Chewy Chicken Jerky – Ginger Nori Chicken Jerky

This recipe comes from Doggydessertchef.com. Posted here for all my OrganicBabyDaddy pet owners out there.

Ingredients

  • 2 nori sheets
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 to 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of any fat and sliced into strips

Instructions

  1. Using a food processor ort blender, process nori sheets into a powder.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare marinade: Combine 2 cups water, powdered nori and ginger.
  3. Add chicken to bowl with marinade; let marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Preheat oven to 180 F. On a large baking sheet, place chicken about 1/2 inch apart and brush with marinade.
  5. Dry in oven, with door propped open a crack with small dry rolled-up towel or wooden spoon to open let out moisture, for 3 to 4 hours, until meat dries. Cool and store in an airtight container.
NOTE: When introducing new foods to your pets, it is recommended to first give them a small amount and keep an eye out for possible allergic reactions. As always, while you are trying to make a healthier choice for your pet, you may wish to consult with your veterinarian first. They c an also inform you of specific breed requirements for a healthy diet.

War Room – Preview of New Kendrick Brothers Film

Click Here to See Trailer!!!

On May 21, I was invited to preview the next movie in the line of films by the Kendrick Brothers. If you are not familiar with who they are, these are the filmmakers that brought us Fireproof, Facing The Giants and Courageous.

The Kendrick Brothers are Christian filmmakers that have taken us on several journeys that cover the gamut from marriage, to faith and back to fatherhood. This time that trip takes on an a voyage to restore our faith and ability as it pertains to prayer.

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The film is the story of an African-American family that is in turmoil. The disparity between the husband, wife and little daughter is acted out incredibly by a magnificent cast, Patricia Striver, T.C. Stalling, and Alena Pitts. They are a young family is distress as they appear to have it all. But the one thing missing is God.

Along comes an incredible older African-American woman, played by Karen Abercrombie. Her character steals the show, and steers the movie. Her no nonsense approach to helping the young wife and mother to realize who is trying to destroy her marriage and family is direct and will lead you from laughter to tears.

The story is one that opens that door to being clear on the importance of prayer. Using prayer and the power it has as a weapon against the true enemy that invades our relationships. We spent more time fighting each other than fighting the enemy. War Room is a film that helps to show us who the enemy really is, how we can build a strategy to beat him and how to put that strategy into action.

It will be in theaters starting on August 28. I was able to see it early and I am very glad that I did. The Kendrick Brothers have,  once again, brought us a film that is well worth seeing.

I would encourage everyone to have a look at this incredible film. Not often do we get to see films that give us Godly values, and too far often do we see them with African-Americans in premier roles.

 

Chicago Food Truck Fest – June 27 & 28

Coming to Armour Square Park by Cellular Field, the Chicago Food Truck Fest is set to launch. This weekend of food truck adventure is a premier event for the Chicago area. Over 20 food trucks will be in attendance and I will be on site to check them all out.

Included in the event will be the following trucks:

  1. The Fat Shallot – Made to order sandwiches
  2. Bombay Wraps – Indian made to order wraps
  3. Starfruit Café – frozen yogurt and smoothies
  4. Taquero Fusion – Latin American tacos
  5. Gino’s Steak Truck – Chicken, steak and veggie sandwiches

More trucks to be announced.

The Chicago Food Truck Fest is free to enter, but you must have a ticket. Tickets and more information are available at the website: http://www.chgofoodtruckfest.com/

Looking forward to being there to taste some great food and also as a fact finding mission for the launch of the OrganicBabyDaddy Food Truck!!

Come out and let me know if you will be there.

 

Just a thought

As I sit here writing this post, I take a few minutes to think about all of the things that I have to be grateful for at this moment in my life. I am very happy and thankful for the love and mercy of God. Without that many of you would be visiting me in the cemetery and leaving some nice flowers on the spot that would mark me and my life. When I take that into consideration, I wonder what I need to be doing to make my legacy known to the world. If I was to leave this place tomorrow, how many people would even know that I existed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to be famous or extremely admired or known worldwide. I am just wondering if I am doing anything to make the world a better place??? Have I been the best father, husband, friend, employee, mentor, helper, that I can be. Am I using the talent(s) that God has given me to multiply them so that I can return to Him more than He has given to me? Am I being a good stewart with all that the Lord has given me? My wife, my children, my family? Matthew 25:14 tells the story of a man who gave his servants talents, one got five, another got two and the last got one…. Continue reading Just a thought

Meatless Day: Try the OBD Black Bean Burger w/ Chipotle Slaw

Make one of your days a meatless one with this incredible recipe for a black bean burger topped with a smoky, delicious chipotle slaw. Give it a chance and make a day a week a meatless one with the OrganicBabyDaddy.

 

PREP: 25 MIN. + CHILLING

COOK: 10 MIN.

YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

 

1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained

6 Tbsp. panko (Japanese) bread crumbs

¼ cup finely chopped onion

¼ cup finely chopped sweet red pepper

¼ cup minced fresh cilantro

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1 garlic clove, minced

¼ tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp. plus 4 tsp. olive oil, divided

1 tbsp. minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce

1 ½ cups coleslaw mix

2 green onions, chopped

4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split

 

  1. In large bowl, mash beans. Add panko, onion, red pepper, cilantro, egg whites, garlic and salt; mix well. Shape bean mixture into four patties; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, 1 Tbsp. oil, chipotle pepper and sugar; stir in coleslaw mix and onions. Chill until serving.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, cook burgers in remaining oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees. Serve on buns with slaw

Nutrition Facts:
1 burger equals 327 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate, 9g fiber, 12g protein.

Diabetic Exchanges:
3 starch, 1 ½ fat, 1 lean meat.

Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries

While experimenting with various recipes for use on the food truck, I came across this one for a side dish that can go well with burgers, sandwiches and as a small meal all to itself. Check it out, cook em and give me your feedback.

PREP: 15 MIN. BAKE: 30 MIN.

YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

3 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp. cornstarch

¾ tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

3 large sweet potatoes (about 2 ¼ lbs.), peeled and cut into ¼-in. julienned strips

 

  1. In a large resalable plastic bag, combine the first six ingredients. Add sweet potatoes; shake to coat

     

  2. Arrange in a single layer in two 15-in. x 10-in. baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake uncovered, at 425 for 30 – 35 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, turning ovvassionally

 

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving equals 256 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 459mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 3g protein.

100% Pure

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of entering a store that was right up my alley – 100% Pure. Located in the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL, is a small store that hit me in a big way.

All of the products in the store are 100% pure and natural. It is not very often that I come across products that are 100% natural and consist of ingredients that are pure. However, this place contained products for face, hair, skin, body, babies and nails, as well as fruit dyed makeup.

Stop by one of their locations in California, Washington, and Maryland.

A direct quote from their website, http://www.100percentpure.com/

“100% Pure creates healthy products for our body and also for the environment. Our corporate offices are run by 100% solar energy, our company is 100% electric and our pure, biodegradable formulas are packaged with post consumer recycled plastic, glass, soda cans, paper and printed with biodegradable non toxic vegetable ink. 100% Pure loves animals – we are completely cruelty free and charitable towards animal welfare.”

Check out the site and if they are close by, stop in and see what they have to offer.

It’s a new day!!

It is GREAT to be back. If you know me for real, you know that the last year since March, 2014 has been incredioble with many health issues. However, I am working towards rebuilding the blog and reaching out to you guys with my regular style of posting that will include recipes, travel, parenting, shopping and sustainable living hints and tips.

Looking forward to being back with all of you and I appreciate all of the support that you have given me in this past year.

God bless and Organic Thoughts to You All!!!!!

 

 

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