With a little simple meal planning, you can eliminate a great deal of stress from your daily life. There is nothing worse than getting to the end of the day and wondering what on earth you are going to feed a hungry family. So often we apply extraordinary precision and care to our jobs, to our kids’ schedules or to our interest groups, but when it comes to the simple act of putting healthy, nutritious food on the table, we fail.
When you decide to purchase one of the new kitchen electric grills the one which is foremost in most peoples minds is the popular George Foreman Grills. These electric grills you may recall are the ones which the Celebrity himself promotes on the various infomercials that appear on the television. The early versions of the electric George foreman grill had a tendency to brown the meat in a slightly uneven manner however the problem hasIt was unbelievable to watch all of the grease just pour off the steaks, that we christened the grill with!
Trust me on this. Include some spice in your snacks. If you feel like having tacos or tortilla chips, get some calories burning by adding some red pepper to your taco dip. Cayenne pepper has thermogenic properties that will help improve your body’s metabolism. Isn’t this a tasty way to being “hot”? And don’t tell me that fruit is too expensive. Chocolate is not cheap!
Taco Tuesday is a fun way for everyone to be involved with assembling their own meal. Whether it is beef, bison, chicken, pork, veggies, or beans and cheese, the variations are endless. Encourage your kids to do some research on different taco recipes. We all know how much kids love to be on the computer, so why not have them find recipes for you!
Probably the most expensive restaurant in Santa Monica would be Melisse, located at 1104 Wilshire Boulevard (310-395-0881). Even with that price point, it is well worth it to experience the gastronomical delights and flawless attention by the wait staff. This is French dining with a California edge, impeccably prepared under the watchful eye of Chef Josiah Citrin. Melisse has been voted by Zagat as Best Restaurant in Los Angeles in 2006, Best New Restaurant by Food and Wine in 2000 and Best Newcomer in Gourmet Magazine.
This is the best of the best when it comes to vegan cheese. It comes in two versions, cheddar or Italian. The Italian is perfect for pizza or lasagna dishes. The cheddar melts perfectly and is a great compliment to vegan tacos res, nachos and burrittos. Daiya’s vegan cheese rates at the top of the list because it is a great cheese subsitute for those with allergies. What’s important is what it doesn’t contain… soy, gluten and nuts. Visit Daiya to find a store near you that sells this brand or visit Vegan Essentials to have it shipped to you. 1/2 lb bag retails for approximately $5.25.
Not far from the lobster is the Ma’kai Lounge and Restaurant, located at 101 Broadway (310-434-1511) in Santa Monica. Headed by executive chef Ryan Bailey, a graduate of the California School of Culinary Arts Le Cordon Bleu, the restaurant fuses Asian and French cuisines, using all of the interesting ingredients California has to offer. Before you think this is just another beach hangout, think again. The Ma’kai is sleek, dark and sophisticated. The Ma’kai experience is a thrill ride for adults.
So there you have it, a quick version of my enjoyment of English cuisine and some of the traditional dishes. Good luck on your English cooking adventure!