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bopeep
01-10-2009, 01:15 AM
What do you like to eat that's different, not mainstream burgers & fries or pizza kind of food? Stuff that's healthy, diet-friendly, tasty and different?

I could eat sushi (proper sushi is seasoned rice with 'stuff' - could be anything, not just raw fish) every day for the rest of my life and die happy, but it's hardly alterna-food anymore - it's getting more and more mainstream every year. And that's a good thing in my mind! :hun:

I have one super easy and tasty recipe I got from my favourite Middle Eastern cookbook: It's chic peas, cooked with onions, tomatoes and spinach. Saute a couple of onions in olive oil, add some pureed tomatoes (two or three), the chic peas (2 cans or about 3 cups soaked and pre-cooked dried ones), and a big bunch of spinach. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Yum!

Some of my favourite weird fruits are to die for too - persimmons, mangosteens, ground cherries, and longan.

BP


migotokokoro
01-11-2009, 04:27 PM
I think salad with kidney beans, olives, and cheese is good. Without ranch or anything like that, it has enough flavor with those things that you don't need it. ^_^

migotokokoro
01-11-2009, 04:31 PM
PS. Apples and peanut butter is good too. ^_^


halloweengirl
01-11-2009, 07:46 PM
Cucumber slices w/guacamole :)

mazza
01-11-2009, 08:00 PM
Halloween girl, yum! Imagine cucumber, guac and natural yog. Sounds good.

Migotokokoro - apples w. PB iz da boooomb!

I like eating tuna mixed with mashed pumpkin, peas and topped off with LF natural yog. It's awesome, trust.

Also, tuna and whipped cream. I never eat it anymore but its awesome.

Lovely
01-11-2009, 10:23 PM
Well, I don't know how alternative my food choices are.. but...

I love agave nectar. Especially with greek yogurt. It's super tasty.

And I've just started trying out quinoa. Making it more often with dinner.

lizziep
01-12-2009, 02:37 AM
here in eugene we have Yumm! bowls- brown rice, black beans, yumm! sauce (imagine a yeasty thinner version of hummus only more delish then that) some ff sour cream, some avocado, olives, salsa. best thing ever. can easily be mady very fatty or very healthy. and both versions are delish!

something new i started making is i guess an udon soup. i get one of those udon soup packages from the produce dept, and make it up per package instructions- then i stir fry veggies and some tofu "steaks" made by Helens Kitchen - noodles, veggies, tofu, with the broth on top. some sambal and you're set! yum.

WormwoodDoll
01-12-2009, 09:21 PM
I could not live without a taco bake I make. It's just lean ground turkey, re-fried beans, salsa, and 2% shredded cheese. I usually eat it with multigrain tortillas.

Another favorite is putting boneless, skinless chicken breast, a can of cream of mushroom soup, some chopped up potatoes and carrots in a slow cooker. YUMMY.

A favorite snack is a serving of thin wheats with a slice of laughing cow cheese. I can't seem to stop eating them!

ollie27
01-13-2009, 02:16 PM
i put ground flaxseed in lots of my dishes. i buy the seed whole, grind it in me coffee grinder and store in the freezer. super healthy.

i second the agave nectar. yummy in hot tea and oatmeal.

most of my hippy-dippy vegan rockin foods are alterna. hopefully, one-day, it'll be mainstream and easier to do in public.

mauvaisroux
01-13-2009, 10:20 PM
I really like Greek, Lebanese, Thai, Vietnamese - fresh, simple and healthy ingredients in most of the dishes. I am always looking for lighter versions of Indian and Italian recipes as I really enjoy those too but have to watch for cheese, butter, coconut milk etc.in some of the recipes. I really enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. :chef:

Sadly, there are no good Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants in my area of Canada. :(


Favorite healthy snacks:

hummus & baby carrots
sharp cheese with pear or apple slices
greek yogurt with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey

bopeep
01-15-2009, 02:17 AM
Those Indian curries are tasty, but deadly to my goal of losing weight!

mauvaisroux - make your own tex-mex! No good places in Montreal either (well, no good *cheap* places!) We made our own tonight. I made refried beans (my own, not the pre made canned stuff), brown rice, guaccamole, and we made burritos with whole weat tortillas. I put a bit of fat free sour cream on it too, but I think I like it better with yoghurt.

BP

froggie83
01-29-2009, 04:32 AM
And I've just started trying out quinoa. Making it more often with dinner.
mmmm, i love quinoa. my favourite lunch right now is quinoa with tofu. the secret ingredient is loooooooooooooooads of garlic (not really, i put at least 3 cloves of garlic in almost everything)
and a veggie haggis recipe i found here: http://www.vegsoc.org/news/2001/burns.html

i'm not veggie/vegan anymore but i still love tofu and lentils etc. i make veggie food sometimes for the sake of my housemate who's vegan and mainly eats white sliced bread, bags of crisps or pasta with tinned tomatoes mixed in. giving vegans a bad name! he buys all the worst, most expensive and foul-tasting vegan 'substitute' products as well like scheese (tastes like a poor substitute for playdoh) instead of cooking vegetables, beans or tofu. i used to eat like a king when i was vegan, even managed to get fat on it, woohoo!
hmm..why am i always nagging my absent housemates on threads about something completely unrelated? :dunno:

Heffalump
01-29-2009, 07:59 AM
I love to go exploring in Chinese, Indian, Korean, Turkish [...] supermarkets and stores. One of my enduring obsession is with the wide variety of leafy greens you can get at some Chinese supermarkets - there are at least 20 kinds, and all of them have a different taste and texture. I just sautee them with a bit of salt, maybe garlic and ginger, sometimes roasted sesame seeds and sesame oil or a handful of peanuts or cashews. I serve them over quinoa, couscous, or rice, with tempeh or tofu as a stir fry, or in stews. Lovely!

Oh, and bopeep, that chickpea/spinach/tomato combo is one of my all-time favorite meals - I add some garlic and ginger to is, sometimes some cumin. There were times when I had this every single day of the week.

Riayn
01-29-2009, 07:49 PM
I love sushi and Japanese food. I could quite happily eat Japanese for the rest of my life and I do have sushi pretty much every day for lunch. I just fear I am consuming too many carbs with all that rice though.

moon safari
01-29-2009, 09:21 PM
I could eat sushi...every day for the rest of my life and die happy...

I am a fellow sushi freak! I don't know what it is but I love it so much. Too bad about the rice though, I have to watch my carbs (pre-diabetic) but I save them up if I think I'll be having sushi.

I love a good pad Thai and will save up carbs for that as well. Thai food in general is great.

K8-EEE
01-30-2009, 02:36 AM
Here in Los Angeles we make tacos out of anything that stands still long enough to put a tortilla around, LOL, so I would say my favorite alterna-taco is made with the Yves vegan stuff and Taco Bell powdered seasoning - with fresh salsa made from my garden and slices of avocado.

Believe it or not, I have tomatoes in my garden RIGHT NOW! It's the first time I tried doing winter tomatoes, they are the Alaskan kind that can handle short days and chilly nights, our winter is like Alaska summer. They are good, just not too prolific. Only getting 2 or 3 a week, but tomatoes are my fave diet gift, love love love me some tomatoes!

archychick
01-30-2009, 11:50 AM
Well, I don't know how alternative my food choices are.. but...

I love agave nectar. Especially with greek yogurt. It's super tasty.

And I've just started trying out quinoa. Making it more often with dinner.

I LOVE quinoa. However, be aware of the calories as they are steep! I love to stuff Pasilla peppers with a mixture of quinoa, pepper and tomato pulp and just a hint of queso fresco - then bake @ 400. mmm

archychick
01-30-2009, 12:01 PM
What do you like to eat that's different, not mainstream burgers & fries or pizza kind of food? Stuff that's healthy, diet-friendly, tasty and different?

I could eat sushi (proper sushi is seasoned rice with 'stuff' - could be anything, not just raw fish) every day for the rest of my life and die happy, but it's hardly alterna-food anymore - it's getting more and more mainstream every year. And that's a good thing in my mind! :hun:
BP

Oh yeah! The kids love it when we have "roll your own" night (I love to see people's reactions when my kids ask for that in public. lol) I set out the sushi rice, seaweed, cukes, omlettes sliced into strips, pickled radish & ginger, shredded carrots, green onions, wasabi and chinese mustard - then its everyone for themselves.

I never really thought of what I eat as alternative as I shop at an asian store every week so everyone is buying what I am. lol

Some great good-diet foods I make are:

Tom Yum (thai soup)
Pho (Vietnamese soup)
Sushi (of course)
Fish tacos with papaya/mango/avacado salsa
Geoduck salad (its a big clam - make it like conch salad)
Squash flower baked eggrolls
Leechee salad

K8-EEE
01-30-2009, 01:27 PM
Fish tacos!! Alright! Now you're talkin my language.

Sushi is very very popular among my friends, I just HATE it. Using the H word, h-a-t-e. I hate whatever that seaweed taste is! And it's all I can do to not borrow a cigarette lighter and COOK THAT FISH!

I wish I liked sushi cuz it's a skinny-girl food but it gags me.

Gypsy Severina
02-03-2009, 10:39 PM
I love snack foods that can be a meal, like whole grain pita chips and red pepper hummus with raw veggies. Problem is when I make the Velveeta chili dip with veggie chili and 2% velveeta... always make too much.

One of our local supermarkets has started offering brown rice sushi, which is insanely good! Its a little sweeter and chewier than regular sushi and fills me up.

corazonas
02-03-2009, 10:54 PM
mmmm... i <3 sushi! i thought i was the only one on the sushi diet- i eat it all the time! one of the markets around here has a sushi chef working all day and he sees me and my best friend coming every time! haha

i'm brown rice, extra avocado, no mayo... yummm!

Heffalump
02-04-2009, 07:51 AM
Mmmmmm sushi, I want some! Me and hubby used to go out to our favorite sushi place almost every week, but right now it's not in the budget. I've been thinking of rolling my own... :lol:

Anybody do that? Is it hard? I bought a sushi mat last year, but haven't put it to use yet.

corazonas
02-04-2009, 09:57 AM
i have a sushi mat and this "sushi maker" that's supposed to make it easier (AND make heart shaped sushi! haha) but i really prefer the mat. it's not too difficult (once you make a couple really jacked up look rolls, that is) but i don't know what it is... i guess i just haven't perfected my recipe and really prefer store bought or restaurant sushi. not that it's inedible or anything! i'm just lazy maybe? :P i think it's the rice- i keep adding stuff like a "recipe" says and i should just cook it plain. once i master my recipes i think i'll make my own sushi for breakfast every day! hehe

mauvaisroux
02-07-2009, 04:27 PM
mmmm......getting hungry reading this thread . .:drool:

I was ruined for Mexican food when I went to L.A. We ate a couple of mom & pop type Taquerita (sp?) places, kind of like a Mexican version of eating at a mom & pop diner, everything homemade by the family that owned it. I don't think I will ever eat Mexican food that good again unless I actually go to Mexico . . . I am sure I won't find that taste again in Canada. I have a friend from Florida who lives here now who refuses to go to Canadian Tex-Mex restaurants! :lol:

You're right bopeep, I will just have to learn to cook it myself. There is a Latin American grocery store within walking distance of my house - I need to shop there more often. :yes:

bopeep
02-10-2009, 12:54 AM
Sushi is actually really easy to make - of course it's not as good as the fancy restaurant sushi, but it's not bad at all, and it's so much cheaper!

K8-EEE - shshi doesn't have to have seaweed or raw fish! Most of the popular stuff does have it, but there's plenty without either! You can cook that fish if it's what you prefer!:D

mauvaisroux - actually, you can cook a lot of tex-mex food with food you buy at Loblaws or whatever your main groery store is. You'll just have to make everything from scratch. Refried beens are easy from canned or dried black beans. Tortillas are in the bread section (or you can make your own - fairly easy), and everything else is what you choose! The only thing I find hard to find are tomatillos, so I often grow my own.

Fish tacos are new to me - what's in them? They sound yummy!

Tomorrow night I'm making tabouleh and hummous (got the chic peas soaking now). Kind of carb-heavy with the pita bread, but mmmm... I'll stick to protein and veggies for the rest of the day.

BP

archychick
02-10-2009, 09:36 AM
I just cook a pot of rice (we always have a 25 lb bag of jasmin) and add either Mirin or create a rice vinager-sugar syrup (small amount). At the moment I've gotten into the habit of just serving the rice plain - it's just as good.

I used to use a bamboo mat sushi roller wrapped in plastic, but with 'roll your own' night we just fill and roll up by hand - really easy. You can also roll them into cones which is also really easy. You can also roll for cutting without a mat if you just make the roll nice and tight. No trick to it.

It's about getting the healthy, tasty ingredients into the seaweed and into your mouth! lol

ROLL YOUR OWN TONIGHT!!! :carrot: