Category Archives: Nutrition

The Spanish Table: Tortilla de Patata

Meet the Spanish Tortilla…round and deliciously caramelized on the outside an ooy gooy and filling  on the inside.     This Spanish comfort food will have you saying… paella who?  By far the most typical food of Spain, you can find it anywhere and served up at temperatures ranging from steaming hot to damn did they even warm this up?!  Join me as I learn how to cook up one of these beauties from a real live epsanola.

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The Wonderful World of Purees

Spanish people eat with the seasons.  As the food comes from the fields it immediately appears in the pots and pans of Spanish homes.   I got schooled on this healthy soup from my roommate.  Often served as a “first” (appetizer) I had never gave it much thought.  But on this day, I was cold, low on dough, and the simple deliciousness of this soup blew me away.  Purees are super healthy and cheap and can be made in less than an hour.  This recipe is made with Zucchini, red and green pepper, onion, garlic, and potato.  The combinations are endless!  Just remember to add potato to make the puree have a thicker consistency.  Happy Cooking!

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Spain on a Budget: Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Cheap Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Broke life ain’t no joke, but its half way worth it when you spend most of your money living and traveling abroad. Making ends meet is a must when balancing a basic needs teaching salary, with a life style of the rich and the famous traveling appetite. Luckily, living abroad in Spain doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on delicious healthy cheap meals. This dish I make on the regular. Its easy, healthy, takes minimal work, and its cheap. I buy my chicken at my local mercado where they dice up a whole chicken, including fileting my breast for around 5 euros. Then I head to the local frutería (any in Lavapiés or La Latina for the cheapest freshest non organic (pipe dreams) veg in the center) where I pick up a bag of potatoes and onions. So here is what you need to make this dish, but its versatile. Put in your favorite veggies and optional side of rice for a full meal.

Prep chicken in advance the more days the better

1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces (breast filet optional)

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 or more of fresh Rosemary

1/4 cup of Parsley

1/2 lemon squeezed

1/4 cup of olive oil

Sea Salt and fresh pepper to taste

Clean chicken. Coat in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. In separate bowl mix 3 tbls of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, herbs, together. Coat chicken with mixture making sure every piece is coated with garlic and herbs. Put in container to marinate in fridge for as long as you can. This chicken marinated from Friday afternoon until Monday evening.

On cook day

Rustic chop whatever vegetable you want. I used

2 Turnips (peeled)

4 Carrots (peeled)

1 Green pepper

1 clove of garlic

1/4 Rosemary and Parley

Coated with olive oil and seasoned to taste.

Put veggies in pot( I used a pyrex) and stir to make sure they are coated. Place chicken on top of veggies and bake (375) with aluminum foil on top. Once chicken is done and visibly falling off the bone, remove foil and broil until browned. I coat the skin with a tiny bit of butter for crisping.

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The Master Cleanse Day 5

Finally, the half way mark is here. Despite me thinking about tacos every 5 minutes, I feel great!   My tastebuds are in desperate need for change, but my morale is up.  A trip to whole foods to restock my lemons was the hardest today.  It wasn’t bacon making day as I had feared, but I came face to face with curry chicken salad, spinach lemon shrimp, and deep dish quiche!  I had the get the f**k out of there.   My saliva was pooling in my mouth as I reached the parking garage and high tailed it out of there.

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