Monday, April 14, 2014

cream of brocolli soup


There are not alot of things that I am proud of regarding my Cuban-culture, for example the negative stigma that all Cubans are loud and crazy. 

However, some things in the Cuban diet, I like alot. For instance, Cream of Malanga soup. I do my own spin and add Broccoli. Although it is high in calories, it is high in other nutrients like potassium, Protein, Thiamine, and contains other nutrients in smaller levels. 

This recipe is great if you have the flu, for someone who is elderly and/or anyone who has a compromised immune system, or anyone who likes soups in their diet. Notice, I don't add salt to my soup because I like to use little to no salt in my cooking for health reasons. But, if you are a salt lover, add more salt. 

Ingredients:
(3) stalks of broccoli
2 chicken drumsticks 
1 orange halved
1 tablespoon of Olive oil 
2 large piece of Malanga
a sprinkle of oregano 
a sprinkle of onion powder   

Put all ingredients in a pot of water, slow cook to produce chicken stock water.Tip regarding malanga: cut Malanga pieces small so they cook faster- save time and electricity.
Open the lid and pierce with a fork your Malanga and broccoli- when its very soft it is done. 
Pierce with a fork your chicken to see if it is cooked well. 
Once you determined that everything is cooked well, turn off your appliance. 
Remove chicken, and orange from pot. 
Dump remaining contents in pot into blender, do this while the contents are hot so that you waste less time and it mixes faster, and blend to your desired consistency. I add a splash of milk to the soup, if I want it to be less thick. You can make your own roux sauce, if you prefer your soup to be a little on the thick side. 

You must transfer the water from your pot into your blender, for your soup. Broccoli is a water nutrient food, if you dump the water, you just threw away money and nutrients.  

You can also separate meat from bones and put the meat in blender for a protein high soup. Sometimes I put the meat of one small drumstick, but no more then that, I am not a fan of the taste of chicken in this kind of soup.

When I serve the soup, I like to place some croutons on the top of my soup to add a crunch factor and a hint of pepper. 

You can also, use old french bread that is three days old,  that has hardened, you cut it up in pieces, and use them as croutons for your soup. Save money and recycle things for something else :) 


Sources for Malanga nutritional value that I pulled randomly from online sites, I have no affiliation, relationship at all to the links below. I literally put Malanga nutritional facts in Google and copied and pasted some links for further references.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/459002-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-malanga/

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Malanga_20201.php

http://tracker.dailyburn.com/recipes/pur_de_malanga


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Natural Chicken Grill Food Review

I purchased a groupon to visit this place I never been to Natural Chicken Grill in Doral, FL.
The groupon cost me 5 dollars for 10.00 of credit and the difference of what I paid after I presented my voucher was 5.60, in total I paid 10.60 for alot of food that was not even tasty.

I think they charge you extra for toppings on your rice bowl, like for every topping its a surcharge. I was not aware of this, since its not posted on the menu and they didn’t let me know, or its possible that they charged me for beans because I was using a groupon deal. I am prettty sure that the beans are included in the price on the menu. They charged me twice. I was willing to pay for taxes since most deals do not include taxes. However, 0.70 cents of taxes does not equal 3.00 for a double charge in beans that is already included in the price on the menu.

They do provide you with a large quantity of food, however, the quality of food is terrible. The vegetables are okay at best, the churrasco was dry, the tomatoes were not firm, and it didn’t taste like anything; the food was lacking in salt and pepper. I felt completed cheated out of my groupon deal and wasted my time driving here to buy lunch. I will never come here again.