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Italian Chicken – A Fool Proof Way to Cook Chicken Breast

Posted by Smurfette On February - 27 - 2009

I have to admit that I am not a good cook and I am not trying to be one. Despite my lack of enthusiasm in cooking, I still need to feed healthy food to my family. We all know that chicken breast is the healthiest chicken cut. However, I can never cook chicken breast that tastes good. It is always dry and hard. I tried baking it, frying it and even slow cooking it. Nothing works. Finally, I tried a really easy recipe (I do not remember where I got it from)
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How To Feed Vegetables To Your Kids (without struggle)

Posted by Smurfette On February - 17 - 2009

As a mother of two, I always try my best to feed my kids healthy food. However, kids and healthy food often don’t mix. It seems like they hate each other. Every meal time is always a battle. Until recently, I was at Borders with a girlfriend, browsing the bargain books. My girlfriend picked up this book called “Deceptively Delicious” and told me that the book was featured in Oprah. It looked interesting and it was a bargain, so I bought it.

The trick that is used in the book is mixing vegetables/fruits puree in dishes that kids like. So far, I tried the mac and cheese, chocolate cupcakes, meatloaf, green eggs and hot cocoa. My son’s favorite is the green eggs, because he read Dr. Seuss’ book “Green eggs and ham”. FYI, my son hates spinach but when I mixed it with eggs, he ate it like was his favorite food. Magic!

After trying some of the recipes, I figure that I can mix pretty much anything as long as the color still look the same and the taste is still familiar. I still serve regular vegetables at meal time to establish healthy eating habit for my children.



I enjoyed shabu-shabu for a long time, I always thought of it as a healthy food. Little that I know that shabu-shabu is quite similar of that called chanko-nabe, a type of clay-pot dishes that has been associated to be the sumo wrestler’s diet.

It’s just surprising to know lots of veggies and little thin pieces of meat can bulk us up – well perhaps the noodle that does it. I am not quite sure really how this type of food come to be the feast of the sumo wrestlers, I always thought they would do lots of junk food such as burgers and chips.

Interested to find out more? Visit here for more sumo stew and here for more about nabemono (clay-pot) style dishes.


By the way this is a really fun thing to read – Tips on how to increase your body weight:

1. Skip breakfast. By depriving their bodies of food after eight hours of sleep, their metabolic rates stay low.

2. Exercise on an empty stomach. If their bodies have
no food, their metabolic thermostats are turned down even lower to conserve fuel.

3. Take a nap after eating. The Sumo secret for gaining weight is that, after eating, they sleep for at least four hours.

4. Eat late in the day. Going to bed with full stomachs means that their bodies must respond to the huge flood of nutrients with a rush of insulin, forcing their bodies to store some of it in the cells as fat instead of in the muscles and organs as nutrients.

5. Always eat with others in a social atmosphere. According to leading researchers, a meal eaten with others can be at least 44 percent larger and with 30 percent more calories and fat.





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