Transform Soft Cheeses Into Dressing or Dipping Sauce With This Template

The secret to transforming your favorite soft cheese into a salad dressing is your blender. You can use a regular blender, a fancy high-speed blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, or a handheld immersion blender. All three get the job done, so the choice is yours.

Source: A Template for Turning Any Creamy Cheese into a Quick Dressing

That sounds like a lot of work when I can just dip in the melted cheese …or just pour said melted cheese straight into my mouth.

What about hard cheese? Get some sodium citrate.

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Make Colorful, Tangy Sprinkles Out of Dried Fruit

On a new-year-new-you kick and all about that clean-eating life? God knows I’m not, but I’m all about experimenting in the kitchen and looking into ways to cut out any unnecessary added sugar and preservatives. Enter these technicolor “sprinkles,” made from at-home dehydrated citrus zest and unsweetened, freeze-dried fruit.

Source: Recipe: Sugar-Free Citrus & Fruit Sprinkles

Because there’s no sugar, the flavour will be sour/bitter.

This would be perfect for those that like to buy plain yogurt because they want to avoid added sugars and other ingredients. You could make your own fruit powders using a dehydrator, or your oven on its lowest setting, and then just toss the dust into a salt shaker with some rice to help keep the moisture out and increase its shelf life (but you would probably want to store it in the fridge when not in use).

Why Chicken Broth Packs a Bigger Flavor Punch than Beef Broth

Here’s my list of 22 common supermarket ingredients that you should never put in your shopping cart, along with suggestions on what to look for instead.

Source: 22 Supermarket Items You Should Leave on the Shelf (and What to Get Instead)

  • I don’t like beefsteak tomatoes, period.
  • Better Than Bouillon = better than bouillon, boxes, etc.

Make Your Dips, Dressings, and Drinks a Little More Probiotic with Kefir

Tangy kefir is like a pourable, drinkable version of yogurt. It’s praised for containing good-for-you probiotics that aid in healthy digestion. While kefir makes for a delicious beverage all on its own, there are a lot of other smart ways you can put this fermented drink to work in the kitchen.

This fermented dairy drink is similar to yogurt and buttermilk, and makes an ideal stand-in for both. You can pick up a bottle of kefir in the dairy aisle at the grocery store, or you can skip the lines and make your own at home.

Source: 5 Smart Ways You Could Be Using Kefir in Your Cooking

It can be used in pretty much any recipe that calls for un-fermented dairy. Use it in place of buttermilk, spoon for spoon, in savory dressings and dips, or as a tart milk substitute in smoothies, lassis, or even frozen yogurt. (Wanna get next level? Make your own!)

That said, I can’t find any substantial nutritional data on kefir.  One source claims it has vitamin K, yet [the similar] yogurt has very little vitamin K.  I advise caution and frequent testing if kefir is not already part of your consistent diet.

The 20 Best Full-Fat Foods for Weight Loss

…now I can get fat 😀

It’s time to get fat.

Not around your waist, but on your plate: A new report from the Credit Suisse Research Institute found that more and more of us are choosing whole-fat foods over skim, lite, fat-free or other modern monikers of leanness. And while many health organizations like the American Heart Association still want us to cut down on fat—particularly saturated fat—this full-fat trend may be a healthy rebellion against those decades-old credos, according to recent studies.

Source: The 20 Best Full-Fat Foods for Weight Loss

The article fails to mention why fat is good in our diet: fat soluble vitamin uptake is greatly improved when consumed with fat.  So I don’t know why they listed protein as something that is improved by eating fat…

Be mindful of how much vitamin K there is in the suggested foods:

Use Slow Roasted Shallots to Make Creamier Salad Dressings

Let’s get one thing straight: A salad is really only as good as its dressing. Sure, it’s important to use farm-fresh, in-season produce. And yes, careful and creative preparation is not to be ignored. But hey: Without a good vinaigrette, you’re just eating forkfuls of dry spinach, and there’s nothing sexy about that. Some of our favorite salad dressings are rich and creamy, and well, not exactly healthy (although there is certainly a time and a place for blue cheese). That’s where these alterna-emulsifiers come in. When you’re looking to get a little creative, try these lighter, brighter ways to turn your dressing into the main event.

Source: What Sorcery Is This?! 7 Creamy, Rich Salad Dressings That Are Actually Healthy

I know what the headline says, but the avocado option would be my “go to”.  Way more healthy choice.  I have information about making your own nut “milk” and butter.

If you’re already grilling outside, throw a handful of unpeeled shallots on the grill along side whatever else is cooking.   Turn the shallots until the skins are blackened and the insides are soft, then let them cool. Scoop out the soft insides…  You’ll get a sweet smoky flavor that’s good in dressings, sauces, etc.

Use Silken Tofu to Make Creamier, Healthier Salad Dressing

Whether you’re totally meat-free or just go vegetarian a day or two a week, there’s a lot to love about tofu. It’s a perfect blank canvas, and we’re not referring just to its beige color. Whether you use creamy, silken tofu for salad dressings and desserts (it’s very blend-able) or firm and extra-firm varieties for stir-fries, sautés, and grilled dishes, we’ve got 31 awesome flavor combinations to doctor up your tofu.

Source: How to Eat Tofu Everyday and Not Get Bored

Top 10 Simple Weight Loss Hacks You Can Implement Right Now

Weight loss isn’t easy (if it were, we wouldn’t have a billion different diet plans and products to waste our money on). But even the smallest weight loss tricks or mind hacks can make a big difference when it comes to sticking to your diet or weight loss plan. Here are 10 such tricks you can easily incorporate today.

Source: Top 10 Simple Weight Loss Hacks You Can Implement Right Now

Drink more water?  There are some things to consider about what some would suggest is the proper amount of water to be drinking.  But substituting water for other beverages would be a good idea, and likely cheaper…

The plating idea is interesting, but I fear most will think they have to buy new stuff to make it work.

Alcohol is empty calories.  Lots are very surprised how much weight they drop when they minimize how much beer/etc they consume.

As always, figure out what works for you.

10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

Many simple foods are not only easy to make at home, they’ll likely be cheaper, healthier, and much tastier than the store-bought varieties. From cheese to peanut butter, here are a few DIY, delicious food projects.

Source: Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

They forgot about tahini, but did mention nut butters.

Common Foods and Drinks Hiding the Antifreeze Compound

Propylene glycol is an organic chemical compound nobody talked much about until recently, when Fireball Cinnamon Whisky was pulled off the shelves in three Scandinavian countries for containing too much of the ingredient to meet European Union standards. The chemical is used as a solvent and as the primary ingredient in non-toxic antifreeze and as the “e-liquid” in e-cigarettes. Propylene glycol is considered safe by the FDA in small quantities, although it can be toxic in large doses. And it’s more common than you think. It’s widely used in food and drink products as a thickener and preservative, or to add a little bit of sweetness.

It’s as much an antifreeze as salted water or alcohol…