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...]

A Super Food Cocktail That Makes You Look Good #HealthyFridays

A Super Food Cocktail That Is Addicting Have you ever wondered if there is a healthy food that makes you feel good without a lot of calories? A healthy food concoction that you can drink several times a day? Something you would even crave on a daily basis.  It is similar to a smoothie or should I say Froothie (that's my version of a super Food Cocktail). Which I explain in a while. A smoothie is around for a while and I have always enjoyed them tremendously. I also used to use a juicer on a regular basis until I got tired of throwing all the good pulp away. On the other hand my experience … [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...]

A Messy Bowl of Oatmeal with Blueberries

Eating healthy is easier said than done. Almost every day I think about to diversify my diet, yet I hardly do something about it. My problem is; I love the good old wholesome bread with lots of grains and fibers. Although there is nothing wrong with that I just have to eat more veggies and fruits. With a busy job all that goes up into smoke and by the end of the day all I have eaten was my breakfast and a lousy snack. Does that sound familiar or am I the only one struggling to eat better? A Bowl of Oatmeal Everyday Well my New Year’s resolution is among a few other things to eat … [Read more...]

Recovering from Hurricane with Coconut Rice Pudding

It has been 15 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and left us with no power, water or heat. I would like to apologize for not posting lately, but it was just impossible for me to get power. I have to admit I have seen better days. Sandy flexed her muscles and showed us that Mother Nature is still in charge. No one really wanted to believe that this storm would hit this community so bad. In the end it was a 15 foot coastal flood wave which basically rolled over our sea town. It didn’t end there; the 36 hour tropical storm that followed the flood, blasted with 95 miles per hour winds and finished … [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...]

Minty Cantaloupe Melon Carpaccio

Cantaloupe melon is the perfect fruit for hot weather temperatures.  Melons are so versatile when it comes to preparation methods. Although not everyone’s taste or should I say aroma. Very ripe Cantaloupe melons have a very strong aroma, comparable to a bouquet of flowers.   Here is how to pick a ripe cantaloupe melon: A ripe cantaloupe melon smells fragrant or better said sweet. It shouldn’t be hard as a stone and not soft either, but it should give by a tiny bit, you know what I mean. If you can’t get a ripe melon just leave it out for a day or two in a dark dry place. However, just … [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...]

Wilted Collard Greens with a Kick

I just had to write a few words about this simple, but very delicious meal I had over the weekend. However, I have to admit it was my wife who cooked it. When she served the dish I didn't think of posting it on my blog, but when I tasted it I was amazed. So once I finished eating I said to her "I can't let this delicious meal pass my blog" She just brushed it off by saying " it's just a simple meal". "Yes it is, but delicious, too" I said. Sometimes the most plain-looking dishes are the ones that taste the best. So I dished up one more plate and dressed it up a notch so it looks really really … [Read more...]