Sunday, October 19, 2014

Corn Souffle

I do not cook often, though cooking is the sure way to know exactly what you are putting into your mouth and to control the contents of what goes into it; especially if you are dieting. Cooking is the better choice to make to change eating habits.

But when I do cook, one of the dishes I like to cook the most is corn soufflé. My friend introduced it to me once when she brought it in for a luncheon at work, and ever since, I added the dish to my cooking repertoire.

If you are a lover of corn bread and do not mind a little mush in your life, then this southern style dish will be a food option that you will enjoy; something different and tasty to eat.  But if you like eating corn bread but do not actually enjoy eating corn, then this dish is not for you because there are bits and pieces of corn in every bite that you will taste.

Corn soufflé is an easy dish  to make and serves as a great side for any meal which includes but is not limited to pasta dishes, soups, meat dishes, casseroles, party meals, etc. Takes about 45 minutes to make.

Ingredients



1 Can of Cream Styled Corn
1 Can of Sweet Corn
1 Box of Corn Muffin Mix
1 Egg
1/3 cup Milk (or fatfree milk or almond milk)
1/2 Cup of Plain Fat Free Yogurt (or sour cream)


Directions

1. Preheat oven at 400 degrees.
2. Gather all ingredients and place them into the baking tray.



 
3. Mix all ingredients with a wooden spatula; very well until all lumps have been smoothed out.
 
 
 
4. Place mixture in the oven and let it cook. Should be ready in about 45 minutes. Place a fork into the corn soufflé to see if the inside has dried. (Please note that your fork might appear a little wet even if the corn soufflé is cooked because it is a mushy dish. Check in various places to make sure).

 
5. Remove from oven and let it sit and cool off for about 5 minutes or so and it is ready to be served.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monday September 29, 2014 was National Coffee Day

This past Monday, September 29, 2014 was National Coffee Day. I am a lover of coffee and you can find me with the largest cup of coffee a vendor can sell mostly wherever I am. I guess you can call me a coffee-a-holic.

I always watched my family make coffee and drink. There was never a day when the aroma of fresh brewed coffee was not perfuming the house.  Yet, it was in my twenties when I started actually drinking it and enjoying it.

My coffee days went through a series. I did not think I could enjoy the pure taste of coffee and so I always masked it with the sweetest coffee creamer I could find and applied lots and lots of sugar. But not anymore.

Now I enjoy dark bold coffee and drink it black; no sugar or cream. The taste is part of my everyday and I love it. I have tried many blends from many different places and so, was really looking forward to National Coffee Day.

Dunkin Donuts had free coffee. McDonalds had free coffee. But my favorite, Starbucks did not. Yet, for some reason, I still found myself on the long line that one viewing from outside would suspect there is something free being distributed. But there was not.


It was just like a normal day where coffee ruled and still, Starbucks was my choice. Luckily, I enjoy the unflavored coffee because as opposed to the flavorful ones that are about $5 a pop, I can still enjoy my Venti Dark Roast for under $3. However, it would be nice for Starbucks to have a free day to honor the loyal everyday customers. So how about it? It has been a minute and we deserve it.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Meal Ideas for Meatless Mondays

A day without meat does not mean you will lack in protein. There are many options to try that are great protein sources that do not consist of meat at all.  So here are some ideas for your meatless Monday!

Split Pea Soup


Corn Meal with Bean Sauce


Vegetarian Mousaka (instead of beef, use chick peas) 


Roasted Vegetable Sandwich (Add String beans)


These are just some suggestions. I mean, it is meatless Monday. How strong are you at fasting from meat for one day? Meat also includes poultry and fish by the way.  Try it and see your own strength in action. 


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Substitute Rice for a Healthier Grain

If you desire to lessen your carb intake but you are used to eating a daily portion of rice, why not substitute your rice for a serving of quinoa instead. 


Here is probably what you wouldn't know. You can prepare quinoa the same way as you would rice because it is a grain. 1/4 cup uncooked yields about one serving. One serving of rice is about 400 calories. One serving of quinoa is about 180 calories.

Like rice, you boil a medium pot of water with a little bit of oil and about a pinch of salt and then add your grains. Cooks in about a half hour.

Another thing that can be similar between these two grains is how you eat it. If you are used to eating your rice with black eyed peas, add black eyed peas to your quinoa. If you normally top your rice with beans, top your quinoa with beans.

Tastes really good, is low in carbs which is great for someone dieting or trying to lessen sugar intake and is a really health whole grain to add to your diet. 

Try quinoa as a substitute and enjoy! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Thank You For the Food We Eat

Pardon me for the lack of posting new great eats like I had been regularly before. But I'm greatful for inspirations to write more. 

I'm nothing without my pen close by writing something. And ironically it's April, one of my favorite months of the year because it's National Poetry Month and I'm a poet. Yay!!! :))) (Still can't  believe how many bins full of notebooks I have full of poetry since from when I was in grade school.)

Thank You For the Food We Eat
(C) By Stephanie Jeannot 




So what's for dinner tonight. 

If you wanna eat something right 

Take a bite of 

A home cooked yummy lullaby

That hushes your hunger

So sweetly

You just completely 

Enter into a zine of harmony

Nurturing thee

Vegetable greens

Like collards

Spinach or carrots

And maybe a lean protein 

Like lentil or pecans

For this lovely Sunday

And then end it off

With a walk in the park 

For an hour walk away

And burn off about 240 kcals today 

Talking to your pal

Speaking in faithfulness

Cause he exists

In your world 

While God just continues

To nourish your world

With arms of hope

That you might be able to cope

Over mountains that sometimes can slope

That ye may be able to rise

With his might and use the light

That only he can provide for us 

that gives us energy.

While there are many people

With not the opportunity to eat

For days; we ought to give praise

For our food; a luxury.

Be thankful for the food we are blessed to eat. 

(Thank you for reading a serving of my poetic eats. Really hope you enjoyed it as a treat. May God bless the everyday of your week.) 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What's in your cup?

But wait! 

Before you go and fill your cup with another cup of soda or sugary juice or alcohol; have you had water today? So necessary!

Remember 8 glasses of water is the recommended daily value. So have some and enjoy. Great for the skin, body and for your spirit. Almost as delicious as breathing. :)))

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This Starbucks Coffee Tastes Ethiopian

So what is all this talk about the new coffee at Starbucks?

Ethiopia Roast does not only have brilliantly satisfying taste, but it is a medium roast coffee which is great for those like me, used to drinking my venti pikes every day.  What a great day to try a new brew on national coffee day?

I was definitely in the house today for Coffee Tasting. It was almost like a happy hour type of thing walking into Starbucks and getting somewhat of a shot worth of this new choice on the menu.

And who would have thought that you could actually taste the flavor of the citrus and dark cocoa in coffee? Most people mask coffee with all the sugar and cream or milk that they can add, only getting the caffeine in their body. But for those who like the taste of coffee, this one is definitely worth trying.

Here is something you probably were unaware of. A cup of regular brewed coffee when drunk black, like the pike, African roast or even the Kama Sutra, yields about 5 calories per cup.  But when you add all the extra stuff like caramel, whipped cream, hazelnut, sugars and creams or even milk, that is when the coffee becomes a high caloric drink. 

Luckily, I appreciate the taste of coffee and I enjoy it black, but then again, nothing wrong with going outside the box every once in a while; especially for counting calorie freaks like myself who used the method to enable weight loss of over 70lbs in under nine months.

Disclaimer:

I am not an employee of nor am I being paid by Starbucks to write this blogpost. I am however, a fan of their store and a consumer who like to share the things I come across just in case another consumer is not aware that it exists.