Category Archives: Wellness

Meatless Monday’s: Pereg Natural Foods & The Cheese Guy Team up

It’s summertime so that means farmer’s markets and grocery stores are overflowing with fresh and crisp produce. And the perfect way to put it all to delicious use is by creating vegetarian safe meals! VICKIGJ Public Relations knew it was a great time to feature some meat-free recipes featuring products from Pereg Natural Foods and The Cheese Guy.

Pereg Natural Foods and The Cheese Guy are a match made in vegetarian heaven. Pereg proudly bears all natural and non-dairy, lactose-free certification on its entire collection of exotic spices from around the world, as well as their gluten-free pasta, gluten-free cereals and gluten-free flours and their extensive line of all-natural products made from ancient grains. Many Pereg products are also non-GMO and Whole Grain certified. Brent Delman, a.k.a. “The Cheese Guy,” partners with small dairy farms to produce more than 35 varieties of hand-crafted, all-natural and kosher certified artisanal cheese.

These wildly popular recipes are perfect for Meatless Mondays … or any day of the week, especially in the summertime! Try these recipes for meat-free comfort foods that’ll even keep meat-lovers happy – perfect for the whole family.

Spinach and Goat Cheese Quiche
For crust:
2 cups Pereg Natural Almond Flour
½ tsp. Pereg Coarse Red Sea Salt
2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil, more for greasing pan
1 large egg whisked
1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary

For quiche:
1 medium shallot diced
1 cup fresh spinach
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
6 large eggs
1 cup milk
½ tsp. Pereg Kosher Salt
¼ tsp. Pereg Red Pepper flakes
½ cup The Cheese Guy Fresh & Creamy Goat Cheese, crumbled

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch pie pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine almond flour and salt. Then add in remaining crust ingredients and mix into a shaggy ball. Press the dough into the bottom and sides of the 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.

Meanwhile, make the filling. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and heat olive oil. Add shallots and sauté for 5-7 minutes until translucent. Then add spinach and sauté just until slightly wilted, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and red pepper flakes. Stir in the cooled spinach mixture and goat cheese.  Pour the mixture in the crust and bake for 35 minutes or until the quiche is firm and just barely jiggles. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Quinoa Pasta Mac and Cheese
1 8 oz. package Pereg Gourmet Quinoa Curvo Rigate
2½ Tbsp. all-purpose flour (or brown rice flour)
1 tsp. dry mustard
¼ tsp. nutmeg
4 Tbsp. butter, plus more to butter the pan
1 small onion diced
Salt
2 cups milk (2% or whole milk)
½ tsp. black pepper
10 oz. The Cheese Guy Raw Milk Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Shred the cheese for about 3½ cups)
1 cup The Cheese Guy shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup Pereg Panko breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp. butter melted
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring 4-6 quarts of water with ½ tablespoon salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Add pasta and return to a rapid boil. Cook uncovered stirring occasionally until pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, dry mustard and nutmeg. In a large stockpot, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Then add onions and a pinch of salt and sauté until onions are translucent, 5-7 minutes.
Add the flour mixture to the onions and cook for a few minutes until the fat is absorbed and you form a roux. Then add in the two cups milk and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until sauce is thick and smooth. Add in black pepper, 3 cups cheddar cheese (reserve ½ cup for the topping) and Parmesan cheese and combine. Season to taste with salt. Stir in pasta and mix until combined. Spread the pasta in a 9×9 inch casserole dish.
In a separate bowl, combine Panko breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle mixture and remaining cheddar cheese over the pasta. Bake for 15-20 minutes (uncovered) until cheese is bubbly and the top is lightly browned. Let cool 5 minutes and serve.

Kañiwa Cheese Burger
Kañiwa, a cousin of quinoa, is a tiny nutrient-rich grain that cooks up to a crunchy texture.

2 cups water
½ cup raw Pereg Natural Foods Kañiwa
1 cup water
1 cup cooked chickpeas, smashed, with the skins removed
½ cup Pereg Natural Foods Fine Panko
1 large egg whisked
1 garlic clove minced
¼ cup white onion, minced
¼ tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. cracked black pepper
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
Cheese to taste (The Cheese Guy recommends a creamy, easy-melting Gouda or Havarti)
Combine kañiwa and water in a medium saucepan and bring water to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender and the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool. You should have 1 cup cooked.
Combine kañiwa with smashed chickpeas, panko, garlic, onion and spices. Form into two big patties or four smaller patties.  Fry 4-5 minutes per side in coconut oil over medium heat until outside is brown and inside is heated through. Melt cheese over top and serve.

ABOUT THE CHEESE GUY

Yonkers, NY-based Brent Delman has been involved in the specialty food business for more than two decades. His 35+ varieties of handcrafted kosher cheese range from several types of raw, organic, and sharp cheddars to gouda, brie, assorted Italian sheep milk cheeses, aged Parmesans, fresh mozzarellas, havartis, spicy varieties and more. Follow him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BrentTheCheeseGuy) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/thecheeseguy).

ABOUT PEREG NATURAL FOODS

Pereg was established in 1906, and is based in Clifton, NJ. They first became known for their vast variety of pure and natural spices and spice blends, more than 60 in all, from traditional favorites to exotics from around the culinary world.  Today Pereg produces an array of all-natural products that include ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal and flour, and much more. Pereg Natural Foods products are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and on their website, www.pereg-gourmet.com.

 

Think of Yourself, Too!

By Lisa Cardoso

At Hip New Jersey, we understand that life is hectic! Balancing school, work, internships and most importantly ‘you time’ can be quite the juggling act. Often, we leave ourselves on the last line of our To-Do lists. Getting your work done to the best of your abilities relies on taking care of yourself. Having an all-work-no-play lifestyle can catch up to you and cause you to crash, something we cannot afford.

First off, I’m going to explain that having ‘me time’ is strongly necessary. If you’re giving all of your time to everyone and everything else, you’re going to forget to keep yourself healthy. Taking an hour (or two if possible) to be with yourself everyday, maybe taking a bath, a nap, or taking moment to sit, helps you collect yourself and thoughts. Our minds are constantly being filled with information. Having time to gather your thoughts and process the information will result in a calmer attitude towards your responsibilities.

New Jersey’s lifestyle is fast-paced and everything you’re doing today needed to be done yesterday. Saying no is an effective way to take care of your physical and mental health. Taking on too many tasks will clutter your life and will wipe you out. We’re not saying to say no to important tasks that could get you fired or hamper your grades, we’re saying that you don’t have to do everything you’re asked to. You still have to complete all of your school assignments and complete your work obligations, but any extras are not necessary. You are the most important person in your life and you come first.

Ways to relax yourself can be to take a bath. Baths are all the rage now with bath bombs that change the color, smell, and feel to your experience. Baths are not only for girls! Boys need to take this into consideration. Your body will thank you. The warm water will relax your tense muscles. Taking that time to sit with your eyes closed and your mind clear can help you feel like a new you!

Another way to relax is taking up yoga! New Jersey has hundreds of yoga studios and classes. Yoga is great for your body and increases bone health and blood flow. If you are sitting for long periods of time, spine stretches can help reduce the pain you may feel. Focusing on your health on the inside will produce energy and provide you with a happier day on the outside.

Take time to do the things you love! It could be anything. Doing things that make you, you and allowing yourself to feel joy is another way to be stress-free. Any hobbies you have shouldn’t get pushed into the dark. Doing the things you love regularly will lead to a happier way of life.

Some of us often forget to go to bed early and wake up at the same time everyday. Going to bed early is major when you have a busy day ahead of you. Being well rested will help you complete your day with minimal coffee breaks. A sleep schedule helps our body know when it’s time to go to sleep and when it’s time to wake up.

You’re your own best friend and no one is going to take care of you better than you can take care of yourself. Putting ourselves last on our To-Do lists is not a healthy way of life. If we can’t perform as our best self, then our performances are worthless. Remember that you are just as important as your job, your school and your internship!

Dr. Urvashi Puri

#HipNJ Welcomes Dr. Urvashi Puri From India

Hip New Jersey is honored to welcome Dr. Urvashi Puri from New Delhi, India for a special weekend of events at Pure Barre Florham Park. Dr. Puri is a Reiki teaching master, nutritionist, and yoga teacher who shares her knowledge all over the world!

Dr. Urvashi Puri

On Saturday, October 22nd at noon, Dr. Puri will be hosting a special discussion for growing families. This private discussion will uncover topics such as:

-Gifts of Pregnancy
-Nourishing your baby through your inner pharmacy
-Your experiences, emotions and feelings
-Emotional clearance & conscious listening
-Weathering the changes
-Understanding your experience in meditation
-Fatherhood fundamentals
-Healing the world, one child at a time
-And More!

Tickets are $50 can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Dr. Urvashi Puri

On Sunday, October 23rd at 1pm, Dr. Earn your Reiki Level 1 Certification with this special intensive workshop! In this eight hour course you will learn:

-4 attunements to start the flow of Reiki energy
-How to “tune-in” to Reiki
-Reiki’s history and the philosophy behind Reiki
-What is healing?
-See, feel, and work with Auras
-The Chakra balancing
-Energy cleansing techniques
-The 21-day clearing process
-The 27 hand positions
-How to conduct a Reiki self treatment
-How to give a Reiki treatment to others
-Reading the problem
-Simple steps to meditate
-Reiki and me
-The Reiki Principles
-Using Reiki in daily life
-Using Reiki at work
-Reiki FAQs
-As part of the course, you will receive
-Detailed course manual
-21 days support with distance healing
-Certification
-And more!

Course sizes are limited to 15 people. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $250 and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

If you have further questions about these two exciting events, call #HipNJ at 973-521-7159. For more on Dr. Puri, visit her website!