Being a dietitian, I get asked the question of what I eat a lot; by my clients, from friends, and even the stranger at the bar.
Whoever said frozen foods were less superior to fresh foods was just wrong. Frozen fruits and vegetables are "superfoods" on an island with little access to fresh produce. Fresh v. Frozen As soon as produce is separated from the plant, certain nutrients start breaking down. The longer a fruit or vegetable sit, the more vitamins… Continue reading Frozen Broccoli. THE NEW SUPERFOOD. 5 healthy recipes to add more veggies to your diet.
One Pot recipes are easy and a great way to limit clean up in the kitchen. This is especially handy in a small Caribbean kitchen. I found this brown Basmati rice at Pricemart for around $8, which I think is a steal. When I keep regular brown rice on hand, I never remember to start… Continue reading One Pot Basmati Rice and Beans
Curry is a staple dish around the globe. In the Caribbean, the availability of coconut milk makes curry a go to dish for many islands. Although it may be popular everywhere, every place and every chef has their own version of a curry. Depending on what you put into it, curry can be a healthful… Continue reading 5 Healthy Vegetarian Curry Recipes
Back in my college days, fried rice was all the rage! Co-ed's flocked to several popular Japanese restaurants in Athens, Ga for a cheap but gigantic portion of fried rice that often lasted several meals. While I am sure those dishes from my school days were loaded with sodium, I still become nostalgic. However, I… Continue reading Turmeric “Fried” Rice
Roasting vegetables is my favorite and THE BEST way to eat cauliflower in my opinion. If you have been on the fence about cauliflower, check out this recipe or try roasting it. I promise you will not be disappointing! I sometimes get into a rut and cook my vegetables the same way, so for this… Continue reading Sweet and Spicy Maple Roasted Cauliflower
Snap Peas have become an obesssion of mine recently. Something about that first bite, or snap, has me coming back for more and more. This recipe I threw together while staying with a friend. We are both avid gardeners so we threw in a few peppers from her garden and some cherry tomatoes from mine.… Continue reading Balsamic Snap Peas
High blood pressure, or hypertension is an epidemic in the Caribbean. Caribbean cuisine is traditionally high in sodium resulting from geographical isolation and the need to preserve foods in the hot and humid environment. This meant adding salt. Today, with the invention of refrigeration we no longer need to heavily salt foods to preserve them.… Continue reading 25 Low Sodium Recipes to Improve Your Blood Pressure
I know waiting till July may seem hard... BUT for all you lucky folks I have a sneak peak at Julius "The Chef" Jackson's new cookbook My Modern Caribbean Kitchen that you can try at home today! In honor of Cinco De Mayo, I am sharing this delicious Caribbean & Mexican fusion recipe! Let me start by… Continue reading Caribbean Quesadilla! Sneak Peak from My Modern Caribbean Kitchen by Julius “The Chef” Jackson!
Living healthy is important, but so is enjoying the foods we eat. Finding healthy Caribbean cooking can be hard on St Thomas. I find the traditional fare tends to be high in refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, and sodium (or salt). Excessive intake of these increases your risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes,… Continue reading Healthy Caribbean Inspired Recipes
This is a fast and easy low-carb stir fry dish. If you are watching your sodium be sure to use low-sodium soy sauce and try substituting shrimp with chicken or another lean meat that is lower in sodium. Ingredients - 1 pound - Shrimp, raw - 2 tablespoon - Soy sauce, reduced sodium - 1… Continue reading Low Carb Shrimp and Spaghetti Squash Stir Fry
Servings: 8-10. Prep-time: 15 mins. Cook Time 3-8 hours. Total Time: 3-8 hours My slow cooker is probably my favorite kitchen appliance. It’s great for the Caribbean, where AC is limited and running the oven for hours can be hot and expensive. Slow cooker are a much more cost-effective and comfortable way to infuse amazing… Continue reading Slow Cooker, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Acorn Squash and Bean Chili
Servings 5. Prep Time: < 5 Mins. Cook Time: 40 mins. Total Time: 45 mins. If you like easy and Italian food than this meal is for you. No prep involved just dump and bake! By leaving off the breading on the chicken for this parmigiana bake, we are able to reduce the calories and… Continue reading Chicken Parm Bake with Broccoli
Prep Time: 15 minutes. Cook Time: 45 minutes. Total Time: 60 minutes. Have I mentioned before how much I love spicy foods? Curry is one of my favorites and the base of this dish, coconut milk, is something we have an abundance of here in the Virgin Islands. I start the rice first. Then while… Continue reading Caribbean Chickpea Curry
Good Day Y'all! Who doesn't love tacos? I know I do, but, if you don't eat meat, sometimes the options are limited. This recipe is great because its a new twist on a vegetarian taco and can be made a variety of ways. Since I am staying with a friend who prefers to eat vegan,… Continue reading Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos