Caribbean Recipe For Diabetics

Janine Williams commented on my We Rise And Shine feature, asking if I would share a West Indian/Caribbean dish that would be suitable for a diabetic...

Hi Janine! Thank you so much for reading my interview on We Rise And Shine, and also, thank you for reaching out to ask for West Indian/Caribbean dishes recommended for diabetics.

While I do not give medical advice, and I strongly recommend you speak with your doctor regarding the best ingredients to use, I pulled up a sumptuous recipe for you that I'm sure you'll love!

DISCLAIMER: Please note that my blog post is for information only and does not intend to replace the advice of your doctor. Please consult your doctor for recommendations that are best for you.

 

HAWAIIAN SHRIMP KABOB

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice concentrate
  • 1 pound fresh sea scallops or shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 large mango, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1/2 papaya, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 large red pepper, seeded and cut into large squares

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the sherry, sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce, and pineapple juice concentrate. Add the shrimp or scallops. Let the shellfish marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare an outside grill or oven broiler by placing the rack 6 inches from the heat source. Remove the shrimp or scallops from the marinade. Reserve the remaining marinade. Thread the shellfish onto wooden skewers and alternate them with the mango, papaya, and red pepper.
  3. Place the skewers on the grill and frill for about 5 minutes, turning and basting with the marinade.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

Calories:170

Protein:16 g

Sodium: 429 mg

Cholesterol:95 mg

Fat: 2 g

Carbohydrates: 20 g

Exchanges: 2 Very Lean Meat, 1-1/2 Fruit

Source: The Diabetes Food & Nutrition Bible

Enjoy Janine!

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Nola Knows Best: How I Use Coconut Oil

L. Lafleur emailed me the following question:
"I am inspired by your story and wigh to know how you used the cocount oil. I am diagnosed with similar condition"

DISCLAIMER: Please note that my blog post is for information only and does not intend to replace the advice of your doctor. Please consult your doctor for recommendations that are best for you.

Coconut Oil Food Uses

1. Cooking at High Heat (Sautéing and Frying)  

Coconut oil is great for cooking at a high heat because of its high smoke point. Many other oils like olive oil can oxidize when heated but because coconut oil is made up of healthy saturated fats it remains stable under high temperatures.

2. “Buttering  Your Toast” 

For breakfast in the morning, try spreading coconut oil on your sprouted grain bread, instead of conventional butter. The slight coconut flavor, more pronounced in the unrefined coconut oils, lends a lovely aroma and taste to your toast.

3. Natural Energy Booster

The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil, when partnered with chia seeds, will give you an energy boost when you need a mid-afternoon pickup, or after a strenuous workout. Chia seeds are known to boost performance, and endurance while the coconut oil aids in digestion and metabolizing of the chia seeds. Mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil with ½ tablespoon of chia seeds, and enjoy from the spoon, or spread on sprouted grain bread.

4. Creamer for Your Coffee 

Adding a spoonful of coconut oil to your coffee can give you an extra boost of energy and replace dairy creamer. If you put your hot coffee in a blender, with the coconut oil and your favorite natural sweetener, and blend, you will be amazed at the rich creamy flavor, without adding any dairy. In the Far East, many athletes blend their morning coffee with coconut oil and grass-fed ghee to increase performance and energy.

5. Chocolate Coconut Fondue  

Enjoy dipping fresh fruit into dark chocolate? Well, by using coconut oil, dark chocolate has never been healthier, or easier. Slowly melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 cups of chopped dark chocolate (preferably 70% cacao) together over low heat in a double boiler, stirring occasionally. If mixture is too tight, add a touch more coconut oil and stir until warm and melted. Transfer to a fondue pot, and dip with even more health-promoting foods like fresh strawberries, bananas, and sliced apples.

6. Boost Nutrients in Smoothies

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to any fruit smoothie for a boost of cholesterol fighting compounds. Side benefit? It improves the texture and mouth feel of smoothies, while adding healthy fats to your diet.

7. Healthy Popcorn topping 

Remember when you were a kid and visited your favorite theatre for a matinee? Remember the glorious smell that permeated the air? Chances are that it was popped in coconut oil. Pop organic corn kernels in coconut oil and then drizzle with just a touch more melted coconut oil and some sea salt.

8. Replacement for Non-stick Cooking Spray

In a non-stick skillet, sometimes eggs still stick. With coconut oil, that is no longer a problem. Add just a teaspoon or two of coconut oil to the pan, and melt. Add the eggs and cook as desired. Cleanup will be a breeze.

9. Create Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise 

Use as oil in homemade mayonnaise recipe mixed with egg yolks. In a blender, combine 4 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, and ½ teaspoon dried mustard. Blend until combined. With blender still running, slowly add 1 cup coconut oil (melted), and ½ cup olive oil to create an emulsion. If you add the oils too fast, the mayo will break. If this happens, all is not lost; add ½ tablespoon of tahini, and blend until smooth.

10. Topping For Baked Potatoes 

Put coconut oil on baked sweet potatoes in place of conventional butter and then sprinkle on cinnamon. Also, use it for baked sweet potato french fries with some rosemary and sea salt.

11. Replace Unhealthy Fats When Baking

Yes, you can bake with coconut oil. Use the same amount as butter or vegetable oil that is called for in the recipe. For biscuits, pie crusts, and other preparations where the fat is to be cold, freeze the coconut oil prior to using. Use coconut oil to grease baking sheets and cake pans, and your baked goods will simply slide right out.

12. Make Homemade Healthy Granola

 Homemade crunchy granola made using heart-healthy nuts is a great treat for breakfast, or as the star in a fresh fruit parfait in the evenings. Combine 3 cups of old-fashioned oats, 1 cup chopped almonds, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ½ teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup, and 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar together in a large bowl. Melt 1/3 cup coconut oil and drizzle over, and then mix to combine. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes, and then rotate in the oven, and continue baking for another 5-7 minutes. Turn off oven, and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and break into clusters.

13. Sports Drink Replacement

Coconut oil gives the body quick energy in the form of its quick acting MCFA fats. Instead of relying on sugary processed drinks, try adding coconut oil and chia seeds to water with fresh fruit.

14. Natural Throat Lozenge  

Use coconut oil in place of store-bought lozenges that are usually made using artificial flavors and colors. Try swallowing ½-1 teaspoon of  coconut oil up to 3 times daily to ease the pain of a sore throat or cough, and combine licorice root tea with coconut oil for a natural throat soother. Try adding licorice root (fennel root), honey, and lemon too for an extra immunity boost again viruses and colds.

15. Prolong the Freshness of Eggs

You can use coconut oil to seal the pores in an egg shell and prolong the life of the eggs in your refrigerator. Try swiping a small amount of oil over the shells of the eggs and leaving it to penetrate, which will help prevent exposure to oxygen. This method should extend the life of your eggs for 1-2 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coconut Oil Beauty & Skin Uses

1. Natural Skin Moisturizer

Using coconut oil for skin  health works well as a moisturizer for your face. It absorbs quickly, and is non-greasy. At room temperature, coconut is a solid, but it quickly melts when it comes into contact with hands. Before bed, wash your face, and pat dry. Warm a dollop the size of a pea in your hands and rub in a circular motion into your face. Let sit for 5 minutes, and then wipe off what is still on the surface.

2. Wrinkle Reducer

For areas of concern around eyes, dab just a touch around the eyes to help fight pre-maturing aging. Leave the oil on overnight to soak in, and wake up looking refreshed. Combine with frankincense oil for additional anti-aging benefits.

3. Natural Makeup Remover

Just a small dab of coconut oil will quickly liquefy eye makeup, making it easy to wipe off. Rub coconut oil gently onto the upper lids and lower lids in a circular motion. Wipe off with a warm cloth. The benefit over commercial eye makeup removers, is that coconut oil will not sting or irritate eyes, and as a bonus, will help to hydrate around the eyes.

4. Lock in Moisture After Showers

After your shower, apply coconut oil liberally all over your body. Coconut oil will hydrate dry skin, and helps to soothe skin after shaving. As a bonus, coconut oil has a natural SPF and is great to protect your skin from sun damage. If you are applying to the bottom of your feet, do so outside of the tub, so as not to slip.

5. Lip Balm

 Dry chapped lips can happen during any season. Commercial lip balms are packed with unhealthy (and potentially toxic) ingredients, which is particularly concerning since we put them on our lips. The healing properties of coconut oil helps to nourish the lips, provides a touch of sun protection, and most importantly, is safe to consume. Combine 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of beeswax, and 1 tablespoon of shea butter in a nonstick saucepan. Warm slowly until melted. Use a small funnel to refill used lip balm containers. Allow to set up for 6 hours.

6. Personal Lubricant  

Coconut oil is an effective and safe personal lubricant. Unlike commercial preparations, its anti fungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties help keep the vaginal flora healthy.  (One note: avoid using coconut oil or any oil with any latex contraceptives, as it can corrode the latex.)

7. Natural Mouthwash

Mix equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda, and then add a few drops of peppermint essential oils.  Use daily to help whiten teeth, improve gum health, and freshen your breath. According to researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology, the antibiotic properties of coconut oil destroy the bacteria that causes tooth decay.

8. Coconut Oil Pulling

To improve the health of your teeth and gums, oil pulling with coconut oil, is the way to go. In Ayurvedic medicine practice, oil pulling is used to detoxify the mouth, killing bad breath, fighting bacteria, cures tooth decay, and helps to boost the immune system. Swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil immediately after rising in the morning. Spend 10-20 minutes swishing; do not swallow the oil. Spit the oil into the trashcan (not into the sink!) and rinse with sea salt water.

9. As a Gentle Face Wash 

Coconut oil can be used in natural face wash recipe to cleanse and moisturize. Mix with lavender oil, tea tree oil and raw honey for best results.

10. Wound Salve

Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years to speed healing of rashes, burns, and open wounds. You can use it just like you would neosporin. To make a homemade neosporin mix coconut oil, frankincense, lavender and melaleuca oil. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil help to keep the area free of infection, and the lauric acid in coconut oil helps to speed healing.

11. Cellulite Solution 

To fight stubborn and unsightly cellulite, mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil and massage in a firm circular motion into affected areas. Follow with dry brushing to help stimulate circulation and encourage cellular detox.

12. Massage Oil 

Coconut oil is a soothing and conditioning massage oil. Add a couple of drops of lavender oil and peppermint oil to help heal sore muscles, and stimulate mindful relaxation.

13. Nail Cuticle Oil

Apply coconut oil to your finger beds to reduce the risk of developing fungal infections and to make it easier to push back cuticles so your nails can naturally grow more quickly. If you go to manicure salons to get your nails done, you may be at risk for coming into contact with serious viruses and bacteria that often live on salon equipment, so coconut oil offers another layer or defense.

14. Soothing Foot Rub for Cracked Heels

Find relief for your dry, cracked heals naturally by rubbing them with coconut oil and allowing the oil to penetrate your skin. Try using 2 tablespoons of oil for both heels, and feel free to add other essential oils- like lavender oil- which can help to further reduce dryness and bacteria, plus give your feet a nice, relaxing scent.

15. In-grown Hair Treatment and Preventer

Rub areas where you frequently shave or are prone to bumps and infection with coconut oil. The oil helps to soften skin so hair can easily grow through the follicle properly without becoming ingrown, plus it kills bacteria at the same time.

16. Prevent and Treat Dandruff

This can help to encourage new hair growth, and will discourage dandruff. Rinse well (and then rinse again), and then style as usual. Your hair should be healthy, shiny, and full of body. If the coconut oil weighs your hair down, use less the next time, and rinse well.

17. Hair Texturizer and Gel Replacement

Many commercial brands of hair gel and mouse contain alcohol which dries out your hair, not to mention many other toxic chemicals and fragrances. Try using a bit of coconut oil rubbed into the ends of your hair to hold its style and condition it at the same time. The oil prevents fly aways and adds extra shine too.

18. Natural Vapor Rub and Cold Remedy  

Combine coconut oil with eucalyptus oil and rub the mixture on your chest or the chest of your children to open up your airways and facilitate breathing. Together these two work to increase circulation and clear congestion to help you get a good night sleep when you’re sick.

 

I really hope this helps Ms. Lafleur.

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Thanks to Draxe.com for info on additional uses for coconut oil!

Kitchen hacking: Salt is not your enemy

Now before you skip off into the sunset, opening jars across the miles, I have another kitchen hack I would like to share: How to get the scent of onions off of your hands. I use plenty of organic herbs and vegetables to season my dishes.

I love onions, but hate the smell that plagues my hands after using them. When I discovered this kitchen hack, I shared it on my Twitter and Facebook pages the same day. But, social media posts get buried under more social media posts so I thought I would place it here, where people can benefit from this tip time and time again.

The good news is salt is your friend!

A quick and easy way to remove the scent of onions from our hands is to ditch the soap and water and grab your salt shaker instead. Wash your hands with salt, rubbing it vigorously against your hands. Then rinse with warm water. The smell of onion will be removed from your hands and as an added benefit; they will be soft and supple from your salt scrub.

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Kitchen hacking: How To Show A Hard To Open Jar Who’s The Boss

We all love life hacking; simple tips that make everyday tasks a bit more bearable. Since I’m in the kitchen most days of my life many of the tips that I employ happen well…in the kitchen! Because these particular tips are specific to a culinary setting, I have coined the term “kitchen hacking”.

I have several kitchen hacks that I use often but below are two of my favorite kitchen hacks that I have learned recently and just had to share with my Sumptuous Bites followers: While jars are fantastic for food storage, sometimes they do their job a little too well. Who hasn’t had trouble opening a jar of just about anything? Here’s an easy solution to those stubborn jars that won’t require muscle but instead a simple household item: a rubber band.

Don’t believe me? Give it a try!

Just wrap the lid of the jar with a rubber band (use one with a thick width) and twist the lid open. It’s that simple! The rubber band adheres to the jar lid and provides enough traction to allow you to grip and open the lid with amazing ease.

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You’d Better Recognize and Veganize!

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Aside from delicious poultry and seafood, as a Caribbean-American fusion caterer I also offer vegetarian and vegan items to my clients. I’ve been asked time and time again how I create “veganized” versions of traditional favorites. So, rather than tell you how I’ve decided to show you with tasty vegan recipes that all of my sumptuous scholars of the culinary arts can try at home.






Buckwheat, Chickpea & Sweet Potato Jamaican Jerk Wrap

You Will Need:

  • Sprouted grain tortillas (or collard greens raw or steamed or gluten-free tortillas to make this recipe GF)
  • Mixed greens
  • Fresh lentil sprouts (optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp clean gluten-free jerk seasoning from a jar
  • Creamy Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Ranch Dressing (homemade is best)
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (if from a can, make sure you rinse them off) If you want to go super healthy use sprouted chickpeas.
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked buckwheat
  • 2 cups sweet potato, diced and steamed
  • 3-4 large kale leaves, chopped and steamed for 2 minutes, until tender or to liking.

Steam your diced sweet potato for 15-20 minutes until soft. A great way to tell if your sweet potato is ready is by using a fork to test its tenderness. Your fork should be able to pierce the sweet potato but the potato should not be so soft that it is mushy. It should be firm but still yield to the prodding of the fork. Once your sweet potato is cooked, add it to the bowl containing your buckwheat and chickpeas. Add the chopped kale to the steamer and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft. Mix all ingredients, stir well.

 
 

Next:

Add some spice to your life! Stir in your jerk seasoning. Store bought jerk seasoning is sold both in dry and wet form. I prefer the wet jerk seasoning. It usually has a more intense flavor. No matter which you buy, start with less and season to taste. If your hand slips and you place a little too much jerk seasoning, don’t worry. The ranch dressing will temper the heat of the jerk seasoning and compliments the spices very well.

Last:

Quickly steam your sprouted grain tortilla for approximately 2-5 minutes. Keep in mind that tortillas cook quickly and if overcooked will become extremely soft and then assume a crispier texture, similar to a tortilla chip. Be mindful of your timing.

Time To Veganize Your Taste Buds!

Grab a slated spoon and scoop the vegetable mixture into the warm sprouted grain tortilla. Add your mixed greens and lentil sprouts and top with a dollop of Creamy Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Ranch Dressing. Fold two corners and then neatly roll away from you keeping the contents inside until tortilla resembles a log shape. After preparing this delicious dish, the aroma alone will have you craving for a bite so, take one and enjoy! Not a fan of tortillas? Skip the wrap and toss the mixture onto a fresh bed of spring mix for a delightful salad.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Contact me and tell me what type of sumptuous dishes you would like help creating.

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Nola Knows Best: How Can I Beat The Heat

Dear Nola,

I really enjoy spicy foods, but as I get older my body doesn’t like the food as much as my taste buds do. I have tried to cut down on the pepper but food just doesn’t taste the same without it. Do you have any advice on how I can I still take in the spicy food without the consequences? -Beat The Heat

Dear Beat The Heat,

Being an island woman myself, I have a palate that craves a little spice in my sumptuous meals. Pepper has plenty of health benefits from arthritis relief to serving as an aid to weight loss. However, in large doses pepper can wield unfortunate consequences to its consumption. Some common issues from high doses of capscium (another word for pepper) are heartburn and indigestion to name a few. If you are experiences these symptoms or others, you may need to dial down your capscium intake. Peppers vary in their degree of heat and are ranked by a scale called Scoville units. Caribbean foods typically use scotch bonnet pepper which 100,000-350,000 Scoville Units. Jalapeno’s, popular in comparison, most jalapeño peppers which are often found in Mexican dishes have a heat rating of 2,500 to 8,000 on the Scoville scale.

Your solution:

Make A Swap: Swap out your scotch bonnet pepper for the less spicy jalapeno pepper

Cool Things Down: Offset your spice with ingredients like mango or coconut milk. They temper the heat while complimenting it.

Monitor Your Pepper Intake: Try eating two spicy dinner dishes per week as a treat and take a mild flavored approach for the rest of the week.

If you use those three tips you will be able to enjoy fantastic food without forfeiting the spice, well at least not too much! Hope it helps!

-Nola


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Catering on a Dime: 8 Quick Tips on How To Hire A Rockstar Caterer On A Modest Budget



Dear Nola,

My best friend is getting married next year and as her maid of honor I've been enlisted in helping her find a food caterer. Can you please offer a few tips on how to hire a rockstar caterer on a modest budget?

Thanks,
Helpless in New Jersey

Hi Helpless in New Jersey,

Thanks for your question and congrats to your best friend!
When hosting an event, food is an important as the guests attending.

Here are some tips on how to hire a caterer on even the most modest budget:


1. Choose A Caterer With A Customized Approach - Always choose people who are personable and flexible. Tell your caterer how you envision your event, along with your budget and preferences. It's important for a caterer to understanding of a client's personal needs and be able adjust compassionately and accordingly.

2. Availability - A caterer should be accessible. There's nothing more frustrating than working with someone you can never find to discuss important event/food matters. Be sure to ask your caterer of their hours and availability prior to hiring them. Propose some worst case scenarios and ask for solutions to potential problems. Make sure your caterer is prepared to assist you in creating a successful event.

3. Passion is the mother of great work - Work with caterers who love what they do. A reluctant caterer will most likely not go above and beyond to satisfy the needs of their clients. Ask who else they have worked with, visit their website, and check for reviews. The best way to gain a sense of what to expect is to read about the experiences of others.

4. Experience is the best teacher - Find out what kind of exposure your caterer has had with food. Ask what types of foods they are familiar with preparing, and request a tasting. Similar to restaurants, most caterers have a signature dish. Find out what your caterer does best and consider adding that to your menu.

5. Referrals - Check within your circle to find caterers your friends have used. They may be able to refer you to not only a company you can afford, but one you can trust to do a great job at making your event a success.

6. Find Caterers Who Have Partnership - Some caterers work directly with venues which can offset the cost of hosting your event. Ask your caterer if they have partnerships with venues and find out how much you can save by using partner venues.

7. Learn The Language - Most caterers will offer the option for “buffet” or “sit down” style serving. Buffest style allows guests to approach a food display to fill their plates whereas sit down style allows the caterer to place portions on a plate which is placed before each guest at the dinner table. Some catering companies offer waiters to server food at the buffet; however, you may also order the food and allow guests to serve portions as they wish. Determine which option is best for you and ask your caterer if they are capable of accommodating your needs.

8. Book Events In Bulk - If you’re planning to host several events within a specific time frame, it may be a good idea to let your caterer know in advance. Ask your caterer if you can sign a contract securing their services over a determined span of time for a discounted rate. You may save more if you book ahead.

Hosting an event doesn’t have to be hard. Hiring a great catering company is the first step in hosting an event that will keep attendees raving of its success. Have more questions? Interested in booking a caterer? Contact me. I’m happy to help!

-Nola

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Nola Knows Best : Advice for the True Foodie at Heart

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"Dear Nola,

I’m a Southern belle reigning from Texas and I have a wonderful fiancé who is Jamaican. He has been in the states for some years now and sometimes complains of being unable to find authentic Caribbean food in our area. I feel badly about this because he uprooted his life to move here to be with me. I’m not the best cook, but as a token of my appreciation for all he does, I wanted to prepare him a Jamaican meal. Can you help me?" - Culture Clash

Hi Culture Clash,

Fear not! Variety and in this case cultural diversity is indeed the spice of life. My suggestion would be to keep it simple and find a way to give your dish a tropical twist by adding a seasoning with a mix of Caribbean flavors such as jerk seasoning. This dish is packed with loads of flavor. After your guy gets a taste of this dish, it will remind him of the dishes he used to enjoy back home.

Good luck!
-Nola


Jerked Shrimp

Here's What You'll Need:
* 15 jumbo or Black tiger shrimp, butterflied
* 3 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 tablespoon jerk sauce
* ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 3 lemon wedges

How To Prepare It:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Arrange shrimp on a greased baking sheet.
3. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, jerk sauce, and the juice from one of the wedges of lemon.
4. Brush shrimp with mixture then sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper.
5. Broil for 7 to 10 minutes.
6. Serve hot, garnished with remaining lemon wedges.

Serves: 4 - 6

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5 Dinner Tips For Single Moms On The Go

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Being a single "mompreneur" is no easy feat. Most days I am either marketing for clients, meeting clients, or working a client event. Ironically, despite securing a profession in preparing foods for others, I have very little time to prepare food for my own family. Realizing that there are plenty of mom’s out there who are seeking a balance between work and home life, I have decided to create a few tips for moms on the go:

#5. Plan ahead, way ahead: Purchase your vegetables and wash, cut, and season them. Then place them in a freezer bag (remember to mark the date!). This will cut your preparation time tremendously.

#4 Stick with Seafood: Seafood tends to cook quickly. Shrimp is a great addition to rice and pasta and cooks in just a few minutes. Salmon is a filling type of fish that is rich in Omega 3, which has a variety of health benefits. Prepare your fish overnight , placing it in a casserole pan so that cooking only involves pre-heating your oven and popping it in!

#3 Get The Kids In On The Fun: Mom, I’m hungry! We have all heard it. Our children’s stomachs are often ready for food faster than us moms can prepare it. Want to find a great way to stall their appetites? Get the kids involved in the cooking and/or food preparation. I allow my little King to assume the role of sous chef in my kitchen and he often becomes so preoccupied with preparation that he forgets the rumbles in his toddler tummy. So get your kids in the kitchen, you’ll be thanking me later!

 

#2 Leftover Potluck: If you have a few leftovers from previous meals, don’t toss them! Leftovers are often not enough for two but far too much for one person to eat. Serve up all of the leftovers and make play on holiday dinner. The kids will love the spread and heating it up your feast will be the lengthiest part of your meal planning.

#1 Dish Up Dessert: When you are in a pinch and your meal isn’t as filling as you’d hoped, dish up some dessert! Keep a stash of fresh fruit on hand and give your little ones a fruit bowl after a meal. This will satisfy a sweet tooth while serving as a refreshing palate cleanser after a delicious dinner.

Need more tips? Submit a question to our contact page and it will be featured on Nola Knows Best.

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