"There is no love sincerer than the love of food." -G.B. Shaw

Monthly Archives: January 2013

Love isn’t the only thing that makes the world go round. You’d be nothing without food, and you’d probably go round if you won’t/can’t have any. So, please feel free to relate and fall in love with these wonderful food quotes.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 pcs sweet potatoes , peeled (choose the orange kamote)
  • ½ cup muscovado or brown sugar
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½-1 tsp lemon zest
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger, grated (freshly ground black pepper, to taste)
  • 50g butter, cut into cubes (fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish)

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 200’ c or 400’F grease shallow oven proof dish. Slice sweet potatoes thinly about 1/8-inch
  2. Mix remaining ingredients(except pepper and garnish) together to form a paste
  3. Coat the slices in overlapping rows in one layer In the baking dish.
  4. Top with the remaining lemon-sugar mixture. Sprinkle with pepper and butter cubes. Bake for 20minutes , sprinkle with parsley/cilantro and serve immediately.

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It’s Cinammon and Caramel. It’s Pecans. It’s White Chocolate, all in all in a popcorn. Who wouldn’t want that? I mean, come on! We want you to try this one yourself. It may be a bit of a process to do so, but I assure you, it’s going to be legen-(*Ihopeyoudon’thaveallergiestomilkbecause)dary! It’s legendary!

Ingredients:

12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels)*
1 C roughly chopped pecans
1 C brown sugar
3/4 t cinnamon
1/4 C Karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
1 stick real butter (1/2 C)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
3 squares almond bark

*You can use air popped or microwave popcorn. If using microwave, anything works, but I prefer a “natural” flavor that’s low in butter and salt.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside. And by large bowl, I mean like, twice as big as you think you really need. If you don’t believe me, then maybe you will believe the scorching hot caramel goo that’s splattered all over your hands while you’re stirring in your not-so-big bowl. Just a thought.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a big, microwave-safe bowl. Like a 2-quart bowl or Pyrex measuring bowl. Again, use a bowl larger than you think you need to avoid scorching hot caramel goo accidents. It’s really important to incorporate the cinnamon into the brown sugar at this point. For some reason, if you don’t it does crazy things. I don’t know why. Try it and then email Alton Brown and ask him if you really want to know.

Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup (or honey) over the top of everything.

Microwave on high for 30 seconds (just to soften the butter a bit) and then stir to combine.

Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more.

By this point it should be nice and bubbly.

If it doesn’t quite look like that you can microwave it a little longer, but just beware that if you over cook it, it will reach the hard candy stage and you’ll end up with a giant clump of tasty concrete-like substance with little popcorn pieces stuck to it. Don’t ask me how I know this.

Remove from the microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda.

This is where you can justify making this every day. Adding vanilla and baking soda to boiling sugar totally counts as a science project so you can check it off as a teaching moment with your children. Really. It’s about the children. Here at Our Best Bites we’re all about educating America’s youth. So you should also know that if you count how many pizza rolls or toffee chip cookies you eat it qualifies as math class. Count in Spanish and you get extra credit. And heck, if you’re doing Spanish, you should just go ahead and make taquitos to go with it. And you can’t have taquitos without guacamole. And something to wash it down with. Like I said; it’s all about the kids. If you give a mouse a cookie…

Okay, back to caramel goodness. See what happens? The vanilla makes it bubble and pop and the baking soda makes it foam up.

Now take that foamy science project and pour it right over the popcorn and pecans. Stir right away, and stir lots. Take too long and the caramel will harden on you. Keep stirring until everything is well coated.

Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan.

And yeah, go ahead and pop some in your mouth, you know you want to. It will be kinda chewy and stick-to-your-teeth-like. But we’re gonna change that. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

After 30 minutes, take a piece out and let it cool. “Sample.” If it’s not crunchy enough, bake for another 5 minutes. “Sample” again. This will not be the end of “sampling.”

When it’s done, give it a final stir and let it cool off for a bit while you melt your almond bark (just nuke it in the microwave according to the package directions) If you want, you can spread out your caramel corn on a clean piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil. I always do this because sometimes it sticks to the hot foil if I leave it on the original pan. I’m kind of a clean control freak and I like to have it on a nice, fresh surface.

Now, just use a fork and drizzle the melted almond bark over the popcorn mixture.

When it’s hardened (pop it in the fridge to speed that process along) break into chunks and enjoy!

Aaaaaaaaaaaand, you’re done! Enjoy your gooey, sweet, midnight treat! :>


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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 sachet magi magic sarap 8g
  • 4-5 medium pork chops

FOR CREAMY SPRING ONION GRAVY

  • 1 pack nestle cream 250ml
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp magic magic sarap
  • ¼ cup chopped spring onions

METHOD

  1. Rub pork chops with oil, pepper, and magi magic sarap. Let sit for at least 30 minutes . grill until brown on both side.
  2. To prepare sauce, combine nestle cream and lemon juice in a pan. Simmer over low heat for 2 minutes. Season with pepper and magi magic sarap. Stir in spring onions. Drizzle over pork chops.

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I’ve found this recipe on another blog (http://www.somethingswanky.com/monster-cookie-dough-dip/), and let me just tell you, that I fell in love the first time I saw it. I got butterflies looking at the cookie dough, what more if I actually EAT IT. This may rev up an inch or two in my pants size, but it’s going to be totally worth.it. oh.my.gosh.

Ingredients:
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. Butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. Peanut Butter (at least)
  • 1-2 c. Powdered Sugar (even more if you really want it thick)
  • 3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. AP Flour
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 c. Oats (more or less depending on desired texture)
  • 1 bag Plain M&Ms
  • 1 c. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. In a stand mixer, whisk the cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Whisk in the powdered sugar, starting with 1 cup (or 2 cups if you already know you want a thicker dip– I like thick).
  3. Whisk in the brown sugar, flour, and vanilla.
  4. At this point, add in more peanut butter by 1/4 cups if you want a stronger PB taste.
  5. Using a paddle attachment or a wooden spoon, mix in the oats, M&Ms, and chocolate chips. Add more oats if desired (I think I did– like I said, I like my dip really thick, just like cookie dough).
  6. Serve with pretzels, graham crackers, etc. You may want to provide a knife for “spreading” instead of “dipping” if you went the thick route!

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Now, for being such a delight, We offer you:

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The following 10 foods could act similar to the way a thermogenic or a cardio session in how they affect the body. These foods can ramp up your metabolism, and in essence, can assist you in burning fat.

Imagine, if you will, that there was an aisle in the grocery store clearly labeled ‘Metabolism Boosters’. What would you find there? Coke? I don’t think so. Ice cream? Heck no! Brown bread? Umm… also a no-no.

The following 10 foods could act similar to the way a thermogenic or a cardio session in how they affect the body. These foods can ramp up your metabolism, and in essence, can assist you in burning fat whilst also maintaining a healthy, longer lasting life. And who wouldn’t want that?

How many people blame their genetic pre-disposition on their slow metabolism? Or, how many people say that their partner can take off weight easily when they work harder and still stay stagnant because of their metabolism? By having these foods in the right portions and at the right times of the day, you’ll be helping yourself in your own weight-loss, muscle-gain ventures.

1. BLUEBERRIES
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‘Antioxidant’ seems to be the new buzzword of this decade. Everyone needs more antioxidants. Everyone wants more antioxidants. Everyone buys foods with antioxidants; but do we know what they are?

Oxidation is a chemical process within your body whereby electrons are taken off a substance via a chemical reaction. When your body undergoes oxidative stress, such as when you’re sick, have a disease or after a workout, the product from this oxidation is known as a ‘free radical’. When free radicals start to build up in your body because they’re not cleared, they start to damage cells which can lead to inhibited muscle growth, fat loss or even cause disease. Good thing we have antioxidants like blueberries! Antioxidants help prevent this oxidation from taking place, and thus prevents the build up of free radicals.

2. ALMONDS
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Almonds are truly one of nature’s miracle foods. You get such a big bang for your buck. First of all, almonds are nutritionally dense. This means that for a small portion size, you get a large amount of healthy macronutrients and calories (but GOOD calories).

Independent studies have shown that almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut; so almonds provide the most healthy calories and nutrition for the smallest serving size. You get the most nutrition possible out of the calories you eat.

One serving of almonds, or about a handful, is an excellent source of vitamin E (an antioxidant) and a good source of fiber (which helps keep you full). Almonds also offer heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

Nine clinical studies over the last thirteen years have shown that almonds can lower cholesterol as part of a diet low in saturated fat. These groundbreaking studies show how a handful of almonds a day consistently lowered LDL cholesterol levels. Eating almonds is a filling snack. Almonds contain protein, fiber and monounsaturated fat, all which may help keep you satisfied.

 3. WHEY PROTEIN
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Whey protein (the highest quality and best form of protein) is incredible stuff. It provides the body with the necessary building blocks to produce amino acids that are used for building muscle tissue.

Nearly everyone who weight trains knows the importance of protein supplementation. Studies have been conducted that compare whey protein to other sources. They have found that whey protein contains the perfect combination of overall amino acid (the building blocks of protein) makeup, and in just the right concentrations for optimal performance in the body.

Both hormonal and cellular responses seem to be greatly enhanced with supplementation of whey protein as well. Not to mention the benefits whey protein has on the body’s immune system.

Whey protein also plays a role as an antioxidant and helps support a healthy immune system. Most importantly, consistent whey protein intake coupled with exercise will result in consistent muscle building and potential fat loss.

4. SALMON
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Although it’s higher in calories than most whitefish, salmon is low in saturated fat, yet high in protein, and a unique type of health-promoting fat, the omega-3 essential fatty acid.

As their name implies, essential fatty acids are essential for human health but because they cannot be made by the body, they must be obtained from foods.

Fish contain a type of essential fatty acid called the omega-3 fatty acids. Fish like salmon are higher in omega-3 fatty acids than warm water fish. In addition to being an excellent source of omega-3s, salmon are an excellent source of selenium, and a very good source of protein, niacin and vitamin B12, and a good source of phosphorous, magnesium and vitamin B6.

5. PSYLLIUM HUSK
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Psyllium husk comes from the crushed seeds of the Plantago ovata plant. Similar to oats and wheat, psyllium is rich in soluble fiber. The benefits of soluble fiber include: Promoting regular bowel movement and preventing constipation, removing toxic waste through colon in less time, helping to prevent colon cancer by keeping an optimal pH in intestines to prevent microbes from producing cancerous substances, and keeping you full for longer by creating bulk in the stomach.

6. SPINACH

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First and foremost, you’ll get forearms like Popeye. That was a joke. Leafy green vegetables like spinach with its delicate texture and jade green color provide more nutrients than any other food.

By eating spinach, you’ll be protecting yourself against osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, arthritis, and other diseases at the same time. And if the physical benefits aren’t enough, you also get mental improvements.

7. TURKEY
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Turkey is naturally low in fat without the skin, containing only 1 gram of fat per ounce of flesh. A 5-ounce serving provides almost half of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid, and is a good source of vitamins B, B1, B6, zinc and potassium.

These nutrients have been found to keep blood cholesterol down, protect against birth defects, cancer and heart disease, aid in nerve function and growth, boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, and assist in healing processes.

Turkey is also extremely high in protein, which is great for build muscle and losing fat because it keeps the metabolism revving, and helps fuel the muscles before, during and after a workout.

8. OATMEAL
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Just to clarify, I’m not talking about the sugar-laden single-servings packages of instant oatmeal that come in a million different flavours. I’m talking about plain, boring, large, slow-cooking rolled oats.

Oats are a great source of both insoluble (discussed earlier) and soluble fiber (will be discussed). Insoluble fiber’s cancer-fighting properties are due to the fact that it attacks certain bile acids, reducing their toxicity.

9. WATER
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Almost 2/3rds of our body weight is “water weight”. Blood is 83% water. Muscles are 75% water, the brain is 74% water, and bone is 22% water. So what do you think happens when we aren’t adequately hydrated? Our bodily processes can’t function optimally. We’re depriving them of an essential nutrient.
Without chemicals, additives, or anything unnatural, a steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day (ideally 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water) will: Improve your energy, increase your mental and physical performance, remove toxins & waste products from your body, keep skin healthy and glowing, help you lose weight, reduce headaches and dizziness, allow for proper digestion, and help to keep you more Alkaline (prevents the build up of acids).

10. GREEN TEA

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Green tea originated in China, but it’s caught on like wildfire across continents from Europe to North America. Chinese green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

Research indicates that polyphenols may have antioxidant characteristics with potential health benefits. They may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Polyphenols have also been investigated as a source of additional health benefit in organic produce. EGCG in particular, is a powerful anti-oxidant. Evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters.


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Look, you guys are so amazing for visiting our blog. So, in return, We’d just want to stop for a minute of posting healthy and yummy foods, to thank you all for being such a wonderful creations that interacts with us. Please feel free to share your opinions and ask for more inquiries. You guys can also leave requests as of what recipes and health tips you desire for a healthier living. All in all, We’re just thankful and filled with gratitude.

 

xoxo,
Halevittles