Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Carrot Ginger Soup, left over BBQ chicken, Brown & White Rice Sushi & HEALTHY Onion Rings!

Carrot Soup:

  • 1 Lrg Onion chopped
  •  5 Cups chopped Carrot 
  •  1 Tbsp chopped Fresh Ginger 
  •  Salt & Pepper  to taste
Saute Onion in a large non stick saucepan with a small amount of water.  Add remaining ingredients add enough water to cover carrots bring to a simmer.  Simmer till carrots are soft.  Purée in blender till smooth.  You can add an organic veggie bouillon cube or use veggie broth in place of water but this will add a lot sodium to your soup.

Use BBQ Chicken from Previous Recipe.  I like to put mine right into my soup.

Brown Rice Sushi :   The Island that I live on has an amazing bulk food store called Yellow Dog Trading Co  http://www.yellowdogtrading.ca/ .  They sell this brown rice called 'sweet rice'.  It resembles a short grain brown rice but turns out to be sweeter and stickier than regular brown.  This works perfect for sushi and gets you away from the white rice .  White rice is a processed, polished, demineralized version of the original brown grain.  Comparing Glycemic index brown rice ranks at 55 while White rice is much higher at 70...that doesnt mean much to the average joe, but the bottom line is white rice is twice more likely to turn into body fat and 1,4 times more likely to cause blood sugar to rise than brown rice.  You will just always ALWAYS fare better choosing unprocessed whole foods :)
My son adores sushi but is a bit plain about it only wanting cucumber and Avocado.  I usually make a bit of brown and also white rice sushi just for him.  
This actually brings up a very good point.  I eat a pretty strict diet, especially when I am focused on training towards a competition.  BUt this does not mean my son's diet matches my own.  He is a growing boy and I work hard to ensure that his nutritional needs are met with whole milk & cheese, organic meat, unprocessed grains, fresh fruit and veggies....as well as treats and fun food like homemade pizza, Apple Pie, even pancakes and whoopin cream for breakfast.  I think my healthy eating, although sometime strict, gives him a healthy example of good eating habits.  It is weird but it actually satisfies me some what to make treat food  for him like cookies and cake even though I don't eat it.   

Onion Rings: 

  • One Large Onion Chopped into rings
  • 9 Tbsp cream of wheat
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste 
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Egg whites 
  • 1/4 C skim milk 
Cover baking dish with tin foil (easier clean up).  Preheat Oven to 425. Mix milk and eggs in one dish and all dry ingredients in another.  Dip rings in wet mixture then into dry.  Shake of excess and place onto baking dish.   Bake 15 - 18 mins then flip bake another 5 mins just to brown the other side.  These were something new to try.  They arent real onion rings but I thought they were pretty yummy...I mean you just can't really go wrong with cooked onions.

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