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Keeping in line with my new 'F@#$ Cancer' recipe creations, my 'Alkaline Rich Goodness & Green Mercy' dish does not disappoint! Loaded with vitamins and minerals the body needs to stay defensive against disease, this recipe boosts the immune system to put up a hell-of-a fight! What's more, it tastes AMAZING! But then again, that's my main purpose as your Culinary Health Consultant!
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.
Uggh, I don't have that! This is a statement I hear more often than not from individuals trying out my recipes. Don't get me wrong, all ingredients are listed in my recipes, but lots of times these same individuals feel as if the recipe can be completed omitting an ingredient here or there. I must admit, I too early on felt as if I could short-cut my way through a recipe and get optimum results, boy was I WRONG! The taste may be really good, however, not the tasty end result the creating chef intended. Now why would you cheat yourself like that? Of course not!
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!
This Pan Seared Cod w/ Veggie Relish & Capers recipe idea was derived one evening when I was trying to combine a protein and veggies for a delicious and quick one pan dish. This is actually a copycat of a chicken dish where the breast is sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes and capers. I wanted a lighter protein and decided to pick up a few cod filets to remix this mediterranean type dish. However, once home I realized I was out of sun-dried tomatoes! So I substituted fresh grape tomatoes instead and combined some other fresh veggies I found in the fridge! The end result...pescatarian deliciousness!
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!
I recently posted a video on my AC Art Of Food Facebook page regarding a woman's testimony on how she beat cancer. She explained how not only was she diagnosed with breast cancer, but she beat it, and then it came back in another part of her body. This woman endured chemo and radiation, and after all that was given only 21 months to live. Fast forward TWELVE YEARS LATER, this miracle of a woman is sharing how she beat this beast of a disease with a positive outlook and eating not only healthy, but a specific type of healthy foods. These specific foods are known as alkaline foods.
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:
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!
Just in case you didn't know, I am the queen of re-purposing! Another name for re-using left overs, lol. Earlier this week I prepared my delicious slow cooker pot of Slow Cooker Vegetarian White Bean & Kale Stew. Using Abstract Spice and an onion as the only means of seasoning (with just a few dashes of sea salt to taste), this delicious bowl of comfort was perfectly scrumptious amongst the rainy days we've had this week here in Atlanta.
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
~Pre-heat oven to 350~
Layer a foil-lined sheet pan with the following:
Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms that make this world go 'round!
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
Pre-heat oven to 350
Easy. Quick. Little clean up. Convenient. Delicious! These are pretty much the requirements for a suitable dinner rather you're a family of 1 or 11. Obviously the larger the family, the more of a hassle it is in trying to satisfy everyone. But what if I told you there was a way to cook one main item for dinner, pretty much in your sleep (or while you're away working), and delight your whole family? Impossible you say? I say MORE than POSSIBLE!
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
First the chicken:
11 Delicious Uses for Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
Here we go!
The trend to be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle is seemingly becoming more of a permanent way of life for many. And why not? Like exercise, it's a process that ultimately improves hour life and makes you feel good. And with a world of full of culinary creations like the trend of healthy 'bowls', the possibilities are endless! Enter: my Soul Bowl!
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
And that's it- enjoy!
There's nothing like coming home from work with no idea of what you're going to make for dinner. I mean let's face it, sometimes the savviest of meal planners have at least one day in their lifetime where the leftovers juuuuuust couldn't stretch that extra day, or you completely forgot about that marinating chicken in the back of the fridge that you were supposed to have baked 6 days ago- yep, it's trash now! For these very times, a frittata can be your saving grace! Made with basic staples found any given day in most refrigerators, this dish is an easy save for dinner and the next day's lunch (or breakfast!).
Not only is this recipe convenient because of it's ingredients, but the process that I use literally takes a fraction of the time that it would for the classic egg-casserole bake. Part classic soft scramble and a finish in the oven- you'll be eating in no time!
*Feel free to add or omit the added ingredients I've listed, as always- Make it your own! Let me know what twist you put on yours in the comments below!
Lazy Greens Frittata
8 eggs, scrambled raw
3/4 cup almond milk
2 cups kale
2 cups arugula
1/2 cup Swiss cheese
1/2 cup muenster cheese
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 onion, sliced fine
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp granulated garlic/ garlic powder
1 tsp granulated onion/ onion powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
*Chopped green onions, tomatoes, and additional arugula leaves for garnish*
Lots of times my inspiration for a recipe comes from a food or dish I absolutely love, but unfortunately was prepared for me horribly. This recipe revelation was no different for my 1 Amazing Wannabe Wonton Soup!
My mother wasn't feeing well a few weeks ago and stated that all she wanted was a nice steamy bowl of wonton soup. Now, I can't remember the last time I had a bowl of this comfort goodness. For the record, my favorite go-to Asian soup has always been the delicious egg drop soup with crisp, crunchy wonton strips for dipping, or simply to crumble on top. However, lately I've been craving this wonton soup now too, primarily because of my mother mentioning it- TRUST, the mind is a plenty powerful and influential thing!
So the other day I order some Chinese food for the family, and what do I request? Yep, you guessed it, wonton soup! I could not wait to get home to wrap myself up in this warm liquid goodness. But after one sip, not only could I wait, but I could actually toss it in the trash! It was unsatisfactory to say the very least. The wonton dumplings had no flavor, and the broth reminded me of a mix of oil and tap water, HORRIBLE I tell you! Absolutely NO flavor.
And like clockwork, I got in the lab (my kitchen), and conjured up what was a sublime bowl of wonton/vegetable dumpling soup. From the super flavorful vegetable dumplings from @TradeJoes, to the organic vegetable broth spiced with garlic and ginger from the same, it's no wonder why the pot disappeared in a matter of minutes of being made.
This is such a nutrient-rich immune beneficial soup because of the very healing powers found in chicken noodle soup- minus animal protein and kicked up a notch with fresh minced ginger, green onions, and garlic.
I can't wait for you to try it! Comment below to let me know what your favorite soup is!
Vegetarian Dumpling Soup (Wannabe Wonton Soup)
...an Abstract Taste in Food