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...when you learn how food is medicine for your body, you love what you eat because you're eating for life. My focus is to make that life taste good.
now, how can I help you with your culinary health needs?
Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner....again! The year goes by so fast, but just in time to sit side-by-side with the featured holiday turkey is my amazingly delicious Roasted Sweet Potatoes w/ Honey, Blue Cheese & Crisp Sage! The mildly sweet root vegetable amped up with sweetness from local honey, a bit of sharp creaminess from the pungent blue cheese crumbles, and all balanced out with the subtle earthiness from the ground sage herb.(6/2017)
This is indeed a super easy, super simple dish with a beautiful presentation that will jazz up any usual Thanksgiving dinner table. I actually revamped this from a summer post made last year but lends itself to perfection now being in the ideal season.
Now to really spice things up on your table for this dish, try accenting with my recipe for fresh Crisp-Fried Sage Leaves! It's a quick and simple process that will add an elegant finishing touch to this already amazing dish! These crispy leaves can be added to almost any casserole dish for added flavor and panache!
Crisp-fried sage leaves
What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
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!
This very well may be one of the easiest, quickest, healthiest, and super delicious ‘no fuss’ way to celebrate with your tastebuds as well as your eyes! Super simple because all you need is fresh veggies (or fruit), Abstract Spice, sticks, and a fire! Now, I do generally like to add a drizzle of flavored olive oil once the kabobs are done for an extra layer of flavor!
5 KABOB KICK-OF TIPS
- Be sure to soak your wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes prior to making your kabobs. This prevents potential mini fires when setting the sticks directly on the heat.
- For best results, DO NOT soak/marinate your veggies/fruit. While this is an awesome flavor booster, it doesn’t work well with kabobs simply because marinating veggies and fruit will leave them wilted and soggy. Not ideal for grilling kabobs since the heat will already soften the veggies/fruit in the process.
- Try to pierce each ingredient as much in the center as you possibly can. This helps with balanced cooking and easier eat-ability(yep, made that word right on up, lol!). There’s nothing worse than going in for a bite of your kabob and having pieces fall off the skewer because they were pierced too close to the edge.
- When grilling your kabobs, temperatures may vary based on a traditional charcoal or gas grill. For this reason watch your kabobs and turn when the char on your veggies is prevalent on the edges, maintaining the veggies still at their bright color in the middle. This way you get the desired bbq flavor with the veggies still crisp and vibrant. Try turning approximately every 2 minutes.
- If adding an animal protein to your kabobs, be sure they are in small portions to adhere to the short cooking time on the grill. For this reason, marinating land protein such as chicken or beef is essential since this process breaks down the meat. However, for seafood, I do not recommend marinating since sea protein cooks super fast. *For contamination purposes, prepare animal protein and vegges separately*
FRUIT: Pineapple, Nectarines, Watermelon, and other melon are seasonal and perfect for the grill. Because of their firmer flesh they can withstand direct heat better than most other fruit, maintaining and even intensifying their flavor!**
Pretty easy, huh? Feel free to throw in marinated tofu or tempeh as well! The veggies/fruit you select to go on your skewers is completely up to you. This also goes for the order in which you stack them. Personally I always shoot for the 'rainbow' in trying to find the brightest most vibrant plants, which coincidentally are so easy to find in the summer!
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!
Buuuuuut, the sun has come out for the weekend! Now my family is well aware that Mommie does not cook over the weekend. It's pretty much a go-for-yourself type of meal situation on Saturdays. So we decided on nachos. Not just any nachos, my purposeful 'Quick Repurposed Vegetarian White Bean Nachos', yummers! Have fresh spinach, red onion, tomatoes, and avocado, we will nachos make! For my boys, I seasoned up some fresh ground turkey, but for me, I reheated my white bean stew, and what a genius move that was!! My son even added it to his taco seasoned ground turkey and it blew his mind! With some additional toppings such as chopped black olives, cheese, and sour cream, nacho night was on and poppin', and packed full of protein!
*ACAOF Tip*: Never begrudge leftovers!
When the weekend comes, check the inventory in your fridge (you have to anyway to know what to pick up from the grocery store!), and you'd be surprised with what you can come up with when you add a little imagination! Salads, wraps, tacos, and of course, NACHOS!
...Quick Repurposed Vegetarian White Bean Nachos that is.
Check out my creation below!
What do you like to create on the weekend for good eats? Let me know in the comments below!
Quick Repurposed Vegetarian White Bean Nachos
Layer a foil-lined sheet pan with the following:
- Nacho chips (*tip: heat nachos alone for about 6 minutes to crisp them)
- Slow Cooker Vegetarian White Bean & Kale Stew (click here for the recipe) *Canned or prepared white beans can be used if necessary*
- Additional meat-less protein if desired
- Fresh spinach
- Diced onion
- Shredded cheese (Monterey Jack and Cojita are my favs)
- Place loaded pan in oven for 5-10 until cheese is melted
- Take pan out and top with your choice of:
- Fresh spinach
- Chopped avocado and/or guacamole
- More cheese
- Diced tomatoes
- Sour cream
- And yes, sriracha, and whatever else your heart desires!!
This past Sunday was an amazing time as we shared in celebrating my mom by showering her with love, gifts, laughter, and of course, GREAT food. My dad like most, tended the grill, while my sisters and I dwelled inside sipping wine. Now I pretty much have one of those moms that is truly blessed not to necessarily need anything. However, her wants are a completely different thing. So when her sole request from me was to make her '...you know, those good ol' peanut butter cookies that you whip up so quick', how could I say no? She was referring to my deliciously rich 11 Minute Best Peanut Butter Cookie recipe.
Now the story behind this cookie is literally 30 years old! It derives from my very first structured cooking class at the age of 12. You know, essentially everyones first cooking class....Home Economics 101, lol! I'll never forget the day our teachers, Mrs. Pugh and Mrs. Bowen, told us we were going to learn the best and easiest recipe for the most perfect peanut butter cookies. I was far more interested in class this week than the previous week when we were sewing together polka dot short-sets, ha! It was pretty hard to believe that I could literally count the ingredients on one hand and that they would be done baking after only a few minutes. I mean think about it, our classes lasted only 40 minutes. Within that time we calmed down after the last class bell, got in our groups, gathered the ingredients, made the dough, placed dough balls on the cookie sheet, baked them, let them cool while we cleaned up our stations, and finally took a few minutes to devour the fruits of our labor before class ended, all within our 40 minute class period! And they were DELISH!
Now my mother is diabetic and one of the reasons why I do what I do with AC Art Of Food, and like most 'sweets' I make, I decrease the sugar wherever I can without sacrificing flavor. For this reason, I usually use only 1/2 cup of sugar. Over the past 3 decades I have altered the recipe a bit more here and there, adding a little of this, taking away a little of that, but nothing beats this original recipe! So please enjoy this 11 Minute BEST Peanut Butter Cookie recipe, they are SOOOOOOO good!
Be sure to leave a comment below if you'd like to try this recipe for yourself! Or if you have a 'Best' cookie recipe with a great story to back it up!
11 Minute Best Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup raw sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Mix ingredients well until batter becomes of a thicker dough (approximately 1 minute).
- With a tablespoon sized spoon or melon baller, scoop uniform sized cookie dough onto a sheet pan.
- With a fork, create a criss-cross pattern as pictured above, slightly flattening.
- Bake for 11 minutes at 350.
- Let cool (or not), and enjoy!
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😋)
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