Almond/Cashew Crusted Dijon Mahi Mahi

So I’ve been eating a lot healthier….but I needed to add some crunch to my life lol so I put a twist on my favorite fish, Mahi Mahi.

Grind some of your favorite nuts (pecans, almonds, or cashews) in a blender or food processor. Don’t over do it though…you aren’t trying to make peanut butter.

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Get some pretty planks of mahi mahi

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Season them to taste. I prefer garlic herb or lemon pepper seasoning.

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Slather the fish in dijon mustard. Or for a healthier choice (which I chose) use Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard yogurt dressing.

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Coat the fish in the nuts.

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Put a little olive oil in a pan (just enough to coat the bottom of the pan.) Cook fish until a crust forms. It should be brown but not burnt.

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Bon appetit!! Yummy!!

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Spicy Shrimp and Chorizo Kebabs

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Ingredients

2 large garlic cloves, thickly sliced
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
2 tablespoons pure chile powder
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds large shrimp, shelled and deveined
8 small chorizo (about 1/2 pound total), sliced 1/2 inch thick

 

IMG_2790.largeWash the shrimp

 

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On a cutting board, using the flat side of a chef’s knife, mash the garlic and salt to a coarse paste. Add the caraway seeds and finely chop them.

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Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the chile powder and olive oil. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.

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Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add the chorizo and cook over high heat for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Let cool slightly.

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Tuck a chorizo slice in the crook of a shrimp and thread onto a skewer; the shrimp should be attached at both ends.

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Push it to the end of the skewer and repeat with two more shrimp and chorizo slices.Using more skewers, repeat with the remaining shrimp and chorizo.

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Grill the kebabs over a hot fire, turning once or twice, until charred and the shrimp are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8-10 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes  (I leave the skin on)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 TBS. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 TBS. paprika
  • 2 TBS. garlic powder
  • 6 TBS. hot sauce

Topping:

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Preheat oven to 500 degrees…Yes you read that right!

In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, hot sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder & paprika.

 

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Add the potatoes and stir to coat.

 

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Add the potatoes to a greased baking dish.

 

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When scooping the potatoes into the baking dish, leave behind any extra olive oil/hot sauce mix.

 

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Add the diced chicken to the “left behind” olive oil/hot sauce mix and stir to coat all the chicken.  Allow to marinate as the potatoes bake.

 

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Roast the potatoes for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until cooked through and nice and crispy on the outside.

 

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Once the potatoes are fully cooked add the marinated chicken.

 

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In a large bowl mix all the topping ingredients together.

 

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Top the raw chicken with the topping.

 

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Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the topping is melted and bubbly delicious.  Serve with extra hot sauce and/or ranch dressing.

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Take Care of Your Scalp!!!

We scrub, rub, and moisturize every square inch of our body, but the scalp tends to get  neglected!!!

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Oatmeal and Olive Oil Mix

Oatmeal is extremely moisturizing. That’s because it has hair-loving B-vitamins which contributes to the  thickening/strengthening of hair. It makes your hair less brittle and more elastic. This is a plus for curly and kinky (or happily nappy) hair types especially since our hair tends to be more prone to damage via simple hair manipulation like combing and using hair bows. Using oatmeal in a hair treatment will make your hair feel silky and soft while you’re washing it, which keeps it from tangling later…and when you wash it out it coats your hair with a film that locks in moisture, which is perfect for me because my hair can get super dry. And last but not least, it makes hair “shine bright like a diamond” (in my Rihanna voice LOL)

How to:

1. Make your oatmeal into a fine powder. Put it in the blender. And NOT INSTANT OATMEAL people lol you don’t want to risk getting visible pieces of it stuck in your hair. Grind ¼ cup (approximately 2 oz) of oatmeal until it becomes a very fine powder. To make sure what you’ve made is fine enough see if 1 tsp will dissolve in 8oz of water. The water should turn a tan color and the oatmeal should not settle at the bottom. If it does, get on the grind ;-)

 

2. Add ¼ of a cup of powdered (colloidal) oatmeal to an empty pitcher then add 2 quarts of warm water while stirring. Then add 2 tbsp of olive oil and mix. Make sure there are no clumps of oatmeal in the water.

 

3. Pour the mix into your hair after you have washed and conditioned it making sure to get every strand and even your scalp (especially if you suffer from dry and itchy scalp)

 

4. Cover you hair with a plastic cap to allow your colloidal oatmeal and water soaked hair to reap all the benefits of the treatment. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes.

 

5. Rinse thoroughly and enjoy the feeling of beautiful, soft healthy, oatmeal fed hair!

 

Adding Baking Soda to Shampoo

 

Adding Baking soda to shampoo gives it a little extra oomph on those days when your hair’s gotten so dirty, it needs some super-strong cleansing. Instead of reaching for a clarifying shampoo – which is more than likely loaded with toxins – just pour about a teaspoon of baking soda into your hand, add your usual amount of shampoo and lather up. You’ll find that the lather is extra rich, and helps your shampoo go a little further. Work it into your scalp with your fingers for a soothing massage. Remember to use a good conditioner after to moisturize.

Brown Sugar and Olive Oil Mix

Now this one I can’t use because this mix is for oily, pore-clogged scalps (and mine are dryIt removes excess oil & impurities, removes dead skin cells, and improves cell circulation

 

How To:

In a small bowl mix 2 tablespoons of Olive oil, 2-3 Tablespoons of Organic Light Brown Sugar, 3 drops of your favorite essential oil (helps invigorate scalp). Add enough sugar to make a thin paste. Do not heat the oil as this will melt the sugar. On dry or damp hair, part and section the hair into 6 or more sections. Clip or twist the hair to keep it in individual sections. Take a scoop of the scrub and apply to scalp, separating hair to reach entire scalp. In a circular motion, slowly scrub the scalp with the mixture for 1-2 minutes. Refrain from scrubbing roughly, as this may lead to irritation. Rise well, then shampoo and condition hair as normal.

 

 

19 Dips You’ve Gotta Try!

Dips can make or break a party! It’s summer time so you can have anything from a get together at your house to a party for the playoffs. Either way a dip is usually a chip, easy, and delicious placeholder. The links to the dips are under the pictures. Give them a try!!

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Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls

This recipe is for all of my readers and especially my fellow paleo eaters!! Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls

 

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Ingredients: (makes 8-10 rolls)
* 1 1/2 – 2 lb skirt steak/ 8-10 thin sliced sirloin
* Salt & Pepper (according to taste)
* 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
* Any steak seasoning you like
* 1 tbsp olive oil

 

For the Veggie filling –
* 1 carrot
* 1 bell pepper
* 1/2 a zucchini (depending on size)
* 5-6 green onions
* 2 cloves of garlic
* 1 tsp italian herb seasoning

 

For the Balsamic glaze sauce-
* 2 tsp butter
* 2 tbsp finely chopped shallots
* 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
* 2 tbsp brown sugar
* 1/4 cup beef broth

How did yours taste??

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Jumbo Senegalese Twists

Hey ya’ll!!

So last night I put some Senegalese twists in my hair. Usually I do them tiny but last night I wanted to do them a bit more chunky.

Products I use:

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Cantu Shea Butter, leave in conditioning repair cream…as you can see I use this often.

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Olive Oil Edge Control. This stuff is the best!!! I usually use it when I’m slicking my hair up into a bun. It doesn’t make your hair hard and control but it holds it in place. I used a very small amount on my finger tips so that the ends of my hair didn’t stick out.

O also used grapeseed oil which I don’t have a picture of.

The hair:

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100% Kankelon braiding hair, I used 3 packs

I’m making a youtube video with instructions on how to achieve this look but here are some pictures.

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My thick natural hair

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It took about 5 hours with breaks. 3 packs of hair. I bought 6 packs of hair and was scared I wasn’t going to have enough because when I do my micro twists I use about 9 packs…so next time I know I can make them thicker.

Tip!!! DETANGLE BEFORE YOU TWIST!!! This is a protective style but you still wanna make sure YOUR hair is taken care of!

Finished product:

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Questions?? Put them in the comments. I’ll post the video soon!