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Holiday Green-tings

Most holiday parties consist of meat, starches, and sugar.  Be a rebel and bring over the healthy greens for a holiday potluck/party.  Here are two recipes for this blog – Roasted Brussels Sprouts and this Holiday Salad.  You’ll notice one important ingredient – Olive Oil.  When your dishes are quite simple good quality olive oil is a must.

Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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I got these Brussels sprouts by the stock.  Aren’t they beautiful?  By the way I’ve been eating a lot of these because I’ve been training for a few races.  Brussels sprouts are an excellent source for energy

  • 1 Brussels sprout stalk
  • 3 tbsp of really good olive oil
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • ½ tsp of pepper or more if you like
  1. Preheat at 400 degrees
  2. Cut the ends of the stem and cut the Brussels sprout in half
  3. Massage Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper
  4. Place them in the pan and heat for 35 mins.  Turn them over midway to heat the other side

They are just like French fries, so eat them while their hot

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Holiday Salad (Vegetarian)

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I got the salad recipe from Oh She Glows, but I modified it as a vegetarian version.  If you want to see the vegan version check out her amazing recipe

Salad

  • 1 bunch of lacinato kale
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries
  • 1 fuji apple

Dressing

  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • 3 tbsp of good olive oil

Pecans

  • ½ cup of toasted pecan halves
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of good parmesan reggiano cheese (I used Whole Foods)
  • ¼ tsp of salt

Salad Instructions:

  1. Cut kale in small bite size pieces
  2. Cut dried cranberries in half
  3. Cut apple in bit size pieces.  Mama Chiang taught me a trick to keep the apples from browning.  Fill a bowl with water and sprinkle some salt then place the apples in the bowl while you’re making the rest of the salad
  4. In a separate bowl for your dressing mix your minced garlic, olive oil, and juiced lemon all together
  5. Now add kale, cranberries, apple in a bowl and mix the dressing in.  Massage the salad, so dressing is evenly distributed

Pecans Instructions:

  1. Toast pecans and chop them in pieces
  2. In a bowl add the pecans, olive oil, and salt
  3. Grate your parmesan reggiano to your pecans and mix.  Continue to grate more parmesan to your liking

To serve:  Have your guest add the pecans to their salad.  I have a few relatives that are allergic to nuts so I keep that aside.  It also prevent your pecans from getting soft

A Very Vegan Thanksgiving

Oh Thanksgiving – a day for family, football, and lots of feasting.  I attended typical Thanksgiving dinners with turkey, stuffing, and gravy.  What on earth did I eat then?  Rule #1 if you’re a vegetarian or vegan attending a party – eat before you go or bring a vegetarian dish.  Trust me – people will appreciate a healthy dish in the mix.

The first Thanksgiving meal was at Richmond VA.  I made a pumpkin cheesecake that happens to be dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free.  Tastes like the real deal.  This was so easy to make.  I got the recipe from this video.  Give it a try!  You’ll be impressed.  My family absolutely loved it.  They didn’t believe it was a cheesecake without cheese.

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I brought over eggplants I had in the fridge.  Forgot to take a photo, but I basically placed them in the oven for about 20 minutes and had it with sauce.  My mother-in-law then turned it into a sweet and sour eggplant salad for me. It was delish!

The next day I had my second Thanksgiving meal at my Uncle Mark’s lovely home.  They had turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and all of the above except for a vegetable dish.  I had a feeling about this, so I brought over a big dish of roasted vegetables with  beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, garlic, and white potatoes.  It’s seasoned with fresh thyme, rosemary, marjoram, sea salt, olive oil, and pepper.  They were soft in the inside but crispy on the outside.  Let’s just say there was nothing left at the end of the night.

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I was going to make a lentil loaf with cranberry sauce as another vegan dish, but there was so much food.  I’ll table that for another blog post, maybe for Christmas.

And then there are Chinese dishes.  One of Mama Chiang’s famous appetizers is her pork stuffed vegetables with oyster sauce.  Of course she wouldn’t leave out her plant-eating daughter, so she made me a special dish.  Instead of meat, she stuffed the vegetables with a secret tofu mix.  It’s better than the meat version.  It’s like a light hors d’oeuvre.  The slightly sweet topping was a perfect combo with peppers, tofu, eggplant, and even bitter melon.  I don’t like bitter melon, so my mom didn’t want to torture me.  She also made me yummy green beans, so I didn’t feel left out from the fam digging into the green bean casserole.  Mama Chiang is always so thoughtful.

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Being aware of what I eat this year made me appreciate the time with my family.  When I was a kid and up until now, my uncle always made an American Thanksgiving dinner.  I always looked forward to it because I pretty much ate Chinese food every day.  I realized it’s more than the American meal.  It’s an American tradition where I can really catch up with my family and be thankful.