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Soul Food Dish of the Day: Southern Banana Pudding

In today’s episode, Chef Nancie is creating her rendition of a Southern banana pudding.. that, but a lot lighter! You can eat 2 bowls of it and you don’t even know you’ve eaten 2 bowls! It definitely melts in your mouth.

PREP TIME
7 hours
TOTAL TIME
7 hours 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups sliced barely ripe bananas,
  • 1 (12 oz.) box Nilla Wafers

Additional items:
Colander
Plastic wrap

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large bowl, beat together the sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined – about 1 minute. Add the pudding mix and beat well – about 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight. It is very important to allow the proper amount of time for the pudding mixture to set. It will be watery if you don’t let it set up long enough.
  • In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until no streaks of pudding remain.
    Dessert can either be made in individual portions or in a large glass bowl with 4-5 quart capacity (a 9×13 baking dish also works).
  • To assemble dessert, arrange 1/3 of the Nilla wafers covering the bottom, overlapping if necessary. Next, layer 1/3 of the bananas, and 1/3 of the pudding mixture. Repeat twice more, garnishing with additional wafers or wafer crumbs on the top layer. Cover tightly and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours – or up to 8 hours, no longer (because bananas will start to brown)

Soul Food Dish of the Day: Cajun Shrimp & Grits

For today’s episode we are making Cajun Shrimp & Grits with creamy asiago cheese. A very special dish for Chef Nancie as she’s using her own spice, Spicey Cajun Queen. Cajun Garlic Shrimp and Grits are the perfect savory dish that you will want on your table. Best part is, it’s easy and will make any busy weeknight delicious. Definitely a soul food, comfort food, food for the soul, whatever you want to call it! It’s a great conversational dish because it warms you inside. 

PREP TIME
15 mins
COOK TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
4
CALORIES 312 kcal

INGREDIENTS  

  • 1/2 pound of bacon chopped
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tablespoon chef Nancie collection cajun seasoning
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • Scallion
  • Fresh chopped parsley

Grits

  • 2 chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick grits
  • 1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese



INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat, cook the bacon until desired crispness. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet and sprinkle with cajun seasoning. Add garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until the shrimp is no longer pink. Then stir in 1/2 cup of chicken broth. I add red and green bell peppers in the end for a pop of color(optional)
  • To make the grits: Add the broth, butter, and salt to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and slowly add in the grits. Stir for about 5 minutes then stir in heavy cream until the grits are thick and bubbly. Stir in cheese and
  • Serve with the cajun garlic shrimp. Top with chopped scallions and parsley.

Soul Food Dish of the Day: Southern Caviar

The recipe for this episode is Southern Caviar. Chef Nancie’s southern take on a bean salad. For this recipe, we are using lots of fresh ingredients and fresh herbs!

Southern Caviar can be served as a dip, salad, vegetable side dish or salsa. It’s bursting with flavor and perfect for tailgating or a game-day party. A very delicious dish that you can eat with tortillas!

PREP TIME
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

INGREDIENTS

Dip Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups 15 oz can of drained and rinsed black-eyed peas
  • 15 ounces canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups fresh tomatoes finely chopped and drained, or a 15 oz can of drained and rinsed petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels or a 15 oz can of corn drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup Vidalia onion finely diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 medium yellow or orange bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 jalapenos seeds and ribs removed, finely diced, if you like heat include the seeds and ribs
  • ½ cup finely diced cilantro or parsley
  • 1 avocado seeded and chopped, *wait to add this until you are ready to serve

Dressing Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add all dip ingredients except the avocado to a large colander to drain. When the mixture has finished draining, add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • Combine the dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake well. Add to the dip and mix well.
  • Just before serving, add the avocado, taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed, and combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.
  • Store this dish tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. Leftovers are delicious and even better the next day. Do not freeze.

For more on Chef Nancie, visit her site here.

 

 

Step by Step: 5 Strategies to Help You Inspire and Develop Self-Discipline

 

We can set as many goals for ourselves as we want, but without self-discipline, our efforts will be fruitless. If you’ve found yourself in an unfavorable cycle recently of setting goals, making excuses not to reach them, and then feeling guilty when you don’t, the problem may not be that your goals are simply unreachable. It could just be that you lack self-discipline—for now. 

What is self-discipline, and why is it important for reaching goals? 

Self-discipline is the ability to control one’s behavior and feelings in the face of obstacles or temptations. So, for example, every time you go to the gym when you really, really don’t feel like it is you exercising self-discipline. 

This characteristic is essential for goal-setting and life because it allows you to remain in control despite the mental and physical barriers that may stand in your way. It’s okay to be honest with yourself if your level of self-discipline isn’t where you’d like it to be. 

Taking it step-by-step is the best way to develop this skill set over time, so here are five strategies you can use to inspire self-discipline and get on the right track towards your goals! 

1. Display your goals where you can see them. 

You’ll need some motivation to inspire you to stay disciplined, so a good place to start is visualizing your goals. Make a vision board, put your dreams on post-it notes, or whatever works best for you, but make sure they’re placed somewhere you can see them every day as a reminder to keep going. 

2. Push yourself outside the box more often. 

Reaching for new heights will be uncomfortable, but when you practice stepping outside of your comfort zone daily, you can learn to build more trust with yourself. Here are some examples below, but do what feels like a challenge to you: 

  • Go to the gym alone. 
  • Wake up earlier. 
  • Introduce yourself to someone interesting. 
  • Speak up more often in meetings or discussions. 

3. Set small goals. 

If you have a goal that feels overwhelming, break it down into smaller, attainable milestones. For example, do you want to stop eating out so much? Then try challenging yourself to not eat out during the week first and then work yourself up to the larger goal. 

4. Find accountability. 

There’s nothing like having someone else to encourage you and keep you on track. So ask a friend or someone close to take on the role of an accountability partner so that way you have a commitment to uphold for yourself and someone else. 

5. Remove the roadblocks. 

If you know that certain triggers or habits keep you away from your goals, then remove what you can control. Roadblocks could be going out with friends every weekend, having your phone on during work hours, or anything that keeps you distracted from doing what you know you need to do.

 

Remember, self-discipline is a skill that we can sharpen over a lifetime, so take it one step at a time, and you’ll be surprised to see how far you go! 

 

Soul Food Dish of the Day: Southern Banana Pudding

In today’s episode, Chef Nancie is creating her rendition of a Southern banana pudding.. that, but a lot lighter! You can eat 2 bowls of it and you don’t even know you’ve eaten 2 bowls! It definitely melts in your mouth.

PREP TIME
7 hours
TOTAL TIME
7 hours 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups sliced barely ripe bananas,
  • 1 (12 oz.) box Nilla Wafers

Additional items:
Colander
Plastic wrap

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large bowl, beat together the sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined – about 1 minute. Add the pudding mix and beat well – about 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight. It is very important to allow the proper amount of time for the pudding mixture to set. It will be watery if you don’t let it set up long enough.
  • In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until no streaks of pudding remain.
    Dessert can either be made in individual portions or in a large glass bowl with 4-5 quart capacity (a 9×13 baking dish also works).
  • To assemble dessert, arrange 1/3 of the Nilla wafers covering the bottom, overlapping if necessary. Next, layer 1/3 of the bananas, and 1/3 of the pudding mixture. Repeat twice more, garnishing with additional wafers or wafer crumbs on the top layer. Cover tightly and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours – or up to 8 hours, no longer (because bananas will start to brown)

Soul Food Dish of the Day: Cajun Shrimp & Grits

For today’s episode we are making Cajun Shrimp & Grits with creamy asiago cheese. A very special dish for Chef Nancie as she’s using her own spice, Spicey Cajun Queen. Cajun Garlic Shrimp and Grits are the perfect savory dish that you will want on your table. Best part is, it’s easy and will make any busy weeknight delicious. Definitely a soul food, comfort food, food for the soul, whatever you want to call it! It’s a great conversational dish because it warms you inside. 

PREP TIME
15 mins
COOK TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
4
CALORIES 312 kcal

INGREDIENTS  

  • 1/2 pound of bacon chopped
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tablespoon chef Nancie collection cajun seasoning
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • Scallion
  • Fresh chopped parsley

Grits

  • 2 chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick grits
  • 1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese



INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat, cook the bacon until desired crispness. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet and sprinkle with cajun seasoning. Add garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until the shrimp is no longer pink. Then stir in 1/2 cup of chicken broth. I add red and green bell peppers in the end for a pop of color(optional)
  • To make the grits: Add the broth, butter, and salt to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and slowly add in the grits. Stir for about 5 minutes then stir in heavy cream until the grits are thick and bubbly. Stir in cheese and
  • Serve with the cajun garlic shrimp. Top with chopped scallions and parsley.

Soul Food Dish of the Day: Southern Caviar

The recipe for this episode is Southern Caviar. Chef Nancie’s southern take on a bean salad. For this recipe, we are using lots of fresh ingredients and fresh herbs!

Southern Caviar can be served as a dip, salad, vegetable side dish or salsa. It’s bursting with flavor and perfect for tailgating or a game-day party. A very delicious dish that you can eat with tortillas!

PREP TIME
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

INGREDIENTS

Dip Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups 15 oz can of drained and rinsed black-eyed peas
  • 15 ounces canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups fresh tomatoes finely chopped and drained, or a 15 oz can of drained and rinsed petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels or a 15 oz can of corn drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup Vidalia onion finely diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 medium yellow or orange bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 jalapenos seeds and ribs removed, finely diced, if you like heat include the seeds and ribs
  • ½ cup finely diced cilantro or parsley
  • 1 avocado seeded and chopped, *wait to add this until you are ready to serve

Dressing Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add all dip ingredients except the avocado to a large colander to drain. When the mixture has finished draining, add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • Combine the dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake well. Add to the dip and mix well.
  • Just before serving, add the avocado, taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed, and combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.
  • Store this dish tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. Leftovers are delicious and even better the next day. Do not freeze.

For more on Chef Nancie, visit her site here.

 

 

Step by Step: 5 Strategies to Help You Inspire and Develop Self-Discipline

 

We can set as many goals for ourselves as we want, but without self-discipline, our efforts will be fruitless. If you’ve found yourself in an unfavorable cycle recently of setting goals, making excuses not to reach them, and then feeling guilty when you don’t, the problem may not be that your goals are simply unreachable. It could just be that you lack self-discipline—for now. 

What is self-discipline, and why is it important for reaching goals? 

Self-discipline is the ability to control one’s behavior and feelings in the face of obstacles or temptations. So, for example, every time you go to the gym when you really, really don’t feel like it is you exercising self-discipline. 

This characteristic is essential for goal-setting and life because it allows you to remain in control despite the mental and physical barriers that may stand in your way. It’s okay to be honest with yourself if your level of self-discipline isn’t where you’d like it to be. 

Taking it step-by-step is the best way to develop this skill set over time, so here are five strategies you can use to inspire self-discipline and get on the right track towards your goals! 

1. Display your goals where you can see them. 

You’ll need some motivation to inspire you to stay disciplined, so a good place to start is visualizing your goals. Make a vision board, put your dreams on post-it notes, or whatever works best for you, but make sure they’re placed somewhere you can see them every day as a reminder to keep going. 

2. Push yourself outside the box more often. 

Reaching for new heights will be uncomfortable, but when you practice stepping outside of your comfort zone daily, you can learn to build more trust with yourself. Here are some examples below, but do what feels like a challenge to you: 

  • Go to the gym alone. 
  • Wake up earlier. 
  • Introduce yourself to someone interesting. 
  • Speak up more often in meetings or discussions. 

3. Set small goals. 

If you have a goal that feels overwhelming, break it down into smaller, attainable milestones. For example, do you want to stop eating out so much? Then try challenging yourself to not eat out during the week first and then work yourself up to the larger goal. 

4. Find accountability. 

There’s nothing like having someone else to encourage you and keep you on track. So ask a friend or someone close to take on the role of an accountability partner so that way you have a commitment to uphold for yourself and someone else. 

5. Remove the roadblocks. 

If you know that certain triggers or habits keep you away from your goals, then remove what you can control. Roadblocks could be going out with friends every weekend, having your phone on during work hours, or anything that keeps you distracted from doing what you know you need to do.

 

Remember, self-discipline is a skill that we can sharpen over a lifetime, so take it one step at a time, and you’ll be surprised to see how far you go! 

 

Soul Food Dish of the Day: Southern Banana Pudding

In today’s episode, Chef Nancie is creating her rendition of a Southern banana pudding.. that, but a lot lighter! You can eat 2 bowls of it and you don’t even know you’ve eaten 2 bowls! It definitely melts in your mouth.

PREP TIME
7 hours
TOTAL TIME
7 hours 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups sliced barely ripe bananas,
  • 1 (12 oz.) box Nilla Wafers

Additional items:
Colander
Plastic wrap

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large bowl, beat together the sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined – about 1 minute. Add the pudding mix and beat well – about 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight. It is very important to allow the proper amount of time for the pudding mixture to set. It will be watery if you don’t let it set up long enough.
  • In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until no streaks of pudding remain.
    Dessert can either be made in individual portions or in a large glass bowl with 4-5 quart capacity (a 9×13 baking dish also works).
  • To assemble dessert, arrange 1/3 of the Nilla wafers covering the bottom, overlapping if necessary. Next, layer 1/3 of the bananas, and 1/3 of the pudding mixture. Repeat twice more, garnishing with additional wafers or wafer crumbs on the top layer. Cover tightly and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours – or up to 8 hours, no longer (because bananas will start to brown)

Soul Food Dish of the Day: Cajun Shrimp & Grits

For today’s episode we are making Cajun Shrimp & Grits with creamy asiago cheese. A very special dish for Chef Nancie as she’s using her own spice, Spicey Cajun Queen. Cajun Garlic Shrimp and Grits are the perfect savory dish that you will want on your table. Best part is, it’s easy and will make any busy weeknight delicious. Definitely a soul food, comfort food, food for the soul, whatever you want to call it! It’s a great conversational dish because it warms you inside. 

PREP TIME
15 mins
COOK TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
4
CALORIES 312 kcal

INGREDIENTS  

  • 1/2 pound of bacon chopped
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tablespoon chef Nancie collection cajun seasoning
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • Scallion
  • Fresh chopped parsley

Grits

  • 2 chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick grits
  • 1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese



INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat, cook the bacon until desired crispness. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet and sprinkle with cajun seasoning. Add garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until the shrimp is no longer pink. Then stir in 1/2 cup of chicken broth. I add red and green bell peppers in the end for a pop of color(optional)
  • To make the grits: Add the broth, butter, and salt to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and slowly add in the grits. Stir for about 5 minutes then stir in heavy cream until the grits are thick and bubbly. Stir in cheese and
  • Serve with the cajun garlic shrimp. Top with chopped scallions and parsley.

Soul Food Dish of the Day: Southern Caviar

The recipe for this episode is Southern Caviar. Chef Nancie’s southern take on a bean salad. For this recipe, we are using lots of fresh ingredients and fresh herbs!

Southern Caviar can be served as a dip, salad, vegetable side dish or salsa. It’s bursting with flavor and perfect for tailgating or a game-day party. A very delicious dish that you can eat with tortillas!

PREP TIME
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

INGREDIENTS

Dip Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups 15 oz can of drained and rinsed black-eyed peas
  • 15 ounces canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups fresh tomatoes finely chopped and drained, or a 15 oz can of drained and rinsed petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels or a 15 oz can of corn drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup Vidalia onion finely diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 medium yellow or orange bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 jalapenos seeds and ribs removed, finely diced, if you like heat include the seeds and ribs
  • ½ cup finely diced cilantro or parsley
  • 1 avocado seeded and chopped, *wait to add this until you are ready to serve

Dressing Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add all dip ingredients except the avocado to a large colander to drain. When the mixture has finished draining, add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • Combine the dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake well. Add to the dip and mix well.
  • Just before serving, add the avocado, taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed, and combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.
  • Store this dish tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. Leftovers are delicious and even better the next day. Do not freeze.

For more on Chef Nancie, visit her site here.

 

 

Step by Step: 5 Strategies to Help You Inspire and Develop Self-Discipline

 

We can set as many goals for ourselves as we want, but without self-discipline, our efforts will be fruitless. If you’ve found yourself in an unfavorable cycle recently of setting goals, making excuses not to reach them, and then feeling guilty when you don’t, the problem may not be that your goals are simply unreachable. It could just be that you lack self-discipline—for now. 

What is self-discipline, and why is it important for reaching goals? 

Self-discipline is the ability to control one’s behavior and feelings in the face of obstacles or temptations. So, for example, every time you go to the gym when you really, really don’t feel like it is you exercising self-discipline. 

This characteristic is essential for goal-setting and life because it allows you to remain in control despite the mental and physical barriers that may stand in your way. It’s okay to be honest with yourself if your level of self-discipline isn’t where you’d like it to be. 

Taking it step-by-step is the best way to develop this skill set over time, so here are five strategies you can use to inspire self-discipline and get on the right track towards your goals! 

1. Display your goals where you can see them. 

You’ll need some motivation to inspire you to stay disciplined, so a good place to start is visualizing your goals. Make a vision board, put your dreams on post-it notes, or whatever works best for you, but make sure they’re placed somewhere you can see them every day as a reminder to keep going. 

2. Push yourself outside the box more often. 

Reaching for new heights will be uncomfortable, but when you practice stepping outside of your comfort zone daily, you can learn to build more trust with yourself. Here are some examples below, but do what feels like a challenge to you: 

  • Go to the gym alone. 
  • Wake up earlier. 
  • Introduce yourself to someone interesting. 
  • Speak up more often in meetings or discussions. 

3. Set small goals. 

If you have a goal that feels overwhelming, break it down into smaller, attainable milestones. For example, do you want to stop eating out so much? Then try challenging yourself to not eat out during the week first and then work yourself up to the larger goal. 

4. Find accountability. 

There’s nothing like having someone else to encourage you and keep you on track. So ask a friend or someone close to take on the role of an accountability partner so that way you have a commitment to uphold for yourself and someone else. 

5. Remove the roadblocks. 

If you know that certain triggers or habits keep you away from your goals, then remove what you can control. Roadblocks could be going out with friends every weekend, having your phone on during work hours, or anything that keeps you distracted from doing what you know you need to do.

 

Remember, self-discipline is a skill that we can sharpen over a lifetime, so take it one step at a time, and you’ll be surprised to see how far you go! 

 

Soul Food Dish of the Day: Southern Banana Pudding

In today’s episode, Chef Nancie is creating her rendition of a Southern banana pudding.. that, but a lot lighter! You can eat 2 bowls of it and you don’t even know you’ve eaten 2 bowls! It definitely melts in your mouth.

PREP TIME
7 hours
TOTAL TIME
7 hours 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups sliced barely ripe bananas,
  • 1 (12 oz.) box Nilla Wafers

Additional items:
Colander
Plastic wrap

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large bowl, beat together the sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined – about 1 minute. Add the pudding mix and beat well – about 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight. It is very important to allow the proper amount of time for the pudding mixture to set. It will be watery if you don’t let it set up long enough.
  • In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until no streaks of pudding remain.
    Dessert can either be made in individual portions or in a large glass bowl with 4-5 quart capacity (a 9×13 baking dish also works).
  • To assemble dessert, arrange 1/3 of the Nilla wafers covering the bottom, overlapping if necessary. Next, layer 1/3 of the bananas, and 1/3 of the pudding mixture. Repeat twice more, garnishing with additional wafers or wafer crumbs on the top layer. Cover tightly and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours – or up to 8 hours, no longer (because bananas will start to brown)

Soul Food Dish of the Day: Cajun Shrimp & Grits

For today’s episode we are making Cajun Shrimp & Grits with creamy asiago cheese. A very special dish for Chef Nancie as she’s using her own spice, Spicey Cajun Queen. Cajun Garlic Shrimp and Grits are the perfect savory dish that you will want on your table. Best part is, it’s easy and will make any busy weeknight delicious. Definitely a soul food, comfort food, food for the soul, whatever you want to call it! It’s a great conversational dish because it warms you inside. 

PREP TIME
15 mins
COOK TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
4
CALORIES 312 kcal

INGREDIENTS  

  • 1/2 pound of bacon chopped
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tablespoon chef Nancie collection cajun seasoning
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • Scallion
  • Fresh chopped parsley

Grits

  • 2 chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick grits
  • 1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese



INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat, cook the bacon until desired crispness. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet and sprinkle with cajun seasoning. Add garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until the shrimp is no longer pink. Then stir in 1/2 cup of chicken broth. I add red and green bell peppers in the end for a pop of color(optional)
  • To make the grits: Add the broth, butter, and salt to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and slowly add in the grits. Stir for about 5 minutes then stir in heavy cream until the grits are thick and bubbly. Stir in cheese and
  • Serve with the cajun garlic shrimp. Top with chopped scallions and parsley.

Soul Food Dish of the Day: Southern Caviar

The recipe for this episode is Southern Caviar. Chef Nancie’s southern take on a bean salad. For this recipe, we are using lots of fresh ingredients and fresh herbs!

Southern Caviar can be served as a dip, salad, vegetable side dish or salsa. It’s bursting with flavor and perfect for tailgating or a game-day party. A very delicious dish that you can eat with tortillas!

PREP TIME
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

INGREDIENTS

Dip Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups 15 oz can of drained and rinsed black-eyed peas
  • 15 ounces canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups fresh tomatoes finely chopped and drained, or a 15 oz can of drained and rinsed petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels or a 15 oz can of corn drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup Vidalia onion finely diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 medium yellow or orange bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 jalapenos seeds and ribs removed, finely diced, if you like heat include the seeds and ribs
  • ½ cup finely diced cilantro or parsley
  • 1 avocado seeded and chopped, *wait to add this until you are ready to serve

Dressing Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add all dip ingredients except the avocado to a large colander to drain. When the mixture has finished draining, add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • Combine the dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake well. Add to the dip and mix well.
  • Just before serving, add the avocado, taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed, and combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.
  • Store this dish tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. Leftovers are delicious and even better the next day. Do not freeze.

For more on Chef Nancie, visit her site here.

 

 

Step by Step: 5 Strategies to Help You Inspire and Develop Self-Discipline

 

We can set as many goals for ourselves as we want, but without self-discipline, our efforts will be fruitless. If you’ve found yourself in an unfavorable cycle recently of setting goals, making excuses not to reach them, and then feeling guilty when you don’t, the problem may not be that your goals are simply unreachable. It could just be that you lack self-discipline—for now. 

What is self-discipline, and why is it important for reaching goals? 

Self-discipline is the ability to control one’s behavior and feelings in the face of obstacles or temptations. So, for example, every time you go to the gym when you really, really don’t feel like it is you exercising self-discipline. 

This characteristic is essential for goal-setting and life because it allows you to remain in control despite the mental and physical barriers that may stand in your way. It’s okay to be honest with yourself if your level of self-discipline isn’t where you’d like it to be. 

Taking it step-by-step is the best way to develop this skill set over time, so here are five strategies you can use to inspire self-discipline and get on the right track towards your goals! 

1. Display your goals where you can see them. 

You’ll need some motivation to inspire you to stay disciplined, so a good place to start is visualizing your goals. Make a vision board, put your dreams on post-it notes, or whatever works best for you, but make sure they’re placed somewhere you can see them every day as a reminder to keep going. 

2. Push yourself outside the box more often. 

Reaching for new heights will be uncomfortable, but when you practice stepping outside of your comfort zone daily, you can learn to build more trust with yourself. Here are some examples below, but do what feels like a challenge to you: 

  • Go to the gym alone. 
  • Wake up earlier. 
  • Introduce yourself to someone interesting. 
  • Speak up more often in meetings or discussions. 

3. Set small goals. 

If you have a goal that feels overwhelming, break it down into smaller, attainable milestones. For example, do you want to stop eating out so much? Then try challenging yourself to not eat out during the week first and then work yourself up to the larger goal. 

4. Find accountability. 

There’s nothing like having someone else to encourage you and keep you on track. So ask a friend or someone close to take on the role of an accountability partner so that way you have a commitment to uphold for yourself and someone else. 

5. Remove the roadblocks. 

If you know that certain triggers or habits keep you away from your goals, then remove what you can control. Roadblocks could be going out with friends every weekend, having your phone on during work hours, or anything that keeps you distracted from doing what you know you need to do.

 

Remember, self-discipline is a skill that we can sharpen over a lifetime, so take it one step at a time, and you’ll be surprised to see how far you go!