Monday, September 17, 2012
Stoner Cooking 9-17-12
SONIC's Wholly Guacamole® Dog and Chili Cheese Fritos® Coney "Reinvented"
Guy 1: They have thrown convention right into the hot dog wind.
Guy 2: Guacamole on mine. You got fritos, chili and cheese on yours.
Guy 1: They got it all.
Guy 2: It reminds me of when you reinvented yourself. Called yourself JT.
Guy 1: That was so money, dude.
Guy 2: Yeah, you had that sideways visor. Used "funky-fresh" in every sentence.
Guy 1: Why did I ever stop that?
Guy 2: Weren't you beat up by a bunch of 14-year-olds?
Guy 1: Yeah, a bunch of them.
From The Ron Paul Family Cookbook:
Source: Wall Street Journal
Easy Oreo Truffles
1 pkg. Oreo cookies, divided
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 - 8 oz. pkg. semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor and reserve for later use. Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs. Place these in a medium bowl. Add cream cheese and mix until well blended. Roll the cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1" in diameter.
Dip balls in melted chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs. Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for later use.
Refrigerate until firm, about an hour. Store the leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.
Makes 3½ dozen or 42 servings of one truffle each.
HINT: For easy dipping, place truffle ball in melted chocolate to coat; roll if necessary. Lift truffle from chocolate using two forks (this will allow excess chocolate to run off) before placing on wax paper.
Easy Linguine Casserole
8 oz. uncooked multigrain linguini
2 cups cubed ham or 2 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed
1½ cups shredded Swiss cheese (save some to sprinkle on top)
1 small can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
8 oz. reduced fat sour cream
1 box fresh sliced mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
Cook the linguini according to the package directions. Drain and set aside. Combine with meat, cheese, soup, sour cream, onion, green pepper and mushrooms in a greased 9" x 13" pan.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake 10-15 more minutes to melt cheese.
Here are a couple of recipes from The Truck Food Cookbook that might make family dinner a little more fun.
Grilled Cheese Mac And Cheese Sandwiches
These sandwiches, inspired by The Grilled Cheese Truck, are all about texture. But they're about goofball creativity, too — about adding cheese to cheese in an act of righteous excess. Optional additional fillings served at The Grilled Cheese Truck include caramelized onions and pulled pork.
Makes 2 sandwiches
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 slices white bread or Texas toast (see note), toasted
4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup macaroni and cheese (use your favorite recipe or, God help you, crack open a box)
1. Heat the oil on a griddle or in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
2. Top all the slices of Texas toast with a slice of cheese. Spoon 1/2 cup macaroni and cheese onto 2 of the slices of bread and top each with one of the remaining 2 slices, cheese side down. Place the sandwiches on the griddle and let cook until the bread is nicely toasted, 2 minutes. Carefully flip the sandwiches and cook on the second side until the macaroni and cheese is warmed through and the Texas toast is golden, 2 minutes more. Reduce the heat if the toast is browning too quickly. To serve, cut the sandwiches in half on the diagonal.
Note: Texas toast is just white bread cut in double-thick slices. It's great for toasting.
Travel in Hawaii and you'll notice these tiles of rice and Spam, bound in wraps of nori, displayed in hot boxes on the counters at neighborhood convenience stores. Spam is a vestige of World War II, when canned meat rations fed soldiers stationed on the islands. In this musubi recipe, inspired by the Marination Mobile, those pink slabs of pork get a quick fry in a pan and a douse of soy.
Makes 8 musubi
1 can (12 ounces) Spam
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine)
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 sheets of nori, cut in 2-inch wide strips (see notes)
4 cups cooked sushi rice
Furikake (see notes)
1. Remove the Spam from the can and set the can aside. Cut the Spam horizontally into 8 equal slices. Cook the slices in batches in a skillet over medium-high heat until a crisp crust forms on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked Spam to paper towels to drain.
2. Combine the soy sauce, mirin and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and let come to a boil. Reduce the heat so that the soy sauce mixture simmers, then add the drained Spam slices, turning them to coat completely. When the soy sauce mixture has thickened, use a slotted spoon to remove the Spam from the pan. Discard the soy sauce mixture.
3. Remove both the top and bottom from the can of Spam. Place a piece of nori on a work surface. Position the Spam can upright on one end of the nori. Using the can as a mold, fill it with some of the rice, pressing down on the rice with your fingers until it is about 1/2 inch thick (it helps to moisten your fingers with water when doing this). Sprinkle furikake (see notes) over the rice, seasoning it to taste, and top the rice with a slice of Spam followed by another layer of rice. Press hard on the rice to compress it. Carefully remove the can. Wrap the nori around the rice and Spam, moistening the ends with a bit of water to help seal the nori. Repeat with the remaining nori, rice and Spam, then revel in the porky goodness that is Spam.
Notes: The Sushi Chef brand of nori is widely available; it comes in .45-ounce packages.
Furikake is a Japanese condiment made from a combination of flavorings including ground dried fish, sesame seeds and seaweed. It can be found at Asian groceries or ordered online.
We only have two words today.
We know there is nothing innovative about combining crispy, salty, fatty bacon with the contrasting sweetness of chocolate, and we’ve been seeing a l’more (“lot more?”) s’mores than we’ve ever seen b’fore, but we were inspired to make our very own back when the very nice folks over at Jacob Bromwell gave us a Campfire Cooking set to giveaway.
Bacon S’mores are exactly that easy — adding a few strips of crisp, cooked bacon to the graham crackers, melting chocolate and sticky, soft marshmallows toasted over a campfire (or an indoor “campfire” aka the gas flame on our stovetop). Because there’s bacon, we used little “housemade” graham crackers in the shape of pigs.
The Most Disgustingly Awesome Thing You Will Eat This Summer: Burger King’s Bacon Sundae
June 12th, 2012
Bacon is good on everything. At least, that’s the mantra Burger King decided to apply to their ice cream menu this summer. Starting Thursday, June 14, the fast food chain will begin serving up a bacon sundae, according to the Associated Press. The dessert involves vanilla soft serve topped with fudge, caramel, bacon crumbles and a single, glorious slice of bacon.
You’re either salivating or gagging right now. (I’m salivating, if you couldn’t tell).
The treat packs in 510 calories, 18 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar, so you probably should avoid consuming it every day. But there’s no better way to cool off this summer than with a crispy slice of bacon, right?
Along with the bacon sundae, this summer, Burger King will also be offering a Memphis Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich, a Carolina BBQ Whopper or Chicken Sandwich, a Texas BBQ Whopper or Chicken Sandwich, sweet potato fries, and frozen lemonade. All items are available through September 3, so get your taste before time’s up!
10 Foods Made Better With Ranch Dressing
We'll start with “everything” and narrow it down from there. On second thought, it might be faster to ask which foods aren't made better with ranch…
Is there anything better than a piping hot slice of pie, dipped in a cup of cool, creamy ranch? No, seriously, we're asking you because if there is, it could probably bring about world peace.
2. Potato Chips
Goes best with greasy N64 controllers and crumb-filled sleeping bags.
3. Buffalo Wings
It's like an epic war of "hot" and "cold" being waged across your tastebuds -- and you always win.
4. Anything Made Of, Filled With, Or Covered In Cheese
For instance: mozzarella sticks.
If a stuffed-to-capacity burrito dunked in zesty ranch doesn't scream "I'm cultured," then we don't know what does.
6. Chicken Tenders
Also: chicken nuggets, chicken breasts, chicken salad, chicken strips, chicken beaks, chicken feet, live sacrificial chickens, etc., etc.
Either the crispy bar-counter kind or the oversized "I cant believe the ball park is charging nine dollars for these" kind.
8. Onion Rings
This is the closest we're getting to putting a vegetable on this list.
Best eaten on the curbside at three AM after making some awesome decisions.
10. French Fries
Also: every other fried food in existence.
Just what America needs: Pizza vending machines
June 13, 2012
Ever have a sudden urge for crisp-crusted, ooey-gooey, cheesy pizza? You want it STAT. Not in the time it takes to preheat the oven to 500 degrees for a frozen pizza. Not in the 20 minutes it takes for the pizza delivery guy to arrive. And certainly not in however many hours it would take to make homemade dough and marinara sauce.
Get ready for Let's Pizza, a pizza vending machine that promises to deliver a piping hot pizza pie made from scratch in less than three minutes.
The brainchild of Italian entrepreneur Claudio Torghel, the machine will be distributed by A1 Concepts, based out of the Netherlands. It's expected to hit our shores later this year, according to the industry website Pizza Marketplace. The company is expected to set up its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta.
What is remarkable about the new machine is that it truly makes pizzas to order, including kneading and rolling out the dough. (The above video says the leavening takes place in a blistering hot infra-red oven.) There are more than 200 toppings from which to choose. The machine can even accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions, such as those for vegetarian and Kosher diets.
"Let's Pizza is a huge success in Europe and especially in Italy. That was proof for us that we have a very good pizza," A1 Concepts Chief Executive Ronald Rammer told Pizza Marketplace.
The pizza arrives in an insulated take-away box. The machine takes cash and credit cards. A 10-inch pizza will sell for about $5.95.
Rammer said Americans could expect to see the new machines at malls, airports, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, universities, gas stations and bus stations...
Tilapia Grilled in Foil Pouch
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Number of Servings: 4
You can either fill the foil packets with the fish, vegetables, season, seal and grill-stem or you can make the packets ahead of time and freeze till ready to grill. Works great and you're ready to pull how may you need...when you need!
4 loins Tilapia Loins with Seven Herb and Spice Blend, frozen
1 lemon, sliced
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 carrots, julienned
1 each green and red peppers, sliced (optional)
4 Tbsp olive oil
Pepper to taste
1. Place fish, lemon, onion, tomatoes, pepper on to a 12"x16" square sheet of heavy foil.
2. Season with olive oil, half of the herb packet, a salt and pepper.
3. Seal packet by bringing two sides up and folding to seal. Fold and seal the edges.
4. Grill steam on medium-high heat for about 10-12 minutes or till packet reaches 160 degrees.
Tip: You can also add a starch like rice or our Raosted Baby Bakers to make a complete meal.
Spicy Corn Pakoras With Mango-Tamarind Chutney
1/4 cup chickpea flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup fine cornmeal
1 and a half teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 6 ears corn)
4 tablespoons ghee, clarified butter or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh red or green chile, or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, tender stems and leaves
1 tablespoon grated ginger
Vegetable oil, for frying
Mango-tamarind chutney (see related recipe, linked below).
1. In a mixing bowl, combine chickpea flour, all-purpose flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder and turmeric.
2. In a food processor, grind corn kernels to a rough purée. Add purée to flour mixture and stir well to make a stiff batter.
3. Put ghee in a small pan over medium-high heat. Add cumin, fennel and mustard seeds. When seeds are lightly toasted and begin to pop, pour mixture into the batter. Add chile, scallions, cilantro and ginger, and stir well. (Batter may be prepared several hours in advance.)
4. Pour vegetable oil into a cast-iron skillet to a depth of 1 inch. Heat on medium-high until oil looks wavy. Using two large soup spoons, carefully slip morsels of batter into the oil, working in batches if necessary. Adjust the heat so pakoras brown gently on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn pakoras and brown on other side, about 2 minutes more. Remove with a slotted spoon or spatula and blot on paper towels. Serve hot with lime wedges and mango-tamarind chutney, or another chutney if desired.
YIELD 16-18 pieces (about 4-6 servings).
Lemon Blueberry Coconut Pancakes
Written by Heather Powers
July 6, 2012
Heather Power from Clarksville, Tenn. runs Kiss My Broccoli a site dedicated to healthy and delious meals.
When was the last time you took a bite of something and all your cares, worries, and expectations melted away? Can’t remember? Well then, might I suggest you whip up a plate of these delicious and healthy pancakes.
1/4 Cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 Cup oat flour (ground up rolled oats)
1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
1/8 Teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 Cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Egg white
1 Teaspoon coconut oil, melted
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
5-7 drops NuNaturals Lemon Stevia
1/2 Teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 Cup blueberries
Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle to medium heat and coat with a thin layer of coconut oil or non-stick spray.
In a small bowl, combine flours, baking powder, salt, and coconut.
In a separate bowl, add milk, egg white, oil, extract, stevia (or other sweetener), and lemon zest and whisk to combine.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, then carefully fold in blueberries.
Spoon batter onto skillet or griddle (mine made three cakes) and cook each side approx. 5-6 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
Layer with lemon-flavored Greek yogurt and top with more blueberries, toasted coconut*, and lemon zest.
*To toast coconut, scatter in a dry skillet heated to medium heat for a couple of minutes until brown. Shake the skillet occasionally to mix it up. Do NOT walk away from the pan…believe me, you will only make that mistake ONCE! Burnt coconut is no bueno!
Beat the heat with these dairy-free chocolate pudding pops
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Sweet frozen treats are perfect for hot summer days! Unfortunately, the lack of nutrition and over-abundance of chemical ingredients in most commercial varieties is far from ideal. This summer, try making your own. It's a great way to control the quality of your ingredients! Even a novice in the kitchen can easily whip up the simple homemade recipe included here. This dairy-free version of chocolate pudding pops contains natural ingredients and a raw healthy fat that you may not expect to find in a dessert!
Bananas are one of the natural ingredients in this recipe, and they add a good dose of potassium to these pops. Avocados are the surprising star of this dairy-free delight. They are packed with raw healthy fat that gives these pops their dairy-like creaminess. Avocados are also loaded with fiber, and they contain 60 percent more potassium per ounce than bananas!
Unlike commercial varieties, these pudding pops are sweetened with natural raw honey - a sweetener that actually contributes to your health. Raw honey is full of vitamins and minerals; it contains high levels of antioxidants and it actually reduces the inflammation associated with many conditions (e.g., allergies, infections). Make sure you purchase honey that is truly raw because heating (i.e., pasteurizing) honey destroys its natural health benefits! You will most likely find raw honey at your local farmers market, natural food store or health section of your regular grocery store. It is generally thicker and less clear than regular pasteurized honey. In fact, it often must be scooped out of its container rather than squeezed or poured.
"Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding Pops" Recipe
Makes 5 or 6 pops (4-ounces, each)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup raw honey
2 small ripe avocados (about 12 ounces total, weighed whole)
2 medium ripe bananas
3/4 cup + 1/8 cup water
Place ingredients into a blender in the order listed above. Blend on high until batter is smooth, stopping to plunge the ingredients as necessary. Pour into popsicle molds, and place in freezer until solid - about 8 hours. Run a bit of warm water over the molds to ease removal if necessary. Enjoy!
About the author:
Christy Pooschke is the author of "Eating Additive-Free" - a natural cookbook and shopping guide. If you want to eat less processed food but aren't sure what to buy or what to eat instead, then this book is for you (includes 160 recipes)! Hard copy and e-book versions are available for purchase on her website at GroceryGeek.com. Christy blogs regularly on her website to teach you how to shop for and prepare natural, additive-free foods. Subscribe today, and all of her great tips will land right in your inbox! You can also follow her on Facebook. For folks who desire a more individualized approach, Christy also offers personal consultations and personal chef services!
In her free time, Christy operates CompletelyNourished.com - an online community she created for folks interested in networking with regard to natural health, green living and positive thinking. The site features 200+ natural recipes for a variety of dietary restrictions (more recipes added weekly), natural living videos, forums, discussion groups and more! Join today!
Christy's passion for eating REAL food was sparked in 2007 when she eliminated her Fibromyalgia symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes. Until this time, she had been eating a typical American diet of boxed dinners, soda pop, candy and fast food; and she was very ill. Since regaining her health with an additive-free diet, Christy has been on a mission to educate others about the dangers lurking in their cabinets; and she has helped people around the world to maximize their health by reducing their reliance on processed foods.
Cacao superfood smoothie recipe
Friday, July 06, 2012
Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com
When it comes to health-enhancing superfoods, cacao (chocolate) is one of the most powerful and delicious foods on the planet. In addition to supporting cardiac health and lifting moods, cacao is well known to east symptoms of PMS, enhance glucose metabolism and may even help prevent colon cancer.
If you've never had an avocado cacao smoothie, you're missing out! Here's what I drink daily to get the day started:
1 large avocado
1 large scoop of cacao powder
1 large scoop of palm sugar or other natural sweetener such as a banana
Sufficient almond milk to fill the blender jug
(Optional) I also add 3-4 scoops of various superfoods, depending on what I have on hand. This can include Boku Superfood (www.BokuSuperfood.com), LivingFuel (www.LivingFuel.com), Healthforce Vitamineral Green (www.HealthForce.com), Dr. Hank Liers Rejuvenate Pro (www.IntegratedHealth.com) and the super delicious X-Balance (www.SGNnutrition.com). I may also add hemp seeds (www.Nutiva.com) or chia seeds.
Blend, pour and enjoy!
Yes, this is my breakfast. I couldn't imagine starting my day on processed white bread, sugared-up cereals, pasteurized orange juice or cancer-causing bacon. My day starts with a cacao avocado smoothie and it just gets better from there!
Try this yourself. You'll be amazed at the delicious taste and the difference it makes in your brain function, physical stamina, moods and more.
Uncle Fats' Tasty Meal
Serve with lamb burgers on homemade pita bread. Yum!
Sweet, Salty, and Spicy Watermelon Refresher
2012 Side Dish Smackdown Winner: Best Surprise
Southern Living JUNE 2012
Yield: Makes 10 to 12 servings
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 jalapeño or 2 serrano peppers, seeded and minced
1/2 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint
1 small seedless watermelon
1 small cantaloupe
2 English cucumbers
1. Combine lime juice and next 5 ingredients.
2. Place red onion, cilantro, and mint in a large bowl. Dice watermelon and cantaloupe into 1-inch pieces; add to bowl. Peel and dice cucumbers, jicama, and mangoes; add to bowl. Stir in lime juice mixture. Cover and chill 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 2 Minutes Ready In: 12 Minutes
"Warm balsamic strawberries melt the ice cream giving a strawberry Romanoff decadence without the calories. You could also serve these over yogurt."
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
1/4 cup granular sucrolose sweetener (such as Splenda ®)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4 scoops low-fat vanilla ice cream
1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the strawberry halves, sucrolose sweetener, and balsamic vinegar. Cook until the strawberries are heated through and darkened to a ruby red.
2. Place scoops of ice cream into dessert bowls or stemmed glasses. Spoon strawberries over the ice cream and serve.
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 167 Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 6.3g
Total Carbs: 27.1g
Dietary Fiber: 1.6g