Straight Outta

Straight Outta tha Kitchen

Alright now – it’s Tuesday and I always have a bottle of wine on deck. This evening I prepared chicken pasta in a red sauce with broccoli. I’m uncorking a $7 bottle of Zinfandel, watching Straight Outta Compton and getting lit. This is dinner and a movie with Chef B!

Transformation Tuesday!

She Did That!

Now, if you know me in real life or have seen me on social media for transformation Tuesday, you know that I have lost a significant amount of weightI have been on this healthy food journey for about two years now and try to eat either vegetarian or vegan.

My journey started 2 years ago when I got my first apartment. Grocery shopping for yourself is a task. I remember being a child questioning my mother’s decision to get store brand versus name brand.  As an adult, I understood that struggle! We will eat generic all damn day. Just close your eyes and think really, really hard. Also, as a typical 20-year-old, my money did not go towards the essentials of keeping me alive. It wasn’t so much that I was a smart shopper; I simply wasn’t shopping.

Bless Netflix for Their Food Docs

Last year I watched Food Inc. on Netflix and it was so enlightening and low-key spiritual. It inspired me to truly take charge of what goes into my body. I purchased two cookbooks:

The Forks Over Knives Plan (FOK) is a 4-week meal-by-meal makeover. Moreover, I felt it would give me the background and scientific information needed to start right. The Lusty Vegan is both a cookbook and relationship manifesto for vegans and the people who love them. Written by a black man, Ayinde Howell and co-written with some white girl. 

This week, I did the FOK Breakfast Tart and the BLACK GIRLS WORKOUT TOO vegetarian chili for lunch. For dinner I prepared my personal recipe for Jamaican chicken served with the Lusty Vegan quinoa-brown rice cranberry skillet stuffing (dressing if ya black)

 

 

Breakfast Tart

tart

Toppings

  • 2 c. rolled oats
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 c. cinnamon applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp of ground coffee (optional)

Filling

  • 6 c fresh fruit or 1/2 bag of frozen
  • 3 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 c chocolate chips (optional)
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In one bowl, combine the topping and in another combine the filling. Get an 8X8 pan, spread the filling evenly, cover with topping. Bake for 20 minutes, cut the temperature to 325 and bake for another 20-25 minutes.

Vegetarian Chili

 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 1 diced red pepper
  • 10 chopped baby carrots
  • 2-3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2-3 tsp cumin
  • 2, 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 c tomato juice
  • 2 c veggie broth
  • 1, 28 oz can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1/2 c chopped cilantro
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Put it all in a pot, cover and cook for about an hour.

Jamaican Chicken with Quinoa-Brown Rice

Quinoa-Brown Rice

brown rice

  • 3 tbsp vegan butter (I use Nutiva)
  • 1 c chopped onion
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped sage
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic juice
  • 1/4 c sherry
  • 1 c cooked quinoa
  • 1 c cooked brown rice (or wild rice)
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries
  • salt and black pepper
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet, add onions, celery, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Saute until the onions become translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in cooked carbs and cranberries. Sean with salt and pepper, drizzle garlic juiced, mix well for another 5 minutes or until hot.

Jamaican Chicken

chicken

  • 4 chicken thighs (with skin) or 4 boneless chicken breast cut in half
  • 2 tbsp Dr. Mike’s original jerk blend
  • 2 tbsp Ocho Rios Jerk
  • 2 tbsp Indian Curry spice mix
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 c sherry
  • 4-5 rosemary stalks
  • 2 large sage stalks
  • 3-4 thyme stalks
  • 1/4 vegan butter
  • Combine all ingredients except for the vegan butter into a Ziploc bag and marinate the chicken either 4-6 hours or overnight if you can. Next, preheat the oven to 425 F degrees. Meanwhile, on high heat, melt the vegan butter in a cast-iron skillet. Then empty the contents of the Ziploc bag into the pan and cook chicken – skin down, until golden brown. Tilt the skillet at an angle so that the butter and fat may collect one side to baste the chicken. Finally, finish off in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and baste again. Serve with quinoa and a glass of red.

Valentine’s Day Festivities

Who wants to spend money going on your typical Valentine’s Day dinner date and movie when your money can be better spent creating the ultra sexy atmosphere at home?

Leave my house to sit in traffic, an overly fragrant movie theater and carb loaded snacks? Save it – baby let’s stay in! “50 Shades of Grey”? Oh, please! That’s for women who aren’t comfortable with their sexuality. If you plan to stay indoors this Valentine’s Day weekend, here are few ways to have a hot night at home:

Three Course Meal

For Valentine’s day, the last thing that should be on the menu is leftovers. You want something satisfying and light. You don’t want anything too heavy otherwise you both will be either too tired, too full or both. To impress your man here is a simple three-course meal where each meal has an aphrodisiac guaranteed to leave you in the mood:

Appetizer Spinach & Artichoke Dip. Artichokes are an aphrodisiac by legend; Swedish women who felt neglected in the bedroom would serve their husbands’ artichokes to increase their desire and stamina. Whether you believe the myth or not, artichokes are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that are critical to proper body function and blood flow.

Main CourseOysters Rockefeller. 18th century Venetian lover-boy Giacomo Casanova reportedly ate 50 oysters for breakfast every morning! Apparently to stir arousal before his legendary trysts. Oysters are high in zinc and contain amino acids that trigger the production of sex hormones. And did I mention that oysters closely resemble an exquisite part of the female anatomy?

Dessert – Chocolate Fondue Dessert Bar. Create your own dessert bar using only aphrodisiacs! Cherries, pomegranates, watermelon, strawberries, pineapples, and bananas! Drizzle the fruit with honey (also an aphrodisiac) and using either a toothpick or a fork dip the fruit in some dark chocolate and enjoy!

Wine – Good wine is a must for this sexy evening. I, personally, recommend a red wine such as a seductive Pinot Noir, a sleek Chianti or a wild Zinfandel. If you need a little guidance Wine Folly has you covered.

Erotic Board Game

Regular old sex dice are kinda played, don’t you think? Step your game up! Instead of wasting ten bucks hit up a goodwill or Amazon for enticing games like ‘Naughty Bingo’ or ‘Kama Sutra’. You can also go to a Barnes & Noble and buy ‘Sex Checks’.

Lingerie

Regardless of what you have already eaten, you – girl, are the real dessert. Before heading home stop by Victoria’s Secret for some uber provocative lingerie; and for my plus-size women, Lane Bryant will not disappoint you. If you want to really, W-O-W your man, check out Frederick’s of Hollywood, these sexy, “come-hither” numbers are the one secret that Victoria has no idea about.

**If you feel uncomfortable in lingerie because you are self-conscious that’s okay! Model the ensemble for your man and have him take pictures. Leave him memorized and begging to undress you.

Serve Up Some Love

Now it’s up to you! Make you sure you have plenty of candles, a good Pandora playlist, and zero interruptions. Partake in a steamy shower together, a massage or a slow dance. For a valentine’s day visual check out my favorite YouTube guru – Nitra B’s, ‘Sexy Night In‘.

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