Leftovers: Broccoli Beet Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette #HealthyFridays

My Take on Leftovers There are so many children in this country who go hungry to bed or to school. In the same token there is an abundance of food thrown away on daily basis. Whether it’s leftovers from last nights dinner or expired food items we never had the chance to cook. Regardless, below is my take on leftovers. By the way for all of you who have been blessed with an abundance of food consider helping out with this great organization: No Kid Hungry. This nonprofit organization is helping to eradicate child-hunger from American Schools. Every fifth child goes hungry to school. That's … [Read more...]

Mama’s Organic Egg Spinach Power Sandwich #HealthyFridays

Welcome to my first #HealthyFriday post. As you probably have realized I'm gearing up my blog towards natural healthy foods and recipes with emphasis on organic ingredients. In short it's all about the whole foods experience. Don't get me wrong I do enjoy other foods like desserts and cakes, which I will still post here and there. However, the trend to healthy foods is the only way (in my opinion) to stay sane and healthy in this hectic technology driven world. We are surrounded by heavily processed foods, that are not healthy at all. In my upcoming posts I will get more into the myth or truth … [Read more...]

Black Bean Vegetable Wrap with Chipotle Mayo

After raising two boys into young adults I realized we have grown up in a fast food society where processed foods rule. Thinking back I regret having done some fundamental errors. I always thought - OK - if the kids behave I will reward them with a treat. And the treat was the kid’s meal at Mc Donald’s (that's when they were really small), since they had an indoor playground where they could play after their meal. What a terrible mistake. I instilled junk food as a way of an incentive for my kids. I can never forgive myself for that. I remember my kids knew all the burger joints by name before … [Read more...]

What is Comfort Food and Why Do We Love It So Much?

  A Soup Made for a Blizzard We just made it through one of the worst storms the American east coast has ever seen. That was in October of 2012. And now this blizzard that brought us more than a 2 feet of snow. I think that calls for some serious comfort food. The famous green split pea soup. A comfort soup made for cold and snowed in days. Luckily we didn't lose power but others where not so lucky. I can't think of another storm destroying our house it's too nerve wrecking. Even month after the Hurricane left us we are still in renovation mode. For those of you who missed my Hurricane … [Read more...]

Crudite Shots versus Platters? What is Your Favorite?

While I prepare myself for my upcoming trip to Germany, here is an old favorite snack of mine served a bit different than usual. - Before I get to this I'd like to mention the little story that lead me to write this post in the first place. I was recently invited on a party, which was held at a fairly decent catering hall. Among the appetizers was a crudite platter. A boring platter with carrots, green peppers, celery and cherry tomatoes served with I think was store-bought ranch dressing (which is OK).  The platter had no decoration at all. - My question is: Is it so difficult to make a … [Read more...]

Have you ever tried bitter melon?

As part of my recent trip to the Caribbean I would like feature "Bitter Melon" also called corilla, bitter gourd or karela among many other names. Bitter melon grows throughout the Caribbean, South America and Asia and is an important food source to the locals. In this recipe I refer to this vegetable as either bitter melon or corilla. As the name reveals it is very bitter, yet packed with powerful medicinal properties. Corilla has been studied all over the world for its beneficial health properties, yet it has not gotten the respect in the western world the way broccoli is looked at. I think … [Read more...]

Pigeon Pea Rice with Coconut Milk

Usually Pigeon rice is cooked with white rice, but in this case brown rice is used. It is so much more healthier compared to white rice. It got a lot more fibers and keeps you full longer. This pigeon pea rice with coconut milk is one of my favorite rice dishes. It is very simple and looks totally velvety. It goes with literally everything and in particular with spicy and/or curried dishes. The coconut milk breaks down the heat in very spicy dishes so it's a perfect match to spicy Caribbean or Thai dishes. View the recipe for the wilted spinach and fried plantain by following the … [Read more...]

Slow roasted salmon with curry mushroom sauce

A starch free dish - no rice or potatoes. Yes, that's what seems to work to lose those unwanted pounds. At least for my wife. She feels good after a light dish such as this one, but I have to be honest, I added some mashed potatoes to mine. I love my potatoes, however I would like to devote this recipe to all those who want to keep their weight in check. The three main ingredients are one of my favorite: Salmon, mushrooms and spinach. I know they are very popular and probably over used. However, this recipe is really simple and just plain delicious. Well, at least that's what my wife … [Read more...]

Healthy Arugula Spring Salad

My wife reminded me the other day that we should eat more bitter greens such as arugula, bitter melon, mustard greens just to name a few. In fact she said we should all eat more bitter vegetables after watching Dr Oz show on TV. According to Dr Oz, bitter greens and bitter-tasting vegetables have a cleansing effects to your body. So I just came from the supermarket and bought some fresh greens. The salad I made today is so easy to assemble that I thought it's probably not even worth mentioning on the blog. Anyway here is what's in it. Makes a large bowl of salad or 4-6 individual salad … [Read more...]