Posts Tagged ‘sriracha’

Unrecipe of the Week: Avocado Cream

March 18, 2013

This rich, creamy topping is so delicious, it’s hard to believe that it is healthy and low in saturated fat. I’ve served it on simple broiled fish, but it is equally good with chicken, or as a dip for fresh vegetables. Try it on a toasted baguette with a little smoked salmon as an hors’doeuvres,or instead of mayonnaise in a sandwich.The options are endless!

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Avocado Cream:

Blend together 1 ripe avocado, a large dollop of fat free Greek yogurt,the juice of a small lemon, salt, and a few squirts of Sriracha, or Tabasco sauce until smooth. Serve with fish, chicken or vegetables, and enjoy!

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Power Couples

July 26, 2012

In any great coupling, each partner brings out the best in the other.
This is also true with food. Here a few foods that not only taste delicious, but enhance one another’s health benefits when eaten together:

Steak and rosemary:

The rosmarinic and carnosic acids in rosemary stop the cancer causing heterocyclic amines from forming on grilled meat.

Chop a few sprigs of rosemary and mix with olive oil, salt, ground black pepper, crushed garlic and balsamic vinegar to create a tasty marinade for steak and protect your body from the effects of grilling.

Salmon and Broccoli:

Many fish, such as salmon, are rich in selenium, which protects the thyroid and helps fight cancer.
Broccoli contains sulphoraphane, which makes the cancer fighting power 13 times stronger than if the fish were eaten alone. Mixing a spicy condiment, such as wasabi, can double the cancer fighting properties in the broccoli.

One of our favorite ways to enjoy salmon is to serve it with broccoli and soba noodles, in a brothy sauce made of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and a little sriracha hot sauce. A delicious meal, that wards off cancer!

Red Wine and Almonds:

The resveratrol in red wine and the high vitamin E levels in almonds thin the blood and help improve the flow of the blood vessels.

‘Nuf said.

Tea with Lemon:

The vitamin C in lemon enhances the absorption of catechins, the disease-fighting antioxidant in tea, which also burns fat.  Adding the lemon can enhance the absorption of the catechins by 300%! Try green tea for an extra wallop!

Spinach and Mushrooms:

Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin D, which helps the calcium in the spinach seep into your body to fortify the bones.

Sauté a diced shallot in a little olive oil and add the mushrooms. Cook until browned and the liquid they give off is absorbed. Add the spinach and season with salt and pepper. Mix until the spinach wilts. Add a squirt of lemon juice before serving and enjoy the flavor while strengthening your skeleton!

Add some of these simple to prepare power couples into your diet and reap the benefits of their relationship!

photos: Glasshouse Images

Unrecipe of the Week

February 25, 2012

Lately, it seems that every time I ask what to get at the fish market, the answer comes back “shrimp!”

It’s certainly a quick and easy ingredient that adapts to many different types of seasonings and preparations.  It’s extremely low in calories, and cooks up in a matter of minutes.

I went searching for inspiration for a new way to prepare them and found a recipe for Stir Fried Shrimp with Spicy Orange Sauce.

With a few little tweaks and substitutions to the original, here is our version of tonight’s dinner:

Sauteed Shrimp with Spicy Orange Sauce

In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, ¾ tablespoon of honey, 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar and 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce* and set aside.

Toss 1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined, in a little bit of cornstarch.

Sauté 2 cloves of fresh minced garlic, and some fresh minced ginger in a little canola or peanut oil until soft. (This will take less than a minute)

Add the shrimp, and sauté another 3 minutes or so, until they are cooked.

Add the sauce to the pan, and cook until it starts to thicken, about 2 more minutes.

Serve over brown rice and enjoy!

photo: Glasshouse Images                                           * sriracha is a hot Asian chili sauce,and is available at many supermarkets, and Asian food markets.


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