Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Organic Chicken Pot Pie!!!



The Old saying "Your are what you Eat" is very true indeed. Why you ask, well let's talk about that for a bit.

Fast foods chains may be trying to lure us back with the salads, or the wraps, but do you really know what is in them? how many calories are there in each one?
How much sugar in the dressing, and what did you pick for a beverage?

Why am I asking all these questions because when they say Fast food that is what it means, it does not mean Home made, made to order or carefully selected ingredients to make it healthier.

You have to ask yourself can I eat this everyday? or can I eat this occasionally?Will it screw up my good diet? or eating habits? 
The answers are not complicated, do you eat wholesome foods all week? do you drink plenty of water? and do you exercise? these are the common denominators for anyone to stay well threw out their entire life and reap the benefits from it as well.
As a human race we tend to skip around a bit on the word Healthy because it might taste bad, like the commercials keep saying try it you might like it!
I agree on that point because once you start adding in some good choices in your diet you become accustomed to it very quickly and will be tempted less often by the Fast Food Merry -Go- Rounds.

Here are some healthier choices for you to think about when you go out to eat.

  • Ask for dressings on the side
  • If it has breading on it ask if it is heavy or pan fry it, it is lighter and less greasy
  • Gravies ask for them on side
  • Potatoes choose baked with sour cream and butter on side
  • Beverages (Do not ask for a Big Pop) if you must have one ask for one small glass and no refills Please!
  • Always add a piece of fruit to your meal for these reasons, fills you up, meaning you will eat less, and is good fiber and balances your sugar levels. Making you loose weight naturally!
  • Eat Proteins first, salads and fruits next and if you need a sweet add a small cookie not iced or a small slice of fruit pie. Your plate should be 70/30 meaning 70% Veggies and fruits and grains and 30% lean proteins.
  • Keep a journal of how you are doing or a app on your Iphones or Smart phone will help you stay on track, and watch yourself and your waistline thank you later.
This is easier than you think and with all the technology out there to help you it is even easier, good luck and like I always say " Healthy Eating is a LIFESTYLE"

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Chef Gianna

Good Food Good Life?

Divadish Kitchens & Catering





Organic Chicken Pot Pie!!!


The Old saying "Your are what you Eat" is very true indeed. Why you ask, well let's talk about that for a bit.

Fast foods chains may be trying to lure us back with the salads, or the wraps, but do you really know what is in them? how many calories are there in each one?
How much sugar in the dressing, and what did you pick for a beverage?

Why am I asking all these questions because when they say Fast food that is what it means, it does not mean Home made, made to order or carefully selected ingredients to make it healthier.

You have to ask yourself can I eat this everyday? or can I eat this occasionally?Will it screw up my good diet? or eating habits? 
The answers are not complicated, do you eat wholesome foods all week? do you drink plenty of water? and do you exercise? these are the common denominators for anyone to stay well threw out their entire life and reap the benefits from it as well.
As a human race we tend to skip around a bit on the word Healthy because it might taste bad, like the commercials keep saying try it you might like it!
I agree on that point because once you start adding in some good choices in your diet you become accustomed to it very quickly and will be tempted less often by the Fast Food Merry -Go- Rounds.

Here are some healthier choices for you to think about when you go out to eat.

  • Ask for dressings on the side
  • If it has breading on it ask if it is heavy or pan fry it, it is lighter and less greasy
  • Gravies ask for them on side
  • Potatoes choose baked with sour cream and butter on side
  • Beverages (Do not ask for a Big Pop) if you must have one ask for one small glass and no refills Please!
  • Always add a piece of fruit to your meal for these reasons, fills you up, meaning you will eat less, and is good fiber and balances your sugar levels. Making you loose weight naturally!
  • Eat Proteins first, salads and fruits next and if you need a sweet add a small cookie not iced or a small slice of fruit pie. Your plate should be 70/30 meaning 70% Veggies and fruits and grains and 30% lean proteins.
  • Keep a journal of how you are doing or a app on your Iphones or Smart phone will help you stay on track, and watch yourself and your waistline thank you later.
This is easier than you think and with all the technology out there to help you it is even easier, good luck and like I always say " Healthy Eating is a LIFESTYLE"

Divadish Personal Chef Services
Chef Gianna

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Is your Garden Biting You?

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As we get into our glorious days of Summer, one thing always puts a Buzz Kill to totally enjoying it,Bugs! 

What can we do? Do we kill off everything that flies in order to get back our yards and our gardens?

Here are some natural ways to keep these flying pests at bay and not hurt or harm our planet, and other good flying creatures and insects.

Mosquitoes:

Instead of using DEET, bases spray products which of course work but are not environmentally safe there are plant based natural alternatives.
The product called PMD is a lemon eucalyptus oil extract that is very effective smells nice and is approved by the CDC and Prevention and it's available products that use these ingredients Repel Lemon Eucalyptus or Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus

Wasps:
Using peppermint soap diluted with hot water and put into a spray bottle will keep these flying pests from making your yard theirs!
You can also use this mix for ant hills at your foundations or sidewalks, destroying there scent hills and making them move onto other not so annoying you areas.

Garden Pests(aphids,white flies,scale )
There is a horticultural oil used by professional landscapers that will not harm your plants but get rid of your pests!
Another way is using a formulated insecticide soap that you spray on the infected plants.
And last but not least a concentrated amount of dish soap diluted in a spray bottle will also help and keep them under control, but please be diligent as this is not as strong as the recommend products.

If in doubt here are the the product words to look for when buying commercial products for your household or yards.

Certified by Organic Materials Institute for use in gardens or households.
Let's all enjoy our Summer a little bit more and our gardens and yards to the fullest.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Divadish Kitchens & Catering

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Brandy BBQ


Love BBQ? but hate the thick paste that it sometimes tastes like? I have a solution for all of you BBQ Lovers!!!!!!

Divadish loves to do her sauces she serves with meats to be rich yet not so thick they make you gag...:( 

What you need to remember is to thin them with a little liquor...:) Or as I like to suggest Happy liquids:)

Now don't go crazy with this and make it a Alcohol bath party,,,, just adding a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of brandy or rum or wine to your sauces depending on what it is will make your sauce more tasty and even a bit more delicate then it was before. 

The most famous of food houses use all types of liquors to bring out the flavor in your meats, and also tenderizing them too as they cook, this little add in adds flavor and tenderizing all for the same amount , it is like a twofer all rolled up in one shot glass! Such a deal you should get says my Jewish Side I so love a good quote...!
Now all you have to do is pull out that side of beef, pork, or chicken and start adding your regular marinade with a little extra to it and let it sit a bit in this mixture for all of it to take hold and then sear it into the meat and slow cook it in your oven @ 275-325' till it falls apart when pulled with a fork. Now if your mouth isn't watering and your stomach growling then you are either not Alive or your a Vegetarian,,  So Sorry for you..... :(
Here in Minnesota we honor our Cave -Man Ancestry, and then some and I gotta tell you I am glad we do, it makes me smile and also keeps the Dr's away because as my Italian mother is famous for saying and I quote 

" Skinny B_____ches... Die so much Sooner ... ! She has stuck to that witticism since I can remember and she is 89 and going strong, and is by No Means a Skinny B______! So like I always have said cooking is a creative process, not something you throw on a plate and scarf down in two minutes and say okay that's done now, food is a gift to our bodies and should be enjoyed and relished, so go and get that bottle of Booze and do some relishing and a Happy Dance all the way to your kitchens. 

Diva Loves Ya, G.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Spaghetti for Breakfast

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Spaghetti & Peppers


My Italian Mother always says you can eat spaghetti anytime. She's right, because my granddaughter eats it for breakfast, she likes her carbs and her meat. Now I don't always add meat to my sauces sometimes I prefer to use them as bases for other things such as soups, stews and pizzas.

Adding different ingredients to your red sauces adds texture and flavor, creating a whole another level of richness and tasty sauce.
Here are some of the things you can add to make your red sauce POP!!!!!

  • Peppers
  • Black or Green olives
  • Onions (Red or White)
  • Meats( Chicken, Pork, Beef )
  • Wine
  • Brandy
  • Different seasoning combinations ( Ginger, Cardmone, Cinnamon, Cayenne, Red Pepper)
  • Combination meats such as beef & pork or chicken and pork
It is fun and creative to twist things up now and then making your eating experience interesting and flavorful. So the next time you walk into your kitchen look at it as a dinning experience instead ofOMG what the heck am I going to cook for tonight's Dinner?!!!

Always a Diva and cooking  with You in Mind!

Chef Gianna

Friday, June 27, 2014

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Stir Fry
Do you Love veggies? would you like to have more taste to them then just butter?
Well here is another way to enjoy your veggies and add a little zest to it too! Like Mom use to say you have to clean your plate before you can have dessert!

Well with this meal you will be going back for seconds....!

Basic Recipe:

Fresh or Frozen
 Pea Pods
Broccoli
Carrots
Sweet bell peppers
Dash of Ginger
Dash of Cardamon
Dash of Garlic powder
Cayenne Pepper to taste
Ginger Orange Glaze Sauce 
Cooked Large Shrimp


Take all the above ingredients sliced thinly, add seasonings and mix together till everything is covered well.
Pre-heat heavy skillet add olive oil and then add all the seasoned veggies to it till they are aldente' app. 10-12 minutes.
Then add the shrimp last pour over entire mixture the Ginger/Orange glaze sauce, and stir all together, cook another 5-8 minutes and serve over Jasmine rice or noodles.

This will be one of your go to meals when you are craving Asian but do not want all that Fat and $$$$ to spend when eating out.

Healthy, Fast, and you made it yourself.

Divadish just Loves good food.
See Ya... G.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hormone Meats???

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Veal Cutlet W/ Seasoned Steamed Broccoli

Hormone -Free Free Range meats are the best tasting meats to purchase when you are looking for your own tables.
What's the difference? Here are just a few to stick in your mouths and chew on for awhile, or maybe not?

  • Chemicals in animals to fatten them up quicker a toxic to them and Us
  • Bht's, Grain fatteners, Locked feeding stations are all forms of inhumane animal holding and atrophies the animals large muscle masses making them release more glucose and other fear based toxins that go into our meat too.

  • Free Range feeding:
  • Allows animal to graze naturally putting on weight as it does.
  • Large open feeding stations allows for herd crazing and not locked grazing
  • This allows the processing of meat to be better tasting, healthier and free from toxic chemicals.
So let me ask you this would you rather eat toxic meats or free range, you be the judge of that I know when I eat meats, fruits, veggies, anything Mother Earth based and grown I look at what I stick in my Body and my Mouth, I hope you will too. 

Divadish cares enjoy your eating and remember Eating is a Lifestyle not a Fast Food Race and it should be treated as a Marathon for Your Life as well to keep your body healthier longer so you can run that Marathon if you want too:)

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