Food

Looking for healthy fast food: It has finally arrived

May 17th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Everyone needs their fix of fast food once in a while, and at times McDonalds is the only thing that can fulfill that craving. But those other days when cooking just doesn’t seem to fit into your schedule, CAVA is a great fix. CAVA is the newest version of fast food. A place that recently opened on the East Coast and is definitely going to expand rapidly. It is a growing Mediterranean culinary brand with a flavorful and healthy fast-casual restaurant experience, featuring customizable salads, grains, pitas and more. Being healthy has always been a challenge for me, especially when I am on a time crunch, but CAVA seemed to solve that problem easily, and enjoyably.

By: Serena Vohra

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

May 16th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

When buying seasonal produce, you not only save money but also prepare the best tasting meals since the ingredients are fresh. In your local supermarket and farmer’s market, check for the brief listed seasonal fruits and vegetables. This summer, the vegetables that are in season are radishes, arugula, cucumbers, beets, bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, garlic, and corn. On the other hand, the fruits in season are apricots, plums, cherries, blackberries, nectarines, strawberries, peaches, tomatoes, passion fruit, melon, lemon, and limes.
Eating seasonally is not only better for your health, it also promotes balance with both the earth’s resources and its life forms. Overall, we should embrace natural diversity and its changes. Just because technology makes it possible for us to eat certain fruits and vegetables does not mean that we should. Studies have shown that nonorganic farming can cause severe damages to our environment and communities. In order to preserve foods that are out of season, the produce is often covered in pesticides, waxes, and preservatives in order to maintain the fresh appearance. In addition, the longer produce sits on the shelves in stores, the more nutrients they tend to lose. It is encouraged to go out and support your local farmer’s market because it cost less to farmers to harvest at the peak of its season, and you as a consumer will save money. There is a win, win scenario in pursuit of saving money and sustaining a healthy lifestyle.

By Tiarra Miller

3 Trends of 2018

May 10th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

In 2018 everything we do, or want to see, is at our fingertips. This over saturation of content from the past few years has created a storm of new food trends. First, and maybe the most obvious, humans have become obsessed with capturing our food in photos. If you are told about a new restaurant in town, usually it is followed by the reviewer sharing a photo of the homemade bread and probably three of dessert. Another trend that can be seen is the rise of establishments catering to special diets. Plenty of restaurants now serve low salt, sugar free, vegan, meat, and gluten free selections on their menu. Those needing special requirements for their needs should never hesitate to hear different option for their dietary restrictions. If those two trends alone weren’t enough, television has come up with a way to bombard us with shows catering to every type of cooking style and cuisine. Cupcake Wars, Carnival Eats, Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Bizarre Foods, and the list goes on. All food preferences and recipes can be found from the comfort of our own homes. The trendiest time in food and culture is happening right now.

 

By Daniel Sproviero

Chipotle Mexican Grill: Vegan and Vegetarian Addition

April 26th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Chipotle Mexican Grill was founded in 1993. With an emphasis on food integrity, Chipotle makes it its mission to serve tasty and healthy food to each customer. At Chipotle, food is prepared from scratch with the addition of lemon and lime juice; which results in a scrumptious and flavorful meal. In 2015, Chipotle became one of the restaurants to serve food that was GMO free. Not only is Chipotle a good place for carnivores, but also herbivores. Chipotle offers a large variety of items for one to choose including vegan and vegetarian choices. Unlike many fast food restaurants, Chipotle offers a meat replacement topping called Sofritas, which is shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilies, roasted poblanos (mild chili peppers), and a blend of spices. Not only does do they offer Sofritas but they also offer a large range of vegetables, beans and rice for one to add to their meal. If you wish to have vegan and vegetarian fast food meals, Chipotle is definitely the place for you.

By Monica Legerme

The Little Kernel featured in the Health, Beauty and Fitness edition of BC The Mag in a piece titled,
“The Snack That Gives Back.”

August 14th, 2017   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Chicken Parmesan

April 25th, 2017   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parmesan is the most popular dish in Italian restaurants. It is the “it” dish in Italian restaurants since it has an American flare to it. Most people favor this dish because of the crispy fried chicken and the flavorful tomato sauce. This dish is great for family dinners and it easy to make. Kids will love this dish since it looks very appetizing and it tastes amazing. This recipe will be a hit during dinner and people will be asking for seconds. Most of the ingredients can be found at home or can be bought at your local supermarket.

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or more if needed
  • 1 cup olive oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup prepared tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup grated provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

 

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Place chicken breasts between two sheets of heavy plastic (resealable freezer bags work well) on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound chicken with the smooth side of a meat mallet to a thickness of 1/2-inch. Season chicken thoroughly with salt and pepper.
  3. Beat eggs in a shallow bowl and set aside.
  4. Mix bread crumbs and 1/2 cup Parmesan in a separate bowl, set aside.
  5. Place flour in a sifter or strainer; sprinkle over chicken breasts, evenly coating both sides.
  6. Dip flour coated chicken breast in beaten eggs. Transfer breast to breadcrumb mixture, pressing the crumbs into both sides. Repeat for each breast. Set aside breaded chicken breasts for about 15 minutes.
  7. Heat 1 cup olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer. Cook chicken until golden, about 2 minutes on each side. The chicken will finish cooking in the oven.
  8. Place chicken in a baking dish and top each breast with about 1/3 cup of tomato sauce. Layer each chicken breast with equal amounts of mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and provolone cheese. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese on top and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is browned and bubbly, and chicken breasts are no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

By: Emily Fermin

Easter Eggs

March 20th, 2017   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Easter is next month and the perfect dessert for your Kid’s Easter party is chocolate covered Easter eggs. The outside of the Easter egg can be decorated any way you want. Kids can decorate the Easter egg with sour patch kids, chocolate drizzle, Nerds candy or other types of candy. The filling inside of the Easter egg could be chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, coconut flakes or you can add any type of candy. This recipe can be altered to your preference. This recipe is very easy to do and it will be a hit at your party.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 pound confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (optional)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut (optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 tablespoon shortening or vegetable oil (optional)

 

Directions

  • Prep

30 m

  • Ready In

2 h 30 m

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, vanilla, and cream cheese. Stir in confectioners’ sugar to make a workable dough. For best results, use your hands for mixing.
  2. Divide the dough into four parts. Leave one of the parts plain. For the second part, mix in peanut butter. Mix coconut into the third part, and cocoa powder in the last part. Roll each type of dough into egg shapes, and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate until hard, at least an hour.
  3. Melt chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth. If the chocolate seems too thick for coating, stir in a teaspoon of the shortening or oil until it thins to your desired consistency. Dip the chilled candy eggs in chocolate, and return to the waxed paper lined sheet to set. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour to harden.

By: Emily Fermin

Chocolate Cake

March 5th, 2017   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Most people favor chocolate cake. Chocolate cake is perfect for birthday parties and special occasions. Many of the ingredients that are in this recipe can be found at home or in your local grocery store. If you want you can alter this recipe to your preference. This recipe is very easy to make and people will ask be asking for seconds.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 package of devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup of warm water
  • 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well-greased 12 cup Bundt pan.
  3. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate if desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar.

By: Emily Fermin

St. Patty’s Day Shake

February 7th, 2017   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

A drink that your kids will love is a Shamrock shake, the perfect beverage for your Saint Patrick’s Day party. With a minty and chocolaty taste that will appeal to children. The shamrock shake is easy to make and the ingredients are easy to find at your local supermarket. This shake will help create your St. Patrick’s Day party into a success.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  •  1 1/4 cups milk
  •  1/4 teaspoon mint extract, or more to taste
  •  9 drops green food coloring
  •  2 tablespoons chocolate syrup, or to taste (optional)
  •  2 tablespoons whipped cream, or to taste (optional)
  •  1/2 teaspoons green decorator sugar, or to taste (optional)

Directions:

It takes 10 minutes

  1. Blend ice cream, milk, mint extract, and food coloring together in a blender until smooth.
  2. Drizzle chocolate syrup around inside walls of 2 tall glasses; pour the shake into a glass. Top with whipped cream and green decorator sugar.

 

By:
Emily Fermin

Buffalo wings

January 28th, 2017   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Next Sunday, February 5th, 2017 is Super Bowl 51 with the New England Patriots facing off against Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Buffalo wings are the perfect appetizer that people can serve in their homes for their Super Bowl party. This appetizer is a quick and easy recipe that people will love.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 20 chicken wings
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup hot pepper sauce

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt into a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until well coated with the flour mixture. Place the wings onto the prepared baking sheet, and place into the refrigerator. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Whisk together the melted butter and hot sauce in a small bowl. Dip the wings into the butter mixture, and place back on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and crispy on the outside, about 45 minutes. Turn the wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly.

By:
Emily Fermin