Decorating the Turkey platter

We can add more flavor, and color to the turkey platter with herbs, fruits, dry fruits, edible flowers, and yummy vegtables. Decorating the platter can be really fun for the little ones in your family too.

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Candied Orange peels

Candied orange rinds

Great use of all the beautiful and fragrant full orange peels.

This process is easy, and makes your entire house smell so good.

1- you need 4 oranges

2- use a potato peeler to get a thin slice of skin

3- place in a saucepan cover with cold water let it come to a boil

4- repeat 3 times this helps the rinds to taste less bitter

4- drain

5- make a syrup. 1 cup sugar to 2 cups water

6- place the rinds in syrupy sugar until they look translucent

7- place the rinds in a tray cover with sugar move them around

8- to keep them soft and chewy keep in a tight container

Orange rinds in boiling water
Boil 3 times

Shake excess sugar off let them dry

Another delicious way to use Orange peels. drizzled over banana bread😋

 

 

 

 

Give Brussels sprouts a chance this fall!!

Brussels sprouts Packed with nutrients👍

These little guys are so good for us, and with a little help can become everyone’s favorite vegetable. It is not a age thing, it just how you take the smell and the texture of these cute round cabbage looking vegetables.

A fall vegetable, Brussels sprouts are from the cabbage family and packed with nutrients. As I have learned from years of preparing them, I believe fresh ones taste much better than frozen ones. I use salt and cheese to sautéed them and serve them immediately or sautéed them with glazed balsamic vinegar.

Fresh Brussels sprouts

Rich in antioxidants High in fiber Packed with vitamin C & K Reduce inflammation Regulates blood sugar

Please watch my video on how to prepare and cook a delicious side dish with Brussels sprouts 💕

Roasted butternut squash packed with vitamins

Yummy oven roasted
butternut squash

I am going to start by telling you the shocking truth that Butternut squash is not a vegetable. This orange beauty is a fruit and is packed with vitamins and minerals, and is low in calories.

So however you would like to prepare the squash, mashed to be used in casseroles, breads, muffins, and pies, roasted, or sautéed, you will enjoy the mild sweet nutty flavor, and all the wonderful nutrients.

How to prepare the butternut squash : preheat oven 400°

1- Wash, peel, and remove the seeds .

2- Cut in chunks.

3- In a large bowl add 2 Tsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of salt and pepper. 2 cloves of garlic minced.

3- Add squash chunks to the bowl and mix well.

4- Spread in a tray and roast for 20-30 minutes. Before removing sprinkle with 1 Tsp of brown sugar. 1 Tsp of cinnamon.

With a fork test to make sure they are ready. For a step by step video go to : https://youtu.be/FrW1qTqvkyk

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Pantry Must Haves🥫

We usually think of our pantry as the place we store what we need for cooking on daily bases. I have come to realize these days, that my pantry should have everything I need to make meals for not just weeks but maybe months.

Believe me I don’t own a large pantry, so no room for a large varieties of food, but I have learned how to make meals that share the same basic ingredients. And with few more from the freezer, voila I have put together a nice meal.

To create a nice meal has always been important to me. I grew up in a household that eating healthy, and eating delicious meals took an entire day to prepare. Chopping vegetables, marinating the meat, making sauces, all were an important component of creating a delicious food, and setting a beautiful table.

So to keep stress out of my life I have grouped my basic pantry items in 4 categories:

1- cooking

2- baking

3- snacking

4- breakfast

Always store Salt, peppers, spices, cooking oils in large quantities since they are used in daily cooking. Canned sauces, and tomatoes, canned vegetables, soups, tuna, pickles, olives, and pastas are another must haves, with long expiration dates that are easy to buy for storing.

Take advantage of end of season sales for baking, canned vegetables, and pastas. And remember you can store most ingredients like butter, cooked pastas, cooked rice, and breads, for few weeks in your freezer.

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Smoothies for a snack 😋😌👍

Who doesn’t like to snack? When taking a refuge at home from the summer heat, it is easy to wonder around the kitchen looking for snacks. I am fan of snacking, and I can spend hours creating cheese trays or snack trays. I mix the chips with the healthy nuts and berries, and balance the bland with salty and spicy. Healthy snacks is what I am all about. Being a vegetarian most of my life my family gets bored with my healthy collection of berries, and nuts, so I give them a break by making smoothies on hot summer afternoons.

With smoothies everything goes. What you add for sweetness is a major part of keeping it healthy. To make smoothies sweet I often add honey, maple syrup, nutella and peanut butter. To make the mix smooth for drinking I add vanilla or chocolate soy, orange juice, or milk. Some cinnamon, vanilla extract with few drops of lemon juice for extra flavor.

Stay cool, and fill the gaps with yummy snacks.😘

Smoothie recipe:

Two bananas

1/2 mango

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 cup blueberries (or other berries)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1cup OJ

1 Tsp Nutella

1Tsp of Honey for sweetness add as needed

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Summer Salad with Watermelon

Best way to eat fruits & vegetables sometimes is to make a nice salad. I have found it to be easier to add flavor and excitement to our food and get our kids to eat more fresh and healthy food.

One summer fruit that I love to serve is watermelon. With 1200 varieties, it is sweet, juicy, full of nutrients, and easy to serve.

Thirst quenching watermelon has many benefits, with 92% water, drinking its juice is an important way to keep our body hydrated.

Low in calories only 46 calories per cup, it is a great recovery beverage after a workout, and packed with vitamins, that help with :

1- Lowering blood pressure

2- high in antioxidants – prevents cell damage

3- helps in preventing cancer

4- helps with inflammation

5- helps with muscle soreness

6- helps with healthy hair & skin

One of my favorite salads in summer is watermelon feta cheese salad. Served with mint, glaze balsamic vinegar, olive oil, is cool and refreshing and everyone’s favorite.

Watch the video on how I made this easy salad. Try it & enjoy it 👍😋🍉

Peaches make Summer bearable😎

Peach cobbler with whipped cream

Grocery shopping is not one of my favorite things on my to do list. But every now and then, it turns out to be a lovely experience.

A few days ago when I was running through isles to pick up some vegetables, I froze when the wonderful sweet smell of peaches hit my senses. To be honest, these are the small things that make summer bearable. Sweet peaches, juicy watermelons, popsicles, grilled corn on the cob, and summer gardening. Yes, they are mostly food related, but any thing else involving the outdoors means facing the heat.

Going back to the sweet peaches, I planned on baking a peach cobbler, a bowl of fruit salad for a cool dessert, grill them as a side dish, and for breakfast mix it with yogurt.

Enjoy the peaches this summer.🍑

Peach cobbler

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Chocolate sauce makes perfect Dessert 😋👍

we decided on what we are cooking for dinner, and for dessert, maybe a cookie, or ice cream, but you can add so much creativity to bunch of everything when you pour, yes pour chocolate sauce on the top.

We can leave our picky eaters to pull their own dessert together but mixing fresh fruits, and nuts or crumbled graham crackers.

Here is a list of our yummy delicious favorites, but this is a chance to get creative:

1- Bananas, peaches, berries..

2- coffee cakes, sponge cake..

3- waffles, pancakes..

4- favorite cereals: graham cereal, mini wheats..

5- walnuts, almonds, raisins…

6- ice cream, whipped cream…

Chocolate sauce recipe:

In a sauce pan

  • Mix 1/2 cup of unsweetened coco with 1 cup sugar until you don’t see any lumps
  • Add 1/8 tsp salt
  • Add 1/2 cup of cold water
  • Bring to boil over medium high, reduce heat let it simmer constantly stir for 40 seconds. Remove, let it cool add 11/2 tsp of vanilla.
  • Enjoy it cold or warm.
  • Just click below to watch the video on how to prepare this chocolaty sauce.
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