Eggplant with Fenugreek Spice

Fenugreek and Eggplant

Roasted Eggplant with tomatoes and Fenugreek

Roasted Eggplant with tomatoes and Fenugreek

  • 1 Eggplant peeled
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil1 tsp fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt

Directions
Peel eggplant, cut into cubes, lightly salt the cubed eggplant, place into colander and place colander onto a bowl to collect the water from the eggplant for 30 minutes. With a paper towel dab dry the eggplant. In a skillet over medium heat brown eggplant as the water from the vegetable releases its vapor.  Add olive oil and minced garlic and cubed eggplant. Stir the egg plant in the skillet for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Place eggplant into a bowl, add parsley/clinatro fenugreek, red pepper flakes and combine all ingredients with a wooden spoon. May be served at room temperature.
Health Benefits of Fenugreek

1. Fenugreek is known to reduce risk of heart strokes.
2. Oestrogen like properties to help reduce menstrual cramps and discomfort during menopausal symptoms.
3. Reduce labour pain and helps against iron deficiency post pregnancy. Increases milk production in lactating mothers.
4. Galactomannan is a natural soluble fiber that makes fenugreek beneficial for people with diabetes.

Fenugreek is best known for the benefits obtained from its external use. The paste can help get rid or skin irritation, wounds, muscular pains, scars, etc. It is also used as a beauty product in face packs to remove pimples and blackheads. If consumed like green tea with honey and lemon, fenugreek can help reduce fever.

Friendly Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

Delicious Chocolate Mousse made in a blender. 5 minutes to make & 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Delicious Chocolate Mousse made in a blender. 5 minutes to make & 1 hour in the refrigerator

  • 1 cup Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup Whipped Cream
  • Whipped Cream, for topping
  • chocolate curls or cocoa, for garnish, optional

Easy Preparation time 5 minutes. Chill time 1 hour.

Place chocolate chips egg and flavoring in blender and chop. Heat cream until very hot and small bubbles appear at edge. Do not boil. With blender running, pour in hot cream. Blend until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Add sugar and Whipped Cream, blend for another minute.
In dessert dishes, place 1 Tablespoon of Whipped Cream and 5 Raspberries. Pour into dessert dishes, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until firm. Top off with whipped cream, 5 raspberries and shaved chocolate garnish, if desired, or sprinkle the whipped cream with a little cocoa.
Serves 4.

Seafood Risotto

Risotto is Italian comfort food which can be served simply by itself, or add in a choice of 1012686_10203306633251620_1396685508_nvegetables, seafood, or meat.

Ingredients

1/2 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/3 cup of white wine
Select seafood of choice: mussels, shrimp, clams, calamari, or octopus.
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 teaspoon butter
1 Small onion or shallots
Arborio Rice 1 cup
1/2 cup wine
2 cups broth (water and 2 buollion cube)

Directions

Place seafood into a bowl with garlic clove,  salt,  red pepper flakes, white wine. Set aside.

Heat 2 T of olive oil and butter in a well-seasoned, cast iron skillet (or the heaviest, non-stick skillet you have.) Add 1 pat of butter and chopped shallots or onions to the oil and sauté for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
Add your Arborio rice. For this example, we’ll use 1 cup. This is enough to feed four to six as either a first course (the Italian tradition), or as a main course. Stir the rice well with the onions, butter and oil, because the purpose is to thoroughly “coat” the rice. This helps regulate absorption of the liquid. Add 1/2 cup of dry flavorful white wine.  When the wine is about 3/4′s absorbed, reduce the heat to the lowest setting if you are cooking in an iron skillet, (low medium if in anything else), and ladle in enough stock to cover the smoothed out risotto. When the added liquid level drops about 1/3, re-cover the risotto with more stock. (Continue this process for about 20 minutes.) At about 15 minutes of stirring rice add your add all ingredients from seafood bowl into risotto.

The end of the cooking is critical for the final texture of the dish, so when the rice is mostly tender, but with just a hint of texture to it, and the liquid you have added to this point is mostly absorbed, add the Parmesan.  At this point, stir the risotto to blend in the cheese and remove your finished risotto from the heat.

Boost Immune System with Pork Roast

20131230_133630  The Integrity of the Immune System is critical to ones overall health. Zinc is a key mineral to assisting the function of the immune system. Found in a variety of protein based foods (meats and oysters), mushrooms, onions, garlic, orange vegetables, and orange fruits are rich in vitamin A and Zinc. Mushrooms cause the immune system to work more aggressively and should be included in a weekly dietary intake.  The following recipe can be served with beef, pork, or poultry. The meats may be filleted and layered with the puree, or roasted with the vegetables and herbs on the side.

Ingredients

Make a cut length wise on pork at about 1/2 in from top. Continue to unroll meat with each length wise cut.

Make a cut length wise on pork at about 1/2 in from top. Continue to unroll meat with each length wise cut.

3 pound pork carefully filleted to extend the span of 18 inches.
3/4 cup sausage browned in skillet and drained
2 portabella mushrooms
1 garlic clove peeled
1/4 cup parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
String for tying meat
2 Tablespoons butter
1 cup fluid (water, or marsala or red wine.)

Directions:
Heat oven to 400 F

In a blender puree: sausage, mushrooms, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, olive oil and soy sauce for about 20 seconds.
(IF CHOOSING NOT to fillet the meat, sear meat, place all ingredients into roasting pan.)
While lacing the meat to secure the meat is typically done, consider cutting 5 cutting strings at about 9 inches in length to utilize for encircling the meat and tying in knots.

Place puree into center of meat and roll the fillet. Encircle string around pork every 1-2 inches and tie a knot or lace the string.

With a spoon layer the puree mixture onto the center of the pork. Carefully begin to roll meat and pull inward as to tighten the meat roll. Either lace the meat or slide a string under the meat, encircle it and tie a knot, each knot will be about 1-2 inches apart.

Sear meat on stove top, turn on heat to high, place pan on burner. Wait for 1 minute. Add butter, once melted add meat roll and place meat in pan. Allow to brown on all 4 sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Turn off heat and remove skillet from burner.

Place meat into a roasting pan add fluid. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to bake for 20 minutes per pound. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes, place on a grooved cutting board and thinly slice the meat. May be served with roasted potatoes and saute asparagus.

By: Kim Crocker-Scardicchio

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie

Enjoy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Dough Bites. A healthy alternative to cookie making.  No added flour, nor oil, not even white sugar! Easy to make gluten free…
INGREDIENTS
1 1/4 cups (400 grams) canned or cooked chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel. 200g chickpeas = 440g soaked chickpeas
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (165 grams) natural peanut butter (will not work with “Hydrogenated Peant Butter)
1/4 cup (80 grams) honey (or Agave)
1 teaspoon baking powder*
Reserve until last
1/2 cup (90 grams) chocolate chips

*For grain-free baking powder, combine 1/2 Tablespoon Baking Soda and 1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar. Use 1 teaspoon in recipe; seal and save remaining ingredients, store in refrigerator and use up to 2 weeks.

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C.
Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and mix until smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined.
Add in the chocolate chips (stir it if you can), or pulse it once or twice.
Mixture will be very thick and sticky. Place a small amount of oil on hands, form dough into 1 1/2″ balls. Place onto a piece of parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They will not rise.
Bake for about 10 minutes. Yields about fourteen 1 1/2″ cookie dough balls.

Almond Citrus Talapia

Almond Citrus Talapia

Improve on the dietary benefits by adding almonds to talapia fish! Talapia is an easy fish to prepare, but carries lower amounts of nutrients compared to other fish.  Adding a handful of crushed nuts to coat the fish, boosts the health of  the heart and blood pressure by more than tripling  the amounts of: omega oils, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.

The dinner is easy to prepare and in less in than twenty minutes is ready to serve!

Preheat Oven to 350 F

6 fillets of Talapia
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup crushed almonds
Zest of 1 lemon

For Rice
1 & 1/2 cup Arborio Rice
1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp sesame seeds

Side of Spinach
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves minced
6 cups of packed spinach

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 F
16 minutes to prepare rice
In a large pan add 4 cups of water and rice, bring to a boil, reduce to low heat and cover allow to boil for 14 minutes.

4 minutes to prepare fish
While the rice is boiling, begin to coat the talapia fillets with bread crumbs and place in a baking dish one at a time. Sprinkle with salt. Scatter almonds over all the fillets. Top off by placing lemon zest onto each fillet. Drizzle olive oil over the fish. Place into oven and allow to bake for 12 minutes.

3 minutes to prepare soy sauce
Place sauce pan on medium heat, add soy sauce and sesame seeds. Bring to a simmer for 3 minutes and turn off heat. Cover with lid.

2 minutes to prepare spinach
In a frying pan, warm oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add garlic and spinach to pan. With 2 spoons or tongs begin to toss the spinach in pan for 30 seconds. Turn off heat remove pan from heat and cover pan with a lid to seal heat; spinach will continue to slightly wilt.
Drain water from rice.

Presentation
Place rice onto dish. Pour soy sauce over rice. Next, layer spinach onto bed of rice. Lastly, place baked almond talapia on spinach! Enjoy!!!

Chicken Curry Salad

Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad

A healthy dish that can be served on a sandwich or on a salad.  Boost your immune system with presence of turmeric, garlic, and chicken by eating this savory dish at lunch or dinner. Easy to prepare, Chicken Curry Salad can be consumed over 48 hours time, or may be frozen and thawed at room temperature.

In a frying pan combine:

2 pounds of chicken breasts cut and cubed
3/4 tsp white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp minced garlic
2 TBSP chopped parsley
1/2 tsp pepper
2 TBSP Olive Oil

Cover pan and place on medium heat cooking the chicken for about 12 minutes on medium heat. Remove and allow to cool. Drain juice from chicken once cooled.

Meanwhile in a large bowl add:
1 1/4 cup celery diced
3/4 cup red pepper diced (reserve 1/4 cup for topping the salad)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise (light)
1 TBSP curry (Turmeric is part of the curry mixture bought in USA grocers)
1 tsp ground cumin (may add an additional 1/2 tsp for a spicier flavor)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Presentation
1/4 chopped cilantro
1/4 cup diced peppers

Stir all ingredients with a wooden spoon until well blended. Add cooked and drained chicken cubes to mayonnaise mixture. Top off with cilantro and then add diced red peppers on top of the chicken for a nice presentation.
Cover and place on lowest shelf in the refrigerator. Can be stored in refrigerator and served up to 48 hours after preparation.