Rice and Cassava

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Hey Butterflies!  I was doing some Home Health Care for an elderly man from Sierra Leone last year and he taught me a few recipes from his homeland.  Now the smell from this recipe alone brings you to the kitchen faster than coffee lol!  I can not tell you how wonderful the texture and spice brings a joy to your taste pallet.  You can use any meat or fish to this recipe or without.  It makes a great vegan dish and although this dish has low carlories, the tubers of cassava has fat so eat in moderation.  Other nutrition info:  filled with vitamins A, B1 and C, also contain calcium, phosphorus, protein, carbohydrate and iron (Nutrition Source: Health Food Nutrition)

Recipe:

1 lbs Cassava Leaves (can be found in any African, Tropical or Asian Store)

1 Yellow Onion, roughly chopped

1 Red Bell Pepper, roughly chopped

1 Scotch Bonnet (or do not use if you do not like spicy foods, it’s just as good without it)

2 Maggie Cubes (or Bouillion; Vegetable, Seafood, Chicken or Beef flavor depending on your meat or vegan choice)

1 TBS Salt/Black Pepper

1.5 Cup Peanut Butter (also called ground nut)

1 lbs fish, meat or vegetables of your choice (meat is usually boiled then fried)

4 TBS Palm Oil (can be found in any African, Tropical or Asian Store)

2 Cups Water (used throughout cooking as needed)

1 TBS Cayenne Pepper

———–In a large pot, add in Cassava Leaves on med/high heat, cover and cook for 10 mins mashing and stirring occasionally.  Add bell pepper, onions, salt, 1 cup of water or just enough to get a boil at the bottom, cook for 25 minutes covered.  Stir in palm oil, maggie, peanut butter, meat covered bring to a boil, cover, reduced heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.  After 30 minutes give it a taste to see if any salt and water is needed then add cayenne.  Best served over rice or eaten with Pounded Yam or Gari.  Lets Grub!

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Jammin’ for Jaimaca and India!

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What?  Yes Butterflies This dish has an A+ texture from two different realms!  We have the Jamaican Curry Shrimp on top of Couscous and Indian Cabbage Bhaji.  Can you imagine this vacation?   Two different places on one plate?  Well get ready because it works!  The blend of this dish has a great even spice and sweetness to it.  The Shrimp recipe calls to keep the talls on, if you have the patience I say do the full shell body for the festival of a one day feast but I peel, dissect and devein shrimp almost always.  Reason why is because we only go to festivals maybe 4 times a year.  Since this was a meal I made that needed to last for a few days, I took the longed and preserved route.  So my shrimp were a bit tough like chicken, lol!  I also added a bit more scotch bonnets.  I LOVE my spices.  Now when you dive into this plate BEWARE!  The couscous is almost obsolete but stills adds a texture and ground.  The cabbage, carrots, and peas from the Cabbage Bhaji hits you like mmm SWEET then comes the spice from the Jamaican Curry Shrimp.  So if you love a party your mouth is definitely gonna love you for the invite.  Lets Grub and see you for leftovers!!!

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Check out the links for this beautiful union:

Cabbage Bhaji by foodsofbangladesh 

How to Make Curry Shrimp by caribbeanpot

Tuna Cakes are Passion on a Plate!

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OMG I hope you are hungry and ready to try something new!  Hello!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted, I must share that I started this page for a class.  Before that I was posting pictures on my music page on Facebook.  Well from now on this is the only place I will share these fabulous finds and this is a great one!  Maangchi on youtube shared this recipe, I had to try it and it is YUMMY!  I couldn’t stop eating these!  You must and I mean MUST try these.  I’m getting better on my presentation, do you like the nice heart I put in the center?  I call frans of my FB music page Butterflies and I’d like for you to be Butterflies as well.  Let’s Grub!

Check out the recipe here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tymold77XQ

The Real Breakfast Bowl

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Yummy mmm hmm!  Now compare this picture to Burger King’s breakfast bowl?  I don’t know about you but I’m speechless.  I thought of this idea and took a bowl to work several times a week.  These days I do not have the turkey sausage, I added mushrooms instead.  You have got to try this recipe.  So delicious…Lets Grub!

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 white potato
  • 1 scotch bonnet
  • 1/2 Honeysuckle smoked turkey sausage
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

—– mix eggs with lemon pepper and scramble in a non-stick frying pan then remove.  While pan is still hot add oil.  Fry potatoes and right before they are golden brown add scotch bonnet and sausage.  Let this cook for about 2 mins then add spinach.  Cook for another 5 mins.  Toss in eggs and tomatoes then place in a bowl.  Top with shredded cheddar cheese and enjoy!

Radish Soup Anyone?

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Hey everyone!  Can you believe this is the first time I had radish?  It’s true.  I love spicy foods and this was a delicious.  It fits well with cold weather.  I’m a fan of Korean cook Maangchi on youtube and I have a list of her recipes saved so I can give them a try.  The recipe calls for beef but I used meatless crumbles.  You can not tell the difference at all.  Well…It taste much better meatless!  Radish like the onion is an anti-cancer and the rice is an added treat 🙂  Lets Grub!

Check out the recipe here:

Wood Ear Mushrooms, Cucumbers and Eggs O My!

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Hey Food Lovers!  Ok so I wrote on my tidbits page last week that I would upload the recipe I found for Wood Ear mushrooms.  Before trying this recipe, I was eating a lot of dishes with Button, Portobello, Shiitake and Oyster mushrooms.  After subscribing to ChineseHealthyCook on youtube for a Dried Shrimp recipe, I came across a video for the Wood Ear Recipe.  It calls for the dried ones and you must soak them for 20 or more minutes.  It was worth the try and I love the texture.  The texture kind of reminds me of chicken skin or pork.  Not that I miss eating that stuff, this gives you an idea of what it feels like 🙂  Now that taste is bland and this recipe only uses salt and white pepper powder but I’m sure you health nuts and vegans know how to spice it up to your taste.  I liked it just as is.  The green onion and white pepper powder was good enough for me.  Ok ok, I added a lil Soy sauce LOL!  Let’s Grub

Check out the recipe below:

Eggs with Cucumber and Wood Ear Mushroom 黄瓜木耳炒鸡蛋

FRUIT PIZZA

Fruit Pizza

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YAH for cookies and cream!  Also what a fun way to get the kids to enjoy fruit.  I tried this recipe for Christmas and everyone enjoyed it!  Yum Yum!  The ingredients call for a cream cheese frosting but there are dairy-free alternatives that can be found at Wholefoods and Trader Joes.  I had this post on my Fun Food page and since I update that page every week.  I thought I would move it on over here 🙂

What I used:

  • Sugar cookie for the crust
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Blueberries

Check out the recipe here:

Fried Tortilla with Hummus

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I love hummus!  I am surely going to take the time to make my own but Sabra will do now.  One summer day, I was thinking of what I wanted to eat and for some reason hummus came to mind.  I didn’t want hummus and baked pita chips for dinner so I decided to turn this into a festive occasion!  I read that hummus contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids.  I didn’t know chickpeas were so tasty.  Chopping up all kinds of veggies is fun and everyone enjoyed this happy feast.  Lets Grub!

What I used:

Toppings

  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1/4 cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 tomato thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 zucchini thinly sliced
  • your favorite salsa

Tortillas

  • pack of small tortillas
  • 1 container of Sabra’s roasted red pepper hummus
  • 4 TBSP canola oil

— fill each tortilla with the desired amount of hummus but keep away from the edges and roll them up.  Heat up a pan on medium heat then add oil.  Fry the stuffed tortilla with the folded side down first.  Fry each side until golden brown.  Drain fried tortilla on a paper towel.  Place on a plate and add your toppings.  Lastly top with your favorite salsa.  Slice up your dish and enjoy!

See you next time!

TaNeal

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For Pizza Lovers! Cauliflower Crust

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Hey there!  I know it’s Monday and we are usually thinking about pizza on Thursday or Friday right.  Well I woke up thinking about pizza this morning for some reason and thought I would share a recipe I tried recently.  I was looking for an alternative pizza crust and heard that cauliflower makes a great one.  That’s when I found NutristaNutrition on YouTube   Her video was entertaining as well.  I love when videos are entertaining and get right to the point!

After viewing the video, I realized I did not have the proper tools I needed but it turned out great.  It just took me longer.  As suggested in the video, do not shred the cauliflower with a hand grater…OUCH my wrists!  I did not have a food processor, I was cooking at a friend’s house.  Thanks a lot friend.

Cauliflower is a great way to go because it’s healthier and gluten-free!

This is what I used for my toppings:

– 3 cups homemade pizza sauce

– 1/2 white onion thinly sliced

– one tomato sliced

– several slices of turkey pastrami

– one green pepper finely sliced

– 1/5 cup cilantro

– 2 1/5 cups of Mozzerella

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I’ll see you next time, Let’s Grub!

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Gordon Ramsay’s Sticky Lemon Chicken w/ Champ

Gordon Ramsay's Sticky Lemon Chicken w/ Champ

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Hello and welcome to my blog. If you love to eat and you love good healthy food, you have come to the right place! Every now and then I will post some of my original recipes too or just talk about a dish. Either way, we are going to have some fun!  Lets start off with one of my favorites.

Gordon Ramsay is one great chef I have been following for some time.  I did not feed into his behavior much on Hell’s kitchen but the way he prepares a meal is so well done, you crave the thought of what it taste like.  That’s why I had to try this dish.  The sticky lemon chicken came out sweet and spicy.  So good and comes right off the bone.  The aroma enticed my sense of smell and exploded my taste buds   It’s hard to not over eat so cook with moderate proportions   The left overs are not as good as when it first comes out the pan.  See ya on the next blog…Lets Grub!

TaNeal