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Homemade Mozzarella Recipe

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If you love the taste of fresh mozzarella you are going to love this Homemade Mozzarella Recipe!

The mozzarella is rich, smooth and incredibly delicious.

Read through the directions before starting this recipe and get all your tools out beside your stove.

You may find it sounds a bit tricky, but once you’ve completed it once you’ll find it is a lot easier to make than it sounds!

And well worth every minute once you put a slice of fresh cheese in your mouth.

Homemade Mozzarella Recipe

What you will need:

1 gallon pasteurized whole milk 1.5 teaspoons citric acid (found at any health food store) 1/4 teaspoon rennet (found at any health food store) 1 1/4 cups water 1 teaspoon fine salt

2. Dissolve the citric acid into 1 cup of water and stir this into the milk.  Heat slowly until it reaches 100*F.

3. Dissolve the rennet into 1/4 cup of water and stir into the milk.  Stir for an additional thirty seconds in an up and down motion with the spoon.  You will notice curds beginning to form.  Continue to heat the milk until it reaches 110*F.  Once it reaches this temperature remove the pot from the heat and cover it with a lid.  Let it sit for 10 minutes, and don’t disturb it.

4. One the curds have formed use a slotted spoon to transfer the curds to a colander that is over a bowl.  Try not to break up the curds too much.  Let them drain.  Gently push them with your hand to remove as much whey as possible.

5. If you own a microwave (easiest way!)

Transfer the curds to a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for one minute.

Use a metal spoon to stir and fold the curds until they are smooth and silky.

You want the curds to all melt together.

If they aren’t just microwave the cheese for another thirty seconds.

6. Fold the curds over with your metal spoon until it forms a smooth ball.  As you form the cheese begin to sprinkle the salt into it so it works through evenly.  Drain off any whey that may appear.

Alternative method if you do not have a microwave.

In my home we don’t own a microwave.

Although this recipe is much easier to make with one, there is a way to make it without one as well!

You may find the amount of cheese you get will be a slightly smaller portion.

Complete steps 1-4 Replace step 5 with the following steps and continue again onto step 6 above.

Heat a pot of water until just before the boiling point.  Transfer your curds to a mesh strainer and dunk the curds (still inside the strainer) into the pot of hot water.

Give it a little stir. 

You want the cheese curds to look like melted cheese.

Remove from the water and transfer to a bowl.

Remove any excess whey.

If you are unable to work with the mozzarella smoothly place back into the hot water and stir again.

And finally, each time you place it in the water you will notice your quantity getting a bit smaller so try not to do this too many times.

Continue onto step 6 above.

Enjoy!

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7 Healthiest Snack Foods

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These 7 Healthiest Snack Foods are sure to keep you away from food that will spoil your diet.

Nutrition is the key to a healthy and happy lifestyle – poor diet can lead to a host of adverse conditions, from heart disease and cancer to obesity.

With the nation’s obesity rate at almost 40%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, choosing healthier snacks is a good first step for many.

Low calorie, nutrient-dense foods will help you feel satisfied without contributing to weight gain.

There’s never a bad time to make a positive change, but a fresh start living in a new city, perhaps after purchasing one of the Atlanta homes for sale, might just motivate you to switch things up, and these nutritious snack foods are a great way to get started.

Vegetables and Hummus

An easy and portable snack, it’s easy to put together some veggies and hummus.

Think sliced cucumber, carrot sticks, and snap peas, which all go great with a side of hummus.

The hummus provides a generous amount of protein while the vegetables fill you up with fiber.

Fruit

Fruit is nature’s perfect on-the-go snack.

No need to meal prep, just grab and go.

Oranges, grapes, apples, and bananas are perfect, and all mess-free options too.

Berries have the lowest sugar of all fruit, while raspberries have the highest fiber content.

Tropical fruit such as pineapples and mangos do have a naturally high sugar content but contain a ton of healthy antioxidants.

Mixed Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are a healthy snack that pack a punch when it comes to protein, fiber and healthy fats.

Reach for almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, chia, flax or sunflower seeds.

Almonds are especially high in calcium and magnesium, making them a great choice.

Pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamin E, while sunflower seeds are filled with B-complex vitamins.

Both include important minerals like copper and zinc.

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are easy to cook and can be stored in the fridge to grab throughout the week.

Just one contains six grams of lean protein along with vitamins A, B-6, C, and D, calcium, iron, and magnesium – all for under 80 calories.

A trick for easy to peel eggs is to place cooked eggs into an ice bath before peeling.

Air-Popped Popcorn

Air-popped popcorn, or popcorn made on the stove the old-fashioned way using coconut oil, makes for a tasty and nutritious snack.

Instead of using butter, season it with your favorite spices, like  rosemary and sea salt or garlic and parmesan.

Roasted Vegetable Chips

Kale leaves, zucchini, beets, carrots, and parsnips are just a few vegetables that can be roasted in the oven and spiced with your favorite seasonings.

Get creative and enjoy just like you would any chip, but much healthier and you’ll be getting lots of essential vitamins too.

Fancy Toast

Avocado toast has become a popular trend – it makes for a great snack, perhaps served on a slice of multi-grain bread and topped with lean protein or vegetables.

A tomato slice, over easy egg, sprouts, and strawberries are all great options.

Avocado contains healthy fats that will help keep you feeling fuller longer and can improve your complexion too.

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Tuna Melt Stuffed Tomatoes

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Tuna Melt Stuffed Tomatoes are one of my favorite comfort foods.

In order to make them healthier, I created tuna melt stuffed tomatoes.

Not only do I get the comfort food I want but by omitting the bread and adding a whole tomato I am really increasing its nutritional value.

Tuna Melt Stuffed Tomatoes 

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

4 tomatoes (we used medium sized vine ripe kind)

2 pouches premium white tuna

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 green onion, diced

Instructions:

Preheat the oven 425

Wash and core the tomatoes. Use a spoon to scoop out the middles.

In a small bowl, mix together the tuna, mayonnaise, mustard and seasonings.

Scoop the tuna into the tomatoes and place in an oven-safe dish.

Drizzle with olive oil,  top with shredded cheese and roast for 15 minutes.

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How to Use Turkey around the Table this Holiday Season

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The holidays are quickly approaching!

In my mind, it’s hard to believe that it is almost Christmas.

In this post we are going to talk about how to use Turkey around the Table this Holiday Season in creative ways.

How to Use Turkey around the Table this Holiday Season

I’m excited about the fun that’s to be had in the upcoming weeks, but that doesn’t take away from the work that needs done.

Let me help you out by making the holidays easy for you.

Are you trying to understand the place turkey has at the holiday table?

Check out these tips to Use Turkey Around the Table this Holiday Season.

Use ground turkey

A tradition we have around here is using ground turkey for any ground meat recipe we use.

It’s super simple to use ground turkey in place of beef or chicken.

It tastes delicious and isn’t any more work than other ground meats, it just tastes a whole lot better.

Don’t be shy about trying it in holiday recipes

Sometimes it’s hard to switch out the meat in a recipe we’ve been making for years.

However, a quick change to turkey breast or any other version of turkey is easy.

I think it’s a “once you try it, you won’t go back thing!”

Don’t be shy about trying turkey in your recipes this year.

Use turkey as a crowd pleaser

When you can’t think of how to feed your guests and you’re looking for an awesome crowd pleaser, go with the turkey.

Turkey can not only make your food taste better, it can make the holiday season a whole lot easier.

Less stress means more fun for the holidays.

Can’t you agree?

Use turkey in your appetizers

Something I love to do, when cooking for the holidays, is use turkey in the appetizers.

Let’s say I’m making sausage balls, I can easily Use Turkey Around the Table this Holiday Season.

My guests always love the changes I make to the traditional appetizers and everyone is always asking for more.

If you want a healthier way to feed the crowd this year, take this tip to heart.

Be sensitive to tradionalists

Sometimes there is nothing better than the traditional whole roasted Turkey.

Really what more can you say about a beautifully roasted or Bar-B-Q Canadian Turkey on your table.

I love to try new recipes and often they become a staple at our table.

Some people want what they have always had for Holiday meals – give it to them!


Choosing to cook with Canadian turkey is a smart choice for you.

Adding that lighter twist to your meals is always welcome.

As you can see, there are many ways to Use Turkey Around the Table this Holiday Season.

Check out our newest Canadian Turkey recipe, Turkey Falafel Bites.

These are amazing and a dish you’ll want to bring along with you to holiday parties.

Food is what makes these holiday parties go ‘round, so you might as well make it the best you ca

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