Month: January 2014

Winter ‘Bu Smoothie

Polar vortex is taking over much of the U.S., but here in Malibu, winter is feeling a bit like summer šŸ˜‰ So whether you are stuck in the snow or have your toes in the sand, kick back with this refreshing, tropical Winter ‘Bu Smoothie. Here is the ‘Bu at dawn: Winter Mali(‘Bu) SmoothieĀ  1 cup natural coconut water 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 ripe banana 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks 1 cup baby spinach 2 fresh/frozen slices of pineapple 1 tbs chia seeds wedge of lime mint to garnish ice Blend until smooth. Sip to soothe. The ‘Bu during the day: #thebluffs at dusk: #elmatador at sunset: #nofilter

Solely Guacamole

Is there anything more satisfying than a bowl of fresh guac? Here is how to makeĀ Jain guacamole, and a little bit about why you should incorporate more avocado into your diet. Avocados are full of nutrients, with 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. They are dense in dietary fiber, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, Vit B3, Vit B2, Vit B5, Vit B6, Vit B1, Vit E, Vit C, and Vit K. Although avocados are heavy in calories, these calories are super nutrient dense. So here is why you should eat them: They are good for the heart: The fats are heart healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3’s. These help improve heart health, and lower blood pressure. The monounsaturated fats are proven to help lower LDL (low density lipoprotein- a.k.a. the bad cholesterol) and blood triglycerides, while increasing HDL (high density lipoprotein-a.k.a the good cholesterol). They are good for the eyes: Carotenoid leutein is an antioxidant found in avocados that is important for protecting eyes from oxidative stress which can cause poor vision, degeneration, and cataracts. They are …

Tirokafteri Naanwich

Hercules meets Bollywood with this simple and quick Tirokafteri Naanwich. I first came across Tirokafteri at the Malibu Farmer’s Market last week. The best way to describe it is like a spicy Greek cream cheese made from feta, chillies, and greek yogurt. I also picked up some fresh Kalamata olives at the market, and put together this sandwich. Of course, you can vary what veggies you put in. If you like it warm, maybe try this panini-grilled with roasted zucchini and red peppers. You can’t go wrong with naan…or tirokafteri. Tirokafteri Naanwich Ingredients: 1 whole-wheat Naan (eggless), halved Tirokafteri Roma tomato slices Cucumber slices Kalamata olives, sliced Handful of organic arugula Bake the naan in the oven at 375 F for about 7-10 minutes. Meanwhile, prep all veggies and Tirokafteri Tirokafteri Ingredients: 250 g Greek feta cheese, cubed 1-2 tbsp Greek Yogurt (I use Fage) 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1 small fresh green chilies, seeded and finely chopped Basil leaves (optional) Crushed red pepper flakes Black Pepper Blend all …

Caramelized Butternut Arugula Pizza

A wise chef once said… the dough is your canvas Okay not really, but you get the picture: Artisan pizza is an imaginative, creative experience pairing seemingly random ingredients to create an earthy concoction of tastes. Tart, spicy, creamy, and sweet make this pizza absolutely delicious. Caramelized Butternut Arugula Pizza ingredients you will need: caramelized butternut squash (see recipe below) herbed thin crust (see recipe below) Jain pesto fresh arugula leaves creamy goat cheese pomegranate arils olive oil, herbs (italian seasoning, oregano, rosemary, parseley), salt, pepper First, caramelize the butternut squash: 2 cups chopped butternut squash 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tsp salt fresh ground black pepper Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel the butternut squash, remove seeds, and dice into bite sized cubes. Place squash on a baking dish/sheet and drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, salt, and pepper evenly. Toss the squash in the mixture and spread them out flat on the baking sheet. Roast the squash for about 50 minutes until tender and caramelized. Remember to occasionally …