Spicy Kale and Egg Whites Scramble

I’ve been on a healthy kick lately and made this spicy kale and egg whites scramble. To my surprise it was very filling even without bread! I’ve been detoxing now for a couple of weeks trying to get rid of some Summer fat! I usually eat healthy but kind of let loose this Summer and ate up anything and everything I wanted. Ice cream, ribs, burgers, you name it and with cookouts and foodie events its tough staying on the healthy track. The trip I took to NOLA didn’t help much either, it was a weekend gorge fest! Anyhow, my detox is primarily a vegetarian, no carb diet. No sugar, no alcohol, no meat and no bueno! Not fun at all but I’m trying to make it interesting, only a couple of weeks to go! This spicy kale and egg whites scramble is light and delicious and has plenty of much needed nutrients!

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I topped it with my own homemade fatalii peppers Bajan style pepper sauce. So good you’ll want to have it every morning!

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Spicy Kale and Egg White Scramble

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time14 mins
Author: Maria

Ingredients

  • Kale washed & chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion sliced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper
  • Bajan pepper sauce

Instructions

  • In saute pan on medium heat, melt the butter and add the onions. Cooks until onions are translucent.
  • Add the garlic, stir then add the kale. Stir until the kale turns soft then immediately add the eggs.
  • Season with salt and pepper and top with Bajan pepper sauce.

 

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.

edamame snack

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!

 

Healthy and Spicy Grilled Sockeye Salmon Recipe

I picked up this beautiful wild Sockeye salmon on my way home from work. Isn’t she a beauty? I was looking for an easy and healthy meal that wouldn’t take too long and grilling has been the only option for me lately. I have refused to turn on the stove even though weather has been a little cooler than normal this August, July was an inferno! The Sockeye is lovely to look at but even better eating it so as soon as I walked in the house I got to prepping for this healthy and spicy grilled Sockeye salmon recipe! Yes you’ll pay a little more for wild sockeye salmon but aren’t you worth it? 🙂 You just have to treat yourself once in a while!

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Sockeye salmon is bright, fresh and all natural and is known across the US as “red salmon” because of its rich, red hue. The Sockeye gets its color from a diet rich in zooplankton and shrimp. Sockeye salmon isn’t the most fatty of salmon or the most popular, the king salmon is, but the sockeye has a stronger salmon flavor. Salmon is one of my favorite fish and nothing like eating natural salmon from the wild, you just feel better eating it. There have been several times when I’ve gone to buy salmon at my local supermarket only to put it back after seeing they’ve add food dye. That’s been done to farmed salmon for years, if it’s not pink enough they’ll add some color for you! The FDA says it’s safe but I’ll bet on nature any day! So sometimes I splurge a little and pay extra for quality as a special treat to myself! I wanted something healthy and easy to make so making this spicy grilled salmon recipe was the perfect after a long day at the office!

salmon

Salmon has many nutrients and it’s meatiness makes it a very filling fish. It’s so simple to prepare, just a little salt and pepper will do most of the time but you know me, I had to turn the heat up and make it spicy! Grilling the fish was also a better option for me considering the heat wave we’ve had this Summer, it gets the skin nice and crispy as well. I first seasoned the salmon with a habanero sea salt but wanted a much bolder heat. I picked up this amazing habanero horseradish sauce from DEFCON Sauces at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo last Spring and had been saving it for a grilled steak dish but this sauce took the salmon to another level.

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The label reads a little scary but don’t be afraid! If you can handle jalapeno heat or a bit of habanero or scotch bonnet peppers you can handle this sauce. Also, it’s not just pure heat, the flavors are bold and well balanced and you can really still taste the horseradish. It’s truly a great sauce. I’m not a fan of products that only burn so always look for great flavor and if it’s not hot enough I can always add extra heat but didn’t have to with this sauce. I grilled the Sockeye salmon first then after it was almost cooked I generously spread the sauce on top. It’ll also be great on steak I’m sure so you may see that next time!

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While the salmon was grilling, I tossed a quick baby spinach salad with red onions and nectarines for some some added sweetness and was done in about 15 minutes! So simple and easy and just what I need after having a long day at work. If you live in the city or an apartment and don’t have a grill get yourself an indoor stove top grill or prepare your salmon on a George Foreman grill, either will work like a charm.

 

Spicy Grilled Sockeye Salmon

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Seafood
Servings: 2
Author: Maria

Ingredients

  • 1 lb wild sockeye salmon
  • Habanero Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp Defcon Habby Horse Hot Habanero Sauce
  • Bunch of baby spinach washed
  • small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 nectarine peeled & thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp ginger balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  • Heat up the grill then season the salmon with the habanero salt. Place the salmon on a grilling rack so fish doesn't stick to the grill. Place the rack with fish directly on grill and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Right before salmon is done, spread the horseradish sauce over salmon and leave on grill for another minute.
  • Prepare a quick salad by tossing the spinach, red onions, nectarines, olive oil, vinegar in a bowl and add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Place the salad on a plate and top with salmon.

 

Vegetarian Spicy Sushi At Beyond Sushi

Move over fish and make way for vegetarian sushi! Yes, there is such a thing and it’s tucked away in Chelsea Market in NYC, one of it’s newest locations. Beyond Sushi is a vegetarian sushi shop that has sprung up around NYC serving sushi style “green” rolls made with healthy vegetarian ingredients that will make any carnivore look twice!

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Located across from Jacques Torres Chocolate shop, Beyond Sushi makes fruit, vegetable, and seaweed green rolls tightly wound up in black rice and mixed grain rice. I never had black rice before, actually I never even knew it existed! Wild rice yes, but black rice is something completely different and according to Beyond Sushi it’s “packed with 18 amino acids, rich in antioxidants, iron, zinc & beta carotene.” The rice contains anthocyanin which after a quick search I found out it is what gives blueberries, blackberries and other flowers, fruits and veggies that deep blue, purple color. The rice tastes similar to brown rice and is very popular in China.

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For me not only does food need to taste good but it should look appetizing as well. Beyond Sushi’s green rolls look like tiny works of art; they’re beautiful, colorful and surprisingly flavorful. I’m not a vegetarian but do like eating healthfully and sometimes vegetarian options are lacking in the flavor department. These rolls however looked too good to pass up and had interesting flavor combinations with plenty of spicy options to choose from!

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The individual bites are very tasty, try the seaweed bite and mango bite topped with jalapeno wasabi!

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Another to try is the “La Fiesta” which is made with avocado, pickled jalapeno, chayote and served with a mango chili oil. One of my favorites is the Spicy Mang, made with avocado, mango, cucumber, a spicy veggie topping and served with a toasted cayenne sauce. There’s great texture too from the crunchy cucumber, and nice creaminess from the avocados. The spicy sauce balances out the sweet mango, giving it a well rounded flavor. These are mildly hot and spicy for me but the flavors are wonderful and very unique!

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I must say though they aren’t very filling. I did get a whole roll with two individual bites and felt very satisfied but was hungry a couple hours later. For my next visit I’ll add the marinated julienned carrots served with a hot pepper paste or the Zen salad served with jalapeno peanut butter sauce, that should do it!

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Beyond Sushi was conceptualize by Guy Vaknin, a finalist in the popular US chef competition show Hell’s Kitchen, and according to their site have two locations. One in Union Square, the other in Chelsea Market.

Cool and Refreshing Natural Spicy Soda

I gave up soda years ago but I still want a cool, fizzy drink everyone once in a while. To satisfy that craving I make my own soda mixing natural juices with seltzer so I can control the sweetness. It’s a lot easier than you think and much more healthy with none of the added chemicals or preservatives!

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What’s great is you can adjust the amount of syrup you want based on how sweet you like it. Also, the flavor combinations are endless! This ginger hibiscus spicy soda doesn’t burn as you might think but does give the drink a nice kick that will perk you right up. I also made lime ice cubes for a little added tartness.

hibiscus-soda

Making simple syrup is easy, just equal parts sugar and water and heating it up until sugar is dissolved and mixture is clear. Just think of all the natural flavors you can add. Get a little creative too and make a mojito soda by infusing mint leaves and limes when making the syrup or ginger and basil! It’s a wonderful alternative to the sugary stuff that’s out there now!

Spicy Ginger Hibiscus Natural Soda

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Author: Maria

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • handful of dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger smashed
  • 2-3 slices of serrano chile
  • seltzer water

Instructions

  • In a saucepan on medium heat add sugar and water and stir. Add the hibiscus flowers, ginger and serrano chiles and continue stirring until all the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil then remove from stove and let mixture cool off.
  • Strain mixture so you are left with just the syrup. In a tall glass, add ice, 2 ounces of syrup and top with seltzer.

 

Store the remaining syrup in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Spicy Crispy Chicken Breasts with Kale Salad

Crispy and crunchy chicken without deep frying? Of course, just follow this quick and easy recipe for crisp, hot and spicy chicken breasts. It’s a more healthy alternative to frying, doesn’t require much prep time and is tender and juicy.

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The key to achieving that crispy texture is to double dip chicken in the wet and dry mixtures.  Browning the chicken on stove top with just butter and finishing it in the oven maintains that crunchy texture and also doesn’t leave with the oily mess you get from frying, never mind the extra fat too.

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Since white meat tends to get a little dry, soaking the chicken in the milk mixture for several minutes will also give you a tender and moist piece of chicken.

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Serve it on a bed of kale salad for a healthy dinner.

Spicy Chicken Breasts and Kale Salad

2 chicken boneless breasts
1 tsp Adobo, divided (found in supermarket Spanish food section or bodega)
1/2 cup flour
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup whole milk
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp pequin pepper flakes
salt & pepper
1/2 stick butter

1. Season the chicken with 1/2 tsp of Adobo and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Set three shallow bowls in front of you and in first bowl add the flour. In the second bowl beat the egg, add milk and season with salt & pepper and mix. Add the bread crumbs to the third bowl, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, the pequin pepper flakes, the remaining Adobo seasoning and mix well.

3. Dip the chicken in each of the bowls starting with the flour first. Coat the meat with flour on both sides. Then add the chicken to the milk mixture and let it sit for about five minutes. If you have a little extra time let it soak in the milk mixture and leave in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Lastly, dip chicken in the seasoned bread crumbs until well coated.

4. Repeat step 3 except don’t let chicken soak in milk just dip quickly and cover in bread crumbs.

5. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat, add butter. When butter has melted, saute the chicken until you get a nice brown color on both sides.

6. Finish the chicken in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked all the way through. Remove from oven and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Slice chicken and serve over kale salad.

Feta & Red Onion Kale Salad

Chop a bunch of kale greens and toss with a little red wine vinegar, olive oil, thinly sliced red onion and crumbled feta cheese.