Eat– for Good Health

Do you love to eat or eat to live?  I fall into the former category, but need to be watchful of calories.  I love, love, love Pear Salad! You can make this into an elegant dinner salad by adding braised tofu, turkey or chicken slices. Besides a head of lettuce, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 3 pears – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 5 ounces Laughing Cow Blue Cheese, cut into small squares
  • 1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup granular sugar-free sugar (saving out 1.5 Tablespoons for dressing)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Directions

    1. In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until “sugar” has blended and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, and break into pieces.
    2. For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons “sugar”, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper.


    Roquefort Pear Salad Recipe


    10 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

    1. Kathleen Rowland

      Wade, I applaud you for wanting to do something about high cholesterol. Tofu is magical, the way it picks up flavors with food. By itself, tofu is bland. I braise mine always in a scant amount of sesame oil which is good for you. When the outside of tofu is nicely browned, it is absolutely delicious. Tofu is in the bean family but combined with dairy and nuts, you will have complete protein. We need all the essential amino acids to build strong body cells. Best of luck with tofu, Wade.

    2. Mary Alice Tallmadge

      Kathleen, I agree with you with browning tofu– it tastes really really good that way. Sometimes I come home from swimming laps, and I’m quite hungry. I get out a package of firm tofu, cut it into cubes, and fry them in about a tablespoon of sesame oil and a tablespoon of Hoisin sauce. I throw in a package of frozen Asian style vegetables. Wow, is this good. I don’t need the rice. Actually I have a tendency to overeat rice.

    3. Kathleen Rowland

      Thanks for the tip, Mary Alice. No wonder you maintain a trim body! People who look great are aware of what they’re doing!

    4. Janessa Breckenridge

      I need to get back into aerobic exercising every single day for at least thirty minutes. I’m going to dust of my bike.

    5. Kathleen Rowland

      Janessa, you know Reba has a stationary bicycle in front of her flat screen. As a legs model, she needs to keep her legs glamorous.

    6. Kathleen Rowland

      Aerobic exercise– thirty minutes daily– is the key to prevent metabolic syndrome. Strong, fit women have a 63% lower risk even if they’re not pencil-thin!

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