4 Cold Soup Recipes for Your Family

Who says you can only enjoy soup on rainy days in Singapore? Try these cold soup recipes to cool down this summer.

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Ingredients: 2 grated cucumbers, 1 pound beets with greens, 1 grated dill pickle, 1 ½ cups kefir/buttermilk, ¾ cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons scallions, 4 halved hard-boiled eggs, 2 teaspoons dill, 4 cups water, and salt

Preparation: Separate the stems and greens on the beets. Scrub the beets before placing them in a pot with water. Bring pot to a boil, then uncover and cook for 10 minutes. Drain and let the beets cool. In a separate pot, place the beet stems and greens with 4 cups of water and half a teaspoon of salt.

Bring to a boil then simmer for about 5 minutes. While cooling, grate the beets then add them to the beet stems and greens. Stir in cucumber, pickle brine, pickle, buttermilk, scallions, sour cream, and a seasoning of salt and pepper. Cover the pot and chill for 30 minutes. Serve with dill and eggs.

Smoky Salmorejo

Ingredients: ¼ teaspoon grated garlic, 2 pounds halved tomatoes, 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar, 4 bread slices with crusts removed, ¼ cup smoked olive oil, 4 seedless green grapes, 1 tablespoon roasted almonds, and salt

Preparation: Grate the tomatoes and discard the skins. Make cubes out of the bread slices and toss with the grated tomatoes to create a mixture. Place the mixture in a food processor then wait for 15 minutes before pulsing it. Then, add vinegar and grated garlic and gradually pour the smoked olive oil. Strain the mixture in a bowl and season with salt before covering and refrigerating it for at least an hour. Serve with smoked olive oil, grapes or almonds.

Golden Beet Gazpacho

Ingredients: 1 pound peeled and steamed golden beets, 1 garlic clove, 1 shallot, 1 peeled and seeded cucumber, 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 cups water, and sea salt

Preparation: Place all the ingredients except salt in the food processor and blend until smooth. Add salt, more sherry vinegar or lemon juice if desired, then chill for an hour. Garnish with your choice of toppings (micro greens, chives, avocado, and hemp seeds).

Chilled Yogurt Soup

Ingredients: 2 cups plain Greek yogurt, ½ cup walnuts, ¼ cup dried rose petals, 1 ½ cups ice water, ½ seedless and peeled cucumber, ½ cup golden raisins, ¼ cup mint, ¼ cup chives, ¼ cup dill, salt and pepper, and ground sumac

Preparation: Preheat oven to 350°F while spreading the walnuts in an oven-safe plate. Toast walnuts for 10 minutes, then cool before chopping. In a bowl, combine rose petals with cold water and let stand for 20 minutes. Drain then squeeze the petals dry.

In another bowl, whisk yogurt with ice water, then stir in cucumber, dill, raisins, walnuts, chives, mint, and rose petals. Season with salt and pepper before refrigerating for about an hour. Serve with sprinkled sumac.

Coffee Alternatives for Coffee Addicts

If your doctor ordered you to stop taking more caffeine and yet you need your coffee fix, you can substitute these healthy and filling options instead.

Water

Nothing beats clean water when you’re thirsty. It doesn’t have caffeine and added sugar after all. Drink at least half a gallon of water a day to fight off fatigue, hunger, and dehydration.

Tea

It still has caffeine, so you need to pick green tea instead of regular tea which ahs about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. Green tea or matcha helps you concentrate at work because it has memory-enhancing properties. If green tea isn’t to your liking, there are other types of tea not made from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis).

Probiotic Drink

There are dozens of probiotic drinks to choose from in markets in Singapore. Not only do they taste good, but they are packed with the good stuff to help balance the bacteria in your digestive tract. You can substitute this healthy drink for coffee on your break time.

Sparkling Water

If you want something with more kick than plain water, sparkling water is your best bet. It is sugar-free, hydrating, and delicious as long as you choose varieties made with fruit extracts.

Coconut Water

Instead of coconut smoothies, choose coconut water which has natural sweeteners and is packed with enzymes and electrolytes to help you replenish lost nutrients after a hard day’s work. It’s not only a healthier substitute to coffee, it also works better than energy and sports drinks.

Hot Apple Cider

The tangy taste of the apple cider will remind you of coffee, plus it contains natural sweeteners and will help you feel energized in a lazy rainy morning.

Fruit or Vegetable Juice

You can’t go wrong with fruit or vegetable juices that are made from fresh products. They are easy to make, delicious, and contain less sugar than the juices sold at stores. It’s easy to create fruit juices at a home with only a few items in less than 10 minutes.

Fruit or Vegetable Smoothie

Have fun creating different smoothies from fresh fruits and vegetables, which are packed full of vitamins and nutrients you will not get in a cup of coffee. All you need to create a variety of smoothies is a food processor or blender and an ice maker.

Yerba Mate

This type of drink will remind you of tea and contains slightly less caffeine than coffee. It’s made from the leaves of the holly tree which contains natural caffeine. What’s great about it is that it can also be prepared in so many ways similar to how you make tea and coffee. This is a recommended substitute if you have caffeine sensitivity and jitters. It won’t make you less sleepy, but it almost has the same effect as coffee.

How to Get Rid of Weird Smells in Your Fridge in 5 Simple Steps

Funny smells in your refrigerator aren’t always a sign that something’s wrong with the fridge itself, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it when you smell it – in fact, having that funny odor in your fridge is reason enough to find out what exactly is causing it. And if the case is usually leftovers gone bad, it’s time to not just throw them away, but also to clean out your fridge to remove the smell.

Here’s how you can do it:  

Clean it out completely

Cleaning out your refrigerator may be the most daunting step, but once you’ve managed to clear everything out, everything else will be much simpler and easier. When cleaning out your fridge, be sure to keep your frozen produce separate in an icebox to keep them cold while you clean. And since you’ll be holding the door open, you might also consider unplugging and de-frosting your interior.

Use natural cleaners

When it comes to cleaning appliances, your safest best is making sure to use only natural ingredients that are completely safe: baking soda and vinegar. Simply pour half a cup of baking soda dissolved in a bucket of warm water and scrub the mixture all over the surfaces of your fridge. To really make it shine, mix equal parts of white vinegar and water after the baking soda mixture.

Put odor remover on the shelves

Baking soda isn’t just for mixing with water to clear out the gunk – it’s also great for getting rid of the smell. All you need to do is spread baking soda on a metal tray and place it inside to soak up the nasty odors. Alternatively, you can also mix a half-cup of baking soda with a tablespoon of vanilla for a more thorough job at neutralizing tougher smells. Other substances also work, like a cup of white vinegar or pieces of charcoal.

Use airtight containers

If you have any leftovers that you need to store, be sure to use an airtight container. By doing this, not only do you keep the interior from smelling, but you also make the items inside your fridge more manageable. You should also label and date them to serve as a reminder to use them as soon as possible before they start going bad.

Keep fresh foods in sight

Fresh foods are best consumed quickly, but when they’re in the back of the fridge, you’re much less likely to notice them. In fact, many foods can often go bad because of this, and this means more food goes to waste. To deal with this problem, simply put them in front instead. This makes you more likely to remember that they’re there and that you should eat them first.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker in Four Simple Steps

Having a coffee maker is a great investment if you love coffee, but it’s easy to ignore the fact that it needs regular cleaning and care until it starts affecting your coffee’s flavor, and it can even worsen your brewer’s drip efficiency. And because coffee grounds have their own natural oils, you can’t just clean them by rinsing with water – you need the right tools and materials to keep having that amazing cup every morning.

What You’ll Need

Be sure to keep these in handy fo when you clean your coffee maker:

  • Soft cloth
  • Sponge brush
  • Vinegar
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Extra water filter (optional)

Instructions

Now that you have the things you need, here’s how you can clean your coffee maker in five simple steps:

1.  Remove the brew basket and filter

Remove the basket every time after using the coffee maker. Be sure to discard the used grounds, and if you’re using a paper filter, be sure to discard that, too.

2.  Use hot water

The best way to clean a coffee maker is by using hot water to help lift off the accumulated coffee residue from the basket. Hot water also helps you kill any yeast or bacteria growing on the brew basket or on the coffee maker’s drip mechanism. With the hot water ready, scrub it clean with a sponge brush and a dishwashing liquid that’s specifically made to remove oils. Be sure to pay close attention to any tiny nooks or crannies that you might miss.

3.  Clean and rinse

Be sure to discard any remaining coffee grounds and thoroughly rinse the parts of the coffee maker, such as the brew basket, the carafe, and the lid, and make sure to remove every trace of residue. Wipe the parts down with a soft cloth and allow them to dry.  Be sure to dampen a cloth in fresh water to wipe away and remaining soap residue, and once they’re fully dry, put them back together for their next use.

4.  Run a drip cycle

The last step is to fill the water reservoir using a solution of equal parts vinegar and water and place a paper filter in the brew basket. Next, allow your coffee maker to run through half a drip cycle and stop midway in order to allow the solution to sit both in the reservoir and pass through the water channel. Wait for about half an hour before finishing the brew cycle.

Once the brew cycle is finished, discard the vinegar and water solution, replace the paper filter, and run the cycle again with plain water. This time, allow the coffee maker to fully cool down.

Get to Know the Types of Eggs for Different Recipes

Eggs are considered a good source of protein, and in fact some types of vegetarians augment their diet with eggs because they are inexpensive and easy to obtain. Eggs are also versatile ingredients because they can used for different recipes all over the world. But did you know you can use other types of eggs besides the chicken eggs you commonly find in stores?

Let’s look at the different types of eggs you can use for cooking.

• Araucana Eggs: The slightly bluish green color of the eggs will look different from the traditional white and brown chicken eggs, but Araucana eggs also come from chickens. Studies show that these eggs have higher cholesterol content, but some people enjoy the variety of egg colors that can be produced from a Araucana chickens.

• Duck Eggs: They are slightly larger than chicken eggs but look nearly identical to them, although the egg white is slightly more transparent. It has been found that duck eggs contain more cholesterol and fat than chicken eggs, but they contain more protein.

• Goose Eggs: Larger than chicken eggs, goose eggs can be kept for up to six weeks because they have a longer shelf-life. It also contains more calories, but it has more vitamins and minerals because the ratio of the yolk to the white is higher.

• Guinea Fowl Eggs: These beautiful white eggs speckled with brown spots are considered rare because the female can lay up to 60 eggs annually. You can substitute chicken eggs with guinea fowl eggs because they produce a rich, delicate flavor.

• Gull Eggs: The eggs are smaller in size and are covered with brown blotches, but they are just as tasty as well-prepared chicken eggs. Some people swear they have a slightly fishy taste, because gulls mainly consume fish, but for some, they taste just like chicken eggs.

• Quail Eggs: Considered to contain a lot of cholesterol, quail eggs are still popular ingredients in rice broths, salads, and condiments throughout Asia.

• Pheasant Eggs: The shells either have a green or brown-colored shell but are almost as tiny as quail eggs. Pheasant eggs are popular ingredients in some salads and sandwiches because of the rich flavor from the bright yellow yolk.

• Emu Eggs: These eggs are rare because the birds produce less eggs than chickens within a breeding season. People love them for their dark colors, which can appear dark green or teal. Emu eggs take longer to cook if you want hard-boiled eggs, but they can be prepared in different ways similar to chicken eggs. Generally, the eggs contain more fat and have a stronger flavor.

• Ostrich Eggs: Each egg can weigh up to 2 kilograms each and are tricky to cook if you don’t know that the eggs retain heat. It also takes up to 2 hours to boil an ostrich egg.

• Turkey Eggs: The brown eggs are much larger than brown chicken eggs, although the turkey produces less eggs than chickens. Turkey eggs are prized for their creamy yolks.

Healthy Food Kids Like

The problem with kids is that they usually enjoy food that aren’t that healthy and as a parent, this could be really hard for us. Kids can be really picky when it comes to food. One look at the meal you are serving and a kid could run away from the dinner table. Although there are times when kids tempt you into buying the different type of foods that aren’t really good for them. Your kid’s health and nutrition is definitely as important as their happiness and you shouldn’t put one above the other.

Here are a few healthy food kids would like:

1. Yogurt
Yogurt can be easily confused with ice cream which is why it is really easy to get kids to eat yogurt. Not only is yogurt an amazingly delicious dessert, it is also a very healthy one. You might even be able to substitute all ice cream with yogurt!

2. Sweet potato fries
Just like regular fries, sweet potato fries are equally appealing. The good thing about sweet potato fries aside from being sweeter than regular fries is that it is actually more nutritious and it would be a great way to get your kids to eat something healthier. Instead of deep frying your fries, try baking them once in a while. Not only will this have a different texture and flavor, this will also make sure that your fries aren’t too greasy and full of oil.

3. Salmon
Salmon is a great type of dish to cook because it is one of the most healthiest fishes out there. A good thing about the salmon is that it has a really good color which can be really appealing with kids. There are so many ways to cook salmon. You can even cook it over cheese if your kids love cheese or nuts if they love nuts. Bottom line is that salmon is a great fish to give to your kids.

4. Turkey burgers
Burgers are usually something you can’t take away from a kid. But instead of serving an overly greasy and fatty pork burger, try giving your kids an amazing turkey burger. Turkey burgers aren’t just rich in protein, they are also healthier than pork overall.

5. Nuts
Nuts make for a great snack and as we all know, nuts are very nutritious. Instead of giving your kids chocolate bars, try giving them nuts. The good thing about nuts is that there’s a wide variety of nuts out there which your kids can choose from. Don’t forget to alternate your nuts to make sure your kids don’t get tired of eating them.

Our kids are the number one priority and not only do we want our kids to be the best, we also want them to have the best.

6 Ways to Sneak More Veggies into Your Diet

To have a healthy and long life, vegetables should be a staple in our diets. But this doesn’t mean that you should just stick with carrot sticks and bowls of salad. To make things a bit easier for you, here are five subtle ways on how you can sneakily add some greens into your diet without making it too monotonous.

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  1. Use it as a Carb Alternative. One good way to incorporate some greens into your diet and lose weight at the same time is to make it your carb alternative. Lessen your daily carb intake by replacing your pita bread with lettuce when making wraps, substituting rice with finely chopped cauliflower, replacing spaghetti noodles with shredded squash, or an eggplant lasagne for your pasta sheets.

 

  1. Sprinkle More Herbs. Fresh herbs like basil, mint, oregano and parsley are some of the best herbs to sprinkle into your diet. Just a cup of parsley already offers twice the mineral and vitamin content found in a cup of raw spinach. Definitely an easy way to make your meals tastier and healthier.

 

  1. Try Out Veggie Dips. Planning to lose some belly fat? Then try replacing your favourite cheese and mayo dip with something that’s veggie-based. Some of the popular dip choices include hummus and spinach artichoke dips, but you can also try out other dip ingredients like beetroot, dill and pumpkin.

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  1. Create a Veggie-Based Sauce. Another good way to sneak in extra veggies into your diet is by using it as a sauce in your home-cooked meals. One good example is tomato sauce. Instead of buying and using ready-made sauces, learn to make your own sauces using fresh herbs and veggies of your choice.

 

  1. Juice It. Not fond of eating veggies? Then try juicing them and blending them in your pre-workout smoothie instead. Some of the best greens to use are kale and spinach. Simply blend these veggies with your favourite sweet fruits to give your drink a healthy and refreshing kick.

 

  1. Add Them in Your Side Dishes. When you have the option to choose the side dish that you want every time you dine out, always opt for mixed veggies and save the mac ‘n cheese for your cheat day. This way, you’ll get your daily green servings even when you’re eating out.

Sneaking in some veggies into your diet isn’t really that difficult. All you’ve got to do is be creative in adding them in your meals to make your family and yourself eat and enjoy the healthy greens.

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