Presentation & Global Flavor Is All It Takes: Dinner Made Easy & Healthy!

So many people say that they can’t cook, but I say if you can eat you can cook. Cooking should be fun & done in free form to taste. No mind boggling measurements etc. -leave that for those who bake! The secret to a great dinner gathering is in the Flavor & Presentation. For a haute & spicy woman like myself it comes simply easy & au natural, but with simple direction you too can be coaxed into fabulousness-LOL! Actually the first preparation to fabulousness is unapologetic confidence & pure love  poured into your food preparation!

Buying fresh herbs & produce truly bring great flavor to the simplest of meals. Below You will find my healthy, quick and ultra fabulous dinner spread that will charm, wow, & satiate your most simpleton to your most picky  friends, family & lovers! A color filled plate boosts appetites & smiles that evoke letting the sunshine in!

3 course Dinner Made Easy With Global Flavor & Presentation

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Appetizer:

Cheeze & fruit platter :Asiago Cheese, Herb Goat Cheese, Sesame Seed table water crackers, red seedless grapes, sliced green apples & sliced Strawberries

Recommended Wine from “Is Wine‘sSommelier : Spanish Verdejo

Main Course:

-Grilled marinated shito Snapper/Porgy or  Stuffed Snapper or Porgy  (stuffing: peppers, onions, brussels sprouts, garlic, ginger)

-Mesculan Salad with tomato & avocado dressed with homemade dressing (virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, spicy brown mustard, minced garlic, scallions & honey -all mixed together to your personal taste)

-Baked Portobello mushroom stuffed with herb goat cheese & spinach

-Baked Sweet Yam chips

Recommended Wine from “Is Wine‘sSommelier: Burgundy White with as little oak as possible or a Chardonnay

Dessert:

Rum Raisin Ice-Cream topped with shaved coconut & ginger granola with fresh baked Walnut chocolate chip cookie

Recommended Wine from “Is Wine‘sSommelier : Late Harvest Riesling or Prosecco

How To Put It All Together:

Grilled stuffed fish: You can use a snapper or porgy for this. A snapper is actually a version of a Porgy that is usually more on the pricier side. Many of you may not even know the difference as your favorite restaurants charge you snapper prices for porgy without sweet summertime Bess-LOL!

-Season fish with Adobo, yellow Curry Powder (Jamaican or Indian) & African Powdered Red Pepper (found at any African market). You can also substitute sea salt/low sodium salt & black pepper or cayenne pepper.

-Add a little bit of virgin olive oil to a pan & saute brussels sprouts, minced garlic, chopped onions, chopped ginger & chopped peppers(keep seeds for extra fire, but if you are afraid of the burn then remove seeds) – saute until slightly soft,  stuff into fish &  grill. If using a home oven with a grill pan add some water to the bottom half of the grill pan.

Shito marinated fish: Season the fish with some lemon & use Ghana’s famous pepper sauce called shito to marinate the fish. I liken Shito used this way to Jamaica’s famous jerk sauce. Shito is a blend of peppers, ginger, dried shrimp & other herbs slow cooked in oil (I will give the full recipe on another post). It is Ghana’s ultra spicy pepper sauce used to eat foods like kenkey , waakye & pretty much as a side compliment to everything (well, for me anyway-lol). I know some of you may laugh at the name & even think it literally looks like shit in the photo above,  but if shit tasted  this delicious, we would all bottle it & be richly moving our bowels-LOL!

Baked Portobello mushroom stuffed with herb goat cheese & spinach : Clean off mushroom cut out stump & add herb goat cheese & chopped fresh baby spinach-add stump topper back on & bake for about 5-10 minutes @ 350 degrees & serve.

Baked Sweet Yam chips: clean off skin from sweet yam & cut into round or quarter chip slices. Sprinkle with olive oil & honey (optional), and bake at 350 degrees for about 15-25minutes or until it softens to your liking.

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We all have heard how eating vegetables, fruits & fish are good for us. We have also heard how baking instead of frying food is great for our health. Here are some benefits of healthy cooking/eating with the recommended global fusion of fresh herbs, fruits & vegetables above.

Ginger: The health benefits of ginger have been known for over 2000 years.
In traditional Chinese medicine, ginger is used to calm upset stomachs, soothe nausea and stop diarrhea. Other traditional health practitioners also understood the health benefits of ginger ? it has been widely used in Europe to help relieve menstrual cramps, treat the symptoms of the common cold and ease headaches. One of the newest reports of the health benefits of ginger is that it may stop cancer from growing and spreading...Read More Here

Brussels Sprouts: No one knows the origin of Brussels sprouts, though it’s logical to assume they originated in Belgium. Like nearly all vegetables, Brussels sprouts are naturally low in fat and calories. But unlike most vegetables, Brussels sprouts are rather high in protein, accounting for more than a quarter of their calories. Although the protein is incomplete — it doesn’t provide the full spectrum of essential amino acids — it can be made complete with whole grains. This means you can skip a higher-calorie source of protein, like high-fat meat, and occasionally rely on a meal of Brussels sprouts and grains. Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamin A, folacin, potassium, calcium…READ MORE

Avocado : 10 health benefits : Prostate Cancer Prevention,Oral Cancer Defense, Breast Cancer Protection,Eye Health, Lower Cholesterol, Heart Health, Stroke Prevention, Better Nutrient Absorption, Glutathione Source, Vitamin E Powerhouse..READ MORE HERE

Green Apples: Green apple has been long known as the fruit of many health benefits for the body. With refreshing taste, green apple can give relief from constipation, diarrhea, gout etc. Green apple is also known for lowering blood cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar, rheumatism, improves appetite, etc...Read More

Fish:Fish is a good source of protein and, unlike fatty meat products, it’s not high in saturated fat. Fish is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of — or who have — cardiovascular disease. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden death.  Omega-3 fatty acids also decrease triglyceride levels, slow growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and lower blood pressure (slightly)…The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times (two servings) a week..READ MORE

Cheese: The health benefits of cheese include relief from hypertension, and osteoporosis. It also helps in maintaining bone health, gaining weight gain and dental care. Since ages, Cheese has been a part and parcel of daily life in the Europe, the Americas, Australia and nearly all the countries of the world those have a cold climate, except certain countries in the Indian Subcontinent and Middle Eastern region…READ MORE

Mushrooms: have been used for thousands of years both as food and for medicinal purposes. They are often classified as a vegetable or a herb, but they are actually fungi. While there are over 14,000 mushrooms, only about 3,000 are edible, about 700 have known medicinal properties, and fewer than one percent are recognized as poisonous…Read More

Yams/Sweet Potato: There’s been much buzz lately in women’s health circles about food and fertility. Recent books like The Infertility Diet by Fern Reiss suggest that eating a balanced diet that includes certain key foods can help women get pregnant and prevent miscarriage. One of the foods receiving a flurry of attention is the yam. Research conducted at Yale University linked the high consumption of white yams among the Yoruba people in Nigeria to that society’s high incidence of fraternal twins. These yams contain unique compounds called diosgenins, which may have an impact on hormonal patterns, thereby increasing ovulation. But here in America, the very word “yam” can be cause for confusion. In the grocery store, there are often two different types of similar-looking elongated tubers, one marked sweet potato and one marked yam. However, as it turns out, the yams in American produce aisles are not true yams—they are simply a second variety of sweet potatoes. True yams are native to Africa and rarely found in American markets, except in specialty Asian and African stores....READ MORE

Olive Oil: When choosing fats, olive oil is a healthy choice. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fat, a healthier type of fat that can lower your risk of heart disease by reducing the total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels in your blood. All types of olive oil contain monounsaturated fat, but “extra-virgin” or “virgin” olive oils are the least processed forms, so they’re the most heart healthy. Those types contain the highest levels of polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that also can promote heart health… READ MORE

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