Category: Cooking technique

Guide | Grilled Rice

Guide | Grilled Rice

A how to guide to grilled rice, reinventing your grill guard with a classic Japanese technique!

Intro

It is the best time of year right now because, for starters it’s not winter. The second most important reason is because it is grill weather! It doesn’t get much more exciting than getting to channel your inner primitive instincts to make a fire and then cook everything on it. When you and all of the other goons at the gym get together and think about firing up the grill of course the first question that comes to mind is “What type of meat do we want?” Now pause right there and channel your inner jiujiteiro and use your creativity to change up the game. We are going to take a look at something besides meat and vegetables for the grill, rice. This is a guide to grilled rice, not only is it a delicious and simple addition to all of your weekend cook outs but

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Guide | DIY Pickling

Guide | DIY Pickling

A guide to pickling, a break from BJJ videos is sometimes needed.

Intro

Some people say cucumbers taste better pickled. I say most all vegetables taste better pickled. Have you ever had a plain piece of seared salmon with some brown rice and a side of steamed broccoli for dinner? Of course you have, and probably way more often than you would like to admit. This guide is not to say to stop eating that but is to improve on that one word we all hate, “boring.” We all hit peaks and valleys when it comes to our training and the same goes for our taste buds. If we have the same meal the same way too often we get stagnant with it and are no longer enjoying eating, what is the point of living if we aren’t doing that? Well one great way that is easy, affordable and is general fun to do is to pickle your own vegetables. Adding them to some of your mainstay dishes for a nice change of pace that will really revive the meal and awaken your taste buds! Also they aren’t horrible for you either. Soon enough instead of salivating over seeing a dry aged rib eye at the butcher counter and thinking about it seared to a nice medium rare you will find yourself staring at the produce isle and being flooded with thoughts of what flavors you would use to pickle each and every vegetable. With this guide to pickling you will add as much technique to your cooking game as you have within your BJJ game!

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Guide | DIY Dried Fruits

Guide | DIY Dried Fruits

A how-to guide to making your own dried fruit, its different than hang drying your gi.

Intro

This time of year, unless you are in the lucky states that only have two seasons, marks the start of delicious fruit, berry and vegetable seasons. With these seasons upon us we must be prepared to really capitalize on getting the most out of it. I don’t mean just in the moment either, think of setting up submissions, do you really expect the first one you try will work? No, you use it to set up the next move, worse case scenario, you get the benefits right away but I like to always be thinking 10 steps ahead. Thus getting ready for all these fresh produce, I am planning on enjoying them year round by making my own dried fruits, berries and vegetables. You can also join me for the ride with this how to guide on dried fruit.

Why make your own dried fruit?

The art of drying fruit is a fantastic practice that has been around for longer than most of the things around you currently besides water and air.

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Guide | Cooking with Protein Powder

Guide | Cooking with Protein Powder

How to guide to cooking with protein powder because drinking it gets boring.

Intro

These days almost everyone’s using protein powders of some sort within their day, or they should be. They are affordable, easy to use, and super beneficial for our health and training. If you aren’t yet, stop right now, quit buying rash guards and gis and go buy some protein powder and a shaker. It’ll change your game much more than having a new gi. Now that you have your protein powder, first off let me welcome you to the club, welcome. I drink at least two different shakes a day, every day, I wont lie to you, it gets tiring and gross some days. Then I saw articles about a revolutionary way to still get my protein intake but not in liquid form. So just like with BJJ techniques, I would like to share with you what I know with this how to guide. It was a no brainer and right up my alley, cooking with protein powder.

Why to cook with protein powder?

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Review | Hummus

Review | Hummus

A review of hummus, your new favorite meal time training partner.

Summary:

Hummus, a wonderfully useful product that is widely available, cheap, and delicious. Oh and it is beneficial on multiple levels for our active lifestyles. But to look at “Hummus” we need to look into the core of it, Garbanzo beans, more commonly known as chick peas.  In this review of hummus, we are focusing on store bought over homemade hummus. Why is that? Because I will bet 99% of BJJ tacticians don’t have chickpeas just hanging out on a regular basis in their kitchen. Plus hummus is delicious and a staple in my meal plan.

General Information

To understand hummus we need to break it down into the most basic of terms.

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Guide | Avocado 101

Guide | Avocado 101

Save the berimbolo back take drills for the mats, today lets look into Avocado techniques in the kitchen with this how to guide.

Intro

I am not writing a diet plan here, I am here to help you live happier and train harder by eating better! But more importantly imagine while reading this post you are sitting around your instructor in class as he is teaching you the details of a super badass closed guard submission. This same theory can be applied to food and today the focus of our technique is the wonderfully versatile, must have fruit, The Avocado.

Give me the facts! 

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Review | Yogurt

Review | Yogurt

A review of yogurt, one of the most versatile white belt of the food world out there.

Summary:

Yogurt, no matter what style we are talking about, is chalk full of beneficial qualities for everyday grapplers to stay at home call of duty all stars. No matter what your activity level is, you can benefit from yogurt.In this review you will find that yogurt is made many different ways from all sorts of “milks” whether its dairy based from cows, or non-dairy based from soy beans. Either way as long as it contains heated “milk” and starter culture which is lactic acid bacteria, its yogurt, and its provides us with health benefits.

 General Information

What is Yogurt? Simply put yogurt is a very old recipe that probably originated when someone left some milk out in too warm of an area.

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Guide | DIY Trail Mix

Guide | DIY Trail Mix

A how to guide to DIY trail mix, snacking often and eating well does not have to be hard anymore.

Intro

When it comes to our daily food intake we all kind of slip up in the “snacking” category. Whether that means we are eating the wrong foods there, spending too much money on snacks or worse, not eating at all! A quick and easy fix that can be fun, and very beneficial to our training and daily lives is to be making our own trail mixes! Trail mix packs a punch of nutrients. As far as snacking goes there is no better route in my opinion than a well tailored trail mix that is full of proteins, sugars, carbs, antioxidants, and omega-3s. You cannot go wrong especially when it tastes damn good too. It’s shockingly easy, affordable, and efficient, now let’s roll into this how to guide on making your own trail mix.

Why make your own trail mix?

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Guide | Overnight Oatmeal-Plata

Guide | Overnight Oatmeal-Plata

A how to guide to overnight oatmeal, making breakfast that much easier.

Intro

When we think of our day as a whole there are a few key questions we must ask ourselves. What time is training? What am I going to eat today and when will I have time to do so? We all live a very packed day and the process of cooking is time consuming, especially for the most important meal of the day, breakfast. But alas with this guide it does not have to be such a chore with a few key, time saving techniques that actually result in delicious and nutrition meals that take no time at all and can be taken on the go. Thus the revolutionary concept of overnight oatmeal that requires no cooking and has options for days! If flavor combos were to be compared to submissions known, this concept would win ADCC.

What is overnight oatmeal?

If you look at the name itself its pretty easy to get one step of the recipe down. Besides being an easy, high-protein, natural sugar and fiber filled way to start the day? It is a method of “cooking” oatmeal overnight in the refrigerator without having to actually do any work besides combining some ingredients in a jar and letting them sit overnight. Hell some combos will even hold for 2 – 4 days based on what you mix in with your oatmeal. So what the technique is in short is the combination of:

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Guide | Bulk Roasting Vegetables

Guide | Bulk Roasting Vegetables

A how to guide to bulk roasting vegetables, work smarter, not harder.

Intro

When it comes to cooking dinner for myself after training the last thing I want is for it to take more than 20 minutes, hell after some training sessions even 5 minutes is too long.  In short after training I am very hungry and in turn impatient. But alas I know this about myself so I set myself up for success early in the week. I set out usually on Monday or Tuesday morning to stream line my dinners. It is Winter here in New York and for me that means bold, filling flavors and what better way to achieve that than with roasted vegetables!

What I do is I prepare my vegetables for the week in one day. I dedicate 20 minutes to an hour based on what I picked up at the store to roasting vegetables and portioning them for ease of use throughout the week. This way you do not need to fuss about having just boiled peas or steamed broccoli every night just because it is quick. With this how to guide you should be able to enjoy dinner and eating in general while getting the benefits that come from it. I look at dinner as a reward for all of the training I have done in that given day. 

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