Cilantro Garlic Butter

When I was a kid, Dad whose culinary talents were limited, used to grill London Broils for us on special occasions. We used to add Lea & Perrins Worcester sauce or A-1, but overtime, your palate demands a little more.

For the last 10 years, I’ve been using this combination to enhance my steak eating experience. It is a garlic butter with cilantro (if you are not a cilantro fan- sub flat leaf parsley).

2 Tbsp of Butter (per person)- room temperature

3 or more cloves of garlic (pressed)

½ bushel of cilantro- cut

Mix thoroughly in a bowl and leave out at room temperature until steaks are ready, put a dollop or two under the steak when it is resting on your plate or smear it on top. Season with sea salt and cracked pepper. Enjoy.

Butter had a bad rap for a few years, but now is making a comeback. Recent studies have proven there is no correlation between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease.

Schorle

In Germany’s Pfalz wine region a schorle is a refreshing drink you can have either with wine or with juice. In the USA, we call it a ‘spritzer’, but the connotation really doesn’t do it the justice it deserves. This part juice or wine and mineral water or club soda will produce a healthy alternative to that nightly beer.

Wine on its own will dehydrate you, so mixing it with mineral water will help keep you hydrated.

On January 1 of 2017, I started this new food & drink lifestyle and gave up my nightly IPA. Now, I enjoy a juice schorle. Welches make a great Antioxidant Super Berry juice, that is very low in sugar content (36g), 64 oz at Kroger goes for around $4 bucks. I mix it ¼ of juice with ¾ of club soda, consuming about 40 ounces per night.

If you need something with a little more bang after a stressful day, sub the juice with some wine. If you like a drier wine make sure the alcohol content is at least 12%, like a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

If you find yourself in Germany’s Pfalz wine region order up a Riesling Schorle! Prost!

Kicks on Kix

The cereal aisle at the market these days is packed with so many different brands, it’s like having to choose what to watch on TV with 180 channels to choose from. The ones with multi-colored labels and different cartoon characters are probably the worst for you, but they are trying to attract your inner child. Then there are the cereals that are trying to target the health conscientious buyer. They use fancy words and illustrations to sell these bland morsels that taste like a bunch of wet cardboard. We’re trained to think, that if it lacks taste it must be really healthy for us, right. We are willing to make the taste sacrifice for some good fiber, right?

50 plus years ago the mothers of 80 million baby boomers, were looking for healthy choices for breakfast and Kellogg did just that. Focusing on marketing a health convenient style of cereal rather than marketing to children they clobbered the competition. The Kellogg’s have been making cereal since 1906. Next time you are in the cereal aisle grab a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. Packed with vitamins and minerals, this cereal is a no-brainer;

·         Iron

·         Vitamin C

·         Niacin

·         Vitamin B1, B2, B6, and B12

·         Vitamin A

·         Vitamin D

·         Folic Acid

Another honorable mention and ‘the mother approved’, would be General Mill’s Kix which has also been around for over 80 years. Its healthy components are;

·         Calcium Carbonate

·         Iron

·         Zinc

·         Vitamin C

·         Niacin

·         Folic Acid

·         Vitamin B1, B2, B6 and B12

The cereals that are going to better for you will have less than 5 grams of sugar and if that is a problem for you add raw honey or turbinado sugar or fresh fruit.

Congestion – Soup Remedy

Chest Congestion – Soup Remedy

I got hit with this killer cough this week, which eventually led to congestion in my chest. Back in the old days onions used to be boiled and if you drank this onion water it would help break up that congestion.

A more palatable solution is French Onion Soup. I found this recipe on Allrecipies.com. I went to Kroger to gather my ingredients; bag of yellow onions, unsalted butter, thyme, beef broth and a La Brea French Baguette. I stopped by Costco to get a wedge of Jarlsberg (Swiss) cheese. I even went to Goodwill and picked up a couple of the classic little handled crocks that French Onion Soup is always served in.

First, we diced the onions and added them to a buttered skillet until they caramelized. In a large pot we added the broth and thyme to simmer. Then added the caramelized onions to the broth and let it simmer for an hour. Then we grinded some fresh grounded black pepper to it. We cut the baguette into ¼ slices and toasted them on a sheet pan under the broiler on both sides. We removed the toasted baguettes from the sheet pan and replaced them with the crocks and warmed them up in the oven for about 10 minutes. We then ladled the onion soup into up to about ¾ inch from the top.  We then laid the toasted baguettes in, arranging them snuggly. I placed a few shaved Jarlsberg slices on top of the baguette and we returned the pan to broil until the cheese was thoroughly melted and starting to brown on the edges.

About 5 minutes after eating this delicious soup, I could feel the congestion breaking up in my chest, only to wake the next day to feel completely congestion free.

If your congestion continues, you should seek your medical professional.

Flaxseed

A super-food that has been around for around 6000 yrs, has a slightly nutty flavored seed that you can add to a lot of dishes. I’ll add it to fruit, salad, cereal…whatever. Kroger sells the Bob’s Red Mill Flax Seed for around $3 bucks. This super-food is packed with nutritional benefits;

·         High in fiber

·         Low in carbs

·         Balances hormones

·         Weight-loss aid

·         Digestive health

·         Lower cholesterol

·         Gluten Free

·         High in Antioxidants

Apple Cider Vinegar

I have added a Tbsp of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to my morning nutrition. Just add a Tbsp to your juice, stir and brace yourself. The pungent cider is a little difficult to navigate around, but just gulp it down. After work I will take about 1/3 pint of juice and top it off with club soda with a Tbsp of ACV, this is much easier to negotiate through your palate. They also have one with a honey blend added if your taste buds are still not convinced. ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor a way.’

Oat Pancakes

I have been buying pancake mixes for over 20 years, but I’m trying to get away ‘enriched bleached flour’. So, I went to the Bob’s Red Mill section at my local Kroger looking for an alternative and found Whole Grain Oat Flour (GF, Dairy Free). I used this recipe from Food Prepper and added some nice ripe plump blueberries. I substituted Turbinado Cane Sugar instead of regular white sugar. I noticed they take a little longer to flip, when the edge is not as shiny as the center, flip. They are denser, than the traditional pancakes. Overall, my 7 year old and I agreed they were delicious, especially topped with some Grade A Maple syrup.

Uncured Bacon

Come on guys we all love bacon, but the sodium nitrates go right through me, so I tried some bacon without sodium nitrates. Look for sea salt as a substitute instead. I tried several different brands, but for me Hormel’s Natural Choice (Original Uncured Bacon) had the best flavor and on sale at Kroger/Fry’s it is only $4.99, it costs a buck or two more than sodium nitrate, but it’s better for you. Bacon that is good for you, well almost.

Natural Peanut Butter

Natural Peanut Butter

·         Protein

·         Potassium – for healthy heart, kidneys and other organs

·         Fiber- for digestive health

·         Healthy Fats – reduces LDL cholesterol

·         Magnesium – good for bones and muscles

·         Vitamin E – aids damaged cells

·         Antioxidants – disease prevention

I will have this snack for my breakfast and for dessert after lunch or dinner. Take a bowl and add sliced bananas and add a heaping tablespoon of natural peanut butter, a heaping tablespoon of raw/unfiltered honey and other fruits or flax seed. Mix and enjoy. This is a healthy snack that will please your sweet tooth and fill you up. Kroger sells a creamy natural for around $2 bucks.

*Healthy tip- open and stir the peanut butter and separated oil together, firmly fasten the lid and then store upside down in the fridge – you can thank me later.

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