Wednesday, November 30, 2016

To Naples I Go

Hello Guys!
  I hope your thanksgiving was filling and that you spent the day with loved ones. Its the perfect time to reflect on all the good things that has happened this year; even if its something we take for granted like waking up each morning. Since we are in that grateful season, I wanted to share how thankful I am for opportunities to travel and spend time with friends that I have not seen in a few years.

 In the pass few months I have been in busy with transitioning to a new place, a new job and the endeavor that coincides with such a task. So when an old college friend contacted me about participating in a quick get away with a few more friends I was ecstatic to participate and take a much needed break from the everyday norm. My friend already had her sight set on Naples, Florida. a beautiful, opulent, town near the Gulf of Mexico.

The 3 & 1/2 hr drive to Naples was long and draining but once we arrived the mood quickly changed to more of an easy going and relaxed feel. You can feel the breeze of the Gulf in every movement; a perfect escape with palm trees on every block and smiling faces at every turn. Our first stop was The Riverwalk Restaurant in Tin City, a ocean front dinning place with fresh mahi, grouper, shrimp, and additional choices of seafood. I recommend outside seating, as the view of the yachts and boats on the river is spectacular. I ordered the Grouper sandwich topped with creole remoulade with a side of fries, it was pretty good however lacked much seasoning. Right next door was the ever popular boardwalk, with luxury boats of all sizes and themes, open to the public as well as free to roam.. I must also mention there were two French restaurants, an art store front and a pizza place in the same area, all with eye catching themes and within walking distance from each other.

A recommended must to do in Naples is thrifting, even if its not your usual pastime, while
in a different city you will be surprise by the unique and rare items that can be discovered. If that  alone does not sell you trying on some old fashioned clothing items with friends will do the trick. I guarantee that it will be an adventure. The one we went to was called The Thrift Store address: 1115 Airport Rd S, Naples.

To conclude our amazing trip we took a stunning sunset cruise with Pure Naples Boat company, thanks to Groupon. I would recommend this everyone as it was the peak of our trip. We sailed off at 4p.m. towards the Golf of Mexico to watch the sunset. Inclusive of the trip was tours of the luxurious quarters of  Marco Island, Port Royal, the lovely mansions in those zones, as well as dolphin sightings in their natural habitat. To say it was memorable is an understatement, I would do it again in a heartbeat. The combination of extraordinarily large homes, exquisite backyards, water front properties the gulf breeze, laughter plus dolphins made the sunset experience even sweeter.

All in all Naples Florida, is a relaxing weekend getaway destination. I hope my trip inspires you to travel plan and engage in a weekend getaway of your own.

Bon Manjè.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lemon Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Hey Guys,
  Tis the season for starchy vegetables! It is now September and Autumn is soon to arrive. I am anticipating a real Autumn and Winter here in Orlando so I will be planning and preparing foods in excitement. Which brings me to my current dish Lemon Roasted Potatoes and Chicken.

 An easy dish that is filling and quick so if your a busy mom or a struggling college student it is one in the same. Might I add that this is a bright and delicious light meal perfect for dinner or lunch.
 The recipe goes as follows:

  • 2lbs Raw Chicken Thighs (skin on)
  • 8-9 Cubed Potatoes 
  • 1/2c Oil 
  • Salt & Pepper 
  • 2 Garlic Clove 
  • 2-3 Lemons sliced 
 In a bowl toss cubed potatoes, salt, pepper, smashed garlic toss & 1/4c oil. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place potatoes in a baking dish then in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes then toss the potatoes to evenly coat them and add 1/2 of the lemon slices. 
Chicken:  In a bowl add rinsed chicken, salt and pepper, making sure the skin is well coated. On the stove top take a pan and heat up a 1/2c of oil, add garlic till fragrant then remove, place chicken in pan skin side down. When skin is crispy, add to the pan with potatoes under the oven and finish cooking for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest. 

Feel Free to squeeze a more lemon on top when finish. 

I hope this simple meal satisfies you as it did me. 

 Bon Manje

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Tenderizing Savage

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Hi Guys! 
 Summer is in full effect this time of year, here in Florida temperatures are hitting the low 100's can you believe that! I'm petrified for the rest of July and the month of August, with that being said summer welcomes an even bigger reason to eat nourishing and colorful fruit that are in season and refreshing. This summer I will share a few tips and recipes to stay cool with invigorating fruits and dishes, starting with Kiwi. 

 Kiwi a bright green fruit that is tart and full of little black seeds. This fruit is nutritious and full of Vitamin C, perfect for brightening skin effortlessly. It's an egg shaped fuzzy fruit introduced to the world through New Zealand in the early 1900's from China. Today New Zealand and California are the biggest producers, although the most appetizing one comes from New Zealand. 

Kiwi's can easily be added to salads, oatmeal, shakes and as a garnish. What many people don't know is that this little fruit is also a great meat tenderizer. The enzyme in the fruit called actinidin breaks down the tissue of tough meat without altering the flavor. the rule of thumb is a little goes a long way. 

Here is marinade that can be used for short ribs or any tough cut of meat:
 The recipes goes as follows:  
  •  2lbs Short Ribs 
  •  3 Garlic cloves smashed and minced
  • 1/2c Soy Sauce 
  • 3Tbs Brown Sugar 
  • 1/2 c Scallions thinly sliced 
  • Salt & Pepper 
  • 1/2 Kiwi peeled, put in food processor 
  • 1Tbs Sesame Seed oil 
  • 1Tsp Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
 In a bowl add garlic, oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, kiwi scallions, pepper flakes and whisk, taste for flavor then add meat. Marinate minimum 5hrs maximum 24hrs .
Cook off however you like grill, broil bake or fry 

Hopefully you like this twist to marinating as much as I do! 
 As Always, 
   Bon Manjé

Friday, May 13, 2016

Good Foodie!

Hey Guys,
 Sorry I have been away for so long, I've been occupied with work and the busy season of spring break. I hope you guys have not missed me to much, because I am back and ready to share a few recipes, travel stories and food post.

  I have been on a mini journey of finding out how food works with the body and certain diseases with a main focus on diabetes. I know a few people in my life who has diabetes and it is a growing epidemic in children, so I took to research to see how food can help. The right food makes a significant difference. 

Which brings me to Chromium, an element found in foods that is known to aid insulin transfer glucose into cells and  reduce high blood glucose levels. Those two things alone majorly aid in giving people with diabetes a sense of control and normalcy. Below are a few natural foods to incorporate into your diet.
  • Broccoli 
  • Legumes
  • Dark Leafy Greens 
  • oats 
I hope these tips aid someone on their health journey.

Bon Manje

Thursday, April 7, 2016

New Month New Post


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Hi Guys
We are officially 4 months into the new year. I hope you are still progressing and if not I have a few things to help you reignite your fire to have an amazing 2016.

Start By Praying. I'm an advocate for prayer, believing that when I partner with heaven God can't help but work it out for me. A good reference is David in the bible, he prayed about everything and in every season and God was always listening. This included tears, anger, hatred, happiness and every other emotion in between. You can't live this life on your own strength. Psalm 65:5-6 (gnt) & Psalm 46:1

Second look over your goals and pick out three that you feel can be attained this year. Then write out two ways to reach that goal. Writing out list of things to do will actually cause you to attain it. Ever notice when you write our a to do list, you actually do most or all of those things? It's an effective principal, however be sure not to over do it by writing to many things down. 

Lastly support is essential to success. Having a friend, mentor or anyone you know that can keep you accountable will help you attain the goals that you have set. I have a goal to be more consistent in my workout routines and eating, so my sister is the go to who keeps me responsible.

I'll end with this simple Prayer :
                 Lord Please grant us endurance and courage to accomplish the goals that we set out this year. Help us to accept your grace and love even if we fall of the wagon 
and let us continually be reminded that You have not given us the 
spirit of fear but Power, Love & a Sound mind. 

Bon Manje

Monday, February 29, 2016

Wellness Spotlight

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 Hey Guys! 
 It is the last day of of February and because it's a leap year it's like a bonus day. So let's celebrate it with a wellness spotlight on Chayote also known as vegetable pear and a member of squash family. A bright green color pear shape found in the spring and summer. Chayote is low in calories, full of vitamin C, folacin and is made up of 90% water. In addition there are beta carotene properties in the squash and ma be able to lower blood pressure. Popular in many Indian, caribbean and Hispanic food cultures this squash is used in many ways.

Chayote can be stored wrapped in the fridge for up to a week. It can be prepared a variety of ways including raw added to salads, steaming, boiling, sauteing, grilled and fried . This is a desired item that is put into a lot of soups to help thicken it up as well as add in flavor. One favored Haitian dish with Chayote is Legume which translated to vegetable, a hearty dish full of nutritional and green leafy goodness. Another dish that uses chayote was made popular through the movie titled by the dish Ratatouille, an eggplant and squash based dish full of nutrient value. 

This green squash can make a world of difference in many dishes including potato pancakes .
 Hot Potato & Chayote Pancakes :
  • 1-Onion Grated 
  • 2-Eggs beaten
  • Salt & Pepper 
  • 2 Large Potatoes Grated
  • 1- Chayote Grated
  • 2-TBS Flour 
  • 3-TBS Coconut Oil
  • 2-Tbs All Purpose Flour 
  • 3-Tsp Hot sauce 
  • 1-tsp Cayenne Pepper 
 In a bowl beat eggs, cayenne pepper,  hot sauce and flour together add salt and pepper. Grate the onion, potatoes, chayote add to the egg mixture. Ball up mixture in small rounds, In a pan heat up oil add pancakes, 3-4 minutes on each side. remove place on paper towels. Can top off a salad, eaten with sour cream, bacon and green onions, with either grilled chicken or salmon.

As Always,
Bon Mangé

Monday, February 22, 2016

Coconut Curry Soup

Hey Guys!
 This is a long overdue post about the amazing and nourishing Coconut Curry Soup which is vegan friendly. I posted it on my instagram a few weeks ago and had a ton of questions about the soup, from how it was made to ingredients and the process of creating the soup. That information will be listed below, however I do want to mention some of the benefits of this soup, besides the easy to it. This soup is full of vitamins A, K, & C, fiber and is perfect for every season. So here it is :)

The recipe goes as follows:
 Coconut Curry Soup 

  •  1-Can Coconut Milk
  • 2-Cups Water 
  • 1-Bundle of Kale 
  • 1-Lime wedged (garnish)
  • 1-Tbs Turmeric
  • 1-Tbs Curry Powder 
  • 1-Tbs Cumin
  • 1/4-Cup Cilantro Chopped 
  • 1-Carrot Diced 
  • 1-Red Peppers Diced 
  • 1-Onion Diced 
  • Salt & Pepper 
  • 2-Tsp Fresh Ginger Minced 
  • 3-Garlic Cloves Minced 
  • 1/4 -Tbs Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 box Pasta 
Directions :
In a pot add oil garlic and ginger till aroma then add onions, peppers and carrots. Toss in seasonings (turmeric, cumin, curry, s&p,) kale, saute then add coconut milk and water to pot. Let simmer about 20 minutes on a medium low heat. In a separate pot cook pasta till al dente then add to soup. Taste and season as desired. Take a bowl ladle in soup top with lime wedge and serve.

Bon Manjé

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

7 Ingredient Spicy Tomato Asparagus Soup

 Hello Beautiful People,

  It has been a cold January month here in the state of florida, with temperatures reaching below 40 degrees. I do not know about you guys but when I left New York years ago I expected to leave the cold temperatures there as well. However I am thankful for a change in weather. With this weather comes many desires of things to eat, but nothing beats a warm cup of soup.
  So what better way to enjoy this weather while on the daniel fast then to have a cup of 7 Ingredient Spicy Tomato Asparagus Soup. Perfect not only for the season but also for colds and stuffy noses that are in parallel to the winter season. By the way the 7 ingredients do not include seasoning that will be used.

The recipe goes as follows:
7 Ingredient Spicy Tomato Asparagus Soup:

  •  2-Cans V8 Juice original
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 5-oz of Asparagus Chopped
  • 1-Tomato diced 
  • 2- Cloves Garlic Chopped
  • 1/4c Cornstarch Slurry (2tbs cornstarch & water) 
  • Salt & Pepper 
  • 1-Tbs Cayenne Pepper (may use less)
  • 2-Tbs Dry Basil Leaves 
  • 2-Tbs Dry Oregano
  • Oil (olive, grapeseed or coconut)

 In a pot heat up oil, add in chopped garlic, and onions, saute. Add in s&P, cayenne pepper, basil, oregano and V-8 juice, and 1/2 the asparagus, then stir. Bring to a slight boil, taste then put together cornstarch slurry and stir in to soup while at a boil. soup should be a little thick. In a small saute pan place 1tbs oil and garlic, salt and pepper. Add in diced tomato and the rest of the asparagus and saute. Use as garnish for the soup.

I hope this warms you guys up this month.

Bon Manjé

Monday, January 11, 2016

Daniel Fast Season Has Arrived!!

Hi Guys & Happy New Year!
 Can you believe it is already 2016!! I know 2015 was an interesting year for some, however whether it was good, bad, uneventful or exciting; God still has a plan for you and there is a reason that you are here Jeremiah 29:11.

Now obviously with the beginning of the year comes the Daniel Fast for those who participate in it. The daniel fast is a fast where people who participating remove meat, dairy, processed & fried foods, caffeine and sugar from their diets, for a consecrated amount of time. In this time prayer is being done frequently, many also use this as a time for direction and clarity for the new year.

I am currently participating in the fast and will be sharing a few recipes to make this new way of eating not so boring while also trying to keep an all bean diet at bay.  I played around and made a great filling Veggie Taco w/ Avocado Cream Sauce on corn tortillas. This recipe happens to be vegan and vegetarian friendly.

Veggie Taco Recipe 

  • 4- Corn Tortillas
  • 1/2-Zuccini
  • 1/2-Carrots (peeled & sliced) 
  • 1/2-Onion (sliced)
  • Bunch Kale
  • 1/2-Green Pepper 
  • 2-oz Peanuts 
  • 1-Tbs Salt & pepper
  • 2-Tbs Indian Spice Mix (curry, turmeric, & cumin)
  • 2-3oz Coconut oil
  • 1-garlic clove 
Avocado Cream Sauce 
  • 1/2 Ripe Avocado 
  • Salt & pepper 
  • 1-oz Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 Can Coconut Milk
  • 1-oz Chickpeas 
 Start with the avocado cream sauce. Place everything but coconut milk in a blender and while blending on low speed, start to drizzle in coconut milk until smooth, taste and season to liking. 

 In a skillet add 2-3 oz of coconut oil, toss in garlic clove and onions till you  aroma. Add in the rest of the vegetables, plus salt and pepper then indian spice mix, saute till veggies are soft. Remove everything from pan, place tortillas & peanuts in the pan and warm. 
Now you're ready to Plate.  Take tortilla fill with veggies and top with Avocado Cream Sauce.

As Always, 
Bon Manjé