Stir Fry Stir Crazy

I am Day 10 on this no chicken or turkey kick. Today wasn’t a struggle as was day 8. I had to talk myself through this. Again meal planning is CHALLENGING. Thank goodness I have fish & other seafood in my freezer. This is one of things thats making this not so hard

As of late I’ve been having a craving for mushrooms so I went out and purchased some organic mushrooms & green onion. I had baby corn & spinach. I sauteed all the ingredients and added some leftover sauce from making Lo Mein.

I loved this dish. The fresh green onion made this dish even more DELISH. Not sure how many more days I can STAY STRONG but I am staying the course and keeping my end of the bargain.

One Day We’ll MEAT Again

My daughter FORCED me to go MEATLESS. I say FORCED. As a Chef how can I go MEATLESS and not feel guilty & angry, HOW? I am a person who will try to keep their word. The one thing I noticed is I am ANGRY. Not sure if its a mental thing from going meatless or I’m just having a bad/challenging week. I haven’t sworn off seafood so I try to incorporate that along with fish.

With so many fish thats not good for you WHAT DO YOU EAT? So tonight I went with a Salmon. The other day I made a Brown Sugar Ginger Glazed Salmon but tonight I decided to go FRIED…..YUP FRIED…..

So while on this NO MEAT craze I decided to cut down the carbs. So I decided to make veggies. What better veggies to make than OKRA? So I sauteed Okra & Tomatoes a southern dish. I had to tap into my South Carolina roots.

Now just because I am not eating meat doesn’t mean I should deprive others. So I made him Fried Chicken, Mash Potatoes & Okra….

My Slamon was Fried to perfection. Crispy on the outside. Seasoned juicy goodness on the inside. When you love food its extremely important that it comes out hust how you want it otherwise you will not be satisfied.

Today my Fried Salmon was amazing and caused me to make a decision to continue my NO MEAT MEALS. Eliminating Meat has made meal planning rather challenging. My fush guy is giving me a great deal on lobsters in the morning. This coupled with this great meal has reaffirmed my dedication to NO MEAT…So Until We MEAT Again….

Southern Slaw

As a child I hated cole slaw. If it was put on my plate I viewed it as a form of punishment. You couldn’t pay me to eat it. Growing up with a Mom who was always experimenting with some recipe or another, I learned to appreciate certain dishes she prepared. As I began to delve into the culinary world I took a different approach to some dishes. I want to ALWAYS stay true to my southern roots. 

My Grandmother Annie Mae took pride in being “GEECHIE”. One who is from the South Carolina Coast. I loved her stories about her childhood & the foods she ate. My Grandmother made certain dishes so frequently that I vowed to never eat them again. EVER. 

Like Black Eyed Peas. She usually infused these with some kind of smoked pork. I despised them until I made a salad with them to include Tomatoes, Garlic, Red Onion, Jalapeños & Cilantro. AMAZING 

Getting back to my Southern Slaw…..

I decided to change it up…Instead of just Green Cabbage I added Purple Cabbage, Collard Greens & I spiralized Sweet Potatoes. I wanted as much color as possible yet breaking away from the traditional ingredients 

 Pastelón & A Fork

Pastelón is a sweet-and-salty Caribbean dish of sweet plantains, meat, cheese, and sauce. The meat varies by location but traditionally pastelón is made with ground meat. Since I don’t eat red meat I used ground Turkey.

I sauteed onion, garlic, red & orange peppers in advocado oil rhen added the ground turkey that I seasoned with Sazón and other seasonings. 

I beat 2 eggs and layered the bottom of the pan with half of egg mixture, then fried plantains, added meat, mozzarella cheese, meat then more mozzarella and topped with more plantains and remainder of egg mixture.

I LOVE Sweet Plantains so this was one of those must try recipes for me. 

Holy SHEET Pan

I L-O-V-E trying new recipes…LOVE. I love food. Not sure why I didn’t pursue being a chef earlier. Growing up there weren’t many Black Chef’s. My Mom & Grandmother certainly inspired me. They were AMAZING cooks & knew their way around the kitchen. They used what was available to them and it didn’t consist of a lot of fresh ingredients. As I began delving into food I found more & more fresh ingredients and incorporated them into my foods. Anywho….I ran across this recipe for Sheet Pan Nachos. What better food is there to eat on a chilly Friday? 

THIS RECIPE by Damn Delicious used ground beef. I don’t eat red meat so I found a more befitting  substitute SHRIMP…..

Easy Peasy recipe. Very flavorful, filling  & fantabulous. 

Avocado Bravado 

Shrimp Stuffed Avocado

The other night I wanted stuffed avocado but the recipe I had was for Garlic Shrimp in an Avocado and my pallette didn’t want that. I thought about what I had in my fridge and what I wanted to eat. I gathered my shrimp that I purchased from a Element Seafood. They sell sustainable raised seafood so you get a better tasting product.

To really highlight the flavor of the shrimp I decided to create THIS….

I sautéed shrimp in a dab of Avocado Oil

I love this oil. I sometimes use this in place of Olive Oil and I purchased it from BJ’s Wholesale. I don’t always use precise measurements.

I squeeze fresh lemon on my shrimp to enhance the taste of the shrimp.

I sautéed seasoned shrimp. DO NOT OVERCOOK THEM. It will ruin the taste

I sliced & scooped out the avocado and placed it in a bowl

I added the following

  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lime Juice
  • Purple Onion

Add as much of each ingredient as you like. There is no way to mess up this recipe.