July 6, 2016

Gluten free pizza bites!

Whether you are on a special diet or you are trying to fit into that
special swim suit or you just feel like eating a little less carbs
and eating healthy veggies...

these gluten free all veggie pizza bites on a bed of
mashed cauliflower and sauteed kale smothered in cheese
will make meat lovers enjoy them too.

Start by chopping the kale into bite sizes...
During our Cooking Classes throughout greater Philadelphia-
people ask me tons and tons of questions and some recent questions
about kale have been if you need to massage the kale prior to cooking.

Hmm... should you 'massage' the kale or not...
why should you and if so- does it make a difference?

As far as this dish-  after you have your Kale ready-
saute with a little olive oil and coarse sea salt for about 4-5 minutes.

For the mashed cauliflower:
you want to cut the cauliflower florets into bite sizes-
simply so it's easier to mash once you boil them in about 1 inch
of salted (1 teaspoon)  of water. (Mash them with a masher
once they have softened in your pot.) (about 10-12 minutes)
(drain the water prior to mashing)
You don't need any extra seasonings due to the boiling in salt water
unless you want to add a little butter or olive oil.

Now for the pizza bites!
Take some Chinese eggplant (because they are long and skinny)
for bite sizes- these work best.
Slice them and saute them on both sides with olive oil.
(about 2 minutes each side)
You can transfer them to the oven right away but I like to take
a short cut and just add a little tomato sauce and shredded
cheese (of your liking) I mixed mozzarella, cheddar and
a little Parmesan cheese right on the eggplant in the saute pan--
I then put the lid on my saute pan so the cheese melts in the heat
from the pan that just sauteed the eggplant slices.

Once the cheese has melted- put your oven onto the broil setting
and place your saute pan on the top rack right under the broiler grates.

When you cheese has slightly browned- they are ready to plate
and eat!  

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May 26, 2016

Cucumber Kimchi

Oh-ee  "Oh-Eee" which is cucumber in Korean..... kimchi.
Basically it is cucumbers  stuffed with similar ingredients
that go into Kimchi- (the spicy fermented Korean cabbage.)

First, you want to start off with some Kirby cucumbers.
Kirbys are good b/c they are smaller than the regular
long cucumbers and there aren't as many seeds.

After washing them, you want to cut 2 slits almost all the way down 
the cucumber. You want 4 pieces and the cucumber still in tact 
because you will be stuffing the Kirbys. 
--cut all the way down leaving about an inch--- something like this.

You want to take the cucumbers, put them into a large bowl
and add some coarse salt, with a little water-
to soften and more or less infuse the cucumbers a little.

After roughly 20-30 minutes, rinse the salt off with water.

You'll need some cut chives,  hot pepper flakes
(not the seeded type of pepper flakes), shredded carrots,
a tablespoon of fish sauce
or soy sauce and some minced garlic. (2-3 cloves or to your liking)

What's great about certain Asian-style knives is that they are flat
on the bottom end of the knife. You might think.. 
who cares what the bottom looks like?  They are great because 
after you smash garlic cloves with the side of your knife...
you can just mince the garlic with the bottom of your knife.  
Yes, double-duty!

The stuffing of the cucumbers is a simple mixture of shredded carrots 
(pretty much for the color and to add a little natural sweetness), 
the cut chives into about 2 inch pieces,  
1 tablespoon of fish oil 
2-3 minced garlic cloves and 
hot pepper flakes to your liking of spiciness.

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May 23, 2016

Pre-packaged meals delivered...

Pre-packaged meals in bento-style boxes are becoming
more and more popular these days with everyone
having busy schedules with work AND just every day life.

Luckily... Let's Cultivate Food can assist in providing
healthy and nutritious meals for anyone.
Whether it's a family member, friend or co-worker
who is feeling under the weather,
who is recovering from surgery,
who just doesn't have the time to cook,
or just doesn't know how to or feel like cooking.

We use as much organic ingredients as possible
and when available.  The boxes are coated in wax
for easy re-heating and storing in the refrigerator.

The boxes are made from 100% recycled materials.
Prepared meals are large portioned meals
and are $13 per box.  They are filled with a protein
and hearty vegetables.  We cater to ALL special diets.

Below are just a few pictures of  today's
bento-style meals ready to go.

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