Spicy Peanut Butter and Bananas Smoothie Recipe

Hello, I’m back! It’s been a while since I’ve written so hopefully this spicy peanut butter and bananas smoothie recipe will make up for my absence. I’ve been making the best of the wonderful Summer we’ve been having here and spending as much time as I can outdoors. Our Summers are way too short and soon enough the cooler September weather will be here. It always feels like I’m running out of time when August rolls in; like I’m doing an end of Summer countdown! All I can think of is filling up my evenings and weekends with trips to the beach, outdoor music festivals, sidewalk dinning, dog walking and movies under the stars. So naturally, I just want cool, refreshing foods like this spicy peanut butter and bananas smoothie.

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I think I turned on the oven once this entire Summer. I’ve been making easy summer meals like grilled chicken over arugula salad; pasta made simply with basil, garlic, cherry tomatoes and olive oil; Indian takeout and well, smoothies! A thick, hearty smoothie can keep you full for a few hours and keeps your kitchen nice and cool. So here’s my amazing spicy peanut butter and bananas smoothie recipe made with almond milk, I hope you enjoy. I also used my volcanic dust from Volcanic Peppers which is just ground up habanero & ghost peppers but it that’s too much, you can always use ground cayenne pepper instead. The peanut butter and chile pepper blend goes really well together. Also, you’re not using much, just enough to give it a kick.

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Spicy Peanut Butter and Bananas Smoothie Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 8oz Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 2 dashes of Volcanic Peppers volcano dust
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender then add about 4-5 ice cubes and blend.

 

Spicy Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Recipe

Looking for a simple party food or something healthy to snack on this weekend? This spicy black bean and avocado salsa recipe is just the thing. It’ll definitely liven up any gathering and keep your spicy food lovers happy! I strongly believe food should taste great and look appetizing as well and nothing beats having fresh, healthy ingredients to whip up a pretty bowl of black bean salsa. Check out my cute chile pepper bowl too! I picked that up at Pier 1 Imports. They have a beautiful selection of Mexican inspired home decor.

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I decided to make corn tortillas for my spicy salsa for a heartier meal but this will also go well with tortilla chips for snacking. Once you’ve had homemade tortillas you won’t want the store bought type. To make them just add masa (white corn flour), which has already been lightly flavored with lime & salt, and water. Just mix the two and roll into golf ball sized balls and flatten with a tortilla press. I purchased this one below for $10 at a local store. I then cooked tortillas in a little butter and that was all.

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This spicy black bean salsa recipe is quick and easy to make and is full of great flavors everyone can enjoy. Just chop up a few ingredients and you can have yourself a spicy meal in under 15 minutes.

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The red peppers and jalapenos provide a nice crunch, the avocados adds creaminess, while the black beans gives this spicy black bean and avocado salsa a great chewy texture. Also, black beans have an incredible amount of fiber to keep you full longer and promote healthy digestion. It’s a great super food to add to your diet. Try it and let me know what you think! If you want a spicier salsa, use serrano chiles or habaneros for an even hotter treat.

Spicy Black Bean Salsa Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 haas avocado, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (reserve a couple of slices for topping)
  • 1-2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Fiesta Citrus seasoning, optional
  • salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix the rinsed black beans and the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Toss around lightly making sure not to mush the avocados.
  3. Serve with homemade or store bought corn tortillas or your favorite chips.

 

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Got a craving for spicy foods and also trying to eat healthy? Make these spicy baked sweet potato fries recipe to keep that waistline nice and trim. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and a great source for antioxidant vitamins like beta carotene (vitamin A) and vitamin C. They’re considered a superfood because one single potato is packed with so many nutrients. The best thing about them is they’re filling and taste great either roasted, baked and have a natural mild sweetness that goes well with many spices. When we think of spicy foods what usually comes to mind are high caloric, fried, cheesy foods but there are many ways to eat healthfully and still enjoy great tasting spicy foods.

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These fries are pretty spicy. The volcanic dust I used from Volcanic Peppers is aptly named so proceed with caution! 🙂 This pepper powder is made with ground up habanero and bhut jolokia (Ghost) peppers so what you’re getting is pure, natural heat. Another great tasting spice I used was the new Perfect Pinch Fiesta Citrus seasoning from McCormick made with chile pepper, cumin, lime, garlic, and other seasonings for a mildly hot and smoky flavor. A couple dashes with cinnamon brings all of this great flavor together for a nice snack or side dish.

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One of the main complaints you’ll hear about baking sweet potato fries is that they’re not crunchy or crispy enough. The trick to getting that crispy fried texture is to toss the sweet potatoes in cornstarch when seasoning. They won’t get as crispy as the fried version but it’ll be close enough. Besides, they tasted so good it really didn’t matter to me if some were a little wimpy, the spicy, flavorful heat helps too.

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Another way to get around that soggy fry is to bake them thoroughly, then finish them in broiler for a couple of minutes. Just watch them closely because they’ll easily burn.

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
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Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into fry sticks
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp McCormick Fiesta citrus seasoning
  • ½ tsp Volcanic Peppers Volcanic Dust 2
  • 1-2 dashes cinnamon
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. After cutting potatoes, run them through cold water.
  2. In a bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the cornstarch until completely covered.
  3. Drizzle in the olive oil then add the rest of ingredients.
  4. Rub in seasoning and oil with your hands so fries are well covered then spread out on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning fries once midway through cooking.
  6. Finish under broil for 1-2 minutes and watch closely so they do not burn.
  7. Remove from oven and serve as a snack or side dish.

 

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.

 

This post is shared at Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party Hop

 

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.

 

Camarones Enchilados or Spicy Shrimp Recipe

Whip up this spicy shrimp and rice bowl tonight for a satisfying meal you can prepare in less than 20 minutes! You have probably seen this dish on almost every Spanish or Portuguese restaurant menu. Camarones enchilados or spicy shrimp, are hearty, flavorful and the perfect comfort food. Once you see how easy it is to make it may just become part of your go-to menu item during the week.

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You can make this dish as spicy as you like. I used jalapenos in this dish but Thai chilies will go well, as well as serranos, or cayenne peppers. It’s really a matter of how much heat you can tolerate and pepper flavor. Jalapenos are mild enough so the flavor of the shrimp, pepper and onions aren’t overpowered.

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One way to save a lot more time is by purchasing your shrimp de-veined. If you can get them to remove the shells then even better!

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Camarones Enchilados or Spicy Shrimp
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb shrimp, deveined
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, julienne
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of rice
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare the rice per directions on the package. While rice is cooking prep the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Remove shell from shrimp and clean well. If shrimp is not deveined make sure to remove vein.
  3. On medium heat, heat up oil in a large saute pan then add the onions. Onions can be left as rings or you can cut them into half rings. Stir occasionally and cook until soft. Add the green peppers, the jalapenos and the garlic and stir until peppers are soft.
  4. Add the tomato sauce then add the salt and pepper to taste. Let the sauce come to a boil.
  5. Add the shrimp and cook for about 4-5 minutes. While shrimp is cooking, if the sauce is too thick add ½ cup of water and continue cooking.
  6. Remove shrimp from heat so as to not overcook. Serve the shrimp over rice.