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The Healthy Food Instagram Challenge

This week I’ve been revisiting foods I previously thought I didn’t like. Omi and I came to the conclusion that so many people enjoy salads, vegetables and fish… They can’t all be crazy… We made a pact to try preparing healthier meals for awhile to see if we could get used to new flavor combinations.

Just in the past 6 days, I’ve realized that I actually do like the following:

  1. Jocoque (sour cream)
  2. Salmon
  3. Quinoa
  4. Cherry Tomatos
  5. Roasted Red Peppers
  6. Chinese Noodles
  7. RequesΓ³n (this is similar to cottage cheese)

I’m still in the process of learning to like Hummus. Don’t know if it will be possible. Celery was a confirmed nope. Don’t like the taste of it.

It’s been fun trying new things and new combinations. AND, I feel good. Ended up losing a couple of pounds without really trying. I am two pounds closer to becoming WONDERLUKAH! hahaha!

Now, I am doing a made up Instagram challenge where I try to make the meals look as good as in the pictures. hahaha!

Malukah Instagram Food Challenge

Looking forward to seeing what other foods I can add to our rotation. It’s about time. Meals were starting to feel copy/paste, which left me turning to snacks for diversity. And that usually meant sugary things.

And sugar =/= elegant clavicles.

It’s all about the clavicles.

Thanks for reading,

PS: The Instagram I’ve been taking recipes from: nutriologa.alegpaez

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  • Reply Jennifer

    I love, love, love trying new foods! Hummus is something that I have tried to like (because the world seems to) but I just cannot. I don’t know what the appeal is. You’re not alone, Malu! #SayNoToHummus πŸ˜€

    July 19, 2018 at 1:25 pm
    • Reply malukah

      Hahahahahaha! I’m glad I’m not alone in my hummus confusion! hahahahaha! Thanks for reading, Jennifer! πŸ˜€ Check your email when you can πŸ˜€

      July 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Firefighter_21

    You have something in common with me food wise…I LOVE salmon…it’s one of my favorite fish to order off of if it is on the menu of a restaurant.

    Also like buying frozen salmon filets and adding some seasonings (if it is not seasoned already) and baking them (instead of frying) in the oven. That is healthy eating for you.

    July 19, 2018 at 1:31 pm
    • Reply malukah

      That’s awesome. I’ve only prepared Salmon on the Air Fry… which is like an oven in a way? And it turned out well! I can’t believe I’ve spent so many years thinking I didn’t like Salmon. Next time I go to a restaurant, I will be sure to check out those dishes which used to be an immediate no-no before! πŸ˜€ Thanks for reading, Firefighter!!! <3

      July 19, 2018 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Sardai

    The recipes look really tasty, I am definitely going to try some πŸ˜€ I too need to eat more healthy or at least different. I don’t really eat unhealthy, but I need to lower my carbs and eat more vegetables. There isn’t a lot of food that I don’t like, but carbs are just easier to prepare and a lot cheaper. I like to try new things but I need to stop being lazy I guess hahaha.

    Good luck with your challenge πŸ˜€

    July 19, 2018 at 2:31 pm
    • Reply malukah

      For sure… carbs are definitely easier and cheaper to get/make. I was so shocked when I saw how expensive salmon is. Holy crap. Good luck to you, too. I think this is the kind of thing where stars have to align so that you feel willing to take the time to do the extra prep. At least for me, that’s how it works. I hope this drive lasts. hehe! Thanks for reading, Sardai!

      July 19, 2018 at 3:33 pm
      • Reply Sardai

        If salmon wasnt that expensive I would eat it every week haha. Last year I have been doing a low-carb diet and it worked really well for me. I just need to find some motivation to start again after the break I took. I recently graduated and I have a lot less stress now, so I am sure I will get that motivation soon πŸ™‚

        July 19, 2018 at 8:34 pm
        • Reply malukah

          Good luck! It’s awesome you have less stress now. πŸ˜€

          July 19, 2018 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    I also don’t like celery, has a weird flavor I don’t like. Hummus is popular but I just can’t seem to enjoy it πŸ˜›

    July 19, 2018 at 2:37 pm
    • Reply malukah

      Hummus is like a disappointing dip. You feel because it’s dip-like, it will be a great embellishment. And then you try it… and it’s like… huh. Ok. hahahaha! ;D and yeah, the taste of celery is just plain weird. I agree. πŸ˜€ Thanks for reading, Heidi!

      July 19, 2018 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Greg

    Haha, congratulations on food discovery quest! It’s always good to try new/old things. For many years I thought I hated cilantro, thinking it tastes like soap, until I came to Mexico and found out that with the testes there it fits perfectly.
    With you and Omi being meat lovers try to look up some recipes for tuna steak. I think it’s one of the most meaty fish, and healthy on top of it. And well prepared it can actually taste like a good steak. Ooor put it in home made lasagne instead of beef, can’t tell difference – with some fresh tomatoes sauce and mozzarella (if you’d like I have a recipe for the most awesome lasagna :P). Nomnom πŸ˜›
    And as Firefighter mentioned salmon. For many years in Norway (the salmon country :P) it was my go to lazy food – when I didn’t have powers to cook anything more complicated, as it takes about 10 minutes to prepare. Just slap a salmon fillet on a frying pan with some olive oil on medium high heat and fry for two minutes on each side – on the side of the fish you can see it changing color as it gets done. After you flip it, put some salt, pepper, fresh or dried dill and lemon/lime juice on top. After such a short time it will still be raw on the inside, so just leave it in a warm pan off the heat for 5 minutes or so. When you cut it open it should be moist, pink and very delicate inside, but not raw and meaty – salmon secret – don’t overcook it. And just serve with some rice and fresh salad on the side. Delicious, light and filling.

    Anyhow, good luck with experiments and discovery! Keeping my fingers crossed and big thumbs up for bravery to try new things!

    July 19, 2018 at 3:44 pm
    • Reply malukah

      I hated cilantro, too! For years and years. And now, I love it. I overcooked the salmon a bit today. Oops. Since I’m using an air fry machine, I’m still learning how long to leave the salmon in. I think I’ll try a couple of minutes less next time! Thank you so much for the advice. I am also curious to try preparing it on a pan… I didn’t try since I was clueless as to whether it would take a longer or shorter time. I’ll have to experiment too, with your suggestions! After conquering eating weird foods, the next step is traveling to crazy locations like you. hahaha! πŸ˜€ Thanks for reading!

      July 19, 2018 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Chanda Panda

    I don’t know if you heard of a restaurant called Nando’s. I like to order their pita bread with hummus, but they have a special hot sauce that you can mix into the hummus. It doesn’t have to be hot sauce, but maybe if you mix a bit of Tabasco sauce (or something of the sort), it might give the hummus a bit more flavor. And don’t forget to try boiling quinoa in chicken broth instead of plain salted water. It could help with the flavor. Quinoa can taste pretty bland. Have fun making new and healthy dishes!! ps-I love the font style on your blog. Seems very bloggish. πŸ˜€

    July 19, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    • Reply malukah

      Nice! It’s bloggish???? I’m on the right track, then! haha! Thanks for the tip on making Quinoa with chicken broth. I can imagine it will be better. I didn’t know how to prepare it, so I added the things my mother adds to beans when she slowcooks them. 1/4 onion, 2 garlic thingies, and salt. It’s still a bit bland, so I look forward to the chicken broth. And now that you mention it… I seem to remember there was a different flavor of hummus in the market… Maybe chipotle? But I opted for the normal one, to try it. Next time, I’ll get the chipotle one. πŸ˜€

      July 19, 2018 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Michael Lovelace

    Humus is a no-starter for a lot of people. We are the silent majority! Celery works in tuna salad. It is also good with blue-cheese dressing when eating buffalo wings! There’s a couple more trys for you.

    July 19, 2018 at 8:30 pm
    • Reply malukah

      I will try celery with tuna because it does makes sense that it would work better. We’ll see. Blue cheese is fabulous, but it may be too “illegal”? Too many calories? I must check because I’m not sure! Thanks for the tips, Mike!

      July 19, 2018 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply TheAlb

    I like food, but I’m not much of a cook Granted being away from my home I started cooking a few things that remind me of home (with varying success). I don’t have too many things I tried and wouldn’t eat anymore (honeydew melon is one). The other I laid to rest as I quiet like it now .. mashed potatoes (thanks to a friend of mine). Not sure why I didn’t like it when I was younger. I guess the texture of it.
    Salmon I do like, it is just decently expensive. Sometimes I do it covered n onions, onions covered in mayo (it starts to get a bit unhealthy there) and cooked in the oven, served with baby potatoes. πŸ™‚
    Never tried Humus sofar .. the name reminds me a bit of “earth”.

    July 19, 2018 at 11:53 pm
    • Reply malukah

      haha Hummus is definitely earth-like-tasting. hhhhhmmmm salmon with baby potatoes sounds delicious! I shall have to try it!!! And yeah, I wish salmon wasn’t as pricey! Thanks for reading, The Alb!

      July 20, 2018 at 12:18 am
  • Reply Veronica

    Malukah,did you try plain hummus just out of curiosity? Because there are different flavors out there. My favorite is roasted garlic,but I also like red pepper.

    July 20, 2018 at 12:42 am
    • Reply malukah

      I got the plain one to start. On the next trip to the supermarket, I will get one with flavor. Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll look for those!

      July 20, 2018 at 1:14 am
  • Reply Martin

    Hi, it’s nice that I’m not the only who don’t like the taste of celery haha :D. I like your music it’s great to have the chance to write with you! Unfortunately I won’t be able to be in cologne when you’re there:(but I hope that you will meet a lot from the reverb empire anyways:) greeting to Thor

    July 28, 2018 at 8:46 am
    • Reply malukah

      Hahaha! It’s a bummer, because it’s nice that celery is crunchy… but, ugh. What a disappointment with the taste. hahahaha! πŸ˜€ You shall be missed at ReverbCon this year, but hopefully we can meet at another time!

      July 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Geet

    Not only healthy, but it does look yummy!

    March 8, 2019 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Paul Brown

    I will have to look for one of those grill pans, as I eat a lot of chicken. During the warm months I do use a gas grill outside, but have been using a Forman grill in winter. I have found that it will make nice grill marks, but to cook all the way through, wind up with burned grill marks. I never considered just a quick grilling to get the marks and finishing up in the oven. Thank you for the post. now I won’t have to use ketchup to give my chicken a little moisture when I eat it. πŸ™‚

    December 12, 2022 at 1:45 pm
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