Showing posts with label Sarah Afshar Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sarah Afshar Food. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Birthday Dinner 2019

Today before work, I decided to go with my mom and stepdad for my birthday dinner. They took me out for Chinese food. As it has been a while since I devoured anything Chinese cuisine, I had a blast at the buffet restaurant which is several miles away from my house. 

The buffet is good, but not great nor amazing. Satisfying is probably the best way to describe it. Perhaps I appreciate Chinese food when I don't eat it so much. Tonight, I felt like the food tasted amazing even though it was mediocre. 

With that said, I enjoyed pre-made sushi with cream cheese, cucumber, and avocado garnished with gari ginger and sriracha. Followed by a plate of various fried food favorites including cream cheese wontons, sesame balls, onion rings, fried zucchini, custard, a fried banana, and a Chinese donut. 

Additionally, I enjoyed vegetable lo-mein followed by mochi, green beans, and mushrooms. I am almost certain I ate about three plates of food. And the best part is, I wasn't overly stuffed after leaving the place. 

Afterwards, I decided to go to Burger King and enjoy some ice cream. I recently bought the Impossible Whopper from there and they offered me a book for $1 which offers like 6 items in it for free. I decided to take advantage of the free coupon and get some ice cream. 

Now it is time to go to work. Have a wonderful day! 

Birthday 2019: My boyfriend is amazing

Today is officially my birthday. And what better way to celebrate my birthday than with my incredible boyfriend Sumit. He surprised me today with this cake and rose, dedicating his love for me. 

He pre-ordered this cake for me several days ago which consists of chocolate frosting garnished with gold and topped with a recent photo of me. As an eggless, double-layer cake, the flavor is vanilla and filled with an assortment of fruit and homemade cream. 

It was only one year ago today Sumit surprised me with a similar cake. You can see that cake and read about that here. This year, he decided to do it again. 

Amazing right?
As many of you are already aware, I have been dating Sumit for almost two years now. What attracts me to Sumit is the fact he is intellectually endowed, strikingly handsome, has more drive than NASCAR, and has direction towards life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness rather than the local dive bar and melodrama.

Sumit is a polymath with a real, tried and true niche for success. He is quite possibly the smartest person I have ever met in my life, as he is a realist and visionary. Every time I talk to him, I feel like I am speaking with someone who has lived many centuries. 

When I have a conversation with Sumit, I learn something new. Whether it is about Hinduism, the stock market, the Indian culture, and even life in general - he has taught me so much. In fact, I feel like I can utilize the knowledge he has shared to and for a higher purpose. 


Although he is academically endowed, what I love most about Sumit is the fact that he has such a strong and independent mind and he doesn't care what others think. And in spite of what others say about him, he makes himself a better person and always respects everyone. He doesn't have a hateful bone in his entire body. 

Sumit has taught me many vital lessons about life and has made me really love and appreciate life much more so. And it is this fact alone, that has made me truly grateful to have found him and thankful to have him. 

Thank you Sumit for making my birthday amazing. I love you. I am very happy in my life and I owe it all to you. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Spinach Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Some of the greatest pasta dishes I have ever enjoyed are those that I make myself. Lately, I have been relatively unimpressed by restaurants and am left either dissatisfied or disappointed when leaving them. I think it is because I love to cook and find that my food gives them a real run for their money. 

One of my favorite dishes to make is pasta. It's quick, it is easy, and when prepared correctly--tastes incredible. Homemade pasta is the best, as it simply doesn't compare to the pasta you find in the box or bag at your local grocery store. 

Sure, that is convenient and efficient, but it doesn't satisfy a pasta polymath's taste buds by any means at all. And most of what you enjoy is nothing more than just flavor. 

Texture is everything when cooking any kind of pasta and flavor is what brings virtually every dish together. This pasta only incorporates a few ingredients. 

These ingredients are: spinach tagliatelle, spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, cipollini onion, Himalayan salt, black pepper, and fresh water. For good measure, I garnished this dish with a little bit of extra extra extra virgin olive oil. 

And guess what? This pasta is amazing. 

The best part is, this dish is vegan, so it is perfect for those of you that do not consume dairy, eggs, or honey, as it is great for those of you who are plant-based and want to enjoy a wonderful plate of pasta dish right in the comfort of your own home.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Trying the new Impossible Whopper from Burger King

I am officially trying the new Impossible Whopper from Burger King for the first time today. To be honest, I rarely do fast food as it is relatively unhealthy, addictive, and overpriced, but this I had to try. After all of the hype, I had to try this delicious vegan addition (in my case, vegetarian, as I ordered this with cheese and mayo on it) as everyone is raving about this burger all over the world wide web.

What more can I say that hasn't been said already? This is literally one the best veggie burgers I have ever devoured. 

Truth be told, I have tried so many veggie burgers and everything from the texture to the flavor of the Impossible Whopper is incredible. The grilled smoke flavor is unbelievable, but it is the charcoal taste that won me over. And when paired with a toasted sesame seed bun, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, pickles, cheese, and mayonnaise; it is simply outstanding.

If you haven't tried the new Impossible Whopper at Burger King, you definitely need to. I really hope Burger King keeps this fantastic addition to their brand, as there is nothing like it. It is easily one of the best veggie burgers I have ever had in my life and quite possibly the best one in the fast food industry. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

National Lasagna Day 2019



Lasagna is one of the best dishes to ever come from Italian cuisine. In fact, as one of the oldest pasta dishes in the world, this southern Italian classic has managed to find its way on virtually every single dinner table around the world. Originally created in the 14th century, this holy grail of appetizing aliment was featured in the medieval cookbook Liber de Coquina. 

Having only used semolina and water to make the pasta, time has evolved and the ingredients have been changed or more so amplified. Although staying true to the original roots is always ultimately impressive, multiple variations have been created since the time this dish was introduced centuries ago. 

Lasagna is one of the most universal pasta dishes, as you can create virtually any kind of variation. Not only can you change the flavor of the pasta, but the sauces, the ingredients and the best part - the cheese. As much as I encourage creativity, it is also crucial to execute the flavors properly because a treasure vision can easily turn drastically into trash if you mess up. 


I love to cook lasagna. It is one of my favorite things to make. I love to created a variety of adaptions, as it is very fun to get creative; however, the best lasagna is the classic with tons of tomato sauce, a variety of herbs and tons of cheese. As a vegetarian, I love a lot of cheese, especially with my lasagna. 

As you can see from the photos I have shared, this cult-classic Italian staple is one dish I enjoy making. And my favorite variation of this dish includes homemade lasagne noodles, homemade tomato sauce (or as Italians say "gravy"), basil, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper, ricotta cheese, buffalo mozzarella and regular shredded mozzarella. It's as simple as it gets, but what is simple exudes and epitomizes extreme deliciousness.  

Does it get any better? 

From my home to yours - Happy Lasagna Day! 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Amish-style Macaroni and Cheese

Food can be the most incredible thing in the world if it is prepared correctly. Now if it is not, food can be the most revolting thing. I feel like the food I make gives many 5-star restaurants a real, tried and true run for their money. Although I would dub myself as a self taught chef, I am a foodie by nature. As much as I want to say that I have mastered the art of cooking, I still have so much to learn.

Today, I decided to make an Amish-style macaroni and cheese dish. My source of inspiration comes from a phone call I had with my former college roommate. We both got into a discussion about food before agreeing that Amish cuisine is underrated. I lived in Pennsylvania for many years and tried some Amish things, but it wasn't until 2011 where I actually ate at an Amish restaurant and tried virtually everything vegetarian they made. 

The macaroni and cheese is unique within its own and really says a lot about not only the dish itself, but Amish cuisine. I used Barilla Elbows, Silk Unsweetened Almond & Coconut Milk Blend, Country Crock Plant Butter with almond oil, 365 Silken Tofu, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, shredded monterey jack cheese and a little bit of salt and black pepper. 

Like the traditional Amish-style, I cooked the elbow macaroni on the stove for about 10 minutes. I preheated the oven for 350 degrees.

Then, I built the layers in a separate pan starting with milk, butter and cheese as my base. I started to gradually add the pasta. As I continued, I packed the pasta and continued this entire process until I couldn't add anything else to the pan. 

Taking any blender, I decided to blend my tofu with some of the almond and coconut milk until it turned to liquid. Then, I took the liquid result and garnished that on top of the dish before adding the lid and placing it into the oven for 10-15 minutes. 

Without further ado, here is my Amish-style Macaroni and Cheese:














I took the liberty of garnishing black pepper on the top, as that always tends to work with any macaroni and cheese, especially this one. And as you can tell from the photos, my Amish-style macaroni and cheese was a success. 

Now time to eat. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

National Hot Dog Day 2019

Making homemade vegan hot dogs. 
National Hot Day was first established on Capitol Hill in 1991 by hot dog lovers around the country. As we fast forward to 2019, this day is tradition among those who love and appreciate the almighty mystery meat. In my case, I enjoy plant-based hot dogs, as vegan and vegetarian are my go-to choices. 

When I was young, my mother use to work a night shift from 7 pm until midnight. I never waited up for her as I always had school the next day. She would always wake me up when she got home and surprise me with a hot dog smothered in onions, chili and nacho cheese. Still until this day, I have garnered such a fondness for them. 

And granted I haven't had a meat hot dog in over 20 years, I have to admit I love veggie dogs more so than ever. With so many ways to execute them, I always find myself getting creative and inspired in the kitchen. 

To celebrate today, I want to share with you several variations of veggie hot dogs I have made. 


Nacho Chili Cheese Veggie Dog. 
With virtually everything from the dog to the bun being homemade here, this is what makes an incredible veggie dog. Using nacho cheese and homemade chili paired with raw Idaho onion, it just doesn't get any better than this. 

Although it doesn't embody the classic one I tried when I was a child, it tastes a million times better and doesn't harm animals. It also goes great with an ice cold Budweiser

And if I am being honest, I find myself wanting to try so many different types of veggie dogs because it seems like you can do so much with these. Everything from the bread to the sauce is destined to he tested. 

On another note, another rendition of the classic hot dog that I loved making, was my interpretation of a classic Chicago dog. As this is 100% vegetarian and plant-based, I love this because of the flavor and overall execution. If I were sitting at a baseball game and looking to satisfy my cravings, I would aim to enjoy this wonderful food. 
Chicago Style Veggie Dog.


My Chicago style hot dog consists of a homemade veggie dog, homemade hot dog bun, homemade kosher dill pickles, shredded cheddar cheese and spicy Dijon mustard garnished with diced spring onion. 

And whether you are enjoying a cold brew of your favorite beer or even a cold brisk Sprite, it just doesn't get any better. 

My final veggie dog that I will sharing for National Hot Dog Day 2019 is the Mediterranean hot dog. I have yet to see this in any restaurant because I have dined at so many and yet to find one on the menu. As risky as it is make this particular veggie dog, believe it or not the reward is well worth it. 

Why? Because it is amazing. For this particular hot dog, everything is homemade but the veggies and the cheese. But what makes the Mediterranean dog so great is its use of ingredients that work together that really stand out. For this particular veggie dog, I garnished diced red onion, feta cheese and burgundy olives. For the sauce, I made a honey oil sauce with a little bit of lemon, saffron and za'atar. 


Mediterranean Veggie Dog.
This is by far one of the most delicious things I have ever put into my mouth. The flavor is outstanding. To be honest, when I originally made this hot dog, I truly did not know what to expect because no one has ever made it. I was definitely happy with the outcome. 

Of course this incredible veggie dog goes great with Persian doogh or even a frappe, but a San Pellegrino will do too. 

I hope you are having a wonderful day. Happy National Hot Dog Day! 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Simple Wheat Chapatis

Dating all of the way to 16th century when Indian emperors ruled the Indian subcontinent, chapatis have made a name for themselves all throughout India. In fact, this cult-class staple can be found in virtually every Indian home, on every Indian dinner table. 

And the best part is chapatis are so easy to make. Once you master them, you will never go to any Indian restaurant again, as you will want make them at home. 

This bread only uses two key ingredients with a few others mixed in between. All you will need for this recipe is wheat flour, salt and fresh water. No need to add any butter or anything else to the mixture. One thing I have learned about Indian cuisine is that less is more, but flavor is everything. For good measure, I added some garam masala and a few extra spices hence why my bread is a little darker in color. 

Add your ingredients into a mixing bowl or even on a table. Take a small Indian rolling pin (commonly known as a chakla belan) and roll out the dough to form a small circle. The dough portions should be smaller in size. Now, take some ghee (purified butter) and place it onto a tava (which is basically a round frying pan) and place it onto it. If you don't use ghee, you can use butter or oil. 

It is helpful to have a set of cooking tongs nearby. Now it is time now to cook your chapati. I recommend cooking on medium heat and doing one at a time. A lot of authentic Indian people love to cook this bread directly on the burner, flipping both sides. They swear this is the key to making epic chapatis. 

One thing you will notice when cooking these is that each side of the bread should kind of rise, as if it were breathing. Amazing right? Once you are done and the bread is cooked on both sides, add some ghee and/or butter. Then, you will want to plate your bread. Make sure to plate each bread, one-by-one or piece by piece. 

Finally, garnish with your sauces of choice. This is strictly optional. In India, ghee is very popular. Especially when adding it to chapatis. The more, the better. The more, the merrier. In the picture I shared with you today, I cooked these tonight for dinner. I topped my chapatis with butter, ghee and fresh curd and garnished with fresh dill and mint straight from my garden. 

Once you master what makes an incredible chapati, you can get creative and add more ingredients later. In the meantime, embrace simplicity. This allows you learn how to make it. Especially if you haven't tried this bread before. It is one of the best breads you will ever eat. In fact, according to many Indian people this bread is the best there is.  

I hope you are having a wonderful day. 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Gourmet Vegan Bagel Sandwich

For dinner tonight I decided to kind of switch things up. I took a plain bagel from Franz and turned it into something extravagant a few minutes ago in the kitchen. As you can tell from the picture I am sharing, I utilized only the best quality ingredients to create such a flavorful, portion-packed bagel sandwich that virtually everyone can enjoy. The best part is, I made it all completely vegan. 

First and foremost, I toasted the bagels using the Earth Balance European Style Spread. I just used a flat pan to do this, as I didn't want the bagel to be completely toasted. Then, I applied the spread again on the buns followed by some Follow Your Heart Vegenaise. The more I eat this, I must that I am loving it better than mayo. And most of you already know I love mayo, especially on sandwiches. I also added some of the Follow Your Heart Thousand Island Dressing to add some great flavor. 

As I continued to build my bagel sandwich, I decided to dice and slice a few things. I used fresh tomato from the vine, spring onion, garden lettuce (romaine) and artichoke hearts. I wanted to keep the flavors simple and not do too much to it, as sometimes less is more. 

I have tried so many different types of vegan deli meat. I have even made my own. There is something I love about Tofurky's that just makes me gravitate to the vegan section and make me want to buy every single one. For today's bagel sandwich, I went with the Tofurky Deli Slices in Hickory Smoked and Oven Roasted. And I went with two slices of each. 

Although I love dairy cheese, I wanted to enjoy some plant-based cheese for dinner, so I went with Field Roast Chao Cheese Slices in Creamy Original with the Daiya Cheddar Style Slices. I used two pieces each. 

To garnish, I just added two spring onions. 

Whoever told you that vegans and vegetarians eat horribly lied to you. And if you don't like bagels, I guarantee you would now. Especially if you were to eat this one. 

Do you think I will be able to eat all of this? I think I already have the answer to this question. Time to eat. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

National Veggie Burger Day 2019

Thanks to the power of plants, veggie burgers have been made possible to consume on a regular basis. What started as an idea turned into reality for Amy's Kitchen, when the world renowned vegetarian brand started "National Veggie Burger Day" back in 2017. Veggie burgers have such an incredible impact on the environment and much healthier than their carnivore counterparts. 

According to Cowspiracy, growing crops to feed animals killed for food not only consumes almost 60% of water in the United States, but contaminates the water also. Additionally one hamburger alone requires almost 700 gallons of water to produce. 

And according to an article published from the book Water Resources and Industry in 2013 on Science Direct, animal agriculture is responsible for up to 33% of fresh water consumption. As 70% of the planet is made up of water, only 3% is fresh. 

So the real question remains, is it possible to enjoy a plant-based rendition of this carnivore classic? Absolutely. I think the pictures I've shared, of the veggie burgers I've made speak for themselves. 

To celebrate today, I ask and encourage all of you to eat and enjoy a veggie burger. From my house to your house - Happy National Veggie Burger Day!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Rajma Chole Masala + Chapati Wrap

So, tonight for dinner I decided to make a unique Indian dish which consists of an epic fusion of the classic Rajma (a simple curry primarily made up of kidney beans) and Chole (a chickpea curry). I garnished this dish with white onion and cilantro. In India, you will notice onion is paired with a lot of dishes. Indian utilizes onion more so than lettuce in a salad substitute. 

And what better way to pair this dish than with a sun-dried tomato basil bisque Chapati wrap. Chapatis are a cult-classic staple in India and remain to be one of the most popular flat breads in the country. Of course adding butter is a must, as butter not only makes the bread shine, but taste even better. 

I don't know what it is, but it seems like I always find happiness in the kitchen. I don't eat out much anymore, as I have garnered a love and appreciation for my own cooking. And lets face it, when it comes to food, there is simply no place like home. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Strawberry White Peach Smoothie

The weather is absolutely beautiful today here. It is sunny, but without the excruciatingly humid factor. It isn't cold, but is far from being hot. At least hot as it usually is here. Overall my day has been relatively good with the exception that I am still in dire need of a secretary. In between double workloads and multi-tasking, it can be extremely overwhelming, as it has been in recent months. 

After work today, I decided that I wanted to have a smoothie. I decided that I wanted something with strawberries and peaches, so I took the liberty of heading to the kitchen to make a smoothie with strawberries, white peaches, water and ice with a hint of agave syrup. 

I garnished my smoothie with some chocolate mint, as I have quite bunch of it growing in my garden. One thing I notice about mint plants is they try to take over your entire garden and eventually do if the proper maintenance is not kept. Rest assured, I have it under control. I probably should just have a garden with only mint considering I grow six varieties here at home. Chocolate mint seems to be the most flavorful, as it is my favorite from the bunch. 

Strawberries have an array of health benefits. They boost immunity, they regulate blood sugar and they prevent a plethora of problematic health issues. I also like them because they are great for your teeth excluding the seeds. White peaches also provide you with a variety of health benefits too. They are considered an antioxidant, so they very rich in vitamins and minerals. They boost immunity and work towards reducing allergy symptoms. They are also great for digestion. 

Sometimes simplicity is the only thing you need. And sometimes the best things in life are simple. This smoothie definitely epitomizes total bliss.  

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day, as I hope you have a fantastic weekend. #TGIF

Friday, April 12, 2019

Black Smoothie

After a long day at the office, I decided that I wanted some food bliss. I was craving a smoothie, especially something cold so I took the liberty of heading to my kitchen to make one of the most amazing smoothies I have ever consumed, the black smoothie. You are probably wondering "what on earth is a black smoothie?" as it is quite a rarity in the world of healthy drinks. A black smoothie is basically a mixture of only few fruits and ingredients, with the main ingredient being activated charcoal. 

So, I basically added fresh golden pineapple to my Cuisinart blender followed by golden mango and peaches. Then, I added some activated charcoal followed by some sea buckthorn berries, organic sugar cane juice, Vita Coco coconut water and some ice. 


This smoothie totally exceeds in my expectations, as it is extremely delicious. It is also modestly filling and gives me a much needed boost. The black smoothie is truly one I think I will make more often. 

Activated charcoal is not absorbed by the body, so it basically traps and eliminates all toxins in your body. This powerful antioxidant basically grabs the bad molecules in our bodies, traps them and eliminates them. 

Incredible right? 


Activated charcoal is extremely beneficial to health, as the benefits are endless. It is great for those of you with stomach and gut issues, including those of you with digestive and gas issues. It is amazing for those of you who suffer from kidney issues including those of you who suffer from kidney stones. It lowers cholesterol levels and is great if you have high cholesterol. It helps with those of you who suffer from potent and strong body odor. Another great use is insomnia, as this powerful holy grail can help you get more sleep at night. It helps those of you who suffer from any skin issues such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. And it also helps to whiten your teeth. 

Some people actually consume activated charcoal if they intend to get drunk, as most believe this cult-classic staple is great for hangover prevention. Personally, I've never tried this as I don't drink often. And as you may or may not already be aware, it is used in hospitals for people who have overdosed on drugs and/or poisons, as it works to attack and eliminate them in the body. Additionally, activated charcoal helps work as a natural water filter and works to remove fluoride and various forms of bacteria. 

Although I am not vegan (at least at the moment, I currently identify as vegetarian) I have been eating vegan for about three days and this smoothie is a great addition to virtually any vegan and/or raw vegan diet. It is also great for fruitarians also. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Mango Spring Smoothie

I just got home from a long day and the first thing I started craving was a delicious mango. As the national fruit of India, mangoes are quite possibly one of the most cultivated fruits in the world today. I love them in an array of dishes, especially sweet, savory and fruitful dishes. 

Today, I wanted to make a simple smoothie with just mango, ice and Vita Coco coconut water, which is what I did. I didn't add any sugar to this nor any other ingredient. I added these ingredients to my Cuisinart blender. 

Mangoes are very nutritional. Often dubbed the "King of all fruits" in India, this cult-classic staple is one of the healthiest foods can ever put in your mouth. 

Why?

Mangoes contain a natural form of "zeaxanthin" which is a powerful antioxidant which corrects, protects and prepares your eyes from harmful UVA/UVB rays. It also works to protect your eyes from various environmental stressors and DNA damage. And because of their vitamin A amount, mangoes are great for overall eye health.

This powerful fruit is infused with a lot of Vitamin K which is extremely vital in bone health. Low Vitamin K intake is associated with poor circulation, blood clots (including disorders such as Anemia) and stress fractures. Lack of Vitamin K is associated with poor bone mass and strength. To prevent these problematic issues, mangoes are one thing you should eat everyday.

Collagen is extremely vital. Vitamin C essentially helps in assisting collagen to build itself in the body. Excluding the 16 types of collagen, the most popular and important are type I, II and III; with I and III being important for the hair, skin and nails. Eating mangoes can help aid in hair health, skin health and nail health. 

Amazing right?

Additionally, eating a mango also helps with heart disease, in both prevention and restoration. It also helps with those of you who suffer from type 2 diabetes. And it helps with boosting immunity. By consuming this fruit, you can also boost your mental health and well being, as it helps with eliminating depression. Eating mangoes also helps with those of you with digestive issues. 

I am going to drink my smoothie now. Have a wonderful evening.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

2019: Happy National Beer Day

Today is officially National Beer Day. As you may or may not already be aware, beer day is held annually every year on April 7th. Primarily made up of hops, barley, yeast and water, beer is clearly the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world. They hold events all over the world including tap takeovers and beer tasting. 

I have to admit, though, I don't drink much, so when I drink a beer it is very rare. Although a nice cold brewsky can be good to enjoy sporadically. Especially with a double veggie burger, triple cheese pizza and vegan nachos. Can we say yum?

Surprisingly though, beer has an array of benefits. Can you believe it? At first, I couldn't, as anything with alcohol is never really good; however, beer in low amounts can actually work to help a variety of health issues including insomnia, stress, depression, dementia, gallstones, kidney stones, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and even hair loss. 

But, what does beer actually help? 

Beer works to protect, prevent and restore heart disease. It does this by creating "homocysteine" an amino acid present in the blood stream which helps regulate blood flow. Additionally, beer also helps with blood clots, poor circulation and even Anemia. 

It is also said that beer is known to help lower blood pressure. Because it is infused with the amino acid homocysteine and Vitamin B6, beer also works not only protect your heart, but helps aid in restoration. 

Who knew?

Additionally beer has a tremendous impact on your mental well being, as beer helps to eliminate stress, depression and even dementia. It also helps with insomnia and allows you to get a good nights rest. 

This does not mean consume a whole case of beer a day or even drink a full keg. These benefits are only found when consuming beer in moderation. So, the time is now to switch out that case of beer for just one a day, at the most. 

And before you stop reading, shockingly enough, beer has the same antioxidant level as wine with more protein and vitamin B than wine. Beer is actually healthier than wine. So you may consider switching your favorite glass of burgundy for a Budweiser. 

Happy National Beer Day! 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Buffalo Style Macaroni Cheese

Some people seem to think that when you are a vegetarian, you have very few options to choose from. This, of course, is false. As a vegetarian, I can tell that you have many options to choose from. Some of which, I have shared on this blog.

Today, I found myself wanting macaroni and cheese; however, I had a craving for bleu cheese and hot sauce also. Don't ask me why, I just wanted those two together. 

Then, it hit me. Why not incorporate those into this American classic dish to make a buffalo style? I basically boiled water, added some salt and pepper before adding the pasta. 

In another pan, I melted American cheese, Cheddar cheese and butter with a hint of cream. Then, I added some crumbled bleu cheese followed by some Frank's RedHot Sauce. I cooked this on medium heat before draining the pasta and adding it to it.

Finally, I plated the dish accordingly. I also added more hot sauce followed by crumbled bleu cheese for good measure. 

This is ultimately amazing. Although I know I won't be able to finish it all, I am pretty certain I will eat most of it. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Indian Cheese Paratha

Today I decided to make a cheese paratha. Utilizing flour, water, butter, ghee, milk and cheese, I am modestly satisfied with the result. And as flavorful as they are, I added a little garnish to them which consists of homemade pickled onions and sweet dill pickles. I also added two bay leafs for photographic purposes. 

Parathas are commonly made flatbreads in virtually every Indian house. Derived from Sanskrit, this delicious cult-classic staple are quite possibly one of the most popular flatbreads in India next to the famous Chapati (Roti) and Dosa. The first paratha I have ever tried was an "Aloo paratha" which consists of parathas stuffed with potato and spices. 

Tonight I decided to create my own style of paratha using paneer cheese, chhena cheese and buffalo mozzarella cheese. When preparing the dough, I used flour and water. I did not add any butter or ghee. 


I rolled the dough out using a small rolling pin. I added the ingredients in the middle before rolling it back. Then, I covered the entire dough with ghee. I used a lot of butter by placing some on the flat cast iron pan. I cooked both sides generously. I made only a few parathas, as one is quite filling. 

Finally, I placed them onto a plate. Garnished them with ghee and butter before adding the pickled onions and the pickle followed by the bay leafs. 

Needless to say they turned out great. The flavor is wonderful and the texture reminds me of why some of the greatest food on the planet comes from India. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Starbucks Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato

The new Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato.
Only at Starbucks.
(Photo by Armstrong Studios)
It is official, Starbucks has introduced the new Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato. Inspired by the Spanish Summer classic Leche Merengada, this spectacular Starbucks addition combines the essence of cinnamon and lemon zest for a very acquired yet flavorful, decadent drink.

This new addition to the Starbucks family includes a hallmark of layers. It starts with the whipped cloud cold foam (made with egg white powder) infused with a hint of cinnamon and a touch of lemon syrup and is topped with the internationally known coffee house's espresso. Then, the drink is garnished with caramel drizzle crosshatch and a pinch of cinnamon.

And like the Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato, this drink is available hot. The drink features an array of alternatives, as you can get this drink with almond milk and coconut milk. If you were to order a venti size of this drink with 2% dairy milk, the drink would be a total of 240 calories with 45 grams being from fat. With 42 grams of carbohydrates alone, this drink features 225 mg of caffeine, 36 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.

This drink is also offered in the blonde version, which is a less robust espresso and great for those who are looking for a lighter fare of the classic coffee drink. For more information about the new Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato, simply visit Starbucks today.

Starbucks Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato

The new Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato.
Only at Starbucks.
(Photo by Armstrong Studios)
Today, Starbucks introduced the Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato. This superb Starbucks addition starts with an unique blend of whipped cloud cold foam (made from egg white powder) and vanilla syrup and features the world-renowned coffee house's bold espresso. Then, the new drink is topped caramel drizzle in a decadent crosshatch design.


This drink is also available in hot and offers an array of milk alternatives too. So, you can order this drink with almond milk and coconut milk instead of traditional dairy milk. You will be on cloud 9 if you are a fan of this incredibly delicious Starbucks espresso fusion.

A venti size delivers 240 calories with only 40 grams of fat. This is in a dairy milk drink. With 40 grams of carbohydrates and 34 grams of sugars, this drink possesses 7 grams of protein and 225 mg of caffeine.

This drink is offered in a blonde version, for those of you looking for a lighter espresso drink. From past to present, Starbucks has been serving you only the best since the late 80s. This drink is definitely destined to feed your fix from start until finish. For more information about this new drink, simply visit Starbucks official website today.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

2019: National Frozen Yogurt Day

So today is National Frozen Yogurt day. Introduced in 1970, this healthy spin on the cult-classic staple we call "ice cream" has been taking over the food industry for decades. Of course, I wanted to celebrate by going to Kiwi Loco in Ontario, Oregon. 

The 40 minute drive from Meridian to Ontario is well worth it, as this is one of the best frozen yogurt shops I have ever been to. 

With so many toppings to choose from, Kiwi Loco also offers some of the best frozen yogurt I have ever tried. And the staff here is some of the nicest group of girls, as they are always so courteous and welcoming. 

If you haven't tried frozen yogurt, you need to. And if you don't like it, you haven't tried the right one. Once you try the healthy ice cream from Kiwi Loco, I don't think you will want to eat ice cream again. Unless of course it is really good and hard to put down. 

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Day everyone!