Sunday, October 19, 2014

ACS Cancer Walk - LIFE CHANGING



My mom always shares with my sister and I that we should support cancer research any way that we can but it often falls on deaf ears. It's not that we don't listen but life is fast and there are loads of other responsibilities that we are dedicated too. Yeah I know, we need to listen to mom more.

Hooked On The Oats



No, I don't want it. Not at all.

Yep!! That's what I said for years and a day but thankfully my amazing wife changed my mind. See the way I remember it is my great aunt making it the regular way and not really like it. I won't tarnish her memory saying it wasn't good, I will just say, she meant well.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What About Roasted Asparagus?


Man on Man, I have been on the go lately but my eating regimen is still in a good place. My desire for more vegetable is still on 100 and I have a good one to share with my friends.  I mean, who doesn't like a good vegetable roasted in a clean oven *Please clean your oven folks*.






Check out this quick and easy recipe for roasted asparagus:

Ingredients:
1 bunch of fresh asparagus
Loads of olive oil
Salt & Pepper 
Red Pepper Flakes
Fresh Rosemary

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 445.
2. Trim and cut off bottom tips of asparagus to your hearts desire.
3. Add Salt, Pepper, Rosemary and Red Pepper Flakes along with loads of Olive oil and toss. 
4. Place on baking pan/baking sheet and bake 15-25 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and add more seasonings. 

Enjoy!!!  

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I Got Home and Made Turkey Chili with Rosemary Brown Rice and Quinoa



Yeah Yeah!! I know that the title is long and somewhat of a run on sentence BUT it is worthy of the run on. It has been under 20 degrees in my city and judging from the chill in the air, it is a perfect time to pull out the pots, pans and bowls.









Check out this amazingly quick and easily recipe for Turkey Chili which is sure to cause you to go back for seconds and thirds.


INGREDIENTS:
Half of a yellow onion chopped and diced
Half of a bell pepper chopped and diced
1 whole jalapeño pepper chopped and diced
1 lb of ground turkey
15 oz. can of black beans
15 oz. can of chili beans
15 oz. can of kidney beans
15 oz. can of salsa verde
Handful of cumin seeds
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil

INSTRUCTION:
1. Saute Onion, Bell Peppers, Jalapeño and cumin seeds in 2 -3 tablespoons of olive oil.
2. Add ground turkey and cook thoroughly.
3. Add rinsed can of black and kidney beans along with chili beans.
4. Add can of salsa verde and bring to boil.
5. Cook on medium to semi high heat until your desired thickness.
6. Salt and Pepper to taste.


INSTRUCTIONS ON BROWN RICE:
1. Be sure and select 10 minute brown rice along with rainbow quinoa and bring to boil.
2. Lower heat and simmer until ready.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cracked Chicken - Nothing Like It



The work day is grinding down to a close and many of us are thinking in the back of head, "What am I gonna whip up for the family tonight?".  Never fear, the food blogger is here - Wait that doesn't rhyme?

Nevertheless, check out this simple, flavorful and healthy dish that I like to call "CRACKED CHICKEN" and make no mistake - It is INSANELY good stuff. There is a catch to the type of chicken to use though.




Wait For It! Wait For It!  

That's correct - Find you some hearty and healthy leg quarters or half of an whole chicken and prep them for that hot oven. 




INGREDIENTS:
2 -3 Whole Leg Quarters or Half of a Chicken
Loads of fresh chopped garlic
Cajun Seasoning
Lemon Pepper Seasonings *Mrs. Dash works wonders*
Handful of fresh Rosemary 
Handful of Italian Seasoning
Olive Oil
4-5 Whole Red Potatoes *You can Substitute with regular potatoes as well*


PREPARATION:
1. Preheat Oven to 450 Degrees *Don't Freak out - It's gonna work wonders*
2. Heavily coat chicken with garlic, Cajun Seasoning, Lemon Pepper Seasoning, Rosemary, Italian Seasoning and Olive Oil.
3. In a large skillet, lock in the seasoning by searing the chicken on each side for 3-4 minutes per side. 
4. As chicken is in the skillet, prep your potatoes by tossing them in loads of fresh garlic, rosemary, Cajun and lemon seasonings and then place them in full sized baking dish. 
5. Remove chicken from skillet and place in baking dish on top of red potatoes and proceed to the oven for 40 - 45 minutes. It is imperative to not overcook your chicken but you do want a nice coat on the skin side. 
6. Be sure to watch your chicken and upon seeing the skin began to crack, you will note that it is close to being done. 

Enjoy! 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Be Green!!




I hit the streets this past Sunday and snapped up some good and healthy items for my home. Items such as: Kale, Broccoli and the ever popular snap peas are always your friend and might I add, there are oh so many ways to prepare them. Any doctor will tell you that all green vegetables are good for you and promotes healthy habits.

I checked my receipt and I spent under $10 on all these items. Next time you hit the market, be sure and fill up on the green.





Remember: FILL UP!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

JUST PUT IT IN THE BAG!!!




Here I am jamming Chaka Khan's greatest hits and I almost forgot to share my recipe for my "Put It In The Bag Chicken". Now please believe that I am no rapper but I know how to cook some of my favorite dishes and share it all. This particular recipe is super healthy, the clean up is easy and it's not dry or too greasy - It's Just Enough!




Enough of my rambling, check out this awesome recipe that I paired with an amazing bed of lemon cumin brown rice. It only takes about an hour to prepare and before you know it, you will be in heaven. 









INGREDIENTS:
1 Whole Chicken Cut *Organic will work as well*
2 Culinary Parchment Bags
I Half of Lemon *Sliced*
1 Carrot - *Chopped*
1 Half of Red Bell Pepper *Sliced*
1 Half of Green Red Pepper *Sliced* 
3 Pinches of Cumin Seeds
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
2 Tablespoons of Cajun Seasoning

ASSEMBLY:
1. Pre heat oven to 435 degrees
2. Toss chicken, lemon slices, carrot, bell peppers, cumin seeds, olive oil, salt & pepper and cajun seasoning in bowl until there is an amazing fragrance coming from your bowl. 
3. Place 2 - 3 pieces of chicken in each bag and fold parchment bag under securely. 
4. Bake in oven for 45 mins or until desired. 
5. Serve over desired rice. 


ENJOY!!!