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When trying to lose weight, it’s important to cook the right foods. Trying to eat healthy does not mean living on a Spartan diet! Here are some recipes to give you some ideas about the food you can cook:Breakfast -Homemade Granola(Makes about 12 cups of fresh, healthy cereal for breakfast)Ingredients:1 cup flax seeds2 cups wheat germ4 cups peanuts2 cups sunflower seeds4 cups rolled oats1/4 cup oil1/4 cup maple syrupInstructions:Use a food processor or blender to grind up seeds and nuts together. Mix everything on to an oven tray.Bake for one hour at 350degrees. Mix every 20 minutes.Variations:Use other kinds of nuts that you prefer. You can use walnuts, hazel nuts, almonds or cashews. If you don’t have a food processor, you can leave the nuts whole.Homemade Pancakes(Makes 4 – 6 large pancakes)Ingredients:1/2-3/4 cup chopped fresh fruit (peaches, blueberries, apples, strawberries, cranberries, etc.)Pinch of cinnamon (optional)1 cup soy milk or water1 Tbsp oil1 cup whole wheat flour2 tsp baking powder1 Tbsp sugar (optional)Pinch of saltInstructions:Mix the dry ingredients, and mix the soy milk or water separately.Heat a lightly-oiled fry pan.Combine both wet and dry ingredients and fold in the fruit.Ladle carefully onto the fry pan. Fry on both sides.Variations:Try different fruits or other kinds of flour such as wholemeal or bulgur.Lunch -Roasted Tomato SoupIngredients:3 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil1 1/2 tsp. olive oil1 clove garlic, mincedsalt & freshly ground black pepper to taste8-10 ripe tomatoes (3 lbs.), cored, halved and seeded2 red onions, chopped3 cups defatted reduced-sodium chicken stockInstructions:Heat a boiler, and spray an oven tray with cooking spray. Place the tomatoes on the tray and broil for about 10 minutes, till the skins are blister. Let it cool, and then remove the skins.Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium fry pan; add onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another 5 minutes, till onions are very soft. Stir in tomatoes and cook for another minute. Use a food processor or blender to mix till smooth, and then return ingredients to the saucepan.Stir in the chicken stock and bring all ingredients to boil. Simmer for another 5 – 10 minutes on reduced heat. Remove the ingredients from heat and stir in basil. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate till chilled.Scrambled Tofu and Vegetables(Serves 2 – 3)Ingredients:2 blocks firm tofu (500 g/16 oz)2 carrots, sliced3 green onions, chopped fine1/2 tsp turmericSalt and pepper to taste2 green onions, sliced for garnish2-3 Tbsp light oil (sesame, canola, etc)1 celery stalk, slicedInstructions:Heat oil in a frying pan, and add the carrots and celery. Add green onions with turmeric and saute for 2 – 3 minutes. Crumble in tofu and mix with the sauted vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 3 – 6 minutes. Serve with sliced green onions.Variations:Add different vegetables, such as sliced mushrooms, fresh basil and green or red peppers.Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter(Serves 4)Ingredients:1 pound salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 4 portions1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper2 tablespoons unsalted pepitas (see Tip)1 tablespoon olive oil1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest2 tablespoons lime juice1/4 teaspoon chilli powderInstructionsToast pepitas, and mix in a small bowl with olive oil, lime juice, lime zest and chilli powder.Coat a frying pan with cooking spray and heat. Season salmon with salt and pepper and cook till browned. Fry each side for 2 – 4 minutes.Transfer salmon to a plate. Add the oil and pepita mixture to the pan and heat. Serve over the salmon.To See More Join For $2.95 14 Days Then Decideimage credit: [please contact me for website address]