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the beauty of a garlic press

4 Nov

photo (31)The small things really matter when it comes to cooking (and many things in life).

Is there something that you can change in your kitchen that will make an impact on your daily cooking activities?

For example, do you use lots of garlic in your recipes, but are not that thrilled when you need to mince it, resulting in smelly garlic fingers?

Then pamper yourself with a garlic press, honestly, it will change your world!

If you haven’t yet ventured onto a garlic press, you will be amazed at how efficient and helpful this tool is. You don’t even need to peel the cloves! All you do is place your garlic clove(s) into the press and squeeze, and you’ve got yourself some fresh pressed garlic in no time!

Not only is this device a convenient cooking tool, research has strongly suggested that “using fresh garlic would provide maximal and added benefits” to cardiovascular patients, meaning it’s great for your heart. Due to its hydrogen sulfide contents, garlic relaxes blood vessels, allowing more blood to pass through when eaten raw.

What cooking tools help you in your daily life?

tumeric chickpea burgers

4 Jun

photo-38Turmeric is pretty in these days, and for good reason!

Known as an anti-inflammatory, natural antiseptic, liver detoxifier, wound healer, free radical safeguard, and digestion helper, turmeric is special indeed.

Add in some turmeric to spice up regular ole chickpeas, and mix it all together for a delicious bean burger!

Here’s how:

Serves 2 – Prep time 5 minutes – Total time 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, soaked and cooked, or from a can (make sure to rinse)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric, look for non-irradiated spices
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 dashes of paprika (or add more, depending on your desired spice level)
  • 2 dashes of cayenne (or add more, depending on your desired spice level)
  • 1/2 lemon juice, and zest
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice toasted bread, processed into breadcrumbs
  • a handful of cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp canola oil
  • Optional aioli: 1/2 tbsp vegannaise mixed with 1 medium sized minced garlic clove

Directions:

1. Prep your ingredients: Toast bread, chop onion, mince garlic, rinse and pluck cilantro leaves. Make aioli (optional) by mixing vegannaise and garlic together. Blend toasted bread in food processor to create homemade breadcrumbs. Leave in for the next step.

2. Blend and make patties: Add chickpeas, spices, lemon juice, zest, olive oil, salt, egg, cilantro and onion into the food processor. Blend until mixed well. Create small patties, stacking them on a plate.

3. Cook. Take out a medium sized sautee pan. Over medium/high heat, add canola oil. Place patties into the pan, cooking on each side for 5 minutes. Repeat until all patties have been cooked, adding in more canola oil as you go to prevent them from sticking.

4. Eat. Place on a plate then garnish with cilantro using your aioli as a tasty dip, or try it out with some slices of avocado, or even sprouts!

For an everyday way to incorporate turmeric into your diet, try this delicious smoothie recipe!

pantry sandwich

5 Nov

Here is an easy sandwich recipe idea that uses up pantry items, and takes no time to make.

Makes 2 servings, recipe adapted from Food 52:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 baguette
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tuna can
  • 5 olives, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, sliced thin (if you have on hand)
  • sprinkle of parsley (if you have on hand)
  • splash of lemon juice (also optional)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Slice the bread in half lengthwise. Drizzle olive oil and rub with garlic. Fill the bottom of your bread with tuna, olives, onions, peppers, parsley. You can also add any other jarred veggies if you have them. Season the tuna with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the top half back on and dig into this no cook recipe.

Photo courtesy of Food 52