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[RECIPE] An Island Getaway, for Dinner?! Jerk Chicken, Coconut Rice, Black Beans, Cabbage + Dessert!

Jerk Chicken, Coconut lime rice, Black beans, Sautéed brussels sprouts and cinnamon fried plantians.. YUM. Just what the doctor prescribed in my vacation package and I didn’t even have to leave the house. Well, only to go to Ralph’s but you catch my drift. Lets dive right in shall we?

First I wanted to make homemade marinade. Not buy something saucy and spicy out of a bottle, eh. Anyone can do that and they all end up just tasting like plastic. So lets get our marinade ready first.

What you will need:

  • Grill
  • Large mixing bowl for marinade and chicken
  • Large Sautee pan for brussels sprouts
  • medium pot for rice
  • small pot for beans
  • small frying pan for plantain’s

Ingredients:

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  • Chicken (I used filleted thighs and breasts)
  • Plain white rice
  • 1 medium can of black beans (no spices)
  • 2 whole plantain’s
  • 1.lb of fresh (stemmed and halved) brussels sprouts.
  • 2 cups of coconut water
  • small bag of shredded coconut.

Marinade:

  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 to 5 fresh habanero chile (stemmed and seeded)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange/ mango juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

After your marinade is done, drop in your rinsed chicken pieces and toss them around. Make sure they’re all saturated with the marinade and let it sit in the refrigerator.

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1. After the chicken is marinading you will begin with your rice: Fill a pot with 2 cups of coconut water and 1 cup of regular water. Also add in 3-4 tablespoons of lime juice to your water and set it to boil. Once the water is boiling drop in 1.5 cups of rice and let it boil uncovered. Once the rice has boiled and the water is almost flush with the rice, stir it, reduce the heat, and cover it until its tender.

2. While the rice is cooking, wash all of your brussels sprouts and cut off the stems of them while also cutting them in half. This aids in the cooking process and allows them to brown a little more. For this sauté I used: Salt, Pepper, Fresh garlic and lime juice 2 Tablespoons. Ready, set, sauté.

3. Now for the black beans. Empty your beans into a small pot. cutting a chunk of onion leaving it whole. This is to drop in and add flavor to the beans, leaving it whole allows your to scoop around it or take it out. Nobody wants stringy onions in their beans. Well I definitely don’t.

4. As far as the plantain goes you want to make sure when you pick them they’re not so green, green means that they’re not sweet enough because they haven’t ripened yet. So go for the brown-ish yellow, those are perfect. You’re going to slice them. you can make chips, spears, cut them up how ever you want. Drizzle some olive oil into a pan (lightly) and warm it up to medium temperature. Once it’s warm you can drop you plantain’s into the oil finishing them with a few shakes/ dusts of cinnamon to add some sweetness and spice to the fruit. yumm! Caramelized! Once golden yellow, remove and set on a dry napkin to remove excess oil.

5. Now that all your sides are done/ cooking on low (simmer) you can grill your chicken 10minutes each side. Using the marinade through out the cooking process add some to each chicken piece after flipping it over on the grill. Extra juicy.

6. To plate your food get your rice and beans fresh and hot, putting your beans on top of your rice helps to not have beans falling all around your plate. Now for the brussels sprouts, chicken, and finally, plantains.

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[DESSERT!!!]

For an extra kick! You can make dessert with the extra fried plantains.

Warm them up on the pan again at medium heat this time throwing in a shot (or two) of Jamison and let those bad boys sizzle for a bit.

Fry up 2 slices of bacon

Scoop your favorite amount of ice cream (or stay classy with vanilla) and enjoy this heaven on a plate dessert. I drizzled some chocolate because, hey, who doesn’t like that?! Enjoy!

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[RECIPE] Healthy Shebang Crab Pot w/ Shrimp, Sausage, Corn and Steamed Rice

The whole shebang is the commonly known flavor seeker of L.A. residents and everyone can’t keep their hands off of it! The crab pot is something very simple but can be kicked up an extra step to be: whoooaaa mama’! Here’s my simple recipe of a rajun-cajun, shebang, crab pot. Let’s get crackin’!

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You will need:

  • A large pot for the seafood, preferably tall
  • A medium pot for rice
  • A tablespoon for measuring

Ingredients:

  • King Crab legs (queen or snow are good too, just not as meaty)
  • 1lb of raw, deveined, un-peeled shrimp
  • 2 ears of corn that you will snap/ cut in half
  • sausage (I used Turkey Kielbasa, but you can use any kind that you like).
  • 2TbSp Butter
  • Spices: (Starting at 12′ o clock and going clockwise) Bay Leaves, ground pepper, paprika, gumbo file, crushed chili flakes, lemon pepper, and chili powder in the center.

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Instructions:

  1. First, in a tall, large pot, place your spices set to boil with a little under half of the pots volume of water. Let that boil slowly on medium-low temp for about 15min. (To kick up flavor, add fresh garlic and onion for a little extra tang.
  2. Prep and clean your crab legs. Making sure there isn’t any sea debris still chillin on them and cutting them in half (at the joint) so that once their in the pot it’s more manageable for you to mix.
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  4. Drop your lets into the boiling hot water, let cook for about 10-min. You’re going to want to taste the broth after they’ve cooked for a while, this is when you can add more seasonings to fit your palette. So if desired more spicy? add hot sauce. More citrus? Add lemon, and so on.
  5. Now you’re going to drop in your sausage. Make sure you cut your link into 3rds, or 4ths. Again this is to make it more manageable to stir.
  6. Add in your shell on, de-veined, raw shrimp. and corn halves.
  7. let everything settle and boil for another 10 min on low heat. Let it simma baby!
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  9. Now you can boil your rice. Minute rice, long grain rice, whatevea. The world is yours!
  10. Heat up your butter so you can dip or drizzle your seafood and corn, again up to you.
  11. Now its time to plate and enjoy! Don’t forget your sturdy forks or crab crackers!

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#LiveCivilTour: Karen Civil and Special Guests’ Host Finale at Popular Demand!

Last Sunday, February 22nd, I was lucky to attend Karen Civil’s Live Civil Tour. As a digital entertainment media expert, entertainment agent, and corporate digital media expert (she’s unstoppable) I was so humbled and antsy to meet her. She set out to do a U.S. tour after moving from Jersey, NY to L.A.. Setting the tone with an intimate audience, Karen finished off her U.S. tour in Los Angeles, CA inside Popular Demand‘s flagship store on Fairfax. Power106 was in full effect with DJ Q, spinning the latest, while the guests networked with one another and took their seats.

An amazing contribution to the Civil society is her collaboration with her brand and New Era. Creating a set of hats/ fedoras that benefit 50% of proceeds to building parks for the less fortunate. A sneak peek of her line, lies inside.

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Along with her fedora for her VIP guests came a set of daily mantra cards that are useful for everyday struggles or boosting your self-esteem. Check them out below!

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Karen Civil spoke about her journey and how not everything was cut and dry/ easy. People are rude, will make you feel like shit, will give you shit for no reasonbut all-in-all, it was worth the while.

Finding a purpose was the theme of the night. Knowing what you want to work for and WHY you want to go after it will make the journey, well, meaningful.

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She brought with her LA’s very own, Miss Diddy, owner of The Brand Group LA. Along with her, music mogul Steve-O, manager of recording artists Nipsey Hussle and YG; and that wasn’t all. Even Meek Mill stopped through!

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(1) Meek Mill, (2) Karen Civil

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Everyone had positive and powerful things to say. Can’t relay them all, but Miss Diddy gave us something we can never forget:

Purpose > Passion > Patience – Miss Diddy

Check out the IG video for a sneak peak of the event. Remember, believe in yourself first. All it takes is hard work and a dedication to faith.

 

#WeHeartItSocialSuite: HBIC ‘Miss Diddy’ is Honored with Style

On Oscar Sunday, February 22nd, at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills the ladies of DivasxDolls and MyPinkgrasshopper came together for a glam-packed suite filled with EVERYTHING a girl could love. YAS! There was a henna booth, nail painting station, bindis, a photo booth, sexy desserts, vintage and original apparel, sunnies, heels, I’m literally out of breath typing! Just know it was a job well done!

 

At the event the lovely ladies honored Miss Diddy, the key holder of Los Angeles and all parties, celebrities, and everything entertainment. Owner of The Brand Group, a lucrative PR Firm, she tells all the girls in attendance to “Be great, be you” and to live by three words: “Purpose, Passion, and Patience”. A very inspirational speech by a beautiful God fearing woman! You go girl!

This event was a great place to network, meet new friends, make connections and talk everything style and fashion through selx expression and innate talent! Make sure you follow @WeHeartItSocialSuite for their next event! Watch the IG video here for a quick glimpse at the Suite, you don’t want to miss what’s next!

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(1) Bree of DivasxDolls (3) Mia of MyPinkgrasshopper