Sushi Time!

Hey ya’ll! I survived my first day of full class. I have class from 3-9 pretty much with small breaks in between each class. By the end of the day, I had a headache. I think it was because I didn’t eat enough, but my last class of the day is sort of boring. It is a research methods class, which I find that I don’t need since I can read research, I’ve worked in a research lab, and I wrote a review paper to be published. Hmmmm. Can I just not take it pretty please? I’ll suck it up and survive though. The professor is at least this hilarious older guy who lived in Austin for 8 years, so hook em! On to the fooood. This weekend, Carrianne and I went to have dinner with a friend of ours from BU over in Brooklyn where he lives. Let me tell you something about Brooklyn. It has delicious food, but OMG it is so far away on the train from where we live. Not to mention the fact that the L just sits at 8th ave FOREVER! Lets distract my anger towards the train by thinking about my favorite food: SUSHI!

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We ended up going to this really cute place in Williamsburg called 1 or 8. At first we couldn’t figure out where it was because the sign on the door was incredibly tiny. We weren’t sure if it was the place or not until I eventually saw it say 1 or 8 on the wall. When we walked in the hostess asked if we had a reservation, which we said no to and then she went away for a few minutes. At first we were a bit like what? Since there was not many people there at the time we went. However she came back with menus and took us into this really cute room with branches all along the wall. It definitely had an awesome atmosphere.

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The menus were the cutest things. Each menu was on a clipboard. The main menu had about 4-5 pages. The drink menu came on a super tiny and adorable clipboard. It was just a super fun place to be. It was definitely a hip spot because there were huge groups of people. I was excited as I flipped through the menu looking at all the possibilities. I did think it was super hilarious that they had fish and chips or croquettes on the menu. It was like a Japanese fusion type of restaurant.

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So pretty much all of my photos are going to be dark because the restaurant decided to have some romantic lighting by candlelight only. Therefore I think only about one of my photos turned out perfect.  We started out with some edamame because all three of us were starving. We were popping these things into our mouths like crazy. We went through this bowl pretty fast, but by the time we were done our food was there. Our friend Jason ended up getting Miso soup with his meal. He let me have a bite and it was delicious. The tofu in it was made fresh at the restaurant.

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My dark plate of sushi. Oh how I love thee. You were so delicious and tasty. The roll in the front was called a salmon mozzarella roll. It had salmon, mozzarella, semi-dried tomato, and yuzu tobiko. It came along with a basil dipping sauce. Wow this roll was delicious. At first I was skeptical because Carrianne said she had a bad experience with a cheese roll, but I thought why not go for it anyways? It was a good decision. It tasted a bit like bacon rolled in mozzarella cheese. In my mind it was Italian style sushi. My other roll was yellowtail mango. I love mango, so that is really the only reason I decided to get this roll. The roll obviously had yellowtail and mango, but it contained jalapenos too. It came along with a cilantro sauce, which was to die for. The roll was fruity and fresh. The quality of the fish was high, which made the place so appealing. I always hate when the fish isn’t up to par.

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Here is Carrianne’s dark plate of sushi. She ended up getting a salmon skin roll and a few pieces of nigiri. She enjoyed all of her sushi and said the fish was so delicious.

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Why did Jason’s plate of sushi come out in a normal color? I will never understand this. He ended up getting one of the sushi plates. It came with around 7 pieces of different types of nigiri and one sushi roll. His sushi roll was huge. It was stuffed with tuna, squash, and a wide assortment of other vegetables. He really seemed to like it. I don’t understand how people fit those huge pieces into their mouths and eat it like a normal person. I swear I look so uncivilized when I’m eating large pieces of sushi.

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I saw this when we were walking to 1 or 8 and thought it was cute. I think I only like it because it says Jewish, but it was also neat that they had a bunch of street art around the city. Ya’ll know how much I love street art. Anyways 1 or 8 is definitely a good place to go for sushi. It is worth the trek out to Brooklyn if you don’t already live there. The prices are extremely decent. Averages from 10-13$ for a fancy/crazy roll while simple rolls are 4.50-6.50.

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Sweet Potato Nachos

Hey ya’ll! I have a delicious recipe in store for you. Now that I live in New York City, I’m pretty far away from my delicious Mexican food (although I live in a Dominican neighborhood, so I’m at least getting some Spanish food in my life). I decided that I wanted to make something Mexican inspired in honor of my home. However Mexican food is full of fat, calories, and food items that are not so healthy for you. That gave me the idea to “healthify” one of my favorite dishes: Nachos! I could have made tortilla chips from baking corn tortillas, but that is the easy way out. I ended up making my base or chips from baked sweet potatoes.

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Sweet Potato Nachos

2 small sweet potatoes
1-2 tsp of olive oil
1 pinch of garlic powder
any other spices or seasonings you want to add
Cheese of choice (I used fat free Mexican Blend)

Topping ideas:

Cilantro
Tomatoes
Jalapenos
Onions
Black Beans
Banana Peppers
Chives
Chicken/Beef

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1. Preheat oven to 350. Wash your sweet potatoes and peel them until there is no skin left.

2. Then slice both potatoes in thin round slices.

3. Place in a small container, pour in olive oil, and mix well.

4. Place slices on a baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic powder. If you have added other spices, sprinkle them on at this point.

5. Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes.

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6. Take it out of the oven, but leave the oven on. Then sprinkle on cheese. Depending on personal preference you can either add on the rest of the toppings now or wait until all the cheese is melted. Personally I put the toppings on then put the cheese on top because it made the toppings cheesier (ya’ll know I love cheese). Then place in the oven to monitor until the cheese is melted.

7. Enjoy!

This was the perfect dish. I wish I would have had more things to place on as toppings, but I had forgotten things such as avocado at the supermarket. Next time I will definitely be having black beans and avocado on top of my nachos. It would have been creamy and delicious. Plus including more protein would help you stay fuller. I added Greek yogurt on top of mine instead of sour cream. It was a much better option that putting sour cream on it. Sweet potatoes are a much better option than regular tortilla chips for a variety of reasons. Sweet potatoes are extremely high in vitamin B6, which helps reduce homocysteine in our bodies. Homocysteine has been connected to a variety of diseases and has even shown a role in heart attacks, so eating more sweet potatoes is definitely a good move for those that are heart health conscious. Other nutrients that sweet potatoes contain are Vitamin C, Vitamin D, iron, magnesium, and potassium. While that is a long list, one of the most important and well known compounds that sweet potatoes contain is carotenoids. More specifically, sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene, which helps with eye function and to boost our immune systems. Besides the many health benefits of sweet potatoes, they are extremely versatile to cook with. Just look at my recipe! You can make sweet potato chips. How awesome is that?!

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I just look at these and it makes my mouth salivate. Thank god I bought 2 lbs of sweet potatoes at Trader Joe’s! But actually I wont be making these anytime soon because I have a ton of different sweet potato recipes for ya’ll coming up sometime soon. I hope everyone had an awesome Sunday! Mine has been extra special since the University of Texas Longhorns won against no. 2 Stanford today in volleyball (not to mention that they also beat number 1 Penn State the day before). Hook em! Ya’ll know how much I love my volleyball. It has been hard not being able to go to the games, especially since they were extremely exciting this weekend. My mom and brother went, so at least they were sending me the scores, videos, and hilarious quotes from the crazy people in the audience!

See ya’ll tomorrow!

What do you like to do with sweet potatoes?
Do you eat other foods with carotenoids and Vitamin A in them?

Eggplant Parmesan Gets Healthified

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone is having a good Saturday. I swear I am getting so forgetful these days. I just remembered that I had a paper due at midnight tonight in my online philosophy class. It is not a fun assignment either. Boo to doing work. Luckily my mom and I are working on a delicious baked good hat I will definitely be sharing with ya’ll in a couple of days. Until then I’m going to have to share another delicious recipe with ya’ll: Eggplant parmesan. Eggplant parm can pack in a ton of unnecessary calories, but if you follow this recipe then you will be able to lose weight while eating great!

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Healthified Eggplant Parmesan
1 eggplant
1-2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 fresh tomato
1/2 c. of tomato sauce
6-8  thin slices of mozzarella
1 tbsp of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
pinch of salt

photo(5)1. Preheat oven to 375. Slice eggplant lengthwise into slices and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle salt on top of the slices and drizzle a little bit of olive oil on each piece.

2. Cook in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the eggplant appears slightly brown.

3. Then place a small amount of sauce on each slice of eggplant (I had around four slices of eggplant, so it didn’t take that much sauce to cover lightly). Then add on 2-3 slices of tomato on each piece of eggplant. Next you add 1-2 slices of the mozzarella cheese (make sure that each slice of cheese is pretty thin that way you won’t be consuming a ton of calories and you will get the great meltability that you want). Finally sprinkle on some breadcrumbs and place into the oven.

photo(4)4. Cook in the oven at 400 degrees until the cheese is completely melted. Then remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes until warm enough to take off the pan.

photo(1)I am in love with this dish. A great thing to serve along with it would be spaghetti squash (just another vegetable that I’m obsessed with). The cheese, when it melts, provides a nice creamy flavor to the crunch of the crisped breadcrumbs. The eggplant is soft from being cooked, yet it is crisp on the outside. It provides a nice contrast in your mouth. Also by only having a thin amount of sauce, there is not a ton of mess from this fantastic dish.

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Italian food is one of the best good genres in my opinion, well besides Asian of course. However Italian food comes along with tons of empty calories and high fattening foods, so it is important to either modify the recipe or make smart choices when you are eating out! I hope ya’ll like this recipe because I know I did. Have an awesome rest of the night. I’m going back into the nerd world of writing papers. The things I do to make it to graduation.

Easy Caprese Sandwich

Hey ya’ll! Today was my official last day of class. I am so excited. I had an exam, which I think I rocked because I finished in 18 minutes. Go Lindsay. Anyways lets get on to the good stuff: food. One thing I love to enjoy is anything with mozzarella and tomatoes. What does that sound like? Caprese salad. However those ingredients can get really heavy in calories, so I thought why not create a light version? Then I had the greatest idea to combine it with my love for pressed paninis. Best decision ever.

photo(2)Easy Caprese Sandwich

2 slices of 40 calorie bread
4-5 slices of tomato
a few extremely thin slices of fresh mozzarella
fresh basil leafs

photo(4)1. Turn on your pannini machine to medium-high heat and let it warm up.

2. Take your tomato slices, mozzarella slices, and basil and put it on one side of the bread.

photo(1)3. Place the other piece of bread on top and spray both sides with non-stick cooking spray.

4. Once the machine is heated, place your sandwich in the press and make sure it is tight on the bread.

5. Once the cheese has melted, remove the sandwich from the press and enjoy.

photo(3)Look at the melty goodness of this sandwich. If you want to make a good grilled cheese or have a sandwich with a melted cheese, you are better off using a fresh, full fat version. The fat free versions of cheese don’t melt well because they lack a multitude of ingredients that are in fresh cheese. This was such a good treat to have. I will definitely be making this sandwich a lot. I think next time I’m going to add some pesto on the bread to bring in a nice combination of flavors.

photoHopefully everyone is having a fantastic Monday because I know I am! Now I just have to get to studying for my Medical Nutrition Therapy final that is on Thursday. I feel pretty good about it, so I’m not too worried or stressed about studying hardcore!

What is your favorite type of sandwich?
Do you like your sandwich grilled or not?