I know I always talk about the weather a lot, but I think finally, I’m starting to get Spring Fever! Woohoo!! Isn’t Spring fever a wonderful feeling? Friday it’s suppose to be 83 degrees out, so I put in for a vacation day! I am so excited, I have no plans, but I do know that it will be so nice just to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.
Speaking of the sun, one topic I would like to touch upon since summer is coming is Skin Cancer. One thing you should know about me is I used to worship the sun and I mean worship the sun. I lived in the sun, I’d slather on oil, lay out half-naked, hoping for a good tan. I always felt thinner and prettier being tan. However now that I’m getting older the thoughts of skin cancer scare me. My body has a ton of freckles and moles from the sun, so one day my co-worker said I should get them checked out to be sure. I did get them looked at and the doctor had to take off about 10 moles and then had to have them biopsied. I was lucky the tests came back negative, but now I worry. I love the sun, but I have now learned that being white can be beautiful. Cancer hits everybody and it doesn’t matter if your black, white or purple, it can get you. Skin Cancer is the easiest cancer to detect, yet it’s the #1 cancer killer. If you have some moles get them checked out and age doesn’t matter. Take it from me you don’t want to have scars all over your body because of biopsies. Here is a link to skincancer.org, which will shed some light on cancer and what to look for. I am now precautious and I wear sunblock and a big floppy hat. However, I like the hat, it makes me feel like a movie star. lol So please be safe, wear 35-50 proof sunblock, wear a hat and definitely wear sunglasses because you can get cancer in your eyes. I just want to give you something to think about before you decided to lay out, play in the sun or go to the beach. Be safe, you have only one life and skin cancer is something you don’t want to get because of stupidity!
Ok, now to today’s delicious, healthy, cancer fighting recipe.
This dish was one of those clean out the refrigerator and throw something together meals. It was delicious and the sauce I made was spicy and a little sweet!! Sometimes one of the best meals you can have are the ones that are thrown together without thought.
I served the stirfry on top of brown rice. If you haven’t already, you must try Trader Joe’s Frozen Organic Brown Rice. It’s 160 calories for 1 cup, full of fiber and cooks in the microwave for 3 minutes. I am surprised, but my family even loves this rice. It’s quick and easy. With the leftover rice I made a yogurt parfait with it. Sounds kind of weird but it worked well. I layered a mason jar with Greek Yogurt, berries than the rice, topped with peanut butter than more yogurt and berries. It was filling and super duper yummy! I try not to waste any food. So next time you make rice, save a little of it and make a yogurt parfait, you won’t really notice to much of a difference.
Whats nice about stirfry is you can use pretty much any vegetables you like. For this recipe I used bok choy, peppers, onions, celery, pineapple, jalapeno and snow peas. It was a fully loaded stirfry and it’s also very low on calories!! It was 68 calories for over a cups worth of veggies. I didn’t measure it precisely, but I figured this served about 3 people.
Like my chop sticks? I don’t use them to eat, there for decorations. I do know how to use them, but honestly I don’t have the patience, just give me a fork so I can shovel my food into my mouth. None of that picking up little pieces or dropping food for me.
The sauce is made with soy sauce, brown sugar, chili oil, pepper flakes and dijon mustard. Of course I topped it with my Rooster Sauce because I can’t have any kind of Asian dish without it. I love it spicy!! My mouth is watering just thinking of it!
- Serves: 3 servings
- Serving size: approx 1½ cups
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 clove garlic
- ¼ cup (25 grams) onion, sliced
- ⅓ cup (60 grams) celery, sliced diagonal
- ½ cup (65 grams) sweet bell pepper, sliced into strips
- 2 Tbsp, jalapeno sliced
- 1 cup broccoli, cut up
- ½ cup pineapple, sliced
- 1 cup (100 grams)snow peas,
- 2 cups bok choy,sliced
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- ½ tsp.brown sugar
- 2 drops chili oil
- ¼ tsp. pepper flakes
- ½ tsp. djon mustard
- In a small bowl whisk together all your ingredients for the sauce, set a side
- In a skillet heat sesame oil with garlic, cook for about 30 seconds, add onions. Cook for about 1 minute.
- Add celery and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Add bell pepper and jalapeno and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Add broccoli, pineapple, snow peas and cook for about 2 minutes more.
- Add bok choy and sauce. Cook until bok choy has wilted and all the ingredients are covered with the sauce.
- Serve over rice.
I have a funny story for you. The other night I was eating a tortilla shell topped with jalapenos, cheese, salsa and greek yogurt and I dropped a little glob of jalapeno with all the goodies on it, onto the floor. Both my dogs who sit, waiting for something to drop saw the jalapeno hit the floor. My hands were full so I decided, I’ll pick it up after I finish eating. My dogs stared at it. Smelled it, looked at it, licked the floor around it and stared some more. My girl dog (Samantha) said no thanks, and she eventually walked away. My boy dog (Sampson) sat there and stared at it more. I told him to leave and he said ok Mom. Than he said screw it, and he took it and ate it. My girl dog just gave that look, like oh brother and Sampson looked at me and was like “what the hell Mom”. I opened the back door and he ran to the pool and started to drink the water. I know this is mean, but the look on his face was hilarious. You can tell he regretted it! I know jalapenos are not good for dogs, but I really didn’t think he’d eat it. I should have known he eats everything! But It was so funny to see his face, I’m such a mean Mom. he he
Do you have any fun dog stories you would like to share? I’d love to hear them!!
Have a great day and I will see you back here tomorrow!!!