I don't know about your time, but my time seems to get shorter and shorter when the work week begins. With all the daunting tasks that consume our days, dinner, and a healthy one at that should be easy. Allow me to introduce you to my delicious super Simple Abstract Spice Grilled Salmon!
Not only is this omega rich fish uber good for you, but it's really simple to make. If you have any reservations about preparing salmon, let my recipe be your new rule of thumb for making it perfectly! Because there are only 3 essential ingredients to the recipe, the ease of preparing this during the week will allow you time to breathe AND eat well for your healthy lifestyle.
What's more is that once made, this recipe is so versatile. Enjoy it with a side salad and roasted veggies and/or potatoes, on top of your favorite salad, or even as the delicious filler in your Tuesday Tacos! The possibilities are endless and so tasty!
One of my ACAOFoodies posed a question for me on IG inquiring where I purchased my fish here in Atlanta, here's my reply:
Hey hon! Because salmon is not always in season I try at all times to get it wild, obviously even when it IS in season. However, if it's out of season I try to purchase it at @costco where they have a sticker on the package of their fresh salmon when it's out of season that states it's antibiotic free/responsibly raised. Try to go to a fish market if possible though. You know our ❤30349❤ connect 'Fulton Bay Fish Market' on Roosevelt is a trusted neighborhood spot- but remember they're closed Sun-Tues😉. And if you want a larger selection, you can't beat @yourdekalbfarmersmarket - open err'day from 9am-9pm! (except for Christmas and Thanksgiving). As far as the types of fish that I ADORE, and of course good for you😜, are trout(my fav right now❤), good ol' whitting is awesome as well. Cod is also an excellent thicker meaty fish compared to these others I mentioned. Hope this helps babe!! Let me know!!
What are your reservations about fish? What is your favorite way to prepare it? Let me Know inthe comments below and maybe I'll try it out and feature you in my next fish post!
I am so in love with this dish, my Super Easy Garlic & Herb Cauli Mash! I know, I know, the versatility of the cauliflower has been trending for a while now, and believe me, I have purchased several heads of cauliflower for over a year now and have never attempted the simplest of recipes for it, namely this mash. I would buy it with great intentions and hope for a carb-free crust for our family's Friday Pizza Nights. Even got an idea to blend it smooth for a nice and creamy chowder. Unfortunately, it would just end up sitting in my crisper, sometimes half eaten if I chose to roast it alongside some fresh broccoli florets. However, just a few months ago while on vacay I did experience a phenomenally health-wise dish that I have since tweaked and renamed (recipe post coming soon!). But mashed potatoes? Like, I have experienced the worst and inadvertently, the absolute BEST mashed potatoes. Boxed and from scratch. Soupy and some so thick you needed a knife AND fork! Needless to say, I’m serious about my mashed potatoes! So how can I consciously attempt to fool my family, let alone myself, with such a switch? And I believe that was the issue- it's a texture thing. Part of the greatness of what makes my Grandma JJ's homemade mashed potatoes the very BEST was the divine texture. Not too smooth, not too thick, intermittent lumps that would melt in your mouth. See! How can this cruciferous vegetable even come close? Other than the no/low carb factor and the benefit of it being all vegetable, taste wise.... I was skeptical.
But low and behold, I DID IT! I created my very first cauliflower mash! I prepared this dish just as I would my standard from scratch mashed potatoes and the result was delicious! The look was not so much that of the mashed potatoes. While others that sampled this mash were floored that it tasted 'just like mashed potatoes', I personally fell prey to the texture difference. The flavor indeed is an amazing resemblance, but the texture, other than being a bit thick and creamy, was not. It was missing the starchy ‘grainy’ texture that cooked potatoes possess- but not a deal breaker by far! This is a definite go-to in the Price household going forward! As a matter of fact, I'm posting this recipe at the request of one of my tasters, lol!
What's more is that this delicious recipe has the comforting flavor of homemade mashed potatoes, without the guilt! Only 33 calories and 3 carbs per serving! Compare that to the 129 calories and 25 grams of carb in real mashed potatoes per serving!
Are you a fan of cauliflower or nah?
The Verdict: AWESOME!! I do believe my favorite part of the bar though was the amazing variety of sweet and luscious tropical fruit- truly earth's candy if I ever tasted. Our amazing server Bridgette gave us an awesome tip: Come down to dine 30 minutes prior to the end of the buffet. That way we'd pretty much be satisfied for most of the day! Boy was she ever right! And as an added bonus, Bridgette became such an insight to me as our 'culinary health' discussions regarding blood conditioning provided validation for a facet of AC Art Of Food. She was and is a true gem!
The Verdict: A toe-wiggling winner!
The Verdict: The perfect ending bite to a perfect vacation!
All the more reason to Jazz Up The Ordinary!
I try my very best to develop and enhance recipes that are the tastiest versions of plants. While I have a few tricks up my sleeve that produce delicious outcomes, one of my favorite methods is using infused oils and vinegars- full flavor less guilt. You can always make your own collection of these tasty culinary accessories and bottle them, as I tend to do from time to time. But what I love to do (and most convenient) is pick up the delicious bottles of gourmet oils and vinegars from the foodie aisles of my neighborhood TJMaxx, HomeGoods, and Marshall’s.
From exotic herb steeped vinegars to rare truffle and fruit infused oils, you can’t beat these culinary-dream-finds that for the most part are under $10! And some for as low as $4.99! Plus the flavor enhancement it adds is unbeatable. Both my roasted green beans and grilled rainbow trout were popping with amazing flavor. The added benefit also is that these oils are healthy ones full of the 'good fat' our bodies and brains need to thrive. The general base of the oils I find are olive(virgin and extra virgin), grape seed, and avocado. Did I mention these make wonderful gifts for the foodie in your life? #WINNING
So the next time you’re out shopping for throw pillows for your couch, or that perfect dress for your vacation, don’t forget to visit the specialty foodie aisles and grab a few bottles of these treasures, your tastebuds will thank you!
Be sure to comment below and share your fav finds from these stores that you’ve discovered, I’d love to hear about them!
We're not perfect, and neither is cooking food. Many people make the assumption that because you can cook you automatically are an awesome baker...WRONG! Baking is more like chemistry and 'exacts'. See, no, that's not cooking at all. Something tastes off? Add a pinch of this or a dash of that to balance the taste. Texture of your sauce too loose? Make a slurry with cornstarch or flour to thicken it up. You can even step it up a bit and add pureed white beans. See, you can't do this in baking. Your soufflé didn't rise? Oh well, you gotta toss that bad boy and start over again!
So enjoy this delicious egg pie that you can serve for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner with a salad on the side. And don't forget to make your own. Don't like shrimp? Add cooked chicken or omit it all together. Not a fan of kale? Spinach is a delicious and just as healthy substitute!
Ahh, the beauty of cooking! Where do you think I came up with my mantra, Make It Your Own? You see, with cooking, you can!
This green veggie bowl is super simple and is tasty warm or chilled. Please try it out and let me know in the comments what you think, along with any questions or ideas you may have.
Pan Seared Cod w/ Veggie Relish & Capers
4 pieces of cod fillet, cleaned and pat dry
1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half
1.5 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp capers
4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup white wine
2 tbsp abstract spice
1 tsp sea salt
fresh cracked pepper
4 cups fresh spinach
1Add fresh spinach leaves to a serving platter.
2Preheat skillet with 2 tbsp of butter on medium-hight heat.
3Pat cod fillets dry. Lightly rub each fillet with olive oil.
4Season both sides with Abstract Spice.
5Sear both sides of cod until browned and crispy on the edges (approximately 2 minutes on each side).
6Remove fish and set atop fresh spinach on serving platter.
7Add wine to de-glaze the pan, removing bits stuck onto skillet. Add shallots and minced garlic to skillet and sauté for approximately 1 minute.
8Add remaining olive oil, tomatoes, broccoli, and salt- cook for 2- 3 minutes.
9Blend in remaining butter, capers, and fresh cracked pepper to taste- simmer until butter is completely melted.
10Pour vegetable relish on top of fish; squeeze lemon juice on top to finish.
11Serve and enjoy!
*Feel free to substitute your preferred protein and whatever vegetables you have on hand. #MakeItYourOwn!
There is a scale in our bodies on the ph spectrum that balances acid and alkaline in the body. You want your body on the alkaline side. 'Why' you ask? Cancer cells CANNOT live in an alkaline environment. For this reason, prevention is paramount.
This champion of a woman beat the odds by focusing her diet on alkaline rich foods. Just think, if we all incorporated alkaline rich foods into our diets the monumental changes we can make to our lives. Please be clear, I am not stating, nor am I in a position to state, that this is a cure for cancer. However, I am expressing that alkaline foods are a large contributor in the fight against cancer.
I became so pumped by this story that my mind immediately started buzzing with ideas on how to create delicious recipes rich in alkaline. There are plenty of these types of foods to choose from, check out a few of my favs below:
- swiss chard
- alfalfa, barley, and wheat grass
- sweet potato
I didn't have to look any further than my own backyard garden for one of the stars of my recipe where I'm growing gorgeous swiss chard! The recipe you ask? Here it is! My colorful Alkaline Rich Black Bean & Leek Salad. This amazing salad was a huge hit at our cookout! But this is just the beginning! I can't wait to develop more of my new 'F@#$ Cancer' recipes!
With all of this, wouldn't you like just a simple list of 'rules of thumb' that are pretty common sense, that actually make sense? Well look no further! AC Art Of Food has compiled the ACAOF's 10 Healthy Living Tips that will ensure you at least have the basics down as a foundation for what ever eating lifestyle you choose to indulge in.
Here are a couple bonuses to the list pertaining to the aforementioned:
- Everything in moderation
- Prepare and eat veggies at their natural color (example: broccoli and green beans are just that, green- if they start looking brown, you've gone TOO FAR!
Now remember, DO YOU! No labels necessary. Your reasonings, choices, preferences, likes and dislikes, are exactly that, YOURS. Don't attempt to fit in anybody else's category but your own. After all, who's better of an expert on you than you?
Are there other healthy tips you use or think that would be great to add to ACAOF's 10 Health Living Tips list? Be sure to comment below to let me know, and watch this list grow...for good health!
ACAOF's Top 10 Healthy Eating Tips
- Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of lemon water daily💧.
- Eat clean most of the time- 🚫Avoid processed foods🚫.
- Incorporate a raw or lightly cooked veggie at every meal🥗.
- Eat all carbs before sunset 🌄.
- Eat IN more than you eat OUT.
- Drink a glass of water before each meal.
- Stock your fridge with good things for your body and plan for every meal🍽.
- If you must *dessert*, incorporate fruit🍏
- Drink green tea.
- Eat all plants at least 1 day a week🌱 (Meatless Monday😋)
Make it a Healthy Living Great Tasting Day!
Usually the typical breakfast bowls are made up of a thicker smoothie base topped with chia, hemp, flax, nuts, fruit, etc. The more savory bowls for say lunch and/or dinner, generally involve a grain base such as rice, pasta, quinoa, etc., topped with veggies and protein. With that in mind, I present to you the AC Art Of Food, Soooooouuuuul Bowwwwwwwwl! lol!! Yep, it's all in the name! I simply took a few Sunday dinner favorites and remixed them into something current and trendy...oh, and deliciously healthy! With a simple brown rice blend base, topped with hearty soul food fixins', how do you go wrong? You don't! This Soul Bowl is super easy to assemble, quick, filing, delicious, and healthy!
Want to create our own Soul Bowl? What are your favorite soul comfort food dishes that you'd like to see in a bowl? Do me a favor and let me know below in the comments and I'll be sure to re-invent your bowl and post it!
ACAOF Soul Bowl
- Cooked brown and black rice
- Air fried Abstract Sweet potatoes (regular oven roasted works fine as well)
- Saute'ed collard greens sautéed in garlic, olive oil, and shallots
- Prepared black eyed peas
- Line the bottom base of your bowl with rice blend.
- Assemble sweet potatoes topping the rice blend and covering 1/3 of the bowl .
- Assemble 1/3 of the remaining vegetables atop the rice blend.
- Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and dig in!
And that's it- enjoy!
About a year ago I found myself racking my brain trying to figure out how to 'trick' my kids into consuming vegetables, but I'm realizing this is just as much of a struggle for adults....namely ME!
Now, to be clear, I am a great healthy-lifestyle consultant/chef, and have a knack of masking the good-for-you stuff in deliciously irresistible tasting vittles, but sometimes it is a struggle to get in what I need at the amount I need. Now, it's not as bad as my 4 y/o last year that would greet her veggies with the whole head turn, hands-out-pushing-away, and verbal exclamation 'EWWWWW'! I mean, I can roast carrots and spice them up to make them sweet like candy (very little natural sweetener added); can roast a green bean so mean that it will make the staunchest of fast-foodies forget about French fries; and can crisp kale so good you won't be able to '....eat just one'! But with all this goodness and mercy cooking in the kitchen, I'm still needing no- brainer, quick and easy ways to incorporate these veggies without re-inventing the wheel...every time.
This is the reason why I have devised 5 Easy Delicious Fruit & Veggie Smoothie Recipes that allow you to save the time and effort of trying to conjure up what you should throw in your super blender for your morning...and the kiddies will love them too!
Here's a few tips for YOUR perfect smoothie:
- add your favorite protein powder serving to pump up your smoothie and keep you full!
- incorporate a few tablespoons of flax meal, chia seeds, and/or hemp seeds.
- toss in turmeric or ginger root if you want to fight off inflammation while you sip.
- Looking for a bit of tartness? Add a tablespoon of lemon juice.
- Not sweet enough? Add a tablespoon of local honey that will also help fight those allergies (for you vegans out there, agave works as an awesome substitute for honey).
- Texture issues? Add as much or as little water/almond milk to get your smoothie just right.
* 1/2 banana
*1/2 cup cucumber
* 1 cup kale and/or spinach
* 1/2 cup mangoes and/or peaches- in 100% juice (no sugar added) snack packs for lunchboxes are perfect!
* coconut water or spring water
THANK YOU BERRY MUCH
* 1/2 banana
* 1 cup kale and/or spinach
* 1 cup fresh (if summer) or frozen berries
* coconut water or spring water
ORANGE YOU GLAD
* 1 cup spinach
* 1 cup oranges- in 100% juice (no sugar added) snack packs for lunchboxes are perfect!
* 1/2 cup carrots
* almond milk (80 calorie)
APPLICIOUS FRUIT CUP
* 1 cup kale and/or spinach
* 1/2 banana
* 1 small apple
* 1/2 cup frozen peaches
* 1/2 cup berries
* coconut water or spring water
A FRUITY BEET
* 1 cup spinach
* 1/2 banana
* 1 beet (peeled and chopped)
* 1/2 cup berries
* 1/2 cup peaches
* coconut water or spring water
Make it a Great Tasting Day!
Huffington Post has a great article on how to 'healtherize' the suggestions you may receive from your tiny ones. Here's what some nutritionists give their kiddies for snacks, you may find some of these to be your favs as well!
One Green Planet has done a great job of spotlighting 8 individuals you may know at various ages who relay how they optimize their culinary lifestyle to maximize to their fullest potential in the article link below.
Are you living your best life, right now? Let me know what you nosh on to keep it right and tight, at your age!
See, you have to understand, I have been wanting one of these babies ever since I saw over 10 years ago how the product rep on TV would throw a rock in this sucker and make sand! If it could do that to a rock, surely goodness and mercy it could make my smoothies smooooooooth as a puree! And it does, it really does!! Super simple to use and clean up- I mean just plug it up, one flip up and a dial for speed and another for extra speed and blending, rinse out thoroughly when you're done. But that's just it, you're not done! You want to use it EVERYDAY....and you can! You should! Ooooh, the possibilities are endless! Recipes from my fresh and garlicky chilled homemade gazpacho, to an anti-inflammatory warm and creamy turmeric spiced tea for your sinuses, all can be made in a matter of seconds with this baby....I mean, Vitamix. But the kicker, the real eye-opener that made me realize that it was more than worth the price after all these years of waiting and contemplating, was the fact that it could beautifully blend wheat grass. WHEAT GRASS!! You know, the super-SUPER food that's juiced and sold for about $8 per ounce in your local well known smoothie shops? I now purchase a bundle of wheat grass myself that runs me anywhere from $4-$7 and I can get about 10X as much for literally a fraction of the price! Now in my opinion, that more than pays for itself.
Now...do you have a Vitamix? Well, what are you waiting for?!? Can't afford to part with that much cash all at once? My foodie lovers, please know that QVC is a beeeeeeeauuuuuutiful place!
If you do have a Vitamix, comment below and let me know your absolute favorite things to make in yours. If you don't have one yet, what are you waiting for? Your body will thank you for it....over, and over, and over again!! Yeeeeeaaaahhh baby!
Fresh Abstract Garlicky Gazpacho (A Summertime Fav of mine!)
- 1 Cucumber
- 2 vine ripened tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/2 Vidalia onion
- 1 Carrot
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup fresh basil
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley
- 4 tbsp cooking sherry
- 1/2 tbsp Abstract Spice
- 1 tsp sriracha
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Mix all the ingredients above in your Vitamix on a 5-6 speed for approximately 15 seconds, longer for smoother texture.
- Garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, avocado slices, herb croutons, shaved Parmesan, or all of the above!
Soothing Sinus Healing Turmeric Tea
- 1 cup brewed peppermint green tea
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 3" piece turmeric root
- 1" piece ginger root
- 1 stick cinnamon (or 1 tsp dried)
- 2 tbsp local/raw honey
- Mix all ingredients in the highest mode allowing the Vitamix to heat the contents- approximately 2-4 minutes, or until you see steam.
- Pour into your favorite mug and sip!
So if you haven't picked one up for yourself, stop by the refrigerated area in the natural food section of your favorite grocery market and grab the absolute most 'PERFECT Bar' and leave a comment below letting me know if you experienced the same delight I did when I took my first bite!
Make your own Culinary Health Bowl with this simple and easy guide:
1. Line a layer at the base of the container with your desired leftover fiber-rich/complex carb (quinoa, couscous, pasta, rice, potato, etc.)
2. Section 1/3 of the bowl with a leafy green (spinach, kale, cabbage, etc.)
3. Section another 1/3 with a healthy protein fat (avocado, hummus, sliced egg, nut cheese, etc.)
4. Section the last 1/3 with a hydration veggie (cucumber, tomato, mushrooms, etc.)
5. Squeeze the whole bowl with 1 lime or 1/2 lemon, sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt, and finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
6. Garnish with olives, pine nuts, or pesto aaaaand... ...Lunch is served!!!
***It's even better when prepared the night before-saving you time AND money**
Head on over to www.acartoffood.com for more quick and delicious meal tips and ideas!
Here's to your Culinary Health- Now go make it a Great Tasting Day!😋
I decided to upgrade the packaging due to recent malfunctions of the previous where the sides were tearing (that sucks!). Now, not only is this pouch sturdier, it also locks in freshness, is leak-proof, and secures the smell to the beautifully sunset colored contents where it belongs, inside!
I'm super excited! And it seems like I'm not the only one- read below!
"If you don't have this spice, you not living right. Lol. I'm hooked!!!
Please contact @ac_art_of_food for yours. Omg. I use it on everything. About to cook this fish with it!!! Thanks A.C.!!!"
- Latoya McFadden
"Made this for breakfast using this (Abstract Spice) made by @ac_art_of_food.. OMG it was SO good. Please check out her recipes, order her cookbook and the all spice: www.acartoffood.com/maymejax
- Laticha Jones
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#GroundTurkey #Garlic #Onions #BrownRice
#FreshTomatosFromMyGarden #vegbroth #vermontcheddarcheese and #AbstractSpice from https://www.facebook.com/acartoffood/"
- Simply Produce, LLC- Deanna Butler, Owner
"I finally used it on my oxtails.#Delicious #ACartOfFood #Support"
- Charri Hill
"Thank you to my line sister AC's ART of Food for my Abstract Spice. Blackened salmon with roasted broccoli + abstract spice! So good! Visit the MaymeJax
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- Salynn Johnson
"The real deal! #acartoffood"
- Andrea Wilkerson
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So this is how I know sugar is the devil. See, I've been pretty consistent to limiting my 'sweets' intake to only a few times a month- and they most, if not all, of the times were dark chocolate (me making it beneficial, ha!) Limiting caffeine, gallon-a-day water intake, no meat, you know, just working really hard to be great.
Enter: the week after Halloween.
With my lifestyle of eating and exercising, I have miraculously demolished the 2pm work day slump. So walking into the break room to fill up my water mega mug around noon, what do I see?!? A bounty of the 'good' chocolate Halloween candy sitting pretty, right there on the table. WTH?!?!? And whyyyyyyy is the flesh so weak?!?! Somehow, completely unbeknownst to me, a handful of these chocolate 'devils' jump into my hand and walk me back to my desk- the nerve! After about only 15 minutes of being back at my desk I start to hear something. Low and behold, the Halloween candy begins whispering my name, louder, Louder, and LOUDER!! So me, trying to not to call any additional attention to myself, immediately put the candy in my mouth to keep down the noise, LMAO!! When I tell you, these little portions of delight blessed my soul something beautiful!!
I begin to feel my eyes get heavier and heavier. The usual podcast I listen to while working seems to now be singing a lullaby. All of a sudden I'm hearing this 'pinging' noise that startles me into snapping my head back to the upright position from being tilted all the way back, with yes, my mouth wide open in mid-slumber! It just so happens that my fingers properly in the home-row position, have acquired a bit of additional pressure from me FALLING ASLEEP!!! This NEVER happens! I am usually always alert at work, especially with my mid-day workout. As I begin to assess what could have possibly altered my sleep the night before, it hits me. The Halloween candy. That one piece of candy turned into me consuming 3 pieces within a 10 minute period. People, the sugar-rush struggle IS REAL!!!
Thankfully I had a 16 oz. mason jar of my usual morning green juice (spinach, cucumber, green apple, banana, ginger) I hadn't drank yet waiting in the fridge. I kid you not, I drank the entire jar and within 30 minutes you would have thought I had a shot straight to the vein of concentrated caffeine! It was unreal!! I didn't have that 'jittery' effect associated with a cup of strong coffee. It was like I was on a natural high! Even hours later after getting home and beginning my evening job as 'wife/mommie', I was still good, not winding down until it was my bedtime!
I say all of this to relay, beware of the sugar monster, it is a thing...a very, very baaaaaaad thing. It is indeed satan. Here's your proof from me, tried and true!
But as always, don't take my word for it! I gave you the ingredients of my SUPER green juice above, you try it and let me know how you felt afterwards in the comments below!!
Make it a Great Tasting (sugar-free) Day!
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