Black Bean Nachos

After you make my recipe for Black Beans, which is the national dish of Brazil, you can mix it up by turning one of your meals into nachos. Add whatever you find at your local farmers’ market – & avocado naturally. I combined Trader Joe’s Organic Blue Corn Chips with Garden of Eating Red Hot…

Six Minute Brussel Sprouts

I can never do anything right enough for my mother. Well into my 30’s, my mother would still call asking what I was going to eat for dinner that evening or what had I eaten. I could have said I prepared a 5-star Michellin meal yet she would inevitably ask – but what was your…

White Fish in Hearts of Palm

Many people do not realize more African people were taken to Brazil, where they were subsequently enslaved, than any other so-called New World country. So with respect to the African Heritage Diet, Brazilians contributed to the cuisine just as much as any of us in the Diaspora, perhaps even more. I was given this recipe…

Leftover Turkey Salad

If you did your job in seasoning the holiday turkey, and I’m sure you did, this minimal effort salad will be a certified winner for lunch or a light dinner – and dinner should always be light. Make your organic salad of choice, I used local mixed greens, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado and red onion,…

Vegan French Lentil Soup

I am in detoxing mode from Thanksgiving food and drinks, so soup is on the menu until we get nearer to Christmastime. First up, a superb French Lentil Soup that is hearty, healthy and something that won’t make you feel deprived. Try to purchase your lentils at a store where the inventory frequently turns over…

Elderflower Gin & Tonic

Since my freshman year in college, gin and tonic has been signature my drink. So, it was a serendipitous coincidence to discover that gin alone was relatively good for what ails us (the tonic I knew used to be therapeutic because it used to contain quinine but most tonic waters are just sugar now) is…

Cranberry Quinoa

A great plant based side dish that is fast and everyone will enjoy. Organic Quinoa Organic Vegetable or Chicken Broth 1/4 Cup Organic Dried Cranberries 1/4 Cup Organic Roasted Peanuts (Unsalted) 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 1 Large Garlic Clove 1 teaspoon Garam Masala 1 teaspoon Spike Seasoning 1 teaspoon Marjoram Toast quinoa in a saucepan…

The Raisins of Wrath

Any person that voted for Trump or is considering a vote for Trump in the 2020 Presidential election must watch the 1940 film The Grapes of Wrath. Oscar award winning actor Henry Ford stars as Tom Joad, a poor parolee from a share cropping family living in dust bowl era Oklahoma. I particularly enjoy this…

Nana’s Green Beans

The first year I went away to college I came back home for the weekend and prepared some fresh green beans as a side dish for my family. I probably would not remember the encounter if my paternal grandmother Nana, a professional baker and cook in her own right, could not stop raving, saying they…