January 1, 2016

New Years Black Eyed Peas and Rotisserie Chicken Soup Recipe

BlackEyedPeaSoupEating Black Eyes Peas on New Years Day is supposed to bring you good luck and prosperity in the coming year. I am not one to believe much in superstitions, but when I saw Freida’s Speedy Pre-soaked Black Eyed Peas being sold in the produce section of the grocery store, I decided that I had to cook something with it. I don’t often eat Black Eyed peas, so I figured today was probably the best day to do it.
And with the weather in California getting cold, I have really been into making soups and stews. So I just kind of “winged it” with this one and threw it together. You can adjust the ingredients to fit your tastes.

Then, as I was driving home, I realized that I had forgotten to buy Chicken Stock. So you might want to exchange the water in my receipe for chicken stock. And if you do that, you can probably leave out the chicken skin. Chicken skin is total fat, and I only used it this time to give the soup more flavor. And I will probably pick it out as I eat it.
And you might want to add some chopped spinach or kale to the recipe too. I think I will do that if I make this again.I don’t have exact ingredient amounts on this, like I said I winged it.

Black Eyed Peas and Rotisserie Chicken Soup Recipe

Chopped No-Salt rotisserie cooked chicken from the grocery store – 2 legs, 2 wings, and 1 thigh, skin included.
Olive Oil
Half an Onion chopped
Half tablesoon of chopped garlic
Several stalks of celery chopped
1 box of chopped mushrooms
1 Italian squash (or yellow or pattypan) chopped
1 Container of Freida’s Speedy Pre-soaked Black Eyed Peas
Oregano and Basil and Black Pepper

1. In a pot, sautee the half onion and garlic in some chicken skin and olive oil
2. Slowly add to the pot, and sautee, one by one: the Chopped Celery, mushrooms and Italian squash
3. Add water
4. Add Black Eyed Peas
5. Add the chopped chicken and rest of skin
6. Add more water if necessary to cover ingredients
7. Add oregano and basil and Black pepper to taste
8. Stir together. Cook over a low heat, for about 20 minutes, or until boiling. Stir often.

Enjoy ! Happy New Year !

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December 30, 2015

Romanesco Broccoli Recipes and Cooking

RomanescoBroccoliHave you ever been in a grocery store, and you saw a vegetable that was so pretty and unusual that you just had to take a photo of it ? That was me a few days ago at Whole Foods Market. They had a big display of Romanesco Broccoli – which is actually a cauliflower. Hmmm, I don’t know how you can get those two mixed up.
Some places a more common name is Roman Cauliflower. Either way, the ones in front of me were organic, and so unusual that I just had to take it home and try it.
It tasted like a slightly sweeter version of cauliflower. It did not taste like broccoli at all.
I made two dishes with my Roman Cauliflower.

Romaneso Broccoli Side Dish:
The first dish was a vegetable side dish that was served with steak and baby potatoes.
I mixed half of the chopped Roman Cauliflower with multi-colored chopped carrots, yellow and orange bell peppers, and chopped zucchini. Then tossed them all together with Olive Oil and an all purpose Italian seasoning blend. Put them on a large baking sheet, and roasted them in the oven until they were done.
I ended up sprinkling them with some shredded Asiago Cheese when I served them on the table.

Usually when I have left over vegetables, I end up making a big soup/stew with them. I don’t like to spend time chopping a lot, so my soups really become stews !

Chicken Romanesco Broccoli Veggetable Stew:
1. I started out cooking chicken breasts, sprinkled with all purpose seasoning, in the oven. I never put raw chicken or meat directly in a soup.
2. I lightly steamed the rest of my Romanesco Broccoli, then once it cooled I pureed it in my blender with a litte water, to make the base of the soup.
3. Olive Oil in the pot, sauteed the chopped onions, carrots and orange and yellow bell peppers, chopped baby potatoes, and a few small pieces of the broccoli.
4. I sprinkled in a spicier multi purpose spice mix made for chicken.
5. Once the vegetables were done being sauteed, I added the pureed Romaneso Broccoli, a box of Chicken Stock, and brought to a boil. Then lowered to a simmer.
6. Then I added chopped dark Kale to the mix that was cooking.
7. After the chicken was done in the oven, I removed it, and let it cool slightly so I could cut it. I chopped up the cooked chicken and added it to the pot.
8. I let the whole thing simmer on the stove for about a half hour.
9. When serving, you can top the soup/stew with more Asiago Cheese – and serve the whole thing with a hearty multi grain bread.

With the potatoes and chicken and all the broccoli, this ended up being a very hardy soup. I like having a pureed vegetable as the base of a soup, because that makes the vegetable easier to digest. After I ate this, I could just feel in my body that I had just received a ton of nutrients !

The only other vegetable I had left over after this was some zucchini, which I did not add to the second dish. Zucchini is great to have on hand, and makes great low carb snacks, especially for the evening if you want a quick healthy bite.
I just slice the Zucchini, use it to dip into hummus. Or have some slices along with some chopped cheese and salami.
Zucchini is also great is you sprinkle the slices with cheese and roast them lightly in the oven.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of my two Romanesco Recipes ! I have to remember to do this in the future, just in case I post the recipe on the blog.
I hope you enjoy these recipes.

More links about Romaneso Broccoli:
Wikipedia Romanesco Broccoli Page
Check out this page on Pinterest : Pinterest Romanesco Broccoli

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April 20, 2015

Purple Vegetables for Roasting

Vegetables to be chopped, and my smoothie

Vegetables to be chopped, and my smoothie

I started the day with a Kiwi, Pineapple, Banana and Kale Smoothie, made with a scoop of vanilla yogurt, unsweetened rice milk, and Inner Eco Probiotic in coconut water. I like Kiwi because they are high on potassium. And Pineapple has Bromelain which fights off inflammation. Adding a Probiotic is always a good idea, because most of your immune system is in your digestive tract.

Vegetables for roasting. Purple Cauliflower, potatoes, asparagus

Vegetables for roasting. Purple Cauliflower, potatoes, asparagus

As I drank my shake, I was chopping healthy veggies to roast. When I went to Whole Foods , I got a Purple Cauliflower which is higher in beta carotene and vitamin A, and it also contains the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is also found in red cabbage and red wine.
I also bought a bag of mixed small potatoes, white, red and purple potatoes. The purple potatoes also have anthocyanin. Add to that some asparagus, celery and onion.
So it is a nutrient vegetable mix.

I had a Zhoug spice mix that I had bought at Trader Joes in my kitchen cabinet. With some olive oil, I mixed it all together and put it in the oven.

I’ll have the veggies over the next few days. For lunch, I just mixed the veggies with some chopped chicken. But I also have some left over rice and beans from a local Mexican restaurant, and I was think of even mixing them together with the roasted veggies for another meal.

Thats a good idea if you bring left overs home from a restaurant. Have some roasted veggies in the fridge – and you can easily mix the veggies and leftovers together to make another meal.

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February 6, 2012

Americanized Mexican Food

Americanized Mexican Food

I happen to love basic Americanized Mexican food.
Well, I like Mexican food – but if it gets too spicey then it doesn’t like me back.
Heartburn, yes. Not good.

I like the new salsas that all the restaurants are coming out with.
Peach salsa, mango salsa, pineapple salsa.

Recently, I went for a walk around an indoor mall. I stopped to have lunch. I grabbed a tamale.
If you are at a mall – or in the area of any thing with a massive fast food court – then a buttito is the one of the healthies options that you can eat.
And you can’t got wrong when a meal has all the fiber of black beans, the protein of chicken and lots of veggies.

When I was at a health fair at the LA Convention Center the longest line was at the Vegetarian Burrito stand. The organic black bean vegetarian burrito was the most popular food choice in the place.
And Yes, I always ask for it mild.

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January 4, 2011

Coffee People Organic Kcups

Coffee People Organic Kcups for Keurig Brewers – pack of 50. Certified 100% organic, this smooth blend gives you an intense flavor with sweet overtones. Dark Roast – Extra Bold, Made from 100% Arabica coffee. Certified Kosher

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December 31, 2010

You’re My Cup of Teat Gourment Basket

For Tea lovers … This whimsical wicker “Tea Cup” is filled to overflowing with delicious tea time goodies for your special someone to enjoy.

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December 30, 2010

Colorful pokka dot coasters

Colorful green pink black pokka dot drink coasters.

December 23, 2010

Coffee Press – Bodum 1932-16PC

Bodum Chambord 12-cup 51OZ Coffee Press – Bodum 1932-16PC
Remove the lid and filter assembly .Measure coffee grounds into the coffeemaker . Pour very hot water over it, filling to the desired level
Replace the lid and filter assembly, keeping the filter at the top .
Let coffee and water steep together for 2 to 5 minutes, depending on desired strength; the longer they steep, the stronger the coffee

December 22, 2010

48-Jar Maple-Wood Spice Carousel

J.K. Adams CSL-48-SM 48-Jar Maple-Wood Spice Carousel

J.K. Adams CSL-48-SM 48-Jar Maple-Wood Spice Carousel
Made of hard rock sugar maple with a clear finish, this durable spice-storage carousel helps keep spices organized and within reach while saving on counter space thanks to its vertical design. It also rotates on industrial ball-bearing swivels, making it easy to access all the spices quickly. The unit supplies 48 glass jars with a 3-1/2-ounce capacity each, snap-on sifters, white screw-on caps to help preserve freshness, and round washable labels for identifying contents. The ultra-smooth wood carousel wipes clean with a damp cloth as needed, and the jars can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. Designed to be passed down from generation to generation, the USA-made spice-storage carousel measures 8 by 8 by 16 inches.

December 18, 2010

YummyEarth Organic Lollipops

YummyEarth is award winning organic lollipops and candy drops were invented by two dads for their children. Made with real fruit extracts and sweetened with organic cane juice and organic tapioca syrup, you will fall in love with these fabulous flavors and want to share them with your favorite people.

YummyEarth, Organic Lollipops, 2 Counter Bins, 150 Lollipops Per Bin, Kosher Parve
2 counter bins, 150 lollipops per bin .
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