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…

Thanksgiving Menu (Quick Stir Fry From Leftovers)

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on November 19, 2009 ][ In Diet Tips and Better Eating Ideas, Miscellaneous ]

Thanksgiving meals require plenty of advance planning. First you have to plan the menu based on the number of people coming and whether others are bringing food. Then you have to make a shopping list from all the recipes and worse, do the shopping. Hopefully, someone is helping and you are not alone in this endeavor.


Our menu as it stands today is: roasted turkey that has been brined, cornbread dressing and gravy, cranberry salad, sweet potato casserole, rolls, some sort of green vegetable and of course, pumpkin pie. I haven’t decided on the green vegetable as there are several recipes I’m considering, each of which has different fans.


I want to remind everyone that you will feel less guilty about indulging a bit on Thanksgiving if you make healthy choices before (and after) the big day. We’ve been eating black bean soup recently and last night, we had a stir fry from several leftovers. I had lots of leftover rice from the black bean soup, half a cabbage and a few green onions. I also had about half a smoked pork tenderloin from Sunday. Remember I’m a big fan of using leftovers. I added carrots and sauteed the cabbage and onions in one pot with about 3 Tbsp. of canola oil. When the mixture was lightly browned, I added the chopped pork, seasoned it with pepper to taste and a few dashes of soy sauce. Be careful with soy sauce as it is extremely high in salt. In a separate skillet sprayed with cooking spray, I sauteed the rice with 3 Tbsp. of butter, pepper and a few dashes of soy sauce. I added three beaten eggs and stirred till the egg was cooked. I served the vegetable/meat mixture over the rice and egg mixture. Everyone loved it, it was fast and easy and I used up several leftover items, saving money.


I also hope you are keeping up with your exercise. Holiday time is hectic but this is not the time to quit exercising all together. Today is nice and sunny so I’ll take the dog on a long walk. We both benefit. Plan an outdoor activity on Thanksgiving if weather permits. A walk in the park, football or even dodgeball will be fun for everyone.

Upadated on November 19, 2009

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