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Shaniqua's Home Cooking

Take control of health, wellness, and vitality with this one simple step:  Prepare and share reals meals flavored with love!

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Shaniqua’s Inspirational Cooking Blog

Shaniqua Cousins aspires to be an inspiration to women around the globe. Get to know Shaniqua in a whole new way.  In this blog, she shares her passion for home cooking and her thoughts on using food as the basis for wellness.   Whether you are new to cooking, a veteran home cook looking for new ways to prepare oldie but goodies, or somewhere in between.  Shaniqua’s blog will inspire and challenge you to create home cooked meals you and your family will enjoy.

Shaniqua’s #1 cooking tip: Flavor everything with Love.

Shaniqua’s #2 cooking tip: No exact measurements. Instead she uses a pinch of this, a dab of that, a swirl or two of that over there...Oh and she relies heavily on her #1 cooking tip...flavor it with love and they will return for more!

Shaniqua’s #3 cooking tip: Food has direct input into our health, wellness, and vitality! Everyone should stay informed about food matters and attuned to a lifestyle of wellness.

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Color Popping Veggie Accents 

Beef Bolognese 

On the menu:  Slow cooked beef Bolognese, Pasta, and Sweet organic carrots.


Ingredients used:

Grass fed ground beef, crushed tomatoes, sweet onions, sweet organic carrots, organic celery, brown sugar, fresh chopped garlic, dried herbs, Pink sea salt, Cracked black pepper, red cooking wine, chicken broth, pesto, fresh shaved Parmesan cheese, splashes of heavy cream, and loads of love.


Added Flavor options:  Bolognese should be cooked low and slow for the best results. The addition of heavy cream (or milk) and broth help to give the sauce more body, depth, and richness.


Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Ready to make this at home?  Check out the video demo for inspiration.

Family Style Steak Fajitas 

On the menu:  Mouthwatering grass fed rib-eye steaks, organic assorted peppers, onions, and lots of love!


Ingredients used:

Grass fed ribeye steaks, Organic orange & yellow peppers (sliced), Fresh limes, Sweet onions (sliced), Ground coffee, Ground cumin, Ground chili powder, Garlic powder, Pink sea salt, Cracked black pepper, Brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce


Marinade:

Ground coffee, Ground cumin, Ground chili powder, Garlic powder, Pink sea salt, Cracked black pepper, Brown sugar,  Worcestershire sauce, and Fresh lime juice


Added Flavor options:  The steaks were marinated in an airtight zipper top bag for up to an hour and then air-chilled in the refrigerator of a wire rack for about 2 hours.  Reserve some of the marinade for deglazing the skillet and adding moisture to fajitas.


Oil: Grass fed butter & Olive Oil


Ready to make this at home?  Check out the video demo for inspiration.

Asian Inspired 

Kung Pao Chicken Wings

On the menu:  Baked wings are tossed in my version of a Kung Pao Sauce, that is sweet, spicy, and irresistible.


Ingredients used:

Organic chicken wingettes (About 2 lbs), Green onions (Separate whites & greens, preserve some greens for finisher), Fresh Garlic, Fresh Ginger, Organic red peppers (diced), Water (to expand sauce), Apple Cider Vinegar (splash), Soy sauce (about 1/4 cup), Raw organic honey (about 1 tbsp, added sweet & coloring), Apple Juice (about 1/4 cup, added fragrance), Baking powder (a few sprinkles)

Pink Salt, Black pepper, Red pepper flakes, Chili paste (optional, added heat), Sesame Oil (about 1/2 tbsp), Hoisin Sauce, Coconut oil


Marinade:

Baking powder, Pink Salt, Cracked black pepper, Garlic Powder, Honey, Apple Juice, Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil


Kung Pao Sauce:

Hoisin Sauce, Soy Sauce, Chili Paste, Apple Cider Vinegar

Water, Green onions, Red peppers, Garlic, Ginger, Red Pepper Flakes


Added Flavor options:  The marinade was key! The chicken wings were marinated and air-chilled on a wire rack set (single layer) in the refrigerator for about 3 hours. The addition of baking powder to the marinade helped to ensure the chicken skin crisped and caramelized during baking.


Wings were baked in the oven for about 40 minutes.


Oil: Coconut oil and Sesame Oil


Ready to make this at home?  Check out the video demo for inspiration.

Make Ahead Ideas 

Burrito Bowls

On the menu:  Skip the long lunch lines at the local burrito spot.  Instead opt for this make ahead burrito bowl.  This bowl is packed with delicious flavor and nutrient dense ingredients.


Ingredients used:

BLSL Chicken Thighs (organic), White or yellow onions, Assorted bell peppers (organic), Sweet corn (organic), 

Black beans(organic), Rice


Grass fed butter, Garlic powder,Onion powder, Cumin, Coriander, Chili powder, Brown sugar, Pink sea salt, Cracked black pepper, Fresh cilantro, Sweet paprika, Raw organic honey, Water (for deglazing), Worcestershire sauce, Limes (fresh),  Apple cider vinegar


Superfood booster option: A dab of grass fed butter (higher nutritional value than regular butter, loaded with vitamin A & omega 3 fatty acids.) Apple cider vinegar, known for its healing, cleansing, and rejuvenating properties.


Added Flavor options: 3-4 dashes of Hot and Worcestershire sauces added to chicken. The chicken is marinated in the sauces, dry seasonings, brown sugar, and extra virgin olive oil for 30 minutes to 1 hour in the refrigerator. 2-3 splashes of Apple cider vinegar added to the beans. Dry seasonings used to flavor the chicken are added to the beans.


Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Grass fed butter


Ready to make this at home?  Check out the video demo for inspiration.

Warm Spinach & Shrimp Salad

On the menu: Spinach salad elevation!  Take spinach to the next level with pesto, seared shrimp & onions, farm fresh boiled eggs, sweet dried cranberries, and thick cut bacon.


Ingredients used:

Baby spinach (fresh, organic)

Farm fresh eggs (see my go-to supplier below)

Shrimp

Red onions

Pesto (jarred)

Dried cranberries

Lemons (fresh squeezed)

Pink sea salt

Cracked black pepper


Added Flavor option:  Jarred traditional basil pesto added to shrimp for quick marinade 


Oil:  Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Ready to make this at home? Check out the video demo for inspiration.

Glorious Greens 

Seared Chicken Thighs & Green Veggies

On the menu:  Seared bone-in and skinless organic Chicken Thighs on a bed of crispy Green beans and Brussel sprouts.  


Ingredients used:  Chicken Thighs (organic), thick cut bacon(nitrate free), white or yellow onions, fresh green beans (organic), Brussel sprouts (organic), green & yellow bell peppers(organic), tamari soy sauce, fish sauce, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, raw honey (organic), water, pink salt, cracked back pepper, red pepper flakes.


Superfood booster options: Skin on & Skinless organic chicken thighs are used in this recipe. Chicken skin contains healthier unsaturated fat and helps to keep chicken moist and flavorful.  Tamari soy sauce and Soy Sauce are interchangeable in this dish. The noted difference between the two: Tamari is known to be wheat or “gluten free.” Soy Sauce is not wheat free, thus contains gluten.  


Added Flavor options: Fish Sauce, 1-2 dashes of sriracha sauce


Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil 


Ready to make this at home? Check out the video demo for inspiration.

Seared Lamb Chops & Broccolini

On the menu:  Seared Lamb Chops on a beautiful bed of broccolini (baby broccoli), chopped celery, and white onions


Ingredients used:

Lamb chops

Broccolini

Organic celery

Onions

Ground ginger

Organic Tamari soy sauce

Honey

Water (for deglazing )

Crushed red peppers

Pink Salt

Cracked black pepper

Garlic Powder

Lamb Seasoning


Superfood booster option: Celery, known as a source iron and many vitamins, to include A, B, and C.  Also known for properties such as, high blood pressure reduction, digestion, and possible anti-inflammatory.   


Added Flavor option: Organic Tamari soy sauce 


Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil 


Ready to make this at home? Check out the video demo for inspiration.

Stewing and Braising Ideas 

Braised Sunday Oxtails

Slow, low , and steady wins the race for these oxtails.  The beautiful aroma permeating throughout your home will have your family lingering near the kitchen all Sunday long.  

Check out the video demo for inspiration.

Sausage and Bean Casserole 

On the menu: Local fresh sausages, organic black beans, organic kidney beans, organic diced tomatoes, organic baby carrots, organic peppers, fresh garlic, onions, seasonings, dried herbs, and lots of love! 


Ingredients used

Sausage Links

Red Cooking Wine

Dark Red Kidney Beans (organic)

Black Beans (organic)

Assorted Bell Peppers (organic)

Carrots (organic)

White or Yellow Onions

Fresh Garlic

Diced Tomatoes (organic)

Raw Organic Honey

Pink Salt

Cracked Black Pepper


Superfood Booster Options: Ground Flaxseed (plant based omega 3 fatty acid) serves as thickening agent; Dried Oregano (rich in antioxidants)


Added Flavor option: 3-4 dashes of Hot Sauce (for flavor),


Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Ready to make this at home? Check out  the video demo for inspiration.

Stewed Louisiana Inspired Chicken Thighs

On the menu:  Organic chicken thighs, garden veggies, creole seasoning, and spices do a dance in a Dutch oven pot. 


Ingredients used

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (organic)

White or Yellow Onions

Assorted Bell Peppers (organic)

Diced Tomatoes (organic)

Fresh Garlic

Celery (organic)

Flour (Almond Flour used in video)

Creole Seasoning

Salt

Fresh Cracked Pepper

Water

Red Cooking Wine

Brown Sugar

Fresh Thyme


Superfood Booster Option: A dab of Grass Fed Butter (higher nutritional value than regular butter, loaded with vitamin A & omega 3 fatty acids.)


Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Grass Fed Butter


Ready to make this at home? Check out the video demo for inspiration.

Braised Leg of Lamb

On the menu: Beautiful leg of lamb seared in olive oil and bacon drippings (that’s right honey, bacon makes it better). Root veggies, cut green beans, fresh thyme, and seasonings. Red wine braising liquid.


Ingredients used

Leg of Lamb

Thick Cut bacon (nitrate free)

White or Yellow onions

Carrots (organic)

Cut Green Beans (organic)

Fresh Thyme

Fresh Garlic

Salt

Fresh Cracked Pepper

Assorted Bell Peppers (organic)

Onion Powder

Garlic Powder

Water


Superfood Booster Option: Nitrate (sodium nitrate) and Nitrite (sodium nitrite) free bacon vs regular bacon.


Added Flavor Option (highly recommended): Worcestershire Sauce


Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Bacon Drippings


Ready to make this at home? Check out the video demo for inspiration.


Oldie but Goodies

Skillet Cornbread

On the menu: Skillet honey cornbread with creamed corn and butter. A great marriage between a warm skillet coated with grass fed butter, a drizzle of light oil, and delicious cornbread batter. All captured in under two minutes.


Check out the video demo for inspiration 

Pan Fried Meatballs

On the menu: Weeknight idea meal in less than 2 minutes! Be inspired by this comforting dish and create a homemade meal the family will enjoy. Pan fried meatballs are hand rolled, packed with nutritious ingredients, and lots of love!


Check out the video demo for inspiration.

Chicken Drumsticks 

On the menu: Weeknight meal idea captured in less than 2 minutes! Be inspired by this comforting dish and create a homemade meal the family will enjoy. Yummy chicken drumsticks prepared two ways: 1) Ginger and Peppers Drumsticks 2) FIG BBQ Drumsticks


Check out the video demo for inspiration.

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