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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!!!!!!!

Que Tips #4: Hydration, Sugar Cravings, Healthy Shopping on a Budget

Hey Family!

Today, I wanted to deal with some issues I keep seeing in my inbox. Staying hydrated in way that makes you want to drink water. Dealing with sugar cravings daily, and what to eat that satisfies that craving, and finally, shopping healthy and not breaking the bank.

Well, check out the newest Cooking With Que episode by clicking here for all the details!

I also posted the Detox Water Recipe that I talk about on the show here.

If you find more suggestions, talk to me on any social media @ #CookingWithQue, I would love to hear from you!!!

Until next time, may your tastebuds by forever satisfied 

Que 🙂


Que Tips #4

Product of the Week: Vegan Egg

So I had to tell you guys about a new product that I tried. It’s called the Vegan Egg. This is a 100% plant based egg replacer. I remembered hearing of it, but I couldn’t find it in my local grocery store. Well, while I was grocery shopping for some items for a new Vegan Donut recipe, looked down the flour aisle, and low and behold I see some peculiar packaging. Very clever packaging too. It looks like a mini egg carton. I could have shed a tear. It’s in the flour aisle? I have been looking in the wrong place all along. Every non vegan I asked about this item, their response was to look by the eggs. It would be there if we had it. When I found this, my heart melted, and my day was made.

My first thought was, how is this gonna work? Didn’t really understand. First, I wanted to try it as an egg, so I whipped up an omelette, just to see if it would stick together. Nailed It (not tooting my own horn but.. It was delicious). The secret to this is not to over add the powder. The directions on the container is accurate, and realize the more you “whip it” (like the song.. haha) the fluffier it gets. So think about the food you want to make, and if you want it to be super fluffy or not.

So far, have made, omelettes, and donuts and it worked out perfectly. It’s your turn now. What recipe did you replace with the Vegan Egg. Snap a pic and tag me in it, @CookingWithQue! I’m super excited.

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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Que Tips #1 Substitutes for Shortening, Butter, and Sweeteners

#QueTips #1

Here are some #QueTips on small changes you can make in your kitchen that will make a big difference on your journey to Eat To Live! These are small changes that you can make to make a huge difference. We all know that we have to start somewhere.  Start with the things that you use the most. Here are a few of the items that I swapped out and the whole family made the adjustment, and without one complaint! 

Check out this video and see for yourself 🙂

Until next time, May your tastebuds be  forever satisfied!!

Que 🙂

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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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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