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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...
  Mar 1, 2017  cooking tips, side dish, vegetarian

How to Cut a Mango to make Mango Salsa (plus baked tortilla chips!)

Mango salsa is so flavorful and colorful. We love it with tortilla chips or on top of salmon, chicken or steak, like Grilled Flank Steak with Garlic Citrus Marinade. Watch the video:Watch the video:We eat so many mangos that we actually have a mango cutting tool from OXO that works really well. I like it because it gets so much of the fruit off of the pit with one slice. Of course you can also cut a mango using a simple serrated knife and a spoon. Watch the video: Serve the fresh mango salsa with crispy baked tortilla chips or with chicken, fish, or this Grilled Nicaraguan Flank Steak.Mango Salsa1 ripe mango, diced (about 1 cup) ¼ - 1/2 sweet yellow onion, finally diced (1/2 cup) 1/2 - 1 jalapeno, finely diced (with or without seeds, depending on your tolerance for spice) (about 2 Tbsp.) 1/2 lime, juice only (about 2 Tbsp.) 1/4 tsp. salt Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive serving bowl and refrigerate it until ready to serve (up to 24...

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...

Asparagus Salad with Strawberries and Basil

Enjoy this asparagus salad with strawberries and basil as a delicious springtime family dinner side dish or for a light lunch.  Our Grilled Vegetables is another wonderful way to serve asparagus. I show you how easy it is to make the asparagus salad in this YouTube video: Asparagus Salad with Strawberries and BasilPrep + Cook Time: 10 minutes 4 servings 1 bunch asparagus, about 8 oz. cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 Tbsp. pine nuts, or use walnuts, lightly toasted 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, thinly sliced 1 - 2 Tbsp. thinly sliced red onion (optional) 1 - 2 Tbsp. of crumbled goat or feta cheese (optional) Steam the asparagus in the microwave in a covered dish or on the stovetop for 1 – 2 minutes until it is just tender-crisp and drain it. Combine the asparagus in a serving bowl with the remaining ingredients. Season it with plenty of freshly ground black pepper.Nutritional...
  Apr 19, 2016  Recipes, salads, side dish

Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe

This homemade raspberry vinaigrette recipe is beautiful, colorful, healthy,  and simply awesome over salad or poached, baked or roasted vegetables. Unlike some raspberry vinaigrette dressings I've tried, this one is a little tart rather than sickly sweet. We like it over poached asparagus and in our salad of baby lettuce with pecans and avocado.

To poach aspargus, bring a large frying pan of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bright green and tender crisp. Use tongs to transfer the asparagus to a plate.  Aspargus is delicious warm or at room temperature and is beautifully complimented by the pink raspberry dressing.

Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1 Tbsp. honey 2 Tbsp. water 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1/2 tsp. dried basil 1/4 tsp. salt In a blender (or use an immersion blender in a cup), puree the ingredients. ...
  Mar 17, 2016  hearty salad, side dish

Warm Potato Salad

This warm potato salad is a different twist on the usual way to serve potatoes.  Warm, savory, and satisfying, it makes a great side dish to almost any main course.Warm Potato SaladPrep + Cook Time: 30 minutes 1 1/2 - 2 lbs. new or red potatoes 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 lemon, juice only, about 2 Tbsp. 1 - 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar, to taste 1 cup scallion, green and white parts, sliced 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped Boil the potatoes in salted water for 15 - 18 minutes until they are just tender. Let them cool for a minute or two and halve and cut them into thick slices. Toss the potatoes in a serving bowl with the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, scallions and parsley. Season it with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 8 one-cup servings. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values) Calories 189, Total Fat: 10g, 14.5%; Saturated Fat: 2g, 6.5%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 21mg, 1%; Total Carbohydrate: 24g,...

Wheat Berry Salad with Grapes and Feta

I’m a fan of wheat berries because they are high in fiber and vitamins and cook as quickly as rice, but you can certainly make this recipe with another whole grain. You can sometimes find parboiled wheat berries that only take 15 minutes to cook which would reduce the total time for this recipe to 30 minutes. My whole family loves this combination of flavors, and we think this would also be a good dish to bring to a potluck or picnic.

Wheat Berry Salad with Grapes and Feta

Prep Time: 20 minutes    Cook Time: 60 minutes    Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

1 cup wheat berries, or use farro, orzo or other grain, or use 3 – 4 cups cooked lentils 1/2 lemon, juice only, about 2 Tbsp. 1 tsp. honey 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar 1 1/2 cups red grapes, halved 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced 1/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped, or use pepitas 2 Tbsp. fresh mint, finely chopped 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese Cook the wheat...

How to Make Refried Beans in the Slow Cooker

If you have every wondered how to make how to make refried beans, this recipe makes about 6 cans worth. Some of the beans can be pureed to be used as “refried” beans and some can be left whole and stored to use in burritos, salads, or other recipes.  Use the refried beans in burritos, quesadillas, nachos, as a dip for tortilla chips or vegetables, or for Mexican Pizza.

Watch the Video to learn how to make beans in the slow cooker or Instant PotChipotle “Refried” Beans1 lb. dry black beans 2 tsp. minced garlic, about 4 cloves (can use 4 Dorot frozen garlic cubes) 1/2 onion, chopped 1 cube Dorot cilantro (optional) 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped (optional) (can use Dorot chili pepper) 1 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder 6 cups water 1 – 3 chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce, to taste

Combine all ingredients except the chilis in adobo in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 – 9 hours until the beans are tender. Remove 1...

  Oct 14, 2013  hearty salad, Recipes, salads, side dish 2

Homemade Salad Dressing: 10 Easy Recipes

I’ll admit I sometimes keep a bottle or two of salad dressing in my refrigerator for salad emergencies, but we enjoy our salads so much more when we make our own dressing because they taste so much fresher and more delicious, and I don’t have to worry about feeding my family preservatives. Making salad dressing is simple and quick, and if you think you’ll use it often, you can easily double or triple these recipes.

I recommend keeping a bottle or two of really high-quality extra virgin olive oil and vinegar for salads and for dipping bread. (You might have to taste a few to find your favorites.) With the really fine oils and vinegars, you can get away with drizzling a little bit directly on greens, tomatoes, vegetables or pasta salad.  Season with a little salt, pepper and some fresh or dried herbs, and you don’t even need to make a dressing because they taste so delicious on their own. I keep a separate bottle of inexpensive olive oil that I use for cooking, and save...

How to Cook Beans in a Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Do you ever try something new, something people have been recommending for years, and think “Duh, what took me so long?”  Well that’s pretty much how I feel about not only purchasing a slow cooker, but becoming somewhat of an expert at cooking beans in it.  Not that it takes much expertise to know how to cook beans in a slow cooker or  Instant Pot pressure cooker. It’s so simple it’s laughable. When I made chickpeas for the first time in the slow cooker and I couldn’t believe how delicious they were compared to canned! Now I use my slow cooker and Instant Pot to make all types of beans from scratch Why cook beans in a slow cooker or pressure cooker? Here are 4 great reasons: 1. Price: You get 5 - 6 cans worth of beans for the price of about one can of beans 2. Taste: They taste so much better and you can add your own seasonings and spices 3. Health: You can control the amount of sodium in your beans 4. Safety: You don’t have to worry about exposing your...