Cooking Chronicles: Spicy Turkey Cheddar Melts

My spicy turkey cheddar melts are one of my favorite quick, easy and guilt-free sandwiches.  While in a rush to throw together a quick and easy dinner one night, I skimmed through my fridge and pantry, pulled out a few simple and fresh ingredients and ended up with this yummy sandwich.  These melts are an awesome lunch or dinner option.

I purchase most of my bread, fruits, veggies, cheeses and sliced deli meat from my local farmers’ market.  The fruits and vegetables you buy at your local farmers’ markets are the freshest and tastiest available. The fruits and veggies are allowed to ripen in their fields and are brought directly to you — no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. The farmers’ market food is as real as it gets — food fresh from the farm. The breads and cheese are all homemade and extremely tasty.

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Flexi Rod Set On Natural Hair

1360295180654-1Whenever I feel the urge to tame my mane, give my curly fro’ a break and sport a fun and flirty hairstyle, I pull out my flexi rods. If you’re a curl-lover and you’re looking for long-lasting heatless, bouncy, beautiful curls, flexi rod sets are an awesome option.  Flexi rod sets look amazing on relaxed, transitioning and natural hair. They create elongated corkscrew curls in various sizes and will definitely have the lady next to you tapping your shoulder, wanting to know how you achieved those beautiful curls. 🙂

Flexi rod sets were my go-to hairstyle during my transitioning phase.  They did an awesome job of blending my two textures and were so easy to maintain.  They are also a great low-manipulation hairstyle. Low-manipulation hairstyles are those that don’t require a lot of maintenance and are easy on the hair strands. That means there is minimal to no combing, brushing or tugging on the hair. As always, we want to keep the combing, brushing, styling etc. to a minimum to stay away from that ugly “B” word…BREAKAGE.

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It’s a “Funky Frohawk” Kinda Day…

The “Funky Frohawk” is one of my favorite hairstyles.  It’s such a quick, cute and easy style. It allows you to achieve the mohawk look without cutting or shaving the sides of your head. It also allows your inner Punk-Rock Chick to peek out and rear her “Funky” head.  🙂

I wanted to rock something a little different, so I transformed my curly afro into a “Funky Frohawk” in about 5 minutes.  I used a soft bristle brush, a couple of hair pins,  four side combs and a dab of Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue.

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Product Review: Shea Moisture Organic Black Soap Purification Masque

If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m a huge fan of Shea Moisture products.   A while back I tried and fell hard for their Purification Masque from their Organic Black Soap line of hair products.  Let me just say that this is the best damn deep conditioner that I have ever used in my life!  Yes!  It’s that serious!  So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of my love affair with this product.

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Green Smoothie Goodness

Hey TNC Fam! 🙂

Well, I’m back on my green smoothie kick. I ventured into the world of green smoothies a few months back.  I’d normally make them a couple of times a week for breakfast or as a quick snack in the afternoon.   I’ve decided to kick it up a notch and make it a part of my daily diet.  My main goal is to add more plant-based foods to my diet and green smoothies are a great way to increase your intake of fruits and veggies.  The health benefits are endless and they also can aid in weight loss.   Since I’ll be making them just about every day preparation is a MUST.  Each Sunday I plan to chop up all of my fruits and veggies, and place them in individual bags for each day of the week.  This week I’m rocking with a mixture of my favorites.  I loaded each bag with a mixture of some or all of the fruits and veggies listed below.

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Snip, Snip, Snip!

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So, let’s talk trimming.  I touched on the importance of trimming your hair in a previous post.  It had been about 6-7 months since my last trim…well it was more like a cut.  I chopped off my relaxed ends in February of 2012 and my hair was very uneven and choppy.  I needed a good, even cut to set the foundation for healthy and strong ends.  I waited a few months after my big chop and my sister (…who’s pretty damn good with hair but doesn’t like to admit it 🙂) cut about an inch off in June of 2012.  So, it had been a good while since my last trim/cut.

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Cooking Chronicles: Grilled Chicken, Fruit and Avocado Salad With Honey Garlic Vinaigrette

So, as you know, there’s always a story behind the food. While visiting New York City, my Love insisted that we check out a Cuban restaurant, Cubana,  where he’d previously eaten.  He raved about their amazing salads, and I must admit, the salads listed on their menu looked pretty impressive.  I couldn’t try them all, so I made a mental note to recreate a few and put my own twist on them.  🙂  My favorite is the grilled chicken, fruit & Avocado Salad with homemade honey garlic vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • 2 seasoned grilled chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 10-12 fresh sliced strawberries
  • 1 avocado, seeded and sliced
  • 1 mango, peeled and sliced into chunks
  • 2 pineapple spears, sliced into chunks
  • 1 small red sweet onion, diced
  • 3-4 handfuls of spinach (or whatever leafy green you like)
  • Candied walnuts (optional)

Honey Garlic Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

Whisk olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey and garlic together in bowl and set aside.  Combine all salad ingredients.  Top salad with desired amount of vinaigrette.

This salad is soooo good with or without the chicken.  It’s light, healthy and fulfilling. The Mr. loved it!  🙂

*The salad pictured below does not include mango or candied walnuts.  I normally include both, but I didn’t have them on hand at the time.  This was still very yummy!

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How I Achieve My Wash n’ Go / Curly Afro

I get lots of questions about my wash n’ go/curly afro, so I wanted to give you the rundown on how I achieve this look.  The wash n’ go is my go-to and all time favorite hairstyle.  It’s simple, easy to maintain and makes my curls POP!

I start with freshly washed, conditioned and detangled hair.  I then section my hair into four sections.  I always work with my hair in sections; it’s a lot easier to handle.

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