Collard greens are normally associated with a long, slow cooking time, but this method requires only 10 minutes of steaming. Sauteing the leaves with garlic first balances the vegetable's bitterness. Pull or cut out the thick stems, and wash the leaves well before using.
A study conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity states that 57% of cats are overweight or obese. You don’t want to add to these statistics. An average indoor cat weighing ten pounds needs 180 to 200 calories per day. Treats should comprise no more than 10% of your cat’s daily diet.
Why not take a trip to the grocery or health food store, pick up a few simple whole foods (choose organic products wherever possible), and make some tasty and healthy treats for your feline friend? Just follow these simple steps for a variety of healthy and tempting treats.
This naturally sweet green smoothie is my favorite go-to breakfast because it’s good for you and makes you feel good about yourself. There’s nothing like starting your day knowing that if you are already one green smoothie (and two servings of veggies) up on the rest of the world.
Cheese sauce is one of the very easiest sauces to make and requires just four ingredients: butter, flour, milk, and cheese. Plus we’ll throw some salt, pepper, and cayenne in there to kick up the flavor.
You start with a roux, whisking the butter and flour until you get a golden paste and then slowly pour in the milk and stir until you have a nice bubbly, creamy sauce. Once the sauce looks thick enough for you, you stir in the cheese, add salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste, and voilà. Perfect cheese sauce ready to tasty up whatever you’re going to pour it over.
Need a quick lunch? Steam some broccoli in the microwave and top with cheese sauce. Nachos for dinner? Cheese sauce. Baked potato feeling a little sad? CHEESE SAUCE IT.
282 Calories per 1/2 cup.
That’s right, I’m here today bringing you a super quick kitchen hack/tips & tricks post on cooking cauliflower in your microwave. You can also use this method to steam broccoli, or check out the post How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave.
With two ingredients and thirty seconds, you can make this decadent Easy Chocolate Sauce, perfect for serving over ice cream, brownies, and whatever else your heart desires.
If you have cream or milk, some chocolate chips, and a functioning microwave, there’s nothing standing between you and a hot fudge sundae.
And it’s going to be a superb hot fudge sundae. Technically this easy chocolate sauce is a chocolate ganache, but it’s chocolatey, amazing, and so there for you when you need it. It starts out warm and gooey, and by the time your ice cream is all melty and the chocolate has cooled a little bit, it thickens up and becomes almost fudge-like pooled at the bottom of your bowl.
People have offered me their firstborn children for this recipe; it is simple, easy to make, and delicious. It's also vegan if you don't add the cheese at the end. If you prefer a more spicy soup, add a dash or two of hot sauce before serving.
These tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs, beans, and salsa are great anytime! Can be enjoyed cold as well, so they're perfect to pack for the kids' lunches (or to bring yourself). Very fast and nutritious!
I followed the recipe as directed. It was delicious! It was quick and easy to make when you are short on time. I've made it twice. The second time I made it, I decided to add more salsa because I loved the spicyness. This is a great recipe! I'll definitely make it again and again! JAN 2011 UPDATE: I make this A LOT. Now I add some shredded cheddar cheese on top of the egg as it cook (after u put the beans in). It's delicious!
This is my "go to" recipe for making Impossible Pies. It works well for any recipe that calls for biscuit mix and includes milk. I make up a large batch of the baking mix and then freeze it. I substituted oil for the butter and I go easy on the salt.
When it comes to mealtime, there's nothing quite as versatile, beloved, and tasty as the potato. Being one of the largest food crops in the world, it's no wonder there's an endless number of recipes and variations. But in terms of popularity, there's a competitor that comes with an equally large variety of flavors: the pizza.
If you ever find yourself trying to decide between these two favorites, you can rest easy! With this recipe, potatoes and pizza finally come together.
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Whether you eat your breakfast foods first thing in the morning or prefer to save them for dinner, you'll love this omelette stuffed with an ooey, gooey surprise. Cheese lovers will rejoice when biting into this hearty dish that's sure to melt your heart!
Stuffed is a great way to describe this egg-potato-cheese bomb, because that's exactly what you'll be if you try to take on this beast by yourself. So tell your family, friends, and perhaps even a small army, to bring their appetites and dig in!
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LOBYA CHIGIRTMASI is a very popular vegetarian summer dish in Azerbaijan made from string beans and eggs.
“Lobya” mean “beans” in Azerbaijani language, and “Chigirtma” is included in the name of any Azerbaijani dish that incorporates eggs.
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You just found the perfect holiday dessert recipe, and you can't wait to get your baking on. You have eggs, chocolate, flour, sugar, and vanilla extract, but you're missing baking powder. Going to the store is a lot of effort, you don't have friendly neighbors, and no one actually knows the difference between baking soda and baking powder. Don't panic: Here's a list of five baking powder alternatives and the best way to use each one.
This twice baked hummus potatoes recipe contains just a handful of everyday ingredients and can easily be adapted to your tastes, your menu, and what you have on hand. Swap in a flavored dairy-free hummus, use another fresh herb to accompany your meal, enrich the potato blend with a little extra olive oil even!
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Note that the Sabra hummus used to test these twice baked hummus potatoes does contain soybean oil.
Wraps have become a healthy alternative to other types of bread and you can find them filled with all kinds of things you would normally find in a sandwich. But even the most health-conscious among us get a craving for a good old-fashioned hamburger once in a while, so we've come up with a solution that'll let you enjoy some classic fast food without having a bad conscience — say hello to the Burger Wrap!...
A dash of soy sauce is potent enough to add that quintessential oriental flavor to any delicacy. However, the need to find soy sauce substitutes has become essential nowadays given that numerous people are allergic to wheat present in soy sauces and also intend to avoid gluten in commercially available ones.
Little is known about the several uses of this product called cream of tartar. So before we take a look at what you can substitute it with let's take a look at its uses in cooking and other areas.
Adding Volume to the Final Product: Cream of tartar is mainly used to add volume to the frothy and airy texture of egg whites. The combination used is 1/8th of a teaspoon for every egg white.
Giving a Smooth Texture to Frosting: To attain a smooth and creamy texture for frosting and icing, using cream of tartar is a good option as it prevents the crystallization of sugar.
A Substitute for Other Foods: If you require a substitute for baking powder, cream of tartar can be used along with baking soda.
Cleaning Household Items: In the house, using cream of tartar with lemon juice can help remove some stains from clothing. It can also be used to clean brass, copper and other pots and pans, when used with vinegar.
On hot days, a cold treat is just what the doctor ordered—especially when it is this healthy and easy to make! Some popsicles are made with only sugar, which can make your blood sugar spike, leaving you cranky and hungry later on. Get your fix with a fruit-filled popsicle instead.
These healthy tropical mango popsicles are made with real banana and mango with creamy coconut milk. They’ve got fiber, potassium, and no added sugar. All you have to do is blend everything together and freeze. You’ll have delicious, better-for-you popsicles in just a few hours and can beat the summer heat and feel great at the same time.
I love aubergines (eggplant) but find it laborious to cook. I now microwave them for roughly 4/5 minute until soft, then chop up and gently fry with olive oil. It’s quick and soaks up less oil.
How to Cook Eggplant in the Microwave:
Peel eggplant, if desired, and cut into 3/4-inch cubes. Place cubes in a microwave-safe casserole or dish along with 2 tablespoons water.
Microwave, covered, on 100 percent power (high) for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender, stirring once.
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Peanut butter hummus doesn't have an elegant ring to it, but elegant is exactly what this is. Rather than using tahini, which is in effect sesame butter, I use peanut butter. Is it dreadful to say I prefer this? It is gorgeously filling, but without the slight clagginess that tahini can give. I mean, in the right mood I adore the palate-thickening clay of tahini, but a little definitely goes a long way.
Although I think this version possesses a certain manilla-tinted chic (despite the kindergarten-appeal of its title) that makes me happy to bring it out to eat with drinks when I have people over, I am even happier to have a batch in the fridge to pick at, spreading it over spelt crispbread or a piece of rye toast, when the mood takes me.
I absolutely LOVE this recipe. Although, if you don’t like getting your fingers dirty or if you want to save some time, I would recommend mixing the avocado wedges with the flour in a ziplock bag, dip it in eggs, and then mix it with the panko (or bread crumbs).
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I LOVE this recipe. the baked brie is so creamy and delicious. instead of the raspberry preserves i use walnuts and brown sugar. it’s always a hit. also when i serve it, i cut it in half after letting it cool for a few minutes to make eating it with crackers easier.
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What a terrific idea. I grew up loving peanut butter and banana sandwiches but with this version I can still have the taste without all the calories. I used a whole-wheat, low-fat tortilla, smooth peanut butter, and just a small amount of seedless raspberry preserves. Such an inexpensive and easy lunch to throw together.
This recipe was born out of my raw vegan days, when I discovered the creamy versatility of cashews. And thank goodness! It’s wonderful to have a dairy- and soy-free alternative to cheese to use in baking, cooking, and snacking. I am hooked on this creamy, cheesy spread.
Note: A quick, savory snack that I often make with this Dairy-Free Cheese Spread is Zucchini Pizza Boats. Slice zucchinis in half, lengthwise, and scoop out some of the flesh. Fill with cheese spread and top with sliced olives, fresh basil, chopped pepperoni, and a drizzle of marinara sauce. Bake at 400 ̊F for 20 minutes. Yum!
When it comes to making sauces and gravies, nothing causes performance anxiety in an inexperienced cook like these malevolent masses. The good news is there's an incredibly simple way to prevent lumps.
Repeat after me, "Hot roux, cold milk, no lumps." That's it.
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Here's a quick and easy recipe that is vegetarian, using basic ingredients that you'll have sitting around in the kitchen. Not only will you save time, but this recipe is healthy and can be made vegan too! From the Urban Cooking Guide.
Fresh eggs, whether purchased at the farmers’ market or taken from your own home coop, are a great start to any recipe that calls for eggs. This one is adapted from “The Fresh Egg Cookbook” by Jennifer Trainer Thompson and gives the eggs the unlikely partners of plain Greek yogurt and fresh mint. It’s served with pita or flatbread. A strange combination? You won’t think so once you’ve started to eat.
There are so many uses for chocolate syrup. I know people who like to put it on just about everything. We all know that syrup goes with ice cream sundaes. However, chocolate syrup is pretty good on top of pancakes and waffles.
The people eating at my restaurant certainly go through a lot of syrup. We can also make plenty of tasty beverages with chocolate syrup. Chocolate syrup could be about the most famous of these beverages. Chocolate milk shakes is another popular beverage that we add chocolate syrup to.
I coated these in chocolate to make them even more indulgent, but they are fabulous even without the chocolate coating. You could even top them with crushed nuts/seeds or mini chocolate chips if you want. Sprinkle on any toppings while the chocolate coating is still warm.