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SHREDDED RADICCHIO & BRUSSELS

This is a very straight forward recipe that only takes minutes to cook. It’s so simple and so good for you. Most of the meal prepping I do is literally veggie dishes so I can easily heat up and only worry about the main deal. This recipe goes great with practically anything. Bake, pan sear/fry whatever it may be your favorite fish, or chicken breast, steak and lay it on top a bed of the Shredded Radicchio & Brussels. I’ve added a small handful of it to a rough chopped salad among whatever other random goodies I have in the fridge for a quick, lazy lunch or even dinner. BUT, my absolute fav is creating a circle of this in an oiled iron skillet, leaving a 4-5inch in diameter space in the center where I crack an egg or two in the center. Place the lid on top and let cook on medium-high heat for several minutes. Cajun seasoning sprinkled on top is divine! With toast and the oozing yolk, OH MY GOODNESS!

Sooo my point is, make a big batch of this ahead of time. Use it in all sorts of things. Make your life easy. Get your veggies. Be healthier, feel healthier. And life is good. Hey, feel free to add or replace ingredients too. I love it when you guys go outside the box, after all that’s the whole point of this food blog. Creativity and options is endless. Last thing though… To make life that much easier, I buy the bags of shredded carrot but by all means feel free to save some money by using the good ole cheese grater. You can do the same with the brussels sprouts. Personally, I prefer using a very sharp knife and making thin slices to each one. The radicchio though, you’ll have to use a knife to get the shredded effect. It’s about 1/4 of a radicchio head to get a solid cup of thin slices. Okay, I’m done babbling. Go make nowwww!

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  1. In a large saute pan over medium-high heat drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil and add everything except the lemon juice.
  2. Stir frequently for about 5-7 minutes or until the brussels sprouts turn a vibrant green.
  3. Then, squeeze the lemon juice on top, add salt and pepper. Stir for about 30 seconds and remove from heat.

CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST

Don’t roll your eyes and runaway! Hear me out. I came up with this  concoction of an amazing pizza crust alternative for many reasons. NOT because gluten free and low carb is a fad these days. I’ll explain.

You don’t have to be gluten free or low carb to be healthy or to eat healthy rather. Not everyone is gluten intolerant (not allergic, big difference). But there are benefits to avoiding wheat flours in general. Not entirely as it varies from person to person. Although, obesity is a huge issue in the U.S. and now many other countries around the world. Diabetes and heart disease tends to go hand in hand with obesity at some point in a persons life. Keeping your carbohydrate intake to a moderation is one of the single best things you can do for yourself to PREVENT the above mentioned. Monitoring it is also one of the better things you can do for yourself if you’re already obese and/or have other health issues that can be easily managed by dietary habits. So, because I’m all about moderation and compromising on this food blog, THESE are the reasons why I wanted to make this and share this. Okay, on to the good stuff…

This is actually a very easy recipe to make and you can make it ahead of time, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate it until you’re ready to use. There’s no yeast involved and no hours of waiting for dough to rise, knead, rise yadda yadda. You can make many of these, freeze it until you’re ready to use. Win win especially with how tasty this is. You can use dairy-free cheese if you’re lactose intolerant or simply replace the cheese entirely with an extra egg. And just a heads up, you might have to eat this pizza with a fork… which I’m sure is the least of anyone’s worries so long as it tastes good. Most parts of Italy you’ll find eat their pizza with a knife and fork so it’s not a sin!

There’s no wrong way to dress a pizza. We all know this. If you’re looking for a good red sauce you can always use my go-to Homemade Marinara. If you like your pizza sauce on the sweeter side just add a little bit of sugar to the marinara when heating it up. Last thing, when squeezing the water out of the cauliflower be careful to start… it does retain heat for a long time so don’t burn yourself. And squeeze the heck out of it. You’ll be surprised how much water is in cauliflower. Have fun!

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  1. Cut the florets off the cauliflower head, place them into a food processor and run it through until everything is riced super fine. Place everything into a bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 5 minutes.
  2. Fold the cheesecloth in half and place over a strainer, pour the steamed cauliflower into the cheesecloth and let it cool for about 15-20 minutes. Grab all corners of the cheesecloth and squeeze the cauliflower over and over until all the water is removed.
  3. Toss the cauliflower back into the bowel making sure it’s not hot still. Add the egg, Romano cheese, mozzarella, garlic powder, oregano, and salt. Mix everything kneading it altogether like a dough.
  4. Place some parchment paper onto a baking sheet and spread the cauliflower dough in any shape you like to no thicker than ¼ inch. Bake at 450 F for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Top the pizza crust with any of your favorite sauces, cheeses and/or toppings and bake for about another 10-15 minutes.

FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

This is a super quick approach to making a fresh tomato sauce. I wouldn’t give it the credit of a pomodoro sauce but if you love the fresh flavors of tomatoes and basil, this is a great go-to recipe for all sorts of dishes. This will always taste better the next day just like most sauces do. Sure canned tomato sauce is great, but some companies add so much sugar and other crap in it that’s completely unnecessary. Not only that but you really can’t compare quality from fresh to canned. It’s a matter or preference and what you plan to make with the sauce.

One of my favorite quick meals to make with the sauce is slicing a smoked chicken Italian style sausage like Aidells, saute it in a large pan with some leeks and simmer the fresh tomato sauce in it. Serve over pasta. You’ll have tons for leftovers too. Feel free to add any other of your favorite fresh herbs like oregano, thyme, marjarom and rosemary. It’s that much more yummier!

 

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  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and run it until everything is well combined.
  2. Pour the sauce into a pan over medium and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Add more salt to taste.

THAI INSPIRED SHRIMP SLAW

There’s so much I can say about this recipe! Bare with me, I’ll try to keep it simple. The “salad” itself is Thai inspired with the intention to add any more of your favorite Thai flavors into the mix. Like fresh mango! Or your favorite chopped nuts. As much as I love all the comfort foods, sweets, high carb foods like almost everyone else; I really do try to keep a balance here on the food blog. A little indulgence once in a while won’t hurt. It takes discipline with a sheer desire to want to feel good by way of adopting a healthy lifestyle. So when I share a super healthy recipe, I make sure I make it very flavorful so that you realize that healthy doesn’t have to be boring! This Thai Inspired Salad with Shrimp is the epitome of that… when something is vibrant in presentation in it’s natural state, healthy, flavorful who wouldn’t want to at least give it a try?!

I made this recipe with the intention to get people interested in giving an array of vegetables a try. Society today is starving of fresh veggies in their diet simply because people go so many years without it that when they eat it, it tastes bland and unsatisfying. Eating vegetables daily helps with regular bowel elimination, lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, keeps the colon healthy, keeps the liver and gallbladder happy as well. You’ll find several different veggies prepped fine just like a coleslaw but tastier! It’s actually even better after a few hours or overnight in the fridge. Now here’s the best part about this recipe that I try to achieve with most of the stuff I make…

This salad is so multi-purpose, you can add a different citrus instead of lime. Use a different kinds of nuts or seeds. Add spices like ground ginger for a bigger kick. Throw in mango or papaya. Throw in some cubed avocado. Toss it with some of your favorite leaf lettuce. And you most certainly do not have to stick to shrimp. Use any of your favorite fish. I love any white or light fish baked or grilled with this. Right on top. Let the fish straight out of the oven warm up the veggies to get all the flavors marinating more. And if you’re not a seafood kind of person go for chicken, turkey, beef or any wild game. You do want YOU want.

Confession. I have made a hot dog… it was a turkey hot dog made of all white breast meat (that was my compromise) and topped it with this salad, with some pickles. It was THAT good. I kind of want to slather a good buffalo burger with it… spice meat with some traditional Thai spices. Go big, think creative, make the healthiest foods taste the best it ever could. It’s always possible. I’m a firm believer with the right preparation and the right spices you can make anyone enjoy their least favorite veggie. Okay, I’ll stop there. Seriously though, let me know how you chose to incorporate this recipe. I love all ideas. Enjoy!

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  1. Place everything for the dressing into a blender and run it on high until everything is blended well.
  2. Toss all the veggies for the slaw with the dressing in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Mix all the spices together with the shrimp gently in a large bowl. Drizzle a large pan with olive oil over medium-high heat, toss the shrimp and let cook a few minutes until they’re pink and curled. Set aside to cool.
  4. Serve the slaw with shrimp on top.
Recipe Notes

This dish is great without shrimp but feel free to add any other seafood, poultry, or red meat.

MEXICO CITY REFRIED BEANS

In the time I spent in Mexico City, I realized a lot of restaurants were serving refried BLACK beans. Sometimes with a subtle flavor that I at first wasn’t able to pinpoint what it was. Until I asked, it turns out sometimes families will put a tiny bit of Mexican ground cinnamon to it. And I have to tell you, it’s so wonderful that when I went back home I made an attempt to recreate this batch of heaven. I stopped buying the canned refried pinto beans and was more than willing to make my own instead. It takes maybe 10 minutes to do and you can make this in a larger batch in about the same amount of time. I honestly don’t miss the standard stuff you find in most Mexican-American restaurants.

If you can’t find Mexican ground cinnamon, don’t worry! Using regular ground cinnamon is just fine. You’re only using a tiny bit anyways. I stayed away from the traditional lard and use olive oil just because I wanna keep it on the healthier side. There’s a give and take with everything with me if I want to enjoy amazing food and still reap healthy benefits. Also, you don’t have to use finely chopped onions (although it is pretty yummy this way), you can use onion powder instead. And of course, with these beans you can make your ideal nachos, put in a burrito of your choice, serve with eggs and chorizo. And if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to chorizo that is just as spot on in flavor, you gotta try my Tofu Chorizo. It only takes minutes to make too. Some times I’ll make a decent amount of both and have it available for the week, whether I incorporate both or one of them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is truly the beauty besides taste; of Mexican food right here. You can eat it anytime, with all kinds of things!

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  1. Drizzle the bottom of a medium sauté pan with olive oil, enough to coat the bottom. Over medium-high heat, sauté the onions and epazote until translucent.
  2. Add the black beans, vegetable stock, garlic powder, cinnamon, and sea salt. Stir until everything is simmering.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and use a potato masher to mash the beans to your preferred consistency. Add additional vegetable stock a little bit at a time if it gets too dry.
  4. Taste to see if it needs any more seasoning before serving.