For spicy: Horseradish (about 1 & 1/2 tsp) & Hot sauce ex: siracha (about 1 tsp)
For garnish: Celery/ Okra/ Green olives
I like my bloody mary’s spicy! I play around with the ratios of these different ingredients so these amounts are just relative. It’s simple to make a restaurant quality bloody mary. Just taste it as you go along, and add to it accordingly.
I probably crave Chinese food more than any other type of food. It is my kind of comfort food so I’m excited to bring a healthy rendition of Hot & Sour soup to the menu!
I never attempt to cook traditional Chinese food because usually the ingredients must be bought from an Asian market, and there isn’t one near me. However, the ingredients for this healthy Hot & Sour soup can be bought at any grocery store.
Ingredients: Yields about 8 (2 c. servings)
2 Tbsp. Chicken bouillon
6 oz. Shiitake mushrooms
3/4 Yellow onion
1 & 1/2 Tbsp. Grated ginger
1 package firm/extra firm tofu
2 Green onions or scallions
2 eggs + 2 egg whites
5 Tbsp. Low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. Rice vinegar
1 & 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
Cayenne pepper to taste (for spiciness)
Ground black pepper to taste
Slice the mushrooms & yellow onion. I never chop the stems off the mushrooms
In a medium soup pot, saute the mushrooms & onion with sesame oil until slightly brown
Add 8 cups of water into the pot and bring to a boil
Grate the ginger. First shave off the outer skin with a carrot shredder then grate the ginger on a cheese grater. Thinly chop the green onions/scallions. Shred the carrots
Turn down heat. Add chicken bouillon to the broth then add carrots, scallions, & ginger
Add the soy sauce, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, cayenne, and pepper.
Beat the eggs & egg whites together. Slowly pour the egg into the soup
Chop the tofu into cubes and add to the soup. Continue cooking until tofu is heated.
This dish does not contain corn starch which is what makes the soup thick in a Chinese restaurant. Without it, the soup is healthier and it turned out to taste very similar to the traditional Hot & Sour soup without the thick consistency. The tofu and egg adds protein which makes this meal more filling. Enjoy!
Sometimes I just crave a typical house salad with ranch dressing. I found this great new all-natural ranch dressing made with yogurt. It has a small fraction of the amount of fat than traditional ranch dressing and tastes even better as it is not thick and artificial. Bolthouse Farms has a whole line of these yogurt dressings found in the chilled section.
Romaine, Green Leaf, or Butter Lettuce
Diced vine-ripened or roma tomato
Diced avocado (about 1/4 an avocado)
Bolthouse Farms Ranch dressing made with yogurt
Enjoy this refreshing, basic salad without the guilt of a fatty ranch dressing!
So I must say, this smoothie can be a little dangerous because it’s sooo good! I definitely treat this as a special treat and wouldn’t have it on a regular basis. BUT there’s a few tricks to keep it a healthy & protein-packed smoothie.
1 Frozen banana (peel, divide into chunks & freeze)
3/4 c. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 c. Plain greek yogurt
2 Espresso brew ice cubes (brew a pot of espresso roast coffee and pour into ice tray to freeze)
1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
6 nuts of your choice: I used almonds & walnuts
12 Dark chocolate (semi-sweet) chocolate chips or carob chips
Prepare & portion all ingredients to be blended together
Blend ingredients until smooth. Add more almond milk for a thinner texture
Enjoy this creamy smoothie in moderation. It’s the perfect protein-packed treat to satisfy a sweet tooth. This is also a smart substitution for a blended coffee drink, like a frappuccino, which would contain much more sugar and significantly less protein than this flavorful smoothie.