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Discovery Health "Just Cook This" Review

Did you catch last night's episodes of Discovery Health's "Just Cook This"? The first episode was Mexican Food Day and he created a super simple Fresh Mango Taco that I am dying to try. Yum! Sam, the star of Just Cook This, took a flour tortilla and spread a small amount of butter on both sides, then sprinkled them with a sugar/cinnamon combo.

Next, he heated them in a skillet until they were slightly crisp around the edges. Once they were heated, he added a few tablespoons of vanilla ice cream, fresh mango, and freshly-squeezed lemon juice, then topped with honey. Finally, he sprinkled powdered sugar on the top.

I don't know about you, but I'm salivating just thinking about it! You can grab the recipe for this decadent dessert at Discovery Health - Fresh Mango Tacos.

The second episode was Fresh Vegetables and Sam made up three tasty-looking dishes. One was for Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese. I'm not all that fond of goat cheese, so I'd probably switch to a pungent bleu cheese or maybe even a fresh parmesan. He also whipped up a Grilled Vegetable Sandwich that I will definitely be trying in the not-to-distant future.

As far as the show goes, overall it's pretty good and definitely entertaining. Sam is rather quirky, but in a good way. I like the way the show includes humor and reality. He isn't allowed to show food labels and always makes a big deal out of covering them up. Sometimes his dogs walk into the kitchen and the cameraman temporarily focuses on them. His kids come in and eat the food. Kinda makes you feel like you're hanging out with a friend.

The recipes he shares look really good and are easy to make. He offer some great tips and uses every day things for kitchen gadgets. For instance, in last week's episode he made Mediterranean Chicken Wraps. He placed the chicken in a plastic zip top bag and added some olive oil, spices, and lemon juice. Then he used the bottle of olive oil to flatten out the chicken breast. Good idea!

I made the chicken breasts last night and used the technique. It worked really well. Much better than beating them with a hammer ;-) And yes, I do know there are meat mallets out there, I just haven't taken the time to go buy one. Now, I don't need to as the bottle of olive oil has come to the rescue!

If you haven't already done so, check out Just Cook This on Discovery Health. It airs every Thursday evening at 8 PM EST. For more information about the show, click here to visit Just Cook This website.