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Use Mason jar lids to make portion sized mini fruit pies and tarts!

It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.

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How To Make Mini Pies and Tarts with Mason Jar Lids

This week’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks fits perfectly into this month’s Recipe ReDux theme:

Small Bite Desserts

In honor of The Recipe ReDux’s 6th birthday, we’re celebrating with cake…or another small bite dessert that fits your fancy.

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Use Mason jar lids to make portion sized mini fruit pies and tarts!

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How To Make Mini Pies and Tarts with Mason Jar Lids

This week’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks fits perfectly into this month’s Recipe ReDux theme:

Small Bite Desserts

In honor of The Recipe ReDux’s 6th birthday, we’re celebrating with cake…or another small bite dessert that fits your fancy. Show us your healthy small bite dessert creation.


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I’ve first tried this hack a few years ago (it was my first Periscope cast) and then I refined it for a Healthy Aperture post for Mini Pear and Fig Tarts. Now it’s one of my favorite baking tricks for making desserts with built-in portion control!

You’ll need 3½-inch Mason jar lids [*affiliate link* – I use these Ball wide mouth lids and bands] and you use them like you would use a regular size tart pan (that’s the pan with a removable bottom) to make mini tarts and pies.

Use Mason jar lids to make portion sized mini fruit pies and tarts! Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

As for the dough, you can use frozen pie crust. I’ve used this pie crust recipe with this hack as well as a sweeter dough recipe similar to this German Fruit Tart (and featured in the mini cherry tarts below.)

For the fruit, simply cut up 2 1/2 cups of fresh fruit or thaw frozen fruit in a pan. I add a few tablespoons of sugar, honey or jam (or less if the fruit is really ripe and sweet) and then mash it up and let it sit for about 10 minutes (this is called macerating.) Then I mix in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, some vanilla extract and your pie filling is ready to go.

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Use Mason jar lids to make portion sized mini fruit pies and tarts!

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups pitted and chopped cherries
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar, honey or jam
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 frozen pie crust, thawed or use the dough in this German Fruit Tart

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together cherries and sweetener. Mash with the back of a fork and then let berries sit 10 minutes.
  • Mix in cornstarch and extract. Set aside
  • On a heavily floured surfaced, knead dough a few times and divide into eight balls. Pat each ball into a 4-inch circle. Place each circle in 3½-inch Mason jar lids. Pat down and push dough up the side of the rim of each lid. Prick the bottom of each crust with a fork.
  • Spoon cherries into each crust.
  • Place crusts on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until the crusts’ edges start to turn golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool slightly. Then remove tarts from each mason jar lid. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla yogurt.

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Ice cream sandwiches stacked up tall and frosted with mounds of fluffy vanilla whipped yogurt frosting; slice and serve for big smiles.

[Disclosure: I was compensated by Skinny Cow to write this post but as you will read, my love for vanilla ice cream goes waaaay back. Thanks for supporting brands which support Teaspoon Of Spice….and as always, thoughts and opinions are totally my own.]

Five things are always in my house:

Canned beans, bananas, good coffee, milk and ice cream.

I like bananas, but they are mostly for the kids.

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Ice cream sandwiches stacked up tall and frosted with mounds of fluffy vanilla whipped yogurt frosting; slice and serve for big smiles.

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[Disclosure: I was compensated by Skinny Cow to write this post but as you will read, my love for vanilla ice cream goes waaaay back. Thanks for supporting brands which support Teaspoon Of Spice….and as always, thoughts and opinions are totally my own.]

Five things are always in my house:

Canned beans, bananas, good coffee, milk and ice cream.

I like bananas, but they are mostly for the kids. Everything else on the list is for me. Canned beans can always save dinner. And I gotta have coffee with milk and ice cream daily.

Growing up, my mom served dessert every single night at dinner. It was usually one small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sometimes with fruit. Sometimes with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. But it was always served in one of those small Corningware tea cups.

Today, my days almost always end with ice cream: sometimes at dinner with the kids, or often I take a little ‘moment for me’ after they go to bed.

I can thank Mom for serving a ‘reasonable’ portion of ice cream – and I think it’s important my kids learn what ‘a scoop’ of ice cream looks like (about ½ cup.) So I always serve dessert in small blue custard cups – just right for a scoop of ice cream (or apple crisp or chocolate pudding or whatever dessert has at least some nutrition.)  


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So since dessert is a big part of my so-called ‘food philosophy,’ when Skinny Cow approached me to try their ice cream sandwiches with a new recipe and new look, I was more than open to the idea. (: The first thing I did was take a look at the ingredients list: skim milk is the first ingredient. The rest of the list is fairly simple.

And in terms of the nutrition, the Vanilla Gone Wild Ice Cream Sandwiches have only 160 calories each…which is about the same as my typical ½ cup scoop of vanilla ice cream which has 150 calories. They also have a good 4 grams of protein, which is better than the 2 grams protein in my regular scoop.

Then I checked to see if Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches would fit into my blue dessert custard cups. They do. Talk about the perfect portion.

So, I started thinking about those ice cream cakes I’ve seen.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake with Frozen Yogurt Frosting | @TspCurry

And this healthier Ice Cream Sandwich Cake with Frozen Yogurt Frosting cake was born. It makes a very impressive (and easy!) dessert for you and your girlfriends to enjoy over a coffee chat. It goes without saying, kids will love it.

Boy, oh boy, is it ever worth the like 20 minutes it takes to throw together. It would also be perfect to all month long in July, which is National Ice Cream Month. Next, I plan to make it with Skinny Cow Cool as Can Be Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Enjoy your ‘me moment’ with this stacked up Ice Cream Sandwich Cake with Frozen Yogurt Frosting.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake with Frozen Yogurt Frosting | @TspCurry

Place ice cream sandwiches on bottom of bread pan

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake with Frozen Yogurt Frosting | @TspCurry

Layer with whipped Greek yogurt cream

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Ice cream sandwiches layered with whipped Greek yogurt cream; slice and serve for smiles!

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  • Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

½ cup vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt (look for 20 g or less of total sugar)

1 half-pint heavy whipping cream

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

9 Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches, unwrapped

Instructions

Line a 9 x 5-inch bread pan with parchment paper so the sides hang over the edges.

Place yogurt and cream in a large (chilled) mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer or a stand mixer, whip cream until peaks are fluffy, but stiff. (It’s much harder to over-mix cream with the addition of yogurt. So don’t panic, whip until it’s a consistency that will spread and stick to the ‘cake.’) Mix in vanilla extract.

Place 3 ice cream sandwiches on the bottom of the prepared bread pan. Cut 2 sandwiches in half, fit 3 sandwich halves into the bottom of the pan to make 1 layer of ice cream sandwiches.

Spread half of the whipped yogurt cream into the crevices between the sandwiches and over the top of the sandwiches to make a thin layer of cream.

Top cream layer with 3 more whole sandwiches and 3 more sandwich halves. Top with the remaining cream, making waves in the top of the cream layer for a ‘fancy’ look, if desired.

Chill in the freezer for at least 1 hour. To serve, let Ice Cream Sandwich Cake stand at room temperature for 15 minutes to soften. Slice with a serrated knife.

Notes

If time allows, chill mixing bowl and beater/s in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before whipping cream, for faster thickening of cream.

Heavy whipping cream contains no sugar and no hydrogenated oils (like Cool Whip!) I like to add it whipping cream to Greek yogurt for healthier whipped cream that mounds up beautifully and really hard to overwhip.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake with Frozen Yogurt Frosting | @TspCurry

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How to Not Burn Nuts | Healthy Kitchen Hacks http://teaspoonofspice.com/how-to-not-burn-nuts/ http://teaspoonofspice.com/how-to-not-burn-nuts/#comments Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:05:50 +0000 http://teaspoonofspice.com/?p=19506 How to Not Burn Nuts | Healthy Kitchen Hacks

Dos and don’ts for how to get toasty, flavorful almonds, walnuts, pecans and other nuts …without burning.

It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.

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How Not to Burn Nuts

Whoooops!

That was often my experience when I tried to toast almonds, walnuts and pecans.

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Dos and don’ts for how to get toasty, flavorful almonds, walnuts, pecans and other nuts …without burning.

We share kitchen shortcuts and tricks on how to cook more healthfully and deliciously in the kitchen. Teaspoonofspice.com

It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.

You can see all our Healthy Kitchen Hacks here. To get exclusive healthy kitchen hacks – only available to our email subscribers – sign up HERE.

Now…onto today’s featured Healthy Kitchen Hack:

How Not to Burn Nuts

Whoooops!

That was often my experience when I tried to toast almonds, walnuts and pecans. I always seemed to burn them. Now I follow a few ‘Dos and Don’ts’ and my nuts turn out toasty, fragrant…and not burned.

How to NOT Burn Nuts | @TspCurry

Do:

  • Toast nuts in the oven. Bake in the oven at 375-degrees F. While the oven can have hot spots, the heat is not so intense to burn nuts quickly.
  • Shake the pan frequently.  Use a high-sided pan – like a cake pan – so you can easily shake the nuts to toast evenly. Bake for 5 minutes, then shake. Roast at 3-minute intervals, shaking after each 3 minutes.
  • Check doneness by aroma and color. Once you begin to smell the toasty nut aroma, you can stop roasting. For more intense color, roast about 3 minutes longer.

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Don’t

  • Don’t toast nuts on the stovetop in a pan. It’s just too easy to burn one side while the other side of the nut is still blond. Also, pans can heat unevenly, so some nuts burn, while others are barely toasty.
  • Don’t toast chopped nuts. Again, pieces will be uneven. Plus, nuts are much easier to chop if you toast first, then chop. A knife will slide right through warm nuts, because the oils have been warmed and softened.
  • Don’t toast broken nuts. With a smaller surface area, they will burn before whole pieces are done. Pick out the broken pieces of almonds, for example. If toasting walnuts, or pecans, make sure they are whole or all the pieces are the same size.

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My favorite toasted nut recipes:

Honey Nut Crusted Chicken

Deanna’s Breakfast Rice Bowl with Dried Plums, Pears, and Almonds

Have you ever burned nuts? How do you like to eat toasted nuts?

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The classic tropical Pina Colada made sweeter with fresh coconut and fresh pineapple.

This recipe was originally published in 2014 – and has become one of our most popular posts. I’ve updated it with new photos and new Healthy Kitchen Hacks >> Like: freeze the pineapple first for a super thick drink.

When I stay with my sister and her four kids in Montana, things can get a little crazy. Her four, plus my four…well, tropical pina colada are a tasty cure-all.

Making these naturally sweet, icy refreshers with fresh coconut (instead of the typical coconut cream) makes them soooo much more sweet-coconutty – and entertains the kids for a good 30 minutes.

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The classic tropical Pina Colada made sweeter with fresh coconut and fresh pineapple.

Got a hammer? Then you can crack a coconut for: FRESH COCONUT PINA COLADAS | @TspCurry

This recipe was originally published in 2014 – and has become one of our most popular posts. I’ve updated it with new photos and new Healthy Kitchen Hacks >> Like: freeze the pineapple first for a super thick drink.

When I stay with my sister and her four kids in Montana, things can get a little crazy. Her four, plus my four…well, tropical pina colada are a tasty cure-all.

Making these naturally sweet, icy refreshers with fresh coconut (instead of the typical coconut cream) makes them soooo much more sweet-coconutty – and entertains the kids for a good 30 minutes.

Fresh Coconut Pina Coladas | @TspCurry

However, the Youtube video on how to crack a fresh young Melissa’s cococnut claims we would need only a sharp knife.

Not true.

How to crack a fresh young coconut | @TspCurry

By the end of coconut cracking, we’d brought out a hammer and nail to assist in following the YouTube steps. The kids thought it was a BIG deal; because of course, what other occurrence involves a hammer with food? It wasn’t hard at all. In fact my 7 year-old son did all the hammering.

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And a few more tools you’ll need: lots of straws for sipping the soooo delicious coconut water! Fresh young coconuts are cheap (less than $3) and super healthy. And the thrill of slurping fresh coconut water never dies.

How to Crack a Fresh Young Coconut: FRESH COCONUT PINA COLADAS | @TspCurry

By using fresh pineapple and fresh coconut, I was able to Re-Dux the classic syrupy-sweet pina colada for this month’s Recipe ReDux theme of “A Spirited ReDux“. Follow these super easy ‘How to Cut a Pineapple‘ instructions by Karman at Nutrition Adventures.

How to Crack a Fresh Young Coconut: FRESH COCONUT PINA COLADAS | @TspCurry

Here’s what I did to make my healthier version of Homemade Pina Coladas:

Pureed the coconut and pineapple to retain all the nutrient-rich solids. Many of the recipes I found strained the coconut and the pineapple out of the final mix. Keeping the solids maintains fiber and antioxidants and vitamins found in the whole fruit.

Cut out most of the added sugar. Most versions had tablespoons of sugar per drink. Mine has just 1 teaspoon. The sweet fresh pineapple adds plenty of sweetness. If you need to add more, add by 1/2 teaspoon.

Be sure to make an extra batch of these and leave out the rum for the kids, but don’t forget the cocktail umbrellas. They will be pleased as punch!   


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Classic tropical Pina Coladas made sweeter with the addition of fresh pineapple and fresh coconut. Only 1 teaspoons of sugar in each drink. Rum is optional.

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Ingredients

2/3 cup chopped fresh coconut

1 cup chopped fresh pineapple (or canned) frozen for 1-2 hours

1 cup coconut water (from fresh coconut if your kids don’t drink it all or I used Vita Coco brand)

2-3 teaspoons sugar

2 ounces rum

ice

Instructions

In a blender place coconut, frozen pineapple, coconut water and puree for 3-4 minutes until coconut is thoroughly pureed.

Add sugar and taste after a quick blend.

Add rum and ice to taste.

Garnish with fresh pineapple and a cocktail umbrella.

Notes

Freeze pineapple on a parchment-covered tray at least 1-2 hours before making the drink for a thicker, frostier drink.

Follow these super easy instructions for ‘How to Cut a Pineapple‘ by Nutrition Adventures.

I followed this YouTube video on how open a coconut, but my coconut was trickier to open. I needed a hammer and a nail too.

Have you ever cracked open a fresh coconut? What’s your favorite tropical drink?

How to Crack a Fresh Young Coconut: FRESH COCONUT PINA COLADAS | @TspCurry

Please check out all the other sippable Spirited ReDuxes below from our Recipe ReDux friends:


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Upgrade your next summer salad and grill your lettuce!

It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.

You can see all our Healthy Kitchen Hacks here. To get exclusive healthy kitchen hacks – only available to our email subscribers – sign up HERE.

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How To Grill Lettuce

When it comes to cooking vegetables, I’m usually roasting them.

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Upgrade your next summer salad and grill your lettuce!

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You can see all our Healthy Kitchen Hacks here. To get exclusive healthy kitchen hacks – only available to our email subscribers – sign up HERE.

Now…onto today’s featured Healthy Kitchen Hack:

How To Grill Lettuce


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Upgrade your next salad and grill your lettuce! Learn how at Teaspoonofspice.com

When it comes to cooking vegetables, I’m usually roasting them. But come summertime, the grill (both on the outside grill and inside on my trusty grill pan <—affiliate link!) becomes my go-to way to cook them.

I remember when I first had grilled lettuce. It was at a restaurant in Hagerstown, MD where my parents were living and it was an unbelievably delicious Caesar salad -the romaine hearts were cut in half and grilled. And I’ve been grilling lettuce ever since.

Upgrade your next salad and grill your lettuce! Learn how at Teaspoonofspice.com

Romaine, red leaf, green leaf, Boston and bibb lettuce are the ones I usually grill as you can take a whole head and cut it in half easily. Here’s how to grill lettuce:

  1. Heat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Cut the head of lettuce in half and brush each side with oil.
  3. Place on grill for 2 – 3 minutes until grill marks appear.
  4. Flip over and grill another 2 minutes, until slightly wilted.
  5. Serve as is or chop up grilled halves into bite-size pieces and add your favorite salad toppings.

My favorite way enjoy grilled lettuce is to grill Romaine lettuce, top it with Parmesan cheese, black pepper and this Anchovy-Free Caesar Dressing.

Upgrade your next salad and grill your lettuce! Learn how at Teaspoonofspice.com

Two more of my favorite grilled salads:
Grilled Chicken Caesar Pita Salad
Roasted Orange, Asparagus and Cheddar Grilled Salad

Have you ever grilled lettuce? How do you serve it?

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[Disclosure: As a co-owner of The Recipe ReDux, I was compensated to co-manage this recipe contest with Breton. I also received free cracker samples. Thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Ahh, it’s summertime and party time! These days seem to be a whirlwind of showers, graduations, weddings, birthdays, recitals – lots of celebrations that include feeding people.

I don’t know about you but I never seem to have many “go-to” appetizers but then this recipe challenge came to the rescue. Breton Crackers is sponsoring this month’s Recipe ReDux contest and challenging our bloggers to create simple hors d’oeuvre recipes using 5 ingredients or less.

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Easy-to-make appetizer: mini fig and goat cheese salads on top of Breton crackers. Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

[Disclosure: As a co-owner of The Recipe ReDux, I was compensated to co-manage this recipe contest with Breton. I also received free cracker samples. Thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Ahh, it’s summertime and party time! These days seem to be a whirlwind of showers, graduations, weddings, birthdays, recitals – lots of celebrations that include feeding people.

I don’t know about you but I never seem to have many “go-to” appetizers but then this recipe challenge came to the rescue. Breton Crackers is sponsoring this month’s Recipe ReDux contest and challenging our bloggers to create simple hors d’oeuvre recipes using 5 ingredients or less.

Easy-to-make appetizer: mini fig and goat cheese salads on top of Breton crackers. Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com


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So, I got try their new Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers, which not only are light and crispy but wow on the taste! They’re made with wheat, quinoa and rye and have pieces of sweet potato baked into each cracker – they’re pretty darn delicious on their own and are a great base for both savory and sweet bites.

After fiddling around with a few ideas, I settle on a mini salad on each cracker (but now I have tons of ideas for future cracker appetizers thanks to this contest!)

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Fig and Goat Cheese Salad Cracker Bites

Easy-to-make appetizer: mini fig and goat cheese salads on top of Breton crackers. Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

Easy-to-make appetizer: mini fig and goat cheese salads on top of Breton crackers.

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Ingredients

  • 16 Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers
  • 4 large pieces of Romaine lettuce, ripped into fourths
  • 4 ounces spreadable goat cheese
  • 8 dried or fresh figs, cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Cracked black pepper, optional

Instructions

To assemble, place a piece of lettuce on each cracker. Gently spread goat cheese over each piece of lettuce. Top with a fig half and place all crackers on serving tray. Drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with black pepper if desired. Serve immediately.

Easy-to-make appetizer: mini fig and goat cheese salads on top of Breton crackers. Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

If you are stumped for what to serve your guests at your next gathering, check out all the ReDuxers’ appetizer recipes below using Breton crackers.

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Easy-to-make appetizer: mini fig and goat cheese salads on top of Breton crackers. Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com
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Ice cream + coffee – what’s not to love?

Affogato is an Italian dessert traditionally made with gelato and espresso and I’ve whipped up my take on it over at Healthy Aperture —> Salted Caramel Affogato With Grilled Peaches.

It’s a delicious, no-cook dessert for warmer weather! For the recipe, head over to Healthy Aperture and check out how simple it can be to make an affogato.

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Salted caramel and peaches meet vanilla ice cream and espresso in this seasonal version of affogato.

Ice cream + coffee – what’s not to love?

Affogato is an Italian dessert traditionally made with gelato and espresso and I’ve whipped up my take on it over at Healthy Aperture —> Salted Caramel Affogato With Grilled Peaches.

Salted caramel and peaches meet vanilla ice cream and espresso in this seasonal version of affogato.

It’s a delicious, no-cook dessert for warmer weather! For the recipe, head over to Healthy Aperture and check out how simple it can be to make an affogato.

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Is apple cider vinegar the health food it’s touted to be? You may be surprised by these healthy ways to use it.

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Is apple cider vinegar the health food it’s touted to be? You may be surprised by these healthy ways to use it.

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Top 3 Tasty Ideas for Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar or drinking vinegar? | @TspCurry

Is apple cider vinegar healthy? Of course it is. It has no calories, no salt, no sugar. But is it this list of no’s that make it healthy?

Well, no.

It’s what you can do with apple cider vinegar to add zip and zing to lots of healthy, nutrient-rich food that makes it healthy. For a good overview on the healthy benefits of apple cider vinegar, check out this article by fellow dietitian, Carrie Dennett. She found a small but interesting study on the blood-sugar-lowering benefits of apple cider vinegar


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Now, on to the tasty benefits of apple cider vinegar:

1. Drinking Vinegars and Shrubs

Strawberry Shrub | @TspCurry

Just the way acidic lemon in lemonade really quenches your thirst, the tingle of acid in drinking vinegars have increased their popularity. Shrub cocktails are one of the hottest at the bar now – even though shrub fruit syrups were an old fashioned way to preserve fruit.

Fruit shrub syrups are generally fruit + sugar>> cooked down and strained, then preserved with vinegar. It is mixed with water or alcohol to make a thirst-quenching beverage.

Drinking vinegar is very similar. But usually fruit, herbs or spices are infused into vinegar, sugar is added later.

Apple cider is the perfect vinegar to start making either refresher. Unlike the harsher distilled vinegar, apple cider vinegar is slightly fruity and has a lighter flavor even though both have a 5% acidity.

My Recipe ReDux friends just posted two shrubs using apple cider vinegar: Rhubarb Ginger Shrub by @Eggplant & Olive and Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shrubhattan by @Eat, Drink, Be Healthy

But sometimes I cheat, as the shrub process takes at least 12 hours of steeping.

My Quick Shrub is also totally refreshing:

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2-3 strawberries (or any other fruit, 2 apple slices are lovely) + optional herbs, like mint
  • 8-10 ounces sparkling or still water

2. The Very Best Potatoes

1 Tablespoon Vinegar on Potato Salad | @TspCurry

Whether making Memorial Day potato salad, or a big bowl of steamy mashed potatoes, always add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to just-drained hot potatoes. The acid perks up any creamy, mayo-covered potato salad, taking it from good…to the best potato salad. And in a buttery bowl of mashed potatoes, the zing helps bring out the buttery flavor more, so you can actually use less butter.

3. Add Sparkle to Soups 

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If you’ve ever tasted a soup or stew that just ‘needed something,’ chances are it needed a little acid, not more salt. The same is true for a bowl of steamed veggies. While you can always use lemon juice, like I do in my 4-Ingredient Lemon Chickpeas, you may not have a lemon. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar is perfect to add zing to almost any soup or stew. I even add it to canned soups, canned tuna, and even baked beans.

Have you ever tried these hacks? What is your favorite way to use apple cider vinegar?

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Try this easy trick to remove strawberry hulls and cut back on food waste!

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Best Way To Hull Strawberries (and Cut Down On Food Waste)

I featured this trick on a recent Facebook Live demonstrating how to make Strawberry Mango Pico de Gallo.

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Best Way To Hull Strawberries (and Cut Down On Food Waste)


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I featured this trick on a recent Facebook Live demonstrating how to make Strawberry Mango Pico de Gallo. I don’t remember where I picked up this hack but it definitely was one of those “aha” moments in my kitchen when it worked. All you need is a thick plastic straw – I use the one from my daughter’s water bottle!

  1. Place straw at the center bottom of the strawberry.
  2. Gently push up until the straw pops up on the other side with the hull at the top of the straw.
  3. Remove hull and straw.

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What I love about this hack is it not only easy to do but it cuts back on food waste as you are essentially only removing the hull (and a tiny bit of flesh in the middle of the strawberry) VS. hacking off the top and losing the top portion of the the strawberry flesh.

BONUS HACK: Add your strawberry hulls to a pitcher of water! They add a lovely hint of strawberry flavor. After a few days, strain them and then compost.

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Strawberry recipe inspiration:
Strawberry Rhubarb Slump <—-I make this every single season
Fresh Strawberry Glace Pie <—-Super simple pie (and find out about Serena almost bought a strawberry farm!)
German Fruit Tart <—– One of my mom’s classic desserts.

Have you ever tried this hack? What is your favorite recipe featuring strawberries?

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A party in a glass. This bright pink cocktail combines tart rhubarb, spicy ginger, lime, herbal rhubarb spirits and gin for summer cocktail happiness.

Cheers! It’s rhubarb season. And I’m a total #Rhubarbgeek – as evidenced by the NINE rhubarb recipes we have created…and the recent Facebook Live my 4-year old and I did on an easy 5-Minute Rhubarb Sauce.

Another person who adores rhubarb is my mother-in-law.

Now, we don’t always see eye-to-eye. Our preferences in libations vary drastically. She is more a Mogen David wine fan than I.

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A party in a glass. This bright pink cocktail combines tart rhubarb, spicy ginger, lime, herbal rhubarb spirits and gin for summer cocktail happiness.

Ruby Rhubarb Ginger Cocktail | @TspCurry

Cheers! It’s rhubarb season. And I’m a total #Rhubarbgeek – as evidenced by the NINE rhubarb recipes we have created…and the recent Facebook Live my 4-year old and I did on an easy 5-Minute Rhubarb Sauce.

Another person who adores rhubarb is my mother-in-law.

Now, we don’t always see eye-to-eye. Our preferences in libations vary drastically. She is more a Mogen David wine fan than I. And we usually disagree about the size of ice cream scoop that is necessary for my children. But I’m super lucky to have her. She will drop everything to drive 9 hours from Michigan to care for my kids whenever needed.

And she has nine giant rhubarb plants in her garden.

With the recent bounty she brought me, I created this cocktail for The Recipe ReDux‘s May theme of Cocktails and Mocktails. This lovely sipper is sweet, like Grandma’s Ball’s preferred wine. But not too sweet, like quadruple scoops of ice cream. In fact, the tartness of rhubarb provides perfect balance to any cocktail.

Ruby Rhubarb Ginger Cocktail | @TspCurry

You may be wondering: how do you get those tough vegetable stalks into a cool glass of refreshment? You make rhubarb sauce. This is easy because rhubarb cooks down in less than 10 minutes. Then not only do you have thick sweet-tart sauce to top pancakes, but, when strained, you have this gorgeous ruby-colored cocktail mixer.

And why add ginger? Because ginger and rhubarb taste awesome together. The sweet spiciness of ginger sort of unpuckers your mouth from rhubarb.

Why lime? The sour adds another zip of refreshment.

Frozen raspberries add brilliant color, because rhubarb is sometimes more olive green in color than pink.

Why rhubarb spirits? Why not! I was given my first bottle of Rhubarb Tea by a friend who knows I’m a #Rhubarbgeek (Deanna!) and its vanilla, cardamom, pink peppercorn, coriander aromas are now a favorite in summer lemonade. You could also just double the amount of gin.

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And gin…. is best here because herbal notes complement the herbal vegetable. And because, well, I am a gin girl.  


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Would Grandma Ball approve? I’m not sure. But she would certainly try it. She’ll try anything. Remind me sometime to tell you the story about how she tried a fish eyeball when we were vacationing together in Florida a while back.

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Ruby Rhubarb Ginger Cocktail

A party in a glass. This shockingly pink cocktail combines tart rhubarb, spicy ginger, lime, herbal rhubarb spirits and gin for summer cocktail happiness.

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Ingredients

Rhubarb Ginger Syrup

1 pound rhubarb, chopped (about 4 cups)

2-inch piece (1.3 oz) ginger, unpeeled, cut into 1/4-inch slices

1/4 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 cup sugar

For each cocktail:

1 1/2 ounces Rhubarb Ginger Syrup

1 ounce gin (I used Pinckney Bend Gin)

1 ounce Rhubarb Tea spirits (or gin)

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Club soda

Instructions

Rhubarb Ginger Syrup

Combine rhubarb, ginger, raspberries and sugar in a medium saucepan. Cover and cook over medium-high heat until boiling, then reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb is completely broken down and strands are visible, 6-10 minutes.

Using a fine mesh strainer, over a bowl, pour sauce through strainer. Press down with a rubber scraper to extract as much syrup as possible. I got about 1 cup syrup. Refrigerate until cold.

For 1 cocktail:

Combine Rhubarb Ginger Syrup, gin, Rhubarb spirits, lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker 3 ice cubes and shake about 30 seconds. Strain into a highball-style glass. Top off with club soda.

Do you like rhubarb? What beverages do you like to drink in summer?

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Spice up your summer with: RUBY RHUBARB GINGER COCKTAIL. This herbal refresher is just sweet enough with red raspberries, ginger, lime, rhubarb spirits, gin, and homemade Rhubarb Ginger Syrup | @TspCurry. For more healthy cocktail recipes: TeaspoonOfSpice.com

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