Juice of One Lemon

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Posting this here because I often need to know it:

• 1 lemon yields 3 tablespoons juice (1.5 oz; 45 ml)
• 1 lime yields 2 tablespoons juice (1 oz; 30 ml)

Source: thekitchn

Meyer Lemonade

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Meyer lemons are sweeter than regular lemons, so you can reduce the sugar in this.

Makes about 2 quarts.

1/2 cup simple syrup made from 1 cup water plus 1 cup sugar
2 cups Meyer lemon juice
4 cups cold water

Make simple syrup: Heat the 1 cup water and sugar in a saucepan, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves. Mixture will be clear. Let cool.

In a pitcher, combine the lemon juice, 4 cups water, and 1/2 cup simple syrup. Taste and add more syrup if desired. (Store any remaining syrup in the refrigerator for future use.)

Serve cold over ice.

Recipe Roundup: Tried and Liked Jan 2015

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Quinoa Muffins

Quinoa Muffins

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Bowl (link, quickie recipe below)
Inspired by an article on the Weary Chef blog. Conveniently, we had leftover barbecue chicken and pork in the house. This would also be good with the addition of 1/2 cup beans.

Place 1/2 cup cooked quinoa in a bowl. Top with 1/2 cup shredded barbecue chicken (or pork) and additional barbecue sauce. Warm in the microwave. Top with a sprinkle of cheese, and heat for 30 seconds on High until the cheese melts. Serve warm.

Quinoa Muffins (link)
This recipe is an excellent. The cooked quinoa texture is similar to oatmeal. I made the muffins with regular 2% milk and not buttermilk, and they turned out delicious. I used an ice cream scoop to portion out the batter and got 15 tasty muffins (not 12).

Simple Spinach Smoothie for One

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Makes 20 oz.

Makes 20 oz.

Cook’s notes: Sometimes you want a simple smoothie without a ton of ingredients. This one fits the bill, and almost everything in it is 1 cup.

Makes enough for one tall glass (about 20 oz.)

1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
8 whole, raw almonds
1 cup (30 g) raw baby spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries without added sugar

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.
Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.
Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

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Adapted from The Anti-Detox Diet on vox.com (added spinach; increased yogurt; omitted honey). No extra sweetener is needed.

NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

Apple-Almond Smoothie for 2

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IMG_24921 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
16 whole, raw almonds (0.5 oz)
1 apple, cored and wedged
1 cup frozen blueberries without added sugar

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.
Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.
Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

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Adapted from The Anti-Detox Diet on vox.com. No extra sweetener is needed.

NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

Small Batch Russian Dressing Dip

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Russian dressing dip is excellent with baby carrots

Russian dressing dip is excellent with baby carrots

Cook’s notes: This healthier version of a popular salad dressing doesn’t have any added mayo or sugar. I had a leftover turkey Reuben with some baby carrots, and thought having Russian dressing would be a great dip for the carrots. This recipe is less sweet than commercial dressings.

Makes about 1/2 cup. No added mayo!

1/4 cup red pepper and basil hummus
1/4 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1.5 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons pickle relish
Ketchup to taste (one squirt, up to 1 Tablespoon)

Combine all ingredients in a small container. Stir together until well-mixed.

Best recipe: Small Batch Balsamic-Rosemary Vinaigrette

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Best small batch vinaigrette

Best small batch vinaigrette

Cook’s notes: The original version was broadcast on the Splendid Table program (link). Designer Isaac Mizrahi gave an entertaining interview, but his recipe just calls for herbs. As host Lynne Rossetto Kasper pointed out, you could use any combination of herbs and vinegar. The suggestion to combine balsamic with rosemary comes from several sources.

More importantly, this is an amazing balsamic vinaigrette that you can make fresh right before dinner. It’s so good, we were tempted to sip it. The 2:1 ratio of oil to vinegar was terrific (a lot of dressings call for 3 parts of oil). This recipe is going to be in heavy rotation at our house.

Makes 2 servings (about 4 Tablespoons total).

1 clove garlic
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
1/8 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
3/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
Optional: 1/16 teaspoon sugar

Prepare garlic with the “press and rest” method: run the garlic clove through a garlic press and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Combine all ingredients in a small container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously until well-mixed. Taste and add sugar for balance if needed.

Almond Joy Green Smoothie for 2

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2 generous servings (this is half)

Green smoothie with cocoa powder, banana, and almond butter

Cook’s notes: A smoothie with no added sugar that has chocolate flavor.

Makes 30 oz.

1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup coconut water
2 Tablespoons raw, organic cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
2 Tablespoons creamy almond butter
2 cups (60 g) baby spinach — weigh it on a scale
1 frozen banana, broken into chunks

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.
Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.
Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Greatist (added spinach, flax, and yogurt; increased liquids)

NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

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