Archive for October, 2011

27th October
2011
written by Cleone

Energy balls

I love granola bars for a snack or loose granola over yogurt as a tasty topping.  Since trying to eat healthier, I have come across many articles about eating small meals throughout the day.  Sounds like a lot, but the concept is to eat small healthy meals that keep your insulin level up so you don’t feel tired during the day.  It is also supposed to prevent the storage of fat because when insulin levels drop, your body stores sugar as fat.  (Please correct me if I am wrong here.)  Granola seemed healthy enough for me to bring to work as an afternoon snack, and so I have been for the past week.  (more…)

22nd October
2011
written by Cleone

Hot green bean soup

Growing up, my mom made green bean soup (“Lok dou sa” in Cantonese).  It is a sweet soup which is meant for dessert or snack.  Some Chinese restaurants serve it after dinner and usually throw it in for free on the house.  The restaurants mainly serve the red bean version, which I enjoy as well, but green bean has always been more of a home-made treat.  My mom even made some when I went home for a visit in August!

I picked up a bag of green beans, also called “mung beans”, from the store one day.  It has been sitting in the kitchen pantry for some time.  I asked my mom for the recipe, which I normally do for dishes from my childhood, and she emailed it to me.  I noticed the recipe called for rock sugar, which I was not able to find in the supermarkets here in Hawaii.  When I was grocery shopping with my parents in NY back in August, I bought a couple of packs and brought them home to Hawaii.  I decided to finally make this soup this week!  (Note: brown sugar can be used instead if you cannot find rock sugar) (more…)

19th October
2011
written by Cleone

Spaghetti or squash?

Andre’s mom gave us half of a spaghetti squash yesterday when we went over to say hello.  I haven’t eaten spaghetti squash in a long time, but I remember that it was quite fascinating to see that a vegetable can turn into what looks like stringy spaghetti.  While it doesn’t taste like pasta, you can substitute spaghetti squash for spaghetti for a low-carb meal.  I made a nice feta tomato sauce with shrimp to go with the squash.  (more…)

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