Monday, November 24, 2008

Leftovers made gourmet

Let's see, what is in my fridge, my freezer, my pantry??? This is how I begin each meal. I despise waste, can't throw away food so I have to eat what is there. But that is not the same as left overs. Here is an example. In the fridge are some grains from last night, some veggies. In the freezer there is frozen Mahi Mahi. In the pantry I've got some beluga black lentils. See some almonds...So the meal evolves from this.

Menu: Almond crusted Mahi-Mahi, Israeli cous cous with black lentils and a chopped salad with feta cheese, olive and balsamic drizzle.

The age rebel factor: Skin friendly oils from the fish, almonds and olive oil. (FYI: I love almond oil and it is found in many of the Intelligent Skin Sense moisturizers)

Friday, November 14, 2008

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My daughter and I enjoyed our very own slumber party. Waited till dad went out, scurried into the bed and had a picnic. She is six and I guess I am too because I had as much fun as she did. Her job was to guard the bed from our two dogs. They shouldn't have been hungry as I cook holistic foods for them too! Last night they had chicken (yup, cage free) with their doggie grains. But I guess they wanted Chinese-our stir fry created a few hopeful whimpers...anyway wanted to share my quick concoction with you. But I warn you, I am a "little bit of this and a little bit of that" kind of a cook. I never measure so I'll do my best...

Veggie Stir Fry-four to six servings-depends on your appetite, and palate!

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Vegetables: 1/2 cup ea: mushrooms, carrot, celery, and add to this any of the following

1/4 cup ea: broccoli, bean sprouts, cabbage, bok-choy

Protein: a handful of Almonds and optional is 1 cup of shrimp, chicken or beef

Flavor makers Scallion, Garlic, Ginger, Orange or Lemon, Soy or Tamarind sauce, Tabasco or Chile peppers (for hot spice) honey or agave (to sweeten sauce).

Chop one garlic clove (or use garlic powder if need be), grate a small piece of ginger (or use ginger powder) a few scallions, half a lemon or orange (or both) and set aside in a bowl.

In a frying pan or Wok, heat 1/4 cup of olive or sesame oil (or both) for a minute and then add the vegetables. Keep stirring with a wooden spatula for five minutes and then add the flavor makers to the pan. Stir again, and add soy sauce to taste. If you have a problem with soy, then use sea salt. Add in sweetening agent to taste. Add in hot spice to taste. Continue cooking (and stirring) until the vegetables are at a texture you like. I like Al-dente so ten minutes is perfect for me. Set veggies aside in a large bowl. Add the protein in the same pan and brown to your liking. Add some more soy or salt. When cooked, add the protein to the vegetables, mix in well and serve alone or over rice or noodles.

Salad Dressing: Take two carrots, one (quarter size) small piece of ginger, 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, a couple of tbsp. of soy sauce and put into a Cuisinart or blender. Puree. Great over greens or cucumbers.

Age Rebelling Factors: good for skin and for health!

Cucumbers and Celery: Natures diuretics, great for kidney strength

Carrots: beta Carotene's: High in anti-oxidants, helps with adult acne, (and adult eyes...)

Garlic and Onions: Natural anti-inflammatory properties

Ginger: Aids digestion

Green Vegetables: Chlorophyll, Folic-Acid- wonderful nutrients for the cells

Thursday, November 6, 2008

About Age Rebel...and more

OK, call me an age rebel, but if age were relative, then I'd still be a teenager. I know I'm approaching the big 5-0, but so what? The number is significant in tallied years, but that's it. There is no definition anymore of what it means to be 20, 30, 40, 50 on up. My Mom is a living example at early 70's. Once a Bridge Master, she is now a Tai Chi master, an interfaith minister and world traveler. There is no slowing her down. And she looks great. In this blog I will share simple secrets and recipes that I have acquired after 25 years in the skincare/spa industry. This will help you rebel against age-related issues such as sagging skin, cellulite, lack of energy and aging attitudes.You'll also find product how-to's and tips on how to use the ISS Skin Care System, which combines the latest advances in science with the most natural of ingredients. Say "no" to time and "yes" to ageless skin! And remember sometimes it is our thinking that gets old, so keep your thoughts fresh by staying open-minded.
Marlene Katz, Age Rebel, founder of Intelligent Skin Sense .