Suga’s Healthy Pesto Pizza Recipe!

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Suga finally got her hands on Ashebre Gourmet Condiments’ Spicy Basil Pesto sauce. Ashebre Gourmet Condiments is from Ashebre, The Virtual Restaurant led by local Executive Culinary Artist, Oji Jaja.

Now and then you will see a few stocked in Loshusan Supermarket. I glimpsed it somewhere else too, but the location has slipped from my memory.

I was happy with how long Ashebre’s 10oz Spicy Basil Pesto lasted. I made Chicken and Shrimp Pesto Pasta for two, as well as 5 mini Pesto Pizzas made from Whole Wheat Pita Bread over two weekends.

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My husband and I enjoyed it. It is one of the healthiest Pestos that I have seen on the market with only 10% Saturated Fat and I loved and appreciated that it wasn’t drenched in Olive oil. It was dairy free and fresh with it’s own unique herby, taste.

Other Jamaican Branded Pestos that are #sugaendorsed are Christina Simonitsch’s Pesto from Simo’s Bread and Catering, who is currently away to return September and none other than, Stush in the Bush’s Pesto.

If you get your hands on any of their Pestos, be sure to try my Recipe for your Personal Chicken Pesto Pizza!

Ingredients

Whole Grain Pita bread
Ashebre Gourmet Condiments Spicy Basil Pesto
Skinless, Boneless strips of Chicken Breast
Jerk seasoning
Garlic powder
Paprika
Black pepper
Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Salt-Free seasoning blend
Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese (15% Sat. Fat)                                              Tomato
Onion
A few leaves of fresh Basil
***Add a few leaves of Fresh Arugula! Suga couldn’t find any at the time

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Oven-Baked Skinless, boneless strips of Chicken Breast.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 °F.

Season the Chicken with Jerk seasoning, Garlic powder, Paprika, Black pepper and Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Salt-Free seasoning blend.

Bake the Chicken for about 12 to 15 mins (depending on your oven and the thickness of the Chicken Breast), ensuring that you flip sides along the way until juices run clear and it remains tender.

Leave strips to cool for about 5 minutes, then cut up into smaller pieces.

2. As the Chicken is baking, prep your Pizza

Spread the Pesto sauce evenly on the the Pita Bread.

Add Cheese, Onion and chopped Tomato.

3. After the Chicken has cooled for about 5 minutes and it is cut into smaller pieces, turn up the oven to 400°F.

4. Place the layered Pita Bread in the Oven and as the Cheese begins to melt, add the Chicken and sprinkle a bit more Cheese on top.

Watch until it melts, then remove the Pizza from the oven. It just takes a few minutes!

Garnish with a few fresh Basil leaves and Arugula.

Slice it with a Pizza Cutter then Serve!

ENJOY!

Ashebre Gourmet Condiments
c/o Ashebre The Virtual Restaurant
A Luxury Wedding/Event Catering Company
Website: ashebre.com/cater.php
Location: 56 Old Hope Road. Kingston. Ja
Ph (Local): 876-869-7483
Ph (USA): 954-653-8075
Email: cuisine@ashebre.com

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist)

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The Canadian Food Truck Festival at Espanade Park was a Hit! When’s the next one?!

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Two weekends ago, it was all about the Canadian Food Truck Festival at the Espanade Park in Ontario. The Festival lasted from August 11-13, where the park was fully transformed into Foodie Heaven with 32 Food trucks, Music including Live Entertainment and a Children’s Village.

Suga Bear, Madeline Bayliss aka Auntie Mads aka ‘Jamaican Chiney that can cook and bake’ went to the Festival and had a ball.

Her ultimate faves were the Ice Cream at Chimneys and the Crab Cakes from Naansense that also does Fusion Indian.

The Crab Cakes were freshly made and served with a Chili Lime Rojo dipping sauce and Guacomole with a side of Spinach salad.

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Crab Cakes from Naansense

She said the Chimneys’ Ice Cream was amazing. They had freshly baked cinnamon sugar cones with smooth ice cream filled with apple granola crumble and chunks of apple pie, topped with salted caramel. Mmmmm!

According to Auntie Mads, the cone was like a pastry, freshly baked like a pie crust.

They had other Ice Cream flavours such as Chocolate and Caramel Smores and more!

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Ice Cream in a freshly baked cone from Chimneys

Check out Chimneys’ Store locations on their website, http://www.originalchimneys.com. You can also follow them on Instagram, @ogchimneys.

Don’t worry my TDot Suga Bears, if you missed this one, there is still a chance to catch it in a city near you.

The next Canadian Food Truck Fair will be held at:

Location: Richmond Green Park
1300 Elgin Mills Road E,
Richmond Hill, ON

September 2: Noon – 8pm
September 3: Noon – 8pm

ADMISSION: FREE

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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CPL T20 Update! 4 Days to Sabina!

It’s 4 days to go until CPL T20 finally comes to Sabina Park, Jamaica!

Refresh your memory on the teams and who has the potential to win from my previous update if you need to do so here:

What’s Happening with CPL T20?! | Suga Lifestyle

https://sugalifestyle.com/2017/08/10/whats-happening-with-cpl-t20/

Suga’s Match of the week

Last week Thursday, the Jamaica Tallawahs had an exciting match up vs. the Guyana Amazon Warriors. Tallawahs bowled them out for 128/7 and won by 2 runs!

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Instagram Photo: @digiceljamaica

Matches remaining in the CPL T20 2017 Schedule 

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Details for Tickets

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Current Standings!

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Hope Gospel Assembly’s Back to School Fair is this Saturday!

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The Day is almost here! Remember to Support Hope Gospel Assembly’s 9th Edition Back to School Fair!

The Fair will focus on helping surrounding communities of the Church, but others may receive help as well.

On the day of the Fair, persons attend, register their children and receive School Supplies. Monetary Scholarships will be given out to kids too.

Please Support Child Education. Give our Children a Brighter Future and Help Build a Better Jamaica.

To Make a Contribution, Please Call:

Ph: 876-970-1498

OR

Email: hope_ga7@yahoo.com

***Contributions are still welcomed up to the end of August***

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Coconut Oil is Not Healthy to Consume

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Photo: The Good Shopping Guide

For a while now, the addition of Coconut Oil to your diet has been a hot topic.

A paragraph from a Document released by the ‘American Heart Association’s Presidential Advisory entitled ‘Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)’, states that, ‘because Coconut Oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of Coconut Oil’.

Choosing a Vegetable oil over Coconut oil, butter or lard was the most important recommendation and that is Suga endorsed.

You cannot expect that oil so cloudy at room temperature, that also forms a solid layer in the fridge is good for you. That happens with Coconut Oil.

Coconut Oil is considered to be a Saturated fat, which is a ‘bad fat’. Other ‘bad fats’ or fatty oils to be mindful of are Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil.

Ensure that you read the ingredients of your Chips. Sometimes what may be advertised as healthy, for instance, Kettle Cooked Chips, may not be so healthy after all. If you read the list of ingredients, you may see cooked or fried in Palm oil or Palm Kernel oil close to the end, which cannot be good.

The good oils to use when cooking are Olive Oil and Vegetable Oils.

Olive Oil is best. Affordable brands and small sizes are now available in our local supermarkets, such as Ybarra Olive Oil.

Vegetable Oils usually consist of a mixture of Sunflower, Safflower and Soybean Oils. Of course, Vegetable oils are available in abundance for great prices.

Check your labels and do not be a victim of the ‘hype’.

Coconut Oil is great for other things like your hair and skin, but not your kitchen.

Have a Healthy Day!

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman’s Ready, Set, Snack Collection Day

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Members of the Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman outside of Cost-u-Less two Saturdays ago collecting Snacks. Instagram Photo: @rotaractcgc

Rotaract is a non-profit organization and is the youth arm of Rotary.

Members of the Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman have spent a few Saturdays just outside the doors of Supermarkets to raise a supply of Snacks to help curb student hunger.

Two Saturdays ago, they raised a massive supply at Cost-u-Less.

They have 1 more Collection Day to go on Saturday, August 26th at Hurley’s.

Help the Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman to feed our future.

Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman

Email: rotaractky@gmail.com

Website: http://www.rotaractky.org

Instagram: @rotaractcgc

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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