Spicy Green Goddess Elixir Recipe

For an energy boost before heading off to work blend together this spicy green goddess elixir recipe made with simple fresh ingredients like spinach and watercress. The flavor is very bright, grassy and stings a little but the sweet honey balances the flavor well. The spiciness comes from the jalapeno as well as the watercress (berro) which has a peppery flavor. Watercress is an amazing leafy green plant to add to any juice. It’s known to be anti-inflammatory and provides relief for coughs, bronchial congestion, stomach aches and even cancer (according to WebMD). I also read that in ancient times it was used as an aphrodisiac. Well I don’t know about that but I definitely feel more alert after drinking this elixir and during those slow or low energy days a clean, fresh and natural elixir is all you need.

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Spicy Green Goddess Elixir
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Ingredients
  • Bunch of spinach, about 3-4 packed cups
  • Bunch of watercress, about 2 packed cups
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • ½ jalapeno
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Honey or agave syrup
Instructions
  1. Add spinach, watercress, ginger and jalapeno to a juicer and collect blended juice in a cup.
  2. Squeeze juice from lemon and lime and add to the green juice.
  3. Sweeten with honey or agave syrup.

 

{Products I Love} Nonna’s Spicy Red Pesto Review

I picked up Nonna’s Spicy Red Pesto at the Chile Pepper Festival last Fall and finally getting around to write about it. I’ve only had the traditional basil pesto before so when I saw this version I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I thought, “Is this really pesto?” and “Isn’t pesto’s main ingredient basil?”. Apparently, after looking it up, I learned that pesto is traditionally made with basil throughout Italy but other areas like Sicily use tomato as their main ingredient. Pesto actually means to pound or crush in Italian and was traditionally made using a motar and pestle, which is where the English word “pestle” got its name.  I’m all for this red pesto and happy they spiced this up properly too!

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This spicy red pesto is no lightweight when it comes to heat. There’s a generous amount of habanero peppers to make the spiciness linger for a while. The paste is thick, chunky and great for adding to pastas, spreading on sandwiches and delicious all on its own with plain crackers or pretzels. The flavors are robust, bold, spicy and its strong concentrated tomato based flavor makes it perfect for mixing it into dishes without it losing its punch.

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At first I thought a 4 oz jar was too small to get much use out of it but a little does go a long way. I was pleasantly surprised how it still maintained its flavor even after adding a little heavy cream for my lobster ravioli dish.

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I mixed a tablespoon of the red pesto with about 2-3 tablespoons of heavy cream and poured over the raviolis for a spicy, light and satisfying meal.

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Nonna’s spicy red pesto is just one of City Saucery’s products, they also make other tomato sauces using locally sourced ingredients from NY and NJ farms. I love that they started small and have had tremendous growth over the past few years which is a testament to their product. They’re sold online and in various retailers across the US, just check their website for more details. All in all, for $9 a jar, a wonderful product with all natural ingredients and worth every penny.

Ingredient List:  Sun-dried tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, lemon juice, vinegar, habanero peppers, garlic, sea salt and anchovies.

Spicy Sriracha Kale Chips Recipe

The Super Bowl is this weekend and if you’re still thinking about what to make you have to try this spicy sriracha kale chips recipe. It’ll go great with beer and won’t make you feel too guilty about eating a whole bowl. They’re crispy, light, tangy, spicy and so inexpensive and easy to make.

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Just mix the ingredients, toss with the kale and bake. No frying, no complicated prepping and its healthy. Yes there a little oil used but kale has so many benefits. Kale is high in fiber, has plenty of cancer fighting antioxidants, and its known as the best “super foods” out there. According to WebMD, “One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.”

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Kale is already peppery and tastes great on its own but the Thai spices make it even more mouth watering. These chips won’t fill you up but will satisfy any salty, spicy and savory cravings. It’s much better than grabbing that bowl of corn chips.

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Spicy Sriracha Kale Chips
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz kale
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1-2 tsp fish sauce
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash kale well pat dry with paper towels. Remove stems, cut kale into 2-3 inch pieces and add to bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the rest of the ingredients then add to kale. Toss around until kale is well covered. Let rest for 10 minutes so liquid can drip off.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with small amount of vegetable oil spray such as Pam.
  4. Spread out kale on lined cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Mid way through turn kale over put back in oven.
  5. When kale is crispy remove from oven and let cool. Carefully add to a bowl.

 

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Fuel Up Before the Big Game with these Healthy Snacks

I don’t know about you but I often forget to cook for myself on days I’m prepping dishes for a big event. Do you do that? I usually get up, have my coffee, breakfast maybe, and then just go into overdrive trying to get everything done. With the Super Bowl next week, I’m sure most will spend the week planning, shopping, prepping and cooking to some degree depending on whether you’re hosting or just attending the big game. So do your body good and grab a few healthy, on the go snacks to fuel up before the big game. The goal is to live healthfully no? Having nutritional bars, yogurt, nuts and fruits will usually do because they’re quick and easy so I was very excited when the makers of one of my favorite nutrition bars, KIND, sent me a few samples to try. I was even more thrilled to learn that KIND has a couple of spiced up products like their Dark Chocolate Chili Almond, Cashew & Ginger Spice, and Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan bars.
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These Nuts & Spices bars aren’t overly spicy but the heat in the Dark Chocolate Chili Almond bar is very pleasing. It’s a warm heat that comes from cascabel, ancho and habanero chiles and builds over time for a satisfying sweet, salty, nutty flavors with a kick. Another great thing about the ingredients is they’re all items you recognize, no funky preservatives or fillers, just natural goodness. I usually have a bar with water but this time tried something a little different for a well rounded meal. Just chop up a bar and sprinkle over yogurt and fresh blackberries or any fruit you like!

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The Healthy Grains Clusters is another great product from KIND and there are so many ways to enjoy it. You can add a pinch of cayenne pepper to a cup of clusters and mix it in with your pancakes or muffins batter, or oatmeal to get in extra nutrition and give you energy for hours.
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I love these products for their variety of flavors, their crunchy and chewy textures and because I know I’m putting something healthy in my body.The new Healthy Grains Bars, Clusters and KIND Plus bars include super foods like quinoa, amaranth, chia seeds and a variety of healthy fruits and nuts. Here are just a few things to note about KIND products:
  • All Natural
  • Non-GMO ingredients
  • High Fiber & Protein
  • Low Sugar & Sodium
  • Gluten Free

It’s a no brainer for healthy snacking, just fuel up before things get crazy busy.

Note: This post was in no way a paid or sponsored review. I only share with you products I consume and enjoy.

 

Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

I haven’t been cooking much lately. After the buzz of the holidays faded, I got hit with a severe cold and just didn’t have much energy for anything. All I wanted to do was lounge out in my pajamas and get under the covers with a good book or movie. Take out, juice cleanses, canned soups and anything low effort was at the top of my list for dinner, besides, I was still feeling a little guilty about all the rich foods I had eaten weeks prior. Then came the bitter cold of last weeks Polar Vortex and knew I’d spend several days indoors. I decided to make a pot of chili last week that brought me back to life and next up was this spicy chicken noodle soup recipe! There’s just something about having a hot bowl of homemade stew or soup that takes the chill out of your bones and makes you feel all warm and cozy inside.
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This recipe is quick and easy and pretty straight forward. It’s definitely something you can knock out after a long day at work or the weekend. This isn’t your typical American style chicken noodle soup but one with roots in Caribbean and umm Asia! Cumin, oregano, achiote (annatto) and garlic flavors with Asian rice noodles and Thai peppers! A mash up of sorts, part Dominican, part Asian, I call it Dominicasian cuisine! The flavors are all Latin though but with a couple of Asian ingredients because well, it’s what I had and sometimes you just work with what you got! Any kind of noodles would work here, its all a matter of what you like. I would have used egg noodles or fideos (Spanish for noodles, usually very thin) if I had any.

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Note: If you can’t find Adobo with cumin, use regular adobo and add 1/2 tsp of cumin. Also, recipe includes cilantro which I forgot to add when I made this. Cilantro will really brighten flavor up so be sure to add.

Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup
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Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 2 tsp Adobo with cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3 dried Thai chiles
  • ½ envelop/packet of Sazon with Achiote (Annato)
  • ¼ or ½ in bone cooked chicken, in pieces
  • 5 oz rice noodles, about ½ pkg
  • few sprigs of cilantro
Instructions
  1. Heat up canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and stir.
  2. Add the water, chicken bouillon, carrots, and the rest of the ingredients except the noodles. Let the soup come to a boil.
  3. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the noodles and cook for another 7 minutes until noodles are tender. Lower the heat and let simmer then serve.

A Healthy Spicy Snack to Satisfy Your Cravings

If you’re looking for a healthy, spicy snack to satisfy your cravings then you should give these a try. Cruncha-Ma-Me are all natural, freeze dried veggie snacks made with edamame (soybeans) and come in a variety of flavors.

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A sweet friend of mine who’s always sharing her gluten free goods and knows I’m always looking for spicy foods got me the jalapeno flavor. The heat is mild but will leave your lips tingling for a good while. It’s a very tasty treat that delivers a nice kick and will keep you from reaching for those sugary snacks that you know you shouldn’t be having!

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Cruncha-Ma-Me have 3g of fiber and 8g of protein and at only 90 calories they’re perfect for satisfying those cravings without the guilt that snacking usually brings. They also contain no dairy and come from non-GMO soybeans. How’s that for super-healthy snack? Just eat them right out of the bag or toss them into your salad for an extra crunch!

Have you tried any of the other flavors? If so, let me know in comments!