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Vegan Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Vegan Curry Butternut Squash Soup

IT’S NEW RECIPE VIDEO TIME!!! Checkout the video above but in the meantime I need to discuss a very serious issue plaguing greedy people all over the world. Have you heard of the meat sweats? If you haven’t don‘t worry I hadn’t heard about them until this year. The most scientific definition I could come up with is the grossly uncomfortable condition you encounter after eating large portions of meat. I think it happens during the digestive process but apparently your body starts to warm up while trying to breakdown the piles of meat you just overhauled causing you to sweat profusely.  This can’t be good people!

For most of my life I have been pretty light meat eater, leaning heavier on fish and chicken. As a matter of fact I was pescetarian for three year eating only fish and vegetables. It wasn’t until I moved to Minneapolis land of the meat raffles (I’ll have to explain this mid-western phenomenon on a later blog post) that I started consuming beef and pork again.

All that to say I feel like I have been OD’ing on meat lately and I can feel it. It is not bueno waking up in the middle of the night in a pile of sweat thinking you internal organs are set on broiler mode. All I know is I need to clean up shop. Jesus be a lemonade cleanse.

So this week I decided I would incorporate more vegan and vegetarian recipes into the fold. This Vegan Curry Butternut Squash is one of my favorites so far. I absolutely love butternut squash; soups, salads, roasted, grilled #YouNameIt. It has a nutty sweet flavor that goes well with warm spices.

So for this recipe I decided to deck out my soup with some traditional thai flavors from the red curry paste, coconut milk and turmeric which all pack a punch but compliment each other perfectly. The soup comes together in less than 45 minutes but from the flavor you would think that its been simmering all day. Give this new fall favorite a try and tell me what you think.

*** I love to see your creations. If you try this recipe don’t forget to take a photo and tag @meikoandthedish or use #TeamGreedy, #MeikoAndTheDish.

Vegan Curry Butternut Squash Soup
 
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Creamy butternut squash soup with deliciously spicy curry flavors and warm spiced pumpkin seeds. An incredibly simple appetizer that is sure to please any crowd.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2lb butternut squash, 5½ cups peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14 oz.) can whole coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 teaspoons raw turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ c cup green onion
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once dissolved add in onion, garlic, turmeric, coriander, curry paste and cook for 5 minutes. Add in butternut squash, vegetable broth and coconut milk and bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a light simmer and add in cinnamon, sugar, black pepper, salt and lime juice and let cook for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until squash is soft.
  3. While the soup simmers make the spiced pumpkin seeds by mixing seeds, maple syrup, red pepper flakes, coriander, cinnamon and kosher salt in a small bowl. Once seeds are well-coated fold in green onion and set aside.
  4. When the squash is soft transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Blend in batches if necessary but don’t fill the mixture to the top to avoid an excessively hot eruption. Once blended, spoon soup into a large bowl, top with spiced pumpkin seeds and sprinkle atop extra lime juice (optional). Serve warm.
 

Creamy Pea & Mint Soup

Creamy Pea & Mint Soup

Fresh Starts, Minty Deliciousness + Cranes in the Sky

A SEAT AT THE TABLE

Over the last two weeks I have been traveling like crazy. Minneapolis to Dallas to Austin to Raleigh to Atlanta and back to Dallas. Its been a whirlwind but the one thing that has kept me at peace is this new Solange album SEAT AT THE TABLE. This album makes my heart rejoice. I have literally had Cranes in the Sky on repeat every morning (at least 5x a day) since I got the album. It is like my soul’s anthem. I show all the way up for every single song and every single interlude. This album is a truth teller, thirst quencher, eye opener and if you haven’t checked out yet I highly recommend DEMAND that you get to it. BLOOP!

MEIKO MOVES TO DALLAS

Let me rewind just a few seconds to discuss how that trip I just mentioned ended with me in Dallas instead of Minneapolis. That’s right, ya girl is a TEXAN. I finally took the leap and move out of the twin cities. Minneapolis has been an amazing place for growth and development. I am beyond grateful for what I learned about myself while living there and the amazing friendships that came out of it. Nevertheless, I felt it was time for a fresh start, new surroundings and new opportunities, which are opening up for me here in Dallas. I will discuss more about the move in my weekend video update so stay tuned.

FEELING MINTY FRESH + GIVEAWAY

Speaking of it being TIME for a fresh start, as soon as I got to my new city I received this cool watch from Jord Wood Watches. The watch is beautifully crafted of dark sandalwood with a beautiful mint finish. As soon as I saw it, it was in love at first sight and had to rock it right away. As a matter of fact, it inspired me to keep the “mint flavored” love going with my recipe for Creamy Pea and Mint soup.

I wanted something quick and since its fall nothing sounds more comforting to me than a big bowl of warm soup. This recipe is no exception packed with its creamy richness, smooth texture and subtle bright nodes from the mint.

The soup is delicious all on its own but you know I had to add a little flare so doctored it up a bit with fresh crema, scallions, extra mint and cornbread croutons…. YUM!!!!

Oooooh and don’t let me forget, I even asked my friends at Jord Wood Watches to hook y’all up too (you know I have to say YALL now since I’m a TEXAN – he he he). They are partnering with me to give #TeamGreedy a chance to win $20-$75 e-gift codes for their shop. The awesome part about it is that everyone who enters wins something!!!! Say whaaaaaa??!!!! As I like to say, there are losers in #TeamGreedy, we eats it all. LOL #Dopeness #InTimeForTheHolidays #EnterNow The contest will close November 20th at 11:59pm.

This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken 3 ways

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken 3 ways

I’ve been holding on to summer for dear life. I’m in total denial that it’s time for the seasons to change. Sometimes I think that if I just commit to wearing these flip-flops in spite of that black cloud hovering over top of me, maybe, just maybe, God will honor my commitment and push pause on the torrential down pour. So far my plan isn’t working.

I do love Fall though. I just don’t like the fact that it brings me one season closer to the winter. What I really enjoy is that Fall = CROCKPOT SEASON. Why? Hell I don’t know but I love a good slow cooker meal.

What still surprises me is how many people my age still have never used or own a slow cooker. I’m telling ya, if that person is you, you’re playing yourself. It is by far the most efficient way to cook for the busy professional. I mean who doesn’t love moist, tender, fall off the bone meat that all you had to do is dump in a pot and show back up 4 hours later. The degree of quality and efficiency with this method of cooking is unprecedented. Ok, ok let me stop this hard sell (blame business school) and let me tell you about this slow cooker Jerk Chicken I just made 3 ways.

So I am all about food prep life but if I food prep for the week, I need to know how to smack it up, flip it and rub it down so that it doesn’t taste the same every time I eat it. I like to with different ways to dish up the same food so that it doesn’t get boring. So with that in mind, I started by making a delicious and spicy jerk seasoning. Note: that the recipe calls for 4 seeded scotch bonnet peppers but you can reduce the number based on what you can handle. But if you can’t take the heat … you know the rest.

From there it is simple city. I just seasoned my chicken thighs with salt and pepper, added them to my slow cooker and poured over the jerk marinade. These bad boys cooked covered on low for 4 hours while I watched a spree of ratchet TV – no shame. By the way does anyone know how to accurately spell “ratchet” in this context?

When I came back to the pot 4 hours later I found the chicken thighs bathing in their own juices and the Caribbean spices. When I tell you that the smell that permeates the air in nothing less than less that perfection I mean it. I literally started chopping my gums at the aroma.

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Ok so now lets break down how to serve the jerk chicken 3 ways. The easiest thing to do from here is to serve the chicken as is or throw it over traditional rice and peas. I decided to add a little twist and served it over mango lime rice. Be aware that when using the slow cooker juices are extracted from the chicken resulting in additional broth that causes the chicken to be very moist. If you prefer a crispier skin simply remove move the chicken from the pot onto a lined baking sheet and place under the broiler for a few minutes to achieve a nice char.

The next option is to make some good ole’ ramen. After you remove the chicken from the pot add in water, ramen pack, mushrooms and chili oil and crank the pot to high for 7-10 minutes. Serve sliced jerk chicken over a warm bowl of the ramen noodles and add toppings like mushrooms, carrots, eggs, cilantro and more hot peppers!!! This is sure to clear up a runny nose.

 

  1. Spicy Jerk Ramen Bowl

Finally the last quick remix is to make sliders. Simply use a fork to pull apart the tender meat and add it on top of Hawaiian rolls. The addition of this chunky cucumber sauce refreshes the dish and cools off the tongue.

 

  1. Pulled Jerk Chicken Sliders with Cucumber Sauce

Dig in!

[CONTROL + P]:1 Step To Change

[CONTROL + P]:1 Step To Change

Most recognize the command [CTRL +P] as shortcut to initiate printing. What if I told you that you were just a “print command” away from contributing to the much needed change our country? Well you are!

I, like many of you, was shaken by last week’s events and continue to be frightened by headlines of subsequent tragic deaths of both police officers and civilians. As an African American woman it breaks my heart to witness such disregard for life but also to have to come to terms with what this truly means for our community and for the progress of our nation. More than ever, I feel the need to act, to inspire and to build community.

 

I have intentionally waited to write this post so that it wasn’t too emotionally charged that it wouldn’t be received across cultural lines. That being said, the reality is that police brutality and killings disproportionately affect the black community. No community, race or ethnicity deserves the prospect of life greater than another. We must stand together and demand the preservation of life be prioritized by law enforcement.

 

While I don’t claim to know everything about activism, I do know that there are multiple ways that you and I can be apart of the solution. One way that I have chosen to help is to reach out to elected officials about enacting policy that protects us against unlawful police violence.

Before writing my letter, I searched the internet for templates that would address this subject matter. I found nothing. I then reached out to a great friend of mine who also wrote a letter to her senator and she was kind enough to share her very personal, very heartfelt plea for change.

It was exactly what I needed to get started and I realized that if I found it helpful in structuring my letter then maybe you would too. I omitted her personal story and added content so that anyone can take the letter and personalize if for their own use. I wanted to make the process as easy as possible so that more people like you participate. My site also provides a widget that, upon entering your zip code, gives you the contact information for your government officials for sending off the letter. Easy peasy, right!

Here are a couple of tips I found during my research that will help you as you personalize the letter:

  • Make your letter 1 page or less
  • Make sure you include a specific call to action 9 (ex.
  • Make sure to include why this matters to you
  • Consider sending the letter to City, State and Federal elected officials
  • In the letter (or on the submission site) ask for a response from your government official
  • If you don’t get a response send a follow up letter asking again

My platform may not be enormous but it is a platform nonetheless. My goal is that this serves as a tool that empowers and reduces the hesitation to speak up and ask for change. Please join me in this mission!

#BlackLivesMatter

LETTER/EMAIL TEMPLATE

Dear Senator / Representative [insert name],

As your constituent, I strongly urge you to work with your colleagues to enact legislation to address police violence in our country. The safety of our children and of all of us depends on the action you take to build in systems of accountability and prioritize preservation of life as a primary principle of law enforcement officials.

Over a 48 hour period I witnessed videos on social media chronicling the brutal murders of two young men, Alton Sterling (Baton Rouge, LA) and Philandro Castile (MN) at the hand of police officers. I am both deeply shaken and disturbed by these events as well as a series of similar subsequent tragedies that reveal the palpable inadequacy of our policing system.

There are now blatant civil rights violations occurring almost weekly against innocent black men and women, Not to mention a lack of action from our government to battle the sweeping injustice and overt targeting of black men and women by our law enforcement officials.

So, in the name of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Michael Brown, LaQuan McDonald, and the countless other victims killed by law enforcement, I implore you to take action and improve the legislation to prevent these thoughtless killings. I ask that we pass laws to have mandatory training on diversity and anti-discrimination for all law enforcement officers, improve the use of body cameras on a national scale, and have true accountability – i.e., actual legal consequences – for police officers that violate their oath to serve and protect.

I am proud to be an American but I am ashamed to witness what appears to be systemic disregard for black lives. Police should have the skills and cultural competence to protect and serve our communities without killing people. With your help and advocacy I hope that one day all black men and women can feel proud, safe, and protected in this country. I ask this on behalf of the next generation of young black men and women all over the United States who deserve to have the same freedoms promised to them as the other citizens of this country.

I would appreciate a response letter of your intent. I hope I can count on you and your efforts.

With sincere respect,

[your signature & printed name].

 The the widget is inoperable use this link:

Demand Action from Your Representatives

and scroll down to the END POLICE VIOLENCE WIDGET and enter your zip-code.

Meiko And The Dish – Summer Supper Series

Meiko And The Dish – Summer Supper Series

Event Description

The Meiko And The Dish Summer Supper Series is the “soul foodie” event you have been waiting for! Come one, come all. This multi-course dinner experience is hosted by Meiko of MeikoAndTheDish.com and she serves up soulful family-style plates, fun stories and conversation starters, engaging food activities and not to mention an amazing playlist that will inpsire the occasional dance break.

Specific popup event details (location and menu options) will be provided to confirmed guests upon registration. The 7 + courses feature seasonal ingredients with both southern and west coast influences. For all intensive purposes know that there will be an abundance of food including two appetizer courses – a first course – a second course – a main course – an intermezzo – a decadent dessert – and a signature cocktail!  From the bayou, to the barbeque, to the beach, you get a true opportuntiy to travel with your tastebuds.

Please feel free to e-mail me at meikoandthedish@gmail.com if you have questions. You can also check out my site at MeikoAndTheDish.com.

Get ready to enjoy a night good food, good music and good company. Space is limited. Get your tickets now!

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Smoked Salmon Mediterranean Salad

Smoked Salmon Mediterranean Salad

This Whole30 Challenge has really gotten me into a salad mood. I’ve been making salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner #NoFlexZone. This Smoked Salmon Mediterranean Salad is one of my current faves and is layered with bright and crunchy veggies and a delicious creamy green vinaigrette.

As you can see the salad got off to a pretty rough start. I’m not sure what ratchet tv I was watching that distracted me from my duties but I ended up burning the first round of potatoes in the oven. LOL

Potatoes in a salad? Yes indeed. My friend Courtney asked the same question when we shared this dish. But after his first bite his question shifted to why more potatoes aren’t featured in green leaf salads? My sentiments exactly. Needless to say it tastes good, real good.

TIP: Make sure you use fresh green beans and blanch them in salt water. Blanching allows the green beans to remain crisp and maintain the bright color.

This is a salad of the people. The recipe serves as a beautiful side dish when hosting guests but can easily double duty as your own light and healthy meal. Get the recipe and give it a try.
#Whole30 approved

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