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Dry Eye Recipes

Avocado Dip (Guacamole)

One avocado has about 165mg of omega 3 oils. Avocados also have a host of other good vitamins and minerals. They are filling and healthy. I often use avocados in cream soups in place of some of the cream–just smash and replace half the cream required in the recipe with an avocado. You’ll up your nutrition and even improve the depth of flavor.

As an appetizer, guacamole is much higher in nutrients than plain cheese or sour cream based dips. The cream cheese in this dip brings out the best in avocados.

In food processor:

1 clove garlic (you may want to mince this separately to avoid chunks)
4 oz cream cheese
2 avocados, peeled and pitted

Blend until smooth, add salt to taste (remember that when eaten with chips and salsa, less salt is required!)

Place in serving bowl and hollow out the middle. Spoon your favorite salsa into the middle. Serve with chips or crackers.

Posted: July 22, 2006
Filed in Appetizers, Dry Eye Recipes

Chocolate Walnut Bars

It is time for some decadence! These are half cookie, half pie. Easier than pie, harder to make than a normal cookie, 🙂

3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter
1 1/2 cups white wheat flour (you can use regular flour)

Cream sugar and margarine. Add flour and mix well. Spread in a 9 by 9 inch greased pan. Much like a pie crust it is hard to handle and crumbles. Just press gently until a nice crust if formed. Bake at 350 until just golden brown about 12 minutes.

Mix:

2 eggs
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup (or more) chopped walnuts
3/4 to 1 cup of 60% (semi-sweet) chocolate chips

After mixing, spread on top of the crust and bake about 20 minutes at 350.

The walnuts in this recipe provide some nice omega-3 oils! Walnuts have about 10623mg of omega-3 per cup.

Posted: September 4, 2009
Filed in Desserts, Dry Eye Recipes

Macaroni Salad

This is a recipe suitable for everyone, but especially helpful for those with Dry Eye. If you are allergic to nuts, you’ll want to substitute out the Walnut Oil.

Prepare about one pound of small shell macaroni, or other small shape macaroni
Drain, rinse with cold water and toss with walnut oil (about 3 tablespoons)
Set aside to cool or refrigerate for an hour.

1 cup of diced baby carrots.
1/8 to 1/4 cup minced bread and butter pickles (you can use sweet or dill, but B&B are the best for this dish)
Three stalks of celery, including leaves, diced
3 tablespoons minced sweet onions
1 cup small pieces of broccoli

When the pasta is cool, add 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup mayo, another two to three tablespoons walnut oil and two or three tablespoons of pickle juice. Mix in the veggies. Stir well. You can add more walnut oil if the mix is too thick. Taste. If it isn’t sweet enough or tastes too much like mayo, add more pickle juice.

Walnut oil
is high in omega 3. If you have dry eye, try adding healthy servings of omega 3 into your diet–daily.

Serve the pasta salad as a meal with toast or as a side dish. You can add other veggies to this pasta salad if you have favorites. I like a few diced radishes in there for color!

Posted: April 6, 2012
Filed in All-American, Dry Eye Recipes
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Mulberry Juice

In my hunt for highly nutritious foods, I discovered Mulberry Juice. I was surprised one of my local stores carried it. I wasn’t too anxious to taste it. After finishing several bottles of Aronia juice (very, very tart) and trying natto, I wasn’t really up for anything too suspicious. BUT, you know we bring you nutrition news here at the blog, so I was obligated! 🙂 Much to my surprise, I LOVED it. The juice I bought was black mulberry (there are white mulberries and dark purple, but the black is sought-after for the juice.) All of them are great for eye health and high in vitamin K, vitamin C and unusual for a fruit, iron. They have all the phytonutrients you could ask for and are much better than taking 9 supplements to get them: zea-xanthin, resveratrol, anthocyanins, and lutein!

Highly recommended for taste and nutrition. Check your local stores for a treat! I love it when a superfood tastes delicious!

Other recommended superfoods: mustard greens (for the k vitamins), sweet potatoes (for the high vitamin A) and tart cherry juice (hormone balancing).

Posted: January 6, 2017
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Potato Salad

I haven’t done a recipe for a while, but here’s another one where I’ve been able to add walnut oil to help get enough Omega 3 into the diet to help dry eye. Basically anything that uses mayonnaise is an excuse for me to substitute in some walnut oil.

The secret to good potato salad isn’t the walnut oil–it’s mixing the potatoes and oil/mayo while the potatoes are piping hot. This allows some of the cooked potatoes to “mash” a bit as they are stirred, and provides a nice sauce–as opposed to potatoes sitting in mayonnaise.

Summary Tips: Start by dicing the celery, onion and pickles. Add them to the oil and mayo. Then, when you dice the potatoes and the eggs, add and stir into the oils while the potatoes are still very hot.

Instructions:
Start 6 medium red potatoes and 3 eggs boiling. When the eggs are done (about 12 minutes in boiling water) take them out and set aside. Let the potatoes continue cooking while you prepare the vegetables.

Vegetable Ingredients:
1/2 to 3/4 cup minced or finely chopped celery
1/4 cup minced or finely diced sweet onions
1 to 2 tablespoon minced bread and butter pickles

Add the above to:
1/4 cup walnut oil
1/2 cup Miracle whip
2 tsp prepared mustard (I use a Dijon style)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 Tablespoons bread and butter pickle juice

Stir until lightly mixed.

Peel and dice the 3 hard boiled eggs and add to the mix while they are still hot/warm. Stir.

Test the potatoes. When they are ready, remove them and dice them one at a time. After each is diced, add to the mixture and stir. It is very important to stir them after each potato. After the second potato, you may need to add more mayo to keep things creamy. Continue adding hot diced potatoes and mayonnaise until you have added all the potatoes and have a nice potato salad! In total, I usually put in about a cup to a cup and a half of mayonnaise, but I add it as I mix so that I don’t end up with too much or too little.

The walnut oil is hidden in the recipe. Don’t use too much of it or it will thin the potato salad. The quarter cup here raises your Omega 3 intake and does nothing to change the taste. In fact, if you have a potato salad recipe you prefer over this one, simply make it as you normally would, but substitute in some walnut oil for some of the mayonnaise or Miracle Whip.

Posted: November 17, 2012
Filed in Appetizers, Dry Eye Recipes, Main Dishes

Simple Pasta Salad

carrot

This is a simple recipe because I use any Italian dressing as the seasoning. My favorite is Olive Garden dressing, but I use the Good Season’s Boxed kind quite often because I can use Walnut Oil in place of the olive oil. Walnut oil in the diet is a great help for Dry Eye syndrome. The boxed kind also keeps in the pantry for a long time. Just mix a packet when you need Italian Dressing!

Chop the following ingredients into bite sized pieces:

Broccoli
Cauliflower
Onions (green onions or regular onions. Purple or red onions add a nice touch of color.)
Fresh Mushrooms
Baby Carrots
Celery

Boil pasta of your choice and rinse in cold water. Toss pasta and veggies with dressing. Add green olives and sprinkle with grated Parmesan or Romano cheese. Chill.

For added flavor try adding Italian sausage tortellini or cheese tortellini in place of some of the plain pasta. I usually use Buitoni brand and use about half of a package of tortellini. You can also use colored pasta to make the dish more interesting. On occasion, I will also put in halved grape tomatoes, pepperoni or grilled chicken.

Green, yellow or red peppers look very good in this salad.

Serve with warm buttered bread or garlic breadsticks!

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Posted: July 19, 2006
Filed in Dry Eye Recipes, Italian Dishes

Stuffed Salmon (or Tilapia)

I stuff mainly fresh Atlantic Salmon or Tilapia, but the stuffing is good with flounder or any mild fish. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 as is crab.

For two people you’ll need two portions of salmon (or other fish) fillets that together weigh about 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound. In the case of salmon, skin it and rinse before stuffing.

Stuffing:

Some wheat bread crumbled (about one slice)
Some ground oats (about 1/4 cup)

Sautée the following in 4 tablespoons olive oil:
1/4 to 1/3 cup minced celery (including some leaves) – about one medium stalk
2 tablespoons minced onion
3 tablespoons minced green or red bell pepper
sprinkle or two of thyme

When veggies are tender, remove from heat and cool. Then mix in a bowl:

1/2 cup to 3/4 cup snow or king crab (I use about 1/3 cup and remove the meat myself. You can use 1 can).
Shredded Monterrey Jack cheese—3/4 to 1 cup
Cooked veggies
4 tablespoons mayonnaise—just enough to keep the stuffing together.

I refrigerate the stuffing for an hour or so before dinner, letting the flavors meld. I stuff the fish right before cooking and sprinkle with bay seasoning (This is mostly salt–if you don’t have bay seasoning, sprinkle a bit of salt lightly.) Cut the fish into 6 or 8 oz portions and cut a slit in the middle of each, leaving the ends intact (a sort of long “O” shape.) Fill the fish with stuffing. Do not “pack” the stuffing into the cut—rather allow some to layer over the top of the fish. Lightly oil a cooking sheet with olive oil. I cook it uncovered on tinfoil in a toaster oven at 400 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes. Salmon or tilapia should flake easily, but do not overcook as the fish will become very dry.

If you have extra stuffing, you can form a “crab cake” and cook it separately the next day for a delicious snack or lunch!

Posted: July 19, 2006
Filed in Dry Eye Recipes, Seafood Dishes

Updated Dry Eye News

I haven’t done a post on dry eye in a while. I posted about how eating walnut oil, walnuts, avocados, fish and other foods high in Omega 3 can help alleviate the itching, burning and dryness. Well, for the past year or so I’ve found that Cod Liver Oil (with the vitamin A) and foods high in vitamin A help even more than Omega 3! I also happen to grow sweet potatoes which are very high in Vitamin A so it’s been easy to add that vitamin to my diet. Give them a try. If you already take fish oil for dry eye, try switching to a cod liver oil pill that doesn’t have reduced vitamin A (I’m not sure why, but some brands are marketed as low Vitamin A). I get mine at Swanson’s Vitamins and I buy the double-strength cod liver oil. You can, of course, also order that brand at Amazon.

If none of those sources sound appealing, you can also buy Red Palm Oil. I use it in cooking and one tablespoon provides more than double what you need. It’s also already in oil form, which is the form you need to absorb the Vitamin A properly.

Posted: September 30, 2015
Filed in Dry Eye Recipes, Gardening, Lotions, Lotions and Potions, Recipes

Vitamins, Above and Beyond

Anyone who eats natto (fermented soybeans) to obtain the valuable K2 M7 vitamin and enzymes deserves to live to 105. Okay, if you eat it frozen, 97. Here at the blog, we always go above and beyond to bring you news, stories and information. I recently read that people who suffered from low vitamin D or those who take supplemental vitamin D should be taking a *K2 vitamin as well because the K2 and D work together. K2 is supposed to be generated by the body when we eat enough mustard greens and other leafy green vegetables. But we all know that getting enough leafy greens seems to be impossible. This time of year when the temperature is hovering between cold, colder, or damp with a chance of shivers, the thought of a huge salad just doesn’t make the grade.

There are supplements for K2 M4 and M7 (My parents are trying LifeExtension Super K and it seems to be useful.)

Some of us insisted on trying the natural sources of K2. There are none higher in the right bacteria, enzymes and K2 M7 than natto. Gouda cheese, edam and brie have some K2, but nowhere near a full day’s supply. Nevertheless, I immediately downed a wedge of brie (and not those tiny wedges either. I mean a wedge cut from a wheel of brie. I’m very enthusiastic about cheese my health.

Of course, natto also has an ingredient called nattokinaise that you can’t get from cheese (It is also sold in supplement form. Here’s one brand: Doctor’s Best Nattokinaise. Here’s another that has good reviews: Jarrow.) Because I was confused about how to get the full benefits — do I take both supplements, or try just one? I decided to go natural and eat the natto. I even knew what I was getting into because I’d come across natto in Japan many years ago.

I tried Natural Grocery, but they don’t carry it, so I went to the Asian store. They had natto in little packets in the frozen section. Frozen sounds like a very good idea for a product that literally oozes. Since K vitamins require fat for absorption, I went with some brie and a frozen chunk of natto together. I tried to swallow the chunk whole but ended up having to chew it some. For the most part I couldn’t taste it, although hints of hell and sulfur did threaten.

Thankfully the actual amount necessary for daily needs of K2 and any related enzymes is about half a tablespoon of natto. I’ve “eaten” it for two days now. I do not feel twenty-five again, but I also haven’t died.

I suspect that I’d have to eat natto for a month or so before any real results show. Thus, I’ve ordered three pounds of edam. I’ll keep you informed.

*From what I read, K1 and K2 should not be consumed if you are on a blood thinner, as some forms of K vitamins regulate blood clotting. Consult your doctor if you are on any medications, especially blood thinners.

Over and out and happy holiday eating. Grab some edam or gouda and indulge in some extra vitamins while you’re at that holiday party!

Related book: Earl Mindell’s Vitamin Bible

Posted: December 23, 2016
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