Sunday, January 29, 2012

Recipes on Coqui the Chef's Radio Show

Servings Unlimited
  • 1 good pen or sharpened pencil
  • 1 notepad
  • your ears for listening
  • computer with internet access
Select which radio show you want to hear. Find a comfortable chair sit down for 30 minutes with your pen or pencil write on your notepad all the savoring recipes, nutritious advice and health tips you will hear on "Cooking with Coqui the Chef" radio show. Enjoy!!

Note: Garnish with a little laughter.

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Read a little about our guests...

Nutrition: Will kids eat healthy?

Guest Dori Friedberg, NE, BA, CMT is a certified Nutrition Coach who is passionate about helping people achieve their goals centered on healthy food choices. Dori has worked in the health and wellness industry since 1997 and is confident that her abilities can help her clients create lasting and positive change, promote consciousness and give them an overall sense of control, joy and confidence.


How to Nourish your Intimate Relationship through Food

Guest author and Natural Chef Julie S. Ong on how to spice up your love life through food.

There is a proven link between embracing a whole foods diet and a significant increase in libido, sexual vitality, and intimacy. As a certified Macrobiotic Counselor and Natural Chef, Julie S. Ong specializes in the natural approach to sexual health. By embracing a whole health approach, she can help you connect with your sexuality and nourish intimate relationships through the healing essence of whole foods. Website

Sabor Boricua! Ya tu sabe...

Guest Executive Chef and Food Service Consultant Boricua Chef JE Seary. We will be talking about Puerto Rican food and little inside tips on how to select your ingredients the smart way.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Recipe Cards Hold Culinary History

"Family recipe cards are about our culture, our roots, our history."
If you are someone who would grab your old recipe box before running out the door in a fire, you are not alone. Many of us, own historic family recipe cards with abuelita's writing or stained with salsa. They are important link to our past, one that deserves to be preserved for our future.

When the stock market crashed in 1929 it ushered in a new era of hardship that meant home cooks had to get creative and learn how to stretch their food dollars. For most families, meat was the most expensive, and hard to get, grocery item.  Recipe cards helped make food go further were at the front of recipe boxes.  Hearty, filling one pot soups and stews that used flavorful (but inexpensive) vegetables and beans as a substitute for meat, were popular.

But back in the day, neighbors will share their recipes cards with one another and help improve or add a little something extra to make the dish EXCELENTE!  These days, you might turn to websites, blogs or TV celebs for answers.

In an effort to bring back people's love for cooking we published Coqui the Chef's limited edition recipe cards. The first in series is "Sofrito" just like abuelita used to make (except with all the doodling and food stains) Choose all organic ingredients RICO!!

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On occasion we announce the TOP 8 Fans who interacted the most on Coqui the Chef Facebook page. The first on the list was Victor Rodriguez from Vic's Nutrition and Fitness, as a token of our appreciation we sent him few gifts Coqui the Chef's recipe card "Sofrito" and some other goodies.
Victor Rodriguez from Vic's Nutrition and Fitness

So,  do you have an old family recipe card? Please comment and share your thoughts

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Recipe: Warm Chicken, Mushroom and Spinach Salad

I am, what I am! -Popeye

Do you remember the adventurous and muscular man "Popeye"?

Did you ever wonder what was the secret behind "Spinach"?

Amazingly spinach contains: Vitamin A for vision, Vitamin C great antioxidant, Vitamin E for skin and heart, Vitamin K improves blood circulation and much more...

So what are you waiting for?? Start cooking!

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Recipe: Warm Chicken, Mushroom, and Spinach Salad

Recipe Submitted by RecipeMatcher Chef

Servings: 4

8 ounces, stems cut Spinach
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons Vinegar - Balsamic
1 cup Wine - White (dry)
10 (trimmed, cut into 3/4 inch pieces) mushrooms
1 (chopped) onions
4 chicken breast
1 cup (coarsely chopped) Parsley
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
To Taste: Seasoning - Black Pepper and Salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Press a tablespoon parsley onto sides of each breast. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Place breasts, skin side down, in skillet; cook until golden, about 8 minutes per side.

2. Remove chicken from skillet, and transfer to a roasting pan. Place roasting pan in oven. Roast until chicken cooks through, 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, return skillet to stove. Add onion; cook, stirring, until just golden, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add wine; scrape skillet's bottom to release cooked-on juices. Cook until wine is almost evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar; cook 1 minute more. Stir in remaining parsley; season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat; stir in butter.

4. Remove chicken from oven. Place spinach on plates. Slice each breast into sixths; arrange over spinach. Spoon mushroom mixture over chicken, drizzling juices over spinach, and serve.
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Why watch food documentaries?

 By Tania Lopez

Why watch food documentaries? Well, that is a good question.

For the past several years I've watched several documentaries from religion, culture, taboo, american and international history but never food documentaries until...2011.

In May 2011 I was sent two complimentary invites through Twitter to watch the preview of  Fork Over Knives in New York.  While watching the movie I realized I don't know much about the American food industry.  I go the supermarket, buy the ingredients, cook the food and eat it. Of course I select fresh but selecting fresh and organic food isn't enough. And what about fast food? Do we really know where that food is coming from? Do we know how they cook it?  All those questions came to my mind during the movie some were answered and others were not.  I wanted answers to those questions and that is when my curiousity for food documentaries began.

Food documentaries can be just about that FOOD history of food, making of food, buying food, processing food, food intake and more. There are so many of them, it is not easy to choose which ones won't allow me to drink three cups of Bustelo coffee just to keep me awake during the movie. I started to research a few. First I looked over their website, read their about page, watch the trailer and Youtube, read the Youtube comments, and Google for reviews. If one of the reviews sparked a question in me or was close to answering one of my previous questions, I knew I had to watch it.

Ok let me make this long story short and get to the point...


"With access to better information people invariably make better choices for their health..."
~Food Matters

1. Food, Inc
Food, Inc. exposes America's industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers' rights.

2. Super Size Me
While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.
What surprised me the most about this movie was the part when a young kid was asked who is Jesus and who is Ronald McDonald. The answer will surprise you too.

3. King Corn
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm Written by King Corn

4.  DIRT! The Movie
DIRT! The Movie--directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow--takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. 

5. Food Matters
With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what's wrong with our malnourished bodies, it's no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide 'sickness industry' and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally.

6. Food Stamped
Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.

Comments appreciated...What is your favorite food documentary and why?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What is that on MyPlate vs. Healthy Eating Plate?

A few months ago, I was interviewed about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "MyPlate" brand new nutrition symbol for healthier eating.  MyPlate is a new guide created for basic nutrition, which replaced the outdated and misguided food pyramid. What is really interesting is how the nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in conjunction with colleagues at Harvard Health Publications unveiled their version of the basic nutrition symbol called "Healthy Eating Plate", a visual guide that provides a blueprint for eating a healthy meal. Finally a nutrition guide that points out the types of food our body needs to be healthy. They even add "Stay Active" to the the guide. Finally someone speaking my language.

Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Department of Nutrition at HSPH said “Unfortunately, like the earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture Pyramids, MyPlate mixes science with the influence of powerful agricultural interests, which is not the recipe for healthy eating. The Healthy Eating Plate is based on the best available scientific evidence and provides consumers with the information they need to make choices that can profoundly affect our health and well being.”

YOU be the judge. Which basic nutrition guide do you feel gives the best advice you need to eat healthy? Tell me what you think post your comment below


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