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.
Nothing beats eating baked pumpkin oatmeal on this fall day. So moist and delicious.
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
2 tbsps oat bran
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp lemon zest
1/3 cup pumpkin puree (I used organic puree from a can)
1-2 tbsps mashed banana
1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 3 tbsps water for an hour)
1/4 cup unsweetened soymilk
1 tbsp chopped pecans
1 tsp pepitas
2 tsps honey
Add the first nine ingredients and 1 tsp honey to a bowl and mix well. Let it stand for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat toaster oven to 375F.
Combine the pepitas, pecans, and the remaining teaspoon of honey in a separate bowl. Set aside.
Once the oven is ready, pour the oat mixture into a ramekin. Bake for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the ramekin and add the honey covered nuts on top. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. You can serve the baked oatmeal with milk, which is what I love to do.
I love peanut butter as much as i love my parents chocolate. By the way, those two make a lovely combination. Going back on topic now. On every visit to Market Street, I pick up a PB2 container, then proceed to put it back down. The reason? It costs $5.99 and I love the real stuff. Well, I took the plunge today and bought the powdered peanut butter. I have no regrets besides the one of never buying it. PB2 honestly tastes like the real thing. To make peanut butter, simply mix two tablespoons of the powder with a little over a tablespoon of water and give it a stir. Voila! You have peanut butter that has significantly less calories than the real thing. Two tablespoons have 45 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. This doesn’t necessarily mean it is better than peanut butter, which contains healthy fats. Both are good options. PB2 is what dieters probably prefer because of the low calorie content. Well, I have some big plans for this newly acquired PB2.
I have been seeing goat cheese covered grapes all over the internet, so I thought that I should give them a try. I mean look at them. How could you not want to make them? Well, looks can be deceiving because I did not really enjoy these balls. This was the first time that I had goat cheese and it will probably be the last. I can’t really explain the taste, but the word that comes to mind is tangy. It is definitely an acquired taste. I would love to try this recipe again except with another cheese. Does anyone have any cheese recommendations?
red seedless grapes
chopped and toasted pistachios and almonds
Cut a thin slice of goat cheese and lay it on the palm of your hand.
Place a grape in the middle of the slice and roll it around using both hands. The cheese should cover the whole grape, but not be too thick.
Roll the ball in the toasted pistachios, almonds, or poppy seeds.
Repeat as many times as you want.
Place the balls in the refrigerator to chill and take out when ready to serve.
Homemade almond milk is a cinch to make! Unlike the ones found in the grocery store, this one has less sugar and few ingredients. I am a firm believer in using minimal ingredients to make a great product.
1 cup soaked overnight almonds
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp agave nectar or honey (more if you want a really sweet milk)
Take your cup of soaked almonds and drain the water.
Place them in a blender and add the water, vanilla extract, and agave nectar or honey.
Take the liquid and strain it through a cheesecloth. Gather up the ends of the cloth and squeeze to remove any leftover liquid. There will be an almond meal inside the cheesecloth. Don’t throw it away! You can eat it alone or with yogurt.
Like other nuts, pistachios are high in monounsaturated fat (the good kind). They have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. In addition, these nuts contain vitamin E, which boosts the immune system. Just avoid eating dyed pistachios and stick with the plain ones.
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!
Out of all of the nuts, walnuts contain the most omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol, fight cancer, and improve mood. Toss these on top of your oatmeal, salad, or yogurt. Just remember to eat nuts in moderation because they are still high in calories.