Instead of buying prepackaged fruit cups and/or fruit in gel, try simply taking a few minutes to prepare fresh cut fruit in a large container for easy accessibility and serving.
Many of these prepared fruit snacks found on grocery shelves may be labeled as 'natural', and in most cases that's great, but nothing beats assembling your own to create a fresh fruit snack that you feel certain about and know that nothing extra has been added.
In addition, the natural snacks found in stores often contain artificial preservatives to assure freshness. Try my approach below and feel great about the all-natural alkaline preservative I recommend for your fresh fruit assembly.
You simply save so much and gain peace of mind with preparing your own food period.
In preparing your own fresh cut mixed fruit you:
four (4) simple Steps to
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Sandwich this delicious filling between your favorite choice of bun. My family typically raves over a potato roll. However, we have also ventured out to the Hawaiian, brioche, artisan rolls, and of course for my keto-diet-friendly foodies, a nice firm leaf of romaine a scrumptious substitute!
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This one-pot wonder is such a velvety taste of wonder that you will not believe how super easy it is to make! Each ingredient is sautéed in one pot, melding together a delicious symphony of vegetables, natural sweetness, and healing spices that welcome the cooler weather approaching.
Warm healing spice notes from the turmeric, cumin, and nutmeg in this recipe make this Maple Butternut Squash Soup actually a Super Food Soup! Oh, and did I mention this rich delicious bowl of goodness and mercy is VEGAN! *Insert warm and fuzzies here*
Try this recipe and let me know what you think! Don’t forget to post pics to the comments below!
Last weekend I decided to bring the retro 'dinner party' term to life in 2018. What started off as a make-up for a missed birthday event for a friend, turned into a beautiful opportunity to celebrate a good friend, along with good food!
My initial dried fruit of choice was cranberries. However, right next to the package was an equally tasty looking bag of dried cherries! Needless to say, either one would work magically, but my love for cherries during the summertime spoke a little louder given that I could bring them to life in the Fall. Not to mention the awesome health benefits cherries have such as melatonin(sleep aid), cardiovascular health, anti-aging properties, as well as having the power to lower hypertension.
For the cheese spread, cream cheese is added to create a more smooth consistency when spreading as opposed to the goat cheese alone having the tendency to crumble when applied. But no worries, the tangy goat cheese flavor still reigns supreme!
The baguette in this assembly presents a heartier vehicle for this delicious foodie topping combo that brings its own delicious identity when drizzled with fresh extra virgin olive oil. The sprinkle is simply added flavor. Remember, in cooking you must season each layer for maximum flavor!
What's your favorite dinner appetizer go to? Post it below in the comments and let me try it too!
*happy NATIONAL TACO DAY*
Even though the shell has been replaced with a cool and refreshing crisp lettuce leaf, the warm vibrant and rustic flavors of the curry spice balance this one-handed masterpiece perfectly. With Abstract Spice as the all natural seasoning base for flavor, the added rich fall spices of curry and paprika are heightened for a more distinguished tasting taco. Taking this flavor to an additional level is the arugula. Usually I have fresh cilantro as a garnish for my tacos that packs bright flavor, however, the 'peppery' bite of arugula deepens the warm spice tones to pair even more harmoniously with these tacos. Finishing with a squeeze of lime adding delicious zing to the layers of flavor and freshness, these tacos are a force to be reckoned with!
Like with many of my newer recipes, my Green Goodness Curry Taco Boats also include simple ingredients and preparation making it an ideal recipe to prepare during the week. You can even prepare the curry seasoned filling ahead of time and just heat and serve when you like. These are also super convenient for packing for lunch!
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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!
These bars are perfectly convenient to grab-go-and-toss in your lunch or workout bag. I enjoy a bar 30 minutes prior to my workout to get the fuel needed to power through my workout with a 'boosted' calorie burn weapon!
The sweet-tart juicy burst from the dried cherries combined with the creamy chocolate goodness of the chips is like a symphony of flavors backed with the satisfying crunch of the walnuts. While I would not recommend these bars as a dessert treat since their sweetness is mainly derived from the cherries and dark chocolate alone, this dense bar is a super delicious treat that motivates me to live my best workout!
*NOTE: To make this more of a sweeter treat, add 1/2 cup brown sugar to the mix.
Check the numbers below!
Calories: 240 Cholesterol 0mg Total Carbohydrate 29.4g Dietary Fiber 3g
Total Sugars 11g Protein 10.1g
what's your go-to pre workout boost? let me know in the comments below!
*The 7 day flex taste & move Challenge*
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7-Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge
- What it is: A 7 day meal plan and fitness challenge with options...it's FLEXIBLE
- Who: AC's Cart Of Foodies FB Group & AC Art Of Food site subscribers ONLY! (You have to subscribe to this site www.acartoffood.com in order to join the Facebook Group 'AC's Cart Of Foodies'!)
- When: Saturday, September 8th (Receive your meal plan and choose your workout and get ready to 'Taste & Move' Sunday!)
- Why: To help you jump-start the new you, and the FIRST day of the rest of your new lifestyle!!🤗
• An AC Art Of Food customized 7 day meal plan (breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks) focused on **culinary health**- this is NOT a 'diet'. Unlike most meal challenges, the 7-Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge has a meal plan that you can eat for a lifetime!
(ACAOF's term **culinary health** is a mindful healthy eating lifestyle. It is not meant to restrict, but more so to incorporate better eating habits and eliminate the crap that ultimately harms your body)
• 7 different workouts with 7 daily routines each from various movement experts/trainers who have created specific routines just for my ACAOFoodies to choose from for your 7 days based on what best fits you!
• Each day of the challenge will also be accompanied with an inspiring motivational passage curated by a phenomenal author just for ACAOFoodies that will encourage you to be the best you, inside and out....and to keep you going!
• Plant based with options for your protein of preference. All meals have been specially designed for this challenge😋
The Workouts: (each workout listed has 7 days of routines):
•To be clear, the value of this challenge is priceless!!
But as a thank you and to show appreciation for my loyal subscribers and ACAOFoodies the **7 Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge** is FREE!!
AC Art Of Food's new monthly interactive custom meal plans will be available with 6 and 12 month subscription discounted rates coming this Fall!
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🥘. 7-Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge
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So while you deal with homework and teacher supply lists, let AC Art Of Food help you with snack and lunchbox ideas to satisfy your tiny scholar’s large appetite!
These are very tasty and may make their way into your lunch bag as well.
Just thought I’d give you a heads up!
- Nitrate-free deli turkey or ham
- Mozzarella cheese (lower in fat that most cheese)
- Fresh spinach leaves
2.Bagel My Tuna
- Thin sliced bagels
- Your little ones favorite prepared tuna salad
3.Chicken, Tuna, Egg, or Tofu Salad Boats
- Fresh and firm cleaned romaine lettuce leaves
- Prepared chicken, tuna, egg, or tofu salad (tofu salad: prepare like egg salad substituting diced extra firm tofu)
- Your favorite crackers
- Your favorite cheese/ veggie cheese, sliced to the size of crackers
- Your favorite protein (pepperoni, turkey, ham (the veggie options for these work perfectly! Tofurky is a great option)
5. Protein Caprese Salad
- 1 cup prepared quinoa, toboulei, or couscous
- 1 cup fresh spinach, kale, or other lettuce leaves
- 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella diced
- Handful of basil, chopped
- 1 tbsp balsamic glaze (found near the oils and vinegars in your grocery)
6. PB&J Pinwheels
- Whole wheat tortilla
- Natural peanut butter
- Your favorite 100% fruit spread
- Pita round, halved and pocket opened for stuffing
- Prepared Cesar salad (fresh romaine + Ceasar dressing + lemon juice, and toss)
- Protein: shrimp, diced turkey, chicken, or veggie protein
8. Fruit Wafflewhich
- 2 frozen waffles
- Cream cheese
- Your favorite 100% fruit spread
9. Crudite Sushi
- Flatbread or other flavored wraps (tomato, spinach)
- Cream cheese with herbs
- Nori/Seaweed sheets
- Thinly sliced fresh veggies (cucumbers, carrots, sweet peppers, etc.)
Need more ideas?
Aaaaaaahhhh, yes, yesterday was a good day! So much so that I’m sharing with you the fall-off-the-bone tender and delicious comforting recipe below. Stay tuned for the Red Wine Black-eyed Peas & Lentils recipe as well!
And as always, remember to subscribe to my site, and of course let me know in the comments below how you like the recipe or maybe even share your own version of this comfort food classic!
As I glanced over at the fruit on my counter, I noticed an almost too juicy pink grapefruit that had about one more day left before I would toss it into my compost bin. That’s when the ‘AHA!’ hit me! Why not?! It’s in the citrus family but with a sweet and bitter twist at the same time. Why not try a different and complex flavor boost with grapefruit? And it did not hurt one bit for me to be reminded as I gazed out my kitchen window that fennel was growing beautifully in my garden this season- I thought it the perfect accompaniment with this fruit. What’s more, fennel greens/tops pack a similar, yet more potent punch in comparison to dill.
End result, my favorite seafood seasoning of the summer! These flavor combinations resulted in this trout being off the taste charts!!
Now, I simply adore the sharp zip in flavor I get from citrus when enjoying seafood, but all seasonal fruit is fair game!!😋
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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.
For this reason, over the years I began to build somewhat of a repertoire of staples that I feel are essential in solidifying any good recipe. To be specific, my pantry staples are what I take most pride in since they have longer shelf lives and are more versatile and interchangeable. What's more, you can build it up your reserve over time so that you'll never be without when you're in the middle of a recipe, lol!
It's so funny, I have a best friend that is consistently in awe of the things I have on hand to cook with at any given point of time. Her comment is always, "...girl, ain't nobody got that in their pantry but you!"
Well the joke is on her, because I have included my personal pantry stock list below! Obviously based on your taste preferences, you may add or omit here and there. This is just to serve as a guide in assisting with what majority of the AC Art Of Food recipes will contain. So take advantage of my pantry must haves and start collecting today!
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!!
I mean really, there is nothing more satisfying than throwing an item into the slow cooker, walking away for hours without giving it a second look, only to return to a wonderfully smelling home, and your slow cooked gem, seasoned just right, tender, and ready to be devoured! But then what?!? After the 1st day of leftovers, it's time to remix and re-purpose! And for this reason, I have listed below some delicious quick ideas to do just that!
Check out AC Art Of Food's Super Simple Abstract Slow Cooker Chicken recipe and its 11 Delicious Uses for Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken. Do you have some tasty pulled chicken ideas of our own? Let me know in the comments section below- thanks in advance!
Super Simple Abstract Slow Cooker Chicken
- 2 lbs chicken breast
- 2 tbsp Abstract Spice
- 3 cups water
- Sea salt
- To your slow cooker, add water and Abstract Spice
- Sprinkle both sides of chicken with sea salt
- Add chicken to slow cooker
- Turn slow cooker on 'LOW', and get lost for about 8 hours
- When done, pull chicken apart into shreds with 2 forks
11 Delicious Uses for Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
- Mix w/ marinara for chicken spaghetti.
- BBQ chicken sandwiches.
- Top on a salad.
- Add celery, onion, and mayo for chicken salad.
- Add noodles, broth, and mixed veggie for a chicken noodle soup.
- Add to a basic grilled cheese.
- Add to macaroni and a cheese sauce for a delicious casserole.
- Add to rice, and fresh spinach for a super quick and tasty rice plate.
- Top on a baked potato with broccoli, sour cream, and sprinkle with cheese.
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