Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Body Basics/Healthy Food: Dinner Tonight Salmon & Bok Choy

People often seem surprised when I tell them that I cook dinner every night. But the truth of the matter is there are not a lot of other dinner options for my family since we try to limit fast food and quickly tire of the few chain restaurants in our neighborhood. Cooking daily does not require you to be Superwoman (or Superman) but it does require a little planning. Even still, I sometimes fall into a rut of preparing the same favorites over and over. But recently, one of my friends sent out an email asking recipients to share quick weeknight dinner ideas. So what are YOU having/preparing for dinner tonight? In my house we are having grilled salmon, sauteed baby bok choy, and brown rice. Just in case you're wondering how to prepare bok choy, here's a quick recipe (if the sauce is too intimidating, just skip it:)

2 teaspoons canola oil
16 cups bok choy, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (about 4 pounds)
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup sake (rice wine)
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon red curry paste (such as Thai Kitchen)

To prepare bok choy, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bok choy and ginger; sauté 1 minute. Add sake and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and cook 2 minutes or until bok choy wilts. Cover and keep warm.
To prepare sauce, combine juice and remaining ingredients, stirring well with a whisk. Serve salmon with rice, bok choy, and sauce.
Source: Cooking Light, November 2005

Sunday, May 2, 2010

How do you deep condition?

The hot Florida sun can be brutal on skin and hair. I find that deep conditioning is essential to maintaining moisture and avoiding breakage. I have tried many products ranging from the super cheap to more expensive than I would like. However, I have found that adding honey and olive oil to just about any decent conditioner yields good results. I wear my hair natural and I prefer all natural ingredients so there are some pricier products that do not meet my criteria for a suitable conditioner. Now don't get me wrong, companies like Darcy's Botanicals and Karen's Body Beautiful make fantastics conditioners. However, I can also use a less expensive conditioner and get great results by adding a few ingredients from my kitchen. What works for you? Share you favorites deep conditioner concoctions....