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PICKLED GARLIC RADISHES!!!

In At home cooking, clean food, popular recipes, Raw food, skinny grocery list, vegan, Vegetarian On June 14, 2015 1 Comment

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    Happy Sunday babes!

As promised on my Instagram, I am bringing you my favorite and super EASY recipe for pickled radishes! On a recent trip to my annoyingly jam-packed Whole Foods, I decided to pick up produce that I normally wouldn’t purchase on my weekly shopping trip. These babies were calling my name! Big pink balls….hmmm. I’ll take em’.

Lol. Anyyyyyyway… I promise they’re REALLY delicious raw, pickled, or cooked. Why should you consume these big pink balls…

HERE’S WHY!

  1. Radishes are very good for the liver and stomach, and it acts as a powerful detoxifier too. That means that it purifies the blood and eliminating toxins and waste. 
  2. Radishes are considered roughage, which means that it is composed of indigestible carbohydrates. This facilitates digestion, water retention, and it fixes constipation, which is one of the major causes of piles.
  3. Radishes are diurectic in nature, which means that they increase the production of urine.  It also cleans out the kidneys and inhibits infections in the kidneys.
  4. Radishes are very filling, which mean that they satisfy your hunger without running up your calorie count. High in fiber and low on the glycemic index
  5. Are rich in vitamin-C, folic and anthocyanins, they have been connected to treating many types of cancer, particularly colon, kidney, intestinal, stomach and oral cancer. Radishes are part of the Brassica family, and like the other members of that taxonomic classification, these cruciferous vegetables are packed with antioxidants.

For more info… read up on Organic Facts. *source

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This glorious pickled veggie is fabulous over some BOMBA carne asada tacos, or some Soyriso tacos for all my Vegetarians out there 😉 Throw some on a salad, and even use up some of the vinegar as dressing! Helllllo!!!

Point is…it’s very versatile! Hell, even throw in some sliced carrots and jalapeños for some more bite!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • One bunch or organic radishes
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup vinegar (Iused organic apple cider vinegar, but you could use white, or red)
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic ( I like it really garlic-y, otherwise leave whole)
  • 3 tbsp honey (I used Natures Hollow -sugar free)
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt

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DIRECTIONS:

***Rinse radishes and cut the green tops off.

***Use a mandolin to thinly slice radishes or use a very sharp knife. Add into mason jar or other canning jar that can be securely tightened. Add chopped or whole garlic, and peppercorns

***In a saucepan, heat up water, vinegar, honey (or sugar) and salt until BEFORE it boils.

***Let the liquid cool before adding it to glass jar of radishes.

***Once cool, add mixture into the jar and tightly seal.

KEPT IN THE FRIGDE FOR UPTO 2 WEEKS. 

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Hope you all enjoy! It’s super easy, and remember, you can pickle faaaaakin ANYTHING! Pick up some glass canning jars and lesssss go!

Please let me know if you try this out!

xoxoxo!!!

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THE GADARENE SWINE! Best Vegan In town!

In clean food, Dinner dates, Fridays, Restaurants, spotlight, Uncategorized, vegan, Vegetarian On June 5, 2015 1 Comment

Fresh Friday here at From Fries To Fit!

Although todays post is dedicated to my vegans…there’s no doubt that ALL vegans, carnivores, and vegetarians alike would go batshit over the beautifully crafted food at The Gadarene Swine. The VEGAN sister restaurant to Scratch BarLA, in which chef Phillip Frankland Lee offers a complicated, artistic but perfectly paired array of mostly animal fats & proteins. My kinda thing. FOR SURE. The Gadarene Swine is the OPPOSITE. Ode to the Vegetable! (without skimping on the flavor of course!) Have you ever heard of a meat eating chef opening up a vegan spot? Yeah, me neither. Well, when I caught wind of chef Lee’s “no animal, all vegan” new venture here in Studio City, I thought, “hmmm this could be perfect!”

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Listen, I’m no vegan, and clearly, he ain’t either honey, but as a food lover…foodie…whatever you want to call it, I can appreciate the art and tastes of all cuisines.  The “Valley” has been on the way up in restaurant culture. The fact that I don’t have to shlep back to Downtown or Hollywood to have a delicious and interesting meal, makes me fuckin’ jump for joy! So, when my brother’s GF, Sarah, a veggie aficionado, came into town from Vancouver, I knew this was going to rock her world.

Sarah, Mom, & I walk in, and are immediately drawn to the beautiful, rustic garden patio. Wood, plants, and succulents everywhere. A mini oasis if you will. Let me make something clear here…this isn’t your typical “Veggie Grill” experience. This is fine dining babes. With that said… expect fine dining prices.

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As we cozied up with our Pinot’s, we selected various dishes from the A La Carte menu. Other menu options include: 3 different chefs choice tasting menus, with option of wine pairing. So fancy for the “valley”right?!. Haha. Get into it people. It’s an experience, ok?! The staff was very nice. Each dish explained, and service was above par.

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First up…Olive Stuffed Olives…. Holy, BEST THING I EVER, SO CAREFULLY PUT in my MOUTH!!!!  Soft on the inside, crispy on the outside without being greasy. Made with a touch of honey.

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Each presentation better than the next. Homemade, lightly toasted sourdough alongside crushed tomato oil with balsamic glaze. This was so delicious! So full of flavor. I mean…it’s in a nest for god’s sake.

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Ok, here’s where it gets really fabulous. Look at those colors! This, ladies & gents, is a multi-colored blackened cauliflower, over a bed of creamed cauliflower, topped with dehydrated cauliflower chips & chopped pistachios. O.M.GEEEEEEEE! Loaded inside a beautiful clay bowl, the display itself makes you NOT want to share. Chef Lee somehow manages to separate the flavors of the same vegetable through different textures and seasonings. FAVE!

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Ok, mind you…I’m not eating all of this alone. Lol. Between 3 of us, we shared everything. Here is a shot of our next dishes up.

Dirty rice and Hand torn pasta with shaved onions. Both incredibly flavorful! The pasta was done al dente with pureed tomato sauce filled with great texture derived from capers, fresh greens, shaved onion and even, a hint of sweetness from a lil fruit. Perhaps it was pineapple. Not sure, but it definitely held up to, even some of the best pasta I had in Italy recently.The crispy rice was incredible. Brown rice flavored with nori, filled with mushrooms, squash, crispy onions, shaved carrots, avocado… etc. Honestly one of the best vegetarian/vegan meals I have ever had. I know ya’ll, bold statement, but I felt fresh, not heavy. Not one bite of tempeh, tofu..none of that. Everything centered around the “vegetable”.

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In that bigger piece of heavy & beautiful pottery, is roasted mushrooms over burnt mashed sweet potato. Woohoooo!

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Heres a close up. Beautifully dressed with a hint of acidity, the flavors pop in your mouth, & you really hone in on all the smoky flavor of the roast. With a mix of different mushrooms, fresh peas, greens, and a few crunchy nori chips, it all comes together in a big bowl of “Bitch, taste thissss!!!”

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We had a wonderful experience here. The food… fresh, local, organic. Thanks The Gadarene Swine! Also, check out Scratch Bar in LA!

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Cha CHa CHA CHIAAAAAA! Benefits of the superfood & a FABULOUS GIVEAWAY<3

In At home cooking, clean food, giveaway!, popular recipes, Raw food, Reviews, Uncategorized, vegan On May 14, 2014 8 Comments

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Hello Friends!!!!

I don’t know what the hell has come over me. I have had a serious case of writers block or, frankly…laziness the pastcouple weeks. womp wompppppp. I mean, I’ve been working out and cooking, but have been totally neglecting you all.

Ugh, my lack of blogging has become out right embarrassing. lol.

Anyway, today, Thursday morning at 6:00 A.M. I have finally busted out my old ass Macbook Pro and sat at my desk to bring you a very much awaited post. I’ve been dying to post this YUMMMMYYY ass recipe Of….wait for it…..

 

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MANGO COCONUT CHIA SEED PUDDING

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 I was stoked to receive a great package from Mamma Chia to try out and to share my opinion. I am NOOOOOO stranger to the wonderful benefits of chia seeds. Let me tell you. I’ve always LOVED a great chia pudding! In one tablespoon of chia you will consume 2,430 mg Omega-3s, 4 grams fiber, 3 grams complete protein, and ONLY 60 calories!!!

In wanting to try a new recipe, I started researching some of the blogs I follow for inspiration.

BOOOOYAKASHA….

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I found the perfect recipe to share! This recipe is by my homegirl over at Skinnytaste.com, and she killed it with this recipe for:

MANGO COCONUT CHIA SEED PUDDING

I followed it pretty much to how she made it, and the results were incredible!!!! Just a few key ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a bowl of SUPERFOOD heaven!

The recipe is listed above, but again:

**Ingredients**

  • 1/2 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3/4 cup fresh ripe mango, diced
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened reduced fat shredded coconut
  • 4-6 drops liquid stevia(or agave/honey to taste)

**Directions**

  1. In a bowl, add 2 tbsp CHIA seeds & Unsweetened Reduced Fat Shredded COCONUT
  2. Add your Light Coconut Milk (I used this one), and your Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. ( I use this one) & your sweetener of choice. I used my fave sugar free honey by Natures Hollow.
  3. Mix and beat with a fork and you will begin to notice the chia seeds and mix become gelatinous. THIS IS GOOD!
  4. Now, fold in your very ripe chunks of mango. 
  5. Place in fridge for and hr or two. WOWOWOWOWOWO!!!!

Servings: 2 • Size: 1 cup Calories: 159.1 • Fat: 9.6 g • Protein: 3.6 g • Carb: 17.9 g • Fiber: 6.5 g • Sugar: 9.2 g Sodium: 52.2 mg  20140428-161805.jpg  Before I get into this fabulous MAMMA CHIA giveaway, I wanted to share with you (if you already don’t know) The AMAZING benefits of CHIA seeds. Chia seeds are super rich in Omega-3s, antioxidants, protein, and fiber.It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or milled, while flax seeds have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits for example. LOOK — 10 reasons to add chia seeds to your diet: (source: Huffingtonpost.com)

Combat Diabetes Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids-can also prevent blood sugar spikes.

Get More Fibre  Just a 28-gram or one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre — about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. Adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you’re getting a good amount of fibre, which is important for digestive health.

Stock Up On Omega-3 Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. These fats are important for brain health. “There’s better conversion of omega 3s into the plasma or into the food than with flax seed,” said researcher Wayne Coates.

Stronger Teeth And Bones  A serving of chia seeds has 18 per cent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which puts your well on your way to maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.

Don’t Forget Manganese  Manganese isn’t a well-known nutrient, but it’s important for our health: it’s good for your bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin. One serving of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 per cent of your recommended intake of this mineral.

Plenty Of Phosphorus With 27 per cent of your daily value for phosphorus, chia seeds also helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also used by the body to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.

Pack In The Protein  Chia seeds also make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don’t have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value.

Fight Belly Fat  Chia’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, according to Live Strong. This type of resistance can also be harmful for your overall health.

Get Full. Faster Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, is also found in chia seeds. While tryptophan is responsible for that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner for example, it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.

Improve Heart Health  According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol. All good news for your ticker! If that doesn’t make you wanna run to your nearest market and splurge on some CHa Cha CHIA seeds, Shit, I dunno what else to tell ya! lol. 20140428-161823.jpg

 Lucky for one of you…A LUCKY From Fries To Fit reader will will this MAMMA CHIA Super package! Here’s What you WIN!!

**        One week’s supply of Mamma Chia products – 7 Chia Squeezes

           Delicious 70 calorie squeeze snacks that are GLUTEN-FREE & VEGAN in 2 of there delicious flavors. These are organic and NON-GMO, a good source of fiber AND contain 1200mg of Omega-3. Great for an On-The-Go snack, for kids and adults, and for a lil extra natural energy! I’ve tried both flavors…in fact, I even had a couple friends try them out, and people fell in love with the flavor and texture. I found that refrigerating them before consuming was best.

**        7 beverage vouchers

  • I LOVE these Vitality drinks! There are 9 fab flavors and you can reap the benefits of this power seed with some amazing flavors! Heres the brake down of what you can expect in one bottle of Mamma Chia Vitality:

mamma chia natural energy drink nutrition

  • 2500 mg Omega-3s
  • Excellent Source of Fiber
  • 4 g Complete Protein
  • 95 mg Calcium
  • Powerful Antioxidants
  • Gluten-Free and Vegan
  • Lightly Sweetened
  • Less than one tablespoon of Organic Agave
  • Environmentally Friendly, Glass Bottle

 

 

 

 

 **        One copy of Janie’s book – Chia Vitality

  • In Jane Hoffman’s Book: Chia Vitality: 30 Days to Better Health, Greater Vibrancy, and a More Meaningful and Purposeful Life, she shows you how integrating chia into your diet to really boost your stamina, help you lose weight, and feel more alive than ever before. She offers a 30 day program to well-being with this little superseed as the key factor.This is what the plan offers:

*A flexible meal plan packed with flavorful whole foods and easy, delicious recipes to help you fuel your body, mind and soul *A simple yoga routine to build strength and flexibility *A meditation course that will awaken and renew spiritual energy with just minutes a day *A strategy for engaging more deeply in the world around you

      Janie also offers her personal story of how she suffered severe auto-immune diseases, and after years of trying doctor after doctor, she turned to an alternative method that included changing her diet, a yoga practice, meditation, and the power of our friend, the CHIA seed. 3 months later..remarkably she was symptom free.  

**        One Mamma Chia T-Shirt

**        Total retail value: $75

 

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To ENTER….

  1. FOLLOW @fromfriestofit & @mammachia on INSTAGRAM
  2. FOLLOW @fromfriestofit & @mammachia on TWITTER
  3. Leave me a blog comment sharing ur email & why you love CHIA!!!

Winner will be drawn random and will be chosen and posted in 1 week.

Giveaway ends: May 22nd 2014. Once chosen, you will receive an email from ME!!!!!!!

good luck babes!!!!

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Disclaimer: I received the Mamma Chia products mentioned in this post through a campaign I participated in with FitFluential. No compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.

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