Category Archives: Racy Paprika

Recipe: Spicy Grilled Cod

You’ve heard that fish can be a valuable part of a healthy diet. It’s naturally low-fat, high in protein, and easy on the calories (depending on how you prepare it). The health benefits read like an alphabet: fish can help to prevent asthma, fuel your brain, stave off some cancers, lower your risk of dementia, and more.

Grilled fish

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Spring Dinner Menu

Does the idea of throwing a large dinner party excite you, exhaust you or scare you? Maybe all three?  I get it. It’s fun to be the host and gather your family and friends for a special meal, but there is also a certain amount of pressure involved…  that is,  unless you plan ahead and come up with a menu that is simple to prepare, but will still be memorable for your guests.

Is there such a thing? Yes, there is,  and it’s not as hard to create as you might think. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Salmon Bites

If you have the time,  I encourage everyone to take on the challenge of Julia Child’s infamous duck stuffed with meat, in pastry. But for most people, that is out of the question;  you have 15 minutes to get a meal on the table, and if it’s exotic / fabulous / memorable, that’s a bonus.

That’s why I like to come up with a recipe like Salmon Bites.  Super easy, quick as can be, but packing quite a ta-da factor.

The idea is simple:   sautee tiny squares of salmon that have been heavily coated in spice blend. or a straight spice.  You get an intense burst of flavor with each bite, but the salmon can take it and doesn’t get lost. Read the rest of this entry

Recipes: Time-savers and add-ins

Who wouldn’t love creating soup-to-nuts meals every day, from scratch?

OK, maybe not literally soup-to-nuts, but you know what I mean: wholesome, healthy meals that are creative and delicious. Time constraints and energy shortages can get in the way;  as much as I   to cook from scratch,  there are times when I need to take a few shortcuts.

I’m not alone in that, either;  there is a very popular show on the Food Network, Semi-homemade with Sandra Lee,  in which Sandra combines fresh ingredients with store-bought to create what she calls “semi-homemade” dishes.

Over time, I’ve come up with a few shortcuts, myself,  that are real winners: Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Confetti Brown Rice

By now, we all know what we *should* be eating, right? Whole wheat bread vs white bread; plain yogurt vs flavored; steel cut oats vs regular oatmeal; and brown rice instead of white. But do you know why?Brown Rice

For the most part, it has to do with eating foods that are as unprocessed as possible, to keep them close to their natural state. But I knew there had to be more to it, so after some Googling, I quickly found the answers about brown rice:  nutrition, plain and simple!  By retaining the outer husk of the rice, it kept the fiber and up to 4 times certain minerals.

I was sold, a brown rice convert. Now there was just this small problem. How do I put it? I wasn’t crazy about the taste. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Homemade Hummus with a twist

Hummus with lemon garlic

Hummus is mainstream now, but it wasn’t that long ago when it was considered an exotic dish to serve, here in the States.  Remember?

To me, it’s still pretty exotic in that it transports me every time I eat it. Where?  Oh, eternally sunny places, lands of lemons and olives and intense fresh herbs.  Sigh.

With that truly lovely image in mind, let me share a few recipes for making your own hummus and bringing some of that sunshine into your home. First, I am going to walk you through a fairly traditional version, then give you a fabulous twist à la Your Spice of Life. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Silky Paprika Mushrooms

This is an easy, elegant appetizer that is reminiscent of a traditional stroganoff recipe.

Silky Paprika Mushrooms

Serve on toothpicks for an appetizer, or as a side dish.

Ingredients:

3 cups halved mushrooms (white button, baby portabellas or a mix of both)
1 red pepper, cored and cut into very thin, 1” long strips
1 cup sour cream
2 tsps Racy Paprika spice blend from Your Spice of Life

Method:

In a large sautee pan, sautee the mushrooms in olive oil until softened but still firm. Add the Racy Paprika.

When ready to serve, lower the heat and stir in 1 cup sour cream (thickened plain yogurt may be substituted for the sour cream). Stir well to coat the mushrooms.

Taste for seasoning; add sea salt and/or slightly more Racy Paprika according to your preference.

To serve: skewer one mushroom with 2 strips of red pepper onto a toothpick. Arrange on an attractive plate, and serve immediately.

Recipe: Paprika Rice Stroganoff

This is an easy and healthful version of the traditional stroganoff recipes…. brown rice is the key!

Prepare 6 servings of brown rice (long grain,basmati or other) according to package directions.  For extra flavor, use low-fat chicken or vegetable broth instead of water, and omit the salt.

While rice is cooking, prep the rest of the ingredients:

1 lb beef (top round or sirloin), sliced into thin strips [note:  the beef is optional; if you omit it, increase the mushrooms to 4 cups]
3 cups halved mushrooms (white button, baby portabellos or a mix of wild mushrooms)
3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 red pepper, cored and cut into strips

In a large sautee pan, brown the beef in olive oil. Remove from pan.

Sautee the vegetables in the same pan until softened but still firm.
Add 2 tsps. Racy Paprika spice blend from Your Spice of Life.

Racy Paprika

 When rice is ready, add to vegetable mixture. Stir in the cooked beef.

Taste for seasoning; add sea salt or slightly more Racy Paprika according to your preference.

When ready to serve, mix in 1 cup cup sour cream. Stir to coat the rice mixture, then serve immediately.
(thickened plain yogurt may be substituted for the sour cream)

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