Glutenfree Diet

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

What you need

  • 4 4-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 teaspoons sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups coarsely shredded Parmesan cheese (don’t use canned grated cheese)
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/2 small green pepper
  • 4 plum Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • On a cutting board and using the meat mallet, pound the thicker portion of each chicken breast to make the thickness of the pieces uniform.
  • Pour the sherry into a shallow bowl.
  • Mix 1/4 teaspoon pepper, the cheese, and bread crumbs together on a sheet of wax paper.
  • Dip each chicken breast in the sherry, moistening both sides.
  • Press the breasts firmly into the cheese mixture, covering both sides of each breast. Set aside while you prepare the salsa.
  • Use a meat mallet to help the cheese adhere to the meat.
  • Chop the onion, green pepper, and tomatoes.
  • Mince the garlic and parsley.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, sauté the onion, green pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, 2 tablespoons parsley, the Italian seasoning, salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Continue cooking until the mixture is heated through.
  • Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add 3 tablespoons oil.
  • Set the breasts in the skillet and cook 5 to 6 minutes per side, until the cheese is light golden and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the breasts from the skillet and set them on paper towels to drain the excess oil.
  • Place the chicken breasts on a serving platter and spoon the tomato salsa over the chicken breasts.

 

Red Tea Detox

Many herbal and chemical formulations have been designed to help the growing number of overweight individuals everywhere, however some of these have turned to be scams as some do not deliver on their promised outcomes. Others have been found to have serious side effects on different individuals thus posing more harm than good. Red tea however, is a natural recipe of available ingredients mixed in certain ratios have been found to work on almost everyone and without any side effects. The tea has been scientifically proven to be safe and its mode of action is by accelerating the metabolic reactions in the body hence burning more fats as the body get replenished with tones of energy.

Benefits of the Red Tea detox formula.

  • There is no change of your normal routine to engage in any strenuous and vigorous exercises in order to lose weight. Many people hate this especially if their weight is way up there, red tea then, is your way out
  • It serves as normal breakfast and does not require additional supplements as the tea itself serves as the source of energy to carry you throughout the entire day.
  • Works fast and is effective, many times we have seen herbal detox formulations being prescribed for an extend time duration for it to work. This is not the case with red tea, body changes are evident within the fast few days and you can lose up to 14 pounds in two weeks.
  • Red tea lacks caffeine and other addictive substances and this makes it perfect for anyone regardless of their age and preferences.
  • The tea has a great taste and it does not leave any bad feeling in the mouth, hence one does not have to worry about the taste
  • The tea also detoxifies the body, meaning that it helps purify the body systems allowing one to have better immunity against disease such as cancer and other conditions
  • Lastly the some of the key ingredients contains phytochemicals that work on the brain to improve its health and fight off stress, these improves the general wellness and lowers the risk of stress triggered behavior such as overeating.

Cardamom

There are different varieties of cardamom, although the smaller green cardamom, elettaria cardamomum, is the one being discussed here. There are other cardamom types, such as black cardamom which, while both are members of the ginger family, bear scant resemblance in flavor. Green cardamom is used for both sweet and savory cooking and baking, while black cardamom with its unique smoky quality, is used only for savory dishes and has developed a following all its own.

Green cardamom pods come from a perennial bush of the ginger family that can grow to up to 12 feet tall. It is native to India, and grows wild in rainforests of southern India and Sri Lanka, at relatively low altitudes. The plant will only flower and fruit in tropical climates. Guatemala is now the largest exporter of cardamom, even more so than India. The plant needs wet soil and heat to grow and bear the little fruits, harvested just before fully ripe and dried, either in the sun, similarly to coffee, or in special drying rooms. The very best dried cardamom pods are pale greenish in color. Each paperlike pod holds approximately 12 to 20 dark brown or black highly aromatic seeds. It is best to buy either whole pods or whole seeds that have been removed from the pod. Pre ground cardamom loses its flavor too easily. Also, the pods themselves have little flavor and commercially it is too easy to grind the whole pod together, thus lowering the price and the quality of the ground spice. Grinding the seeds is simple in a mortar and pestle or a small spice grinder, and one is assured of the quality of the product. Many dishes in India call for whole, unbroken or only slightly crushed pods to be used.

Anyone who has eaten Indian cuisine, or cooked Indian dishes, knows well how often cardamom is an ingredient. It is almost always used in a Garam Masala mixture, often seen as an ingredient in Northern Indian dishes such as rice Biryani, creamed spinach and dhal. There are almost as many variations of Garam Masala as there are households in India. A very simple mixture, and easy to remember is to use whole spices in equal parts of cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and black pepper. My most often used recipe for Garam Masala is this one below.

Garam Masala

  • 4 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom seeds from about 15 pods, measured after removing & discarding husks
  • 3 inches true cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 whole nutmeg

In a small pan, roast separately the coriander, cumin, peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. As each starts to turn fragrant, turn onto a plate to cool. Put all the spices together into an electric blender or small coffee mill and grind to a fine powder, then store in a glass jar with an airtight seal.

In addition to its use in savory dishes, cardamom is used extensively in breads and sweets. Cardamom has a lovely flavor and aroma, quite penetrating and strongly aromatic. While it is one of the most expensive spices, very little is needed to impart flavor. An Indian dessert called Gulab Jamun uses the seeds ground in either the little balls of dough before frying, or in their syrup, or both. In northern European countries it is used in Stollen breads as well as many other cakes, pastries and cookies. In some places in the Middle East, cardamom is mixed with green coffee beans and roasted together and ground. Some of these mixtures may have as much as 40 percent cardamom.

There are also white cardamom pods commercially available, and some feel these are superior. In reality, these are no more than bleached pods of the green cardamom. If cardamom is not yet known in your lexicon of spices, search it out in a good quality spice shop and try it out. If it is a total unknown, try it first in a dessert, such as added into cookie dough, to first test out the flavor distinctions. If adventurous, try out a Garam Masala in an Indian dish, or drop a few seeds into your coffee for a treat.

Potato and Egg Salad

Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 potatoes (preferably Idaho potatoes)
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 small onion
  • ½ green pepper
  • ¼ cup sweet relish
  • ½ cup miracle whip
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Half dozen hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 Tbsp pimento
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper

My grandmother doesn’t make her potato salad with anything other than Idaho potatoes; maybe that is why hers taste so much better than mine since I use whatever potatoes I have. Peel the potatoes, dice them, and put into boiling salted water. In another pot put eggs in the pot and cover with water. I add salt to the water because it’s supposed to help peel the eggs better. Cook potatoes until you can insert a fork but not falling apart. Drain the potatoes and put in a bowl and set in the refrigerator to cool. Meanwhile chop your onion, celery and green pepper. After your potatoes have cooled add the chopped vegetables to the bowl. Run cold water over the hard-boiled eggs to cool them off and remove the shells. Chop half of the eggs and add to bowl. Salt and pepper the mixture. Then add the mayo, miracle whip and mustard along with the sweet relish. Mix all the ingredients together. If it needs more salad dressing, add more to it as needed. Slice the rest of the hard-boiled eggs and layer them on top of the salad. Sprinkle the salad with paprika cover and refrigerate. The longer it sits the better it taste the next day.

Cold Spaghetti Salad

I really enjoy making this cold spaghetti salad because it’s easy to make, packed with lots of flavor, and it never fails to satisfy. Every time I make this recipe it is the talk of the table. In fact I just made it this past Labor Day for a cookout at my niece house. Everyone loved it and it was the first salad to disappear. The cucumbers and tomatoes give this recipe extra freshness which make this recipe truly unforgettable. Once you make it, you’ll be making it quite often and you’ll always remember how delicious this recipe is.

Even though this is a salad, I normally serve with my appetizer menu because it goes with so many appetizer dishes-both hot and cold including meat balls, chicken wings, seafood dishes as well as turkey and ham sandwiches which are all the making of a great appetizer menu. And it’s a great addition to your holiday menu without the fuss and long hours putting together. This cold spaghetti salad is surly a winner and is a welcoming addition to any menu. Enjoy and please share this recipe.

You’ll Need

6 ounces spaghetti, uncooked
Garlic powder to taste
4 to 6 ounces basil Pesto sauce, more to taste, divided
Seasoned Salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
2 to 3 medium tomatoes, chopped

Directions

Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain and run cool water on spaghetti in a colander. Once cooled, drain well.

Place spaghetti in a large bowl or pan; season spaghetti well with garlic powder. Add about 4 ounces of Pesto sauce to cold spaghetti; mix well. Refrigerate. One hour before serving, add cucumbers and tomatoes; add seasoned salt and black pepper as needed. Mix well making sure all ingredients are covered with the pesto sauce. If more Pesto sauce is needed, add according to taste. Mix well. Serve cold. Yield: 6 to 8 servings. Enjoy and please share this recipe.

Fruit Facts

One of the interesting points to note concerning fruit health facts is that fruits are some of the best sources of antioxidants. Vitamin C and beta carotene are known to be some of the most potent antioxidants in the world. Antioxidants are believed to eliminate oxidative stress on the body’s cells. They do so by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are unstable compounds that are created during fat metabolism and certain environmental factors. Consequently, free radicals are believed to be responsible for altering the affected cell’s metabolism resulting in abnormal cell growth. Fruits such as oranges, strawberries and melons are also excellent sources of vitamin C.

Another one of the interesting fruit health facts is that they are rich sources of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are poly-phenolic compounds found mostly in “blue fruits” such as blue berries, blackberries as well as the acai berry. So named for their blue pigments, blue fruits have powerful antioxidant properties offering protection against a number of problems such as infections, aging and some forms of cancer.

The tomato, which is commonly mistaken for a vegetable, is known for its high antioxidant concentration. Interestingly, one particular antioxidant, lycopene, found in high concentrations in tomatoes has been linked to reducing the chances of one developing cancer. In order to receive all their nutritional and health benefits, tomatoes are best cooked but can still be eaten raw. This is contrary to most fruit health facts that say fruit is best eaten raw to receive the best health benefits.

When choosing which fruits to add to your diet, you should try to select fruits that are rich in potassium. Great examples of such fruits include bananas, oranges, cantaloupe and honey dew melons. Moreover, when choosing fruits that are canned or packed, be sure to take the healthier option i.e. those canned in 100% fruit juice or water rather than those canned in syrup.

You will also be interested to learn that a number of fruits such as mango and apricots go well with meat dishes such as chicken. Moreover, fruits are known to be low in calories and make some of the best alternatives to snacks that are high in fat and sodium. This means that replacing junk food snacks with health fruit snacks can be a great way to lose weight.

When learning on fruit health facts, you will be interested to know that fruits are also popularly used in a number of natural skin care products. For instance, the avocado when ripe is crushed and mixed with egg yolks to be used as a face mask during the summer to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Moreover, bananas are used to naturally remove blackheads while cucumber can be used to relieve sun burns.

Vegetable Nutrition

You get the idea. Like a zombie, I mindlessly walk the store and get each item on the list and bring them home. While unpacking I start to make comments about each item (I probably should write an article on why I shouldn’t do that) and why we don’t need them.

I always get hung up on celery and lettuce. They don’t do anything for me and I see them as a side item to my sandwich or meal. Actually, I would rather substitute spinach or broccoli for each of them, because I know those two vegetables are healthy (as long as Pop-Eye and my mom aren’t liars).

So that got me thinking of researching and writing an article on the nutritional benefits of lettuce and celery. Exciting, earth shattering stuff, I know.

Well I was actually quite surprised by the minerals and nutrients each one packed. For instance, did you know celery is a great source of riboflavin, calcium, dietary fiber, and contains good amounts of vitamin A, B6, C, and K? I didn’t either. All of these nutrients and vitamins are key cogs that keep our body functioning at a high level.

What about lettuce? Well, let me break that down as well. Lettuce contains thiamin, vitamins B6, A, C, K and (like celery) are very good sources for dietary fiber, folate and manganese.

So now that you know that you know the power that these watery, tasteless vegetables pack, here are some ways to incorporate them into your daily meals.

Celery, when I think of it, is seen as the main side with a plate of buffalo wings, Well, that may be very true but have you ever tried adding celery to soup? Your spinach salad? What about mixing it in with canned tuna and spreading it on bread for a sandwich? These are all great ways to get celery into your diet without having to eat it raw.

Want your kids to eat more celery. Will try the tried and true Ants on a Log recipe that kids have been devouring up for who knows how long. Simple cut each celery stalk into 3 pieces, smear peanut butter in the gap (or almond butter for a healthier option) and add 3 to 4 raisins (these are your ants) and voila!

How about lettuce? Well just because you buy it for taco night and then forget about it until it starts stinking up your fridge, doesn’t mean it cannot be used as an enhancer to any lunch or dinner item. Making a turkey or other cold cut sandwich? Sprinkle some lettuce on it. Have a left over tomato sitting on the counter, slice it up and combine with lettuce for a quick salad.

Healthy Summer Foods

  • Corn
    Fresh sweet corn is a great addition as a side dish or incorporated into a dip recipe. Corn also contains two antioxidants (lutein and zeaxanthin) that help to eliminate the damaging free radicals in your body. These specific antioxidants also have been shown to aid in the protection your eyes from the harmful UV rays. Corn is a great tasting summer food that can be used in a multitude of healthy summer recipes.
  • Tomatoes
    Fresh off the vine there is nothing more versatile in healthy summer recipes than tomatoes. Tomatoes also provide an extra layer of protection from sunburn. Specifically the lycopene that is present in tomatoes, has been shown to reduce the effects of the sun by as much as 50% with as little as 3 tablespoons of tomato paste. The best summer diets wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of fresh tomatoes.
  • Raspberries
    Aside from their delicious taste these little berries are a great natural source of pectin. Pectin has been shown to lower cholesterol and as soon as you can pick them you should be including them in your healthy summer recipes. Raspberries are also really high in fiber which aids with digestion and weight maintenance.

Love Dried Mango

These fruits are popular organic treats that are mostly coming from South East Asian countries. Given the abundance of sunlight and the right amount of moisture needed for the photosynthetic processes required in order to grow mango delicacies in these nations. However, dried mangoes have conquered not only the tropical countries, but also the places on its north and east side. If you buy dried mango whether out of interest or not, you are bound to have a wonderful snacking experience. Instead of choosing that pack of potato chips or that bowl of pretzels, go for a pack of dried mangoes. Here are some reasons why you should:

  1. It has the good calories your body needs. A teeny tiny serving of 20 pieces of potato chips will cost you and your body around 147 calories with 86% calories from fat. However, one-third cup of dried mangoes, which is probably enough to entertain you for a full-length comedy movie will cost you only 160 calories with 0% calories from fat. In fact, the calories that come from mangoes come from carbohydrates that are inherent in mangoes. Snacking need not be a tortuous experience for your body. You can turn the tides around by choosing organic food options and writing it in your grocery list.
  2. It has the vitamins your body needs for daily functioning. Mangoes are a rich source of vitamins A and C plus potassium and beta carotene. If you are not extremely fond of eating natural mangoes because of the pulp and the fiber that gets stuck in your teeth, dried mangoes is definitely a better option. Munching on at least 5 pieces of dried mangoes in a day can give you the vitamins and minerals you need.
  3. A better snacking alternative! Again, when it comes to snacking, it has to be guilt-free while giving you the advantage for vitamins and minerals that you need in order to stay fit and healthy. If you are conscious about your weight and your daily calorie intake, substituting your fatty snacks with a pack of fruits can do a lot for your confidence and figure. Also, since it is dehydrated, you can be sure that the shelf life of a pack of these products can last long and will not be stale even after a few weeks of storing it inside your refrigerator. Go ahead, buy dried mango and enjoy its benefits.

Facts About Coconut Products

Coconut liquid is the liquid it is possible to get if opening a fruit. It is an outstanding sport beverage, for the reason that it is sweet but has a low quantity of high fat calories. Additionally, it doesn’t incorporate unwanted fat and also ldl cholesterol. In case you do not enjoy tap water, it is possible to substitute it using tasty but low-calorie coconut liquid.

In contrast to coconut water, coconut milk can not be acquired by way of opening the coconut fruit. The coconut milk is actually cooked from the meat of the coconut fruit. Coconut-milk is a great replacement to normal milk as well as soy milk. Still, it is vital to keep in mind that it is likewise abundant with unhealthy fats which a lot of health experts believe being harmful.

Coconut essential oil is ideal for food preparation and skin care. Even though it includes fats, commonly known as “harmful fats” it’s nevertheless accepted as an important finding of the health food community. The fact is, it’s more advantageous as compared with coconut milk and water. Yet, to get all rewards associated with applying coconut products it’s needed to know how to apply these correctly.

There are a lot of web-sites which give comprehensive info about this great exotic nut. If individuals think of coconut fruits they generally visualize breathtaking seaside and high palm trees. Palm trees are actually long -living trees that can blossom as much as 13 times a year. Coconut trees grow in over eighty regions world-wide. They can grow mainly within highly damped zones. There are two kinds of coconut palm trees: high and dwarfs. Besides, the range of palms is constantly increasing. Thus, at this time scientists count more than one hundred fifty kinds of coconut palm trees. The quantity of yielded nuts depends on the palm tree (high or short) and also on the area of its cultivation.