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Summer Recipe: Cantaloupe Ginger Recipe

What defines Summer better then the plethora of fruit available, specifically melons are hard to walk past in the grocery store without grabbing one on your way out. I love to use melons for everything from salads to smoothies and I recently ran across a recipe for popsicles on Terra’s Kitchen that will bring your  melon experience to the next level.  I made some adjustments that better suit our families lifestyle.

Made at home Popsicles are a great summer snack for children where You have total control over the ingredients.  No matter how healthy and “organic” that store bought ice cream is, nothing beats home made. At home, easy recipes are a life saver that everyone will enjoy.  And don’t fret mama bear, you can indulge along with your little tots without sacrificing your figure!

What you need:

3 slices of fresh ginger
3 tablespoons of Agave (per preference)
1 ripe cantaloupe
Sliced strawberries (optional)
Popsicle forms and popsicle sticks

What to do:

In a small sauce pan, bring the agave and 1/2 cup water over medium heat to a boil. Remove from heat and drop in ginger. Set aside until cooled. (Remove ginger when ready to use!)
Slice cantaloupe in half and scoop out seeds. Spoon cantaloupe flesh into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Add just enough of the cooled ginger syrup to sweeten as desired. Save the remaining syrup for another use.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight. For a variation, push a few sliced strawberries down into the popsicle molds before freezing

 

 

Healthy Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching, and with that your New Years resolution to live a healthy and better life is slowing drifting away. Most people struggle to fit this plan into a busy, eventful life. The whole point of changing your eating is to transform the way you perceive healthy foods and specific events. 

You can easily create delicious snacks and items without compromising your goals. 

Below are 5 simple and delicious recipes for:
Wings

Ten-Minute Chili

Kale Chips

Meatballs

Diet-Friendly Vegetable Platter (because not all veggies are created equal!)

And remember – for those drinks: Water should always be the first choice. But for those who really want something stronger, go for wine or hard liquor. 
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  Wings
Boil hot water

Boil or poach the wings and drumettes for 5 minutes to release excess oil from skin

Take the wings and air dry for 10 minutes

 Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper

 Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F

 Lay wings and drumettes on baking sheet

 Bake in oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown, then flip

 Bake for another 20 minutes until other side is golden brown

 Drizzle hot sauce over wings or serve the hot sauce on the side

  Ten Minute Chili
In a saucepan, add 1 pound of ground turkey, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp ground cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste

When meat is cooked, add 1 cup of chopped tomatoes, 1 cup of chopped green bell peppers, 1 cup of chopped onions

Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.

  Kale Chips
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F

Cut kale leaves from stems and tear them into bite size pieces

Wash and thoroughly dry kale with salad spinner

 Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with salt

 Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until edges are brown but not burnt

  Vegetables Platter
Use celery, broccoli, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers

Serve with a healthy dip of yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper and spices such as curry or dill on the side

  Meatballs
 Preheat oven to 375 degree F

 Using a skillet, over high heat, heat 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil

 Sautee ½ large chopped onion in the skillet for 5 minutes, until softened

 Add 1 ½ tsp minced garlic and cook 1 minute more, remembering to stir frequently

Transfer garlic and onion to a bowl; mix in the ½ lb. ground beef and 1 lb. ground turkey with 4 egg whites, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp of black pepper

Roll into golf ball-sized meatballs

Place on jelly roll pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until brown

6 Foods That Will Save Your Skin

Just as an unhealthy diet can have a negative effect on your skin and health, a healthy diet high in antioxidant-rich foods can help protect your body, even from the sun. Since antioxidants help reduce inflammation and free radicals, loading your diet with them will go a long way against sunburn and skin damage as a result of UV rays. Dr. Nicholas Sieveking is a Nashville, TN board certified plastic surgeons and the director of Ageless Solutions, a comprehensive anti-aging and wellness center.
To be clear, Dr. Sieveking is not saying you should completely replace your daily sunscreen with food, but what you eat can offer additional protection for your skin. So if you’re looking for some ingestible sun protection, add these six sun-friendly foods to your next shopping list.
  
1. Berries & stone fruits
Strawberries, blueberries and cherries contain high levels of vitamin C, which can reduce free radical damage caused by exposure to UV radiation. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production, important for skin’s youthful appearance. As a bonus, cherries contain melatonin, which protects skin from UV radiation and repairs sunburn damage.
2. Leafy greens
If it’s green and it’s got leaves, chances are it’s good for sun protection. According to one study, spinach, kale and swiss chard can reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 50%. Broccoli is also a good choice: it’s full of sulphoraphane, an antioxidant that helps your cells protect themselves against UV radiation.
Fresh herbs like parsley, basil, sage and rosemary are also packed with free radical-fighting, skin-protecting antioxidants. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to cruciferous vegetables.

   3. Red & orange produce
The antioxidant lycopene has been shown to protect the skin against sunburn and is at least twice as effective an antioxidant as betacarotene when it comes to blocking UV light. It also helps rid the body of free radicals. Chow down on tomatoes, papaya, guava, red bell peppers and pink grapefruit. Watermelon is an especially good choice: it contains 40% more lycopene than tomatoes.
Betacarotene is another antioxidant that has natural sunscreen properties: it’s been linked to reduced reactions to sunburns. You can find it in carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkins, mango and apricots.

   4. Micro-algae
Spirulna has been dubbed “the next great superfood,” and for good reason. This micro-algea — along with chlorella — contains the antioxidant astaxanthin, which has been shown to protect the skin and eyes against UV radiation. It also fights free radicals and inflammation to prevent sun damage by preventing UV-induced cell damage.
If micro-algea isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you can find this powerful antioxidant in shrimp and salmon.

   5. Chocolate
As long as it’s dark chocolate you’re eating, you’ll be ingesting plenty of flavanoids, which can improve your skin’s ability protect against sun burns and other UV-induced issues.
Research found that people who ate about one ounce of high-percentage dark chocolate every day for three months could withstand twice the amount of UVB rays before their skin started to turn red, compared to those who didn’t.

  
6. Green & black tea
The myriad health benefits of tea are well-known, but it’s nice to know that the cups you’re drinking can also help protect against sun damage. Green and black teas are packed with polyphenols that can help stop cancer development by limiting the blood supply to the cancerous area.

Green tea can even help prevent non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair.
Bon appétit!

Thanksgiving in LA

If your staying in LA for Thanksgiving and scrambling to put together a last minute dinner for family, or friends think about saving yourself the hassle. Who wants to me running through the aisles of Trader Joes at 8pm on Wednesday night? What about inviting your friends to a nice dinner out, where someone else can take care of the cooking and cleaning. Tart Restaurant nestled inside the iconic Farmer’s Daughter Hotel right across the street from The Farmers Market is hosting the ultimate care-free “Friendsgiving” feast.

PastedGraphic-1copy.143626 Tart’s executve chef Keith Shutta has put together 6 different items that you can choose from on Thanksgiving. One of our favorites was the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including a Turkey Roulade with Gravy, Cornbread Stuffing, Candied yams, black-eyed peas, cranberry sauce and Tart’s Famous Biscuit.

Coming from a non-American background, my family has their own twist on all of the traditional holidays. It was my first time trying things like stuffing, candied yams,  and cranberry sauce. Tart executed an appropriate setting for the occasion, comparable to being invited to someone’s family dinner.  It allowed me to experience some exceptional American staples that I would probably never make on my own.
StirStyle.105226On the other hand, going out for Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you are obligated to have Turkey. The rest of the country will be filling the quota for you.  The second highlight was a non traditional T-day meal. The Tart Burger comes with Blue Cheese, Bacon, Carmelized onions, mustard aioli, and fries.  The patty was perfectly charred from the outside and balanced with the tartiness of the blue cheese and sweetness carmelized onions.  Not only do you get great company, awesome ambiance but you can never go wrong with a good burger.  Why step out of your comfort zone if you don’t have to?

The best part of the whole dinner is that you won’t be heading you home empty handed. Whats Thanksgiving without the leftovers! On your way out, don’t forget to order the “Moist- Maker” Turkey Sandwich.  This Gourmet Turkey Sandwich features cranberry sauce and stuffing on a baguette with a side of gravy inspired by Ross Gellers favorite sandwich.  Theres no way that you would have been able to make it better yourself.

If you are stuck with no plans, can’t find the proper ingredients, or just can’t be bothered whipping something up, head over to Tart and they will fix you up.

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Recipe: Goat Cheese Scalloped Potato

Creamy dishes are my soft spot. Holistic Nutritionist and Co-Founder of East West Essentials shared her favorite recipe for the season, and we are so grateful that she did, because it is pure heaven.

Goat Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

  • 3 pounds organic Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, and sliced paper thin
  • 3 cups organic milk (can use 4 cups rice milk)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted organic butter, softened
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy organic cream
  • 5 ounces grated goat cheese
  • 1 oz. grated Gruyere cheese (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees (use lower rack of oven). Combine sliced potatoes and milk in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until potatoes are just tender, about 3 minutes. Do NOT overcook.

  2. Place a colander over a large bowl and drain potatoes, saving the milk. You should have 2 cups of thick, starchy milk. If your potatoes soaked up too much milk  add enough to bring the saved milk to equal 2 cups.

  3. Rub a 3 1/2-quart oval baking dish with garlic and butter. Arrange sliced potatoes in the baking dish; season with sea salt & pepper. Dot with remaining butter & pour over saved cooking milk & cream. Sprinkle cheese over top. Can layer the potatoes & cheese.

  4. Place in oven & bake until cheese becomes deep golden brown and milk has reduced and thickened, 80 to 90 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Makes excellent leftovers!image

Sqirl

o-5 o-4 o-3 o-2IMG_3377 IMG_3374 IMG_3383IMG_3382IMG_3383Hip Restaurant and Coffee shops are a dime a dozen in LA.  The one thing that is lacking is a creative offering of organic, gluten free and dairy free options. Sqirl LA is everything that you hoped for from your neighborhood coffee place.  Sqirl is located off an eclectic and up and coming stretch of Virgil Ave among a plethora of Mom and Pop Shops and Mexican Churchs.  You may look around wondering if you are in the right place, but you won’t be able to miss it with the line wrapping around the block at peak hours, even on Sunday Morning before they open.  Don’t be turned off by the line, since it goes quickly.  The real pain is finding seating.

The Green Goddess Salad was decadent, I would just request the dressing on the side since it was a bit too heavy for me. The avocado toast was made to perfection with their amazing Crème fraîche and Zaatar sprinkled on top.  We also had the Horchata Latte which is almost as good as a Dirty Chai.  The Cinnamon flavor was perfect and was not sweet at all.

Other Items that have been suggested include: Sorrel Pesto Brown Rice Bowl, Ricotta Toast with Seasonal Jam, and the French Toast with Jam.

Sqirl LA 720 Virgil Ave #4 Los Angeles, CA 90029 (323) 284-8147