Saturday, May 25, 2013
It's grilling time! When I smell that sweet smoke flavor lofting through the air, I'm like a cartoon character that gets picked up by the nose and floats over to the grill.
It's easy to lean on the same old standbys when grilling so I like to encourage some creativity. It doesn't have to be fancy or hard, it can be as simple as changing the type of meat you typically choose. For instance, have you tried Bison? It offers great flavor with fewer calories and more protein and iron than traditional beef, pork or salmon.
Taking advantage of left over Basil Dressing from the other night, I had a quick marinade on my hands (saving a little for a final post drizzle.) The ever classic, but short lived ramps rounded out the grilled meal. Ramps are a cross between an onion and a garlic and they are only in season for a very short time in the Spring. Hesitation is not a viable option. A few things you should know about ramps thought- they can be quite smelly as left overs and even worse if you put them down the garbage disposal so just plan to eat them all the night you cook them and be sure your significant other eats them too.
Try something new when grilling this month, you might add a new dish to your Fat and Happy repertoire.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
If you haven't heard, chia seeds aren't just for pets anymore.
Rich in Omega-3's, fiber, protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, niacin, and zinc, and the seeds help to regulate blood sugar....basically it's the superfood of super foods. Chia seeds are similar to tapioca ball, just smaller. They don't really have a flavor, except for maybe leaning on the nutty side, so I like to think of them as a vessel to carry other flavors while delivery a super healthy and filling punch.
So the question then is what to do with these power-packed seeds? How about a real simple, healthy treat that can be breakfast or a snack?
For this recipe I made my own coconut milk. You can use store bought, but you might be shocked at how easy it is to make (5 minutes), not to mention it's cheaper and free of the extra sugar and preservative that can be found in a store brand versions.
Pets aside, put some chia seeds into your diet for a Fat and Happy nutritional boost.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Sometimes you accidentally create a dish so delicious, you gobble the whole thing down and then for days and weeks after you keep thinking about. Recreation was a must.
Using left over grain and a left over roasted sweet potato, I mushed them together and formed patties. A little crunchy crust comes from flax seeds. Where this really goes over the edge is the basil dressing and kale salad, completely flavor explosion against the warm sweet potato patties.
Use the left over grains you have in the house or follow my recipe brown rice, quinoa, lentil recipe. While you can substitute grains, definitely keep the sweet potato over a white.
Accidents happen for a reason....for a tasty Fat and Happy reason.