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Karl’s Vegan Israeli Couscous Almandine

Wife Jan is on the Noom Program and I made an Israeli couscous salad packed full of vegetables and fruit for the Fourth of July. It was so popular with my family that wife Jan asked me to make some for her dance in the park potluck this Sunday.  Last time, I listed a vegan option for the salad, but Jan thought some of her friends might be vegan, so I made a new, strictly Vegan salad. Of course in my ultimate need not to make the same dish the same way twice in a row, I made some changes.

Karl’s Vegan Israeli Couscous Almandine

Karl’s Vegan Israeli Couscous Almandine

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Karl’s Israeli Couscous Almandine

I’m barbecuing a Nevis jerked chicken for the Fourth of July and I wanted some side dishes to go with the heavy meat main dish. With two vegetable dishes—corn and grilled vegetables—decided upon, I needed something with a bit of starch. Wife Jan is on the Noom Program, so she objects to dense starchy dishes. To please her, I chose to make a Israeli couscous salad packed full of vegetables and fruit.

Karl’s Israeli Couscous Almandine

Karl’s Israeli Couscous Almandine

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Karl’s Za’atar Grilled Vegetables

I’m barbecuing a Nevis jerked chicken for the Fourth of July and I wanted some vegetables side dishes to go with the heavy meat main dish. The women of my family really like grilled squash and tomatoes, but I did not want to use the same Nevis spice blend on the vegetables. For the squash, I decided to use the Middle Eastern spice blend za’atar. To make it Noom friendly I reduced the amount of oil.

Karl’s Za’atar Grilled Vegetables

Karl’s Za’atar Grilled Vegetables

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Karl’s Grilled Chili Corn II

I’m barbecuing a Nevis jerked chicken for the Fourth of July and I wanted some vegetables side dishes to go with the heavy meat main dish. My family really likes grilled corn, but I did not want to use the same Nevis spice blend on the vegetables. For the corn, I chose to use chili powder—kind of a go-together with corn.

Karl’s Grilled Chili Corn II

Karl’s Grilled Chili Corn II

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Karl’s Grilled Corn Salsa

I am making grilled shrimp tacos, so I thought I would grill some corn to make a grilled corn salsa to go with it. Wife Jan really likes corn salsa and when she logged it into the Noom app after dinner, so does Noom. Everything in the salsa was a “green” food.

Karl’s Grilled Corn Salsa

Karl’s Grilled Corn Salsa

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Karl’s Noom Friendly Vegan Sukiyaki

Daughter Eilene is visiting her sister tonight and this allows us to have something for dinner that she doesn’t like—mushrooms. Last week, I made a Noom adapted sukiyaki that wife Jan really liked. She asked that I make it again, filled with mushrooms.

Karl’s Noom Friendly Vegan Sukiyaki

Karl’s Noom Friendly Vegan Sukiyaki
This dish is Vegan except for the optional addition of a ramen egg

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Blue Corn Tortillas

When wife Jan recently bought me blue corn meal, she also purchased some blue masa harina. Masa harina is corn that has been soaked in calcium hydroxide (AKA slaked lime) in a process called nixtamalization. This process has many benefits, making it easier to remove the hulls, breaking down toxins that may be present in the raw corn, and altering the corn’s chemistry—allowing for easier absorption of key nutrients like niacin and letting the corn flour to absorb water to make a dough. The freshly ground corn dough—masa—is dried and then reground to make masa harina.

Blue Corn Tortillas

Blue Corn Tortillas
Tortillas on top made with culinary ash,
those on the bottom made without ash

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Karl’s Blue Cornbread with Chilies

Today, I am making cornbread with blue corn meal and Hopi culinary ash—this is in no way a traditional Hopi recipe. I was unable to find any recipes online for making this bread. The first reason for this is that culinary ash is almost impossible to come by outside of the Hopi reservation, so I am adapting my own cornbread recipe to the new ingredients.

Karl’s Blue Cornbread with Chilies

Karl’s Blue Cornbread with Chilies

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Karl’s Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Wife Jan asked for za’atar chicken skewers for Mother’s Day and I thought about what should go with it as a side dish.  A Mediterranean tomato and cucumber salad came to mind as something I had done before. However, to change things up I decided to throw in some chickpeas—AKA garbanzo beans. My meat marinade used most of a carton of yogurt and—to pair the salad with the main dish—I added the rest of the yogurt to the dressing.

Karl’s Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Karl’s Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

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Karl’s Lemon Orzo Florentine with Pan Seared Garlic Shrimp

My wife Jan has started on the Noom program, and I am adapting recipes to fit the new restrictions. While there is nothing really restricted on this diet, some foods are better than others—you are meant to fill up on “green foods” with some limited “yellow foods” to keep you happy and satisfied. Finally, there are “red foods”—foods like white flour and sugar that are to be severely limited in this diet. She requested orzo shrimp for dinner and I adapted the recipe to be more Noom friendly. The real goal of Noom is to reduce the amount of “red foods”—like butter and to include more “green foods” like vegetables.

Karl’s Lemon Orzo Florentine with Pan Seared Garlic Shrimp

Karl’s Lemon Orzo Florentine with Pan Seared Garlic Shrimp

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