by Rose Elder
by Rose Elder
By Rose Elder
I was telling my mother about todays post. And she was like: Ok, so, the cauliflower is the wrap? No mom, they are simple cauliflower tacos. So the cauliflower is a spread in the taco? No mom, the cauliflower is used instead of the protein! So for anyone that likes to have meatless Mondays this is a great option for you. This is also a fun way to add more vegetables to your diet! I mean it, they are so tasty and you feel full after eating them as well.
Here the recipe, this makes 4 tacos, so double the recipe if you need more:
Cut the head of cauliflower into little florets. Cover them with the olive oil and pinch of salt. In a cast iron pan (very important, specially to add flavor), cook them at 425 f in the oven for 50 minutes tossing them half way. They shouldn’t be mushy.
Cut the habanero chile very small and mash it into the avocado. Add the lime juice and salt. You can also use your immersion blender instead. Set aside.
Cut the onion and cilantro and mix it to the shredded cabbage. Set aside.
Heat up your tortillas in a griddle. Spread a thick coat of the avocado mix on the tortilla. I would even spread it a little bit more than I did so when you bite at the top of the taco you not only bite into the cabbage mix.
Add the cauliflower and top the taco with the cabbage mix. You are done with a super simple, healthy and delicious meal.
Happy Monday everyone!
by Rose Elder
There is a kids section at the library that is worth visiting if you are around. There are obviously many books as well as interactive digital tools. There are also reading times for kids, just look them up here.
You might event want to stop at Petco Park to watch The Padres play baseball if they are in season. They have a kids section with a huge sandbox and tickets are pretty cheap, around $10-$15.
A fun experience for the kids can be taking The Coaster train that departs from Santa Fe Station in Little Italy, to north county. Stop at Solana Beach and walk around Cedros Street. They have amazing little boutiques and galleries. Solo is for sure my favorite.
You can visit South Park after going to North Park or vice versa. They are pretty close to each other, maybe a 5 minute drive. Here you can walk the streets, stop at Station for a burger. Station is a pretty cool place with a kids area, so its always busy. Visit The Gold Leaf and Junc Boutiques. Then have an ice cream at The Daily Scoop on Juniper or a chocolate dessert at Eclipse bar and bistro.
Located in Downtown San Diego. It is pretty amazing, super modern and ample. Many hands-on activities for the kids. I believe it’s $8 per person to get in.
The San Diego Zoo if you have the time it is incredible. It is huge, so it will take you all day to see it. The only problem with the zoo, if you care, is that in the summers it is packed. It is honestly hard to walk around. I try to go with girlfriends early mornings in the fall.
The Waterfront Park is located in Downtown San Diego west of Little Italy. It is one of the most amazing parks you will ever visit and it is free! They have a huge area where the kids can splash and a playground with fun and creative structures. If you have the energy take a 20 minute walk to The Headquarters and have lunch at Puesto. Great Mexican food! Don’t forget to walk around Seaport Village after your meal.
The views are out of this world. I can go on and on on the history here, but what you need to see is the views of downtown San Diego and the bay, the light house and visit the cemetery on your way out.
I really hope this answers some of your questions on what to do when you visit this amazing city with your families.
What are some of your favorite spots in San Diego?
by Rose Elder
There are two things that make me love cooking even more:
Put washed portobellos in a Ziploc bag with the oil, a pinch of salt and pepper. Close the bag and move it in every direction carefully so the mushrooms are covered with the oil and spices.
Slice the green onions, cilantro and avocado to use as garnish.
Heat up the grill on high for about 5 minutes. Add the portobellos upside down on the grill and leave it on high. Close the grill and cook them for about 10 minutes. You want to get those nice grill lines on the mushrooms.
Slice the portobellos.
You can heat up the tortillas on the grill as well. Just set it on low and turn them after 3 minutes. Leave them 2 additional minutes. Don’t leave them too long or they will get crispy.
You are ready now to assemble your portobello tacos. Put all your ingredients in a corn tortilla and you are good to go!
I like to add some spice with habanero salsa, Adam likes them with Tapatio. You can decide on that one.
by Rose Elder
My day gets much more exciting when I hear the mailman dropping off the mail and I see my new Bon Appétit magazine in it! I’m telling you, it makes me so happy. I stop what I’m doing to browse through it before I can finally sit down and read it cover to cover.
The magazine has gotten so hip and fun. Their recipes are very creative because they are using unexpected ingredients in new ways. It has become this multicultural mix of recipes that implement flavors from all different countries and regions around the world.
I’m the kind of person that loves to create something new everyday in my kitchen. I rarely repeat a recipe. I see ingredients and decide on a whim what to do with them. I’m not saying I’m the best cook, but I will admit I am creative. I just saw this great advertisement of Williams-Sonoma that said something like: “Life is short, so cook accordingly”.
The latest’s issue cover had this amazing looking recipe. It looked so enticing, fun and different. I went to get pork ribs right away to try to make it. I couldn’t find a couple of ingredients but I substituted them for very similar ones. I failed to find the tamarind concentrate, so I used three fresh tamarind pods. I forgot to buy the apple juice, so instead I used 2 applesauce pouches of my kids! I can’t imagine how amazing the recipe would be if I had found the exact ingredients.
The ribs were so delicious! The garnish on top was just the perfect punch of flavor and acidity to contra rest the light sweetness and spiciness of the ribs. The end recipe didn’t have that strong pork flavor sometimes ribs have. They only thing I would change is that I would’ve added more cucumber to the garnish. It was it was so good I wished I had more of it to be able to have cucumber in each bite. You can’t taste one particular flavor when you combine all the final ingredients in your fork, the flavors just work together to make it a truly special bite.
Here are some photos of the process, it was a little long, but really easy:
To get the full recipe please follow this link: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/nagaland-house-ribs-with-tamarind-glaze
by Rose Elder
During the weekend most of us eat out abusing fat and carbs. This is not only a delicious recipe, it’s also a power breakfast you can have at home to start your day with the right foot. You might even feel a little less guilty about missing healthy vegetables, proteins and healthy fats later in the day.
Here is the breakdown of the health benefits:
They are common and inexpensive. Red and yellow onions are one of the well known sources of quercetin. Quercetin is in both red and yellow onions, a kind of vitamin that searches and collects free radicals. Onions are full of antioxidant properties that help fight cancer cells. They are also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Creminis have been discovered to be at the top of the list, above other exotic mushrooms (like shiitakes) , for their beneficial properties. They are excellent at regulating inflammation in the body, helping especially people that suffer from arthritis. They are great at assisting the cardiovascular system, lowering the risk of possible damage to the aorta. They are also great also at fighting breast cancer. Give some more Creminis, please!
Excellent source of antioxidants and lycopene. Lycopene is closely related to bone health. They are also good at lowering cholesterol minimizing the risk for heart related problems.
Cilantro: Is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Also a great source of antioxidants, vitamins and dietary fibers.
Excellent source of protein. Full of vitamin B2, B6 and B12. Also a great source of zinc, iron and copper.
I added half an apple and vegan gluten free bread. Happy Friday everyone!
Tip: Use oils that have a high resistance to heat. I use avocado oil from Costco.
by Rose Elder
I have been working with Monica Prieto, certified Health Coach in the San Diego area, for the last three years. After weaning my first son I started gaining weight exponentially and nothing I was doing was working to stop it.
I exercised and lowered my carb and sugar intake like I had done in the past when I wanted to lose a few pounds, but the weight wasn’t coming off. Monica and I studied Fashion Marketing together a few years back and I had seen online that she had become Health Coach, so I gave her a ring. She has completely changed my life for the better. She is so well informed and well studied that every time I see her she teaches me the latest and greatest discoveries in nutrition.
One of the best habits she got me into since the beginning was making my own green juice (NOT smoothie). Doing this has improved my energy levels, my digestion, keeps me healthy all year long, and keeps my mind sharp. But there are rules in juicing right, very important ones or it is all for nothing.
She insists on two main things:
The second “rule” is because she wants you to digest the green juice so it reaches your body cells. If you eat something right after drinking it, the green juice will stay in your stomach for hours digesting with the solid food and by the time the nutrients are absorbed most of them will be gone and you will mostly get the sugar from the vegetables instead of all their amazing properties.
This Detox juice she recommends to drink it after a weekend of eating out of the house or after a trip, or just because you need a cleanse:
This one is targeted for your skin. The properties of the carrot are greatly beneficial to your skin.
Need to burn some fat? I know I do, so this is a great start to our day.
I will be bothering Monica constantly to get the latest tips in nutrition so I can pass them along to you.