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February is National Heart Month- 4 Ways You Can Help Save Lives, plus Grilling Hot Buttered Popcorn

Courtesy of www.BBQRESCUES.com

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Dear Chef Mick (@BBQ Rescues)-

I want to help other women and men detect Heart Disease and live a healthy lifestyle. With symptoms and at a (younger)age- atypical for having Heart Disease, my doctor misdiagnosed me as having Costochondritis in September, 2015. After only one year (on September 1, 2016) I had an Angiogram test that showed an 80%(!) blockage in my left anterior descending artery. I was then diagnosed with Heart Disease and had to undergo invasive surgery, with a stent put into my artery.

As a recent survivor,  my company Luvafoodie is about having a joy and passion for food and beverages. Due to my love for food and cooking, my brand is launching a new gourmet salt free spice line that will still be delicious for all Foodies to use. A low sodium diet is best for controlling Heart Disease. Too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure. Most Americans eat too much processed foods, 77% of salt comes from processed foods.

February is National Heart Awareness Month for American Heart Association. Friday, February 3rd is an important day for all men and women to wear red and help bring attention to the prevention of Women’s Heart Disease. More women die each year of heart disease than any other disease. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year- approximately one woman every minute. Every 80 seconds a woman dies of heart disease or a stroke.

The new salt free spice line is available from the beginning of November 2016. Enclosed you will find our new Salt Free Spice Blends:  Happy Heart, Garlic and Green Herb, Countryside Herb, and Chillin Chili-Lime.

We greatly appreciate you Chef Mick Brown and your support in producing top notch Luvafoodie spice videos both for our grilling spices and also our new salt free spices. Luvafoodie is a Gourmet brand for people who share a passion for food and beverage. We have a growing social media following on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube channel.

Happy New Year 2017 and Help us Save Lives at Luvafoodie.com!

Michelle Mazzara, CEO Luvafoodie.com


Dear Michelle-

I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better. Thanks so much for the opportunity to help spread the word about this timely issue. We like to encourage everyone to try cooking a little healthier, especially when it comes to Grilling and BBQ Recipes. Also Michelle, Congratulations on the recent appearance on your local Minnesota CBS affiliate, the WCCO Morning Show. It’s never too early to talk about Wine Pairings…

With that in mind here are 4 Easy Things You Can Do to Help Save Lives for February Heart Awareness Month-

1. Share a Link to this Blog, with anyone and everyone. Whether your page is about Pet Care, Auto Mechanics, or even Politics- (both Democrats and Republicans have hearts to take care of).

2. Wear Something Red on Friday, February 3rd to help spread awareness of Heart Disease.

3. Support the American Heart Association Fundraiser by Donating or Participating in a February “FUNRaiser”.

4. Try purchasing and/or preparing Lower Sodium versions of your favorite foods. There are Low Salt options of many Snacks, Soups and other Groceries you buy.

-Ask for Less Salt when ordering Eggs and Made-To-Order Dishes

-If you Cook, try adding 1/4 one quarter (or none) of your regular amount of Salt. Then you can season lightly at the end or with Salt Substitute.

-Enter Luvafoodie’s Recipe Contest. Free No-Salt Blends for Winner of Best Recipe with Red Ingredients. (Entries Due by Jan. 31st) 

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GRILLED HOT BUTTER POPCORN

1 Cup White or Rainbow Popcorn Kernels

2 Tbsp Sunflower Oil

2 Tbsp Low Salt Butter

1/2 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt (or to Taste)

2 Tbsp Luvafoodie No Salt Seasoning (of Your Choice), a Favorite BBQ Rub or Following Recipe

Supplies:

Thin Aluminum Pot w/Lid or Foil Pan

Aluminum Foil

Bowl for Mixing/Serving

Grilled Popcorn Cooking Directions

  1. Heat Gas, Charcoal or Electric Grill to Medium High
  2. Mix Popcorn and Oil in Pot (or Pan) plus Sprinkle of Pink Salt, to taste
  3. Arrange Kernel into single layer at bottom of Pan and cover tightly with sheet of Foil
  4. Secure Top of Pan with Lid or tightly cover with Foil (to hold in air and catch popping corns)
  5. Heat Pan directly over heat for 8-10 Minutes, shake when corn starts to pop
  6. Remove Pan from heat once hearing popping slow down to less than 1 per 3 seconds
  7. Make Foil Cup to melt Butter over heat (or use small Grill Safe container)
  8. Optional- Mix 2 Tsp Dry Seasoning into Butter before drizzling into Popcorn. Sprinkle reserved Seasoning and Salt to taste. Mix Well and Enjoy!

 

#grilled #steak #lettuce #wraps #tacoseasoning #homemade
Grilled Steak Butter Lettuce Wraps. Marinate Steak and season Veggies with Fiesta Taco Blend.

SUPERFOOD NO-SALT FIESTA TACO/CHILI SEASONING

Add this for anything (and everything) to bring Southwest or “South of Border” Flavor. Use it to Season Tacos (Beef, Chicken, Veggie, etc..), Red Beef (Chicken or Vegetarian) Chili. Make Low Fat Homemade Doritos by Baking, Pan Crisping or Grilling Tortillas, then Season. Add to Fresh Buttered Popcorn for sensational Party or Game Day Snacking.

Mix These Dry Ground or Powdered Spices:

3 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika

2 Tbsp. Onion Powder

2 Tbsp Red Bell Pepper

2 Tbsp. Garlic

2 Tbsp. Cumin

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon

*Optional For Spicy Add 1 Tsp or more Ground Red Ancho Chili or Cayenne Pepper Powder

**If you wish to add Sodium Finish by sprinkling small amount of Himalayan Pink or Salt Substitute right before Serving


Chef Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Caterer and Private Grilling Instructor, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. In May of 2015, he won Grill Master Champion on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen on special BBQ episode “Grill or Be Grilled” (Season 8, Episode 3). He also recently appeared on Bravo TV, catering for the Cast of Vanderpump Rules (2016 Season Finale). He is also author of web blogs  The Adventures of Tastee BQ and  BBQ Catering Confidential. His newest project BBQ RESCUES!, includes a Blog Talk Radio Show, Youtube TV Channel and Podcasts on iTunes. Email- Mick@BBQRESCUES.com

VIDEOS

Michelle Mazzara on WCCO Morning News talking Salt-Free Diet 1/25/17

Michelle Mazzara on WCCO Morning News Food and Wine Pairings 12/12/16

Luvafoodie No Salt Spice Animated Video

BBQ RESCUES! “Popcorn Love” Recipe Video

 

LINKS

American Heart Association website

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

American Heart Association “FunRaisers” page

http://honor.americanheart.org/site/TR?fr_id=5042&pg=entry#

February Heart Month Tool Kit- U.S. Government Healthfinder.com

https://healthfinder.gov/nho/FebruaryToolkit.aspx

HHS Million Hearts Educational website

https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/news-media/events/heart-month.html

CBS- WCCO News Minnesota

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/category/food-drink-cocktailsbeer/3592990-a-seasonal-spin-on-your-favorite-libations/

Luvafoodie.com website http://luvafoodie.com/

Follow BBQ RESCUES TV Youtube Channel

 

 

A Grilling Season Finale of Vanderpump Rules…5 Healthy BBQ Tips You Can Use

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Caprese Salad Skewers are a refreshing addition to any Backyard BBQ. Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese and Fresh Basil Leaves are drizzled with a BBQ Seasoned Balsamic Vinegar Reduction. They can be Smoked for a minute and served warm.

By Chef Mick Brown

LOS ANGELES- If you tune in to this week’s Season Finale of Bravo TV’s hit show Vanderpump Rules – “When Push Comes to Shove”- you’ll witness the big Engagement Party (“Of the Year”) for Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz. The event is held at Villa Rosa, the mansion owned by Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken. The episode includes beautiful people, exciting drama and- oh yeah- Barbecue.  By now you may have guessed, my crew-Tastee BQ Grilling Co.- was honored to be invited to cater the big event.

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A look at the Buffet Table after Lunch, with Carrot Cake and Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Desserts served on the side.

Why us? I’d like to think of it as a reward for my many years of blogging Healthier BBQ Recipes online. Or because of the perfect 5-Star Yelp reviews from our exclusive group of clients? Most likely, it was a result of my recent win as Grill Master Champion of Cutthroat Kitchen on Food Network. In the Vanderpump Rules episode, most of the action takes place after the BBQ Lunch, but some of the Food is featured during montages. The staff and I are briefly seen Grilling, and my voice can be heard in one Clip describing Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Reduction.

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Chef Mick Brown gathering some of the extra Sliced Smoked Chicken to leave for the Hosts.

 Even if your  home doesn’t happen to be on top of Beverly Hills,  you can still use these ideas for your Backyard  BBQ’s this upcoming Summer. Here are 5 Tips for Delicious and Healthy Backyard BBQ Dishes:

1. Smoked Multicolor Tortilla Chips with Green and Red Grilled Salsas- Red, Green and Blue Tortilla Chips are sprinkled with a Low Salt/Sugar BBQ Rub and smoked with Hickory on Indirect Heat for 8-10 minutes. Serve in separate bowls or in colorful sections on a large platter. Add Grilled Onions to the Red Salsa, Grilled Tomatillos to the Green Salsa and Fresh Chopped Cilantro to both.

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Caprese Salad Skewers as seen on the BravoTV Vanderpump Rules website.

2. Caprese Salad Skewers- To cut the Calories, us Part Skim Mozzarella, cut the Cheese Cubes smaller (1/2’’ inch), and put at least 2 Cherry Tomatoes and 1 Fresh Basil Leaf and on each Skewer. If you have time, smoke the Skewers on Foil for a minute before passing them warm to your Guests. Finish with a drizzle of BBQ seasoned Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.

3. Southwest BBQ Pinto, Garbanzo and Black Beans w/ Chopped Grilled Veggies- Use low fat Canned Beans and add Cumin, Cilantro and Chili or Taco Seasonings (or a Mix). Also add dashes of BBQ Rub and Sauce, to taste. Make it even Healthier with Chopped Grilled Red, Green and Yellow Bell Peppers and Onions in the pot.

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Grilled Asparagus with a Garlic Balsamic Reduction, as seen on the BravoTV website. When watching the Episode, listen for audio of Chef Mick Brown describing the dish.

 

4. Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Reduction-  It isn’t easy being Green. Toss Asparagus in your favorite combination of Olive Oil and Herbs, or use BBQ Rub and rotate while grilling for 5-8 minutes.There is nothing like tasting fresh Asparagus  from a Smoky Grill with a drizzle of Garlic Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.

5. Smoked BBQ Chicken Breasts, Sliced with Citrus BBQ Sauce on Side- Use your favorite marinade and smoke Chicken on Indirect heat. Note the Calories and Sugar content before purchasing BBQ Sauce, as most claim a serving is only 2 Tablespoons. Who are they kidding? Lighten it up by heating and mixing the sauce with up to 1 cup of Orange Juice and (skin-on) Wedges of Fresh Lemons and Oranges.

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As an alternative to Slices, serve juicy Pulled Smoked Chicken Breasts so Guests have the option to choose various sizes for adding to Chili, on top of Salad or making Smoked Chicken Sliders with Ranch and BBQ Sauces on the side.

Sorry I don’t have any backstage “dirt” to spill about the event or any of the participants. The cast of Vanderpump Rules were very friendly and gracious to me (and the staff)- in between the fights seen on the Show. Especially Hosts Katie and Tom- they were a total delight and I wish them the very best as they pursue a (hopefully) long and happy marriage together. Tom even mentioned that they are looking for someone to cater their upcoming Wedding…

Vanderpump Rules Season Finale “Push Comes to Shove” (Episode 20) Originally aired on March 14th, and has encore showings this Weekend and scheduled through March 28. The episode is also available online at BravoTV On Demand, and on the BravoTV Smartphone App.

Links:

Vanderpump Rules Episode Schedule- http://www.bravotv.com/vanderpump-rules/schedule

Watch “Push Comes to Shove” Bravo On Demand- http://www.bravotv.com/node/1107181

Chef Mick Brown is a Food Blogger, Caterer and Grilling Instructor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ experience. Aside from this new project BBQ RESCUES!, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” and career blog BBQ Catering Confidential. He recently appeared on the Food Network for “Grill or Be Grilled” a special BBQ Edition of Cutthroat Kitchen where he won the Champion Title of Grill Master. His episode is now available on iTunes. Email- Mick@BBQRESCUES.com 

Helpful Links from BBQ RESCUES!:

How to Smoke Food on Any Gas, Charcoal or Ceramic Grill

http://bbqrescues.com/2015/09/12/bbq-rescues-smoking-food-on-charcoal-grills-ceramic-eggs-or-gas-grills/

Recipes for Homemade BBQ Rubs

http://bbqrescues.com/2015/09/12/bbq-rescues-smoking-recipes-for-homemade-bbq-rubs/

How to Make Fresh Smoked BBQ Chips- BBQ RESCUES! TV on Youtube

Recipe for Grilling Vegetables

http://bbqrescues.com/2015/09/17/bbq-rescues-smoking-grilled-vegetables-recipe/