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Cilantro Dressing

Are you in a vinaigrette rut? Tired of the same old ranch dressing from the store? Try this easy and fresh Cilantro Dressing, the added spice from the hot sauce gives salads a great (and needed) kick.  Whip this up over the weekend, you can easily double the recipe and you’ll have homemade dressing for your salads all week-long.

Helga

Cilantro Dressing

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Orange Chicken

I’ve been in a citrus mood lately, so I have another orange chicken recipe for you this week. I decided to use this one because I liked the combination of ingredients in the marinade. Since I made this on a busy weekday, I completely omitted one step: The original recipe asks that you dredge the chicken pieces in an egg mixture and then coat with cornstarch. Then you have to fry the chicken in 1 cup of oil. I’m sure this step renders a delicious crispy crust, but… no. I really don’t want to dredge the chicken pieces in an egg mixture and then coat them with cornstarch on a busy day.  So, I just marinated the chicken and then stir fried the pieces, adding the thickened sauce at the end. It was still very flavorful, and definitely on the lighter side with no cornstarch coating and a lot less oil. I also used only 2 tablespoons of sugar instead of ½ cup.

White rice is the perfect side for this dish, and a simple cucumber salad would be a great pairing. So there you have it, another one of my busy mom weekday recipes!  Let me know if you try it.

Helga

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Baked Sweet Potato with Spinach and Avocado

Think of a baked russet potato, only this version is made with sweet potatoes and the topping is a healthy mix of spinach and avocado. It’s different, healthy and delicious.  Whenever possible, we should really start substituting regular potatoes for sweet potatoes in our recipes.  I’ve been doing it when making roast chicken with vegetables, instead of potatoes I use diced sweet potatoes drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper.  I’ve also tried sweet potato purée, mixed with carrots which I also drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.  You get the idea, you can use other spices to enhance their flavor, such as cumin, curry, pepper, cayenne or paprika.  Here’s some nutritional benefits I found online to share with you:

Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant known to give orange vegetables and fruits their vibrant color, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against asthma and heart disease and delay aging and body degeneration.

Keep the skin on! The color of sweet potato skin can vary from white to yellow, purple or brown but no matter what color it is, make sure you do not peel it off. A sweet potatoes skin contributes significant amounts of fiber, potassium and quercetin, which acts like an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory, and may help protect against heart disease.

Source: Medical News Today

Helga

Baked Sweet Potato with Spinach and Avocado

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