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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Friends of Chef Tel Recipes Tell All

One of the most important things that we can share -- whether it be a prominent chef, or a self-taught chef, is the love of food. It is the universal make-up that people world wide share. My most recent endeavors to share my own unique recipes is through social networking, and by friends that I have encountered by way of Pinterest.

If anyone has any suggestions or links to share, I have included a link to connect with me through my Pinterest food board. I am in the process to create a Google Foodie Hangout, in addition to share other recipes on my blog -- as I continue correspond with other Blog owners who wish to spread the good news about their unique creations.

I hope you foodie lovers will enjoy interacting with one another, and collaborate to pick the best recipes to showcase in 2017. Anyone who has any ideas on how to share their recipes on social networking -- feel free to contact me via Blogger, Twitter, Pinterest, or email, all email correspondence through my blog follows Google's strict rules of engagement.

Resource Link: https://www.pinterest.com/savageboyy7/chef-tel-recipes/

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Holiday Recipes: Caribbean Shrimp Salad

Serves 4 to 6


Caribbean Shrimp Salad

1 pound of frozen or fresh shrimp, deveined and cleaned
4 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette
2 whole plantains (also known as Jamaican bananas)
6 roma tomatoes
1 ½ Spanish red onion
1 bag of Caesar seasoned croutons
1 5oz. bag of Good Sense orange cranberry almondine (the product may contain raisins, honey toasted almonds, cranberries, and a good source of Beta Carotene)
1 navel orange
1 bag or pound of fresh spinach
2 16oz. bottles of Caesar dressing


1. Stove top range should be set at medium, place an even amount of canola or regular oil to cooking pan, place skinned plantain in pan. Plantain can be sliced down the middle or in quarters. Turn plantains over several times until golden brown – cooking time will be 5 to 7 minutes. Remove plantain from cooking pan, place on paper towels to drain off excess oil.

2. Stove top range should be set at low heat. Spray cooking pan with Pam or canola oil non-stick spray, let pan heat for 2 minutes, and add shrimp to cooking pan. Shrimp should be sautéed for 6 to 10 minutes, squeeze 1 ½ of navel orange juice over shrimp, turn or lift pan repeatedly to ensure even cooking of juices.

3. Place clean and rinsed off fresh spinach in large salad bowl, add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette to spinach leaves – saturate and stir in vinaigrette.

4. Add sliced roma tomatoes, Spanish onion, shrimp, top off with a small handful of cranberry almondine. Add desired amount of Caesar dressing, do not overwhelm with too much of the dressing due to the balsamic vinaigrette that has been added.

5. Top off Caribbean Shrimp Salad with Caesar or seasoned croutons. Place the plantain on a side dish along with two thin slices of navel oranges. While enjoying the appetizing salad, the navel orange can be squeezed on the plantain to give your taste buds an ultimate tantalizing sensation.  

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Photo Credit: Yomi Yomi -- 2007, September -- Wikimedia Creative 2.0 Commons

Friday, March 10, 2017

Healthy Weight Recipes: Skillet Shrimp Gumbo Recipes


6 Servings

½ cup of Smart Balance 50/50 Butter Blend
2 cups of fresh or frozen okra
1 ½ pound of medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
3 garlic cloves or 3 tablespoons of Spice World crushed garlic
½ cup of chopped scallions
1 ½ teaspoon of iodized salt
1 ½ tablespoon of ground pepper
2 ½ cups of spring water
1 can of whole tomatoes
8 drops of Texas Pete hot sauce
2 drops of Tabasco hot sauce
2 whole bay leaves
1 cup of cooked rice
1 ½ tablespoon of Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning blend
1 ½ cup of finely chopped celery
1 ½ cup of finely chopped Spanish onion

Skillet Shrimp Gumbo Recipes


1. Turn stove top burner on medium heat, add Smart Balance butter blend to cooking pan, bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally so that okra can cook thoroughly. Add the shrimp, garlic, iodized salt, scallions, and pepper; simmer ingredients for 5 additional minutes.

2. Begin to add spring water, tomatoes, and bay leaves to cooking pan; cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in Tabasco sauce and Texas Pete hot sauce, remove bay leaf before returning lid to frying pan.

3. Add rice to a large bowl, cover rice with gumbo – serve immediately.

Photo Credit: jeffrey w. -- via flickr -- Wikimedia Creative Commons

Healthy Gift Ideas for Diabetics

Undeniably, diabetics have special needs – not like that of most healthy people; needs that have to be attended to properly. Each and every person living with diabetes – must learn to be disciplined and educate their self in their pursuit to live a long and healthy life. For persons living with diabetes there are many wonderful products that cater to the well-being of diabetic’s health, nutrition and overall well being.

Before using any nutritional or health-aid supplements – always consult your physician to make sure that they are approved before making a decision on your own.

Healthy Gift Ideas for Diabetics: Natural Sugar Substitutes. It has come to no surprise that unnatural artificial sugar substitutes have many side effects that can cause severe damage to those individuals whom suffer with diabetes. The best healthy and natural sugar substitutes for diabetics are Sugar in the Raw (grown in Hawaii), Piloncillo, Private Selection Organic Sugar, Healthy organic sugar, Sun Crystals (a blend of naturally sweet stevia – the stevia leaf and pure cane sugar), truvia (Erythritol is a natural sweetener, it is found in fruits and pears).

Healthy Gift Ideas for Diabetics: Diabetic Foot care. The majority of diabetics are aware that maintaining everyday foot care is essential to overall good health. Diabetic Basics has formulated a product that soothes the feet, kills germs, absorbs moisture, the powder can be sprinkled inside of shoes to give the ultimate germ killing comfort.
Shopping Resource: www.healthyfeetstore.com

Healthy Gift Ideas for Diabetics: Creative Diabetic Gift Baskets. Most Americans and people world-wide that suffer with diabetes – will come to appreciate and welcome a variety of care packages that are provided by FindGift.com. The gift baskets are filled with “sugar free items, Virginia peanuts, Brie cheese spread, crackers, seasoned pretzels, cheese wafers, pistachios, some delicious sugar free candies and cookies.” The varieties include; Diabetic Get Well Gift Basket, Sugar Free Snacker Gift Basket, Sugar Free Bountiful Gourmet Gift Basket, Gourmet Sugar Free Healthy Gift Basket, and the Happy Birthday Sugar Free Gourmet Gift Basket. The prices range from $32.00 to $84.99. Shopping Resource: www.findgift.com

Healthy Gift Ideas for Diabetics: Home Spa Themed Alternatives. A day or evening of relaxation may include using sea salts, mineral salts, natural lavender bubble baths, lavender bath soaps, goat milk bubble bath, goat milk bathing soap, rose petal bubble bath, Dr. Teals Herbal/Mineral Bath. Many of these products can now be found at many well-known and established retail markets. There are many local independent health food stores throughout the continental United States that offer a wide variety of therapeutic foot-care products to help aid in diabetic foot care.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Healthy Drink Recipes: Favorable Juice Drinks for All the Seasons

For each mother and father who is looking for alternative healthy drinks – there are many resources available when it comes to incorporating a healthy juice alternative. American families can choose a healthy way to serve wholesome and nutritional healthy drinks without the addition of unwanted additives – that have become a part of our mainstream society.

Not only does cranberry juice fight off many infections, but these little berries offer a stream of powerful antioxidants for growing children and adults who seek optimum health. You can never get enough of these natural flavonoids, cut the unwanted sugar by adding concentrated cranberry juice and lemons as an alternative to laboratory infused juice drinks that contain a variety of unnatural compounds.

Serves 4 to 6


Add 1 gallon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (preferably 5 lemons)
2 oz. of Tree of Life cranberry concentrate or any 100% bottle of cranberry concentrate
1 ½ slice of lemon wedges
Frosted glasses are optional


1. Mix 2oz. of favorite cranberry concentrate to 1 gallon of freshly squeezed lemon aid juice

2. Shake thoroughly, place in refrigerator for 1 or 2 hours, serve with chilled glass and slice of lemon

This juice drink is a healthy alternative to drinks that are filled with sugar, splenda, and other sugar substitutes. Always treat yourself and your family to the best of what the earth has to offer.

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Guilt Free Gourmet Recipes to Die For: Blackened Chilean Sea Bass with Black Beans

Ingredients and Directions

Finely chop 1 ½ Spanish red onion, can use minced garlic or chop garlic if preferred-will need 1 tablespoon of minced or chopped garlic.
Add 2 cans of Goya black beans to pot; add Goya pimento regular seasoning to beans, add remaining ingredients-bring to boil for 2 minutes, stir while boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Add ½ cup of white cooking wine to unseasoned sea bass.
Season bass with a few generous shakes of Mrs. Dash lemon pepper seasoning; also add a few sprinkles of thyme, oregano and parsley.
Add 2 to 3 salted butter chips on top of bass.
Pan Broil sea bass at 475 on medium level in oven for 20 minutes, during 10 minutes of cooking time you will need to add 1/3 of water to pan or rack as wine sauce will evaporate.

Every 5 minutes-scoop wine sauce from cooking pan to pour on top of bass to ensure tenderness and proper browning of herbs.

After sea bass is ready to serve, squeeze ½ lemon juice on surface of bass and serve immediately.

Tip for soon to be at home chefs, cast iron skillets and cookware will give the best results when pan broiling sea bass.

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Photo Credit: Karen via flickr 2010 -- Wikimedia Creative Commons

Guilt Free Gourmet Recipes to Die For: Pan Broiled Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Ingredients and Directions

Serves 2

Before preparing wings, soak chicken in iodized salt for 1 to 2 hours. After soaking time, place chicken in colander, rinse thoroughly for 5 minutes, while rinsing rub off salt and let drain for 15 minutes.

1. Pour a generous amount of Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce over both sides of wings.

2. Add a generous amount of Mrs. Dash salt free lemon pepper seasoning to both sides of wings.

3. Add a generous amount of McCormick salt free all purpose herb seasoning to both sides of wings.

4. Add a few shakes of Goya seasoning to both sides of wings.

5. Place wings in pan, add 1 & ½ cup of water to pan, add an additional ½ cup of teriyaki sauce to pan.

6. Preheat oven on pan broil setting to 375 degrees for 2 minutes before adding wings to oven. Next, place wings in oven at medium rack height from pan broil coils.

7. Pan Broil one side for 20 minutes, turn wings over and pan broil for 20 minutes, and add another ½ cup of water after 40 minutes of cooking time.

8. In between cooking-baste or saturate wings with sauce 2 to 3 times every 10 to 15 minutes.

9. Turn wings over for final time, increase oven temperature to 450 degrees for 8 minutes, after time has expired-remove wings immediately. Pour remaining teriyaki sauce over wings. Top with a piece of lemon or orange slice, and serve.

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Photo Credit: AlekhyaaDas -- 6/2015 -- Wikimedia Creative Commons