Sarah Joy Albrecht

Sarah’s “Healthy Fats” Salad – Turkey, Avocado, Granny Smith, Raisins…

Nov
19

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For health reasons, I have been trying to eat more protein from poultry (vs. beef), more healthy fats, more B-complex vitamins and more fiber.

This salad has it all, it’s really tasty, AND it’s a great way to use leftover turkey.

Sarah’s Healthy Fats Salad

Makes 2 Servings:

1 cup cubed turkey
1 whole avocado, cubed
1 medium tart, firm apple .. like a Granny Smith, cubed
Sprinkling of raisins
Sprinkling of crushed walnuts
Drizzling of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil (Di Giovanna is my favorite)
Drizzling of rice wine vinegar

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Click for complete)

Calories 440.9
Total Fat 23.3 g
-Saturated Fat 3.3 g
-Polyunsaturated Fat 5.0 g
-Monounsaturated Fat 12.4 g
Total Carbohydrate 41.7 g
-Dietary Fiber 9.6 g
-Sugars 26.4 g
Protein 22.6 g

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Simple Lunch: Tomato Soup With Basil, Parmesan and Biscuits

Sep
26

Better is a dish of vegetables where love is
Than a fattened ox served with hatred.
Proverbs 15:17

The cupboards are getting bare.

September’s grocery money is nearly gone.

We’re breaking into the canned food.

Today’s lunch was a simple canned (store brand even!) Tomato Soup. However, a pinch of Parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of fresh basil from the garden turned a mundane can of boring into a steamin’ hot feast. The biscuits were from America’s favorite baking mix and took 5 minutes to make. They baked while the soup came to a simmer.

I almost didn’t make the soup today because my children – yes, the same ones who will eat ear-ringing hot sauce and international curries – don’t like tomato soup and the complaints were quite loud.

Still, I insisted that, even though it wasn’t their favorite food, it was sustenance and that perhaps by adding ingredients, it wouldn’t be as bad as they’d imagined.

Empowering them with a plate of biscuits to crumble in, snippets of basil and a container of Parmesan, they each created their own version of the soup.

Every bowl was finished down the last drop.

Don’t merely be content, be creative. It’s easy to look at what is set before us – food-on-a-budget, possessions, parenthood, employment and even relationships – and feel as though we have to suffer through. Yet, there is joy to be found in taking something ordinary and making it better; redeeming it.

Sometimes “making it better” doesn’t involve changing the object or situation itself, but our attitudes. When our mindsets change from drudgery to thanksgiving, we are then free to contribute meaningfully and nurture. Nagging and complaints stem from a root of bitterness. Compliments (finding the good) and nurturing grow from love.

Love is like Parmesan and fresh basil to store brand canned tomato soup.

Simple Lunch: Spicy Coconut Chicken & Zucchini

Sep
24

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This is a concoction I made with leftovers and pantry ingredients + some herbs from my (now end of season) garden (can I just say that fresh herbs are such amazing flavor pick-me-ups?).

Why do I have the Simple Lunch category? It reminds me that, instead of feeling dizzy and moving through my day with a hunger headache, I can actually whip up something quickly that I will enjoy eating. Most days, I have to get to the headache stage before I realize this. I’m getting better though!

I have a feeling many moms are the same way… going about their day, taking care of their children, and surviving on room temperature milk left in sippy cups and PBJ crusts. Shall we encourage one another to take better care of ourselves?

Spicy Coconut Chicken & Zucchini

Sauté minced garlic and ginger in a skillet.
Add cubed chicken (leftovers from that big batch of broth I made!)
Add chopped zucchini (mine was from the bottom of my veggie drawer, mushy parts cut out!)
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and a pinch of curry powder
Stir the goodness together for a minute to distribute the spices
Pour in coconut milk (canned) to cover your chicken/zucchini
Simmer for a few minutes until the zucchini is tender and coconut milk thickens
Sprinkle on minced fresh basil and cilantro (I had leftover basil from our pizza last night!)
Plate and serve with lime wedges and Red Chili Hot Oil

..because Moms need to eat lunch, too!

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Simple Lunch: Scrambled Eggs with Taco Beef & Cheddar

Sep
20

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Scrambled eggs with leftover taco-seasoned ground beef, topped with melted sharp cheddar.

..because moms have to eat, too :)

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Low-carb Japanese Curried Scrambled Eggs with Mushrooms and Nori (Seaweed)

Apr
01

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This is one of my favorite egg dishes, which I concocted while living in Northern Japan. I’m thankful for the International food aisle at our local grocery store, so I can still enjoy this while living in Pennsylvania!

Not only is this an amazing, easy, flavorful meal… it’s Atkins friendly :) By individually adding the ingredients into My Fitness Pal, I found this recipe has 312 calories, 21 grams of protein and 4 carbs.

Recipe

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Whisk together:

  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 tsp of quality soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Japanese curry powder
  • 3 small sliced sautéed *mushrooms
  • Pour into a pan, and sauté like ordinary scrambled eggs. Do not overcook.

    Top with snips of nori.

    *Shiitake mushrooms make this dish taste more authentic, but any kind will do. Brown button mushrooms were used for the batch in the photo.

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    Simple Lunch : Spaghetti with Italian Green Beans

    Feb
    22

    Leftover Spaghetti
    Leftover Sauce
    Leftover Italian Green Beans

    Reheated and green beans mixed right in, vs. not-touching-on-the-plate.

    …because mommies need to eat lunch, too.

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