Chefsperiment
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Chefsperiment
2:12 pm

Unexpected Creativity

Well it's been long!  A retreat to Miami a long with lots of schoolwork and exams have kept me busy- I have chefsperimented during that time to keep me sane- since it's a passion and passions should be priorities- but I am saving those for a mega-recipe post to come!

Anyways...the main thing I wanted to share with you is this wonderful chefsperiment, which turned out to be a success, when I LEAST expected it.  I wasn't exactly planning on chefsperimenting when I stepped away from my desk yesterday.  In fact, I was in a rather dismal mood and preoccupied, and probably hungry, when I mechanically started whipping up seemingly unfitting ingredients together into this Tropical Toast and ...Friendly Fat Toast?  Haha, I couldn't think of a better name.  But it was so surprising, because I usually am  not able to healthily divert myself for a mental recharge break amidst stress, and this seemed to be like an automatic mechanism to give me a therapeutic burst of positivity.  


So apart from trying out these at home, I want you to also let yourself unwind and unleash your creativity by listening to what your body is telling you to do.  If you're not sure or have access to a go-to therapeutic activity at work or at school, just taking a quick walk and a deep breath will be good to readjust!

Tropical Toasts

And now to relish the sweet side of avocadoes you'll need:

1) 2 slices, gluten-free rice-millet bread (or whatever you prefer)

2) 1 avocado chopped/mashed

3) 2 Tbsp. organic lemon juice

4) 1/2 banana chopped

5) 2 tsp organic, raw honey

6) shredded coconut, sea salt, nutmeg

Toast your slice of bread, spread raw honey onto it.  Add the lemon juice to the avocado and mix thoroughly.  Spread or layer the avocado onto your toast, and arrange the banana slices.  Finally, drizzle on the coconut, sea salt, and nutmeg!  Hopefully you feel like you belong on South Beach!



For the Friendly Fat Toast, you'll need ingredients 1-3 as listed above, plus:

1) 1 tbsp organic, raw almond butter

2) sea salt, cayenne pepper, and paprika to taste

Toast your slice of bread and spread the almond butter.  Mix the lemon juice in with your avocado and arrange/spread it on top of your toast.  Sprinkle the seasonings to taste and enjoy, for a spicy, creamy treat!

 

 

 

 

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Chefsperiment
2:04 pm

Get Red Carpet Ready

Academy Awards or no Academy Awards, it's nice to want to get red carpet ready- no that does not equate to or isn't limited to looking lean and sculpted.  It's a great goal to work towards to feel your best, increase love and appreciation for you, and flaunt that wherever you are and go.

But since the Oscars will be taking place in a couple of hours, it is quite fitting to chefsperiment this hors-d'oeuvre, to entertain your guests AND your health!

"Kiwicado Stuffed Sweet Peppers"

"Kiwicado" Stuffed Sweet Peppers

You'll need:

- 4 sweet peppers, washed & tops chopped

- 1 avocado, peeled and chopped

- 1 kiwi, peeled and chopped

- 1/4 red onion, finely chopped

- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

- 1 apple sliced (pacific rose is delish!), you'll only need 12 slices, but you can use the rest to dip with the leftover guac

- lime, sea salt, black pepper, basil, freshly chopped green chili to taste

Servings: 4 

Prep Time: 20 minutes (this one's a bit long because of the chopping and presentation)

 
1. Wash the sweet peppers, chop the tops, and make a slice on one side to make stuffing easier and to prevent the "kiwicado" guac from oozing out.

2. Mash the avocado with a fork/masher, squeeze your lime, sprinkle the sea salt to prevent browning

3. Add the chopped onion, green chili, kiwi and combine.  Sprinkle the remaining seasonings.

4. Stuff the peppers with the "kiwicado." Place one sliced apple to fill in the cut you made on the sweet pepper, and the other two within the pepper, facing the other way (for a fancy look!)


Et Voila!  One of your appetizers taken care of at your party.  There's still time!  And remember, the nutrients from your clean, balanced diet will give you a sustainable red carpet look, with exercise to maintain your fitness- not a processed-food filled diet with a ton of exercise!

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Chefsperiment
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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