S: Liana Lau Punahou 2011
1: Dedicated to my dad. Our family went through a major life style change last August (2010), when my dad was diagnosed with an aortic dissection. It was a Sunday afternoon, and my mom and I arrived at home to find my dad experiencing severe back pain. He could barely speak and his eyes started to flutter from the excruciating pain in his back. My mom called the ambulance immediately, and the fire fighters were at our house within 10 minutes. Soon after, the paramedics arrived, and took my dad’s vital signs right away. Since he was complaining about his back, they assumed he might have pulled a muscle in his back and it resulted in him having a slightly elevated blood pressure. After a few minutes, the pain subsided a little, so my dad decided to not go with the ambulance, and instead would make an appointment in the morning with his regular doctor. Needless to say, he had a very restless night, mostly from the pain in his back. When he visited his doctor in the morning, she decided by chance to take an ultra sound of his heart area. If this procedure was not done, his doctor would not have been able to diagnose my dad’s condition correctly and it would have probably been fatal for my dad. An aortic dissection is the separation of the layers within the aortic wall. My dad had a tear in the inside layer of the aortic wall near his stomach area. When an aortic dissection is left untreated, approximately 33% of patients die within the first 24 hours, while 50% die within 48 hours. After a week in the hospital, he was put on high blood pressure medication and forced to have a diet with minimal salt. I wanted to put this recipe book together for two reasons, to share with others some old family recipes and to show how some of these recipes were altered for my dad’s new diet. NOTE: I have indicated with an asterisk* the changes in the ingredients for some of the recipes that were made to provide a healthier diet for my dad.
2: ASIAN LETTUCE WRAPS by Allyson Berbert | 16 Bibb letttuce leaves 1 lb lean ground turkey 1 TBS cooking oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 TBS soy sauce (*low sodium) 1/4 cup hoisin sauce 2 tsp minced pickled ginger 1 TBS rice vinegar Asian chile pepper sauce to taste (optional) 1 8 oz. can water chestnuts, finely chopped 1 bunch green onions, chopped 2 tsp. Asian dark sesame oil 1. Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not to tear them. Set aside. 2. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground turkey in oil, stirring often and reducing the heat to medium, if necessary. Drain and set aside to cool. Cook the onion in the same pan, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chile pepper sauce to the onions, and stir. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked turkey. Continue cooking until the green onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes. 3. Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter and pile meat mixture in the center. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito and enjoy.!
3: My cousin Allyson tried to eat healthy foods while pregnant. Being a nurse, she knew how important is was for my dad to watch his diet, so as not to raise his blood pressure.
4: My Aunty Sheila shares her secret recipe for Shrimp or Chicken Curry. We have made changes to use Mrs. Dash instead of salt, so that my dad can eat this delicious dish.
5: Hawaiian Style Curry By Sheila Berbert Ingredients: 1 block butter 1 tsp. minced garlic 3 slices fresh ginger root, finely chopped 1 round onion, finely chopped 1 tsp. salt (*use Mrs. Dash instead) 3 Tablespoons sugar 4-5 Tablespoon curry powder to your taste 1 can of coconut milk 1 can of chicken broth (*without salt) 4 Tablespoons flour (Sauteed Shrimp or Sliced Chicken and green beans or asparagus.) Melt butter and sauteégarlic, ginger, and onion. Add salt, sugar and curry powder. Add coconut milk and chicken broth a little at a time. Mix thoroughly to a smooth thickness. Heat to boiling and then simmer for about 20 minutes. Combine flour with a small amount of water to form a thin paste. Stir into curry sauce till desired consistency. Add previously sauteed shrimp or sliced chicken and sliced green beans or asparagus. Suggested condiments: mango chutney, chopped nuts, grated coconut, raisins, crumbled bacon, mashed hard boiled eggs
6: FRUIT SALAD | 1 cup cold fat free milk 1/3 cup orange juice concentrate 1 pkg vanilla pudding cup sour cream fruits (lycee, apple, mandarin orange, banana) Mix together fat free milk, orange juice, and pudding. Blend in sour cream. Fold in fruits.
7: Name | My brother Justin has become quite a chef now, particularly since he has a kitchen in his dorm room at Portland State University. He enjoys making this fruit salad, and taking it over for potlucks when his friends get together.
8: 1 box frozen artichoke hearts (chopped) 1 can real crab meat 1 cup mayonnaise cup swiss cheese (grated) cup parmesan cheese (grated) cup mozzarella cheese (grated) 1 tsp. or as desired fresh garlic medium onion (minced) Sprinkle of paprika or cayenne pepper for coloring Tostitos Scoop or baguette bread Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Place mixture into 9x13 inch baking pan. Sprinkle paprika or cayenne pepper for coloring. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the surface browns slightly. | Crab Dip
9: This is a favorite when we have my friends over for a get together. It is really easy to make, and delicious to eat.
10: Won Bok Salad Dressing 1 clove garlic 1 cup salad oil 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup rice vinegar 2 tsp. salt (*Mrs. Dash) 1/2 tsp. pepper 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp. dry Coleman mustard Put all ingredients into a blender, and as it blends, slowly add the salad oil to the mixture.
11: My dad has also learned to improvise this salad dressing recipe. It is easy to make and he uses Mrs. Dash as a salt substitute. Since my dad's illness, he uses a lot of saltless spices, such as oregano, garlic powder and basil. Some of the foods tasted bland initially, but he has adjusted quite well. He knows that if his blood pressure is raised, he could have another dissected aorta and this time it could be fatal.
12: Almond Float | 4 envelopes gelatin 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 can condensed milk 2 cartons half-and-half 3 TBS almond extract Dissolve gelatin in water. Add sugar, heat on medium to completely dissolve. Add condensed milk, half-and-half, almond extract and enough water to total equals 8 cups (about 1 2/3 cup) and heat to just under boiling. Pour into 9 x 13 pan and refrigerate overnight. Top with fruit cocktail, lychee, mandarin oranges (drain fruits).
13: This is one of my mom's favorite recipes and it serves as a dual purpose, since it can be considered a fruit salad and/or dessert. My family eats a lot more fruits now that my dad has to watch his diet. This recipe is so refreshing and great to serve at pot lucks at the park or beach.
14: This Cookbook is inspired by all of the talented cooks in the family.
15: 3 lbs. chicken thighs 1 large clove garlic, pressed 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1/2 cup parsley, chopped 1/2 cup melted butter (*unsalted) 1 cup white bread crumbs Add garlic, cheese, and parsley to melted butter. Dip chicken in butter mixture and then roll in bread crumbs. Put the coated chicken pieces in a shallow baking dish or pan and bake uncovered. Chicken does not have to be turned or basted and is crisp on the outside and moist inside. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. | Chicken Parmesan
16: "No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow." ~ Proverb from Guinea
17: 5 lbs. pork butt 2 tbs. hawaiian salt (*Mrs. Dash) 2 tsp. liquid smoke 2 cloves garlic (chopped) Rub the salt (or Mrs. Dash) and garlic on the pork butt and place in crock pot. Pour the liquid smoke over the meat. Turn the crock pot to high and let it cook for approximately 8 hours. Once the meat has been cooked, use 2 forks to shred the meat, and eat as is, or fry with chopped cabbage. | Kalua Pig | My dad thought that he could never eat Kalua Pig again, but he has learned to use Mrs. Dash in place of salt.
18: Lemon Bars by Amanda Berbert | 2 sticks of butter, softened tsp. salt cup powdered sugar 2 cups flour 4 eggs, slightly beaten 1 Tablespoon grated lemon peel 5 Tablespoons lemon juice 2 cups sugar cup flour Powdered sugar to sprinkle Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter, salt, c powdered sugar and 2 cups four. Press evenly into an ungreased 9X13 inch pan. Bake 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine eggs, lemon peel, lemon juice, sugar and cup flour and beat. Pour over hot baked crust. Reduce oven to 325 degrees and bake 25 minutes until firm. Dust with powdered sugar.
19: My cousin Amanda took turns with her dorm roommates in making dinners. She enjoyed making this recipe for dessert.
20: This is another one of my favorites, and although my dad has to be careful and focus on keeping his blood pressure from getting too high, he is allowed to have limited amounts of sweets. However, regular visits to his physician is crucial in order to detect potential complications, including repeated dissection and blood leakage.
21: 30 oreo cookies 30 foil baking cups 2 8 oz packages cream cheese 2 eggs cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 small packages instant chocolate pudding 2 cups whole milk 1 cup heavy whipping cream 8 oz Cool Whip Mix together cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Set aside. Arrange foil baking cups on baking sheet and place one Oreo cookie in the bottom of each. Spoon one TBS of the cream cheese mixture on top of each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until set. Cool completely (at least 30 minutes) Combine pudding mix with milk and then add the heavy whipping cream. Mix until thickened. Spoon the pudding mixture on top of the cooled cookies and cream. As a final layer, top with Cool Whip. Chill in the refrigerator and enjoy. | OREO COOKIE DESSERT
22: My grandma is mindful of our diet, and insists that we always carry these Energy Bars with us to school, work or any of my athletic activities. She does try a variety of healthy ingredients, but this one seems to be her favorite combination.
23: Grandma's Health Bars Heat oven to 300 degrees for 20 minutes. 2 cup quaker oats 3 cup rice krispies 1 1/4 cup nuts 3 tablespoon nuts Melt at low heat. 1 block butter 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 pkg small marshmallows Add after melted. 1/4 cup raisin 1/4 cup cranberries Add dry ingredients to marshmallow mix in bowl 10x9. Spread toasted sesame seeds on bottom of pan, spread mixed ingredients, press, and cut.