Attempted, within my rules of Simply Yum, to try a recipe with ingredients I have never used before.  This was still simple….it is certainly yum; but it did take a bit longer in prep than usual.  Totally worth it!   I also stayed with the anti-inflammatory theme this week and looked at new and tasty recipes.  Found a very yummy and really simply cookie recipe too to keep my sweet tooth in check.

Give food a chance to be your friend.  It took a while for our relationship to improve but over time, we learned how to first coexist and then, well, we actually like each other now and get along pretty well…most of the time.  🙂

My weekly prep is a fun way for me to do good for my body and stretch my creativity as well as preconceptions about new foods, flavors and combinations.

What new food or combination of food have you tried this week?

This week’s menu:

  • Breakfast:                  Anti-inflammatory Smoothie
  • Lunch/Dinner:            Katzy Curry over Soba Noodles
  • Snack:                       Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Water:                        Yes

Anti-inflammatory Smoothie:  Found a new recipe from and used it as a base with a few embellishments from me.  The recipe calls for spinach, ginger, turmeric, almond milk, cinnamon, flax and chia seeds, along with a frozen banana.    I added frozen pineapple and dates – both good antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.   I added more fresh ginger and turmeric than called for as well.  Turned out very well – almost creamy.  You can find the full original recipe here at:

Katzu Curry: Really enjoyed trying so many new tastes and ingredients in this recipe.  Found it on Instagram via @sculptedkichen.  Long list of ingredients but still meets the Simply Yum rules.  My house smells so good right now.  I got to try working with tofu more – pan baked vs fried and dredged in flour and spices; then in oat milk, red chili sauce and soy sauce, followed by panko and Italian breadcrumbs.  Used curry cubes for the first time, mixed with vegetable stock, garlic paste, cilantro paste, tomato paste, carrots, mushrooms potatoes and sesame seed oil.  I then poured it over soba noodles and added the baked tofu on top.  Good flavor and I actually like the tofu.  The only change I would make next time is to ramp up all the spices and add more curry, more chili paste, and more soy.

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies:  This recipe from could not have been easier and resulted in a really tasty treat.  It took no time at all to whip together, about 30 minutes for the dough to cool and 10 minutes I the oven.  This recipe I followed pretty closely as I usually do with baking, however I used whole wheat flour instead of the white whole wheat flower called for simply because I didn’t find it in my grocery store.  I also used dark chocolate regular size chips instead of the mini chips called for and added some almonds to a few as they baked.  They do not have a cookie texture in my opinion, they are a bit more cake like that way but very good and a healthy treat.

Water:  Went with sparkling water mixed with flat, lemon and lime, as well as grapefruit and tossed in a few slices of green apple.  So good, refreshing and good for me and a bit pretty to look at.  If you want to hydrate more but get tired of plain tap water…mix it up.  Try different combinations of fruit and herbs.  I have fresh mint and basil in this batch.  Doesn’t need to be fancy or difficult…even just adding lemon or lime alone makes the water far more enjoyable.

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