This Memorial Day, serve up the ultimate comfort food: fried chicken. Most fried chicken recipes call for some form of gluten (wheat flour) and dairy (buttermilk), but we’ve come up with one that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and delicious. For many people, fried chicken is one of those foods that has a special place in our childhoods, whether or not we’re from the South. I know it does for me, even though I’m Asian and from LA. So I apologize in advance to all of you die-hard fried chicken eaters out there if this recipe messes with your memories of home. But for those of us who can’t have gluten or dairy, we don’t really have a choice if we want to share in the fried chicken love. So here it goes.
Spinning is one of my favorite – ok my very favorite – workouts out there, which is (surprise surprise) why I teach it. It’s an awesome sweat-inducing cardio workout, but it also has the potential to help you build strength. It’s super simple to follow along – no confusing steps or moves to memorize – and who wouldn’t want to just ride their hearts out in a dark room with blasting music that makes you wanna get out of your seat and dance?
You’ve probably heard about all the health benefits of eating citrus fruits – oranges, lemons and grapefruit – including boosting immunity, healthy skin, decreasing risk of heart disease, cancer, anemia and even kidney stones. But did you know that the peels of citrus fruit also have a ton of vitamin C, riboflavin, B6, calcium, magnesium, fiber and potassium, as well as anti-inflammatory flavonoids? I’m not suggesting you go and make a meal of citrus peels – they’re bitter and difficult to digest – but there are other creative ways to use them in cooking and around the house to make use of their nutritional profile, save money, and limit your food waste.
When you were a kid, did you ever wake up early and make breakfast for Mothers Day or Fathers Day? My sisters and I did this EVERY year for a while, and the menu usually consisted of Bisquick pancakes, French toast, or after I learned how to make them in biology class (the “egg denaturation” lab), crepes. These were the days before gluten became my enemy. One year we even attempted to make a cake for my parents’ anniversary and invited some of their friends over for a surprise “party” (i.e. cake eating), but realized after we all took a bite that we had forgotten to add sugar! Whoops!
Some of you may have seen our post on Guisados, in our opinion the best taqueria in Los Angeles. Not only do they hand-make their corn tortillas, but their taco fillings are delicious stews that have been slow-cooked with a variety of spices, meats, peppers and vegetables. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Guisados generously shared their recipe for their Chicken Tinga, a smokey, spicy preparation of shredded chicken and smoked jalapeños, and one of their most popular tacos. It’s a surprisingly simple recipe – give it a try and let us know how it turned out!
As a spinning instructor and meditator, I’m often asked I reconcile the two. After all, meditation is all about stillness and silence, and if you’ve been to my spinning class, you know it’s all about moving and pushing yourself past your boundaries. Meditation is peaceful and exercise is…not.