Recently my friends at Hilton invited me to check out their Home2 properties in Frisco, TX. Since I travel often for work, and Home2 allows you to bring outside food and groceries, they asked what type of meals I would – and do – cook when I’m traveling so I eat out less and save money.
Get ready for a flavor adventure! If you’ve never had tamarind before, you’ll thank me later for introducing you to it. Tamarind is pretty much nature’s “sweet & sour candy.” It’s part of the legume family but with a much more interesting flavor profile. At first “bite” it is very sour, like a piece of
Here’s a quick 15-minute spin on a popular comfort food, Pad Kee Mao. It’s a delicious shrimp and noodle stir-fry drenched in savory, spicy sauce. While there are several version out there – some with more vegetables, others with a different base sauce, etc – the end result will always be the same…Delicious! HEALTHY PAD
Using a grill to meal prep does not only add flavor/personality to your meals throughout the week, but also it’s pretty efficient. Grills are generally large enough to cook multiple items at once. When it comes to seafood for me, it can be a hit or miss on whether or not I’ll be in the mood to
Seafood plays an important role in having a balanced, healthOKy diet. It provides a host of vitamins and minerals, lean protein and healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids. In the following video I also answer some FAQs when it comes to purchasing, preparing, cooking and storing seafood, including the hot debate right now – wild vs
Even though grilling is a year round activity here in Texas, I realize that it’s not the case in other parts of the US, or world for that matter. To that end, I’m officially kicking off summer grilling here in the FMC Kitchen. Here’s a fail proof recipe that will make you a backyard neighborhood
Tonight’s dinner was inspired by my recent trip to Colombia. After spending a few days in Cali, I headed to San Andres Island where I had the most flavorful rice I’ve ever tasted – arroz con coco! It’s both sweet and savory. In some dishes, coconut rice is so sweet it’s like a dessert, and in
One thing I’ve learned from my recent travel is that I do not incorporate enough raw fruits into recipes or my daily diet. It occurred to me when I was in Nigeria and Colombia, where I was readily enjoying fresh fruits. Incorporating fruits into recipes add both flavor and the hint of sweetness to take your
With the summer weather upon us, I’ve been getting the urge more than usual to fire up the grill to smoke and cook some food. Yesterday I returned from a trip to Nigeria and came home to an empty fridge (with intense “hanger” pains). For some reason or another, I was craving seafood – something
Like every other honest person in the world, I get cravings…and I have to admit that sometimes I cave and enjoy a non-scheduled indulgent treat, or two…or three. And yes, I try to plan when I’m going to eat something that is less calorie-conscious because if I actually plan for it, then it’s not really
I’ve been experimenting a lot in the kitchen recently to prepare for my upcoming book. Not everything I make is going to make the final cut to go to print but it doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of a little link “love.” Here’s a recipe I made with a calorie-conscious date-night in mind. Check out
Just because you reduce the carbohydrates, gluten and dairy in your diet, doesn’t mean you have to lose out on a lot of flavor. Here’s one of my favorite low-carb recipes that’s both filling and flavorful.
Growing up in the south, and having parents from Louisiana and South Carolina, it’s safe to say that I’ve had my fair share of good comfort food. I look forward to my mother’s gumbo EVERY Christmas – just the thought of cajun spices, savory broth and seafood with spicy sausage just makes my mouth water. I
I shared this last week on Instagram and y’all requested that I post the recipe to the website so here it is! Since I’ve been following this ketogenic diet, every week I treat myself to a meal where I load up on carbohydrates. This meal helps give me muscle energy (glycogen) so that I can continue to
I’ve been experimenting with the ketogenic diet lately and, so far, so good! I’m enjoying the physical and mental challenges that come along with it. One thing for sure is, it has been “stretching me” in the kitchen and I’m developing new ways to prepare the foods I love so they compliment the ketogenic diet
I was in Kroger recently grabbing a few items for meal prep and I noticed they had a sale on wild-caught lobster tails for only $6 per tail so I couldn’t pass it up! I was immediately inspired to do two things: 1) fire up the grill; 2) make a seafood salad. I sprayed the lobster tails
We’ve all been there – you’re at work or school and you’re hungry so you go to reheat your meal only to find out there is no microwave. Or your job requires you to be on the road all day and you don’t have access to a microwave. It’s a frustrating feeling! But I have good
Another year, another epic $75 Meal Prep video challenge! One of the most important lessons I’ve learned on my journey is the importance of being prepared. We’ve heard it time and time again, if we “fail to plan, we plan to fail.” But the good news is there’s #mealprep whereby we prepare several meals or snacks
Gainz! That’s exactly what this tuna salad is. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids from nuts & seeds, Greek yogurt, dried fruit and spices for a full flavor overload. Your tastebuds and muscles will thank you. Enjoy this salad with fresh greens or veggies, whole grain bread/pita/wrap or by itself!
There are certain meals that just can’t lose when it comes to lunch or dinner time. And a burrito is one of them! But this is not just an ordinary burrito. It was originally made by an 8-year old as part of the White House Kids’ State Dinner. The Kids’ State Dinner is an annual
For some reason or another, the salads we order in restaurants taste far better than the ones we make at home! At least that was the case with me. It was pretty frustrating buying a whole bunch of vegetables and wanting to make a “restaurant-style” salad, only to make an uninspiring, dry salad. But with practice, I’ve learned
Sunshine or rain, sunny beaches to snowcapped mountains, a little taste of the Caribbean can brighten your day. Delicious, healthy food make ev’ry-ting irie! With that in mind, here are some delicious salmon & lentil patties with fresh mango salsa.