Sunday, July 20, 2014

Healthier Puppy Chow

This past week we were on vacation in Panama City Florida. We enjoyed 5 beautiful days with my husbands parents and extended family.  It was my first time to Panama City and was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful white beaches and lovely neighborhoods. 
We stayed in an adorable neighborhood called Carillon beach.  It was equipped with its own pools, beach front access, stores, restaurants, and parks.  The houses in the neighborhood were absolutely beautiful! Our whole family shared a 4 bedroom house that was only a few minutes walk to the beach.  

Overall we enjoyed good company, good food, and a relaxing few days away from reality!!  I am ready to go back!  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mustard Roasted Potatoes

I am still catching up on posting some recipes I prepared at the beginning of the summer.  In fact this recipe was from our Memorial Day cookout.  The good news is that I am almost caught up - which means its time to get back in the kitchen!

In many of my recipes I try to post alternatives ingredients for potatoes, such as my Cauliflower Pumpkin Mash, but today its all about potatoes.  As with most foods, potatoes are not calorie free, but they can offer many key nutrients our bodies need for survival.  I hold a strong belief that all foods can fit into a well balanced diet when portion control is followed and moderate exercise is achieved.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Lunch Bag

If you search the Internet for the "dangers of microwave popcorn" you will find numerous articles describing the health risks associated with consuming microwave popcorn.  Most of these articles suggest microwave popcorn can increase the risk for lung disease and even certain types of cancers.  The association with microwave popcorn and cancer is due to a compound called perfluorooctanoic acid, a chemical used in the nonstick coating of the inside of the bag. While the connection between lung disease and microwave popcorn is linked diacetyl, a naturally-occuring chemical used as a flavoring agent.

The good news is that the association between microwave popcorn and cancer is not well proven.  A chemical used on the inside of popcorn bags, perfluorooctanoic acid, has been associated with certain types of cancers.  However these cases were not directly linked with popcorn bags.

On the other hand, diacetyl, the natural flavoring agent added to microwave popcorn to provide the buttery flavor, has been directly linked to a rare lung disease.  In 2000 a case of 8 workers in a production plant of microwave popcorn was investigated by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  More recently in 2012 a man was awarded a settlement for developing the rare lung disease after eating large amounts of microwave popcorn.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs

Fourth of July is only a day away!  Most people fire up the grill and cook-out for the patriotic holiday.  Today's recipe for "Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs" is a perfect healthier alternative to the typically served items like hamburgers and hotdogs.

For maximum flavor I recommend to marinate the chicken pieces overnight or for at least 4-6 hours.  For a more char-grilled flavor cook on an outdoor grill, however you could certainly cook them on an indoor grill (such as a George Foreman Grill) or oven.  The outcome our delicious mediterranean flavored moist chicken pieces!

We served these delicious chicken kabobs a few weeks ago at a World Cup party.   For the Germany vs. Ghana game we hosted a German food-themed party.  Given our love for German food and German family history we were determined to host an authentic German style event.

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