Salt Free Summer Grillers
A lesson from an experienced healthy cuisine artist (AKA Dad) inspired a taste of nature. Plus, I discovered some wonderful new (to me) beverages that were just the right finishing touch – crisp, refreshing juices from bai5 with all of the flavor I love, none of the added sugar, and just 5 luscious calories. It’s just what “HAPPY” ordered (watch for tips from my inner Happiness Guide = ).
- Countertop Grill (same or similar)
- Small pot for cooking rice
- Large baking sheet or pan
(Serves six. Scale down for smaller parties, or up for more.)
1 ½ cups of black rice
½ red onion
4 large potatoes
1 small bag of frozen, stir-fry vegetables (choose a mix with no potatoes)
6 large, boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
NO TABLE SALT
½ Tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
1 Tablespoon of garlic powder
½ Tablespoon of sage
½ Tablespoon of black pepper
½ Tablespoon of crushed parsley
½ Tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
(this list is in progress … I was not writing while I was cooking as I usually do, and now I am trying to remember what I used … and it was sooooo gooood!)
- Wash (thoroughly rinse) all meats, vegetables, and rice.
- Make sure frozen vegetables are free of ice and excess water (so they should be thawed but crisp before adding to onions in cooking process).
- Slice potatoes lengthwise or crosswise for grilling (about twice or thrice as thick as a potato chip, or thicker for less crispy-ness (yes, write that down – you’ll need it again later).
- Slice tomatoes similar to potatoes for grilling.
- Slice larger chicken breasts lengthwise into ¼-inch thick slices for easy, indoor grilling (mosquitoes not included ).
- Pre-season chicken breasts with all seasonings listed above.
- Do not add seasonings to the stir-fry vegetables for more natural flavor.
- Chop your red onion.
- Oil grill machine or chicken breasts with extra-virgin olive oil, then plug-in and turn on.
- Grill potato slices for “grilled look” (they do not have to cook fully here – you will bake them till well done).
- WHILE potatoes are grilling, set your rice pot with water to boil (before adding rice).
- Once potatoes have those beautiful “grilled look” lines, spread potatoes on a baking sheet and bake to desired crispy-ness.
- Once rice water is boiling, add rice and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until grains are soft.
- WHILE rice is cooking and potatoes are baking, grill chicken slices until fully cooked (take care not to grill for too long as meat will get dry – you want moist chicken).
- WHILE chicken is grilling, sautee onions in extra-virgin olive oil, then add thawed stir-fry vegetables and cook for about 5 – 7 minutes (take care not to over-cook).
- WHEN chicken is done, grill tomato slices for about a count of 10 seconds (the grill will be very hot and tomatoes should not get a lot of heat – you are just bringing out the flavor and putting some beautiful grill lines on).
- WHEN the rice is done, everything else should be ready to eat.
- D0n’t forget to turn off / un-plug the grill.
Serve & Enjoy!
- Serve with guests’ choice of a delicious juice from bai5.
- If you’re not eating this meal with your family, take a photo of (or a selfie with) your plat du jour and send them the recipe. When you share healthy, you share life .
MESSAGE IN THE MIX
Matthew 5:13 AMP – “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.”
“The Lord appeared from of old to me [Israel], saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3 AMP
“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 36:7 KJV
If you add too much table salt (or “seasoning salt”) to your cooking, it drowns out the natural flavors of the foods you are working with. It’s not really “flavoring” the food anymore: the meal quality and health benefits are declining in that case. It is just becoming a dish that your body will react to with inflammation (water retention : joint swelling).
When your spirituality is not properly seasoned (sensitive, matured), you are subject to emotional outbursts, insecurity, lack of confidence or character, etc. These are “inflammations” or elements that are retaining the run off of a muddy thought process, disorganization, or other baggage that keeps you off-center. Do you salt your meal before tasting it? If so, you could be dulling your tastebuds. By not adding salt to your cooking, you will begin to sharpen your innate ability to detect the naturally present nature salt in fresh foods.
You can sharpen your spiritual tastebuds (sensitivity) by meditation, focus, prayer, and “seasonings” (experiences) that make you more on point without drowning your natural senses (things that lead you to a higher positive level of functioning (spiritiual resonation) in one or more ways). Too much salt is not seasoning; and an unkept spirituality will cause negative reactions in your spirit. Once you develop natural and spiritual sensitivity, you should draw a line at that benchmark and not regress to a lesser vibration. If you are consistent in moving higher and forward from each attainment, you will change your life.
You are a spirit having a bodily experience as a steward of a natural life. Eating well can add years to your existence in this realm. If you want to change the world, start by shedding the world’s unnatural culture. It’s change that begins with you. There is no need to pressure another soul. Your positive motion (intervention – even if all you can do right now is cook a meal for your family that is healthy and made with love, you can set an example, start a trend, be a difference that makes a difference, share your knowledge of how to duplicate your healthy choice without nagging) sends ripples through humanity (why not start with the ones you love, whose spirits in bodily experience you share a connection and a posterity in the earth. A return to nature in eating well is a revival of life – this is a salting of the earth. Every time you season the earth, it does not have to be a verse. Your life-preserving action is a witness of the Creator’s loving care for mankind.
Love is the strongest seasoning in the world .