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October 12, 2014


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Cocoa Spiced Salmon Tacos with Jicama Green Mango Slaw

June 4, 2015

Your time is valuable.

So is your body.

That’s why what you put into it matters.

I know. I know.  It’s just so easy to run through the drive through and grab something quickly.   Whether your quickie of choice is Taco Bell, Burger King or Popeyes – you and I both know how those quickies affect you in the long term.

They creep up on your thighs and waistline and leave you full of regret.

It’s like that man that you knew better not to mess with. But damn if he didn’t make his way into your heart and body and now you’re left with that feeling of regret.

I know you don’t want that experience for your heart nor your hips.  It’s time to find a new lover.

His name won’t be Popeye and he won’t be the King of Burgers nor will he be ringing any Bells of Taco. But I promise you that he’ll be good to you and for you.

Salmon Taco with Jicama & Green Mango Slaw

When you make your own fast food – it won’t treat your body like a dumping ground.

Instead it will treat your body to love, satisfaction and nutrition.

Let me introduce you to him. His name is Cocoa Spiced Salmon Tacos with Jicama Green Mango Slaw.

He comes loaded with fiber to ensure that digestion won’t be a problem.  The green mango and purple cabbage will give your insides a clean sweep as it helps carry out toxins and waste from the body.  The citrus tang of the greek yogurt pairs nicely with the smokey cocoa-paprika spiced salmon.  It also gives your digestive system a nice dose of probiotics to help build and sustain the healthy bacteria.  The spice mixture will clear out your passages and open the digestive process.

He’s not a quickie like that drive through stuff, but he’s also not gonna take up all of your time. He knows that you have a life to live and he wants to help you live it better.

He goes inside of you and makes sure that your insides are right.  He also makes sure your taste buds are delighted. He reminds you that good things come to those who prepare for them.

Dig in. 

Cocoa Spiced Salmon Tacos with Jicama Green Mango Slaw

Cocoa Spiced Salmon Tacos with Jicama Green Mango Slaw
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A smokey, cocoa spiced salmon with a crunchy, citrusy jicama and green mango slaw.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 TB Cocoa Powder
  • 1 TB Cumin
  • 1 TB Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Adobo (all purpose seasoning brand)
  • 1 tsp dry indian ground mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TB Olive Oil
  • 1 lb salmon fillet
  • 1 cup green mango, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup jicama, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup culandro or cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 cup greek yogurt, plain
  • ¼ cup lime juice, preferably freshly squeezed
  • 2 TB rice wine vinegar
  • 1 TB honey + 1 tsp
  • 1 TB cumin
  • 2 tsp chilli powder, optional
  • Adobo, enough to season
  • Salt, to taste
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Mix all spices and seasoning in a clean, dry container. Yields ½ cup of Cocoa Spice blend. Try it on salmon, swordfish, chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, beans or vegetables)
  4. Drizzle olive oil on salmon on both sides
  5. Pat 3-4 TB Cocoa Spice mix on the salmon (form a blackened layer)
  6. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on thickness of salmon
  8. Mix all vegetables in a large bowl
  9. Whisk honey, lime juice, rice wine vinegar in a large bowl
  10. Add greek yogurt and combine with whisk until smooth
  11. Add cumin, chili powder, adobo and salt to taste
  12. Pour over vegetables and toss until coated and creamy
  14. Using fresh corn tortillas, place a large amount of slaw and top with salmon.





Your Body Wants to Date You + This Shakshuka

June 2, 2015

I’ve been dating Shakshuka for 3 years now. We met in 2012 when I began my weight loss journey. He showed up for breakfast one day and never left. I keep him around because he treats my body with kindness and respect.

What I loved about Shakshuka is that he never left me bloated, fatigued nor congested. Instead he filled and satiated me and gave me energy to prepare for my day. This North African King came to take care of my body and I bet he can take care of yours too. 😉


As I prepared this, I thought about you and your weight loss journey. I know it’s been challenging. Especially the eating part. There are so many diets and labels to decipher that it is hard to know what you should be eating.

I don’t believe in diets.  I believe in dates.

So before I fully introduce you to Shakshuka, let’s talk dating.

When you’re dating someone, you often spend time getting to know them over a meal.  You guys go to a restaurant. You order food. You talk and get to know each other over a period of time.  And at some point you decide whether or not you want to continue seeing them.

Before I decided to continue seeing Shakshuka, I dated him at restaurants and then in my home.  I wanted to make sure that what he was offering was a match for what my body wanted – Nutrition, Wholeness and Love.



Your body is your boo. You’ve already decided that you want to be with her.  Especially the healthy, better feeling, better looking version of her.

So now it’s time time that you get to know her. You have to figure out what she likes and how to give it to her.  You have to listen to what she needs and honor that.

And the only way to find that out, is to take her on dates with meals like Shakshuka and others that I will continue to introduce you to here on Body Food Freedom.

In 3 Steps, let’s look at how you can date your body.

The next time you get hungry.


Ask your self, ” What am I in the mood for?”   Be sure to consider what your taste buds like and what you actually enjoy eating. This is critical to making healthy dietary changes. If you don’t like it, it won’t stick.

Also consider your body’s health needs. Ask your self, ” How do I want my body to feel?”  If you are feeling groggy, you may need to eat something to pep you up.  Remember, your food needs to work for your body,  just like your relationship needs to work for your life.



This is where a lot of women get stuck.  Instead of listening to her body, she listens to her diet or her emotions. She gets stuck between restricting herself to a list of foods or eating whatever is in sight because of how she is feeling. It’s important that you listen to and honor the requests of your body.

Sometimes you may be “in your feelings” too much to be able to hear what your body wants, and if this is the case, then you should talk with me here. Your body is wiser than any diet or doctor or nutritionist out there. It knows what you need and it can communicate that to you. The more you date your body, the more you will know how to feed it so that you get the results you want.



This is where you can find out whether Shakshuka is right for you too. Whether you are eating a homemade meal or eating out, I want you to date your body.  Just like you talk with and listen to your date when you go out for dinner you are going to do the same thing with your body.

When you eat, listen to how your body responds.  Does she actually like what you’re eating or does she simply swallow it?  Does she have any reactions to what you eat? (i.e. indigestion, mucus, acne, weight gain, “The Itis” aka food coma, etc.) The more you pay attention to what’s happening inside, the more your future “dates” will be full of meals that are truly best for your body.

Dating my body helped me go from 177 pounds to 125 pounds in one year.

Learning to listen to your body is the key to weight loss.  Just like listening to your date is the key to finding out whether or not you want to continue seeing him again. Let’s start with this Shakshuka.  Maybe you might take him as a lover too 😉

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A middle eastern breakfast of baked eggs in a rich tomato sauce
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 6
  • 4 -6 eggs
  • 1 loaf crust bread, torn or sliced
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15oz can chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 bunch spinach, kale, chard, or collards finely chopped
  • 1 TB garlic, minced
  • cumin
  • smoked paprika
  • salt
  • chives, minced
  • feta or goat cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. On medium heat, saute red onion in a large, deep, oven proof saute pan
  3. Once onion is softened, stir in tomatoes, chick peas, greens and garlic.
  4. Add cumin, smoked paprika and salt to taste.
  5. Carefully crack each egg on the surface of the tomato sauce.
  6. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until egg is set.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chives and cheese.
  8. Serve immediately with warm crusty bread.
I prefer hard yolks, so I tend to bake my Shakshuka a little longer.
Try these Variations
For a non-vegetarian version, add meat such as lamb or sausage. Also works well with feta, goat or manchego cheese.




Eggplant Tikka Masala Pizza

February 10, 2015

Transitioning to a plants based diet has been gradual for me and filled with challenges.

I have my moments where I eat like a certified vegan and then other moments when I crave something from an animal.

I’m not the only one struggling.  It seems like you are too.

Here’s what I’ve noticed, cooked and  learned that may help you.

Tikka Masala Pizza Continue Reading…


Jerk Chicken Nachos

February 9, 2015

Go ahead, let it out. That breath your holding because this looks so delicious.

Jerk chicken nachos with mango salsa and avocado cream.

Jerk chicken nachos with mango salsa and avocado cream.

Honey! These Jerk Chicken Nachos right here!!!

I created this out of a strong need to eat something I enjoy.

When I decided to lose weight I made myself several promises.

  1. “Thou shalt not eat nasty food”
  2. “Thou shalt find ways to make healthy food taste DELICIOUS”
  3. “Thou shalt have a party in your mouth at every meal”

Let the party begin. Continue Reading…


Coconut Ginger French Toast with Mango Coulis

February 6, 2015

When I was a student at Spelman, I used to love brunch!  Actually I still do. But back then it was real special.  For starters I got to wake up late. (Yes Lawd)  And then I got to start my day in Spelman’s cafeteria with waffles or biscuits and lots and lots and lots of syrup and butter.

Those were the days.

I also was about 30 pounds overweight and a heavy Compulsive Overeater.

Continue Reading…


Moroccan Pizza with Merguez Lamb Sausage & Roasted Veggies

November 12, 2014

At the age of 8, I worked diligently in school and kept up with my weekly readings so that I could win a complimentary Pizza Hut Personal Pan Supreme Pizza.

I think I won almost every month. There was something about that buttery crispness when you bit into the crust.  Each bite was loaded with sausage, ham, onions, bell peppers, olives, rich tomato sauce and mounds of gooey melted cheese. This affair continued on for quite some time. I didn’t think my world could get any better.

Until . . .  

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Shelley'sStory, Weight Loss

How I Eat To Stay Healthy & Trim

October 12, 2014


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At the beginning of my weight loss journey, I became a vegetarian for a year. The benefits were so amazing that I continued on to become vegan for another six months. I even took it a bit further and completed a two week stint as a vegan raw foodist. Raw foods were probably the BEST my body has ever felt on food . . . but the time that it took to prepare did not fit my lifestyle.

Even though, I was enjoying my clean, green eating . . .

I started to miss chicken wings.

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