Easy Garlic Ginger Chicken Recipe

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4 boneless skinless organic chicken breasts
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 -2 teaspoon of fresh ginger
1 tsp of fresh cilantro or chives to garnish if desired
salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 450°F Line a baking dish or cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil.
2. In small saute© pan, add your oil or butter and saute© garlic and ginger until it blooms.
3. Remove from heat and add the brown sugar and soy sauce. I usually add cilantro and even sometimes a curry just depends on my mood.
4. Place chicken breasts in the prepped baking dish and cover with the garlic ginger sugary soy mixture.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Convection Roast or Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, or until juices run clear. You will want to make sure you do not overcook because it could be dry, but make sure not to under cook either you never want to serve raw chicken. Garnish with chives or cilantro and serve with a rice dish as a side.

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Key Tips For Growing Bell Peppers

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I love Bell Peppers in just about anything and I will eat them fresh after washing them first of course. Meatloaf would not be meatloaf without them in there! They are great on salads and they are a good source of vitamins. Here are 5 tips for growing great bell peppers.

Red, green, yellow and purple are all popular colors of bell peppers. This universal vegetable is native to North America and is not only used for cooking, but also decoration. Bell peppers are packed with vitamins including vitamin A and C, and do not lose their potency when cooked.

Although bell peppers take much longer to grow from seeds than other vegetables, they will yield several peppers on one plant with proper care and fertilizer. Generally, bell peppers, when planted from seeds will be ready to harvest in 10-12 weeks.

How to Grow the Best Tasting Bell Peppers

1. Prepare the ground before planting bell pepper seeds by turning the soil and adding organic matter such as peat moss. Bell pepper plants can be grown in rows or as single plants. Each plant may produce 4 or more peppers if taken care of throughout the growing season.

2. Bell peppers can be planted from seed, but due to the long growing season, it is probably best to buy plants when they are 4 to 6 inches tall. However, if you choose to plant from seeds yourself, plant seeds about ½ inch in the ground and 3 inches apart in rows or seed starter containers.

3. When plants reach 4 – 6 inches tall, and all possibility of frost has passed, transplant to your garden on a cloudy day or in the evening to prevent wilting. Create small wells, fill with water and allow to soak into the ground before planting bell pepper plants. The wells help retain moisture when watered.

4. Water bell pepper plants often so they do not wilt. Once pepper plants wilt they lose their yield and quality.

5. Bell peppers will be ready to pick when they are shiny and firm, about 8 – 10 weeks after transplanting. The more often you harvest, the more peppers that will grow. If peppers remain on the plant, likely they will turn yellow, red or purple and this will not affect the taste too much.

Other helpful tips for growing delicious bell peppers

Pepper plants grow best in warmer seasons and do require at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, so plant in full sun if possible.

Bell peppers are prone to some diseases especially in milder climates. Ensure you inspect leaves for spots, which are caused by bacteria and fungi. Leaf spots can be remedied with a treatment of sulfur, neem oil or other types of fungicides. Read all labels for safe application.

Peppers may also attract a number of insects that will affect plant growth. Flea beetles, leaf miners and aphids can all infect a plant’s growth. There are a number of insecticides on the market including organic such as sulfur and Bt-based products. Read all labels before using on your bell pepper plants.

Once harvested, bell peppers should be stored in a refrigerator, and are good up to 3 days, cooked or cut and freeze for later use

Source: beselfsufficient.net/growing-fantastic-bell-peppers/

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Foods That You Should Never Eat To Stay Healthy

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I have read many different diet programs, and heard about that from others in the industry. I feel that there are many in the cooking industry that have issues with weight, the others they just have good genetics and a metabolism that works much better than the rest of us. I know a few chefs that look like they need to eat a much more but they actually do eat many meals or large meals and they just do not gain weight like the rest of the population without the workout regime attached either.

I have talked many times about GMO’s and non-GMO products and that is another issue all together that I am very passionate about, but a lot of these foods that they say you should not eat to help lose weight and keep it off for good but it actually makes sense too. So I feel fall into that category especially if you do not know the origination of the food source. If it is not labeled non-gmo it probably has the likelihood to have a bi-product or the seed it came from could possibly be GMO – “G.M.O = Genetically Modified Organism”. Sugar can come from sugar cane and/or sugar beets. Most of the sugar beet production is now being grown from gmo seeds.

There are quite a few things to remove from your diet and the number one item on our list is.

1. Sugar and it has many reasons that you should remove that first. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic that would be the utmost reason to cut that out. However every mammal on the planet has candida yeast in their gut, but if you are feeding the candida beast you are in big trouble. Your body will crave even more sugar that will lead you to eating it and staying in the sugar cycle. It will also lead to belly fat and if you are not diabetic “yet” you could possibly end up there. When you gain weight many people become sedentary and then add more wight, I have been there and it sucks! Time to stop eating the sugar and try to search out a better diet and then add some exercise and activity to get your body moving to burn calories. There are many other reasons such as tooth decay, added fat to your liver, hard on the pancreas if that quits you are a diabetic for sure, high cholesterol etc…. I am not saying stay completely away from sugar it is in many of our foods naturally, but definitely use in moderation, and use organic non gmo if possible.

2. Artificial sweeteners. They are sweeter than sugar because they are processed that way to help sugar junkies get their sugar fix, and still induces the sugar cravings. Stay away from these.

3. Diet Foods or Low Calorie foods. Unfortunately, “diet” or “low-fat” doesn’t mean low-calorie. Diet bars and low-fat foods like yogurts usually have more sugar, salt, and unhealthy fillers to make them taste okay. Even worse, we typically eat double the serving we should because we’re not satisfied or think that it’s okay to eat more because it’s “healthy.

4. White Bread and many people eat white bread because they do not like wheat bread, or just prefer white, and kids could just be picky eaters, but for whatever reason you should abstain. The truth is that it doesn’t have any nutritional value and it contains a lot of sugar and it doesn’t have the ability to keep you satisfied especially if the candida beast is riding your back. You are likely to find yourself feeling hungry and reaching for snacks after not time when your gut is sending your brain the signal to search for more sugar.

5. Fried Foods It is common knowledge that fried foods are not healthy and should be avoided, a good alternative is baked or poached. In addition of causing you to pile on the pounds, these foods are of little nutritional or no nutritional value at all and can cause you some serious health problems. Such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. This could set you up for heart problems such as heart disease, heart failure and possibly a stroke. I used to have issues with acid reflux due to eating to many fried foods like hamburgers and french fries…an old weakness of mine. I love fried foods but not what it was doing to my body. If you decided to do a cheat meal it would be better in moderation, and not very often.

The list could go on and on. White rice, energy bars, most granola and muesli, creamy salad dressings, etc… Most of every item stem from sugar, too much sugar and the way our bodies process it. If you have diet and exercise in your weekly routine, even if you only are able to do it a few times a week, you will be much healthier for it, and/or at least you will feel better. I have been there and done that myself. Good luck with your journey and hopefully you will find a healthier version of you if you are seeking it 🙂

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Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Vinegar and Fresh Rosemary

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Grilled Balsamic Rosemary Peaches
I love Texas peaches and looking forward to them each year. I love tart or acidic foods that will balance the meals I prepare for myself or guests. I use a really good aged balsamic vinegar and I do reduction sauces all the time, and rosemary grows wild here in Central Texas. I figured why not marry all of these flavor profiles together to create some culinary excitement.

I have been able to find them at farmers markets from time to time in the past. I have a couple of peach trees but they are not mature yet and do not give any peaches yet. I have grilled them many times for an addition to a meal , whether it is for a small dinner party or catering event it is a nice summer dish that is light and super delicious.

This is a great addition to any meal that you want a sweet and savory, addition too. It goes great with any salad, beef, chicken or pork dish or as a standalone snack Enjoy!

Fresh Ripe Organic Peaches (Not Over Ripe)
Fresh Rosemary
Olive Oil
Aged Balsamic Vinegar Reduction (Do this ahead of time or while your grill is prehating)

1. Cut each peach in half and remove pits.
2. Brush the cut surfaces lightly with olive oil and also oil the grates on the grill and preheat to medium high.
3. Place peach halves with their cut sides facing down and grill for about 4-5 minutes.
4. Flip peaches over and grill for another 3-4 minutes.
5. Remove from grill and drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar reduction.
6. Sprinkle with fresh rosemary and serve.
(Goes great with a grilled balsamic glazed pork loin served this a few times for folks!)

Making a balsamic reduction is really simple – Add your balsamic vinegar to a pan and reduce over a medium high heat until reduced by half or 3/4. The more you reduce it the thicker it will become make sure not to go too much you will make a paste like substance that is great for a sandwich spread but not so good for drizzling on things you prepare.

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Thai Coconut Curry Dandelion Greens

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Coconut Curry Dandelion Greens Recipe

I have been trying different recipes with the idea of trying to go all organic and possibly removing meat from my diet for a hot minute, not sure how long that will last but every night for the past week I have been making different meals at night. I was told that this dish was Dand-E-Licious”. I got a big kick out of that, and I thought that it was pretty good as well. Dandelions are a very good source vitamin A, B6, C & K, thiamin, calcium, riboflavin, manganese, iron, fiber, folate, magnesium, copper and potassium. So, there you have it Dandelions are pretty much a “Super Green”. These should be on your menu if you are trying to eat things that are good for you. It is a highly recommended green for the benefits it offers as far as the vitamins and fiber content. With that in mind here is a recipe that I had tonight for dinner, I must say that it was pretty good!

2 Bunches of Fresh Organic Dandelion Greens
1 Small Organic Yellow onion Small Dice
2 T of Coconut Curry Oil (Natural Grocers)
2 T Massaman Coconut Curry Paste
2 T Fresh Organic Ginger Minced
2 T Fresh Organic Garlic Minced
2 T Fresh Organic Carrots Small Dice

Heat the pan add the coconut curry oil, and the curry paste. Add the onions, carrots and ginger. eat until translucent then add the garlic and let it bloom. Add your dandelion greens and fold into the curry mixture until soft, do not overcook. Serve.

I had some Meyers lemon coconut curry rice left over from another meal this week and I decided to use it as a bed for my greens. I seriously thought about totally cleaning the plate but decided against licking it 🙂 Enjoy!

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Texas Style Citrus Hydration Water

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Deep South Detox Water
I know that there are many different types of detox waters out there that claim to help with weight loss or a flat belly. I am definitely an advocate of exercise, eating right and taking care of our bodies. I have seen many recipes that are out there that seem like they might be pretty good but I think that I am going to do this one better. I am combining the two ideas, I am not claiming that you will have a flat belly or that you will lose weight. But if you work out regularly and practice good eating habits you will find this drink very refreshing, and you should have a somewhat flat belly anyway! Great for quenching thirst after a good workout or after being out in that Texas heat.

I have some really good Indian friends that are like my family and when we work outside during the hot summer Mom always makes us something that tastes similar to Gatorade and I call it Indian-Aid!!! In the Texas sun you will dehydrate faster than a New York minute. It does not require very many ingredients and it is absolutely delicious! I think that Gatorade stole the idea from the Indian People, because it tastes very similar and does the same thing. Granted it does taste a little different when they add cumin and coriander but still absolutely delicious and I crave it, and look forward to Mom making it….Ready for Summer!

I have modified Moms original recipe from 5-6 ingredients to what is listed below. The original is still very good and I sometimes prefer it but I like to try different things and play with recipes that is what makes life interesting.

Very simple ingredient list:
4 Quarts Water
12 Fresh Large Lemons squeezed You can save 2 and cut into slices for aesthetics
6-8 cucumber slices
3-4 Tablespoons of Sugar or to taste. It is to be sweet but not a sugary drink
1-2 teaspoons of Salt
1-2 teaspoons of Cumin
1 teaspoon of Coriander
8-10 mint sprigs crushed/bruised to release oil

Make the night before you want to use and let sit in the fridge over night so all of the ingredients will macerate and bloom together. It is great for hydration and will be very refreshing for whatever activity you decide. Enjoy!!!

**I have always wanted to try fresh cilantro and limes just to see if that would be good? Anyone who does please get back to me please with feedback. This might actually make a good base for Texas Style/Flavor Margaritas if you decrease the water, add a little more sugar and some limes and remove the cucumber. Also might make a good Mojito if you increase the mint, and remove the cumin and coriander.
I can tell you from experience that this water is very refreshing, and I love it, hopefully you will too. I have modified it many different times to include ginger, and more mint for kick, and that is not bad either. Modify it to your tastes that is what food, and drinks are all about!



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