Went back to the Blue Zone Kitchen book for this week’s menu.  Like the 30-day Alzheimer Solution book – this too is far more than a book with recipes.  It’s culture and lovely life stories with much to learn and absorb. It is also beautifully structured and display worthy.  See more at bluezones.com and at @danbuettner.

Having said this before – food can be fun and interesting and medicinal.  Changing my relationship with food was my biggest accomplishment in my journey to better health and wellness.  While I still let it get the upper hand every now and then, or use it as a reward…even then my choices are better.  🙂

It is fun to try new foods and new combinations.  Not all are successful, but all are interesting and educational.  🙂   What interesting foods or combinations have you tried recently?  If you try any of the recipes in Simply Yum, let us know.  We’d love to know how it turned out

This week’s menu:

  • Breakfast:                    Iced Banapple Turmeric Smoothie (page121) modified
  • Lunch/Dinner:             Tofu Steak with Miso Mushrooms (page 112)
  • Snack:                         Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Dessert:                       Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (page 251)
  • Water:                         Of Course

Iced Banapple Turmeric Smoothie:  I have used this recipe before and really loved it.  It’s light, refreshing and super Simply Yum.  It is usually a golden color, but this time I added a few things to the recipe which is just bananas, fresh turmeric and apple.  This time I added some kale and spinach, chia seeds, and ginger.  So good and a great way to start the day.

Tofu Steak with Miso Mushrooms:  I have to say, the flavor in this is really good.  Easy prep and lots of good for you stuff in here.  Tofu – which I once said I would never use, is becoming something I really like –  shitake mushrooms, ginger, miso paste, red pepper flakes and green onion with some cherry tomatoes on top.   Simply coat and sear the tofu; sauté the mushrooms in sesame oil, miso past (took a minute to find it the grocery store), and other spices and put together.  Filling but light at the same time.

Fresh Fruit Salad:  As the seasons change yummy fresh fruit gets better and better.  With just a few ingredients you can make a great mid-day snack or even a meal.  Watermelon, blueberries, pineapple, red and black raspberries tossed together – super simple and Simply Yum.

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies:  While they are called breakfast cookies, I like these as an opportunity to satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way.  This recipe could not be simpler – bananas, applesauce, oats and chocolate chips.  That’s it.  I will say my “batter” was pretty wet, so I refrigerated it for a bit and baked it for about 15 minutes longer than the recipe calls for.  So good.

Water: This week added a sliced white peach to my standard lemon and lime water.  Added some sprigs for fresh mint as well.

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