This post was a long time in the making. I got a bee in my bonnet and decided that I wanted to make sweet potato (or yam to many) pasta made of ONLY that ingredient; using the Spiralizer for a Friday Food Find, which I wrote about here. After several attempts and variations, I finally prevailed, and it was well worth it! Look at these beautiful tendrils...
Nothing against a turkey wrap, but my favorite type of wrap is a lettuce wrap. I always feel like I am eating so healthy when I order it in the Asian bistro (you know the one).After looking online at the stats, it turns out that while I feel I am eating well, that may not be entirely the case: one serving has 530 calories, 24 grams of fat, 2090 milligrams of sodium. On the bright side, it does have only 47 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of dietary fiber, and a whooping 32 grams of protein. It is not the worst meal you could have, but definitely not as health conscious as I once thought. It got me to thinking; how healthy are the baby bok choy wraps that I make at home?
A couple of weeks ago, I was meandering through the aisles at the grocery store, when I passed by some packaged items in the the poultry section that caught my eye; chicken livers. Their brilliant hue of burgundy flesh was hard not to notice. As I investigated further, I was surprised at how reasonable the price was; less than $3 per pound. I had to know more. I went home and started looking online at how to prepare chicken livers, their nutritional value, and why they are not more popular.
As part of my final unit, there was another Black Box assignment, which I both dreaded and stayed up all night excited about. For this assignment, I had to prepare three recipes highlighting specific ingredients as part of each recipe. In the end, the three recipes provided a composed dish.
Within the last couple of years, I have been fortunate enough to have tried roasted chicken thigh. Up until that time, I would only eat the breast, discarding the rest. In addition to finding that I like much more of the chicken than I thought, I also see the benefit of purchasing bone-in and cooking with skin on. And that goes for any part of the bird. I am not saying that there is not a time and place for plain chicken breast, but rather that I now have more options--moist, juicy, flavorful options that take no more than a few ingredients. Chicken. Butter (or oil). Salt. Pepper. That's it.