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Spinach and Bacon Salad

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Ingredients:

    * Fresh spinach leaves, well shredded - 2 cups
    * Cooked and crumbled bacon slices - 4-6
    * Hardboiled eggs, chopped - 2
    * Olive oil - ½ cup
    * Wine vinegar - ¼th cup
    * Soy sauce - 1 tablespoonful
    * White wine - 1 tablespoonful
    * Dry mustard - ½ teaspoon
    * Garlic powder - ½ teaspoon
    * Sugar - 3/4th teaspoon
    * Salt - as per taste
    * Black pepper powder - as per taste
    * Onions, finely chopped - 1/4th cup
    * Curry powder - ½ teaspoon

Method: 
Prepare the dressing by mixing the white wine, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, dry mustard, curry powder, salt, pepper and garlic powder together in a mixing bowl.Add the spinach to a salad bowl and toss in the chopped onions.Pour the dressing over the spinach and onion mixture and top it up with eggs and bacon by spreading them evenly over the dressing layer. Serve fresh.

Easy Thai Green Mango Salad Recipe

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Ingredients"

    * Green Mango (peeled and cut into thin slices) 1
    * Carrot (cut into thin slices) 1
    * Bean Sprouts ½ cup
    * Chili (chopped) 1
    * Green Onion (chopped) 1
    * Cilantro (chopped) 1 tbsp
    * Mint (chopped) 1 tbsp
    * Thai Basil (chopped) 1 tbsp
    * Fish Sauce 1 tbsp
    * Lime Juice 1 tbsp
    * Palm Sugar 1 tbsp
    * Roasted Peanuts (chopped) 1 tbsp

Method:

In a large bowl, mix green mango, carrot, bean sprouts, chili, green onion, cilantro, mint, basil together. In another bowl, mix fish sauce, lime juice and sugar.Toss the dressing and the salad together, garnish it with the peanuts and serve.

Sparkling Grape Juice

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Ingredients:

    * Cranberry juice cocktail - 1 quart
    * Sugar - 1 cup
    * Orange juice - ½ cup
    * Lemon juice - 3 tablespoons
    * White grape juice (chilled) - 3½ cups

Method:

To prepare this sparkling grape juice, take a medium sized bowl and combine sugar and cranberry juice in it. With the help of a spoon dissolve the sugar. Then, add lemon and orange juice to it and chill the liquid in the refrigerator. You can use this liquid whenever you want to prepare the sparkling grape juice. Then, while preparing the grape juice drink, put some ice cubes in a punch bowl and combine white grape juice and fruit juice mixture. You can use sugar coated cranberries for garnishing the drink.

Belgian Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Ingredients:

    * Bitter-sweet chocolate, 8 oz. (grated)
    * Milk chocolate, 4 oz. (grated)
    * Half and half, 1 quart
    * Cinnamon, ½ tsp. (ground)
    * Salt, a pinch

Method: 

Heat about the half and half and add the grated chocolate to it. Stir continuously with a wooden spatula until the entire chocolate has melted, leaving you with a smooth liquid and then gently add the remaining half and half to this. Allow this concoction to cook until a very mild simmer appears and once it does, throw in the cinnamon. You may add some Chartreuse or cognac if you want at this juncture. Remove it from heat and then allow a hand blender to whisk it for a bit. Serve hot with some whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top.

Ice Cream with Coconut Milk Recipe

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Ingredients:

    * 3 cups coconut milk
    * 3 tbsp honey
    * 2 cups blueberries

Method:

In a blender, blend blueberries till they are smooth.Add coconut milk and honey to the blueberry puree.Pour the ice cream mixture in a bowl and let it chill for about 2 to 4 hours.Now the mixture can be placed in an ice cream maker and follow the instructions on the ice cream maker to get smooth coconut milk ice cream.

Aloo Gobi

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Ingredients:

    * 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    * 1 large onion, peeled and cut into small pieces
    * 1 bunch fresh coriander, separated into stalks and leaves and roughly chopped
    * 1 small green chilies, chopped into small pieces (or one teaspoon chili powder)
    * 1 large cauliflower, leaves removed and cut evenly into eighths
    * 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into even pieces
    * 2 cans diced tomatoes
    * fresh ginger, peeled and grated
    * fresh garlic, chopped
    * 1 teaspoon cumin seed
    * 2 teaspoons turmeric
    * 1 teaspoon salt
    * 2 teaspoons garam masala
Method:
   1. 1 Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan.
   2. 2 Add the chopped onion and one teaspoon of cumin seeds to the oil.
   3. 3 Stir together and cook until onions become creamy, golden, and translucent.
   4. 4 Add chopped coriander stalks, two teaspoons of turmeric, and one teaspoon of salt.
   5. 5 Add chopped chillis (according to taste) Stir tomatoes into onion mixture.
   6. 6 Add ging…

Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

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Ingredients

    * 1/2 pound firm tofu
    * 1/2 cup coarsely grated carrots
    * 1/2 cup shredded Napa cabbage
    * 2 tablespoons finely chopped red pepper
    * 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
    * 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh ginger
    * 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
    * 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    * 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
    * 2 teaspoons sesame oil
    * 1 egg, lightly beaten
    * 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    * 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    * Bowl of water, plus additional water for steamer
    * 35 to 40 small wonton wrappers
    * Non-stick vegetable spray, for the steamer

Directions

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.Cut the tofu in half horizontally and lay between layers of paper towels. Place on a plate, top with another plate, and place a weight on top (a 14-ounce can of vegetables works well). Let stand 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, cut the tofu into 1/4-inch cubes and place in a large mixing bowl. 
Add the carrots, cabbage, red pepper,…

Cool Cucumber Soup

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Ingredients

    * 3 cups plain nonfat yogurt
    * 1 English cucumber (about 1 pound), cut into chunks
    * 1 scallion, white and green parts, coarsely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
    * 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus sprigs for garnish
    * Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    * 1 medium tomato (about 5 ounces), seeded and diced
    * 2 teaspoons olive oil

Directions

In a blender, combine the yogurt, cucumber, scallion and dill. Pulse until pureed. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Ladle into individual bowls. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons of diced tomato, drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and garnish with a dill sprig.

Lemon Cream Pie

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Ingredients: 
1-1/4 cups graham crackers crumbs (about 7 whole crackers)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup sugar, divided
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup egg whisked
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2-1/2 cups whipped cream, whipped

Method:

In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, butter and 1 tablespoon sugar. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

In a heavy saucepan, combine the cornstarch, salt and remaining sugar. Gradually stir in water and buttermilk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg substitute. Return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir in lemon juice and peel. Pour into crust. Co…

Thai Fried Rice Recipe

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Ingredients

    * Jasmine Rice (cooked) 1 cup
    * Onion (sliced) ¼ cup
    * Garlic (finely chopped) 1 ½ tsp
    * Scallions (both the green as well as white parts) 2 tbsp
    * Tomato (diced) ⅓ cup
    * Chicken Meat (small pieces) ⅓ cup
    * Salt ½ tsp
    * White Soy Sauce ½ tsp
    * White Sugar ¼ tsp
    * Black Soy Sauce ¼ tsp
    * Cooking Oil ½ tbsp
    * Egg 1
    * White Pepper Powder ¼ tsp

Method

Chop the tomatoes into medium sized pieces and make thin strips of onion. Chop scallions finely.Heat the oil on high till the oil is hot.Add onion to the pan and stir well.When the onion softens up, add garlic to the onion and stir a little.When the garlic becomes brown add the chicken pieces.Continue to flip the chicken, until it is white on all the sides.Now is the time to add rice to the pan, stir well and then add diced tomatoes and mix well.Move the rice to one side and pour little oil on the pan.

When the oil heats up crack an egg on the oil and let the egg solidify a littl…

Tomato Mint Delight

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Ingredients:

    * Fresh Tomatoes – 2
    * Sugar – 1 teaspoon
    * Fresh Mint Sprigs
    * Pinch of salt

Preparation:

Puree the tomato along with the mint sprigs, sugar and salt. Add water only if the juice seems very thick. Not straining the juice is a healthy option. You can serve it chilled with some fresh mint leaves as a garnish.

Cheese Fondue Crock Pot Recipe

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Ingredients

    * 1 can Cheddar cheese soup
    * 1 pound processed cheese cut in cubes
    * 16 ounces shredded Swiss cheese
    * 1 1/2 cups apple cider
    * 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
    * 2 drops liquid smoke flavoring

Method of Preparation

Add all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir well. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours. After 1 hour of cooking time, stir the ingredients. Whisk to blend the ingredients before serving. Serve with veggies for dipping or bread sticks.

Paleo Raw Food Recipe

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Ingredients:
6 peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 pound strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced
1/2 pound seedless green grapes
1/2 pound seedless red grapes
3 bananas, peeled and sliced
1/2 pound blackberries or blueberries (to taste)
small amount of honey (topping to taste)

Dressing:juice of one lime,1/2 cup pineapple juice,1 teaspoon ground ginger

Preparation:
Combine chopped and sliced fruits in a large serving bowl; toss add small amount of honey to taste. Whisk together remaining ingredients in a small bowl or 1 cup measure. Pour dressing mixture over fruit and toss gently to combine. Cover and chill the fruit salad thoroughly before serving.This fruit salad recipe makes enough to serve about 10 to 12 people.

Low Fat Veg Curry

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Ingredients: 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon curry powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 chopped onion, 1 sliced carrot, 1 cubed potato, half cup cubed butternut squash, half cup chopped green beans, half cup broccoli florets, 1 cup diced tomatoes, Tomato sauce.

Directions: Heat oil and add curry powder and cumin. Stir for a minute. Now add the onion, potatoes and carrots. Sauté for a couple of minutes. Add broccoli, squash and green beans and cook for two to three minutes then add tomatoes and tomato sauce. Simmer uncovered for about twenty minutes until vegetables are tender and sauce has thickened. Serve with whole grain rice for a healthier option. This is a very healthy dinner recipe!

Tomato Pie Recipe With Bacon

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Ingredients

* Deep Dish Pie Crust (about 9 inches thick) - 1 unit
* Large Tomatoes (sliced and peeled) - 4
* Scallions (finely sliced) - 3
* Bacon (chopped, cooked, drained) - 1 pound
* Dried Oregano - 1 teaspoonful
* Powdered Garlic - ½ teaspoon
* Red Pepper (crushed) - ½ teaspoon
* Mayonnaise - ¼ cup
* Shredded Cheddar Cheese - 2 cups

Method

Fill alternating layers of tomatoes, scallion, basil, garlic powder, bacon, red pepper and oregano into the pie crust.Keep the oven preheated at 375 °F while you're layering the pastry shell.Mix the shredded cheese and mayonnaise together and spread this mixture over the yet-to-be-baked pie's surface.Cover this pie with an aluminum foil and place it inside the preheated oven.Bake for about 30 minutes.You can either make the pie crust from scratch by using an easy pie crust recipe or you can get a ready-to-use one from your neighborhood grocer. Serve it warm or allow it to cool - take your pick. It tas…

How to Make Apple Pie Drink

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Ingredients

* 1 gallon of apple cider
* 1/2 gallon of apple juice
* 5 cinnamon sticks
* 2 cups of sugar
* 1 shot of Malibu rum

How to Make

Heat and boil together apple cider, gallon of apple juice and cinnamon sticks and add 2 cups of sugar and stir until dissolved. Take it off heat and allow the drink to cool. Remove the cinnamon sticks and add the grain alcohol and ice to it. Mix one shot of rum, apple juice and toss in some cinnamon in a shaker.Knowing how to make apple pies allows you to make flavorful desserts at home in no time. So if it is the apple season at your place, get your hands on the delicious, juicy apples and you can make your very own apple pies at home.

Vegan Sugar Cookies Recipes

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Ingredients:
2/3 C Butter-Flavored Crisco or Nucoa Margarine
3/4 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 banana mashed with 1/4 tsp baking soda OR 1 “egg” made with powdered dairy-free egg replacer
1 tsp lemon rind, grated
4 tsp soymilk
2 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Have one or two greased cookie sheets, plastic wrap, waxed paper, a rolling pin and cookie cutters on hand before beginning.Use an electric mixer to cream shortening, sugar and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl. Add banana/baking soda mixture or dairy-free “egg” and lemon rind, and beat until fluffy. Add soymilk and mix on low speed until blended.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Blend the flour mixture into the creamed ingredients, using hands if necessary, to form a soft dough. Divide the dough in half and wrap each piece in plastic wrap. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for one hour.

Place several sheets of waxed paper on a large kitchen surface, and sprink…

Alu Chaat

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INGREDIENTS
Potatoes-3 medium
Sweet potatoes-3 medium
Oil-2 tablespoons
Cumin seeds-3/4 teaspoon
Tamarind-1 marble sized ball
Green chillies, finely chopped-2-3
Salt
Chaat masala-1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder-1/2 teaspoon
Sugar-1/2 teaspoon
Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped-1/4 cup
Lemon juice-1 tablespoon

METHOD
Boil, peel and cut the potatoes and sweet potatoes into medium sized pieces.Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds. When they begin to change colour add the potatoes and sweet potatoes and stir-fry on high heat for two minutes. Set aside.
Soak tamarind in one-fourth cup of water and heat in the microwave oven on Microwave HIGH for two minutes. Squeeze and remove pulp.
Strain and set aside. Transfer the potatoes and sweet potatoes into a big bowl. Add chopped green chillies, salt, chaat masala, red chilli powder and toss. Add the tamarind pulp, sugar and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and add lemon juice. Mix again and serve.

Adrak Kali Mirch Tea

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Ingredients
Ginger, crushed-1 inch piece
Black peppercorns-8
Tea leaves-3-4 teaspoons
Fennel seeds (saunf)1/2 teaspoon
Fresh mint leaves-6-8
Milk-1 cup
Sugar-4-5 teaspoons

METHOD
Heat three cups of water in a pan. Take peppercorns and fennel seeds in a mortar and pound with a pestle. Add this to the water.Crush the ginger and add. Add fresh mint leaves and let the water come to a boil. Add tea leaves and continue to boil. Add milk and let the mixture boil once more. Add sugar and simmer the mixture for two to three minutes. Strain and serve piping hot.

Aam Ki Lassi

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Ingredients
Mango-1
Yogurt-1 cup
Sugar-1 tablespoon
Green cardamom powdera pinch
Saffron (kesar)-2-3 strands

METHOD
Wash, peel, remove seed from mango and make a puree of its flesh in a mixer. Transfer into a bowl.In the same mixer blend yogurt, sugar and ice cubes for a minute. Add mango puree and blend for half a minute on minimum speed. Garnish with saffron strands and serve chilled.

Tips To Make a Pasta Recipe

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Ingredients

Pineapples, chopped-1/4 cup
Pasta, blanched-1 cup
Snow peas , blanched and broken-10-12
Tomatoes, chopped-2 medium
Baby spinach leaves-6-8
Parmesan cheese shavings-1/2 cup
Olive oil-3 tablespoons
Balsamic vinegar-1 tablespoon
Oregano, dried a pinch salt
Black pepper powder-1/4 teaspoon

METHOD
Mix all the ingredients of the salad dressing together. Add the blanched pasta to the dressing. Add snow peas, tomatoes and mix. Add baby spinach leaves and mix. Add coarsely chopped pistachios and mix well. Finally add Parmesan cheese shavings and toss. Serve hot or cold.

Sugar Free Ice Cream

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Ice cream is known to be one of the highest contributors of fats and calories among the products in the market today. The presence of dairy products and sugars are the main reasons for this. Despite the fact that it is among the favorite desserts in the market, and the fact that it contributes to so much fat remains to be its greatest downfalls. In order to battle this dilemma, manufacturers came up with a wonderful idea. That is, they developed an product that contains no fat. This is the birth of fat free ice cream.

Bowl Preparation
Wash and dry the bowl well then place it at the very back of your freezer for maximum cooling. You're bound to wait around 16-24 hours to ensure that the liquid is iced. Double check by shaking the bowl a bit and make sure no liquid is making a sound.
The normally comes with a free recipe booklet but let's focus more on making that simple Vanilla Ice Cream! And for that we would need:
Ingredients
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 cup of cream
1 cu…

Best Sugar Free Candy

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Finding good, quality candy is hard these days. Sure, there's no shortage of chocolate, fruity candy, and twizzlers at every single grocery and department store, but candy's still not the same as it used to be. It all seems the same, and it's hard to find a true variety, especially for those of us who live in small towns. Fortunately, the internet has made it possible to order superb candy from all around the world! Haribo, for instance, is one very famous company that makes some of the best candy in the world.

Sugar free chocolate does not contain any caffeine either. People who eat this chocolate do not have to worry about the negative liver and other bodily side effects that caffeine can stimulate. Children can indulge in this sweet treat without their parents having to deal with them becoming uncontrollably hyper afterwards. Chronic heart disease sufferers can promote the betterment of their cardiovascular health by eating dark sugar free chocolate on occasions.

Haribo …

Pomegranate Martini Calories

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Pomegranates can be split open and the fruit eaten right from the individual pods as a delicious treat, or used in salad, or even as a garnish. But pomegranates are most popular and refreshing when they are juiced. The juice has a unique sweet-tart flavor and is used to make sauces, flavor recipes, as well as added to some alcoholic drinks like martinis and made into wine. Pomegranates are also an excellent foundation for delicious and healthy smoothies' recipes.

You might start with the "On Pure Ground" Goat Cheese Trio. It's a plate of fresh and smooth Goat Cheese, one with walnuts and green apple slices, another flavored with roasted tomato, and the third featuring fig & honey. As you attempt to eye poke Curly because he ate your share when you were staring at the redhead - which he foils by sticking his palm in front of his face sideways - Moe can order the Mini Bacon Cheeseburgers.

Like three plump, juicy soldiers all in a row, they arrive wearing jaunty gr…