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Sweet and Sour Pork III

1000 folks tried Sweet and Sour Pork III on and I agree with their high rating.  There’s quite a few steps but it’s worth the effort.  To healthify it, I only use enough Oil in a PFOA-free pan to sear the Pork.   I add more colourful veggies and replace some of the Sugar with Erythritol and Green Stevia…no one was the wiser.

If you like umami, add a touch of Fish Sauce when seasoning the meat.  For more heat, add minced Jalapeno Pepper.

Serve over Chinese Rice Pilaf, garnish with toasted Sesame Seeds and Cilantro.

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Buttermilk Cornbread with Jalapeno Peppers and Corn

Corn is my FAV Funky Food but sometimes you have to give yourself a treat.  My daughter Selena loves moist Cornbread so I replaced the Kernel Corn with Creamed Corn.  I like the heat so I use Jalapenos or Serrano Peppers.  I really like lots of Celery in a Cornbread Stuffing recipe I tried, so I added finely chopped Celery, Red and Green Peppers in Buttermilk Cornbread with Jalapeno Peppers and CornJalapeno Cornbread.

The original recipe calls for a 9×9″ pan at 400 degrees but I’ve had success with a parchment lined ceramic baking dish at 350.

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Quinoa Salad

Quinoa has all the essential amino acids we need, a complete protein. So I was excited to try a Tabbouleh Salad recipe in  “Quinoa – the Everyday Superfood 365” by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming.

Original Tabbouleh Salad with Parsley and Mint

Original Tabbouleh Salad with Parsley and Mint


My daughter found their recipe was too lemon-y so I doubled the Quinoa. Everyone seemed to like it better if I omitted the Parsley and Mint too.  Instead of seeding regular Tomatoes, I simply halved Grape Tomatoes.  I added Lentils, sliced spinach or kale, colorful bell peppers, acids and spices.   Then I served the Cucumber on the side as it made the salad too soggy, even if you seeded it.

So my adaptation is simply Quinoa Salad.  Its fresh, colorful and healthy.   Best served at room temperature.