Chefsperiment
Need ideas on how to do some Healthy Flavory Innovating in your kitchen? Well this is your place to get some inspiration and space to share your chefsperiments too!
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Chefsperiment
12:07 am

Pick-Me-Up Porridge

Porridge and Pick-Me-Up? May seem like a major juxtaposition, if you didn't have fond memories of porridge growing up or associate it with sick-people-food. Or maybe you did because of Pease Porridge Hot . Nursery rhymes anyone? It's okay, I also did a double take when I saw porridge listed on a menu at a chic looking cafe (and it was great!). But it really doesn't have look or taste like the sticky gook. It's really just a mashup of ingredients that taste really great together with a warm base. Put what you love in it and make it truly heartwarming (body warming #obvs)- it can be savory too! The more visually pleasing, the better! And the base is not the expected- sorry oats- but rather.... Read More

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1:13 pm

Veggie Volcanoes!

It's time to kill those Monday Blues... with some yellow, green, red, and most importantly...PINK! Color is just one of many layers of the eating experience, that really will have you all over #MeatlessMonday. And that any random veggies you've got leftover from the weekend can be repurposed with minimal effort into this super fun-looking dinner (if you have kids, they'll love you- if not...well you'll love yourself for making and eating this)! Getting right to it...here are you veggie volcanoes! Read More

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8:56 am

Reset Raw! (feat. alcohol to keep your NYE vibe alive)

Happy New Year ! One of my Resolutions is to "Chefsperiment" more through my nomadic life (clarified as you read further :P), and to actually share them here for all of you. I always complained, "I just don't have time to blog." With my master's, full-time job, and commute keeping me busy until the end of 2015, I basically neglected Chefsperiment. My pretty awesome workplace offered healthy, organic catering and snacks, and my superhero mom would have a healthy meal ready by the time I came home from work. #spoiled but #grateful. And look what happened now. Read More

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3:31 pm

Organic Toasted Apple Crostinis

I don't have a sweet tooth. I have sweet teeth. And in a separate post, I'll rant to you why sugar is really your enemy and not fat (unprocessed, mind you)- but for now, here's an express snack that'll satisfy your sweet cravings, WITHOUT any sugar!

Toasted Apple Crostinis

I did this in my office kitchen just now in oh, 15 minutes? The oven did all the work.

You'll need:

1 apple, sliced  (in any shape or form, as you can see from above...4 cuts on the periphery, and I ate the rest!)
1 tbsp organic lemon juice (sprinkle/rub onto the apple slices)* 
1/2 tbsp raw honey (spread on your apple slices)
Cinnamon & Sea Salt to drizzle on 
Granola to sprinkle on top and add a nice crunch!
Prep time was 5 minutes, and oven time was about 10.  You can take out your crostinis when they're a nice golden brown, or depending on how cooked you like them!  And there you have it...organic, gluten-free, AND vegan treats!

 

*lemon juice helps keep the integrity of the apple an prevents over-browning (oxidation).

Also, as always the amounts are mere guesstimations- feel free to adjust/subsitute as you wish!



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1:51 pm

Be YOURS First.


Be Mine.  Be My Valentine.  Will You Be My Valentine?


There are so many versions of these Valentine’s Day requests that you have probably heard of, said to someone, sent to someone, have had them spoken to you or sent to you, or eaten…  like these candy hearts.  

And all that is sweet.  But amidst planning the perfect night out or in, buying flowers & chocolates, contemplating the most romantic gift, meticulously putting yourself together, or finding someone to say “be mine to”…don’t forget to be yours.  Be YOUR own valentine before you become someone else’s—not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day.  Since we’re already calling special attention to romance and love, take the day as a reminder to love yourself.

It’s rather instinctual to mold yourself into what others perceive as desirable—not just your partner or spouse— whether it is to have them reciprocate your love or to make them happy.  In the process of going at great lengths to please them, we neglect our needs, wants, and “self-dates.” Adjustment and flexibility are needed in all types of relationships, but self-love is paramount and provides for a strong foundation in nurturing relationships.  And self-dates boost your mood, confidence, long-term happiness, and the vibe you exude.

So don’t stress!  Take a deep breath and some time to be on date with yourself.  Maybe a bubble bath with rose petals?  Lie in bed with candles while listening to some zen music? A relaxing yoga sesson?  Or maybe if you’re real short on time before your V-day plans…a chefsperiment made with your very own hands?   That's the least you can do. Whatever it is, relish it…and say it out loud…I LOVE ME!

So my treat to you, for a self-date, is my absolute FAVORITE chefsperiment...”Nutty Buttery Banana Batter!”



You'll need to:

- Chop 1 banana

- Add 1-2 tablespoons (or dollops!) of raw, organic almond butter (any version of nut butter you might have)

- Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt

- Add walnuts and/or chia seeds for a nice crunch factor

- Splash in some rice milk (or any milk you prefer)


Mix together until you achieve a cookie-batter like consistency and indulge!  Happy Valentine's Day!


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