Diva Tasting:Royal Veggie Burger …

Royal Veggie Burger 
Ingredients
4 Slices of 22 Grain or Gluten Free Bread
2 Avocados, Mashed
1 Small Tomato, Chopped
1 Small Sweet Onion, Chopped
4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
4 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seeds
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper To Taste
2 Cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese (1 Cup Reserved)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Mix all ingredients together until well blended except the reserved cheese.
  3. Place each slice of bread open-faced on a cookie sheet. Spread each half with mashed avocado mixture; place halves close together. Distributing the mixture well over the bread. Top with remaining cheese.
  4. Place under broiler for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
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Diva Rambling: Desire to Win….

Desire: “Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining the state of mind known as a “burning desire to win”, essential to success.”

Napoleon Hill

So, I’ve been working out with a personal trainer since April.  Every bone and muscle on my person aches.  That’s what happens when you go “Jabba the Hut” for years!  Instead of giving up I’ve made a commitment to push through until I win or die.  So, that being said I felt the quote above inspiring for my day.  I hope it is for yours.  

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

 

Diva Tasting: Indian, Aloo Ki Khatti Tarkari Recipe…

My favorite Indian Food Restaurant ever is in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  I’d almost walk there just to have dinner today. But since it is 6 hour drive away I’m posting something we can all enjoy today. 

Aloo Ki Khatti Tarkari Recipe

Ingredients:

Kosher Salt as need

4 Potatoes boiled & mashed roughly

4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil or Mustard Oil

2 Teaspoons Cumin Powder

6 Dry Red Chilies

4 Green Chilies

1 Small Can Tomato Puree

Asafoetida { Hing } 2 Pinch (Optional)

1 Ginger 1″ Piece, Julienne

1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder

2 Teaspoons Coriander Powder

Directions:

For Aloo Ki Khatti Tarkari heat Mustard Oil in a non stick pan. Add the Asafoetida, Cumin Powder & Turmeric Powder. Add the Ginger & Coriander Powder. Saute for a while then add the Potatoes & saute for 2 minutes. Add the Tomato Puree, Green Chilies & Salt. Cook  4-5 minutes ]till well cooked. Garnish the vegetable with dry Red Chilies.  Eat or serve with Indian bread Naan

Diva Musing: Guidance From Within…

The late Napoleon Hill, who I consider the grandfather of all motivational speakers, spoke often on what comes from within.  We are talking  on peace of mind and relaxing this week. Here is a short but impactful thought form Mr. Hill….

A most beneficial use of time is silent meditation, while searching for guidance from within.We all experience rare moments when a blinding revelation comes to us, when we suddenly see things differently than ever before. Usually, however, we learn the truth about ourselves gradually, over long periods of time, from quiet introspection. We are all spiritual, but some of us have learned to tap more effectively into the great strength that resides in the spiritual portion of ourselves. The spirit is not boisterous and noisy. Getting in touch with your spiritual self demands tranquility and solitude. Make sure you dedicate a portion of every day to thought and study, to think and reflect upon your life. Choose a time and place that best allow you to relax your mind and devote your thoughts to reflection. 

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Asian Fried Chicken…

Asian Fried Chicken

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 2 Pounds Skinless, Boneless Chicken Thighs, Quartered
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Grated
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Inch Finger of Fresh Ginger Diced
  • 3 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Batter:

  • 1 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Cup Self-Rising Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon White Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Very Cold Water, Or As Needed
  • Oil, As Needed

Directions

  1. Stir chicken, onion, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, fine salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper together in a bowl until chicken is coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate, 4 hours to overnight.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 340 degrees F (171 degrees C).
  3. Whisk cornstarch, flour, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a large bowl. Gradually whisk ice water into flour in until mixture resembles a smooth pancake batter. Transfer chicken to batter and stir to coat chicken completely.
  4. Working in batches, cook chicken in preheated oil for 4 minutes. Transfer cooked chicken to a cooling rack.
  5. Increase oil temperature in the deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  6. Working in batches, cook chicken again in hot oil until golden brown and crispy on the outside, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to drain.
  7. Serve with rice, and Asian cucumber salad.

Diva Tasting: Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Pilaf…

Beef Tenderloin MENU 
Ingredients
  • 1 (3 Pound) Beef Tenderloin Roast
  • 3/4 Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Butter
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place roast into a shallow, glass baking dish. Pour Worcestershire sauce and melted butter over the tenderloin.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, then turn the roast over, and continue cooking 35 to 40 minutes, basting occasionally until the internal temperature of the roast is at 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) for medium. Or, cook to your desired degree of doneness. Let meat rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
  4. Serve with Garlic mashed potatoes, garden salad and rolls.
Mushrooms & Spinach Pilaf
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Package Sliced Fresh Cremini Mushrooms
  • 1 (8 Ounce)Package Sliced Fresh Wild Mushrooms
  • 2 Cups Spinach Chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Chopped Onion
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup White Rice
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
Directions
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir mushrooms, and onion until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in broth, rice, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 20 minutes. Remove lid and add spinach and stir until wilted.

Diva Musing: Lifting the Spirit….

Lifting the Spirit
The planets are doing a 2 step on our spirits lately.  Astrologically the solar system is doing a number on us.  I’ve been in a funk for weeks and trying to find new ways to overcome it. Here are some easy tips to relieve stress and boost your spirits:
  1. Laughter, get in your favorite nibbles: whatever they may be. A cup of hot tea, ice tea or favorite beverage to relax with in hand. Laughter truly is the best medicine. Watch only comedy, movies or read books that lift your spirit and sing to your soul.
  2. Distancing from problems can bring vision and relaxation. Take off for some peace and quiet. Take a day or better still a weekend or a week. Take a journal, relax and gather your thoughts. When we’re under pressure or struggling to cope with a major situation or event in life, seeing solutions to our problems can be really difficult.
  3. Being near water, come to think of it, weather it be lake, ocean or just listening to a local creek babble. I can sit for hours at our local coffee shop near the babbling creek, under the mulberry tree and watch the butterflies dance. Try you local version of this or off to the beach if you have that luxury.
  4. Increase calmness and feel great by indulging in a spa day. If you can’t afford one try it at home. Create a relaxing atmosphere by softening the lights and have essential oils. Lavender oil is particularly relaxing. Better still take a get away day to a near by spa and make a day of it. They give you lockers, robes, slippers and even if you only get one treatment you have access to the spa, sauna, hot tub or other spaces for the day. You can even, in some places, order the masseuse to your house so no travel is required after the treatment.
  5. Take a relaxing bath. Add music, candles, calming oils and salts. Have a glass of your favorite drink: tea, hot chocolate, wine or even champagne. Close the door and forget about everything else for an hour or so. This helps to increase levels of calmness and the calmer we feel, the less likely we are to get stressed out or depressed.
  6. Spend a week without watching any television. Television can fill your mind with negativity, bombard you with image manipulation and give you a distorted view of reality by showing you everything that’s bad about the world. Famines, disasters, murders, violence, war – the list is endless – especially news programs and rude TV programs. All are full of such events. I personally am on a permanent news fast. I hear what I need to hear, like it or not in others conversations. I also only watch Netflix or other media that let me pick only those commercial free things I choose. So give your soul a break from this assault on your spirit. Your senses will thank you. All of them. If you abandon the television for a week do something more uplifting: Read a book, listen to music, workout, volunteer, go for a walk or try a new hobby.
But do try and avoid news and dark TV for one week, replace it with something more life lifting. These suggestions are very simple to do. However, they are also very effective in helping to relieve stress and tension. Give one or all a try and see the difference they can make. Create your own. Hugging you puppies all day with a good book and cup of tea…the list can go on and on.  Just writing this article for you made me feel better.
Namaste, The Queen Cronista