- “What type of oils & fats are used in the cooking at the resort?”
Edgar: “ We use vegetable oil in most of the cooking with less use of butter. Most of the butter is used for the desserts and pastries. Olive oil is available at the salad bar.”
- “What type of seasonings do you use to flavor the foods, common spices? Any salt or sugar added?”
Edgar: “Typical spices include saffron, curcumin, coriander, cilantro, and sofrito. Sofrito is a mixture of thyme, salt, mashed garlic, parsley, onion, green pepper, cilantro, tomatoes, tomato paste, and vinegar. It is added to many dishes to enhance the flavor and color.” “Sugar is only added to the sweets and dessert, it is not added to the natural juices made from fresh papaya, banana, and melon.”
- “If someone has a health condition or food allergy, can you accommodate their needs with changes in the preparation or foods served?”
Edgar: “Yes, guests can ask for special meals, based on their diet needs. We can accommodate for many health concerns if they reach out ahead of time. We will provide separate food choices apart from the buffets to accommodate specific diet concerns.
- “What is the local fish, you serve and recommend?”
Edgar: “Red snapper, mahi-mahi, grouper, shrimp, lobster are very popular and used locally at the resort and around Punta Cana. They are usually grilled, or used as part of a stew.”
I enjoyed discussing food options with Edgar, even though there was a language barrier, which kept our conversation short but thorough. The main reason for the discussion was to let readers know that there are healthy options available all over the world!
When it comes to buffets, many people are challenged to control their intake because of the copious choices available. Try to stay focused! Head straight to the salad and vegetable area 1st. Fill up ½-3/4 of your plate with vegetables and fruit. Limit yourself to a smaller portion of starch and protein. Stick to 1 plate and eat slowly savoring the delicious flavors. Stick to a small portion of dessert or practice the 3-bite rule. Take 3 bites, and leave the rest. Trust me, it's the 1st 3 bites that satisfy the craving! The more you practice these principles, the easier it gets, and the more you benefit. Learn to enjoy your travels without derailing your wellness goals. Let me know your thoughts? ...Happy Travels!
2 medium green peppers, seeds removed
1 red sweet pepper, seeds removed
4 medium onions, peeled
5-6 Aji gusto's, or sweet habaneros (not the spicy)
1 head of garlic, peeled
1 bunch cilantro leaves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp vinegar
Peel garlic, onions, and chop all ingredients. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and thoroughly blend ingredients to an even consistency. Place the mixture in a jar and refrigerate up to 2 weeks, or freeze for later use. Add to soups, stews, beans, and rice dishes.
Recipe Source: Epicurious