Posts in TASTE
Tostones

Being that I’m half Cuban and spent most of my life eating the delicious delicacies the island has to offer, it’s about time that I post a dish from the enchanted country I’ve yet to lay eyes on.  Platanos are a typical side dish served up either sweet or savory.  This particular dish is made using the green plantain before it goes through the ripening process.

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Mung Bean Hummus

I’ll be honest, I don’t like most store-bought hummus.
They all seem to have the same underlying flavor that I can’t put my finger on. I almost want to say it’s vinegar, but that’s not in the typical recipes I’ve seen. This makes me wonder whether it could be an added preservative. So I started making it myself.

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Soba Noodle Stir Fry

This one-wok-wonder takes just 15 minutes to make and is so damn delicious. It’s nothing like the boring, strictly soy stir-fries you’re used to. This one packs a punch with pungent and spicy garlic, ginger, paprika, sesame and cayenne. Get creative and enjoy it tonight!
Oh, and don’t miss the “why” behind using soba noodles over regular ones. They’re a powerhouse.

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Green Curry Shrimp

Here’s a dish you can make on the go. Just be sure to prepare the green curry sauce beforehand. You can keep it in the freezer. This recipe is perfect for days that I don’t get enough healthy greens in my diet and need to pack them in. 

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Chicken Garam Masala

Who doesn't like a little ethnic variety in the kitchen to spice things up? Perhaps some Indian flare with added benefits. Garam masala is a blended mix of 10-30 ground spices used in North Indian cuisine. It packs plenty of health promoting benefits and is known as a “warming” blend in the Ayurvedic sense as it aids in digestion and detox while preventing cancer and more. This chicken garam masala recipe will make your mouth water before biting into it.

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Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce, created by the Greeks, is one of my go-to sauces in the summer months as it packs a nutritious punch and there are so many uses for it. I use it as an accompaniment to salmon, chicken and all kinds of veggies. I've even been known to revive leftover quinoa, rice and farro, making them into a mediteranean salad.

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Coconut Green Curry

Sometimes when, I'm really busy, an entire day will go by and it will dawn on me that I didn't get my fix of enough greens. Other times I just crave them. The following coconut green curry recipe was designed to be easily stored and readily available in times when I lacked my greens.  One of the best parts of this veggie overload is that It can be eaten as a soup or a sauce.

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Buttery Brew

You're probably scratching your head after reading the title of this post wondering what the heck is a buttery brew? Buttery brew is simply the name I chose for the enriched coffee that serves as a meal for many mornings at my house. Similar in concept to Dave Asprey's Bulletproof Coffee, the Savage Butter Brew is designed as a safer more supportive way to get your morning caffeine fix. It also boosts energy by allowing for the breakdown of fats, or MCT (medium chain triglycerides), which are readily available to be converted as a fuel source. For more information on better ways to enjoy your coffee, please go to my Coffee Talk post to learn more. 

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Poke Bowls

Who doesn't like a nice fresh bowl of fish in the Summer months? I simply can't get enough. Poke is a classic Hawaiian dish that has been around for centuries. It traditionally consisted of raw fish, sea salt, seaweed, and roasted kukui nut. Initially served as a pupu, small plate, it has now gained popularity and is commonly eaten as a main course.

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Massaged Kale Salad

Salad seems to be a "go-to" item for people attempting to eat clean and healthy. The problem with salads is that you typically can't prepare them in advance due to wilting and the unfortunate sogginess that occurs when you add other items to wet lettuce. Fortunately, there is a salad that doesn't just withstand the preparation process but actually enhances in flavor and texture as it sits, for days... This massaged kale salad is very simple and nutrient dense. 

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Pho Sure!

What the pho?! The proper pronunciation of this popular Vietnamese soup is "fuh", not "foe".

I think pho has to be my ultimate favorite soup. I just came back from a month in Vietnam where I motorbiked the entire country and tasted pho from Saigon all the way to Hanoi. My favorite was found streetside not far outside Saigon en route to Mui Ne. The spices used in that one in particular had me licking up the very last drop, literally.

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