Thursday, October 25, 2012

Old fashioned popcorn

'Only those who will risk going too far can possible find how far one can go'' - T.S Eliot

Popcorn anyone? Who says eating healthy is all steamed sprouts eh ?. So lately I've been looking for ways to add more healthy treats to my pantry. Currently it's full of nuts, seeds and dried fruits - which are all very good but I wanted a bit more variety - in the last 3weeks I've baked banana bread, beets chips, plantain chips and now popcorn - I'll be posting pics as soon as I get round to it :)

Today I made some good ole fashioned popcorn - I kept it very simple - with just 3 ingredients  - sea salt, coconut oil and ofcourse the corn itself - within 5mins I had my snack - yummy, simple and healthy just how I like it . 

1/4 cup of organic yellow popcorn
1 tb of coconut oil
salt to taste 

Add oil to pot (5qt or larger) preferably stainless steel or heavy duty
Add corn and salt to taste 
Cover pot, turn heat to med-high - 
Cook for cicra 5mins or till popping sounds stops 


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sauteed Okra, Collard Greens and Garlic chicken

“A man knows he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live, and begins to live. -Thomas Merton

Okra! Okra! Okra! I grew up eating lots of Okra. Infact it was one of my favourite meals. Okra and Tomato stew was all my mum had to cook for me to be a good lil lass :).
Since I moved across the pond I've never been keen to eat it- Mum made it just right and no one else could replicate. 
Anyhoo, surprisingly whilst shopping last week I came across the good ole Okra and thought hmm I wonder if I could just saute it with leafy greens, herbs and spices instead of boil like Mum did ...well that thought became an action - 2days after my purchased I sauteed with collard greens and threw in some garlic/ginger chicken slices

Collard greens
Olive or Coconut oil

Soy sauce (may substitute with broth, lemon juice)
Salt & pepper

1) Chop all your ingredients - onions, collard, okra
2) heat skillet, add 1tb of oil, onions, 1 crushed garlic cloves ;saute for a few mins 
3) Add broth - say 1/4cup
4) Add collard greens - (note if you choose to blanch before saute then you may reduce the broth quantity - or not use broth at all - in this case add a lil water
5) Add seasoning - salt, pepper etc
6) Cook for say 8mins 
7) Add chicken*and let it simmer for couple more mins

You may choose to grill or panfry - I panfried using the listed ngredients.; following the steps  below

1) heat skillet, add 1-2tb of olive/coconut oil 
2)add chopped onions , ginger and crushed garlic  
2) add chicken cuts, soy sauce, salt, pepper and cook till done

Loved the dish so much I cooked it again the next day - this time adding thai chili for heat

Butternut squash chips with Salmon & Steamed veggies

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”- Anonymous 

Happy October! Is it me or is 2012 going way too fast. I can't believe we're less than 90days from Christmas and the New Year; oh lest I forget Thanksgiving (Turkey day) coming up next month - Phew!! Tis the food season :).

I've never been a big fries fan - or maybe I just prefer to exclude from my diet . So when I came across Butternut fries on a few blogs I decided to give it ago. Instead of frying I baked them. I did add a few sweet potatoe chips as I didn't think the quash will be filling. I had added a few sides of poache salmon and some steam veggies for a complete meal.

Butternut squash
Sweet Potato
Olive oil
Seasoning - insert your favourite seafood seasoning - I used Old bay


Pre-heat oven to 400F
1) Cut butternut squash and sweet potato into medium size chips
2) Throw chips in a bowl and drizzle a bit of olive oil over it
3) Add salt (or seasoning )
4) Toss bowl to ensure chips are well coated
5) Spread the chips evenly on a baking tray and place in the oven  for 40mins - be sure to check and stir chips say 15-20mins in

Salmon - you may poach or grill it - I poached in water, vinegar and seasoning (old bay)

Mixed veggies- steam in a pot or microwave

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