For the record, I was raised on the goodness and mercy of a big pot of greens sitting on the stove on any given Sunday. Simmering bushels of leafy collards crowded with several ham hocks, onions, and peppers. Ohhhhh the days!
Don't get me wrong, this leafy vegetable remains a cornerstone dish in my kitchen and I'm certain many other kitchens alike. However, once you know better you absolutely have no choice but to do better. So after tossing the ham hocks (nope, not even a smoked turkey wing!), I imagined a healthier and just as tasty version of this essential green. The creation of my Quick Sautéed Collards w/ Garlic & Sherry helped me maintain the best of both worlds.
This delicious health-full plant is prepared in such a way that the vitamins, minerals, and valuable nutrients stay locked in- hence the 'quick' in the recipe title, lol! Unlike back in the day where that pot of greens would stay boiling on the stove ALL DAY long!
*History Taste Bud*: Pot Liquor, as it's often referred, is essentially these liquid/juices from the greens that cooked all day on that very stove in most African American homes. This pot liquor was oftentimes consumed separately as an additional supplement and also given to babies for nourishment because of its rich nutrient content.*
And the texture! The sherry adds a tasty component that helps in breaking down the leaves with added flavor that matches a days worth of cooking. These greens are amazingly tender, delicious, and so filling that you'll want to make more! And that's a good thing health wise as well as time wise- I mean really, the whole dish is ready from prep to plate in less than 15 minutes! This dish is also heart healthy with the use of garlic and olive oil in combination with this vitamin and mineral rich green. What's not to love about that?
What do you like to eat with your greens? let me know in the comments below!
Meet my New Year Veggie Crush= CELERY😍. And hence, my Celery Wake-Up Smoothie Juice!
This refreshing juice smoothie is best if consumed on an empty stomach first thing in the a.m.
Now, alone the vegetable celery and its juice are AMAZING and SUPER impactful to the body and immune system. The additional fruit blended in(100% with nothing added), simply add their own individual benefits to this mineral rich morning beverage. What's more, the fruit also adds a natural sweetening component😉.
If your blender does not produce a smooth juice-like product and you experience some froth and/or fibers from the celery, simply strain with a cheesecloth directly into your glass.
For some additional motivation, take a look below at just some of the benefits derived from this secret 'super' food celery. I've researched this powerful unsung veggie and am in complete awe of it's powers:
💥Reduces cancer risk
💥Reduces blood pressure
💥Supports eye health as we age
💥SUPER RICH in vitamins and minerals
Start your year, and day off right with this simple and super effective juice smoothie!
Do you enjoy smoothie juices in the morning? What's your best 'health-ful' Smoothie combo? Let me know in the comments below!
Whew, it's finally COMPLETE!!
This has been no easy task in the attempt for completion while balancing a family of 5, the bill paying 9 to 5 J.O.B, setbacks, the day to day upkeep of ACAOF, and well, simply life itself. Trying to get the design just right- but not too identical to Volume 1, as well as what to include and not, deemed equally trying. However, after over a year of research, experimenting, test kitchen successes and fails, I've finally completed what I feel is one of the best value-added beneficial guides for clean eating!
So without further ado, I am pleased to introduce the release of my latest labor of love:
Culinary Health Cookbook Volume 2- The Clean Eating Jumpstart eBook
Thirty(30) pages of delicious healthful recipes to jumpstart your clean eating lifestyle!
And as an added bonus, I've included inside this ebook two(2) lists, or mini books, that will help you maintain this healthy journey:
(1) *Kitchen Culinary Overhaul List (what you should have on hand)
(2) *Culinary Health Snack List (17 snack ideas)
The introductory price is a steal at $8 and will be set at its regular price of $9.99 January 1, 2019. So grab it now while you can!
This health-trendy world is full of diets, cleanses, and detoxes, that promise 'quick' weight loss and temporary wellness 'boosts'. But they're just that, temporary. This cookbook series is created for you to LIVE healthier for the LONG term! Included are realistic meals, ideas, and snack ideas that you and your whole family will love as well as your body!
Please understand, AC Art Of Food does not restrict nor try to set drastic limitations for your eating regimen- why do that!?! The purpose is to introduce you to new and 'outside-the-box' ways to get more clean/whole food in and processed food out! I want to make you love food again, the way it's supposed to be, and help you live your very BEST life at the same time!
Thanks so much for your continued support, and here's to a healthier YOU!
CEO/Owner and Culinary Health Consultant
There’s nothing like hearing Donny Hathaway croon the tune of ‘This Christmas’ to get you in the holiday spirit. But when the fire side is blazing bright while you sneeze all of your insides into a tissue, that spirit can start to ‘blow’ away (pun intended, lol!).
My purpose with AC Art Of Food is to consult year-round on how to not only eat deliciously healthy, but to also provide natural prevention tips to boost your immune system and to try and keep you from having to medicate because your body has been taken over by illness. To be clear, my suggestions are just that, suggestions based on my research and study but more important, my experiences and the experiences of others I encounter.
Listed in the middle of the homepage of AC Art Of Food, you can find the section ‘Food Is Medicine’. This is a collection of natural minerals and herbal remedies that get my family and me through the year shielding us from the ‘cooties’...in addition to my daily cup of steamy green tea. And while these remedies are great in aiding in prevention, proper diet, rest, regular exercise, fresh air, washed hands and stress relief, are just as important in living an all around healthy lifestyle.
Food is Medicine
For the purpose of actual application, the following is what I rely on whenever I get ‘that’ feeling, aching, or when I see one of the kid’s noses running, or when I hear my hubby sneezing more than 2 times within a 30 minute span…yeah, I’m on it!
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Please keep in mind that when encountering an illness, it is of VITAL importance that you seek professional medical help and speak with your doctor to get an ‘ok’ before taking any medicines, treatments, or tonics. TRUST, allergic reactions are REAL.
what are your go-to remedies that get you through the cold/flu season?
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