Mozzarella Garlic Bread

Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

When I was in high school, I took a cooking class from my high school teacher, Ms. Nesalhous.  She taught us the basics of cooking, and I remember trying out different recipes from cookbooks my mom had at home.  One of these cookbooks was a Sunset Magazine cookbook.  Although I don’t remember the exact recipe for this garlic bread, this is my adaptation.  It’s super easy and tasty.

1 package of fresh mozzarella, drained if in a container with liquid

1-2 large tomatoes, sliced thin

1 large garlic clove

2 TB dried oregano

French bread loaf

Slice and toast a loaf of French bread.

Rub the entire garlic glove over the toasted open face portion of the loaf

Sprinkle with salt if desired

Top with sliced tomatoes, followed by slices of fresh mozzarella

Sprinkle with dried oregano

Place on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

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February 26th – Exercise Log

Posted by Jennifer (the student)

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

I am back and ready to try again after a week where little went as planned. The last three days of the week, I spent in bed fighting some horrendous cold that I am still trying to get over. So I am anxious to get healthy and active again.  🙂

2/26/12        Off 

2/27/12        Yoga 1-hour class (Sick)

2/28/12        Piyo 1-hour class, Weight Training 30 minutes √

2/29/12        Off 

3/01/12        Yoga 1-hour class, Cross-trainer 40 minutes 

3/02/12        Cross-trainer 40 minutes, Weight Training 30 minutes 

3/03/12        Tennis 1 ½ hour class 

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What is Okara?

 Posted by Jennifer (the RD)

After posting the Okara burger recipe last week, I realized that I probably should have done a better job of explaining what Okara actually is.  When I was a child, my grandmother used to make a Japanese dish out of okara.  It was almost like an ultra smooth version of couscous in that it was very soft and had little texture.  It had a slightly sweet, slightly sour, slightly salty taste and always had shiitake mushrooms and other veggies in it.  I took a picture of this dish straight off of the package of the dried version that you can find at Marukai.

Okara is the pulpy fiber that is left over from making soy milk.  I did not figure this out until I was an adult.  I used 75% fresh Okara and 25% dried Okara in the veggie burger recipe I posted last week.  Above is a picture of the fresh okara before it went into the burger.

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Veggie Chile Relleno

Posted By Jennifer (the Student)


Chile Relleno is a popular Mexican dish, translated it means “stuffed chile.” Traditionally, chile relleno is a dish that is stuffed with cheese, battered and then deep-fried. I thought with a few changes, I could make this dish healthier and just as tasty.


  • 4 poblano chilies (can substitute ancho or anaheim chilies)
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 yellow crookneck squash (diced)
  • 2 ears of corn (cut corn of the cob)
  • 2 zucchini (diced)
  • ½ cup shredded monterey jack cheese (or any cheese you like)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook chilies on a gas-stove top or on a grill pan. Turn peppers frequently, blacken evenly without burning thought or overcooking. Once peppers are blackened and blistered, place in a sealed glass bowl (use a lid or plastic wrap) and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil and diced onion. Cook for several minutes.
  4. Add squash, corn and zucchini to skillet and sauté for 5-7 minutes. Stir frequently.
  5. Peel the blackened skin off the peppers. Then cut a slit down the side of the pepper starting close to the stem down to the tip. Carefully, remove the seeds and veins as to not tear the pepper.
  6. Carefully, stuff each pepper with ¼ of sautéed vegetables per pepper.
  7. Place stuffed peppers in a baking dish and top with cheese.
  8. Bake 10 to 15 minutes to melt the cheese.
  9. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

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Pets and Health

My dog Kasper – Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

Anyone that knows me knows that my dog Kasper is my best friend.   Not only does he give me unconditional love and companionship, but he is a great exercise companion.  It is amazing to me that he can walk for an hour and a half without getting the least bit tired.  🙂

According to the CDC, pets can offer the following benefits:

  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Decrease cholesterol levels
  • Decrease triglyceride levels
  • Decrease feelings of loneliness
  • Increase opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
  • Increase opportunities for socialization

It saddens me to think about all of the pets that are put down due to overcrowding of shelters.  So, consider adopting a pet.  Pets have the potential for giving back to you more than you could ever expect or imagine!

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February 19th – Exercise Log

Posted by Jennifer (the student)


Last week, I started off strong and fizzled out in the end.  Still, I am proud of 7 weeks of regular exercise. I am feeling more energetic and flexible. Also, my tennis elbow is doing better. This week’s schedule is lighter, I am trying to be realistic this week. Wish me luck.

2/19/12            Yoga 1-hour class, Weight Training 30 minutes 

2/20/12            Yoga 1-hour class, Cross-trainer 40 minutes √

2/21/12            Piyo 1-hour class, Weight Training 30 minutes 

2/22/12            Off 

2/23/12            Yoga 1-hout class, Weight Train 30 minutes X (sick)

2/24/12            Cross-trainer 40 minutes X (sick)

2/25/12            Tennis 1 ½ hour class X(sick)

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