Refreshing Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

breakfast smoothie bowl

Making a good breakfast smoothie bowl is all about balancing the taste with its texture. Essentially, the fruits, veggies and natural milk are the main feature of the smoothie; however, you may also include nuts, ground flax seed, wheat germ or even vitamin C powder for added texture, as well as nutrients. For added flavor, add organic vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg or natural sweeteners like, brown sugar, organic honey or agave nectar.

That said, to make this breakfast smoothie bowl, start by gathering a combo of your favorite available fruits, like strawberries, mangoes, kiwis, and/or pineapples, etc… You can even make your smoothie bowl all or mainly vegetables—choosing to use avocados, romaine lettuce, spinach, and/or cucumbers… the choices are really endless. So make it your own!

breakfast smoothie bowl

What you’ll need:

  • a blender, magic bullet or other juicer
  • unsweetened coconut or almond milk (16 oz)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of your favorite fruits and/or vegetables
  • dash of nutmeg (optional)
  • Your choice of sweetener (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine your choice of milk, bananas, as well as fruit and/or veggies with other ingredients in a blender container.
  2. Cover and puree for a couple minutes.
  3. Sweeten to taste (optional).
  4. Continue to puree until nearly smooth.
  5. Pour your smoothie into a bowl and top it with extras like some banana slices, as well as nuts, granola, chia seeds, and/or ground flax seeds. Enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.


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Ultra-Delicious Cocoa Tea Recipe

cocoa tea recipe

Cocoa tea is basically a Caribbean version of hot cocoa. Traditionally, to make this hot chocolate, the cocoa beans are roasted, and afterward grounded and rolled into a stick. This is then grated into a cocoa powder, which ends up being the feature ingredient of the cocoa tea.

However, for the recipe below, note that any powdered cocoa or cocao (preferably organic) will still make you a delicious hot chocolate drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of grated or powdered cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • brown sugar
  • nip of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of almond or whole milk
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)

Cocoa tea recipe:

  • Bring water, cocoa, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and bay leaf to boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Stir in coconut milk and your choice of either almond or whole milk.
  • Sweeten with brown sugar to taste, and then add a tiny amount of salt.
  • Continue to simmer mixture on low heat for a minute or two.
  • Strain into your favorite mug and enjoy your cocoa tea!


 

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Cod Fish and Shrimp Fritters Recipe

salt fish fritters

The following is a simple recipe for Caribbean-style salt fish fritters (salted cod fish fritters) with shrimp.

Ingredients:

  • 2 stalks of scallion
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion or 1 small onion
  • 1/8 tsp of scotch bonet pepper (optional)
  • 6 ounces of salted cod fish (de-boned)
  • 2-3 ounces of cooked shrimp (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • pinch of brown sugar
  • salt (optional)
  • coconut or vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Place salted cod fish in a saucepan covered with water. Boil for 5 minutes and cool.
  2. Chop scallions, bell pepper, onion and scotch bonet pepper.
  3. Flake the salt fish into smaller pieces.
  4. Add salt fish, cooked shrimp, chopped ingredients, black pepper, salt, sugar, flour and water to a bowl and mix together to form a batter.
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  6. Spoon batter into pan and fry until golden brown.

Enjoy!

salt fish fritters

 

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Curry Chicken Recipe

Caribbean curry chicken

Try this quick and simple Caribbean curry chicken recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts chopped into cubes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 stalk of scallion
  • 3 stalks of fresh thyme
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons of curry
  • 1 cup of water or chicken broth
  •  ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 medium potatoes (diced into cubes)
  • scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • pinch of brown sugar


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Directions:

  1. Heat coconut oil in a pot on medium flame.
  2. Sauté onion, garlic, thyme, scotch bonnet pepper, curry powder, until golden brown.
  3. Add chicken, stirring until chicken is lightly browned.
  4. Pour in water (or chicken broth); cover and cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until meat is cooked.
  5. In a separate pot (while chicken is simmering) cook diced potatoes in boiling water.
  6. Add drained potatoes, scallions, brown sugar, salt and black pepper to curry chicken.
  7. Stir and let simmer for another few minutes.
  8. Serve with white rice and your favorite vegetable(s). Enjoy!
curry chicken recipe

 

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

Jamaican jerk chicken recipe

Jerk chicken is a well-known Jamaican dish that is loved by many islanders, as well as people in other parts of the world.

The Jamaican jerk chicken recipe is pretty standard. The word jerk refers to the method in which the meat is seasoned. This process usually involves marinating the meat in a spicy paste that typically consists of scotch bonnet peppers, allspice, thyme, scallions, garlic, brown sugar, and salt.
However, these days, making the paste from scratch is no longer necessary, as there are many authentic ready-made jerk seasonings and marinades on the market.
So here’s a simple Jamaican jerk chicken recipe that incorporates a ready-made paste:
Ingredients
  • Your favorite Jerk Chicken Seasoning
  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • Lime Juice
  • Fresh Scallions (optional)
  • Fresh Thyme (optional)


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Directions

  1. Thoroughly clean and cut-up chicken, and then rinse with lime juice.
  2. In a bowl, add a small amount of jerk seasoning and gently rub it into chicken. For best results, cover and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Slow cook on the grill or preheat oven to 350 degrees, cover with foil in a pan and roast in the oven with a little fresh scallions and thyme for approximately 1 hr and 15 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink from the bone.
  4. Serve with rice and/or vegetables. Enjoy!

Jamaican jerk chicken recipe

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