I am not a dietitian, I am a Research and Development Chef with a Nutritional Concentration. This site is based on opinions I've formed through my research and experience working for manufactured food processors.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Cool Nutrition Calculator

 Today I made a nice kale, blackberry, banana, and aloe juice smoothie. I visited about.com's calorie count and nutrition label maker, and was able to analyze the nutritional content of my breakfast.

With a few minor adjustments, I was able to create the above nutritional label. All I had to do was enter the amounts of the ingredients below:

I like this calculator because it's fast and easy. I didn't have to pull up ingredients through a database like some of the other nutritional calculators out there. Want to analyze your own recipes? Click here to go to the website.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Seitan Fajitas

Seitan a.k.a. wheat gluten, is made by soaking wheat flour in water and rinsing the starchy portion of the wheat away while isolating the gluten. Gluten is the main protein of wheat. Seitan's origins are traced back to China, and it's frequently used in food prepared for Buddhist. Here is the recipe courtesy of the Wellness Chef, and my vegetarian cuisine instructor  Eric Stein:

1 cup wheat gluten flour
2 cups water
1tsp Coriander
1 tsp Cumin
Salt & Pepper tt

Mix together the wheat gluten and water. This can be done by hand with a thin wooden spoon, or in a Kitchenaid stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. Continue to mix until the dough forms a mass. Then at this point add the spices (the sky is the limit!) This is what it will look like:

Take the dough and wrap it tightly in plastic or foil, and place it into a steamer:

Cover and steam for at least 1 hour. The color will vary depending on what type of spices are incorporated.

  Once cool, slice thinly.

Than saute until golden brown.
Cut into fajita shaped strips and add your favorite toppings like peppers and onions for a delicious, protein filled vegan or vegetarian dish that even meat eaters will enjoy.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Red, Red Tomatoes

Be still, my beating heart... I found these lovely tomatoes at the Grand Haven Farmer's Market in Michigan. Brimming with lycopene which contains antioxidant properties, these gems are brought to you by Visser Family Farms in Zeeland.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cheese? Yes Please!

Wisconsin you've come a long way baby. I just tried these two cheeses that I purchased from the Green City Market last Saturday. Brunkow Cheese of Wisconsin produces Avondale Truckle and Little Darling under the Lafayette Creamery Label. According to the GC website, this year’s artisanal cheeses are made with milk from a single herd of 100% grass-fed Jordandal Farm's Jersey cows.

Happy Cows + Artisanal Cheesemakers = Deliciousness!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Green City Featurette - The Honest Meal Project

Chef Dana Cox-Lipe

There's a newbie at the market and she's cookin' it up! Chef Dana Cox-Lipe with The Honest Meal Project was selling some honestly killer salads, but she's also unveiled her brilliantly new CSA concept "Honest Puree "CSA". The purees are made the night before the market with the freshest and most seasonal produce. They are great for soups, sauces, salad dressings and get this BABY FOOD! How awesome. We purchased two different versions:

Carrot & Potato Spinach
I'm thinking about getting crafty and maybe using the potato spinach puree to make some gnocchi's. I'll post the recipe once I get it down!

Dogs of the Farmer's Market

It was so nice to see everyone yesterday at the season opening of the outdoor Green City Farmer's Market. Even the puppies were happy to see each other!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mark your calendars!

Guess what's opening up this Saturday... here's a hint.

The easiest and best bread recipe ever!

Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street Bakery in NYC first came on the scene with this recipe about 5 or 6 years ago. I found out about it last month, apparently I am SO not in the know. I've been playing around with his original recipe and have crafted my own personal favorite loaf. Once I got this down I stopped buying bread and baby... I'm not lookin' back!

The recipe below is for modified white bread. That being said, using 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 white is very delicious as well, not to mention better for you. AND, I found some stunning, coarsely ground flour at my local farmer's market from Breslin Farms.


2 cups of white bread flour
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups water


Mix the dry ingredients together (yes this includes the yeast). Add the water and mix just until combined. Hold the dough in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave it out on your counter overnight for at least 16 hours.

Than line a bowl or proofing basket with cloth and dust heavily with coarsely ground flour, wheat bran, sesame seeds, hemp seeds or any other potential crust enhancer. Put the dough in the bowl, dust the exposed side with more of the crust enhancer, and cover with cloth. Let this sit on the counter for 2 hours.

When there is only 45 minutes left on your resting dough, preheat the oven to 450. Place a heavy set pot with a lid (cast iron is preferred but not necessary) in the oven for at least 30 minutes and let it get scalding hot.

Now this is the hardest part. Quickly remove the hot pot and lid from the oven, swiftly flip the dough into the pot, cover and put back in the oven for 30 minutes (covered!). The moisture from inside of the bread steams the outside to create a grade A crunchy crust. After 30 minutes remove the lid and continue cooking for 15 minutes to brown. Remove bread immediately from the pot and set on a rack to cool.

The house will smell like heaven. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Gluten Free Tangy Tuna Noodle Salad

4 oz rice noodles
1 can of tuna (or 4 oz fresh, cooked tuna)
1 TBSP mayo
1 tsp mustard
1/2 celery stalk, minced
1/4 red onion, minced
2 TBSP fresh dill, picked & chopped
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/4 tsp celery salt
salt & freshly ground black pepper TT

To cook the noodles, boil the water and add the noodles. Turn off the heat and let set for 8 minutes or until tender. Drain and run through cold water to chill. 

Mix remaining ingredients together and add the noodles, stirring to coat. Chill for 20 minutes to let the flavors meld together and enjoy.