Easy Healthy Recipes – Good Food Means Good Health

Easy healthy recipes are good food that brings good health. Sometimes, these foods are better compared to those you buy as a take-out. Here is a step by step guide on making a few dishes that are really fast to do and are guaranteed good and healthy.

The first one is a typical dish that is turned into a plate full of nutrients. It still tastes delicious, and importantly it is as good as its classic counterpart, but does have fewer calories and less fat. The secret ingredient of this lighter Mac and Cheese is pureed winter squash.

Heat the oven to 375°F. With a cooking spray, cover the baking pan. Suggested pan size is nine by thirteen inches. Boil a large pot of water, put the macaroni, and cook for about five to eight minutes. Check if it is tender and firm and drain it to a large bowl. On another pan, cook together with minimum heat the frozen squash and milk. Stir occasionally. Defrost the squash. Increase the heat from low to medium heat and wait until the mixture is almost simmering and bubbles are seen on it. Turn off the heat, remove the pan, and stir in all the other cheese: ricotta cheese, jack cheese, and cheddar cheese. Mix with it the following: salt, mustard and pepper. Combine this mixture with the macaroni. Sprinkle combined bread crumbs, parmesan, and oil on top. Bake for twenty minutes and broil for three minutes.

The second easy healthy recipe is a favorite Chinese dish for take out. Would you believe that you can make a home counterpart that is healthier? Here are the ingredients and the directions in making sesame chicken that is better served with brown rice.

Mix the following: vinegar, soy sauce, scallions, chicken broth, sesame seeds, parsley, garlic, and ginger in a bowl. Add the mixture to a previously cut chicken strips. Chill for one hour. Heat oil in wok. Stir fry carrots for one minute and jicama for another three minutes. Remove the vegetables and stir fry drained chicken for two to three minutes. Move chicken to the outer edge wok. Place chicken marinade to center of wok. Heat until it simmers. Now, add vegetables to wok. Put frozen pea pods. Cook for one minute.

The last easy healthy recipe is called fish fillet with Spanish sauce. Good thing is that the sauce can also be used in spaghetti, omelet, meat loaf, and hamburgers. You will surely love it.

Saute onions until tender. Add ingredients: vegetable oil, bay leaf, canned tomatoes or juice, salt, diced and seeded green bell pepper, black pepper, whole cloves, and granulated sugar. Cover and simmer for thirty minutes. Thicken with flour that was previously mixed to a smooth paste with water. Take away the bay leaf and cloves. Reserve this as sauce for fish. Dip fish into milk. Mix black pepper with sifted and dried bread crumbs. Roll each piece of fish into the mixture. Put fish in low baking dish and brush with oil. Bake at 350°F. Add Spanish sauce and serve.

An Aspect of Drug Abuse and Addiction Which You Might Not Know About

Why is it that we are sitting with such a problem concerning drug abuse and addiction nowadays, surely with all our knowledge, medical technology and psychological experience this should not be such a difficult topic to get under control? Well then, why are we getting such poor results when it comes to recovery?

I might not have a degree in the treatment of drug abuse or addiction, but I am more than prepared to say that I have more experience in this field than the majority of the experts who create and design the recovery programs. A lot of these programs are perfect, but they seem to me to be missing something when you look at the recovery statistics.

What is it about drug abuse and addiction which results in these poor recovery statistics? In my humble opinion as a recovering junkie, it is the personal or human factor. All of these methods of treatment and therapy which are used when trying to treat drug abuse and addiction are very clinical, but how many of the people who designed them were in fact addicts themselves?

Have they ever considered that there might be more than simple physical and mental addiction involved when it comes to addressing the issue of drug abuse and addiction? I know I have spent 10 long years coming to terms with the addiction which almost killed me and in the process discovered many aspects of my own addiction which did not fall into the mainstream categories.

There are so many different aspects to drug abuse and addiction which you will not find in a text book or in a thesis as many of the people who have written these books and designed recovery programs have in fact never been to the abyss and needed to find their way back.

Returning from the abyss of drug abuse and addiction is no easy task and there is no quick fix involved, it requires a passion to survive, a will to recover and sheer mental strength and determination in order to get out on the other side alive. Luckily, soon there will be a system which will be designed by a junkie for the junkie in order to stand the best possible chance of recovery.

So before we look at the statistics of drug abuse and addiction recovery and loose all hope for ourselves or our loved ones, let’s focus on what it truly takes to recover from this situation and try ways other than those which only have a 4% success rate.

Drug Abuse Statistics in Austin

Austin Drug Abuse
Travis County, home to the city of Austin, experienced over 2,500 people being admitted for substance abuse treatment in 2002. Of those admitted, the nearly half were admitted for alcohol abuse, and the other half was admitted for other types of drugs. For every drug except those classified as “downers” and “other opiates” males dominated the population. Interestingly enough, more than 75% of patients were not married and had were not employed.

Substance-Related Arrests
While most of the residents in Austin do not abuse drugs, there are still a large number of people who do abuse them, as shown above. However, the statistics above only include those admitted for treatment and does not fully paint the picture of drug abuse in Austin. Taking a look at the number of substance-related arrests, for example, one can see another side of the drug world. In 2004, there were 3,681 drug possession arrests and 412 drug trafficking arrests. This includes all illegal hard drugs, including cocaine, heroin, and club drugs (ecstasy).

Heroin Abuse
Unfortunately, heroin is common on the streets on Austin. In 2002, for instance, the number of people admitted for marijuana abuse was only 2/3 that of the number of people admitted for heroin. The May 2007 edition of the Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse released by the Office of National Drug Control Policy stated about heroin:

In Austin, shooting galleries in the Montopolis area are reported to have disappeared as long-term users have either died, are in prison or have moved out of the area to avoid harassment from the police. Despite this, heroin is plentiful in the Montopolis area and three to four balloons of good quality heroin sell for $25 or less. Additional intelligence indicates that both black tar and Mexican brown heroin sell for $1,400­ $1,600/ounce in Austin.

While heroin is mostly injected into the body through needles, in the past year there has been an increase in the amount of heroin that is being snorted in powder form. The younger demographic is the cause of the snorting because they think they will not become addicted, but this a false belief and they eventually end up abusing the drug.