World Wide Lunch – The Cuisine of Thailand

As part of the Prescription for Flavor Podcast Dr. Jenn and I will be exploring cuisines of the world.  This first installment looks at Thai food.  To listen in as we explore the kick-ass flavors of this diverse region click here.  I realize there are a lot of , what I call, ‘food wimps out there. Those who shy away from trying new or different foods for fear that they may bite into an eyeball…or something. Never fear food wimps, I am here to ease you into these new and exciting regional foods!

If you have never experienced Thai cuisine, the safest place to start is with Pad Thai.  This delicious rice noodle dish offers a variety of vegetables, protein of choice (often chicken, shrimp, beef or tofu).  It’s a bit on the sweet side with just a hint of tang, and if you’ve got the balls (that seems like a dated and outright sexist reference, but still…) you can usually kick up the heat upon request.  Please note that this dish is often served with a sprinkle of peanuts.

Next up Thai curries: yellow, red and green.  Each has its own unique flavor with varying levels of heat.  Yellow is the most mild, green the hottest with red often falling somewhere in between.  These coconut milk based curries are loaded with fresh vegetables,  served with protein of choice and jasmine rice on the side.

Pad Sew is a popular dish, and one of my fav’s.  Made up of stir fried rice noodles, vegetables and meat in a sweet soy based sauce.

If you like chicken try out the satay!  Tender, juicy chicken skewers served with a sweet and salty peanut sauce.  Rich and delicious this is a must!  Enjoy it with fresh rolls (also dipped in the peanut sauce) and it will be a meal to remember!

The next time you are looking for a great lunch out; head over to a Thai restaurant and you will not be disappointed!  Check out Natural Jenn for a healthy eating guide to Thai cuisine.

 

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3 Simple Healthy Halloween Snacks

Like most holidays, Halloween is a time of indulgence.  Which is exactly what we need, more indulgence! Its not like we chow potato chips on the regular, eat bacon double cheeseburgers three times a week and  guzzle soda like planet Earth has run out of water…oh wait…yes we do!  In case you didn’t pick up on it, that was sarcasm. 

I think its great the kids get a day of running around town all dressed up and picking up some sweet treats along the way, but it seems, for many kids, Halloween is a two week rage of solid sugar, high fructose corn syrup and who knows what else. Ad that to a diet that may (or may not) already consist of pop tarts for breakfast and Coke as the main source of hydration, you have a real dangerous cocktail for a developing young body!

You might also like:  Latest Podcast (Prescription for Flavor): “Halloween Candy; how much is too much”?

Okay, that’s enough pissing and moaning about the evils of that almighty sweet stuff. Here are 3 of my favourite healthy Halloween snacks. Feed these to your kids on the big day and give their bodies a boost of vitamins and other healthy shit ;

1) Ice Blood Slush

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This one is SO easy, I dare to call to it a recipe! I place one cup of frozen raspberries in a blender with one cup of orange juice and blend until smooth. Voila! Now just ad a few eyeballs, spiders or other spooky decoration and you’ve got a slushy treat that you can eat with a spoon, or drink like  slurpy! The ‘eyeballs’ shown here are slices of banana with a chocolate chip in the center. I used a toothpick and natural food colouring to make the ‘bloodshot’ effect.

2) Cauliflower Brains

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This is a great idea that I originally found at RecipeTips.com. I think they look utterly disgusting, but its Halloween, so I guess that’s a good thing? Pretty self explanatory,  just hollow the stem out of a whole cauliflower and fill with my Guacamole Recipe (the brains), and you can choose to serve on top of salsa, or not. Fill a squeeze bottle (like mustard) with ketchup (or blended salsa)  and squeeze into the grooves for the blood effect. Serve with nachos and veggies!

3) Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Peppers

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These little dudes are super cute and wicked tasty! Great as a snack or a meal and can be made with fresh ingredients available year round! You can find the recipe and instructions right here.

I hope you try one or all of these great healthy treats this year and please have a safe and very SPOOKY Halloween!

Where did Thanksgiving go?

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So I was walking the isles of a major retailer yesterday.  I passed the seasonal isles to land myself deep inside the MASSIVE Halloween section. Trying to gaze inconspicuously at the “sexy” costumes, I shuffled through some of the kids stuff to gather ideas, then tried on a few scary masks, making a ‘GRRRR’ sound at my wife who, of course, just rolled her eyes. 

I left that area only to discover, just two isles over was the Christmas section. Its only half setup, with boxed strewn about the floor and garland all over the place. It crossed my mind that every year the holiday merchandise seems to appear on shelves earlier and earlier.  I mean, its October 9 for the love of Santa!

Then it hit me! What about Thanksgiving? I mean, there are turkeys on sale at the grocery store. Boxes of Stove Top and nasty-ass cans of “cranberry sauce” are featured around the store. A few autumn-themed decorations here and there, but really no Thanksgiving isle. Whats the deal?  I would say its because its a religious holiday and people seem to be getting less and less “churchy”, but Christmas and Easter are both religious holidays, so that doesn’t jive.  Or is it because it doesn’t have a cartoon mascot like Easter, Valentines day and Christmas? Is it because the holiday is rooted in Genocide, I’d like to say yes to that one, but I don’t think most people know or even car about that part, as specially kids. Has it become more about football than giving thanks?

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I asked a bunch of young ladies and gentlemen (age 12-19, and two 40 year olds) why they thought Thanksgiving seems to be among the least popular of holidays. The answers I got were kind of disheartening! The central theme unanimously was ‘personal gain’. They all agreed that the receiving of gifts is what makes a successful holiday and Thanksgiving is sorely lacking when it comes to “gifts”.  A few of them said it’s boring, noting that you just “hang around with family and eat a big meal”.  And one expressed the idea that it has always been part of the Thanksgiving tradition to over eat, a day of indulgence, however nowadays many, MANY people indulge on a regular basis. If they want it, they buy it an eat it!  Another mentioned the growing disconnection people seem to be having from family, for whatever reason (texts and emails perhaps??). 

I personally think these kids (and the two 40 year olds) hit it right on the head! I believe all of the above to be true, as sad as it may be, it seems that our society as a whole over indulges too often for it to be an enticing feature of a single day. We seem to not care about an event if it is without personal gain. And in the age of Facebook, texting and email reminders, maybe its just all too easy to avoid that Thanksgiving invitation at your sisters place, because you can’t stand her husband anyway and you know Uncle Tom is gonna be there with his inappropriate comments and snarky remarks! OR maybe its all too fitting given the rich, tainted history of the holiday itself.

Either way, this is a food blog and Thanksgiving is supposed to be one of the ultimate food holidays. So, I leave you with my recipe for Sweet Maple Cranberry Sauce! Go, make it and enjoy it with your family, exchange no gifts, forget about Thanksgivings genocidal beginnings, say no prayers and for the love of turkey, keep Uncle Tom out of the whisky!

 

 

 

 

Introducing…a Podcast like no other!

prescription for flavour , Adam Heard and Jennifer Heard

After many months of wonderfully painstaking deliberation, research, work and the occasional drunken sound-check, I am ecstatic to finally announce the debut of our new and exciting Podcast, “Prescription for Flavor”!

Hosting alongside the brilliant & gorgeous Registered Natural Health Specialist/Yoga Therapist Jennifer Heard  PhD(DNM), ERYT (of Naturaljenn.com), I will be ‘dishing out’ current & controversial food news, recipes and culinary tricks while Jennifer expands your mind with all of her health and wellness wisdom!

Together, we will talk about everything from Asparagus to Zanex and why you should consume one, but maybe not the other 😉  We will be interviewing and engaging with Health Experts, Renound Chefs, Authors, Food critics and so much more.

Episodes will be informative and educational, after all, our goal is to expand your horizons! But don’t worry friends, we plan to make every episode just as much fun as a barrel of monkeys! …Wait, does anyone ACTUALLY know what the hell that means? I mean, it sounds a little cruel and unsanitary if you ask me…but nevertheless, we will have some laughs along the way!

So whether you just found out you’re gluten intolerant and don’t know what (or where) to eat, or you just wanna know the secret to perfect scrambled eggs (along with their fantastic health benefits), we will have you covered 🙂

So grab a coffee, tea or glass of wine and hop onto your favourite pod-casting app and search ‘Prescription for Flavor’ and Subscribe today! Or click HERE for current episodes. I truly can’t wait to talk atcha soon!!

Yours truly,

Adam

*** If you have any questions or ideas regarding this podcast, please let us know in the comment section below. Have a show or topic idea? I wanna hear it!

Here I am recording a late night cast!
Here I am recording a late night cast!

 

Star of the Show Premiering June 1st!

As you may know, in April I was selected to be a part of Star of the Show, where I was flown to Prince Edward Island to film with one of the greats, chef Michael Smith, of Food Network fame! Next Wednesday, June 1st, my segment will be available for your viewing pleasure at lentils.ca.  I will post further details next week!  Stay kool y’all!

KooKBook Vol.1 Available December 1

Just in time for Christmas!

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Try this Instead cookbook

I have worked tirelessly…well I’ve worked ‘pretty hard’ anyway, to bring you unique and inspired

recipes that are simple enough for anyone to try! So come this December, I challenge you to put down those

burgers, push aside the chicken breast and mashed ‘tatoes and, just for tonight, Try This Instead!