon and rice mixture. Pour remaining 2 tbsp of ponzu mixture over salmon. Enjoy!

Brown Sugar Salmon

Dinner last night was a brown sugar salmon. I鈥檓 not a huge fan of salmon but my husband is. So I try to make it at least once a week. Plus it鈥檚 good for me so I suck it up and eat it. This recipe is super easy and tastes great!

Ingredients:

鉁达笍 2 Salmon filets

鉁达笍 2 Potatoes

鉁达笍 8 oz green beans

鉁达笍 1/2 oz Dijon mustard

鉁达笍 1/2 oz light brown sugar

鉁达笍 1 oz milk

鉁达笍 1 Clove garlic

鉁达笍 Salt

鉁达笍 Pepper

Recipe:

Preheat oven to 400

Rinse green beans and chop off ends. Rinse off potatoes and chop into cubes. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. I鈥檓 a small bowl combine mustard and brown sugar. Rinse off salmon and pat dry. Mince garlic and set aside.

Place potatoes in a small pot and boil. Cook until tender, 14-18 minutes. While potatoes cook, place salmon on a nonstick pan and sear. 2-4 minutes on each side. Remove from burner and place on baking sheet. Brush salmon with brown sugar mixture. Roast in oven for 7-10 minutes.

Return pan used to cook salmon to medium heat. Add green beans, 1 tap olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook beans for 6-8 minutes.

Drain potatoes. Mash potatoes and mix in milk, sour cream and garlic.

Plate dish and enjoy! 馃嵈

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Last nights dinner was one of the easiest meals I鈥檝e made and SO good. Teriyaki chicken lettuce wraps. Just 7 ingredients and it takes less than 20 minutes to prep and cook!

Ingredients:

2 boneless skinless chicken breast

1 head of butte lettuce

1/2 oz honey

3 oz shredded carrots

1/2 oz almonds

2 tsp of sriracha (add more if you like spicy)

3 oz teriyaki glaze

Recipe:

Separate lettuce for cups and rinse. Pat dry with paper towel. Dice up chicken and season with salt and pepper

Place a non stick pan over medium high heat and add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add chicken and cook until browned (or no longer pink in middle) 3-5 minutes

Add in carrots and stir until carrot is tender (about 3 minutes)

Remove from burner and stir in teriyaki, honey and sriracha. Put chicken mixture into lettuce cups and top with almonds.

Enjoy!! 馃嵈馃槏

554 Cals

31g Carbs

28g Fat

47g Protein

Jerk chicken & veggies

Ingredients:

鈥2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

鈥2oz jerk sauce

鈥2tsp chipotle seasoning

鈥1 lime

鈥1 red bell pepper

鈥2 zucchini

Recipe:

Chop veggies and toss in 1tbsp olive oil, lime juice and chipotle seasoning.

Chop chicken into pieces. Cook chicken on medium high heat in a nonstick pan until no longer pink. Turn heat down to low and pour in jerk sauce. Coat all of chicken and let sit, mixing occasionally while veggies cook.

Cook veggies on medium high heat on a grill pan. Cook each side 2-3 minutes.

Plate chicken and veggies and enjoy!

427 cal

19g fat

18g carbs

42g protein

Poblano pepper chicken

Ingredients:

鈥2 Chicken Breast鈥檚

鈥1/2 oz butter

鈥8 oz butternut squash cubed

鈥8 oz carrot chopped

鈥1 tsp chipotle powder

鈥2 garlic cloves

鈥1 poblano pepper

鈥1 oz shredded chihuahua cheese

鈥1 oz shredded cheddar

鈥1 cup brown rice

Recipe:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken on baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook in oven for 25 minutes. While chicken cooks, stem and cut poblano peppers. Mince garlic, and mix with poblano pepper. Saut茅 on a non stick skillet. Cook until lightly charred 1-2 minutes). Set aside.

Place carrot and butternut squash in pot and fill with water till covered. Boil until tender, 7-10 minutes. Drain water and mash with potato masher. Mix in butter and chipotle seasoning. Cover and set aside. While cooking mash, boil brown rice in 1 cup of water till tender. Drain and set aside.

Mix together poblano pepper mixture and cheeses. Remove chicken from oven and place mixture on top of chicken. Place back in oven and cook for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.

Place mash and rice on plate. Plate chicken on top of rice and serve!