I grew up drinking aguas of all kinds. Even though Summer is winding down, this recipe for Agua de Sandía y Jamaica is one to try out. Courtesy of Nicole Presley, of Presley’s Pantry, the recipe can be found on Latina Magazine’s new food site, The Latin Kitchen.
Although I am never ever going to make it myself, I just had to share Muy Bueno Cookbook‘s recipe for Cajeta (Mexican Caramel). When I want cajeta, in particular goat’s milk caramel, I go to my neighborhood Mexican meat market and pick up a jar. However, if you’re at all tempted to make your own, let me know how it goes.
I love noodle salads, but I’ve never had one with mango. Nibbles & Feasts has a great recipe for Soba Noodles with Mango, Cucumbers & Spicy Vinaigrette. The recipe includes a vinaigrette made with rice vinegar, sugar, lime juice and japalenos. Of course, it’s tossed with mango and includes chopped cucumbers and mint. I’m bookmarking this to make the next time I want a noodle salad.
On the topic of mangoes, Vianney at Sweet Life has a recipe for a salad dressing (Mango Cumin Salad Dressing). Apparently she created the recipe on the spot while trying to figure out what to do with some of the fruit. The great thing is that the recipe looks amazingly simple to make, with ingredients you might actually have in your pantry: mango, cumin, honey, lime juice, and red wine vinegar.
- Green Tea (as a healthy coffee alternative)
- Dark chocolate (to lower stress)
- Berries (to keep you focused)
- Don’t waste money buying what you already have.
- Freeze whatever you can and mark with dates.
- Freeze items properly.
- Plan meals around items that can be used for several dishes.
- Keep favorite recipes on hand for quick reference.
- Keep your receipt on the fridge.
- Track what gets wasted.
- Have lemons? Make lemonade.
- Buy items you can mix and match.
- Think like a restaurant owner.
Lifehacker has an article that states that you can Reduce Your Grocery Budget with a Food Waste Diary. It mIght be worth a look.
Mamiverse also has a good post on 10 Healthy Snacks You´ll Love. They’re all good suggestions:
- Vegetable Plate
- Fresh Fruit
- Cottage Cheese
- Rice cakes with peanut butter
- Non-fat Greek yogurt
- Sugar-free chocolate pudding
- Hard-boiled eggs
For those who can read Spanish, Laura Termini posted a great article listing 10 natural substitutes to antobiotics (“10 Substitutos Naturales a los Antibióticos“). Among her suggestions are acacia, garlic, aloe, eucalyptus, and honey. I’m not sure about the science (are they really substitutes for antibiotics?) but I’ve heard good things.
I’m going to admit that I’ve hit my favorite salad bar for a to go box that feeds me for several meals. This is a good way of getting a tasty salad, with all the fixings, without having to buy extra ingredients that will go bad in your refrigerator. However, I’d never considered that the salad bar could also be a good place to stock up on Omelet ingredients. This article in lifehacker, Shop Salad Bars for Quick and Easy Omelet Ingredients, points out that “filling your salad container with mushrooms, diced ham, cheeses, and other ingredients that would work well in omelets, quesadillas, and other foods” is a good way to get your ingredients without the work. And then there’s Ditch the Tray at the Buffet to Keep Your Portions in Check, that gives a good tip on navigating the buffet without breaking your diet.