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 mom bought too many bags of grapes last week! Within the past few days, I have been eating frozen grapes, raisins, and plain grapes in an attempt to make a dent in the four bags sitting in my refrigerator. On my quest to getting rid of all of the fruit, I discovered this recipe for pickled grapes. Yummy, right? Absolutely. After making a few changes to the recipe, I had a small jar of pickled grapes. They have a sweet taste with a kick coming from the vinegar. I like to eat mine with scrambled eggs. It may sound strange, but pickled food with eggs is delicious!
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 cup mixture of red and black grapes and cranberries
2 tsps honey
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of fine sea salt
Wash the cranberries and grapes. Pull the grapes from their stems. Slice the fruits in half. Pour them in a small glass container.
Pour the vinegar, water, honey, and salt in a saucepan. Bring everything to a boil. Remove from heat and pour the liquid into the jar. If the fruits are not entirely submerged in liquid, add just enough water to cover them. Add in the cinnamon stick and mustard seeds, then allow the liquid to cool. Chill overnight and consume within a week.
I found this recipe for almond butter granola from one of my favorite blogs called Peanut Butter Fingers and knew that I had to make it before I left for vacation. I am definitely on board when a recipe calls for two of my favorite ingredients. As I was preparing the granola, I made slight changes to Julie’s recipe, but it still turned out great!
1 cup + 1 tbsp old fashioned oats
4 tbsp almond butter
4 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp chia seeds
dried cranberries (optional)
Preheat oven to 325F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine almond butter and honey in a pan over low heat.
Once the almond butter and honey are well combined, stir in the oats and chia seeds. Make sure the oats are completely covered.
Spread the oats onto the parchment paper and bake for 6 minutes before tossing the oats every two minutes. Remove the oats from the oven when they are slightly brown.
Allow them to cool down completely before enjoying. They will become crunchy.
Since I was craving something sweet, I made cranberry and almond butter balls. They are very simply to make and perfect to curb anyone’s sweet tooth. Just remember to eat these in moderation because these treats are still high in calories.
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup natural almond butter
well blended walnuts
Blend the cranberries well.
Add in the almond butter and blend until the mixture is slightly sticky, yet firm enough to roll into balls. If the mixture is too wet, add in more cranberries. If the mixture is too dry, add in more almond butter.
Roll the mixture in balls and cover each one with the well blended walnuts.
Place the balls in the refrigerator until slightly firm.
Over medium heat, stir and toast your choice of nuts until golden. Add the quinoa and toast a few more minutes until it begins to darken. Transfer the toasted quinoa and the nuts to a 2 quart saucepan and add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, covered, then reduce the heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Fluff gently with a fork and serve.
This is the recipe from the back of the Earthly Delights Quinoa bag. I just added the possibility of using walnuts instead of almonds. Enjoy!