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February 2014

Skinny Sexy Cocktails- Not so very Margarita! (But delicious!)

 

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I love a good Margarita, but they usually have a bit more sugar in them than I'd usually like. What I discovered is that mostly I love the tequila, so I decided to make one that was a bit more to my taste! What I came up with is easy, healthy (er) and really refreshing. All you need are a few simple ingredients, most of which you already probably have on hand! It's hardly original (except for a few additions!), but it's really very good!

To begin you'll need a martini shaker.  Then you'll need a slice of an orange, complete with a peel and several fresh genovese basil leaves and several mint leaves. Put them in the bottom of the shaker and muddle them with a tablespoon of agave nectar. (More if you like it sweeter!) To this shaker you'll add about 5 ice cubes, the juice of one fresh lime , a shake or two of ancho chile powder , a dash of green chili sauce ( or jalapeno tabasco ) and a couple of jiggers of your favorite tequila or mezcal. Shake hard for about a minute and then strain into an old fashioned rocks glass or margarita glass that you've rimmed with chili salt. Garnish with a spear of cucumber and a slice of orange! These go down easily...so enjoy-them  safely!


Skinny SexyTools - Creating Delicious meals with the Morrocan Tagine

Skinny Sexy Cookware- the Tagine

I finally did it! I broke down and bought a Moroccan Tagine. If you've never seen one, it's a conical shaped piece of cookware with a bottom and a lid.The beauty of this is that you can layer the ingredients, pour the liquid in ( approximately 1 cup of broth with all of the spices and 1 tablespoon of butter and two tablespoons of oil) and bake it slowly at 325 degrees for about two hours. The result is incredibly tender meat and vegetables dressed with the most sumptuous and concentrated sauce that I've ever tasted.

Essentially the Tagine is self basting, so as everything cooks, the rich aromatic steam rises and flows back down into the casserole.

What you see here is my first attempt at creating a meal with the Tagine. Onions, sweet potatoes, Medjool dates, cilantro , garlic , pistachios and mango Tandoori chicken sausage. The whole thing is cooked with a mixture of blood orange juice, broth, lots of Moroccan spices , butter and olive oil . I served it with a blend of super grains cooked with peas and pecans. The aroma was incredible and the flavor impressive. I'll be experimenting with this for awhile! the video below is of Chef Hamid Idrissi demonstrating the appropriate way to create a delicious lamb tagine.

If you'd like the recipe, leave a request in the comment section!

 


Skinny Sexy Short Order Cook-Breakfast Wraps

 

 

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You've heard it a million times..breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I concur...breakfast is definitely one of my favorite meals! I don't eat much meat given my 90% Vegan- 10 percent Sinful diet , but every Sunday Jim and I make pancakes (Gluten Free!) slathered in maple syrup, and we dive headfirst into sinful by enjoying 2 pieces each of apple cinnamon bacon that we buy from Whole Foods!


Skinny Sexy Breakfasts-Breakfast Wraps

The rest of the week though? I try to keep it really healthy and wraps like the one shown above are a  really satisfying meal for me. I don't eat gluten as a rule, but these ancient sprouted grain wraps from Engine 2 don't hurt me at all and they make a wonderful container for so many diferent tastes. The wrap shown is very simple; Avocado , Tomato, Red Onion and a bit of shredded vegan rice cheese with some siracha sauce and a teaspoon of my new favorite "Mayonnaise", a wonderful product that I discovered this weekend called Just Mayo! I've tried many vegan mayonnaises and I do like Vegannaise alot, but Just Mayo is soy free which is important to me! It's also absolutely delicious! If I'd had a handful of arulgula I would have added that too. The sky's the limit when it come to yummy fillings! Another favorite is red onion, sliced mango, cilantro, chipotle mayo or "mayo" and a bit of shredded chicken or a vegan substitute. Thats delicious too!

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So there you have it...the basic Skinny Sexy Wrap. Try other fillings and see what you like the best and let me know. Tomorrows breakfast wrap will be a vegan Banh Mi, a Vietnamese treat which is possibly  one of the best sandwiches on this earth. They are normally on a baguette and filled with cucumbers and onion, pickled cabbage and daikon radish and flavored tofu or shreds of spicy roasted pork or chicken. The whole thing sits on a bed of spicy mayo and is sprinkled liberally with cilantro. It is divine! Mine will be all of the same ingredients on a wrap instead of the baguette (which I miss dearly but does not miss me!) substituting spicy chinese flavored baked tofu for the pork. This is why I don't miss eating meat all of much. I've learned to make most of my favorite foods vegan and if I can do it so can you. I'm a former junk food queen and trust me, you want my vegan Mr. Hero "Cheesesteak" recipe. You won't easily know the diference and as a matter of fact ,one of my clients almost completely fooled her husband with one! I say almost because halfway through eating it he remarked that he wasn't feeling as full as normal. That's when she told him!

 

Have a wonderful day, my fellow Skinny Sexy Foodies!