Join me on my adventures as I try to live a healthier, more relaxed and more spiritual life. In this blog, I narrate my attempts my to do this using healthy recipes, talk about growing my own vegetables, and how I alleviate stress through quilting and positive affirmations. I also talk about those people around me (my family and friends) who make me the person I am.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Healthy Eating...Part II

Tonight I am continuing in my quest to be healthy.  I came home from class tonight, and instead of opening the big bag of Doritos my husband brought home from the grocery store, I made a salmon/vegetable dinner. This may not sound like much, but it's really a big deal.  Doritos are my weakness. If I were Superman, or in keeping with my gender, Supergirl, Doritos would be my Kryptonite.  I am especially fond of the Spicy nacho ones.  I am guilty of making a bag of them my entire dinner at various times.

So tonight, I made a dinner inspired by Alton Brown.  If you're a Food Network junkie like I am, you know that he is the host of the show "Iron Chef America" and "Good Eats."  A couple weeks ago, I saw an episode of "Good Eats" about making "pouch dinners."  They are basically simple dinners created on the premise of being really quick and healthy.  It's supposed to be really good for fish dinners; you basically chop up a bunch of aromatic vegetables (carrots, celery, leeks, fennel, onions, etc) and wrap them with fish in a parchment paper pouch.  Add a little bit of lemon juice, wine, or vegetable broth and let it bake in the oven for twenty minutes, and you've got a little slice of nutritious heaven on your plate. 

To be honest, I've had a lot of setbacks with the whole "healthy living" thing.  Like I've said happens.  Between a job, graduate school, taking care of a two-year-old, etc., I usually feel like I have no time to spend on making an involved dinner.  That's why a recipe like this fish pouch one is so takes me all of five minutes to prepare everything for the oven, and I don't have to worry about anything burning while it heats.  If anyone has any more recipes like this one, please feel free to share it.  I'm always on the lookout for new, creative and delicious recipes...I need them to keep me from heading out into the kitchen and opening those Doritos...


  1. I don't have any recipes for that but that is a good idea. I have been having set backs too. It is frustrating to try to eat good and have parties to go to all the time.

  2. Try using strips of boneless white chicken with your veggies too. Add in some fresh mushrooms and scallions and delish. Serve with a salad and you have an awesome and healthy meal. Best of luck. It is a difficult and life changing transition. I can definitely relate.
    Take care,

  3. That's a great idea. I love anything with mushrooms and scallions. Thanks for the suggestion!