Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Food Confessions – Lemon Dill Salmon

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on November 10, 2009 ][ In Fish ]

Sometimes, even the cardiologist’s family makes poor food choices. Sometimes we indulge in too many sweets or fatty foods. This weekend I attended Christmas open houses at local stores. It is one of my favorite events because they all serve delectable treats and have new merchandise out to start the Christmas shopping frenzy. I managed not to eat too many tasty treats while out shopping. BUT THEN, I came home and made manicotti stuffed with about 50 kinds of cheese and sausage. Good but not the healthiest choice. I didn’t deny myself a slim piece of buttermilk pie for dessert either, another bad move considering I’d had plenty of treats earlier.

THEN, on Monday I made a really bad lunch choice because I was in a hurry and there was almost no food in the house. I had purchased an individual sized DiGiorno frozen pizza because I couldn’t find the South Beach pizza I like. I made the mistake of not reading the nutrition label or I never would have purchased it. I made the further mistake of not reading the nutrition label before I heated it up. Just before I sat down to eat, I thought to look at the label. I was horrified to see that the pizza weighed in at 790 calories, almost half my daily needs. I didn’t read any further as there would be no better news. I ate most of the pizza, feeling guilty about my poor food choices over the last two days.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Read labels before you buy and think about what you are putting into your body before you eat.

From Halloween until January 1, beware and be careful! We are in the season of holidays, parties and family get-togethers which all include foods guaranteed to pack on the pounds and clog your arteries. To help avoid gaining weight, make sure you stick to your exercise routine and make healthy food choices MOST of the time. The following recipe is quick, nutritious and rates high on taste. Serve it after Thanksgiving when everyone has eaten too much and is tired of turkey.

Lemon Dill Salmon
4 salmon steaks or fillets
4 medium carrots, sliced diagonally
1 each zucchini and yellow squash, sliced thin (I add at least one more)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. dried dill weed
1 tsp. lemon pepper
Preheat oven to 450. Spray a 9 x 13 or larger cooking dish with Pam. Place salmon in dish, arrange carrots around fish. Top with squash. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over fish and vegetables. Cover with a sheet of aluminum foil. Bake 17 to 20 minutes until fish flakes easily.
This dish takes about 10 minutes to prepare so you can be eating in about 30 minutes.

Upadated on November 10, 2009

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