Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Food Day to be Celebrated at Loma Linda University

The Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Socity of Loma Linda University's Nutrition Council Student Association will be hosting Food Day on campus for the University and the community. Come and join us in this wonderful celebration! Please click here to learn more.

How will you be celebrating Food Day?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Recipe Redux: Yam Tofu Patty

This month's theme for Recipe Redux is very fun and appropo for this beautiful season.  "Orange You Glad It's Fall?" is the theme, which centers on vegetables that are rich with these orange antioxidants. Therefore, in creating this recipe, my mind went straight to initially developing a patty using carrots. That didn't work out as well as I would have liked it to turn out; however, yams presented itself as being the choice to take center stage of my patty recipe. The twist to this patty is that it is made in a panini maker.  It sure saves time making it this way!

1 14 oz tub of soft tofu
1 cup of shredded yam
1 cup of shredded light sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups of panko bread crumbs
1 of an onion chopped
3 eggs or 1 cup of egg substitute
2 tsp of McKay's chicken-like powdered broth
1 tsp of mushroom seasoning 
At least 2 Tbsp of canola oil or vegetable cooking spray

Mash/crumble tofu with hands and place in a strainer while preparing the rest of the ingredients. This will allow the water from the tofu to drain.

In a large bowl, mix the tofu, yam, cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, onions, and seasonings together very well.

Preheat panini maker, which only takes a few minutes.  Either spray with vegetable cooking spray or add a couple table spoons of oil across the surface.

You can use a third cup measuring cup to scoop out a portion of the mixture and shape it into a ball. Place ball mixture in panini maker giving enough room in between ball mixtures. Press down panini maker and leave for about 4 minutes or so until golden brown.  Scoop out with spatula when done.

These patties are so versatile.  You can use them by itself with rice and vegetables, in a breakfast sandwich or in a veggie burger! The yam tofu patty gives you protein, antioxidants, and a little bit of potassium, vitamin C and calcium. Have a wonderful time making these!

Please also take a look down below at the other delicious orange antioxidant recipes my colleagues have created for you to enjoy!

How do you like to enjoy yams? Baked, casserole, candied, etc?
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Product Review: Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar Cheese

I'm very thankful I have been introduced to the wonderful line of Cabot cheese.  I have purchased and used other "light" cheeses by other brands, but have never been satisfied with the texture and flavor. There is definitely no disappointment when I use Cabot sharp light cheddar cheese! It has definitely made my casseroles so delicious imparting a creamy experience. When I shred the cheese, it also has a wonderful, light touch to it, not heavy and dry like other light cheeses.

I am currently working on another veggie patty recipe.  I still have to tweak it a whole lot more before I can declare it good to go. However, infusing the Cabot cheese within my patties thus far is sure making it tasty! 

Cabot light cheese are low in saturated fat, are lactose free, and provide your bones with a good amount of calcium. So, I say to you today, click here to find out where Cabot cheeses are sold near you and go out and get some!  Start enjoying the great tasteful experience Cabot cheese can bring to your dishes.

Disclaimer: I was provided free samples of sharp light cheddar cheese by Cabot. I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own.

What dish have you used any of Cabot's cheeses in?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My Favorite Dark Green Leafy Vegetable

Puerto Galera Beach in the Philippines
I had such a delicious dinner tonight that once again, I have forgotten to take a picture of what I am planning to write about...sweet potato tops. I'm thankful for my Filipino heritage. I was born here in California; however, I am very grateful for the love instilled to me by my parents for ethnic dishes of the Philippines

One dish that I love is the sweet potato tops salad.  Yes, indeed, this is what I had for dinner tonight. The dark green leaves that grow with sweet potatoes are packed with nutrition. These dark leafy vegetables contain polyphenols and potassium. The Filipino name for this dark green leafy vegetable is camote tops or talbos ng camote.  So, this sweet potato tops salad contains the  steamed leaves themselves, chopped tomatoes, and chopped onions with a touch of salt. The flavor of this sweet potato top salad is absolutely wonderful! 

The sweet potato top leaves or camote tops can be bought at Filipino or Asian markets. Once again, my apologies for not posting a picture; however, if you go on Google images and type in the name camote tops, you will see numerous pictures of these delightful leafy greens.

When it comes to eating well, don't just stick with the "usual". Venture out and try other vegetables that are not familiar to you. You will be surprised to find out you may have a new favorite veggie or two.

What new vegetable have you discovered and liked recently?