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Thursday, April 25, 2013

You are what you eat!

 What you eat today can affect how you feel, and how you may feel years from now.
Some foods help the body’s natural disease-fighting abilities, other foods can make you lethargic and impair your digestive system.

Vitamin A helps maintain healthy teeth, bones, soft tissues, and skin. It can help prevent infections and will help keep nails and hair looking their best!
Foods that are particularly high in vitamin A include: sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, kale, and collard greens, cantaloupe, apricots,winter squash. Some spices are also high in this nutrient, including paprika, red pepper, cayenne, and chili powder.

Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid (B9) all assist nerve function, the synthesis of DNA, and the making of red blood cells. They also help to prevent anemia.
Foods particularly high in vitamins B6 and B12 include meat, poultry, and fish, seafood, including mussels and oysters, eggs,milk.
Foods particularly high in folic acid include leafy green vegetables,poultry and certain fruit juices, including orange and grapefruit.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful antioxidant that protects the health of cells and improves iron absorption. It’s also important in promoting healthy teeth and gums, healing wounds, and helping the body resist infection.
Foods particularly high in vitamin C include papaya, citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, dark leafy greens like kale, mustard greens, and chard.

Vitamin D is a unique vitamin because it can also be created by the body from sunlight. It’s critical for bone health, immune system health, and calcium absorption. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), this vitamin is also associated with a possible decreased risk of colorectal cancer. .
Foods particularly high in vitamin D include some seafood such as salmon, herring, catfish, oysters, trout, milk, eggs, shiitake mushrooms.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage, helps the body use vitamin K, and repairs muscle cells.
Foods particularly high in vitamin E include sunflower seeds and almonds, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens, bell peppers, asparagus

Vitamin K is critical for the clotting of blood. 
Foods particularly high in vitamin K include kale, spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, turnip greens, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, parsley, romaine lettuce, broccoli

Eating a healthy diet with all the nutrients your body requires can be a struggle.
Most nutrients are available in vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, nuts, and seafood. If you incorporate a variety of these options into your diet on a daily basis, you’re likely to get all of the nutrients you need for optimum health and wellness.


Thursday, April 4, 2013


Blackened Shrimp over Angel Hair Pasta
2 Garlic Cloves, puréed
1 ½ tablespoon Strictly Pepper
½ teaspoon Thyme
1 tablespoon Oregano
2 tablespoons Butter
¾ pound Mushrooms, cleaned and cut in 3
2 Green Onions, chopped
1 ½ pounds Fresh Shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/3 cup Shrimp Stock (see below)
2 tablespoons Beuree Manié (see below)
Santa Maria

 Shrimp Stock
 
2 cups Water
Shrimp Shells 
·         Pour water into saucepan.  Add shells from shrimp and season with Santa Maria Seasoning.  Boil 15 minutes.  Strain liquid.

Beuree Manié

5 tablespoons Butter (softened)
2 tablespoons

·         Blend butter with flour to make Beuree Manié and set aside.

 

·         Grind Garlic, Thyme and Oregano together in mortar.

·         Heat Butter in pan over medium heat.  Add spice mixture, Strictly Pepper and cook 1 minute.

·         Add Mushrooms and Green Onions.  Season with Santa Maria Seasoning, stir and cook 4 minutes.

·         Add Shrimp and cook 3 minutes.  Stir once during cooking.  Remove Shrimp from pan and set aside.

·         Increase heat to high and pour in Shrimp Stock.  Bring to boil and cook 2 minutes.  Whisk in Beuree Manié.

·         Return Shrimp to pan and cook 1 minute over low heat.  Serve over Angel Hair Pasta.

 

 

 

Spring cleaning!!!!!

Spring is here! Time to clean out every room, closet, cabinet and the refridgerator! Who knows what is lurking behind that deceptively white/pure door?! Maybe an old jar of mayo, a half jar of olives, a hard chunk of cheese?

While there are some things that have to be tossed! (they can be downright dangerous) there are many things that can be used up in tasty dinners by adding one of your favorite Scott's seasoning!.

Frittata
Whip up some eggs, toss in cheese, deli meats and veggies and season. Cook in a skillet or bake. Makes a great light dinner served with a salad.

Pasta
Not a lot can go wrong with a pasta dish. Almost anything can be tossed with your cooked pasta and sauce to create a satisfying dinner.

Stir-Fry
Same goes for stir-fry. Almost any veggies and meats can be stir fried together with seasoning and served with rice to create another delicious dinner alternative

Salad
Chop up those left over meats, grate the cheese, chop up veggies and toss everything together with chopped lettuce leaves. Add your favorite dressing and 'Voila' - a fabulous salad!

Soup
Veggies are best to make soup, but you can also add rotisserie chicken and other chopped meats to make a hearty soup.

Have fun using up those leftovers seasoned with Scott's seasonings and marinades. Your refridgerator will love you for it!

PS - don't forget to wipe down your refridgerator surfaces with baking soda in water. This will clean the surfaces and get rid of any unwanted odors!







Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Strictly Pepper Seasoning - for a bit of 'ZAP' in your food!


 
 
 
Strictly Pepper Shrimp over Angel Hair Pasta

2 Garlic Cloves, puréed
1/2 teaspoon Strictly Pepper (adjust to taste)
½ teaspoon Thyme                                                                                                  
1 teaspoon fresh Oregano
2 tablespoons Butter
¾ pound Mushrooms, cleaned and cut in 3                                                             
2 Green Onions, chopped
1 ½ pounds Fresh Shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/3 cup Shrimp Stock (see below)
2 tablespoons Beuree Manié (see below)
Santa Maria 

Shrimp Stock
 
2 cups Water
Shrimp Shells 
·         Pour water into saucepan.  Add shells from shrimp and season with Santa Maria Seasoning.  Boil 15 minutes.  Strain liquid.

Beuree Manié

5 tablespoons Butter (softened)
2 tablespoons flour
·         Blend butter with flour to make Beuree Manié and set aside.
·         Grind Garlic, Thyme and Oregano together in mortar.
·         Heat Butter in pan over medium heat.  Add spice mixture, Strictly Pepper and cook 1 minute.
·         Add Mushrooms and Green Onions.  Season with Santa Maria Seasoning, stir and cook 4 minutes.
·         Add Shrimp and cook 3 minutes.  Stir once during cooking.  Remove Shrimp from pan and set aside.
·         Increase heat to high and pour in Shrimp Stock.  Bring to boil and cook 2 minutes.  Whisk in Beuree Manié.
·         Return Shrimp to pan and cook 1 minute over low heat.  Serve over Angel Hair Pasta.