Yes Ma’am ~ Simple Healthy Recipe: Green/Red Peppers with Pork and Rice, Mangos & Baby Spinach

So the other day I whipped up a tasty recipe. Usually I try to find some recipes online and cook them but lately I have just been makingthings from scratch recipes seeing if they taste good. Now this simple dish came up with came together perfectly and the most work I had to do was standing in the kitchen and cutting things up. I like to keep everything nice and simple while yet delicious and lately I have been trying to eat healthy…so far Im doing great :D.

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Ingredients:

– Jasmine Rice (Organic)

-1/2 Red bell pepper chopped (Not the hot kind)

-1/2 Green bell pepper chopped (Not the hot kind)

-1 Whole Onion chopped

-1 slab of pork chop chopped up

– Extra Virgin Olive Oil

– 1 Whole Mango

– A hand full of Organic Baby Spinach

– A pinch of Salt (optional)

-Pepper

Directions:

  • Chop the onion, red & green bell pepper and the pork chop. Season with salt & pepper. I only used a pinch of salt, (Im not a salt fan) and sprinkle a little pepper.
  • Next heat up your skillet on medium. Pour as much olive oil as you think you may need. Wait until the oil is hot then pour all of your ingredients into the skillet. After about 5 minutes or so stir the ingredients the put the cover over the food. (This was you make sure the pork chop is completely cooked and the vegetables don’t burn.)
  • Occasionally stir the food. After about 15 or 10 minutes it should all be ready.
  • While you’re waiting for the food to finish lets put on the rice. If you don’t know how to cook rice, don’t worry I’ll teach you :). (I don’t have a rice cooker..well I do but I don’t use it.)
  • Pour as much rice as you want but not a lot to the point where its too much or reaches the pots rim. If you want a lot then pour it to the middle of the pot. Then pour some cold water with the rice. At this time it doesn’t matter how much water you are pouring because the rice needs to be cleaned. Stir the rice up with your hand or a spoon then pour out as much water as you can without the rice falling out. Repeat this until the water is clear or you feel sure it is clean enough. Then pour enough water to where it is about a inch over the rice. Heat the stove on high and put the rice on. ¬†MAKE SURE TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE RICE. When the rice water comes to a boil turn the heat down to its lowest and put the cover over the rice. In about 10 or 15 minutes the rice should be done.
  • If the food still isn’t ready then clean all those dirty dishes you made while you’re waiting. Wash your hands, get your plating ready and check the food.
  • If the food still isn’t ready then get out your mango. Make sure to rinse it off. Then begin to peel or cut your mango up. (I cut mine). Put as much mango as you want on your plate.
  • Afterward grab a handful of baby spinach, make sure that you rinse it off. Put on the plate.
  • After the food is done put as much rise as you want on your plate. Then add the pepper, onion and pork chop mix at the top and wah la! You have a simple meal for lunch breakfast or dinner…or all day! Theres about 4 or 5 servings worth for this dish.

-Jazzie

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Healthy Foods for You because They Contain Water!!!

600869_10151389330532202_177151893_nI read once that watermelon contain 90% water before I saw this photo. Therefore it will fill you up easily and it wouldn’t be harmful to you like eating a hamburger because of the simple fact that majority of it is made up of water. Ever since I read that I have ALWAYS purchased watermelon as my primary fruit. So when I saw this photo it came naturally to me for me to post it ūüėÄ

-Jazzie

Healthy Recipe: Cucumber, Watermelon & More

So heres a little recipe. I’ll be posting more recipes according to what I buy weekly. I am trying to eat healthy more so when I Juicy ripe watermelons, creamy avocado, annnnnddd lime + cilantrgo shopping I buy what I like then when I get home I just look up recipes I can try to match the food I bought and if that fails I can just eat the food by its self :D. Its better than following a list of items and then going shopping to find something that matches and it saves me money because I know what I like.

Avocado, Watermelon, & Cucumber Salad

2 avocados, pitted and sliced or cubed

1 seedless watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes

2 cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/3 cup freshly chopped cilantro

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large bowl add avocado and drizzle with lime juice and olive oil and gently stir to coat. In a separate large bowl, toss watermelon and cucumber together. Add the avocado mixture on top of the watermelon and cucumbers. Sprinkle with cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Credit to: http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2012/04/avocado-watermelon-cucumber-salad/

-Jazzie

Cinnamon-Baked Bananas

Today‚Äôs dessert ‚Äď Cinnamon-Baked Bananas ‚Äď is no exception.¬† I tore this recipe out of¬†Shape¬†magazine months and months ago‚Ķ¬† It seemed like a great way to treat myself with minimum effort using ingredients that I pretty much always have on hand.

Leaving the banana in its peel, I cut through the fruit lengthwise, leaving the bottom peel intact.  I also made two small horizontal slits at the top to make opening the fruit a bit easier.  I pulled the sides of the banana apart, dotted it with 1/2 teaspoon of butter, and then sprinkled it with 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.

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To cook it, I closed the banana and wrapped it in foil.  I put the foil packet directly on my center oven rack and baked it at 400F until it was hot and soft (10 minutes).  I (carefully) removed the foil, opened the banana, and enjoyed my treat!

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Credit: http://sweetandsaucy.wordpress.com/2008/09/07/cinnamon-baked-bananas/

Recipe: Curry Chicken with Plantains and White Rice, Success!

My first attempt at Curry Chicken with Plantains was a success! I looove¬†Jamaican¬†food but its soo dang expensive here! $10 just for this meal right here and thats without a drink or desert. So I went to my favorite little helper for help on how to make this…YouTube! ¬†This photo is of a meal I packed for lunch. Curry chicken recipe with Jasmine White Rice and¬†Plantains.

I’m going to be honest…for the plantains I didn’t even cook those babies. I ¬†bought them in a goya package put them in the microwave…they taste just the same lol. I could have made my own plantains but they bring fruit flies and those little buggers are hard to kill…if you have ever had them.

Anyway my mother and sister loved this recipe. Said it tasted way better than the¬†restaurant¬†and actually got mad that I didn’t make “enough” lol. I used ALL fresh ingredient..nothing came out a can except for the seasonings.

Video РHow to make Jamaican Curry Chicken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR4xmsQGYD4

Video РHow to Cut a whole chicken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GSK6eDr1Ks&feature=share&list=PLwX7VpYUXcoJ8Ypo1nYHkV20A0XFhXkDa

Ingredients

4lbs                Chicken, chopped in small pieces (remove skin)
2 tbsp             Lemon juice (for washing chicken)
3 tsp               Salt
3/4 tsp           Black pepper
6 tbsp             Curry powder
4                      Cloves garlic, chopped finely
1/4                  Small red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4                  Small green bell pepper, finely chopped
1                      Large cooking onion, chopped
2 tbsp             Cooking oil
1 tsp                Cumin seeds, not powder (optional)
1 tsp                Dried thyme or 1 sprig fresh thyme
1 tbsp             Tomato ketchup
1 tbsp             West Indian pepper sauce (optional)
3 cups             Water
2                      Medium potatoes, cut in 6 pieces each

Directions

Cut and wash chicken: Cut chicken into serving pieces (not too small) and remove and discard skin. Pour lemon juice over chicken, wash in cold water, drain well and dry with paper towel

Season chicken with 2tsp salt,  black pepper, 3 Tbsp of curry powder and chopped garlic;
put chicken in fridge for 1 hour to absorb spices

1.  Add cooking oil to saucepan and heat on High; saute cumin seeds for 1/2 minute
then add chopped onion, green and red bell peppers,

2. Add thyme, pepper sauce,  3 Tbsp curry powder, 1 tsp salt and tomato ketchup; saute
onion and peppers until just tender

3. Add 1 cup of boiling water and, when sauce is boiling, add chicken. Fold in chicken until it is well covered with sauce and seasonings; add 1 1/2 cups of boiling water; cover and bring to a rolling boil

4. Lower heat to medium, add potatoes and add 1/2 cup water, cover and simmer (slow boil) until chicken is tender and sauce thickens (about 1/2 hour)

5. Taste and adjust with salt, if needed.

 

Credit to:

http://www.cooklikeajamaican.com/fays-curry-chicken/

http://www.youtube.com/user/CookLikeAJamaican