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3 Turmeric Recipes For The Kitchen-Savvy

There is much about turmeric that is worthy of raves – not just for health, but in the kitchen as well. In fact, Marco Polo recorded notes about this spice on his diary while he was in China in 1280 AD, saying “There is also a vegetable which has all the properties of true saffron, as well as the smell and the color, and yet it is not really saffron.” For over 700 years now, turmeric has been substituting saffron, the world’s most expensive spice.

Perhaps the most noteworthy component of turmeric is curcumin, a curcuminoid that is responsible for giving the spice its yellow color.

Like other important herbs and spices (such as tulsi), turmeric is a principal herb in Ayurveda, Indian’s ancient holistic health system.

Today you can find turmeric in the spice aisle of most supermarkets, but know that turmeric powder bought from the grocery does not necessarily come from high-quality organic herbs or manufactured through certified organic methods.

However, a pure, organic turmeric source would be very easy to use in the kitchen and household, with a handful of recipes shared around on the Web to celebrate the taste and effects of this ingredient. Here are three of them.

Broken Thermostat Curry

From AllRecipes.com

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion, chopped,
  • 5 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium yam, peeled and diced
  • 7 small red potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Procedure:

  1. Puree the onion and carrots in a food processor or blender until finely ground.
  2. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the garlic until fragrant and lightly browned. Pour in the carrot puree, bring to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in diced tomatoes, water, yam, red potatoes, and cauliflower. Season with turmeric, curry powder, cumin, garam masala, cayenne, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Simmer until potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.

Authentic Saag Paneer

From AllRecipes.com

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch fenugreek leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ pound paneer, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon, grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Salt to taste

Procedure:

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook spinach and fenugreek in the boiling water until wilted, about 3 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a food processor. Puree until finely chopped, about 5 pulses.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry paneer cubes, stirring constantly until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in the skillet and fry the cumin seeds until lightly toasted and aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add onion, and then cook and stir until onion begins to soften, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in ginger, garlic, tomato, garam masala, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir until tomatoes break down and onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in spinach and fenugreek, cream, paneer cubes, and salt to taste. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Easy Chicken Korma

From AllRecipes.com

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mango chutney
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 1 two-quart baking dish.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onions in oil until soft.
  3. Place onion, yogurt, mango chutney, garlic, turmeric, chili powder, and garam masala into the bowl of a food processor. Process into a smooth sauce. Achieve the consistency of thick cream. Add a bit of water or yogurt to thin it if needed.
  4. Spread chicken into prepared baking dish, and pour the onion sauce over the chicken.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle sliced almonds over the top, and serve.

Sonya Rashad is a food blogger who is also a health and fitness enthusiast. She loves cooking with spices like turmeric not only for their much-celebrated taste, but also their health value.

Paleo Diet Meal Ideas That Taste Great!

The paleo diet involves a lifestyle of food that matches similar items eaten during the early existence of humans. These foods include items that can be hunted or found like meats, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds. This diet also removes agricultural items like grains. However, just because pasta’s not on the menu, doesn’t mean you can’t eat great tasting meals while on the plan.

 

Breakfast

Cut an avocado in half and remove the seed. Scrape out just a small amount of the avocado flesh (about 1 to 2 tablespoons) enough to fit one egg. Crack an egg directly into the avocado bowl. Place in a 425 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until egg white sets. Sprinkle with your favorite herbs like chives or cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.

 

Lunch

For an easy lunch with a Mediterranean food from Boston flare, make Greek-style wraps using turkey and paleo-friendly Greek dressing. Lay down a collard greens leaf as your bread. Layer with turkey, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, fresh oregano and any other vegetables you personally like. Drizzle on the Greek dressing and fold into a portable healthy lunch.

 

Dinner

Wings are king, and buffalo chicken wings are easily made paleo. Roast plain chicken wings with salt and pepper in the oven at 400 degrees for about an hour. Place on a baking rack in the roasting pan for crispness. Once done simply toss with your favorite paleo friendly wing sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot sauce) mixed with two tablespoons melted butter.

 

Snack

For a simple paleo snack sprinkle raw pepitas with curry powder and garlic salt and roast in the oven at 325 for 12 to 15 minutes. Stir the seeds partway through for even browning and to prevent burning.

 

Dessert

Desserts can be made paleo with the right ingredients. For chocolate mousse, place a can of coconut milk in the fridge until the cream separates from the water. Use a spoon to remove the cream from the coconut milk and place in a food processor with 1 cup of dates. Strain the mixture through a sieve and set aside. Melt on low heat 5 ounces of your favorite paleo-friendly chocolate. Fold the melted chocolate along with 1 teaspoon vanilla to the coconut-date mixture. Place in fridge until mixture firms.

 

Add these paleo ideas into your weekly meal plan to elevate your eating plan, as well as feel free to make changes to customize each meal to your own tastes.

Turkey Tricks: Five Ways To Use Turkey That You’ve Never Tried

 

Turkey can be a wonderful star of any meal; however, the traditional turkey dinner is rather labor intensive and the traditional options for serving up turkey can get a bit tiresome. If you seem to have fallen into a routine with how you serve turkey, it may be time to mix things up.

 

Omelets

 

 

When people think of turkey, they generally have a vision of it as a dinnertime food. However, it can be easy to start off the day with turkey incorporated into breakfast in the form of an omelet.

 

 

Turkey-stuffed omelets can kick off your day with a healthy dose of protein while delivering great flavor. Add shitake mushrooms, spinach, cheddar cheese to round things out for a delicious and healthy omelet. If you are feeling like adding a little extra crunch to your turkey omelet, try adding a little bit of bacon.

 

 

Macaroni and Cheese

 

 

When people think of macaroni and cheese, most view it as a side dish. However, adding turkey to it can take it from being an accompaniment to the star of any meal.

 

 

Whether you are preparing macaroni and cheese from scratch or getting a little help from a prepackaged mac ‘n’ cheese, turkey can boost the dish. Make it spicy by adding a bit of crushed red pepper. Create a rather healthy version by loading up the dish with turkey, broccoli, carrots and a variety of other vegetables. Or you can even move it toward a more gourmet dish by adding truffles along with the turkey.

 

 

Burritos

 

 

Kid-friendly and fun, burritos often are made with red meat. However, turkey can provide a healthy twist on this family favorite.

 

 

Serve up with refried beans, and you have an easy and delicious meal that should please even the pickiest of eaters.

 

 

Manicotti

 

 

Often, ground meat such as beef, pork or veal are used in manicotti. However, turkey or a combination of turkey and spinach can transform this traditional dish into a fresh new favorite.

 

 

For a decadent version, try utilizing three cheeses rather than simply the traditional ricotta cheese. This will create a rich-tasting version of the dish.

 

 

For a healthier version, swap out the regular ricotta for a lower fat version. This will provide the flavor with less guilt.

 

 

Tomato Soup

 

While it is not uncommon to incorporate turkey into a variety of soups, less common is the turkey-tomato soup. Chunks of turkey can add a richness of depth. To make it even heartier, add elbow macaroni.

 

 

While turkey may not normally be considered the most exciting ingredient, venders such as Harvestland can offer you turkey options that can really alter your family and friends’ opinions of this sometimes bland white meat.

 

 

Soft, Light And Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe For The Holidays

Now that we’ve enjoyed Thanksgiving, we are down to the last holiday (and last month) of the year – Christmas! If you didn’t eat too much during November you will still have space to enjoy more holiday treats for the coming season.

Going back to basics, there is nothing like homemade Sugar Cookies – one of my personal favorites – to put you in the mood for a good book and a glass of milk. Below is my secret recipe for making a batch of the best sugar cookies ever!

2 sticks of butter

1 cup of organic sugar

¼ teaspoon of salt

3 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of vanilla

¼ cup of skim milk

2 teaspoons of baking powder

¼ cup of light corn syrup

Turbinado sugar (for sprinkling)

Organic powdered sugar (for dusting cutting board)

Take the butter out of the refrigerator and place it on the counter to soften to room temperature. If you don’t want to wait, place it in the microwave for 10 – 15 seconds on defrost. While waiting for the butter to soften, measure out the three cups of flour and sift into the bowl. Add salt and baking powder; mix until these ingredients are thoroughly blended.

Place the butter in the mixer bowl and add the sugar, corn syrup, skim milk and vanilla. Mix until the batter is smooth and creamy and there are no lumps. Add the flour mixture to this in thirds until the batter is firm but still soft. Remove the bowl with the batter and place in the refrigerator. Allow the dough to chill for an hour.

Now for the fun part! While the dough is chilling you can use your creativity to make some very interesting cookies with unusual cookie cutters (if you want plain round ones, you may simply go along with that). You can choose cookie cutters in the form of gingerbread men, seasonal, holiday shapes or anything you wish.

For a real treat, you can make 3-D animal cookies with special cookie cutters. The packs come with a choice of several animals; all with three to four cutters for the legs, head and body of the animal. They are very simple to assemble and you can purchase them at any art supply store.

When the dough is chilled remove it from the refrigerator and roll it out on a cutting board lightly dusted with organic powdered sugar. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter. If you aren’t the rolling pin type (and I’m not!) form the dough in one inch balls in your hand and place on the cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand so that the cookies don’t rise too high. This is a faster method than using a rolling pin.

Place the cookies in a preheated oven at 375° and bake for 8 – 10 minutes, or until slightly brown around the edges. This yields 4 ½ dozen cookies.

This recipe omits eggs all together and is good for people on a low cholesterol diet. Adding milk and corn syrup make the cookies chewy and soft.

+Paul Reichman is the founder of BedBathStore. Using decades of experience in home fashion, Paul offers quality bed, bath and home furnishings through www.bedbathstore.com.

Why You Should Eat Organic To Reduce Your Chances Of Food Poisoning

Food poisoning can be a very serious issue, it brings with it major health concerns and can even cause death in some cases. If you think you have food poisoning it can be helpful to make sure you get the proper medical treatment. The last thing you want is to have to treat your sickness all by yourself, getting the proper medical treatment is extremely crucial.

Some of the easiest ways to limit your chances of getting food poisoning are to eat more organic foods, and be aware of where your food is coming from. When you eat higher quality foods these foods will naturally have less exposure to harmful chemicals and other bacterias that are given a chance to pollute less quality foods.

In this article we’re going to cover the reasons you should eat organic food to reduce your chances of getting food poisoning, and the steps you should take if you happen to get food poisoning.

Why do organic foods do better at preventing food poisoning?

Over 40 million people get some form of food poisoning every single year, and that’s just the number of cases that are reported. If you attempt to include unreported cases of food poisoning that number would be much higher. Some of the largest contributors to this number are meats such as chicken and beef. Aside, from meats other greens such as spinach and salad mixes also contribute to that high number.

Foods that are organic have stricter requirements for their growth, production and manufacturing. These regulations end up making it harder for food borne illnesses and bacteria to spread. Also, food that is grown in an organic manner tends to be healthier, due to those same standards.

How can I reduce my risk of food poisoning?

There are a few different ways you can minimize your risk of getting food poisoning. For instance, when you prepare your food always ensure that you wash your hands before and after handling any meat, or even any food whatsoever. Also, make sure that you always wash all fruits and vegetables before you eat or cook them.

Ensure that you always cook your meats to the recommended temperature, undercooked meat is a big contributor to food poisoning. Bacteria’s that cause illness cannot survive past a certain temperature, so cooking your meat past that point will go a long way towards making your food safer.

What steps should I take if food poisoning does occur?

I hope this article has been helpful and you have a better idea of why you need to eat more organic foods in your life. Besides the health reasons of eating more organic foods, they can also lower you and your families chances of contracting a food borne illness, or food poisoning. Remember, if you do get food poisoning seek medical treatment as soon as possible, this will increase your chances of having a smooth recovery.

The biggest contributor to food poisoning is obviously the treatment of your food, so do whatever is in your power to minimize your risk. This includes buying healthier foods, and utilizing safe and effective preparation and cooking procedures.

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/08/health/foodborne-illness-101/

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at The McMinn Law Firm, a personal injury law firm in Austin, Texas. Zane did not enjoy the last time he got food poisoning at a restaurant.

Top Ten New Year’s International Foods to Bring You Luck.

Every country and culture has its own traditions about what to eat on New Year’s Day in order to bring them luck.  We have gathered the top ten International food dishes that are considered both delicious and lucky!

1)      Hoppin’ John.  This traditional New Year’s dish of the American South consists of black eyed peas cooked with bacon and served over white rice.  No self-respecting Southerner would dream of starting out the New Year without a heaping plate of this for breakfast.  Just have the Beano ready . . .

2)      Mango with sticky rice.  In Thailand the New Year doesn’t actually begin until April, when the farmers traditionally begin flooding their rice fields to plant their first crop of the year.  Mangoes ripen the same month, and there are vendors everywhere selling sliced mango with a lump of sticky rice on the side, all covered by sweet coconut syrup – the whole thing served on a fresh banana leaf.  If you share the dish with your boyfriend/girlfriend it is guaranteed you’ll be married before the year is out.

3)      Fried chicken feet.  In southern China the New Year is feted with fireworks, rice wine, and fried chicken feet.  The Chinese eat the whole foot, bone and cartilage and all, and will tell you it tastes delicious and is very good luck.  Reports from foreigners who try it vary – some say it tastes like burnt toast but otherwise is harmless; others have had to go to the local ER to have their stomachs pumped due to the bone fragments.  Apparently, it’s all a matter of mastication.

4)      Ha’penny pudding.  In Great Britain they make a sort of mincemeat pie without the crust, and hide a coin inside it.  Everyone is served a portion of the pudding on New Year’s Day and whoever gets the piece with the coin will be blessed with good luck all year.  In Scotland the thrifty people have replaced the coin with a small gherkin.

5)      Raw calf liver with citrus chutney.  Argentina is a meat-eating country, since they produce more beef and export more beef than any other country in the Western Hemisphere.  So it makes sense they would celebrate New Year with plenty of good red meat.  But exactly why you have to eat your liver raw is unclear – most Argentines say it is a native custom that the Spaniards kept on.  The citrus chutney, made of grated lemons, oranges, grapefruit, and imported bergamot from Italy, mixed with fiery chili peppers, is said to discourage the flu bug; children are often given it as a cold medication when they come down with the sniffles.

6)      Beery chicken.  Take one whole chicken, drown it in a gallon of Foster’s overnight, and then stew it and serve with parsnips – that’s the way to woo Lady Luck in Australia.  Australian sheep shearers, who pretty much live on a diet of mutton and Foster’s Ale all year long, have been known to go on strike if they don’t get their beery chicken on New Year’s Day.

7)      Poutine.  This Canadian staple is not exactly touted as a good luck charm on New Year’s Day.  Instead, it is prepared for all those unfortunates who overindulged the night before and are now suffering from a hangover; it is purported to cure hangovers in a trice.  Poutine is made of French fries covered with melted cheese curds and brown gravy.  If you can stomach such a disgusting mess on New Year’s Day you probably deserve some good luck.

8)      Palm grubs.  Now this one is on shaky ground.  Expats who live in Cambodia swear that the native population chop down dead palm trunks on New Year’s Day to extract the large, pasty white, beetle grubs that infest it, and eat them raw, with relish.  This may be a holdover from the famine times Cambodia experienced during the 70’s and 80’s, but the Khmer natives we have spoken with disavow any such disgusting tradition.  This is probably a case of expats pulling some travel writer’s leg.

9)      Reindeer steak.  Norwegians celebrate the New Year with a large, juicy steak provided by their northern neighbors, the Laplanders.  It’s extremely expensive, and so only the well-off can afford to have it.  Still, those Norwegians in humbler circumstances manage to get ahold of some ground up reindeer meat to make “kjottebolle”, or meatballs, for their New Year’s Day supper.  Eaten with boiled potatoes and lingonberry relish.

10)   Devil pasties.  In South Africa housewives pride themselves on making the spiciest devil pasty in the neighborhood.  A holdover from the days when Cornish miners worked the gold and diamond mines, the pasty is a fried pie with a filling inspired by spices brought over by Indian indentured servants during the 19th century.  If it doesn’t coat your tongue with ash, goes the South African saying, you won’t be getting any good luck for the New Year.

Living In Canada: 6 Canadian Drinks And Foods That You’ll Want To Try

One of the best things about spending time in a foreign country is the chance it provides to sample new flavours and to experience new foods. If you’re moving to Canada then you’ll have plenty of time to experience the meals and drinks that are popular throughout the country. Here are six favourite Canadian flavours that are loved by residents and by tourists:

Maple Syrup

Something of a Canadian staple, maple syrup can be added to sweet and savoury dishes. It’s enjoyed as an addition to mashed potato, it’s used to cover pancakes, it’s added to porridge, used as a dip for fresh fruit, drizzled over ice cream and served with sausages. It’s also used to make sweets and to flavour cakes, and can be used as a coating for popcorn or a glaze for meat or fish. 85% of the world’s maple syrup is produced in Canada.

Tim Hortons’ Hot Chocolate

Tim Hortons’ famous hot chocolate has a rich, creamy flavour and is a very satisfying drink. Tim Hortons is a Canadian fast food restaurant serving sandwiches, snacks and drinks and on the menu you’ll find varieties of hot chocolate ranging from the traditional cocoa drink to flavours including vanilla, toffee, caramel, mint and hazelnut. There are also seasonal favourites including gingerbread and the much-loved Candy Cane flavour with white hot chocolate, mint flavouring and coloured sprinkles.

Butter Tarts

Another Canadian speciality, the butter tart is a dessert tart made with butter, syrup, egg and sugar in a flaky pastry. Traditionally, raisins are added. The recipe for the butter tart varies across Canada, with many families having made their own modifications. Often, additional ingredients include nuts, coconut, currants, butterscotch, peanut butter, maple syrup and chocolate.

Canadian Bacon

Authentic Canadian bacon is a lean roasted joint that has been rolled in cornmeal. It tastes fresh and is unsmoked. You might think that a joint of meat is best served as an evening meal, but many Canadians also serve Canadian bacon with pancakes and maple syrup as a breakfast dish.

Beaver Tails

As their name would suggest, Beaver Tails are flat pastry snacks in the shape of a beaver’s tail. They’re fried like a doughnut, and typically topped with butter. Then, Canadians add anything from cinnamon or chocolate to dried banana slices, pieces of fudge, nuts, fresh pieces of fruit, Nutella and, of course, maple syrup. Lemon can also be drizzled over an untopped Beaver Tail, or used as an accompanying flavouring.

Poutine

Poutine is a Canadian fast food dish made of chips, gravy and cheese curds. It’s certainly not healthy, but it is surprisingly satisfying. Poutine has long been a Quebec staple, but it’s now becoming more popular across the country and has recently been added to the menu of all Canadian McDonalds restaurants.

You don’t have to be living in Canada to try these meals and drinks. Thanks to online shops and the fact that many ingredients are available elsewhere, it’s possible to try these popular flavours without ever entering Canada. Have you got a favourite Canadian dish? Do you have any to add to this list? Why not comment with your thoughts?

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Susan Lewis is a cookery blogger originally from England, and now lives in Canada preparing authentic Canadian dishes for the whole family.

Four Simple, Tasty Recipes for New Year’s Weight Loss

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. This resolution is achievable by eating foods that create energy, boost the metabolism and burn fat. Food such green tea, cabbage, eggs and blueberries are known for producing energy and enhancing the metabolism.

Green Tea Smoothie

The recipe for a green tea smoothie calls for ¾ cup of cold green tea, 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of agave nectar, 1 diced pear, 2 tablespoons of plain, fat-free yogurt, and about 8 ice cubes.

 

To make the smoothie, place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until the mixture has a smooth consistency. A good blender can be key to a good smoothie. A Cuisinart blender, for example, will last longer than others, and Cuisinart parts are easier to replace than other brands.

Cabbage Soup

The recipe for cabbage soup calls for 1 head of cabbage, chopped, 1 can of cut green beans, 5 diced carrots, 3 diced onions, 2 diced green bell peppers, 10 stalks of diced celery, 2 cans of whole tomatoes with the liquid, 1 package of dry onion soup mix, 2 quarts of tomato juice and 1 14 ounce can of beef broth.

 

To make the soup, place the vegetables into a large stock pot. Add the tomato juice, broth and onion soup. Add enough water to the pot so the vegetables are covered. Cook the soup on low until the vegetables are tender.

Vegetable Egg Omelets

The recipe for vegetable egg omelets call for 10 egg whites, 5 eggs, 3 cups of vegetables, which include diced green bell peppers, diced mushrooms and thinly-sliced zucchini, 1/3 cup of diced onion, 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce, ½ teaspoon of dried basil, 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper, ½ teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of butter, 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce, ¼ cup of water, ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.

 

To make the omelets, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large skillet, cook the vegetables and basil in the butter for approximately 5 minutes then add the salt and pepper. Remove the veggies from the heat and add the tomato sauce. Place tin foil over the veggies to keep them warm. Whisk the eggs, egg whites and water in a large bowl then pour the eggs into a lightly-greased 15 x 10 inch baking pan and bake for approximately 7 minutes. Once the eggs are done, cut them into 5 inch squares and fill them with the veggies and cheeses. Fold the squares in half and serve.

Blueberry Parfait

The recipe for blueberry parfait calls for 2 cups of blueberries, 2 cups of vanilla flavored fat-free yogurt and 1 cup of maple-pecan granola.

 

To make the parfait, place ¼ cup of yogurt into 4 parfait dishes. Top each dish with ¼ cup each of blueberries then add ¼ cup each granola. Repeat by adding ¼ cup each of yogurt then ¼ cup each of blueberries.

Conclusion

Green tea burns fat calories by boosting the metabolism and cabbage soup contains very little calories. Additionally, eggs combined with vegetables aid in losing weight by adding healthy, energizing protein that stimulates the metabolism and blueberries alter how the body converts excess sugar into fat by changing how it is stored within the body.

Molasses Cookies: A Country Christmas Treat

Do not think about how sticky your table linen will get or if the kids will touch your bedding in their rush to hug you for baking these delicious treats. Have fun with this traditional, Country Christmas treat. Molasses cookies have been around long before refined sugar. These cookies are straight out of a storybook. So many generations of people have baked them the mixture makes one think of a Christmas of Old.

Home décor is very much a part of the holidays. The table linen and any housewares accent a home. You can change the curtains and make the bed and bath beautiful, but Christmas baking is a thing of legends. Here, with this delicious easy to prepare cookie recipe you make lifetime fans. The sprinkled sugar on these cookies makes them an extra special treat for holiday revelers. Add this recipe to your favorite holiday menu and bake them again, keeping a good supply on hand for family and guests.

Ingredients:

1 egg

1 tsp ground ginger

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

½ tsp clove (ground)

1-cup sugar (brown)

2 tsp baking soda

1 ½ stick soften butter

¾-cup molasses

1 tsp cinnamon (ground)

Dash of salt

Sprinkle / Turbinado sugar

These cookies are easy to prepare. First set your oven at 350 degrees F, now get a mixing bow for your ingredients. Mix the dry ingredient together. The flour, ginger, cloves, dash of salt, cinnamon and baking soda and place it separate while you stir the butter, molasses, brown sugar and eggs together. Once this is done, slowly fold the flour mixture and the moist ingredient together.

Spoon cookie onto a pan, sprinkle sugar and bake. Cookies look nicer when a measuring scoop is used. These fun cookies take about 30 minutes to prepare with a cook time of 20 minutes. They make a nice batch of around 36, plenty to share. If you are not careful, you may start a baking frenzy with this simple recipe. Turbinado sugar is one of the healthier sugars for your body making this recipe a big hit with most people. Molasses has been around for centuries and one of the chosen sweeteners when sugar was almost impossible to get. These cookies are made with the lighter molasses since it is the sweetest but Black Strap Molasses is the deepest shade. True Molasses is thick and pours very slowly, the term, “slow as molasses” is well earned by this syrup.

When people look back at things that happen on a vacation or a holiday they always remember the food. It does not matter whether it go burned or was absolutely terrible. The odor of baking and the activity that accompanies it is never forgotten. Bake Molasses cookies: A Country Christmas Treat! When baking cookies, display them in lovely basket easily found at bed and bath stores. Utensils and baking pans are found in housewares if you are a first time baker. If baking cookies for entertaining a little home fashion added to the mix will make your gathering a holiday hit.

+Paul Reichman is the founder of BedBathStore. Using decades of experience in home fashion, Paul offers quality bed, bath and home furnishings at affordable prices through www.bedbathstore.com.

Southern Themed Dinner? Four Fun Dishes To Consider

 

Nothing says great comfort food like southern dishes. These are often hearty and packed full of protein and carbohydrates that deliver an amazing flavor. There is almost always some type of chicken on the table, and biscuits are a necessity so that they can be used for dipping in gravy. The following has four fairly common, but very fun, southern dish ideas for you.

 

 

Fried Chicken

 

This is a classic when it comes to southern food. There are several ways to prepare fried chicken, but the easiest way is to roll it in flour and fry it in about an inch of vegetable oil. Add a little salt and pepper to the flour for seasoning. You can also get a chicken breading that gives a little more kick to the chicken. Make sure you thoroughly cook the chicken through so that there is not any blood left in the meat.

 

 

Potato Salad

 

Another classic southern dish is potato salad. This can also be made in a variety of ways, but it is best if you use simple ingredients. Begin by boiling about eight large potatoes. When the potatoes have finished boiling, you can chop them into small pieces. Add one and a half cups of mayonnaise to the potatoes and one tablespoon of mustard. You can also add diced hard boiled eggs to add some richness to the flavor. Sprinkle a small amount of paprika on top of the potato salad for seasoning. Diced onions can be added to the salad for an extra kick.

 

 

Pork Belly Roast

 

A pork belly roast isn’t so common as the other three on this list, but it’s very southern, and very delicious if done properly. You can buy pork belly online and place it in a crock pot for a delicious roast that falls apart as soon as you remove it from the water. Only put a small amount of water in the bottom of the pot because the pork belly will create its own juices as it cooks. Cook the roast on low heat for about six hours. Remove the roast, and slice it or pull it apart to make BBQ. A smoky sauce is an excellent addition to the pork. You can also add a southern BBQ sauce that is made with vinegar for a tangy dish.

 

 

Pecan Pie

 

When it comes time for something sweet, pecan pie is a decadent dessert that is delicious with vanilla ice cream. Use fresh pecans for the best flavor, and if possible, make your own crust instead of getting a frozen crust. This is among the southern dessert classics you and your other diners will come to love.

 

 

Whether you are preparing a dinner for the holidays or for a Sunday lunch, southern food is something that is easy to make. Seasoning is everything when it comes to the dishes. Don’t go overboard, but make sure there is plenty of flavors that combine well, and don’t forget to use the freshest ingredients possible for the best consistency of the dish.