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How to Make Pancakes from Scratch – 15 Super Easy Recipes for Pancake Day 2018

How to Make Pancakes from Scratch – 15 Super Easy Recipes for Pancake Day 2018

Pancakes for breakfast, now that’s a great idea, right? And while a pre-ready pancake mix might be considered a godsend by some, it is safe to say homemade pancakes will beat a store-bought mix any day of the year. There are three reasons behind this: Preparing your own pancakes from scratch is way more fun, less expensive and what’s more, you can let your imagination go wild.

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Mastering The Art of Making Pancakes

If you are a newbie in the cooking world, you should first know some of the pancake preparation basics, then choose a pancake recipe from the Best American Pancake Recipes – Quick, Easy and Delicious, and put your knowledge to the test J. While there is not ONE particular tip on making the perfect pancake recipe because tips will vary depending on the recipe, there are a few things that apply to all of them:

  • A non-stick skillet is a must!
  • Use fresh raising agents (baking soda and baking powder).
  • Make sure the wet ingredients you are using are at room temperature.
  • Make a test batch (it will help you find the right cooking temperature, and see when is the best time to flip).

Fruity Pancake Recipes

Regardless of whether they are a part of the batter itself, or are used as toppings or add-ins, fruits are always a great way of making pancakes taste even better! With flavors that vary from sweet to tangy, here are some of the best and easiest recipes you will ever need!

  1. Banana Pancakes

We start off with a pancake recipe that only calls for three ingredients (ok, and a pinch of salt, and some oil for cooking). This pancake recipe will only take up 5 minutes of your time, and the result will be delicious pancakes that you will want to prepare day in day out.

Extra: Bananas will not only make the pancakes tastier, but they come along with a wide range of health benefits. First off, they are rich in potassium, a mineral crucial for maintaining a good heart health. Second, they contain a fair amount of fiber (which means they will satiate your hunger faster), and last, but certainly not least, bananas come with a moderate amount of protein.

  1. Blueberry Pancakes

Made with Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour, these hotcakes are the definition of fluffy. Mastering them? Piece of cake, just follow the step-by-step instructions and you are good to go. A sweet and tangy forkful of pillowy soft awesomeness is what you will get.

Extra: Apart from the freshness they provide, blueberries will enhance the health-factor of any batter. See, the vibrant blue color that makes them so appealing to the eye comes as a result of the pigments they contain: anthocyanins. These are also responsible for a large part of the blueberries’ health-promoting features, including their antioxidant power. All in all, blueberries play the role of guards of the cardiovascular system and regulators of the blood sugar levels.

  1. Apple Pancakes

These hotcakes with grated apples are definitely going to become a regular item on your breakfast menu. If you have 5 minutes on your hand, put all the ingredients in a blender and you will get a tasty sweet batter with a note of tartness. There is also a downside tough, you will need 10 minutes to fry them, and only 10 seconds to devour a stack.

Extra: You know the good old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. This only goes to show apples are not only tasty but filled to the brim with health-promoting features that make these delicious fruits great aids when it comes to reducing the risk of diabetes and stroke and promoting neurological health.

Nutty Pancake Recipes

 

Crunchy and tasty, nuts are the ultimate snacks, but, much like fruits, they are also great toppings and add-ins. A general rule to follow whenever you want to implement them in a pancake recipe is ROAST them. This will enhance their nutty flavor and will increase their crunchiness.

  1. Almond Pancakes

With two whole tablespoons of ground almonds, half a teaspoon of almond extract, ¼ cup of slivered almonds, and 6 tablespoons of almond milk, these will definitely be a hit with almond lovers. And, even if you are partial to almonds, once you’ve tasted a bite of these pancakes, you will definitely turn “team almonds”.

All the more reason to prepare this recipe: Almonds, like other nuts, come with a palette of health benefits. Healthy brain and heart function and a healthy skin are results of consuming them on a daily basis. Being rich in riboflavin and L-carnitine is what makes almonds great for the neurological system, whereas, the healthy monounsaturated fatty acids are “to blame” for the health benefits. Last, a hydrated and non-wrinkled skin will be a result of the Vitamin E they contain.

  1. Pecan Pancakes

These fluffy pancakes with half a cup of pumpkin puree and cinnamon will make your kitchen smell like heaven. Warm and sweet, the aroma will definitely bring a smile on your face, and the nutty flavor will only be enhanced by replacing the regular vegetable oil with two tablespoons of walnut oil. Yum!

All the more reason to prepare this recipe: Pecans are known for their power to reduce the LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase the HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood, which means they are great for the overall cardiovascular system. What’s more, they abound with minerals (manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium) and vitamins A, B, C, and E.

Savory Pancake Recipes

 

Be it as a side dish, brunch, or breakfast for dinner, every cook should have a recipe for savory pancakes handy whenever the need for it arises. And while some recipes, like that for the okonomiyaki, require a more experienced cook, the following are super easy and equally tasty.

  1. Potato Pancakes

A satiating and scrumptious recipe that will certainly make you go for seconds, and what’s more, can be prepared in five simple steps. What else does one need? Maybe a boost of iron, calcium and vitamins A and K will do? If you didn’t get around to opening the link above, this recipe also calls for 10 ounces of spinach. And, since it is likely you’ve seen Popeye, you surely know that this translates into healthier muscles, but also a glowing skin and impeccable vision.

  1. Sweet Potato Pancakes

If you are looking for a flapjack recipe that is easy to handle, will take you no longer than half an hour, and it is still worthy of being dubbed lunch-appropriate, then this is the recipe you are looking for. Beside the sweet potatoes, it also calls for chives and an onion. And we all know that this is a combination that is going to please the taste buds, and fill the tummy.

  1. Canadian Bacon Pancakes

This is a recipe for those who want their savory flapjacks to be on the “heavier” side. Although vegetables and herbs like chives, thyme, and watercress are present, the crispy bacon cubes play the main role in this recipe.

Luscious Pancake Recipes

 

Now, pancakes wouldn’t be in the category somewhere in between breakfast and dessert if they were not a great base for experimenting. This is why recipes like the following are a must for every pancake lover out there.

A great way you can go about if you want an out-of-the-ordinary recipe is implement your favorite store-bought treats into the batter, use them as toppings, or better still, use them both ways. And, don’t worry, we’ve got the experimenting part covered, so all you have to do is just follow the instructions. Literally, the only thing you should worry about is decide whether you want to share them with others.

  1. Oreo Pancakes

The Double Stuff Oreo Hotcakes are a dream come true. Half a cup of Oreos goes into the batter, making it taste like the real deal, and a whole cup goes in the stuffing, which means double the trouble. One can say that this is more of a spread, but either way, it is as scrumptious as ever. Whipped cream, vanilla extract, sugar, and Oreos comprise an equation that results in perfection.

A tip: Get some of the Oreos that you were to use for the spread, put them in a plastic zip bag and crush them. Top the stack with them.

  1. Reese’s Pancakes

If you love peanut butter, then this recipe will surely be up your alley. Although the batter itself contains cocoa and chocolate chips, the famous Reese’s are reserved for the syrup. Be careful, though, the peanut butter cups should be stirred into the pan only after you’ve turned the heat off.

A tip: Get some extra Reese’s (the smallest ones) and use them to top each stack for the ultimate Reese’s pleasure.

  1. Nutella Stuffed Pancakes

Well, we have all been there, staring at a jar of Nutella and wondering whether to get a spoon and get it over with. Well, this recipe is an even better idea. The process of making it will require a lot of patience, though, because, let’s face it, you will be more than tempted to eat the whole Nutella jar even before you prepare the pancakes. But, be still, as another old saying goes: “Good things come to those who wait” and these are definitely worth it!

A tip: to make these beauties even more scrumptious and more fun, top them with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles.

Different Pancake Shapes and Forms

There is no shortage of pancake recipes that are unusual and fun. If you are looking for a recipe that will make everyone forget all about the old round pancake, then try one of the following ideas.

  1. Pancake Muffins

Grab your muffin tins, and instead of putting an effort of greasing and re-greasing the pan, just pour the batter into each indention of the mini muffin tin. In 15 minutes the mini muffins will be ready for you to devour.

  1. Mini Pancakes

These hotcakes, also known as silver dollars, are the cutest form in which a batter can come. they are great for parties and social gatherings, as their petite form is found irresistible.

  1. Mini Puffed Pancakes

Being bite-sized is the feature that sets these apart from the others. Although this might be perceived as both a good and a bad thing, (because you might eat one too many) the mini puffed pancakes are definitely a recipe every pancake lover should give a try too.

  1. Donut Pancakes

The last recipe for today is reserved for the fun glazed donuts. Prepare the pancakes as you usually would, and as soon as they start to cool, cut the center out of the hotcakes with a donut hole cutter, or a simple bottle cap.

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We hope that you have found a recipe that sparked your interest. Give at least one of them a try and you will see that making pancakes from scratch is no rocket science at all. Quite the contrary, if you carefully follow the individual instructions, it will be as easy as ABC.

Foods Rich in Fulvic Acid – Benefits & Uses

Foods Rich in Fulvic Acid – Benefits & Uses

Fulvic acid is an active chemical compound which can be found in the soil and, therefore, in certain plants. This acid is highly beneficial to the human body. Its primary function is to help the body absorb other nutrients such as antioxidants, minerals, and fatty acids.

Furthermore, fulvic acid acts as a powerful antioxidant itself – by fighting harmful free radicals it slow down aging, boosts cognitive functions, and fights a number of chronic diseases. Fulvic acid can also be applied externally to treat burns, eczema, acne, dry skin, insect bites, and open wounds. That is why it is often recommended as a bath therapy.

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So, which foods are rich in this highly-beneficial acid? Modern processing technologies are known to affect fulvic acid. This means that it occurs naturally mostly in organic, unprocessed foods. Here are the best sources of fulvic acid:

Organic Vegetables

High levels of fulvic acid are found in organically grown vegetables, especially those whose roots grow deeper underground. Such plants include potatoes, radishes, beets, carrots and other root vegetables.

The roots of these veggies are able to reach the acid easily; however, it is very important that the soil they grow in is clean and unpolluted in order to ensure it is rich in fulvic acid. Pesticides and other chemicals used in modern farming are known to alter the chemical composition of fulvic acid and decrease its levels.

Blackstrap Molasses

Another natural source if fulvic acid is organic blackstrap molasses. This natural sweetener is derived from raw, unprocessed sugarcane. Like the above-mentioned root vegetables, sugarcane’s roots go deep underground, sometimes as deep as five yards!

Shilajit

Fulvic acid is also found in shilajit, a natural substance obtained from cracks in the steepest Himalayan Mountain ranges. Shilajit, also known as known as “destroyer of weakness” and “rock sweat”, has been a part of the traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries. It has been found that shilajit contains more than 80 minerals in ionic form, as well as humic acid and fulvic acid. You can find this bitter-y powder in many health stores.

Fulvic Acid Supplements

Fulvic acid is also available in supplement form. Liquid or ‘water’ fulvic acid is more bioavailable, i.e. it enters the cells more easily. Solid (powdered) fulvic acid supplements are usually yellow in color and not so pleasant in taste. That’s why it is recommendable to mix the powder into juices, smoothies, etc.

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Whichever form of fulvic acid supplements you decide to go with, make sure to read dosage directions carefully since using too much can be potentially dangerous. Even though fulvic acid is generally safe to use, some people may show allergic reactions to it. For these reasons, it is recommended to consult your doctor or physician before taking any supplements.

 

 

 

Super Bowl Foods 2018 Edition – Nachos, Wings, Pizzas and More!

Super Bowl Foods 2018 Edition – Nachos, Wings, Pizzas and More!

The Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner and it has gained a reputation of a holiday. The fact that both football fans and those not so keen on sports are thrilled for the Big Game only goes to show how important the National Football League is to Americans.

And what is even more important? Well, one would say the good company and the positive vibes are what matter the most, but we say it’s OK to admit that it is the FOOD we love these gatherings for.

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The Ultimate Nachos Recipe

On the very top of our Game Night’s list of favorite foods is a snack food dish that has captivated people from all around the world ever since 1943. The year when Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya created the very first version that included corn tortillas topped with jalapeño peppers, and cheddar cheese.

The Ultimate Nachos Recipe is everything you ever wanted: crunchy, cheesy and slightly spicy. Not to mention that The Great American Recipes managed to pay homage to the very first Nacho recipe (with the corn chips, cheddar, and jalapeños) while still keeping the innovative spirit on, by improving it.

How did they manage to do this?

By simply adding a few more ingredients that are both inexpensive and give this snack a whole new dimension. It is amazing how much something as simple as half a pound of ground beef can do when it comes to recipes like this. Your nachos will easily turn from a snack dish to a proper meal dish, and a very tasty one, too.

Be careful with the layering of the chips and the ingredients, though, people tend to take nachos recipes lightly and then nag when they end up with stuck-together chips.

If you follow the step-by-step instructions, though, your nachos will be the best nachos anyone has ever tasted.

Serve these tasty nachos with some sour cream and a salsa sauce. We recommend trying the Peach Mango Salsa.

The Ultimate Super Bowl Nachos Tip:

Since this February 5th the Atlanta Falcons and The New England Patriots will be the teams playing in the Super Bowl LI, why not get some colored restaurant style tortillas and put them on two separate plates.

Arrange one plate with red and blue tortilla chips, since the colors of the “Flying Elvis” are red and blue to represent the Patriots, and arrange the second plate with black and red ones, to represent the Birds’ logo.

Look at it this way: Even if your team doesn’t go home with The Vince Lombardi Trophy, at least you will have the title The Ultimate Nachos Master, so that’s ok.

Super Bowl and Food in Numbers

Nachos are not the only food that football fans love. Super Bowl Sunday ranks second in food consumption in the States, right after Thanksgiving.

The National Chicken Council reports that people across the country will consume more than 1.33 billion chicken wings while watching the game on Sunday, which is 2% more than last year. Chicken wings are by far the most devoured Super Bowl food. Four out of the five most ordered foods during 2016’s Super Bowl chicken wing varieties, namely:

  • –    Smoked wings
  • –    Buffalo wings
  • –    Barbeque wings
  • –    Boneless wings

Want more crazy Super Bowl Food numbers? This year, Americans will test their endurance by eating:

  • –    120 million pounds of avocados
  • –    29 million pounds of chips
  • –    3.8 million pounds of popcorn
  • –    2.5 million pounds of nuts
  • –    4 million pizzas

In addition, they will drink a whopping 325.5 million gallons of cold and foamy beer.

The explanation for these insane numbers, at least partially, lies in – superstition. Besides holding on to their team’s lucky jersey, fiery football fans believe they help their team by ordering and eating ‘lucky foods’.

In Boston, the home of New England Patriots, the Indian spinach, and cheese dish called Saag paneer is considered the luckiest, whereas football fans in Atlanta, the hometown of the Falcons, place their hopes in chicken variations – chicken noodle soup and chicken salad. They also share their belief in Saag paneer with Bostoners, which ranked third in their city, according to the largest national online ordering database, Grubhub.

The other part of the answer to the question ‘Why Americans eat so much during Super Bowl?’ is… Well, Super Bowl is a major event and often a reason for throwing a party for family and friends.

Super Bowl Party Food Guaranteed to Score

No Super Bowl party would be complete without two things – football and food. The first part is planned and organized by the NFL, whereas the menu is up to you. And with so many fatty, flavored, delicious choices like the above-mentioned nachos, chicken wings, guacamole, pizzas, and sandwiches it is simply impossible to go wrong.

However, viewers seem to prefer certain foods over others. Knowing the ultimate Super Bowl Super Snacks will help you plan the perfect menu and the throw a party to remember. Here is a list of the 9 most popular Super Bowl foods besides nachos, which is ranked no.4.

  1. Pizza

What else would be number 1? Pizzerias work like crazy on Super Bowl Sunday, preparing for the busiest take-out day. To avoid the crowded pizza places and waiting for hours for delivery, make your own decadent version at home. I recommend the Tortilla Pepperoni Pizza.

  1. Chili

This classic comfort food is favorite in three American states: Delaware, Minnesota, and Missouri. It’s no surprise, given the fact that chili can be adjusted to anyone’s taste – from vegetarian to protein-packed variations.

  1. Chicken Wings

We have already mentioned how popular chicken wings are on Super Bowl day. This food is favored in Nebraska and Washington. Why wouldn’t it be? Juicy, crunchy, and very easy to make, chicken wings can be prepared in countless varieties, from classic Buffalo to exotic fruity and sticky.

The classic Buffalo chicken dip is most popular in Virginia and Wisconsin. Tennessee is a fan of the Buffalo Chicken Appetizers, whereas Utah and South Dakota like chicken casseroles.

  1. Guacamole

Actually, nachos is number four on the list of most beloved Super Bowl foods, but since it was talked about elaborately earlier, here we will suggest preparing the most popular Super Bowl food in Ohio – Pulled Pork Pita Nachos combined with guacamole. This creamy, fresh Mexican dip is the reason why football fans will consume millions of avocados on Sunday.

  1. Pulled Pork

Besides in Ohio, pulled pork is also the most popular Super Bowl food in Indiana. In addition to representing one of the American cuisine staples, barbecue meat, pulled pork sandwiches are very easy to prepare at home and flavor up to your taste.

  1. Devilled Eggs

Devilishly easy and delightfully zesty, all you need to make these stuffed eggs is mustard, mayonnaise, and seasoning that consists of ranch dressing, green onions, and minced chili peppers.

  1. Pigs in a Blanket

 

Make sure you prepare this dish if your party involves kids. Made with a hot dog rolled into a crescent dough, these miniature favorites are one of the easiest recipes to prepare –  roll up a hot dog in a store-bought dough, place into the oven, and dip in mustard or ketchup. If you have leftover pigs, put them in your kids’ lunch box on Monday.

  1. Jalapeño Poppers

 

These creamy and spicy poppers are loved in New Mexico, New York, and North Dakota. Deep-fried jalapeño poppers will take some time to be prepared, but once they are done, your eyes will pop open with delight. And they will be gone in no time.

  1. Potato Skins

This easy and simple dish unites all the ingredients that football fans love: bacon, melty cheese, and sour cream, complemented with rich and zesty seasonings.

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Although we favor the Ultimate Nachos, all of the above-mentioned recipes (check out the video) are more than suitable to make the Game night unforgettable.

15 Effortless Zucchini Recipes

15 Effortless Zucchini Recipes

Even though summer might seem so far away, that doesn’t stop us from dreaming, planning, and looking for amazing recipes. One of the plants that must find its place on your tables this summer, be it as a light dinner, an appetizer, or incorporated in a dessert, is the nutrient-packed zucchini. The fact that they are inexpensive is all the more reason to stack up on zucchinis and give one of our delicious zucchini recipes a try. But first…

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Three Fun Facts About Zucchinis That Will Make You Love Them Even More

  1. Zucchinis are fruits

No matter how strange it might sound, botanically, zucchinis are actually fruits. Zucchini belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo along with squashes and pumpkins. A botanical berry called a “pepo” is the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower, which means zucchini is a fruit. Uh-oh, it’s going to be confusing next time someone suggests eating more veggies than fruits 🙂 .

  1. The longest zucchini measures 8 ft. 3.3 in

Believe it or not, the longest zucchini was astonishing 2.52 m (8 ft 3.3 in) long. It was grown by Giovanni Batista Scozzafava in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada on 28 August 2014, and has remained the longest zucchini to this very day.

  1. The word zucchini comes from Italian

The plant’s name comes from Italian: zucchina, the diminutive of zucca, which translates as “gourd, marrow, pumpkin, squash”. In fact, the zucchini varieties we know and cook with today were developed in northern Italy in the second half of the 19th century.

The Best Recipe for Zucchini Casseroles

As you probably already know a casserole is not one specific recipe, rather it refers to literally anything that can be made in a casserole pan. This means that much like the lasagna and the moussaka, a recipe which calls for zucchinis to be baked in a casserole pan will naturally be called a zucchini casserole.

We’ve decided, however, to include gratins in this category as well. Although they are not to be confused with casseroles, these two do have several unifying features. Au gratin literally means “with cheese” and it is a technique which includes topping an ingredient with a browned crust. The crust can be made using breadcrumbs, grated cheese, eggs or butter. Sounds familiar? One last thing that makes dishes prepared with these two culinary techniques very similar, is they are traditionally served in the baking / casserole dish. So, to sum up, all gratins are casseroles, but only casseroles that contain cheese can be called gratins.

1# Italian Zucchini Casserole

Since zucchinis as we know them come from Italy, and the very word for them is Italian, why not try and prepare this Italian Zucchini Casserole? If you love Italian sausage, then these zucchini boats topped with mozzarella will be just up your alley. Eat them as they are or use them to top your favorite pasta. Either way, you are in for a treat!

[Get this zucchini casserole recipe here]

2# Chicken Zucchini Gratin

If you are looking for a summer lunch recipe, this is it! The yellow squash and zucchini complement the chicken’s taste and everything comes together in the most colorful, eclectic dish ever!

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3# Veggie Gratin

If you are looking for a vegetarian version of this delicious dish, then prepare the veggie gratin. It can easily be a main course, since asparagus, broccoli, and zucchini all come together to form the most satiating bite ever. And the best part? This recipe is the chameleon of zucchini recipes, so you can easily serve it for lunch, brunch, or as a side dish for chicken or fish.

[Get this zucchini recipe here]

Recipes for Zucchini Bread with and Without Yeast

If you thought that the delicious banana bread and the amazing apple bread were the only shortbreads out there, you were very wrong. Zucchini bread is equally as tasty as its apple and banana cousins :). And here are 4 recipes to prove it! As a general rule when it comes to preparing zucchini bread recipes, make sure you choose the smaller zucchinis. Their skins are tenderer and they contain fewer seeds.

4# Chocolate Zucchini Bread (no yeast)

Once you try this luscious zucchini bread, it will become your go-to recipe whenever you need a snack or a dessert that combines good nutrition and wonderful flavors. But because the fact that it contains chocolate might discourage you from giving this zucchini recipe a try, we have decided to share the nutritional information per slice: calories 239, fat 14.6g (sat fat 2.6g), carbs 27g. Not that bad for a delicious dessert, right :)?

[Get this zucchini recipe here]

5# Lemon Zucchini Bread (no yeast)

Prepare this lemon zucchini bread and bring it to neighborhood potlucks and picnics. Wrap the loaves in brown paper and raffia and be prepared for sighs of amazement followed by requests for the recipe.

[Get this zucchini recipe here]

Since you will need 2 teaspoons of grated lemon zest, (do note that the white pith is not considered the zest, only the colored portion of the peel is) the best way to get it is using a citrus zester, or vegetable peeler to scrape all across the surface of the lemon.

6# Zucchini Yogurt Bread

Now, on to the easier and less time-consuming zucchini bread recipes. You will only need an hour to prepare this delicious bread that contains zucchini and oregano. To make it even more traditional, using a sharp knife score the top of each loaf at an angle several times. The important thing is to let the loaves rise uncovered for around half an hour, bake it and enjoy!

[Get this zucchini recipe here]

Extra! You can prepare a scrumptious spread to accompany this zucchini bread. Go ahead and mash a cup of feta cheese, ⅔ cup of sour cream, half an onion (finely chopped), 2 tablespoons of fresh chives (snipped) and finally, a ¼ teaspoon of black pepper.

7# Pesto & Zucchini Bread

Once you try this focaccia-like bread kneaded with Italian pesto and topped with grilled zucchini slices you will be transferred somewhere on the streets of Italy. And that’s not even the best part, you will only need an hour to prepare it, start to finish, and then you can sit back, relax and enjoy a tasty slice of heaven.

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Extra! You can make the bread crunchier and way more delicious by adding some pine nuts (2 ounces to be more precise). To stop them from over-browning, soak them in a small bowl of water for around 20 minutes.

Recipes for Zucchini Appetizers

Whether you are having a casual get-together for friends and family or a party for colleagues, everyone will appreciate a healthier twist on their favorite appetizers. Check out our choices and see if you can find something you like.

8# Zucchini & Ricotta Crostini

The popular bruschetta appetizers can come in a healthier, and way more delicious package: the zucchini & ricotta crostini. The best part is there are three cheese types in this zucchini recipe. Chop 2 large zucchinis and 3 tomatoes and place them over the ricotta cheese, only then add the grated Parmesan and the provolone slices. Yummy!

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9# Crispy Zucchini Sticks

If you need a healthier take on French fries, then try these zucchini sticks. Seasoned bread crumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, and garlic salt, make these the tastiest, most flavorful fries you’ve ever tried.

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10# Zucchini Parmesan Stacks

The perfect summer appetizer! Made with zucchinis, tomatoes, and eggs, these sandwich-like stacks scream summer and the Parmesan makes them all the more palatable. Prepare them and watch them disappear next time you are throwing a party in your backyard.

[Get this zucchini recipe here]

Recipes for Zucchini Side Dishes

We can all agree that in order for the main dish to shine, the side dish that accompanies it must be great as well. For that reason, here are zucchini recipes for the best and most versatile side dishes ever!

11# Potato-Zucchini Bake

Need a unique side dish filled with flavor to complement your baked ham, grilled steaks, or roast chicken? This potato-zucchini bake enriched with lemon juice, onion, chives, and Cheddar is the perfect way to go about. The best part is this side dish could easily become a main dish by simply adding 3 cooked and sliced chicken breasts to the zucchini mixture.

Nutritional info per serving: calories 354, fat 17.5g (sat fat 7.8g), carbs 34.9g

[Get this zucchini recipe here]

12# Zucchini Pasta Bake

This vegetarian side dish made with the cutest bow-tie pasta, tomato, zucchini, and fresh basil is the prettiest, most colorful and flavorful side dish you could serve. Make sure the zucchini is slightly firm before you add it to the pasta, in order for the zucchini not to overcook in the oven. No one wants a mushy dish, right? 🙂

Nutritional info per serving: calories 448, fat 16.7g (sat fat 6g), carbs 56.6g

[Get this zucchini recipe here]

Recipes for Zucchini Ratatouille

Even if you haven’t heard of this dish before, the name itself sounds very French, and that’s because it is French. In fact, if you love animated movies, you probably remember the American computer-animated comedy film Ratatouille released in 2007. Well, at the end of the film they serve ratatouille, a stew of summer fruits and veggies (zucchini being the star of the recipe) prepared in olive oil and cooked over low heat.

13# Grandma’s Ratatouille

The beauty of this dish lies in the fact that you can literally use whatever it is you find in your veggie drawer. If you want a meaty consistency, go ahead and add mushrooms, and if you want this side dish to become a main dish, layer slices of bacon on top.

[Get this zucchini recipe here]

14# Chicken Ratatouille

This chicken ratatouille can easily become your new favorite summer dinner. The chicken combined with all the flavors of the Mediterranean have SUMMER written all over.

[Get this recipe here]

15# Garden Ratatouille

Less is more is definitely not the axiom you want to go by when preparing this recipe. Feel free to add as many different veggies as you can possibly think of. Anything from red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, eggplant and of course, zucchini can make their way into this rainbow-y dish.

Serve this ratatouille with sourdough rolls and grilled chicken, or to turn it into a main dish add or slices of cooked kielbasa sausage or cubes of ham during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

[Get this recipe here]

 

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Longing for the Summer – Mojito Ingredients, Tips & Amazing Recipes

Longing for the Summer – Mojito Ingredients, Tips & Amazing Recipes

Oh, summer…tans fade away but memories stay forever! The colder it gets outside, the more we miss the summer. Luckily, there’s a way to bring some sunshine & sandy beaches to your living room. Invite your friends over and start shaking up some mojitos!

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Even though many would say Margaritas are the ultimate summer drink (we’ll get to them soon enough), this traditional Cuban cocktail has taken primate in the last several years, becoming one of the most ordered refreshments all around the globe!

Quick History of the Mojito

Part of this drink’s popularity is due to its simplicity and wide availability of ingredients – lime, sugar, mint, and rum. The fact that it was the favorite booze of one of the world’s most famous writers, Hemingway, also contributes some charm.

So, how did this amazing highball come into our lives? Far back in the 1830’s, the Cuban writer Ramon de Palma mentioned a drink very similar to mojito in one of his books. The cocktail was initially called ‘El Draquecito’ and was associated with Sir Francis Drake.

Namely, there’s a story that traces a similar drink in the 16th century when Drake’s ships sailed towards Havana but there was an epidemic of dysentery and scurvy on board. The local Indians prepared a remedy with rum, lime, sugarcane juice, and mint to help the sick soldiers, thus creating the original mojito predecessor. Throughout the years, it was adjusted and became the highball we adore today.

 

How to Make a Perfect Classic Mojito

Even though there are so many versions of this popular cocktail out there, it’s hard to beat the classic recipe. The problem with homemade mojitos is that they always turn out to be so different from those mixed up in a bar.

The key is the balance of ingredients. In other words, it’s not just about what ingredients you’re using, but how you combine and mix them. The classic recipe calls for rum, lime, sugar, mint, and ice, (optionally soda water is added), and served in a highball glass.

Rum

Traditionally, white rum is used to make mojitos. Look for lighter Cuban-style or Spanish-style rum.

Lime

Lime can be added in the form of wedges or juice. In case you go with lime wedges, make sure to muddle well. However, too much muddling will cause the lime to release a bitter flavor. So, if you are uncertain about how much muddling is enough, opt for freshly squeezed juice and use the wedges strictly as decoration.

Sugar

Can you use crystalline sugar in your favorite highball? Some dislike the crunchiness it contributes, so professional bartenders often opt for sugar syrup instead. The next question is – what type of sugar syrup is the best? Since white rum is pretty light, so should be the sugar syrup so as not to overpower the other ingredients and give the cocktail brown color. Opt for white or golden sugar syrup. To make the syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water and heat at a low temperature until dissolved.

Mint

Mint is here to contribute its amazing aroma. So, the point is to release the aromatic oils from the mint. Don’t slice or break the mint into small pieces. Like in the case of sugar syrup, if you muddle too much, the mint will end up ground and look more like a sauce. In addition, it will release bitter flavors and ruin your cocktail instead of flavoring it. To achieve best results, all you need to do is press the mint gently with your hands. Don’t forget to use another pressed mint spring as decoration next to the straw

Soda water

Adding soda water doesn’t actually make a big difference. Still, it does add an extra subtle layer of flavor to the cocktail. If you decide to use it, make sure your soda water is without artificial additives and sugars and keep the amount low (just a splash will suffice).

Ice

Crushed ice is cherry on top when it comes to mojitos. Take the ice out of the freezer and crush it just before adding it to the glass. Just make sure the ice hasn’t absorbed any unwanted smells from the food in the freezer.

Constructing the Classic Mojito

Ingredients and amounts:

12 fresh mint leaves, divided (plus for garnish)

1 cup crushed ice

4 teaspoons sugar syrup

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (approx. 2 limes)

1/4 cup white rum

1/4 cup soda water

For a perfect mojito, the ingredient ratio should be 1 part lime:1 part sugar syrup:2 parts rum.

Press the mint and add to the bottom of the glass. Add the crushed ice, followed by the lime juice, rum, and sugar syrup. Churn with a spoon. Add some more crushed ice and continue churning until frosting appears on the outside of the glass. Then fill with even more crushed ice until the glass is completely full. At this point, you can add some soda if you want.  Decorate with mint and, optionally, a lime wedge.

Five Unexpected Mojito Twists

Why not try something different from time to time? See what happens when you replace lime with lemon or mint with basil, or when you add totally unexpected ingredients like orange, pineapple, strawberry, or cherry.

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