Saturday, June 23, 2018

Turkey Meatballs

2 lb ground turkey
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup jicama, finely diced
1/2 cup carrot, diced
1/2 white onions, chopped
2 garlic, minced
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 egg
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup peanut oil
1 cup tamarind juice
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 tbsp oil
Serve by itself or with rice or noodles

Heat oil in saute pan and add jicama, onions, carrots and garlic. Stir and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are wilted. Let it cool

In a mixing bowl combine cool vegetable , ground turkey, egg and cornstarch. Mix well and season with fish sauce, salt and black pepper.

Roll meat mixture into a ball smaller golf ball size.

At the rest of oil in a saute pan and start pan-fried the turkey ball about 4 to 5 minutes each size.

Combine the sauce ingredients and mix well. Pour in to the meat balls and cook for 5 more minutes for the sauce to coat all the turkey meat balls.

Another way to serve the turkey ball is to make a sauce separate and serve the sauce as the dipping sauce on the size a long with lettuce,cucumber, herbs.
To make a sauce as the dipping sauce:
In a small pan heat 1 tbsp oil and stir in shallot and garlic; cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant, Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to boil. Adjust the seasoning and cook for 2 minutes, Add slice hot fresh Thai chili if desire

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Healthy Broccoli, Potato, and Kale Soup

The basic ingredients of broccoli soup are milk, cream, butter, and flour to make a roux.  Also, most people love creamy broccoli soup with cheddar cheese.  My healthy version of broccoli soup is none of the above. I use potatoes instead of butter and flour. I also use kelp broth to add nutrition to this soup as well.  Kale is another good vegetable to add to this soup. The cheddar cheese topping for this soup is very much for each guest who wants to enjoy a creamy taste. This recipe is much easier when a Crock-Pot® plays a part to help finish this recipe. The broccoli potato soup is one of my comfort foods on a lazy day.

4 cups of broccoli florets
2 medium potatoes
2 cups chopped kale
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup white onion, chopped
4 cups kelp broth or chicken broth
2 tbs olive oil
Season with salt and pepper
Chili flakes (optional)
Cheddar cheese (optional)

I use a-one-pot rice cooker. It is sold at Costco.
Peel the potatoes and roughly chop the potato
Turn the sauté function on. Add oil. Add garlic and onions. Stir to cook for 4 minutes.
Add broccoli, potatoes, kale, and the broth to the pot. Season with salt and pepper.
Close the lid and turn the dial to the soup function and let cook until everything is soft and tender.
Use a handheld blender and blend the soup until smooth.
Adjust the seasoning to your liking and add more broth or skim milk if too thick (your choice).
Ladle soup into a serving bowl and top with cheddar cheese.
*Other protein ingredients that can be added to this soup are tuna or shrimp.

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Please take a moment to take in the following message:

What forgiveness is

"Forgiveness is a form of realism. It doesn't deny, minimize, or justify what others have done to us or the pain that we have suffered. It encourages us to look squarely at those old wounds and see them for what they are. And it allows us to see how much energy we have wasted and how much we have damaged ourselves by not forgiving.

Forgiveness is an internal process. It can't be forced, and it doesn't come easy. It brings with it great feelings of wellness and freedom. But we experience this only when we want to heal and when we are willing to work for it.

Forgiveness is a sign of positive self-esteem. We no longer identify ourselves by our past injuries and injustices. We are no longer victims. We claim the right to stop hurting when we say, "I'm tired of the pain, and I want to be healed." At that moment, forgiveness becomes a possibility-although it may take time and much hard work before we finally achieve it.

Forgiveness is letting go of the past. It doesn't erase what happened, but it does allow us to lessen and perhaps even eliminate the pain of the past. The pain from our past no longer dictates how we live in the present, and it no longer determines our future.

It also means that we no longer need resentment and anger as an excuse for our shortcomings. We don't need them as a weapon to punish others nor as a shield to protect ourselves by keeping others away. And most importantly, we don't need these feelings to identify who we are. We become more than merely victims of our past.

Forgiveness is no longer wanting to punish those who hurt us. It is understanding that the anger and hatred that we feel toward them hurts us far more than it hurts them. It is seeing how we hide ourselves in our anger and how those feelings prevent us from healing. It is discovering the inner peace that becomes ours when we let go of the past and forget vengeance.

Forgiveness is moving on. It is recognizing all that we have lost because of our refusal to forgive. It is realizing that the energy that we spend hanging on to the past is better spent on improving our present and our future. It is letting go of the past so that we can move on.

Mistake of trying to run away from the past. The problem is that no matter how fast or how far we run, the past always catches up to us-and usually at the most inopportune time. When we forgive, we are dealing with the past in such a way that we no We all have been hurt. And at one time or another most of us have made the longer have to run.

For me, learning how to forgive wasn't easy. But I did learn, and my life is better for it - even here on death row."

Michael B. Ross
Death Row
Somers, Connecticut

"To be angry is to let others' mistakes punish yourself.
To forgive others is to be good to yourself.
Master ChengYen

Buddhism today

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Not many cookies will earn the title of low-fat, gluten-free but these peanut butter cookies do. These cookies are soft inside and crunchy on the outside. Depending on the taste of each baker; more or less sugar can be added. I make these cookies with very little sugar for my own taste. I like to eat more peanut cookies without feeling guilty. This is fantastic snack.

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Use a handheld beater to beat the batter until well mixed.

Roll the dough out using a 1 tbs measure.

Place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
Use a fork to flatten the dough and make indentations.

Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until it turns golden brown.

Easy Salmon and Gourd Green Curry

2 salmon fish fillets (7 oz. each) cut into big bite

2 tbs green curry (store-bought)
1/2 gourd, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 white onion, cubed
1 (14.5 oz) can coconut milk
2 cups kelp stock
Season with:  fish sauce, salt, sugar, and black pepper
Garnish with: 2 sliced green onions and chopped cilantro
Serve with hot cooked rice or rice noodles

In a medium pot; add 1/2 cup coconut milk. Bring to boil and add curry paste.

Simmer the curry paste with coconut milk until thickened.

Add the kelp broth and gourds. Bring to boil and add the rest of coconut milk.
Simmer about 10 minutes. Add salmon. Season with fish sauce, salt and sugar.

Bring back to boil. Cover and turn the heat off.

Let fish slow cook in hot broth for 10 minutes.
The curry is now ready to serve.
Ladle the curry over noodles or rice. Top with green onions and cilantro.

Do it now!

In a crash course in psychology, the professor gave the assignment to the students: "Within a week, you go to someone you love, and tell them that you love them. They are people that you have never or rarely told such words."
The assignment looked easy. However, almost the men of the course, who were over 30 years old, found it difficult  to carry out because rarely had they expressed their feelings to someone else.
At the beginning of the next class, the professor asked his students to retell their stories. It seemed that he waited for a woman, but an arm of a man raised. He looked so touched. He began his story:
“Five years ago, my father and I had a vicious disagreement and never really resolved it. We avoided seeing each other unless we absolutely had to at family gatherings. Even those times, we hardly spoke. So by the time I got home, I had convinced myself I was going to tell my father I loved him.
Just making that decision seemed to lift a heavy load off my chest. During that night, I hardly slept. Next day, I was at my parents' house ringing the doorbell, praying that Dad would answer the door. I was afraid if Mom answered, I would chicken out and tell her instead. But as luck would have it, Dad did answer the door.
‘I didn't waste any time’ - I took one step in the door and said, ‘Dad, I just came over to tell you that please forgive me and I love you.’
It was as if a transformation came over my dad. Before my eyes his face softened, the wrinkles seemed to disappear and he began to cry. He reached out and hugged me and said, ‘I love you too, son, but I've never been able to say it.’
But that's not even my point. Two days after that visit, my dad had a sudden heart attack and now is still in the hospital. If I am still hesitating about talking to my father, I may not have no chance to do so.”
- Dennis E. Mannering
No man truly has joy unless he lives in love.
- St. Thomas Aquinas
You must give time to your fellow men - even if it's a little thing.
- Albert Schweitzer
Patty Hansen

Monday, June 11, 2018

Easy Healthy Banana Pancakes

I love pancakes, but pancakes are made with flour, and that sometimes prevents me from enjoying pancakes. I have watched many YouTube videos about making gluten-free pancakes, but this recipe caught my eye. This recipe is so easy to make and gluten-free means no flour is used in the batter. How good does that sound?  I have followed this recipe many times, and today I will share this recipe with those who are dealing with Celiac Disease. I believe that this recipe will create a healthy breakfast that I can enjoy almost every day.

1 large banana
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbs chopped nuts (your choice)
1 tbs coconut oil or butter
Garnish with sliced apple, watermelon, and blueberries

Peel banana (I use a right banana), and place in a bowl.

Break an egg and add with banana.

Use a handheld beater to beat the egg and banana well (add the baking powder, cinnamon, and chopped nuts).

Let the batter sit for 15 minutes.
Heat oil in a nonstick sauté pan.

Divide batter into three portions (use about 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake).

Pan fry the pancakes over low heat (flip each pancake when it starts to brown).

Remove from heat and enjoy!