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American - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Healthy - Vegan - Vegetarian

Veestro: Plant-based meals delivered to your door

September 3, 2015

[Just FYI: Veestro is providing a special discount code for BATF readers at the end!]

I’m so used to cooking practically all my meals now but I was totally game to hang up my cooking utensils for a week to try Veestro, a gourmet, plant-based, organic meal service. I’m not a vegetarian but I’ve cut my meat consumption a LOT, so the thing that attracted me most to Veestro was that they use all-natural ingredients with no preservatives or animal products. You can buy them by meal or by meal-plan depending on your focus (high protein, gluten-free, weight-loss, etc.)

Veestro's Kale & Quinoa salad with tempeh bits and tahini dressing

Veestro’s Kale & Quinoa salad with tempeh bits and tahini dressing

Veestro asked if I’d try a 5-day meal plan (15 meals) to see what I thought. They sent me some info about the perks of a plant-based diet. Besides promoting long term sustainable weight loss, they’re low in saturated fats, high in fiber, and reduce excess cholesterol intake. Not to mention, they’re rich in antioxidants, plant sterols, phytochemicals, and potassium, which are all thought to reduce the risk of heart disease. Of course, there’s a lot that rides on the quality of the plant-based and non-meat products you’re eating — if you’re not eating meat but eating an excess of processed foods, for example, you’re still taking in a lot of calories.

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FOOD - "The Delicious"

Benefits of Zico Coconut Water + new flavors

September 2, 2015

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I’m sure you recognize Zico coconut water from your grocery store, but I was able to get a closer look at InStyle + Single Edition Media’s #SummerSocial event a couple weeks ago. I think I may have even found my favorite flavor there: pineapple which tastes close to a fancy pina colada. It’s hard to believe how many health benefits each serving has.

And they're always spinning the best tunes

And they’re always spinning the best tunes


Zico's new coconut water flavors

Zico’s new coconut water flavors


Besides having zero fat and cholesterol, it’s gluten-free and contains a chock full of electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus so I’ve been trying to take more before and after my workouts.

The coconut water is sourced from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, where suppliers source coconuts of local farms and work directly with coconut plantations. Many of them have kept it in families for generations.

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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Italian

Spaghetti Incident in the Lower East Side

August 28, 2015

NYC is always cooking up something new, isn’t it? Since I’ve been cooking more at home recently, I haven’t been exploring as much, but recently I was invited to check out the newly-opened Spaghetti Incident in the Lower East Side.

Spaghetti Incident in the LES

Spaghetti Incident in the LES


And just to get it out of the way in case you’re wondering, the name of the restaurant was taken from the Guns N’ Roses album that refers to an inside joke of when Axl Rose and Steven Adler got into a food fight while on tour :).
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While a lot of Italian restaurants can start to look pretty similar, this place has a distinct difference: they’re the first place in the city that serve spaghetti to go in cones.
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Take-out cone

Take-out cone


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The novelty of that aside, the pastas are actually really delicious. In fact, the chef and owner of this joint, Emanuele Attala, also owns one of my personal favorite restaurants in the city, Malatesta in the West Village (I even had my birthday dinner there one year because I love it so much). So, I guess you can say it was almost a given that I would love this place as much as I did.

He, along with the sous chef Ettore Pardosi and manager Giovanni Gentile, came up with the idea of serving spaghetti in a cone after being inspired by the way Italians serve street food in the festivals back in the 50s. And they really make eating here as close to their native Italy as possibly — it feels like you’re eating in their home with the bar overlooking the kitchen and the rest of the restaurant outfitted like a 70s style kitchen.

Bar area

Bar area


Interior

Interior


The pastas are made with fresh ingredients, and cooked to perfection. Must try: the chitarra homemade spaghetti with mozarella, basil, and fresh tomato sauce, and bucatini (kale pesto with walnuts, garlic, and parmesan in cream sauce).
Chitarra

Chitarra


Kale pesto spaghetti

Kale pesto spaghetti


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For the apprehensive, you can eat their spaghettis on plates too if you’re eating at the restaurant (the cones are to-go). They also have a selection of salads and traditional Sicilian rice balls (arancini) that’s not to be missed.
Arancini

Arancini


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It’s such a cute concept shop, you have to stop by and check it out if you’re in the area!

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American - Breakfast/Brunch - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Healthy - Homemade

Avocado and pomegranate breakfast

August 15, 2015

I’ve been getting up extra early lately to make breakfast since I’ve realized how much better my days are going when I do (especially the more stressful ones with work). I know it sounds crazy, but I think even trying new recipes and getting creative with it has been giving me more reason to jump out of bed. This was a creation from this past week:

This week in breakfast

This week in breakfast

I needed to use the avocado I had since it was getting bad, so after slicing and peeling one, I squeezed half a lemon over it (to keep it from oxidizing more and for flavor), and put a little salt and pepper over it. I also used halves of Arnold Sandwich Thins to spread farmer’s cheese over it, then the avocado on top of that, and then added some organic pomegranate kernels that I found in the freezer aisle (I couldn’t find fresh pomegranate in the store, so ended up buying it frozen). It was such a good, healthy meal.

The other half of my meal was just two eggs I cooked with some of my favorite ingredients: thyme, chopped onions, jalapeños, sun dried tomato, and cilantro. What have you been making for breakfast lately? Share, and maybe I’ll try it next week :)

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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Healthy - Recipes

Q/A with dietician Rebecca Scritchfield + Zespri kiwi recipes

Last year, I went to an event that revolved around the health benefits of kiwis. Literally just this one fruit, but based on what I learned, I started incorporating into a lot more of my meals. Recently, I got to speak with registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield who’s a reservoir of knowledge about the fruit, and an expert on connection between health and happiness (she’s the co-founder of Dietitians for Body Confidence and is currently writing her first book on the health and happiness). She teamed up with Zespri SunGold recently so I got the chance to interview her on the health benefits, and some easy meal ideas using kiwis. Check out the video or some of key points below for the run down:
Zespri SunGold kiwifruit are in season from now until October!
– We’re used to green kiwifruit in America, but the Zespri SunGold kiwifruit (which has a bright yellow color and tropical taste), and has more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a medium banana. It also has actinidin that aids in digestion. It also has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal.

– When grocery shopping, a ripe kiwi will give to slight pressure. It will last about two weeks in the fridge.

– If you’re pressed for time in the morning, you can cut the kiwi in half and eat it on-the-go with a spoon.

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Dessert - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Homemade - Recipes

Recipe: Oreo Stuffed Funfetti cookies

July 13, 2015

Instagram can be dangerous. I’m trying to veer on the healthy side with the recipes I post (what? Have I not posted enough quinoa and avocados?). But in some rabbit hole scrolling that I was doing one day, I came across Oreo stuffed Funfetti cookies (you can imagine what my search history looks like. Spoiler: Food. Lots of food).

Oreo stuffed cake batter/funfetti cookies

Oreo stuffed cake batter/funfetti cookies

Anyway, this pretty much convinced me it’s what I needed to fill a gaping hole in my life, so I began looking up recipes. I found a couple you can make from scratch, but when I came across a much easier shortcut, I figured I’d try that first. Why complicate life more? I got two mixes thinking I’d need an extra one to leave room for trial and error, but this recipe proved to be super easy to do:

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