Eat to Nguyen

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Welcome to my blog about a subject I am very passionate about: food.

Growing up in a health conscious family, I constantly heard my parents telling me to shed some pounds. I never listened to them because I didn't think that there was anything wrong with my weight. During my 16 year physical check up, the doctor told me I was becoming overweight. That was the wake up call that I desperately needed. For the first time, I looked in the mirror and saw my body. Seeing my reflection, I vowed to reach a healthy weight, which I accomplished through exercising and changing my diet. Along my weight loss journey, I learned many things about food, which I hope to pass onto my readers and inspire them to lead a healthy life.

How do I come up with my recipes?
Let's get this straight: I have no experience in the kitchen whatsoever. I just cook for fun because I love seeing how food takes on different tastes and textures when combined with different ingredients. Now on to the question. I like to take popular foods such as pancakes and pizza and make the healthiest version possible, using fresh and nutritionally packed ingredients. My goal is to create food that I will not regret eating once the plate is clean. Provided that I have some of my favorites food such as cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and oatmeal always stocked up in my house, you will most likely see at least one of these ingredients in my recipes. I will admit that it does take a while to come up with recipes because I try to eliminate butter, which is found in almost all recipes especially desserts! Foodgawker is definitely the website where the whole thinking process begins.

What does Eat to Nguyen mean?
My friends tease me about being healthy. They always tell me that my lunches are "foreign" to them because they consist of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Since my last name is Nguyen, which sounds like the word win, one of my close friends came up with the title Eat to Nguyen for a future cookbook. Because I cannot cook a decent meal, I just decided to use it for the name of my blog.

My other tumblr: Nick and Nat

Can you make lasagna without pasta? Why yes, you can. I didn’t even miss the pasta! Zucchini and squash are officially the best substitutions for pasta. 

  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 2 large squashes
  • 1 cup no salt added tomato sauce (I used Sprouts Tomato Sauce)
  • 2/3 cup tofu, diced
  • 9 large spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese (fat free would be better)
  • 1/3 cup Soysation cheese shreds 
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil spray
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Wash the zucchini, squash, spinach leaves, and tofu.
  3. Cut the ends off the zucchinis and squashes.
  4. Using a mandoline, create slices of zucchini and squash.
  5. In a food processor, puree the tofu and spinach leaves. Add in some salt and pepper.
  6. Use the olive oil spray to coat the bottom of a dish. 
  7. Lay the ingredients in the following order: zucchini, tomato sauce, squash, ricotta, zucchini, tofu mixture, squash, ricotta, tomato sauce, and cheese shreds. 
  8. Bake for 45-55 minutes. In the last five minutes, top the lasagna with more cheese shreds. 
  9. Let the lasagna cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
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