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Arugula/Rocket Makes You Sexy

Arugula makes you sexy! Centuries ago Romans discovered an unlikely quality of this leafy green. Finding that those who ate it on a regular basis were more sexu ally energized, it became revered as a powerful aphrodisiac. It has since been used as a sensual enhancer throughout many regions of the world, and often combined with other aphrodisiac herbs like lavender and chicory to create a somewhat of a love potion. Arugula’s aphrodisiac qualities may stem from its stimulating effects on the body, providing power and energy that vitalizes the system. No matter what your reasoning for eating it, Arugula is a fantastic food to add to the diet. Like spinach it is a versatile green too. Don’t limit yourself to salads, try adding arugula to pastas, grains, sandwiches, wraps and soups, or blend it into a delicious spicy pesto! What are you making with your arugula? private chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach info@yadachef.com | 9

Milky Way Bars Recipe - Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Reminiscent of the chocolate candy bar of the same name, these are actually pretty good for you. We made 1/3 recipe (we were afraid we’d eat them all otherwise), and it worked out just fine. Nougat Filling: 1 cup (250 ml.) raw almonds, unsoaked (dry) 1 cup (250 ml.) raw cashews, unsoaked (dry) 3 Tbsp. (45 ml.) agave nectar 1 Tbsp. (15 ml.) water, or more if needed Caramel Topping: 1 cup (250 ml.) dry unsweetened dates 1/4 cup (60 ml.) pure maple syrup juice of half a lemon 1 Tbsp. (15 ml.) coconut oil 1/4 tsp. sea salt 1 cup (250 ml.) water (I used much less–it would have been watery otherwise) “Milk” Chocolate Coating 1 cup (250 ml.) pure cocoa powder 1 cup (250 ml.) pure maple syrup 1/2 cup (125 ml.) coconut oil, melted 1/4 cup (60 ml.) water Soak the dates in the water and lemon juice for an hour. Drain and reserve soaking liquid. Meanwhile, make the nougat. Nougat: In a coffee grinder, grind the cashews in small batches into a fine powder. Remove. Process the almonds

Imam Eggplants Recipe

Translated literally this means the Imam (a holy man) Fainted. I guess lying on their sides the stuffed eggplants look like a passed out Imam. Many included fresh tomato and cinnamon. This one does not. It was on the Isle of Crete that I learned the Turkish recipe. One year I decided to go to Greece early. A friend owned a resort. I ended up hooking up with a native of Crete that happened to be in the army and two tourist girls. He had extra bedrooms so we became “locals” for a while. Serves 4 4 eggplants 1/2 cup/125ml olive oil 2 onions, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons/30ml tomato paste handful parsley chopped Preheat oven to 400F/204C/Gas Mark 6 Cut the eggplant in half. Scoop out the center leaving about 1/2 inch/1.27cm around the skin. Chop up the insides. Heat half of the oil in a large stove top/oven proof pan. Fry the eggplant for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove to paper towels to drain. Add

Vegan Chou Farci (Stuffed Cabbage) Recipe

(Cabbage Stuffed with Barley and Split Peas) Be sure your barley and split peas are cooked prior to beginning this recipe. To save time, you can cook your barley in a pressure cooker or use ‘quick barley’. Ingredients: 1 large head of cabbage 1/2 cup barley/118 ml/78g, cooked (other grains can be used such as farro) 1/2 tablespoon/30ml olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 carrots diced 1 1/2 cups/343 ml/300g cooked split peas, drained 4 cloves of garlic, sliced 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika (or other paprika if you have on hand) 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste 1 egg, beaten salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1/2-1 cup/125-250ml  tomato sauce or juice Cabbage... In a large pot, large enough to submerge the whole cabbage, fill with water and bring to a boil. When boiling, add salt. Discard large outer leaves of the cabb

Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Need a little something different and elegant - a little rustic?  This soup is the answer.  It is thickened with potatoes, not flour, and is hearty enough to serve as a luncheon main course or starter for your next dinner party. Ingredients: 1 large head white cauliflower with leaves 2 medium potatoes (about one pound) 1 handful dandelion leaves (or fresh celery leaves) 1 small onion, chopped 2 cups/500ml vegetable stock (water or chicken stock is fine) 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 2 cups/500ml cauliflower water salt and white pepper, to taste (black pepper is fine) 1/2 cup/125ml white wine 1/2 - 1 cup/125-250ml cream or milk (regular or vegan is fine), optional croutons Directions: Wash and trim the cauliflower, keeping the pale-green inner leaves that cling to the head.   Separate the head into flowerets and cook in a large pot of salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes.   Drain the cauliflower, reserving 2 cups of the cooking water. Wash,

Quinoa Salad (keen was) Recipe

The first time I encountered quinoa I was living with my cousin in Manhattan on the lower east side. She was not the most handy person in the kitchen. When I walked in she yelled from her bedroom that the air-popper may be broken as she tried to “pop” the little seeds like you would pop corn and they got sucked into the air vents. This turned out well and since my day consisted of nothing but "creating at a desk"....I had time to sit down and eat. I added fresh tomato and left out the broccoli. Serves 4 2 ½ cups/625ml water or vegetable broth 2 cups/450ml quinoa 2 cups/450ml broccoli  ¼ cup/59ml red bell pepper ¼ cup/59ml yellow bell pepper ¼ cup/60ml canola oil 2 tablespoons/30ml fresh lime juice ½ teaspoon/2ml salt ¼ teaspoon/1ml black pepper Bring water or broth to a boil (if using water add salt). Add quinoa, lower heat, cover and simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed (15-20 minutes). Add broccoli to quinoa the last 5 minutes and allow to steam on top to

Eggnog Recipes, Traditional and Vegan

It is that time of the year, at least in most parts of the world: when the weather is cold, winds blow, snow falls and people gather together to celebrate with family and loved ones. South Florida may not get the snow and temperatures may not drop to what some consider cold, but for us the spirit of the holidays is the same.  Here are some egg nog recipes that hearken back to days of yore, and still can help to bring the “yuletide” on. Traditional Eggnog I do not know anyone that does not like eggnog, the rich and creamy drink synonymous with winter time. Serves 8 12 eggs, separated 2 cups/500ml bourbon (optional) ¾ cup/180ml brandy (optional) 1 ½ quarts/1.5L milk 2 cups/500ml heavy thickened cream 1 ½ cups/288g white (caster) sugar 2 teaspoons/10ml ground nutmeg In a large bowl and using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks together with the sugar for 10 minutes (the mixture to be firm and the colour of butter). Very slowly, add in the bourbon and brand

Feast On This, Tasty Recipes For "Lucky Beans"

It seems that St. Patrick’s Day is the only real celebration most people think of when it comes to the month of March.  Being of one half Italian heritage, another important day in March is The Feast of St. Joseph.  St. Joseph is known as the the patron saint of the worker and the poor throughout  Italy, and the fava bean, or broad bean, has the story of being the savior of a nation, that of Sicily.  Yes, Sicily is part of Italy, but that debate will not be waged in this article. As the story goes, there had been a horrible drought in Sicily.  All of the crops died. The fields looked like deserts in a sea of dust. After much praying to St. Joseph, there was one crop that survived and indeed thrived.  It was the fava bean, which is why it is now commonly called “the lucky bean.”  An added bonus is the nutritional value.  They are very low on the Glycemic Index, and in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Favas are also a good source of fiber, protein, phosphorus, copper and mang

Vegan Chocolate Covered Raisins Recipe

1 cup raisins 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips 1-2 tsp virgin coconut oil (more for thinner chocolate, less for thicker) 1/8-1/4 tsp cloves or cinnamon (optional) In a medium sized pot on low heat, place the chocolate chips, coconut oil and spices. Stir occasionally as they chips melt to mix  together.  Add in raisins and mix until all are coated evenly. Spread out mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.   Place into fridge to harden.  Once hardened, break up pieces and eat!!  Super simple and delicious. Store the rest (if there are any left!) in the fridge.

Get your Freekah on! Vegan Burgers and Balls Recipe

Baked or fried this are sure to please even the carnivores.  Freekeh gives the mouth feel of meat and mushrooms the meaty taste. Makes 8-10 burgers or about 20 “meatballs” 4 ounces/116g uncooked freekah 3 shallots, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced and mashed into a paste 4 ounces/116g mixed mushrooms (we used baby bella, white, and shiitake) small bunch parsley, chopped 1 15 ounces/425 can of chickpeas drained 1 teaspoon/5ml olive oil 1 tablespoon flax with 3 tablespoons  water  OR 1 egg 1/4 cup/59ml/43g potato flour (sub rice or almond flour or 1/2 cup/118ml/60g dried bread crumbs) 1 teaspoon/5ml sea salt 1/2 teaspoon/2ml ground black pepper In a medium sauce pan on medium high heat add the freekah and spritz with oil.  Toast for 30-45 seconds.  Add enough water to come the width of 2 fingers above the  freekeh.  Turn the  heat up to high and cook until the water reaches  the top of the freekeh.  Stir, cover and turn the heat down to low.  Cook for 16 mi

The Unhealthy Vegetarian/Vegan

Unhealthy you say? How can that be? Whether you are already eating a vegetarian or vegan diet or just considering it, you can still eat unhealthy. Potato chips (crisps) and French fries (chips) are vegan. Coca Cola and Sprite are vegan. Eating a surfeit of these foods is definitely not healthy. We have all seen and heard the outspoken person harping on how much more healthy they are because they switched to a vegetarian diet, yet some are either obese or sickly thin with an unhealthy pallor. So why eat a non-meat diet you ask? Some people are vegetarians because of animal rights, some are vegetarians for religious reasons, and some do it for health reasons. There are different categories of the vegetarian diet.  Lacto vegetarians are vegetarians that eat dairy products; however they do not eat eggs. Lacto-ovo vegetarians eat dairy products and include eggs in their diet. Pesco vegetarians eat everything that lacto-ovo vegetarians eat plus fish. Vegans eat only plant based foods and