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It’s All About That PINK Baby!!!

“… all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. we are tied to the ocean. and when we go back to the sea ... we are going back to whence we came ...”

- john f. kennedy

Without salt we could not exist. As Chef Que would say - Let’s unlearn to relearn.

Our bodies need salt (sodium). Our cells are dependent on it. As Divine Creation, it's apart of our makeup. Think of sodium as 1 source of energy to our cells  -- that 1 source that must be at the perfect balanced ratio so we do not have too much or too little. 

Now I know, some of you may be thinking, What???!!! I’ve always been told sodium is NOT good for me. DON'T eat salt. DON'T use salt. And personally, I get so mad about it because my food taste so bland without it!!! Like, really? I don't want to just eat Blah! 

Ok, ok, ok, so there is some truth behind WHY we have heard phrases like this - but let me balance it out a bit --- too much salt for you is NOT good but too little is NOT good for you either.

And one more thing - the table salt - get rid of. THAT is bad for you. The Morton Lady With The Umbrella? — As the Music and Meatless Meals Fam says, DO PLEASE THROW SHADE!!!

Get Her Out of There!!!

but why you ask?!

Table salt is no bueno (not good)! It is Processed, which really means, There's No Life!!! If we're eating to live, and we are alive, then how does eating non-nutritious or lifeless food fit into the equation? In her Cooking Classes and Live Demonstrations, Chef Que asks the group - “Do we drink bleach for fun? (and I have to say that it is a very simple question to answer). Then why on Earth would you ingest bleach via salt?!” I know we didn’t know before - but now we do! So lets take some action and make a change, it’s toxic - it does NOT give us anything beneficial and dries you out. So since we’re not getting ANY LIFE, why are we eating that again?? - Exactly.

set a standard for yourself. it’s your body, you only get one - don't just put anything in it.

now. ladies and gents. introducing

-pink himalayan salt-

isn’t she pretty?

Soo0, my family??? We LOVE that PINK Baby! LoL, That pink himalayan salt. We discovered it about 1 year ago and as much as possible have not looked back. The only thing we ever substitute is with sea salt and we don’t like to do that if we can help it! I discovered a pinch goes a LONG way and it truly enhances the flavor of your food, not cover it. It is DELICIOUS! Anddddd it doesn't hurt that pink is one of my favorite colors. But, I think you’re gonna like what you hear next.

Pink Himalayan Salt, comes from a region of Pakistan near the Himalayas and they have some of the richest salt fields —- which is why rule number 1, when you’re looking for pink himalayan salt —-

BE SURE THE LABEL SAYS SOMEWHERE THAT IT’S FROM PAKISTAN!! There are fakes out there. Although you can purchase it from so many different places - including TJ MAXX, like the MMM Fam was saying … still - Be Curious. Read about it. Look up the brand. Find some credibility. Then make a decision. If in ATL, check out the DeKalb Farmer’s Market … it’s like $1 a lb and they sell it ungrounded as well, more in it’s natural state.

Next fun fact - it is said that pink himalayan salt has 84 trace minerals. Why does that matter? What is a trace mineral?

  • They are minerals that your body require in small amounts - think zinc, copper, magnesium ... some minerals are for our cells to function properly. We get minerals from plant, water and … for purposes of this discussion, the RIGHT kind of salt.

Minerals are essential in building strong bones and teeth, blood, skin and are needed for your body to work properly and to be of normal health.

Now I am definitely not saying get all of your minerals from pink himalayan salt … too much salt is STILL NOT GOOD for you. However pink himalayan salt is a much more balanced and healthy choice —- It does NOT EVEN COMPARE to table salt!!!

Well! Let this all marinate and make a change this week and look for that PINK!!! Add it to your pantry and I promise your taste buds will be so thankful for all the flavor it receives! I’ll leave with you 5 beneficial uses that sodium gives our body & remember -

Be balanced!!!

Jamila Akia

Because of its mineral contribution to our bodies Pink Himalayan Salt Benefits include:

  • Regulating your sleep
  • Improves brain function - helps keep it sharp.
  • Relieve muscle cramps - restore electrolytes to balance.
  • Assists muscular contraction - think your heart.
  • Control blood pressure and balances sugar levels in the blood.

Cooking With Que Show and Kale on TV?

So it's been a while since sent you guys an update, and I have soo much to share!!! We have launched the #CookingWithQueShow on our YouTube Channel, which has been going great, and is now being aired on #PublicTelevision locally (Oakland County Michigan)!

Check it out! You can check out the channel here 🙂

Our most recent episode is about the #KaleMinistry!  We give you the the real breakdown on Kale, I'm talking benefits, facts, and some recipes to jazz it up for ya!

Check it out!!! #Subscribe to the #CookingWithQue channel!

Thanks family!!!

Let me know what you think!!!!


Que 🙂

P.S. I'm in a great mood, so I'm sending out a FREE #VeganStarterKit grocery list for everyone!!!! Be on the look out!!!!!!!

Bok Choy

Do you ever see this in the grocery store and say hmmm...what’s that? And keep going? Well guess what… it’s BOK CHOY!!!!

For those who have never tried it, it’s a go to food of mine, if I want something that’s quick and filling.

Let me give you the basic details first ok.

100 grams of this leafy green is literally 13 calories. Did you hear me? I’m repeating this, 100 grams of this leafy green is 13 calories (shouts on the inside). So for a person that’s looking to drop a few pounds, you will be full, and excited about the taste of this vegetable.

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Meet Quiana “Que” Broden and learn the “Why” behind Cooking With Que

Soooo before you understand “Que” I gotta let you in on some things … ok?

The Why …

I have not been Vegan my whole life.  Surprised?  Don’t be.  It’s been a couple of years now.  And I mean a couple of GREAT, LIFE CHANGING YEARS.

10 years ago, I was a person with chronic sinus issues, always had bronchitis, like seriously; I could catch a full-blown cold in the middle of summer.  After a gazillion tests, copays, skin biopsies and even a lung biopsy – I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis and they found that I was allergic to DAIRY (yeah … tears were shed).  Due to the stage of this obnoxious Lung Disease and the aggressiveness of it, I was told that I needed to be put on steroids and that I would have to take them everyday for the rest of my life.  (WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?!…. were my words.. VERBATIM, to my pulmonary specialist)

My mind couldn’t fathom taking a drug that would deteriorate my kidneys and break me down – and I wasn’t even 30 yet?  All I could think about were my kids.  I refused to break myself down and kill myself with all of the prescribed drugs that I was going to have to take.  NO!!!!!! …… NoThankYou!!

So I did what any person would do … I searched for alternative holistic methods and recipes and that was how my healthy way of life started.

(For the record, I only take meds on occasion when I’m having major Sarcoid flare ups, outside of that… I don’t take STEROIDS DAILY AND I’M HEALTHY AS EVER!!!!  BOOM!!!)

The Vegan Transition … in a Land of MeatEaters

This came about by fluke of nature people! After the normal Thanksgiving – Christmas feasting… I was feeling tired, overly full, completely bloated and I honestly felt like I weighed as much as a Walrus (No Joke).  My body had enough and so I said … NO MORE. I NEED TO GO ON A 10 DAY CLEANSE!!!!! I had to reboot my insides.  I started #ColdTurkey (no pun intended).  It was immediate.  I told my family and I kept my word.

When my 10 days were up, I didn’t feel the need to go back. And guess what? Till this very day, I’m still on my cleanse!  LOL!

This body of mine is happy, healthy and doing it without anything that had a Momma!

My husband and kids are still MeatEaters, but they are healthy MeatEaters. They have minimal dairy (they don’t know it though) and eat chicken, turkey and seafood, No Pork and No Red Meats.  My grandparents … oh … let me tell you … they  sneak the kids burgers every now and then (smh) they think it’s a treat for them (and you can’t really tell an 80 & 83 year old what to do … it DOES NOT END WELL,  believe me I’ve tried!!!).

Now, being Vegan in a house full of MeatEaters is a normal way of life for me.  I cook some pretty awesome meals for my family everyday and “Cooking With Que” is the space I have created to show people from any kitchen, healthy ways to satisfy everyone at the table.

So, Welcome Family!!!!!!!


Is Eating Healthy Expensive?

Why does it cost so much to eat healthy? Why? Why can I get a burger for $.99, but if I want a salad it's like $7.00. These are the types of questions I get all the time. So of course, if I hear it, I know that there are people that are thinking the same thing and want answers.

We live in a society where everyone loves instant gratification so food chains, have recognized that and are capitalizing off of it. Is it wrong? Meh. They go after consumers who want to be satisfied instantly, and it works.

Walking into a grocery, the food in the inner isles are cheaper than the food around the perimeter of the store. Let me break that down. Canned veggies are way cheaper than fresh veggies. It’s crazy, I know. It’s the truth though.

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Quick Eggplant Recipe for Dinner #Vegan or Not!

Eggplant is a Fruit that everyone thinks if a vegetable, and on top of that, many of us walk by it because its not a normal item that people cook everyday in a regular household.

That’s all about to change after today. This recipe is super simple, and easy.  It tastes pretty fricking amazing. My husband is not an Eggplant lover, but he ate it, and said, “Make it like this every time.”  That my friends is sign that I did my job! LOL!  The kids #HulkSmashed it as well!  I feel pretty accomplished!

Its great for you too! Eggplant is a great source of dietary fiber, Vitamin B1 and Copper. This fruit is loaded with manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate and vitamin K. (more…)

Eggplant is a Fruit?!

At first glance, you notice the beautiful deep purple color. It looks more like a work of art than a vegetable. The eggplant is regal, I imagine the eggplant being high society in the fruit world.

Eggplants belong to the nightshade family of fruit, which also includes tomatoes, sweet peppers and potatoes. They grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height. While the different varieties do range slightly in taste and texture, one can generally describe the eggplant as having a pleasantly bitter taste and spongy texture.

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Food Allergies, Dietary Needs, ASK QUESTIONS!!

Hi, welcome to my world. I have sarcoidosis, I’m allergic to dairy, yes that means milk, eggs, cheese, etc. Oh yeah and I’m also Vegan. My friends call me #SmallPrint (rude), but it's true!

Imagine going out to dinner with me? LOL!

I’m usually the last person to order, because I take longer, the waiter/waitress usually has to go talk to the chef to double check ingredients, because they NEVER know what is in what. We must go through this process because they don’t want to be the reason someone has to use an epipen on me in their establishment (lol, its not funny.. But it's true, lol).

Being a person with allergies, or dietary restrictions, is not the easiest thing to live with. You can’t just say hey I’m gonna go grab some fast food, for fear of cross contamination plus you never know what all of the ingredients are and so on.

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My Saturday Morning Go To – Redskins

Hey Family 🙂

This is a super simple recipe that can be used for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. In our house, Saturday mornings this is the go to.

Redskins are my choice of potato because when I cook them, I leave the skin on. The skin is thin and filled with nutrients, fiber, b vitamins, iron and potassium, just to name a few.

What’s crazy is that half the fiber in this potato comes from the actual skin!!!

So leave that skin on, and get to cooking 🙂

Click here for the full recipe.

Try it out for yourself, and like I always say, my tastebuds and your tastebuds are different, so season it to taste!

When you make it, snap a pic and tag me on Instagram, #CookingWithQue.

Until next time, may your tastebuds be Forever Satisfied!



Baked Redskins

The Funniest Vegan Grocery Shopping Trip Ever

Listen, it's the day before Labor Day and one of my great friends, Damon Johnson, decides he wants to do the #357VeganChallenge. Please understand that he does not like to follow rules. He wants to do it now, not when he is supposed to, the last week of the month. He wants to do it right after the holiday, and he wants me to be his personal grocery shopper ( I didn’t even know that was in my title)!

Now, this all sounds well, but he picked a day where I have no staff; I have my 2 sons and that’s it. My daughter was at Grandma's, my Husband was sleeping, Liz was in a different state, and both of my peeps, Jordette and Angelyn, were on completely opposite sides of town.

I know my son who just turned 14 was not the videographer of choice for this this experience, but sometimes you have to make it work.  He was not prepared for us, because when Damon and I get together, it’s a spontaneous combustion of, personalities, attitude, fun… actually I don’t even know what to call it. IT’S FANTASTICAL!!!!

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