Cucumber Rolls and Farro Salad

Yesterday while surfing the web, I found a recipie for cucumber rolls. I thought to myself, “wow this would be great on a salad”. The excitement of plating food is finding new creative garnishes to use. Edible garnishes are great accommodations to any meal.

The cucumber rolls were easy to make. Once you slice the cucumber on a mandolin, it can be wrapped in different ways. You can wrap it around any vegtable or stuffing you choose. Goat cheese, herbs, and mayonaise, were my choice of filling. I garnished mine with micro greens and tomatoes. Left over cold pesto salmon was used for the protein, but chicken or shrimp would go well too. farro salad was a great addition as well, with watercrest, arugala, and fennel. The salad was a good support to keep the cucumber rolls in place. Using green goddess dressing as garnish made this salad exquisite.

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Pot Roast

One of my favorite dishes that reminds me of the home in my heart is pot roast. This meal usually takes time to make so most people forfeit enjoying it. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can make a pot roast dinner with trimmings in under 1 1/2 hours.

  • Heat a frying pan, or skillet large enough for your favorite roast on medium high. You can use London Broil, Brisket, or Chuck Roast.
  • Season your meat with salt, pepper, spices, and a drizzle of olive oil on both sides.
  • Poke both sides of your meat with a fork.
  • Sprinkle flour on both sides of meat.
  • Place meat in heated pan over 2 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp olive oil.
  • Cook until steak is browned and flip to cook the other side. Approximately 7 min both sides.
  • Place meat in a pyrex baking pan with carrots, peppers, celery, onions, and potatoes.
  • Add 2 cups beef broth to frying pan, or skillet, and scrape up pan drippings from browning the meat.
  • Pour one cup of this over meat in pyrex baking pan.
  • Cover pyrex pan with meat, and vegtables with foil.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour, then remove foil and bake 20 more minutes.

While your meat is baking in the frying pan sauté some green beans. At the same time you can put some potatoes in the microwave to make mashed potatoes. This meal only takes 30 minutes to prepare in total, included in 1 hour 20 minutes cook time. To make it faster put all your vegtables you like and potatoes in pyrex pan when roastin meat in oven. Great food does not have to be a hassel to make.

Spinach BLT

Who doesn’t love a BLT. You can make it healthy and taste good. Try using your favorite greens, or add cheese. You can also try tomatillos instead of tomatoes. Bread is also an option of with many choices, or don’t use any at all.

Today for breakfast I used 17 grain bread, spinach, tomato, and cheddar to make my BLT even more nourishing. Of course I needed my favorite mayo, and some butter for toasting my bread. Sandwiches are fun to make different everytime.

Turkey Carcass Soup

The good thing about soup is you can use whatever you have on hand. No matter where you are you can make a good soup. After holidays most people have carcasses and bones full of meat left over from meals they have prepared. Why not put them to good use. Soup tastes great and warms anyone’s heart through their palate.

I used a turkey carcass. However lamb, beef, veal, and chicken, fish heads, or any other protein work as well. I boiled the carcass then simmered it for 1 hour. Add your favorite herbs like bay leaf, thyme, sage, or parsley.

Removed it from the pot, and removed all the meat that was left from it. Strain the broth, and set the meat and broth to the side.

While it’s boiling chop all the vegtables you want to add in. Chopping was to much work for me though so I used a food processor and pulsed the vegtables to the size I want. I’m making turkey barley soup so I wanted the vegtables small to medium dice. Use what you like such as onions, peppers, celery, carrots, garlic, or potatoes.

In a clean pot sauté your vegtables in olive oil and a little butter. Make the vegtables sweat and add meat and broth as soon as they begin to caramelize. Let everything simmer about 20 minutes. Then add your starch of pasta, rice, or grains.

After you cook your starch in the soup another 8 to 10 minutes. Chop up some fresh herbs of parsley, or scallion. Add them to the soup stir and your done. Quick and easy. The food processor makes things easier to prepare. It also cuts down your prep time.

I Am The Messenger

I rejoice through torment

Vibrations of the echoes of my emotions expand into the atmosphere

I am love’s will the adversary of fear

My thoughts heal in my blood as living water

I cry in peace and arise in death

I laugh for pain and forgive for love

I fly feel my invisibility breeze by

My crimson shows when your eyes close

I can not be ignored the universe calls my name

My strength soars shattering my minds walls

They told me I can’t but I triumphant

Conquering my mind makes me shine

My touch expands liberty ringing it’s melody everywhere

I encumber joy to demand

Reprimanding washes my gratitude

My smile is my shelters eyes

I stand wallow in commitment

Discipline strengthens my stride

Breath and you will know that life is hallow infinite time

-Gabrielle

Stranger Things Motivate

Words begin

Love suceeds into happiness

I am & I can

Watch me for retroprcity

Heart is never broken it strengthens

As I learn I don’t follow- I absorb.

Chaos is my playground and my peace You be or you decrease

The universe is our domain

Expand boundaries let your energy shine

You only live once don’t let the world decide

Blackened Salmon Kale Ceasar Salad

After a good workout, everyone wants to eat something healthy. No one wants to stand up and cook for hours. Making this salad took 20 minutes. If you want homemade croutons add about five more minutes.

The salmon was quick and easy to sauté, in the same pan with the asparagus. A fresh egg can be boiled while you prepare your protein and asparagus. Chop your veggies while you cook everything. Toss you favorite cheese with your favorite greens. In this salad I used kale, white cheddar, and ceasar dressing. Something fast can be healthy and taste good.

Try adding different vegtables. Another night I used green beans instead of asparagus. It also tastes great adding some homemade croutons.