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Curry Chicken

Curry Chicken

One of the first West Indian dishes that I ate after embracing my Antiguan heritage  was Curry Chicken.  Growing up in Michigan with my Antiguan dad and American mom, I typically ate mostly American cuisine, and occasionally had an island themed beef patty.  Even on […]

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

I know the stuff in the jar is easier, I get it.  I’ve been trying to be very aware of what I eat and the ingredients in all of my food.  I used to keep a jar of the marinade just in case I needed […]

Barnola Granola

Barnola Granola

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Whenever I learn of someone or something being associated with my dads home country, Antigua & Barbuda, I am instantly intrigued.  A few months ago my sister told me about Barnola, a great granola company.  Barnola is a love note to Aisha Thompson’s childhood.  The Antiguan born owner of Barnola developed the flavors with inspiration from her childhood in the islands.  I purchased the several flavors, however, I had to do a blog post after my first sample of the first package that I opened,  Island Spice.  When I tell you this granola is like no other granola I have had.  You know how a lot of the artisan made granolas, are chewy and a little harder to chew?  This one was so crispy, it really added a proper crunch to the yogurt that I added the granola to.  Island Spice is described on the Barnola website as “Inspired by the Caribbean, this flavor explodes with warm spices like ginger and nutmeg. Add warmth to any time of the day, pair with milk for breakfast, yogurt or just grab and go for an any time of the day snack.”  a perfect description.  If you like a good crunchy snack, or want to try something different from breakfast, Barnola is a great option.  Other available flavors are Nutty Orange, Chocolate Indulgence,  Rosemary Almond,  and the seasonal flavor Pumpkin Crunch.  My next purchase will be to try the bars, that come in Pumpkin N’ Seed flavor.  Aisha Thompson, you have a winner with this granola… 2 words THE CRUNCH, thats all.  If you want to order Barnola visit the site, they come in resealable bag to help you keep the freshness.  I think I will try the Chocolate Indulgence next, on top of some ice cream… yaaaassssssss.

If you are like me, I prefer a sweeter yogurt, while I am trying to have self control and not overindulge.  I add agave nectar to my greek yogurt to give it a little bit of sweetness, and everything is better with cinnamon, well not everything, but most things.

Yogurt Snack

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1 tsp agave nectar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup blueberries or any fresh berry

2 tbsp Barnola

Trinidadian Doubles

Trinidadian Doubles

The popular street food of Trinidad and Tobago, is something that I have been wanting to recreate for years.  With travel being so expensive, I find that food can take you on a quick trip anywhere you want.  And as the weather gets a little […]

Darius Cooks Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Darius Cooks Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Let me just tell you, I am a fan of Darius Cooks.  His food is delectable, simple, and approachable.  If you are not familiar with his talent, you will soon learn more about him. I have never believed that I was much of a baker, but […]

Apple Galette Feelin Kinda Fancy

Apple Galette Feelin Kinda Fancy

I was feelin’ fancy and since I am back to my health focus, I figured why not make a fattening dessert that others could enjoy. I canada pharmacy online decided to use a crust that I needed to do something with and make an apple galette, since I have always wanted to attempt this rustic elegant dessert. This dessert was so good, I didn’t even sample it before I took it to work for my coworkers to enjoy, for fear that I would eat the entire thing myself. 6 apples, peeled and sliced thin 2 tsp of cinnamon 1 cup of canadianpharmacyonline-rx sugar 1 lemon, juiced and zested 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp of salt 1 egg yolk for brushing the crust turbinado sugar for the crust 4 tbsp of butter, cut in small pieces 2 pie crusts rolled out into 1 Caramel Drizzle 1 cup brown sugar 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter 1/4 cup whole milk dressed fruit After slicing the apples, I tossed apples with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, zest and juice of one lemon homemade crust I rolled the crust out and put it on a baking sheet with parchment paper. The recipe that I always go to for any pie is from Martha Stewart, it is flakey and generic cialis very easy. Apple Galette ready for the oven After the apples were piled in the center of the rolled out dough, the crust is formed around the apples and the butter was dotted all over the apples. Finished Apple Galette After the galette was in the 375 deg oven for 15 minutes, I brushed the crust with the beaten egg yoke. Once natural pharmacy canada the crust was completely coated sprinkle turbinado sugar and let the galette continue to bake for an additional cialis-topstorerx.com 25-35 minutes or until the apples were tender and the crust was tadalafil dosage golden. Apple Galette Finished To bring it up to another delicious level, I melted a cup of brown sugar and a stick of butter. Once the the sugar was melted into the butter, I added the milk and stirred to combine. When the caramel is at a consistency for drizzling take it off of the stove and drizzle on the galette for a viagra-bestrxonline.com beautiful finish.

Back on Track – Asian Stir Fry

Back on Track – Asian Stir Fry

Yep, I know, I have been totally MIA accept for random shares on my Facebook page. I have been taking care of a great deal of personal life stuff. But I am back, and refocused on myself. I have been getting more consistency in the […]

Summer Dessert Blueberry Pie

Summer Dessert Blueberry Pie

Save Print Summer Dessert Blueberry Pie Delicious blueberry pie that is certain to be a crowd pleaser at a summer gathering, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you can not go wrong. Author: Alycia Matthews Cuisine: American Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 8 Prep time:  1 hour 15 […]

Foodie Engineer – Week 2 Let’s Try Again

Foodie Engineer – Week 2 Let’s Try Again

I have to say everything didn’t come together this week.  I was able to do well with food, because I had all of the meals planned but the workouts were lacking.  But I will get back to it this week.
This week:
Breakfast
Egg scramble with spinach and sweet potatoes
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Banana pancakes with bacon (agave nectar)

Snacks

Protein and carb combos like, BLT, salad with chicken, apples and almond butter, celery and almond butter

Lunch and Dinner
Spiralized zucchini with kale pesto and chicken
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3 Large zucchini’s spiralized and sautéed in 1 tsp of olive oil salt and pepper
Pesto:
In a blender add 2 handfulls of clean chopped kale, a bunch of basil, 6 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup of pine nuts (or any type of nuts) 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, teaspoon of lemon juice.  Start the blender and drizzle olive oil until you get a pesto consistency.  Mix 2 table spoons of the pesto with the zucchini noodles and enjoy.
Chicken Pesto wrap and salad

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Find a low calorie wrap, and mix pesto with cooked chicken breast
Black bean burger with sweet potatoes and kale
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Mix a can of mashed black beans, with 1/2 a cup of bread crumbs, 1 egg, a minced clove of garlic, and finely diced red onion, teaspoon of pepper, teaspoon of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of hot sauce, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.  Cook until browned on both sides.

See you later for meal prep and weigh in (bi-weekly) solo pictures are tough as the photographer and model.

Meal Prep Week 1 Let’s Get It Started

Meal Prep Week 1 Let’s Get It Started

Time to do the shopping for the first week of our transformation.  The goal is to have a balanced meal of a protein and healthy carbohydrate.  Wish me luck, and join me if you can.  Remember to leave comments and feel free to share with […]