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Japanese Ginger Dressing (Japanese restaurant-style ginger dressing recipe)

Don't you love Japanese ginger dressing, that delectable orange colored gingery salad dressing they serve on little crispy salads in Japanese restaurants?  It looks so simple but the ingredients seem like a mystifying concoction.  Here, we reveal how to make Japanese restaurant style ginger dressing. Super easy to make, this dressing/sauce is also very versatile.  Use it on a salad with crispy lettuce, carrots, purple cabbage, etc, but also great with baked or sautéed tofu and roast or grilled chicken or beef, even tossed with Japanese soba noodles! Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channelJapanese Ginger Dressing1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar 2 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 2 tablespoons peeled and roughly chopped fresh ginger 2 tablespoons lime juice (about ½ lime) 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons honey (or try 1/4 apple instead to make sugar free) 1½ teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1 Tbsp. reduced...

Easy Shrimp Recipe: Cilantro Lime Shrimp

This refreshing easy shrimp recipe is low in calories, high in flavor and is so versatile. It can be served hot or cold, and it’s great for a picnic (if you can keep it cool or it won’t be sitting out for too long), and could be wrapped in tortillas as easily as served over lettuce or rice.   It also makes a great appetizer at parties -- just provide toothpicks!Watch the video:Easy Shrimp Recipe: Cilantro Lime ShrimpPrep + Cook = 10 minutes 4 servings 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil ½ tsp. minced garlic, (about 1 clove) 1 lb. medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 lime, juice only, 2 Tbsp., or more to taste ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped, or more to taste ¼ tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. black pepper In a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the garlic and cook it for 30 seconds or so until it is fragrant, then add the shrimp and cook it, turning once, until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, 2 - 3 minutes per...

Rice Salad Recipe: Mango, Brown Rice and Black Bean Salad with Lime and Cilantro

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This rice salad recipe is inspired by a dish served at the Genesis retreat in Ek Balam, Mexico.  It’s spa-healthy yet satisfying enough for hearty eaters. Serve it with sliced avocados with lime.

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Rice Salad Recipe: Mango, Brown Rice and Black Bean Salad with Lime and Cilantro

Makes six servings

1 cup quick-cooking brown rice (about 2 cups prepared) 15 oz. canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1 fresh mango, cut into 1/2-inch chunks, or use 1 ½ cups frozen 1/4 sweet yellow onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, finely diced (about 1/2 cup) 1/4 cup scallions or chives, green parts only, finely chopped 1 lime, juice only, about 2 Tbsp. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional) 1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste Cook the rice according to the package directions and when cooked, remove it from the heat. DO THIS IN ADVANCE IF YOU CAN SO IT’S COOL (If you want to serve...

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave AND a Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Basil, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the MicrowaveThe hardest, most terrifying thing about making spaghetti squash is trying to cut it when it’s uncooked! I was terrified of chopping off a finger so I found a solution. The key to how to cook spaghetti squash is to poke some holes in it with a skewer or knife, cook the squash whole in the microwave, let it cool, and then cut it in half and scrape out the seeds. Use a fork to scrape the strands into a bowl to top with your favorite sauce or just use butter, herbs and Parmesan cheese to season it. You can even clean and rinse the spaghetti squash seeds just like you do with pumpkin seeds! (See our tip below.) I haven’t had an easy relationship with spaghetti squash. My mom used to make it for us when I was young, and I was fascinated by the yellow squash that she would transform with a fork into golden pasta-like strands, and it certainly is much lighter and healthier than wheat-based spaghetti. However, every time I tried...

Easy Chicken Breast Recipe: Mexican Chicken Packets

Mexican Chicken Packets is an easy chicken breast recipe that you bake in a packet in the oven with vegetables, salsa and cheese.  Your whole family will love Mexican Chicken Packets, an easy and flavorful baked chicken recipe to make with boneless chicken breasts. Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel for weekly cooking videos Easy Chicken Breast Recipe: Mexican Chicken PacketsPrep (15 minutes) + Cook (35 minutes) 4 servings Sometimes it’s a fun change to serve the family a meal in a packet.  This easy chicken breast recipe is great for grilling, campouts, or simple dining at home.   We love how the chicken stays so moist and flavorful. You can assemble the packets in advance and cook in the oven, on the grill, or by the coals. Serve with guacamole and carrots.   For extra-fast clean-up, just do a quick rinse of the foil and put in your recycling bin! 1 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 tsp. ground cumin 4 boneless,...

How to Make Sweet Potato Toast in Toaster or Oven

Sweet Potato Toast (See below for Sweet Potato Toast recipe and topping ideas.) For most of my life I have suffered from frequent migraines, often as many as 10 - 15 a month. This is a condition known as chronic migraines, and often people like me who have it usually try numerous medicines, alternative health regimens and procedures, but sometimes we just get used to living with the pain of bad headaches a lot of the time. For me, my migraines are sometimes lie-in-bed-with-the-lights-off-and-cry-bad but usually they are a painful nuisance and I try to ignore them and go about my business if the meds aren't working. My mode iss never to NOT do anything because of a migraine because then I would miss 1/3 of my life. I have given presentations in front of 100 people and cooked on national TV with a migraine. Over the years, people have suggested LOTS of things to try to get rid of migraines and I have tried many of them, from acupuncture, to meditation, to getting 31 shots...

Easy Black Bean and Corn Soup (Just 4 ingredients!)

Black Bean and Corn Soup is a super easy, flavorful and incredibly healthy recipe that kids and adults love. Just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make it from start to finish! Watch the video (and please subscribe to my YouTube channel!)Soup-er Easy Black Bean and Corn SoupPrep + Cook Time: 10 minutes Make six 1 1/3 cup servings 45 oz. reduced-sodium canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup salsa 1/2 tsp. cumin, or more to taste 14 oz. canned corn kernels, drained and rinsed, or use 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels Optional toppings: sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, shredded Cheddar cheese, hot pepper sauce, chopped fresh cilantro, tortilla chips In a medium stockpot over medium heat, combine 2 cans (3 cups) of the beans, the salsa, cumin, and 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil (cover it for faster boiling). While it is heating, use an immersion blender (also called stick or hand blender) to puree the mixture right in the pot, so it is still a...

How to Pan-Fry Crispy Tofu in the Skillet

How to Pan-Fry Crispy Tofu in the SkilletI would love to show you how to make my family’s favorite crispy browned tofu in the skillet (my husband Andrew deems it BTE, or Best Tofu Ever!) to use in all your favorite Asian stir-fries or as a vegetarian substitute for chicken or beef in recipes or toss it in salads. We also like to dip it into the  Korean sesame-soy sauce dipping sauce below.Watch the video:Crispy Tofu in the Skillet16 oz. extra firm tofu in water 2 Tbsp. canola, vegetable or peanut oil Drain the tofu, cut it into 1-inch cubes, and wrap it in a clean dishcloth for as long as possible (up to 12 hours), but at least 5 minutes. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the tofu in a single layer and brown it, turning occasionally, for 10 - 15 minutes until it is golden brown. Using a spatula, transfer the tofu to a plate and set it aside. Korean Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce for Crispy Golden...

How to Make Whole Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker

Whole Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker

My hairdresser Christa Forgue told me she likes to make a whole chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker. This method is so easy and the flavor is just right—kind of like my Jewish grandmothers would have made if either of my Jewish grandmothers had been good cooks (they had lots of other good qualities.)

And for another great Slow Cooker Recipe, check out our Spicy Szechuan Ground Turkey and Green Beans recipe.  To see our how-to video, click on this:  Spicy Szechuan Ground Turkey and Green Beans video.

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Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker8 servings, about 1 3/4 cups Prep (30 minutes) + Cook (3 – 10 hours) 2 carrots, sliced (about 1 cup) 3 stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup) 1/2 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup) 2 garlic cloves, smashed peeled and coarsely chopped 3 1/2 lb. whole chicken, some or all skin removed, if desired 8 cups water 2 – 3 tsp. salt, to taste (3 works...

How To Do A Sugar Cleanse And Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

How to Do a Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Green Smoothie RecipeI'm engaging in a sugar cleanse to hit the reset button on my eating in the new year.  After a delicious but not-so-healthful holiday, it's time for me to get back to eating mindfully.  A year ago, I created a sugar cleanse challenge Surviving a Sugar Detox: Anyone Want to Join Me?  and started a Facebook group to have a month-long sugar cleanse.  It was so popular and successful, that our group continues to support each other.  We have found so many positive benefits, including (but not limited to) weight loss and increased energy.  Please join our Facebook group for this January's sugar cleanse and healthy eating challenge to get your sugar addiction and sugar cravings under control by eliminating added sugar for 7 – 30 days. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite recipes to start your day or power your afternoon or evening with healthy, filling, no sugar added creamy smoothies. Watch the...