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Clean Hand-Mashed Potatoes: Yes, you can eat them.

When we think about diets, we think about substituting “healthy” food for “guilty” food. What a totally messed up way to think about what fuels our body. If it’s natural… there’s a clean and delicious way to consume it. Potatoes get a bad rap. Let’s strip them down and allow ourselves to think about mashed potatoes in a whole new way.

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Yes, I like using sweet potatoes sometimes. Yes, there is a really good recipe that uses cauliflower instead of potatoes. That’s all fine and dandy, but my point is that we don’t have to “diet.” We have to de-brainwash ourselves into thinking that this vegetable is “bad” for us.

Now, adding lots of dairy and cheese will turn mashed potatoes into mashed thighs, but adding lots of dairy and cheese to ANYTHING will do that.

Here’s my recipe for clean hand-mashed potatoes. It’s a derivation of the version Chef B’friend taught me a while back:

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Ziplock Bag Citrus “Chicken” and Salad

Super healthy AND super tasty AND super easy? Heck yes! All you need to make this dish is a ziplock bag and a few simple ingredients.

This is one of the first recipes Chef B’friend taught me when I started to learn about food. It can be done with regular chicken, but I’d suggest you make sure that chicken had a healthy, happy life and could walk. (Know where your meat comes from!)

I use Quorn faux chicken… and you treat it just like it was meat. Quorn is one of the best vegetarian meatless options out there because it’s made from mushrooms rather than soy. (Too much soy in your diet can lead to an estrogen imbalance.)

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Here’s how to make this tasty dish!

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Union Square Farmers Market: Hell yeah!

Man, it’s hot out there! Too hot. I knew it was going to be a very tough task to take the subway from Harlem down and across to Union Square for the farmers market, but I took my man-pill and did it. And, boy, did it pay off.

The farmers market was so boss today. There was an abundance of everything, and I didn’t even get there early for the morning rush. It should have been leftovers-town by the time I made it there, but there was still SO much to choose from. It blew my mind.

Why go to the farmers market? Isn’t it a bunch of farming hippies who will try to make you read Kerouac and sing Hare Krishna? (Actually, there are hippies that dance around and sing Hare Krishna, but they’re off to the side.) I digress!

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Red, White, and Blue Cheese Burgers!

This is what I had for breakfast today:

This is Amurika, and it’s the 4th of July. Hell yeah, I had a burger at 8:30 am.

Now, since I’m not on a diet, there is no such thing as breaking the rules. There is no “cheat day.” Every day, I live my life and try make the best choices I can (while not being a total downer about it.) The boyfriend and I, rather than using “self-control” and feeling deprived, get creative and excited about how to make awesome food that is packed with the best nutritional value possible.

Here’s how Chef B’Friend made our Guilt-Free Red, White, and Blue Cheese Veggie Burgers:

Ingredients:

  • Dr. Praeger’s Meatless All American Burger (I usually like to make my own veggie-burger patties out of nuts, but it’s a holiday! Let’s live a little!)
  • Sprouted Whole Grain Burger Buns by Food for Life. Or just find something that has some kind of seed (sesame) and no high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Lettuce (I’m telling you, grow it or get it from the farmers market. It’s SO good.)
  • Tomato (Farmers market, organic, and/or heirloom… there is nothing worse than a flavorless tomato from PathMart.)
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Vegenaise (Don’t use regular Mayo. I swear you won’t even miss it!)
  • Organic Ketchup (no high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Mustard
  • Home-made Cole Slaw (red cabbage, green cabbage, carrots, olive oil, lemon, white wine vinegar, capers, and Vegenaise.)
  • Blue Cheese (Only a little… the flavor is intense!)
  • Pickle Chips (Optional. Try to get a natural pickle without that horrible “Yellow 5” ingredient.)

How to cook it:

  1. Whack the patties on the pan (Olive Oil the pan beforehand with heat.) IMG_0143
  2. Chop the veggies.IMG_0145
  3. Prepare the bottom bun with Vegenaise, ketchup, mustard, onions, and pickles.
  4. Once patties are browning on both sides, pop some blue cheese on them for a few minutes.
  5. Take patties out of the pan and place them on the bun party you’ve created. IMG_0144
  6. Add avocado, lettuce, and the rest of the fillers in-between the patty and the top bun.
  7. Plate and garnish with a simple salad and some potato wedges.
  8. Sing “God Bless America” and eat.

Happy Independence Day! Let’s all be healthy and safe while we watch fireworks explode into the atmosphere.

(follow Chef B’Friend’s Instagram to see all the amazing things he makes/I eat.)

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Juice is my crack: How to juice and not feel like a snob.

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If I’m going to be honest, the entire “juicing culture” has got a bad rap. When we think of juicing, we usually think of an expensive juice cleanse that some celebrity says she went on and lost all of her baby weight in one week. Sometimes, it makes us think of that strange Cayenne pepper thing Beyonce supposedly did for Dreamgirls. Most often, it makes us think of self-righteous jerks who tell everyone they need to juice in order to be considered health-conscious. Those idiots give my sweet, sweet crack a bad name.

I’m not kidding when I make that comparison. Of course, I have never smoked that pipe. I’m just imagining the amazing rush I get after downing 10 veggies and 3 fruits in one go to be somewhat comparable to, well, feeling rather high.

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Poppin’ Pills: Vitamins and Supplements

Here’s the deal. We aren’t perfect. Even though we try, we can’t possibly ingest all the 13 essential vitamins required by the body to work properly with our modern eating habits. That’s why you need to take vitamins and supplements before you get sick and have to take horrible prescription pills for the rest of your miserable life.

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