Facebook >> facebook.com/thomas.trawick.90

Showing posts with label Spicy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spicy. Show all posts

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Brussel Sprout Recipe: Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts are a vegetable that has a lot of fulfilling power when understood and cooked right. Also known as the "mini cabbage", They create a market in America of approximately $27 million. In season during winter, and sweeter after a frost this vegetable presents a superior flavor to a soup on a cold day. Add some rice and you might have a formula for a nap.

Brussel Sprouts are a great source for Vitamin B, Vitamin K and Vitamin C. Being into fitness I like to know what foods hold what type of nutrition. Also, how to prepare and cook them as well. Knowing how to cook your food properly helps you to achieve the most out of what your eating. Before I get into the recipe or the "Meat and Potatoes" as we say, I will go over these vitamins and their benefits real quick.

Vitamin B = vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism.
Vitamin C= vitamin C is essential to a healthy diet as well as being a highly effective antioxidant. 
Vitamin K = fat-soluble vitamins the human body needs for complete synthesis of certain proteins 
that are required for blood coagulation, and also certain proteins that the body uses to manipulate binding of calcium in bone and other tissues.

Now that we know how much power these "mini cabbages" hold, let's get on with our Brussel Sprout recipe or should I say brussel sprout recipes.  The two recipes will be Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Brown Sugar Brussel Sprouts.

I found the first Recipe online and belongs to Dani Spies of Clean & Delicious.  The website features some of the most interesting dishes including:  gluten free dishes like her Moms Stuffed Peppers and her 7 Minuet Stove Top Apple Crisp.  Also there are some high-protein recipes like her One Pan Roasted Shrimp & Green Beans and her Clean Eating Turkey & Green Bean Tacos.  So for today brussel sprout recipe I want to thank Dani Spies.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts:

You will need the following ingredients to make Dani's Roasted Brussel Sprouts:

1 lb. Brussel Sprouts
1 Tsp. of Olive Oil
1 Glass Bowl
1/2 of Kosher Salt
1/2 Tsp. Fresh Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1 Rimmed Baking sheet

For the cooking instructions watch the following video where she prepares them herself.  Enjoy!

The next brussel sprout recipe is going to be

    Brown Sugar Brussel Sprouts:
You will need the following Ingredients to make your gourmet "Brown Sugar Brussel Sprouts"

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons salt
4 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
1/2 lemon, juice
    Cooking Instructions:
First you want to steam your Brussels Sprouts for about 10 to 15 minutes over boiling water until they are tender. Then heat your oil and garlic over medium-high heat until fragrant (being careful not to burn them). Next you want to add your Brussels Sprouts, lemon juice, pepper flakes and then your salt, stirring until they begin to brown. This will take about 5 minutes. Last add your balsamic vinegar and brown sugar then stir for a minute and remove from heat. When finished you can serve immediately.

This dish is a must during the winter months and gives the house a warm feel with its fragrant. Remember not to over-cook so you can enjoy the health benefits as well. Enjoy!

I want to thank Wikipedia for providing their Nutritional Information as well as Dani Spies of Clean & Delicious for her amazing Roasted Brussel Sprouts and thefreshmarket.com for their extremely delicous Brown Sugar Brussel Sprouts. It was great. Also if you are interested in more ways to build a happy and healthier lifestyle then continue to visit. Thanks again!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spice & Som Tum

Sawasdee Khrap! Hello, me again.
Today I want to introduce you to a different and delicious kind of salad. Talking about it at 3:06 in the morning is difficult because I just want to eat it right now. First put your hands together and bow your head. I told you it's 3 in the morning and I'm bowing my head to my computer right now for this dish. There's excitement all around when the thought of this salad arises. Trust me. The ladies dig it.
This is a Thai salad that is sweet, tangy and spicy all at the same time. It will invigorate your taste buds and set the room on fire. To prepare you will need a jug of water and paper towels to wipe your foreheads for each person sharing this dish.

Natty Netsuwan's Thai salad: (Love it!)
(A dish for two)
5 Cherry Tomatoes, 2 chili peppers, 1 tablespoon dried shrimp, 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce, 1 clove garlic, 6 green beans, 2 cups shredded green papaya, 3/4 lime, 1 1/2 tablespoons Palm Sugar, 2 tablespoons toasted peanuts optional.
    Materials Needed===============================================
1.) clay mortar
2.) wooden pestle
3.) spatula
    Cooking Instructions=============================================
So let's begin. First you want to smash a clove of garlic and then add green beans and halved cherry tomatoes. Pound the mixture a few times just so to bruise the beans and get the juice out of the tomatoes. Then add in the chili peppers and crush them just enough to release the flavors of the spice. Depending on your taste buds and your preference of spice you can add in more or less of the chili peppers (This is where the jug of water comes into play later). Next you want to add in the green papaya, dried shrimp, toasted peanuts, fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar. Use the pestle to push the mixture up in the mortar and the spatula to push it down so that the mixture is mixed well.

However, if you do not have a big enough mortar you can crush garlic, tomatoes, green beans. Set them aside in a large bowl. Add dried shrimp, lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar to the bowl. Add green papaya and mix well.

Serve with sticky rice and a sliver of cabbage, green beans and Thai basil. The cabbage and the green beans along with the sticky rice work alongside the jug of water. All you need now is the right person to eat it with. Enjoy everyone and thank you Natty!

Here is a video from Rin Silpachai over at Rins Cook Book  Enjoy!

I'd like to give my thanks to Natty Netsuwan for her amazing Thai Salad (som tum) recipe as well as Rin Silpachai for her amazing video recipe. Thank you both!  If you enjoyed this post, enjoyed these recipes and are still interested in learning new and exciting ways to live life in the healthiest way possible then visit Natty at http://www.thaitable.com/thai/recipe/green-papaya-salad and Rin over at http://rinscookbook.blogspot.com/