Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Two new wonderful recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy and remember to give thanks everyday.

Stuffed Baked Potatoes
submitted by Lucy Feliciano

Idaho baking potatoes (count how many people will be coming for dinner and buy that many)Shredded Cheese (Soy or Regular Yellow Cheese)
Worthington Loma Linda Vege Burger (1 can)
Salt (to taste)Pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Cayenne Pepper 1/2 teaspoon (you can omit the cayenne if you wish)
Oregano (Sprinkle generously)
Curry 1/2 teaspoon (you can omit the curry if you wish)
OnionsMushroomsChivesGarlic (1 piece)
Butter or MargarineTomato SauceWater (1 cup)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Wash the potatoes but don't peel them. Take a fork and poke holes on both sides. Put them in a microwave safe dish (no more than two at a time). Cover them with a wet paper towel and set your microwave to Fresh Vegetable, under baked potatoes, and let the microwave due the cooking. Check to see if they are done with a fork about 8 to 10 minutes into cooking. Re-wet the towel if necessary.Cooking time will depend on the size of the potato. I would cook no more than 20 minutes in the microwave. Let potatoes cool down.Cut the mushrooms, chives, and onions in order to saute them in EVOO for topping of the potatoes.Heat pan with EVOO, add garlic, Vege-Burger, and seasonings. Add the tomato sauce and the cup of water. Cook for 10 minutesand taste for seasoning.Slice the potatoes down the middle but not all the way. Take a fork and start mashing the filling inside of the potato. Add butter or margarine and top with cooked Vege-Burger sauce. Top that with onion, mushrooms, chives, and cheese.

Candied Yams
submitted by Lucy Feliciano

Yams 3 large
Butter 1 stick
Sugar 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar 1/2 cup
Cinnamon 1 tablespoon
Nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon
Ginger 1/2 teaspoon
Pancake or Maple Brown syrup
Baking dish 9 x 13

Wash yams, peel, and dice them into 1 inch cubes. Put them into the baking dish. Sprinkle spices, both types of sugar, and drizzle with pancake syrup. Cut pieces of the stick of butter and spread them around the yams. Mix all together until the pieces are covered. Put in the oven at 375 degrees. Bake until the yams are fork tender.

Lucilla Feliciano resume writer and job search consultant in Puerto Rico for CIMAPR
She is also a vegetarian by default.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Are you too Smoothy for a Smoothie?

The original meaning for the word smoothy or smoothie dates back to the early 1900's meaning a smooth-tongued person. The word smoothie evolved in the 1960's when there was a resurgence in the United States in macrobiotic vegetarianism. Health restaurants adorned the idea with popular fruit juice smoothie in their menus.

The word smoothie didn't really become generic until Smoothie King of Kenner, Louisiana made the word a household name. Although he didn't invent the word smoothie he refers it to the first time he heard the word back in the late 1960's to fruit and fruit juice based drinks made by the "Hippies".

My girlfriend always called me a smoothy but I never really knew what she meant by that. I always thought it meant I was yummy.

Become smoothy like me and try this smoothie recipe.

Strawberry Orange Smoothie
submitted by RecipeMatcher

Servings: 5

1/4 Cup Ice
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup, Plain, Non-Fat Yogurt
1 1/4 Cups Juice - Orange
3 Cups Strawberries - Frozen

Cooking Directions:

1. Add all ingredients to blender (blender will be full). Mix on low speed for 10 seconds. Remove lid, stir with wooden spoon. Mix on medium speed for 15-20 seconds, remove lid and stir again. Mix on high speed for 15 to 20 seconds or until smooth. Pour into glasses. Serve immediately

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

You forgot to cook the rice!?!

You should never forget to cook the rice especially for mom, even if your schedule isn't free.

Enjoy the video!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Flamenco, anyone?

During my trip to Spain, I visited a famous Flamenco restaurant. I was awed to see wonderful Flamenco dancers. I became curious of their style of dance, their intricate hand movement and footwork.

I wondered to myself: "Where do they get all this energy?"

Just as I was about to ask them they handed me a bowl of cold soup. The smell was intriguing, the taste fabulous. I savoured every vegetable ingredient.

After I finished eating I felt a desire to move my feet and hands. I felt like I was given a Flamenco Dance Potion.

I got up from my chair headed straight to the female dancers and asked: "Flamenco, anyone?"

Now you can make this potion yourself!!

My friends from California made the recipe simple, easy and nutritious. Enjoy and remember to dance.

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Gazpacho alla California
submitted by Foodista and Viansa

Makes 8 cups

1 large cucumber: peeled, seeded and diced
1 large red onion: peeled and diced
1 large red bell pepper: seeded and diced
1 large zucchini, diced
6 large tomatoes: peeled seeded and diced (about 6 cups)
1/4 cup white wine
2 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Dash of Tobasco sauce (optional)


1/2 sour cream
1/2 cup fresh minced chives
1/2 cups croutons, preferably homemade (I skipped this in my preparation)

Note: I also like to toss in avocado for extra creaminess.

Set aside about a 1/2 cup each of the diced cucumber, onion, pepper, and zucchini. Toss the remaining ingredients into a blender and puree slightly, so vegetables remain a little chunky. Cover tightly and refrigerate 2-3 hours, or until chilled. Either stir the remaining vegetables into the soup, or arrange on a separate dish to be added individually. Nice served with a dollop of sour cream, too.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

This surely beats Taco Bell's tacos

Hola mi gente,

Have you ever eaten a tasty, juicy, mouth-watering vegetarian (vege) taco?
You have! Well not this vege-taco. Try this 20 minutes vege-taco recipe. Why vegetarian? Why not! Simple words to describe vegetarian food "it is good for you" and it gives my cow friends a chance to live longer.

I love comments, healthy food ideas and recipes. Share them and I'll include your name and website in my blog.

Koh-kee, koh-kee!

Vegetarian Tacos

1 Can of Loma Linda Vege-Burger. This replaces any meat product.(no ground turkey, chicken, or pork)
1 Box of 18 taco shells (any brand)
1 Packet of Taco Seasoning or
Make your own:
1/2 teaspoon of Chili Powder or spice it up as much as you would like.
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes.
1 teaspoon of Salt to Taste
1 teaspoon of Pepper to Taste
1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon of Paprika
1 teaspoon of Cumin
1 teaspoon of Oregano
2 Garlic cloves. 1 for the Vege-Burger Soy Mixture and one for the Topping
1 Tomato (Beware of the Outbreak. I only use Puerto Rican homegrown Tomatoes.)
1 Red Onion
1 White Onion
1 Green Pepper
1 Can of Corn
1 scallion
1/2 teaspoon of lime juice (fresh or from concentrate)
3 leaves of Cilantro chopped
2 tablespoon of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup of Water
Vegetarian Soy Cheese
1 Can of Vegetarian Re-Fried Beans. This means no pork products are added to the beans.

Dice the garlic clove and toss it in the pan with EV Olive Oil. This should be done in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Put the Vege-Burger mixture in and all of the dry ingredients from the Taco Packet Mixture or Your own Spice Mixture. Since the Vege-Burger mixture is already brown in color, you don't need to cook it too long. Sautee all ingredients and add 1/2 cup of water. Put on simmer and cook for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally, tasting to add more salt or dry ingredients, and making sure you still have some of the liquid in the mixture.

While the Vege-Burger mixture is cooking, chop the tomato, garlic clove, green pepper, red onion, white onion, scallion, and cilantro leaves. Add the lime juice and canned corn. Mix and set in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to vegetables.

Heat the Refried Beans in a small saucepan. 3 minutes on medium heat.

Cook 4 tacos at a time in the microwave for about 45 to 50 seconds.

This recipe takes no more than 20 minutes to make.

Add the cooked Vege-Burger mixture in the taco shell, top with Vegetarian Soy Cheese, vegetable mixture, and salsa.


This special recipe comes from Lucilla Feliciano resume writer, job search consultant in Puerto Rico for CIMAPR http://www.cimapr.com
She is also a vegetarian by default.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Coqui The Chef Makes Everything Except French Flies!

Coqui The Chef makes everything except French Flies!

Or is it French Fries? What is the difference? Both are not good for your health. French fries have trans fat and flies just love rotten fat. Protect your heart from fast food french flies, oops fries. There are healthier and more creative ways to eat fries. Try this recipe from wikiHow and start making reduced fat french flies. Oh gosh, fries. Someday I'll get this right.

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How to Make Reduced Fat French Fries in 20 Minutes

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

This is a recipe that you can use to make french fries with no fat. It only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish when you get the hang of it. It may take a couple tries to perfect, but it's worth it!


  1. Wash (and peel, if you prefer) enough potatoes for everyone eating. Use 2 medium potatoes (smaller than your fist) per person.
  2. Slice each potato to about 1/4" thickness. You can slice whichever way, depending on what length of fry you like. Then cut each slice into french fry shape.
  3. Spray a cookie/baking sheet with cooking spray, and arrange potatoes in a single layer.
  4. Spray the tops of the potatoes with butter spray. You could also use Pam; it will have less flavor but will do the trick.
  5. Use your favorite spices over the fries. Some recommended spices are garlic salt, paprika, chili powder, and black pepper, but you can use whatever tastes best to you. Remember, more seasoning = more potent taste, so be careful.
  6. Put the pan in the oven (middle or higher), and turn to "Broil" for approximately 10-13 minutes. Watch for the tops to become crispy brown, but not burnt.
  7. Remove pan from the oven, and turn potatoes over. Caution: Pan is very hot!
  8. Put potatoes back in oven, broil for another 6-8 minutes, or until the other side is crisy and brown.
  9. Serve immediately. For added bonus, put some shredded cheddar cheese on top after you plate the potatoes.


  • Try using olive oil flavored nonstick cooking spray when baking low-fat french fries.
  • Add a light sprinkle of Montreal Steak seasoning about half way through baking. Do this when the french fries are turned for even browning.
  • Baking fries at 425 to 450 degrees F tends to warp the pan less while allowing the fries to become crisp. Broiling is a good option too.
  • If baking the french fries, and this would probably work for broiling them too, place the cut french fries on a microwave-safe platter. Microwave until heated through and a bit steamy. This will speed the cooking time while removing some of the starchy taste. Place the heated french fries onto the baking sheet and continue as above.
  • Soak the cut french fries in ice water for about 30 minutes before cooking. Drain well and follow as directed.
  • Use russet potatoes to make french fries. Red or new potatoes are too waxy.


  • Note: You will very likely lose this baking sheet for other purposes, because it will warp in the oven. You might want to buy one at a dollar store for making french fries only.
  • Be careful while removing the pan from the oven for it may be quite hot. Leave the half heated fries in the oven for about 2-5 minutes to cool before removing them to reduce risk of burns.

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