Coloring a plate is the most important part of a healthy diet so why not make it both healthy and appetizing? This serves as a great side dish or appetizer for any meal. Fresh. Hearty. Fast.
What you will need:
- 2 squash diced thin
- 2 zucchini diced thin
- 2 chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 jar chopped banana peppers
- 1 chopped yellow onion
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
First, find a skillet that can also be put in the oven. Drizzle a few teaspoons of olive oil onto the pan. Turn heat to medium. Once the oil starts to simmer add the vegetables. All of them. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed well in the pan. Place a lid on the pan and let the veggies cook for 5-7 minutes while occasionally stirring them. Then, set the oven to 400 degrees on bake. Generously sprinkle both cheeses over the mixture. Add salt and Pepper. Place the skillet in the oven for another 5-7 minutes or until the cheese on top the veggies is bubbling and speckled brown. That is it! A simple recipe with dynamite flavors you have to try!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Who doesn’t love pasta? A true take on Italian cuisine that’s both easy to make and easy on your pocket. Pasta has endless potential when it comes to ingredients! Anything and everything goes. This recipe will focus on a favorite of mine. Grilled seasoned chicken topped with bacon, seasoned tomatoes, garlic and basil.
What you will need:
1 chicken breast cut into cubes
Minced garlic or 1tsp garlic powder
1 Red tomato diced
Fresh basil leaves finely chopped
Store bought choice of Alfredo sauce
Light olive oil
Cooked and crumbled bacon
First, drizzle olive oil into a pan on medium-high heat. Place chicken into pan and cook until light brown color. Add salt, pepper, and garlic while it cooks. On the side, bring a pot of water to a boil and place penne noodles into boiling water for 5-7 minutes until al dente. (Soft & cooked through) Once chicken has cooked through, add tomatoes and fresh basil and crumbled bacon. Sautée mixture and then add Alfredo sauce. Let simmer for a few minutes. Drain cooked noodles and then place into pan with the chicken mixture. Stir all the ingredients together until sauce and noodles become one. Generously scoop chicken pasta onto a plate. Top with fresh avocado to add some color and texture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and salt/pepper. That’s it! Eat up and enjoy.
Cook and prep time: 25 minutes
Feeds: 2 hungry people
Bacon….what is not to love? It’s crispy, meaty, and can fill an entire room with an invigorating smell. There is no better way to rev up your taste buds then to consume bacon. It can be devoured by itself or used to make not so good foods amazing. Why else do you think Kevin Bacon is famous? Think about it. Bacon is also the saving grace in the culinary world. Why? Because it can be applied to any food for any meal of the day. It turns smiles upside down and turns nonbelievers into believers.
Here is a little hint of knowledge about this wonderful meat. Bacon comes from a pig…not from heaven, sometimes I get those two confused. Now, what most people don’t know is that it comes from the belly of a pig. The belly of a pig contains the most fat, but it can also come from the loin which is more popular in Canada and is known as a “side cut”. Bacon is also “cured” which means it is given medication to heal it’s disease. I’m, kidding. It’s cured meaning the Bacon is preserved with salt and often smoked using applewood or hickory to keep in moisture and preserve the meat as well as it’s distinguished flavor.
Bacon can be grilled, boiled, smoked, fried, or even baked. It can be used to flavor dishes or just completely be the dish. Now, keep in mind bacon is not necessarily the healthiest food on the planet. But, if you apply it with healthy foods it is still possible to keep it in your diet by maintaining this balance. For example, Bacon can be great additions to salads, wraps, and other health friendly dishes. There are many ways to make bacon a apart of your diet with a few simple steps. Step 1: Buy unsalted or low-sodium bacon. It can be found in most grocery stores and markets. Sodium content is very high in regular Bacon which makes it very unhealthy. Step 2: Bake your Bacon. By doing this the fat within the Bacon is reduced significantly but the flavor and crunch is still maintained. Step 3: Be creative. Wrap Bacon around green beans or add it to an avocado and grilled cheese (or baked) sandwich. Sprinkle it on your salads. Add it to turkey burgers or lunch wraps. Step 4: Love Bacon. If you love Bacon, it will love you back and that’s a promise. Step 5: The most important Bacon step of them all. Never eat burnt bacon. It will ruin your day and potentially cause Bacon trust issues.
Bacon is just another reason to be excited about food. Just remember…with bacon anything is possible. Thanks for taking time out of your day to read about Bacon. For you gentlemen out there, here is a piece of advice. Girls dont want flowers for Valentines Day. They want bacon shaped like flowers.
Thanks for reading!
Food is an incredible thing. It brings us together and it keeps us alive. Food can be made in limitless ways and in endless variations. There’s something very special about simmering bacon on a flattop stove or the sweet smells of an apple pie coming out of the oven. Whatever it may be, it’s true. It’s something we use to define us as people, as a culture, and as individuals. To me, cooking is an expression of self. When I cook, I always put a little of me into every meal. It’s something very special that allows you to express who you are and to be able to share that with others especially the ones you love.
I’m writing this blog as a reminder to never take things such as food for granted. We are lucky to have food at our disposal and we are lucky to have the equipment to prepare food for ourselves. Sometimes we see past the blessing of having food on the table and people to share that food with. Today, make a meal and share it with someone. Express yourself through your food and you will be quite happy with the results. Cooking begins with you and it begins with the ability to put love into what you are making. Share that love with someone today. Happy Hump Day, Ben.
Grilled chicken is great for any occasion not to mention when it’s covered in savory spices and complimented with buttered asparagus. Mmm… This recipe is very easy for those of you who are new to the cooking sphere. Let’s get started!
What you will need:
2 fresh chicken breasts
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 chopped yellow onion
1 diced yellow bell pepper
White or wheat bread for toast
1 cup brown rice
1 bottle of franks red hot chili sauce (optional)
The steps: Cut the chicken breasts into tenders and place in a large fry pan on medium-high heat. Add butter and asparagus to pan. Season chicken with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Flip chicken constantly until skin is a dark brown- this indicates chicken has cooked through. The asparagus will cook at the same pace as the chicken so therefore they can be cooked together at the same temperature for the same amount of time. The asparagus will soften as it cooks in the butter. After 5-6 minutes the chicken should be done. Turn heat to low in order to keep food warm but also halt the cooking process. Add diced orange bell pepper and onion in pan so it can warm in order to mix with rice. On the side, place the cup of brown rice in a small pot with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil until rice has cooked through. (Until rice is soft)
It’s time to plate! Place rice on plate first, add peppers/onions on top. Then, lay grilled chicken over top rice and the asparagus on the side. If there is remaining cooked butter in the pan, pour it over top the plate. (The butter will be full of spices and remaining flavor that was left behind.)
Easy as that. A healthy meal that includes protein, greens, and bit of spice.
Prep and cook time: 25 minutes
Cost: $ 8-12
Thanks for reading! Enjoy
As I full-time college student with a part-time job, finding time to cook for myself seemed impossible. Finding a balance between school, work, and cooking is indeed possible. I discovered the crucial importance of cooking after my freshman year in college and many greasy meals later. I am a Senior now and have come to realize one of the most important life skills I have learned in my college career is far more than what could be acquired in a classroom. The most fundamental skill I have come to learn in my college years has been the ability to cook for myself and sustain a healthy balanced lifestyle.
College campuses are flooded with fast food joints that serve over priced grease and pasteurized food on a plate. Good choices on campus for the most part, fall extremely short of being anything but healthy. Maybe that’s why they call it the “freshman fifteen”, eh?
When it comes to feeding your body and mind, preparing food from scratch is the healthiest alternative. Learning how to cook might seem intimating to some but do not be afraid! It’s easier than it looks. Cooking can be fun, interactive and beneficial in more ways than one. It will save you loads of money, time, and calories. If you think about it, fast food may be convenient and easy to access, but in the long run it will only slow you down. Eating processed foods and foods high in trams fats and sodium will slowly overtime cause a dramatic increase in weight. Preparing food for yourself creates a healthy habit than will last a lifetime. Self preparation allows you to control what levels of salt and fat go into your food. More importantly, cooking will help boost energy levels immensely and overall personal morale. It’s never to late to start! Find some old pots and pans from mom and dads house and get to business!
Let’s throw some Latin flair in with a coastal favorite. Savory shrimp sautéed with cilantro, pepper & garlic will have any stomach growling. If you want to impress a loved one with a dish that’s fancy yet easy to make then you have hit the jackpot! Here we go.
What you will need:
1/2 pound fresh shrimp
1 tsp minced garlic
1 diced orange bell pepper
1 diced red bell pepper
1 diced red onion
1 can black beans
1 cup of brown rice
Thinly shredded romaine lettuce
First: We are going to make the pico topping. Very finely, dice the orange and red peppers, onion and cilantro. Mix together and squeeze the fresh lime juice into the mixture. Add salt & pepper to taste. Done! Place in fridge to bring the flavors together.
Next: On the side, bring to a medium high heat the can of black beans in a small pot. Add only a tsp of salt. In another small pot, boil the rice until soft. (4-6 minutes) Add 1 tsp of olive oil to keep rice from sticking during the cooking process.
Then: Peel shrimp, and throw into a pot with the tsp of minced garlic, olive oil (or butter) sugar and pepper. Sautéed the shrimp on medium heat until shrimp has a dark pink color. (5-7 minutes)
Heat corn (or flour whichever you prefer) tortillas in the microwave between two moist paper towels.
Lastly: Plate! Place shrimp, sliced avocado, lettuce, and the fresh pico onto the tortilla. Rice & beans are used as sides to the dish or potential toppings for the taco. Sprinkle cilantro atop the tacos & a bit of lime juice. Enjoy!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Costs: Around 10$
Feeds: 2-3 people
Thank you for reading The Word of Ben food blog!
Crab cakes are great and all…but what if we take a classic recipe and give it a little twist! Instead of crab, I have used fresh boiled Mahi Mahi. It’s light, fluffy and crazy full of flavor. Now let’s get cookin’!
What you will need:
1cup bread crumbs
1/2 finely diced yellow onion
1/2 finely diced red bell pepper
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
2 tsp mustard powder
1/2 pound of Mahi Mahi filets
1 large egg
1/2 cup corn meal
Franks red hot
1 tsp Lemon juice
2 tsp melted butter
The steps. 1) Cut Mahi Mahi into small cubes and boil for about 5 minutes in salted water. 2) In a mixing bowl, combine all of the above ingredients well. 3) Then, add boiled and shredded fish to the mixture. 4) Pat out about 3 patties about 1/2 inch thick. 5) Place patties into a frying pan with extra virgin olive oil. Fry each side of the patty until golden grown. Place patties atop steamed vegetables and sprinkle salt/pepper over dish. Boom! You have a fancy meal for three.
The dish is also great when topped with light thousand island dressing. It’s creaminess compliments the crispy Mahi Mahi patty.
Thanks for reading! -Ben
This unique recipe premieres a delicious Mossy Oak brand salsa. The honey apple salsa and it’s flavors go far beyond what you might typically taste. The savory bold salsa with a hint of sweet is anything but ordinary. The product is a great recipe binder, and helps bring out great flavors in meat, fish, and pasta. The creative combinations are endless. For this recipe, I am going to implement this salsa into an amazing grilled chicken dish.
This dish features grilled chicken atop of black beans and wild rice with a honey apple salsa glaze. It’s simple, quick and delicious!
What you will need:
1 jar of Mossy Oak Honey Apple Salsa
1 cup cooked wild rice
1 can black beans
1/2 onion diced
2 chicken breasts
Shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
What’s next: 1) First, boil the wild rice until soft. 2)Cook black beans in a pot with the diced onions,salt,pepper, and garlic powder. 3) Next, grill chicken breast until dark grill marks appear on each side. (This helps indicate the meat has been cooked through) Salt to taste. 4) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 5) Place rice first on plate, then beans, then chicken. Apply a generous layer of the salsa atop the chicken breasts. 6) Chop cilantro finely and sprinkle over the dish along with the mozzarella cheese. 7) Place the plate in the oven for 5 minutes allowing cheese to melt, and flavors to come together. That’s it! 7 steps later you have an impressive chicken dish full of unique flavors.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
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Thank you for reading! -Ben
Social Media 460 at the University of Louisville is hands down the most educational & hands on class I have ever taken in college. This class has proven it’s value towards my major and has given me the knowledge I need to further advance in the Communication field. This class was unlike the ordinary collaboration of students. This course was composed of 15 individuals who truly wanted to learn and be apart of the everyday conversation. Professor Freberg inspired us to open our minds to the power of Social media. She helped us improve our skills in writing, planning, and monitoring through various media platforms.
The class just makes sense. With so many companies going into the Social Media market, they need young and experienced people (like us) to manage their brands and names. Each week our professor would bring in professionals such as Scott Adkins and Nick Stover to discuss their experiences with media. This exposed us to real world experience, and has taught us much more than any PowerPoint or lecture could. This class is so unique and innovative, I hope it catches on at other colleges, so young people like myself have the opportunity to learn about the entity that has consumed our society. Media and technology are happening and they are changing the way we live our lives. Knowing how to manage your online presence is fundamental in your success.
A semester later, so many things have changed. I got an internship from making a connection in the class, I have become an avid blogger and more importantly a better communicator. I am now a Hootsuite certified professional which adds even more credibility to my class experience. I am happy to have made the choice to take this class. Thanks for reading!
(More recipes are on the way)