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.

 

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.

 

Gobi Manchurian Spicy Cauliflower Fritters Recipe

I don’t know about you but I have dozens of bookmarked recipes in cookbooks and online that I’ve been meaning to try. There are so many great looking & great sounding recipes out there but the true test is when you make it yourself and all doubt is erased. What can I say, I’m a skeptic, I’ve tried so many recipes and sometimes they just don’t measure up to the photos or descriptions so I like to decide for myself if its a keeper or not.  This gobi manchurian, spicy cauliflower fritters recipe is one you will fall in love with over and over again!

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Cauliflower just never appealed to me. I always thought it was bland and one of those vegetables that just takes on the flavor of whatever its mixed with so I just never bothered with it. I usually passed up cauliflower until I had a pureed version of it in a dish as well as in other Indian spicy dishes. There are subtle flavors there but more importantly there are many healthy benefits one should not pass up. According to WebMD, “cauliflower is high in vitamin C, potassium, fiber, folic acid and contains a sulfur compound called isothiocyanate that protects health and prevents disease”. It’s also low in calories but I’m about to change that in a minute!

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I’ve mentioned this recipe to you before in one of my spicy roundup post and since I didn’t change anything about this it I won’t post recipe here but you can find it at Sinfully Spicy. I didn’t deep fry these but did use less than 1 inch of oil in pan and turned vegetables once they were brown on one side. I may try steaming the cauliflower next time, just a little though so they don’t have to fry as long. Soaking up the oil with lots of paper towels also helps too.

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This is a delicious, spicy dish that can be served as a side dish or do what I did and enjoy a bowl of it with refreshing coconut water or a chilled acidic white wine. The cauliflowers fritters are soft in the inside but have a nice crunch to them for a chewy bite. The flavors are bold and incredibly satisfying. I will definitely be making this again!

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
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Ingredients
  • Kale, washed & chopped
  • ½ medium onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper
  • Bajan pepper sauce
Instructions
  1. In saute pan on medium heat, melt the butter and add the onions. Cooks until onions are translucent.
  2. Add the garlic, stir then add the kale. Stir until the kale turns soft then immediately add the eggs.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and top with Bajan pepper sauce.

 

Light and Crispy Spicy Tortilla Pizzas

As you know I picked up a few fatalii peppers recently and here is what I made, light and crispy spicy tortilla pizzas! Ok, no real cooking involved but it’s a great way to enjoy these powerful peppers and they are  super quick and easy to make. I find that the best way to get a good sense for how to cook with a chile pepper you never tried is to enjoy it raw. This way you’ll know more or less what foods to pair it with in the future. A few slivers of the fatalii chile peppers on these pizzas is enough to make your mouth burn but also not so much to mask the other flavors. However, let’s keep it real, these chile peppers will definitely make your nose run and your mouth will burn for a good 30 minutes or so but isn’t that what we spicy food lovers seek? The thrill and the anticipation always makes my mouth water even if there is some regret afterwards but no, not regrets this time…

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I love making these tortilla pizzas, they’re super easy and perfect for when you only want to snack or have a light lunch. It’s also a great way to enjoy these wonderfully spicy chile peppers and the flavors in a pizza without all the carbs, calories and fat!

 

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In the Mediterranean style pizza above above I just sliced a few tomatoes, no sauce needed, topped with crumbled feta cheese, basil and a few slices of fatalii chile peppers. The feta has a very sharp flavor but the citrus in the peppers blended nicely with this pizza. For the pizza below I used spicy marinara, fresh mozzarella, sliced red onions, basil and topped with sliced fatalii chile peppers. This wasn’t as hot as I thought it would be since the fresh mozzarella helped tame some of the heat but it was my favorite of the two!

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These tortilla pizzas are light, crispy, packed with flavor and very healthy…well unless you eat a half dozen of them which isn’t too difficult!