Last week I had the pleasure of meeting 2 awesome Chefs at an event sponsored by Slick Greedy. Slick Greedy are a culinary conglomerate who sponsors events highlighting upcoming African American Chefs in Atlanta. During the event the chef prepares samples of there food while food enthusiasts ask the chefs questions, talk about their food and just getting to know the personally. The Eat and Greet event overall was great. Very intimate homey environment, sort of like a big family dinner. I will be discussing the chefs and their foods below.
Chef Tay (www.instragram.com/goodeatz_atl)
Chef Tay is a is based in Atlanta and cook just about anything from vegan, vegetarian, seafood and everything in between. During the event chef Tay prepared a few dishes, I tried the salad topped with Salmon and Seafood Macaroni.
I know I am on the verge towards veganism but I just had to highlight the Seafood Mac and Cheese. This had to be one of the best Mac and Cheese I ever had. It was cheesy, full of flavor, full of seafood, and decadent. It was sooo delicious that I had to steal seconds!!! I would highly recommend her food, you will not disappointed!
Chef Kristis (www.instagram.com/kristis_cobbler)
Chef Kristis grew up with severe food allergies which prompt into cooking vegan food. Chef is based in Atlanta, Ga specializing in vegan desserts, she is best known for her vegan cobblers ( who knew cobblers can be vegan).
So I tried two of Chef Kristis’ mini cobblers, strawberry and blackberry. I do have to admit that I am not much of a sweets person but the cobblers where delicious. What I love most about the mini cobblers is that they were not dense, the ingredients were simple and fresh.
They are two awesome Chefs and highly recommend you try their foods. You can place an order through Instagram by DM. Please support, you will not regret it ;).
This is a quick 20 minute Pasta Dish that I wiped up on a whim. This dish is packed with flavor, fills you up and only takes 20 minutes to make. This recipe is very simple and does not require a lot of ingredients. Best part its vegan!!! Thank me later!! 🙂
3 garlic cloves
2 roma tomatoes ( chopped)
1 Tblsp of black pepper
1 Tblsp of goya ( you can you salt or seasoned salt)
2 ts oregano
1 Tblsp of extra virgin olive oil
2 ts Parsley ( optional)
2 ts of crushed red pepper ( optional)
Bring 2 cups of water in a large pan to a boil and add pasta
while pasta is boiling, take a sauce pan and saute garlic with extra virgin olive oil. When sauteing garlic make sure to put heat on low ( garlic burn very easily). Saute garlic for 2 minutes
Add chopped to tomatoes in the sauce pan with the sauted garlic and bring heat to medium. While the tomatoes and garlic are cooking add black pepper, salt and oregano. Stir all ingrediants together.
At this time pasta should be al dent. Drain all the water and add pasta to the sauce pan with the remaining ingredients. Combine all ingredients together and add salt and pepper ( if needed).
Place lid on sauce pan for 5 mins
After the 5 minutes add fresh parsley and crushed red pepper ( optional)
As stated previously for the past 1 1/2 years I have not eaten any chicken, red meat or pork ( still occasionally having fish) and seldom having any dairy products. So I decided to challenge myself and become vegan for the month of March, just wanting to see if I can. The Verdict ….. it was not as difficult as expected!!! There was a few adjustments but nothing drastic. There were a few things I noticed about becoming vegan.
Vegan Food Is Expensive as Sh*t. An example is if you go to a restaurant and order a vegan entre it will be twice the price of a regular entre. Also lets say you go grocery shopping and get a premade/ prepackage vegan hot dogs or burgers it will be probably $5 or $6 for 2 in a pack. An easy solution for this is to cook and make everything from scratch. So I cooked a lot at home to keep the cost down and the food taste better as well. ( Also a lot of vegan foods from restaurants are very bland as well.)
Another thing I noticed is that you have to pay attention to your protein intake. Protein is a nutrient that the body needs in order to function everyday. Meat has a lot of protein in it, so there is not need to think about protein you automatically get it from eating meat. But when going vegan you do have to make sure you are going enough protein. So for protein I ate a lot of beans and nuts.
I do not think I am going to be 100% vegan ( I really love fish). But I will minimize my dairy intake and incorporate more vegan dishes in my diet. So I do recommend trying veganism for at least a month and see how you like it.
As mentioned in an earlier blog, I am doing a 30 day Vegan Challenge. I wanted to share a vegan black bean chilli recipe that I have created using my favorite cooking device THE CROCK POT!! Below will be all the ingredients I used to make this chilli. Hope you Love It!!!
12 Roma Tomatoes ( cut in fourths)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic minced
2 stalks of greens onions chopped
2 serrano peppers chopped
1 cup of black bean ( can be from a can, I boiled them in water til soften which would be about an hour
1/2 cup of water ( or vegetable stock)
3 Tbsp of chilli powder
3 Tbsp of cumin powder
Half of a savon packet ( latin seasoning can from farmer marke
Goya ( latin season can get from local grocery store)
First I put in the extra virgin oil, green onions, garlic and serrano peppers in the crock pot.
Then the tomatoes, 1/2 cup of water and the drained black beans.
Next was all the seasonings : chillin powder, cumin, savon, goya, black pepper
After putting in all the ingredients in the crock pot I get a big spoon and mix everything together, from the bottom up. So the every ingredient has some seaoning on it
I put the crock pot on high for about 4 hours ( or you can put on low for 8 hours)
Voila You have delicious black bean chilli packed with flavor
What I LOVE about this chilli is that it will last for about week ( meal prep) and it goes with any thing. I can eat this by itself, with chips, in a taco etc ( in the picture I paired it with white rice). AND ITS GOOD FOR YOU!!! What more can you ask for!!!
So… I have been a pescatarian for about 1 1/2 years and it was not that hard giving up meat ( chicken, beef, pork). Then I decided to gradually give up dairy, that was not so hard to do either ( except cheese I LOVE PIZZA!!). I wanted to challenge myself and be completely vegan for a month, just wanting to see if I can.
It has already been a week and this is what I have noticed. Veganism is more then eating salads and lot of “vegan foods” are expensive. By that I mean pre made food such as vegan burgers, vegan hot dogs, vegan nuggets etc. The alternative to that would be cooking, cooking is ( in general) cheaper then getting something premade or from a restuarant. So I do have to cook alot more often but I cook a lot anyway so that is not such a problem.
So far so good with the vegan challenge!! I will be posting some of my creations on here. I am on IG @staceats87 where I post alot of foodporn :)!!! If anyone has any vegan recipes you want to share please comment below!!! I love trying new recipes!!
So last night I went on a date to a bar located in Atlanta, Ga called The Glenwood. It is a quaint little bar in the heart of EAV ( East Atlanta Village). There is not any options if you do not eat chicken or beef ( I am a pescatarian).The only vegetarian options were the beyond burger and the impossible burger ( I thought there were one in the same but apparently now). I heard so much hype for the impossible so I that was my pick. When it came out it looks like a regular beef patty. The first bite blow me away, it taste like beef. I was very confused and flagged down the waitress to make sure that the patty was meatless and assured me that is was. This tastes exactly like a beef burger it is unbelievable. Overall the burger was good ( a little dry ) and would definitely have again. If you get a chance I highly recommend you try the impossible burger. For those of you who are wondering the burger was the best part of the date. 😉
This past weekend my family and I went to Georgia Southern University located in Statesboro, Ga to visit my sister (Courtney). For the past 4 years my family been attending family weekend at Georgia Southern, this year would be the last year since Courtney is graduating 😦 in May. Now Statesboro is not the food capital of the world at all but there was one particular restaurant that stood out.
CHAZITO’S LATIN CUISINE
Chazito’s Latin Cuisine is a Puerto Rican Restaurant located obviously in Statesboro, Ga. I order the Loco Mofongo which is sweet plantains mashed topped with a meat of your choice : pork, mojo chicken, roasted beef, or veggies ( I chose veggies). The entrée comes with a side and I chose yuca fries ( yuca is a starch similar to potatoes). The food in general was pretty good. The plantains are sweet and savory paired great with the veggies but I thought that the vegetables could of benefited with more seasoning. The yuca fries were the best part of the dish, crispy on the outside and soft inside. I would trade potatoes fries with yuca fries anytime!!! What I did not like was that the temperature of the dish was lukewarm also when I think of latin cuisine spices, peppers come to mind. I do think some jalapenos or some other hot peppers could of been perfect on the dish, just my personal preference.
The cocktails are amazing!!!! My sister ordered the house Sangria and I ordered a drink called the G-Spot. The G – Spot has cucumber, elderberry and water. It all blends together perfectly, you can smell the aroma of the cucumber and you can taste the freshness of the drink because it is handcrafted . The alcohol that is used Vodka is locally distilled from Savannah. They do not skimp on the alcohol at all, so after 3 drinks I was lite!!!! I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Great food, drinks and atmosphere!! Also the owner of Chazito’s went around and greeted all the customer, he was very gracious, sweet and I really appreciated that!!!