What's on your plate?

What's on your plate?

Hello there, ladies and gents!


Keeping in line with all the fun and interactive threads asking about your most recent halls, items you have your eyes on, what you're currently wearing, what's your hair routine, and more, I've decide to branch out and ask:


"What's on your plate?"


The beauty world doesn't just stop at skin care and cosmetics, it also goes hand in hand with your overall health and well-being, so with that, I'm curious to see what we're all chowing down and snacking on be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or inbetween!


For those with apps that help count calories or to those who just want to keep a log, here's a place to share, possibly find and share some recipes, and even tips on maintaining a balanced diet.


Don't just share food items, but even drinks! I'm a huge fan of tea and at least have a cup of green tea a day (anti-oxidants) and drink plenty of water.


For lunch today, I had:


-Brown rice

-Steamed egg

-Steamed red snapper with green onion, sesame oil, and black pepper

-Gai lan (it's a type of Chinese vegetable/greens)


Now, tell me, Beauty Talk world, what do you have? :smileyvery-happy:

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Don't feel bad that your husband cooks, especially with your crazy hours. Cooking is a bit of experimentation and an art form too, and, unfortunately, for some people it's not second nature.

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Today is "Polenta" Friday so I made my standard butternut-squash "polenta" recipe but added in some chopped carmelized onion.


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Homemade pizza. Toppings were slightly sweetened tomato/BBQ sauce, thinly sliced fresh organic mushrooms, thinly sliced red onions, fresh organic arugala leaves, slices of Trader Joe's turkey-cranberry sausage, and fresh organic cranberries (unsweetened). 


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nom nom nom nom....

That looks awesome.

Did you make the dough yourself?

We had pizza too, but it was from the Sausage Factory on Castro

The only place I get pizza in the city...


If any of you head out to San Francisco, two things can happen, I can either take you here or you can find it yourself!


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Yes I did make the dough. It's a bit like a cracker -- thin and crispy. Flour- and gluten-free.

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I know somebody who is super gluten free and she loves pizza...

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I have several gluten-free pizza crusts. My favorite one (taste wise) uses eggplant but I apparently don't have it typed up (just have the copy from a recipe book). This crust is more involved anyway and I don't recall if it can be eaten like normal pizza (with hands) or if it can't handle a lot of toppings.


The one I've been making lately uses tapioca flour (or starch), which I have quite a bit of because of having to buy it off Lucky Vitamin in a larger (10# !) bag. The only brand of tapioca flour/starch I can get locally is Bob's Red Mill, and the recipe writer says that brand is dirt awful. The brand I use is Now Foods. Here's the recipe:


Pizza Crust – crunchy tapioca flour                             makes approx 14-inch pizza crust


1 cup tapioca flour or starch (any brand but Bob’s Red Mill)

1/4 cup potato flour or starch

Small amount of ground flaxseed, set aside

1/3 cup filtered water plus additional for getting right consistency

1 teaspoon powdered gelatin (e.g., Knox brand)

1 slightly beaten egg

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for pan

Italian seasoning to taste (or other dried seasoning(s))

Salt to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a one-half sheet baking pan with some olive oil.


In a large bowl, stir together tapioca flour, potato flour, dried seasonings, and salt.


In another bowl, sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the water. Add egg and oil, and whisk to combine.


Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ones and stir until combined. The consistency will be like thick sticky peanut butter. Add additional water (in small amounts) until the consistency is runnier, like frosting that is a little runny. If too much water has been added, then add a little bit of ground flaxseed for the right consistency. The dough will still be sticky.


Lay dough onto greased pan and spread it around with a frosting spatula or palette knife until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Be sure there are no holes.


Prebake the crust until it is crispy and slightly brown (it doesn’t really brown much), about 20 to 22 minutes. Large bubbles may develop (from the gelatin) which is okay. Remove from the oven and loosen the crust from the pan with a spatula.


While crust is prebaking, make tomato sauce and prepare toppings. If the crust is done before the sauce and topping preparation are complete, turn off the oven. Once sauce and toppings are almost complete, preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Bake crust containing sauce and toppings for about 25 minutes.


Suggested sauce: heat in a small pan 6 oz can tomato paste, diluted with some water but still pretty thick, seasoned with dry seasonings like Italian seasoning, and condiments like Worcestershire sauce, smoke flavoring, etc.


Suggested toppings (all thinly sliced): raw red onion; raw mushrooms; roasted red bell pepper; Italian salami; pepperoni; pepperoncinis; black olives; canned artichoke hearts; etc. Be sure wetter ingredients or ingredients that emit moisture (such as mushrooms, artichoke hearts, roasted red bell, olives, etc.) are placed on top of the sauce, and leave drier ingredients (such as onions and meats) for applying to the very top of the pizza.


Adapted from recipe in Primal Cravings book.


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Thank you very much, sweet DiVWA.

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Totally not all I had to eat for dinner...



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Yummmmm.  Are you sure this wasn't your whole dinner? :smileywink: Not that I could blame you...

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These things are too good! 

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Homemade plantain chips. Some seasoned with smoked chipotle chili powder and salt; others seasoned with garlic powder, smoked paprika powder and salt; a few seasoned with ground cinnamon powder and salt.


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How interesting.

Those look and sound very tasty..


In Puerto Rico, we have a few ways to prepare platanos (plantains.).

Tostones are so delicious. I used to watch my grandmother (Nana) make them and fortunately, she's taught me many of her recipes before she passed away this year.

There's salty versions, sweet ones and even garlic-y ones..

Both of these recipes are from online. One of these days, I'll break out my Cocina Criolla cookbook..



  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Place the plantains in the oil and fry on both sides; approximately 3 1/2 minutes per side.
  2. Remove the plantains from the pan and flatten the plantains by placing a plate over the fried plantains and pressing down.
  3. Dip the plantains in water, then return them to the hot oil and fry 1 minute on each side. Salt to taste and serve immediately.


  • Peel the plantains and cut them into 1-inch thick disks. Place the garlic in a bowl with the water and set aside.
  • Heat enough oil in a large skillet so that the disks will be half way submerged in the oil. When the oil is shiny and a drop of water sizzles across the top, add the plantains. Fry for 3-5 minutes on each side until the plantains are lightly softened and browned. Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Place the plantains on a cutting board, smash with the back of a wooden spoon to make them half as thick, and let them soak in the garlic water for about a minute.
  • Remove, dab them dry and wipe off garlic pieces so they don't burn, and return to the frying pan. Fry for another 2-3 minutes on each side or until they take on a deep golden color and a crispy texture. Drain again on paper towels, sprinkle with ground sea salt, and serve with rice and beans.


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Thanks for sharing Evangeline. Do the plantains need to be green or ripe in these recipes, or does it not matter?


Here's my recipe (which is adapted from a paleo cookbook). These are baked:



Plantain Chips or “Tortilla” Chips (for nachos or snacking)



2 green plantains

1 to 2 tablespoons ghee, melted

Sea salt

Seasonings, optional (see below)



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Space two oven racks about evenly apart. Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.


Prep the plantains. Cut off both ends of the plantains, then with the tip of a sharp knife, make shallow slits lengthwise along the skin. Use your fingers to pry off the strips. With a mandolin slicer on its thinnest setting, slide the plantains into coins. Use your gloved hands or two wooden spoons to toss the slices in a large bowl with the melted ghee.


Assemble and season the plantains. Use six or more coins (or various pieces) to make each “tortilla” or “chip.” Lay them flat on the parchment paper with edges slightly overlapping (while they bake, the natural starches will make the coins or pieces stick together). Sprinkle with sea salt and any other seasonings you want.


Bake the plantains. Bake for 15 minutes, and then switch places of the two baking sheets, so what was the sheet on top is now the sheet on the bottom, and vice versa. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, until very crisp and beginning to brown.


Remove from the oven and eat now, store or use as nachos. Let cool and then eat now, store in a sealed container or use for nachos. If making into nachos, top with nacho fixings such as thinly sliced greens, thinly sliced red onion, thinly sliced pepperoncini, seasoned ground beef, chopped tomato, chopped ripe avocado, etc.


Some suggested (optional) seasonings to use: Smoked paprika (sweet, hot or bittersweet); garlic powder; onion powder; ground cinnamon; lemon pepper; smoked chipotle chili powder; and any others you can think of.



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For the "saltier"/garlic-y recipes, the greener the better.

But for the sweet recipes, you want them very ripe and black.

I used to cut them as thin as I could and fried them in butter and brown sugar, then let it cool.

Once the sugar crystallized, they were the tastiest little sweet crisps.

...however, it was difficult not to burn them. 

My grandma used to let them ripen (for weeks) and then she'd cut them in fat chunks and put them in hot canola oil, then she'd take them out and smash them to fry them up again. Those were easier to make sand just as good.


Your recipe sounds awesome.

I need to try that out one day.

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Yum! Those look so good. 

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Oh my, my meal tonight was a meat and cheese platter.  Not the whole thing but I am stuffed.   

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Today is Polenta Friday! I'm trying to make a different Butternut "Polenta" on every Friday, using the bargain butternut squashes I keep buying at Trader Joe's.


Here is today's polenta: Chive-Rosemary Polenta. See recipe in older post on this page or next. I replaced the nutmeg with some crushed dried rosemary and added some kinda-minced fresh organic chives.


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Other add-ins that you can do:

Dried marjoram

Dried red pepper flakes

Dried thyme

Lemon Pepper

Finely chopped fresh scallions

Grated garlic

Plus other stuff that I haven't thought of yet!


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Cauliflower 'mac' and cheese. I've been craving comfort foods with this crappy weather, so I've been making this often. Just your basic creamy sauce with steamed cauliflower. For the sauce I make a bechamel with skim milk and stir in a bit of grated onion, dijon mustard, and grated sharp cheddar. Yummmm.



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Can I just sop that up with a roll? :smileytongue:

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Every winter, I always indulge is as much squash as I can for the season, usually in the form of a decadent, creamy blended soup. I've been trying something new though and I love the recipe! Basically, I would roast (pan or oven) the butternut squash or kabocha squash with olive oil, cumin, ground coriander, ground pepper, sea salt, paprika, and a dash of cayenne. When it's done, I top it off with fresh parsley leaves, which really add to the flavor profile. 


It's a very quick and effortless dish too if you guys can get the butternut squash prewashed & precut (I know it's available in my local Wegmans). If you want to be extra health-concious though, I say go for the kabocha and leave the skin on to roast.


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* from Joy the Baker. I don't have a picture myself but I felt obliged to include one to make the post complete lol. Can't remember the blog I got the recipe from but if you google "roasted squash with cumin, coriander," many similar recipes pop up.


I have a quick question: how many of you guys try to stick with organic meat and wild-caught seafood? I've been making a habit to buy those options when I can, but I was slightly shocked when the wild-caught salmon fillet I purchased today at Wegmans came out to ~$45 today ($32.99 a pound). Ugh, so expensive compared to the $5.99/lb farm-raised salmon -- I'd probably only buy again on special days. 

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