Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips

“Skip the chip aisle and whip up your own lime tortilla chips instead! Delicious and SUPER easy, these homemade chips are the perfect addition to any dip or appetizer you have planned.”

Tortilla Chips

 

Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 5 servings

Serving Size: 8 chips

Ingredients

  • 1 Lime
  • 4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 Corn Tortillas
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Using a lime press, squeeze lime juice from lime into a small bowl. Whisk together with olive oil (note: you won't use all of the olive oil/lime juice mixture). Set aside.
  3. On a cutting board, layer up your corn tortillas. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 8 wedges.
  4. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat each chip with olive oil/lime juice mixture, making sure to get the edges of the wedge as well as the center. Chips should be just wet with mixture, not saturated.
  5. Sprinkle chips with salt.
  6. Place tortillas on a baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until edges begin to turn up and brown.

Notes

If you really like the taste of lime, use less olive oil in your mixture. You can also sprinkle a little more juice on to each chip after they bake.

http://aroundtheplate.org/hint-lime-tortilla-chips/

Kitchen Tools You May Need for this Recipe:

11 x 17 Nonstick Baking Sheet from thePlate Boutique on Square Market

GRIP-EZ Pizza Wheel from thePlate Boutique on Square Market

Confetti Mixing Bowl, set of 4 from thePlate Boutique on Square Market

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Be KIND to Yourself this New Year & Enter to Win a Box of KIND Bars!

How are those New Years resolutions going? Well, if you are like most people, the excitement may be starting to wain. In fact, this weekend could very well be called the make or break weekend; after all, today is “Ditch the Resolution” Saturday. Yep, its a thing. I looked it up.

We don’t want you to ditch your healthy eating goals though. No, this will be the year you are successful! Why? Because you have us on your team and we’re pretty good at seeing things through.

Change is hard though and there are often many reasons we don’t see resolutions through. Perhaps the goal set was unrealistic or perhaps the steps to get there were hard to implement. Or perhaps our expectations on how quickly the resolution would change our lives was inaccurate. After all, New Years resolutions are often pretty lofty goals that sound really great when we write them down or say them out loud, but when it comes down to implementation, they often require not just one change, but multiple changes that require consistency, dedication, and hard work. And while you are making those changes, its easy to be unprepared – especially if your new plan involves giving up certain foods you love!

I like to call this “phantom change;” where one positive change results in a compensatory change to make up for that food or foods you’ve given up and its not always a change for the good. This change is a secondary, possibly even unconscious one that is important to address. Because if you aren’t prepared for it, odds are good you’ll end up back where you started.

So how do you address phantom change? Well, when it comes to food, I think its important to set goals that don’t focus on elimination or deprivation. Instead, look for ways to enhance your meal plan by incorporating more of the foods your body needs that might be lacking. This way you are less likely to try and compensate for those foods you gave up. As you make changes to the way you eat, its also important to have super simple back ups so that you don’t get stuck eating too little and know that your diet is adequate no matter what. This is where back up foods become incredibly important. Perhaps its always having a piece of fresh fruit available on your counter or in your car. Or maybe its ensuring your fridge is always stocked up with a few of your favorite veggies or yogurt. Or maybe its even having a nutrient-rich snack bar in your bag at all times just in case you get hungry in between meals. Now many different bars on the market would work well for this purpose, but I was recently sent a box of KIND bars to review, and these really would make a great choice. They have a nice mix of healthy fats, protein and fiber to ensure your hunger is satisfied. When choosing a snack bar, this is important. You also want to make sure quality ingredients make up most of the ingredient list (think nuts, fruits, seeds, etc) and minimal sugar has been added. I like to be able to actually see real food in my snack bar, and KIND bars do a great job at that – just look at all the fruits and nuts in each one!  Snack bars really can be a way to conveniently keep on track while you’re picking up steam on meeting your overall healthy eating resolution.

KIND Bars

If incorporating more nutrient-rich foods into your meal plan is a relatively new practice for you, these back up foods can make all the difference. It takes the pressure off to always try a new recipe or meal, and allows you to have a little wiggle room as you make change happen. Remember, change doesn’t and shouldn’t happen over night. Despite that, it can be very frustrating when you start incorporating better for you foods because it may be less convenient than the way you were eating before… at least in the beginning. It will get easier as you progress, and pretty soon you’ll be wondering why you weren’t eating more good-for-you eats all along.

So this year, we hope you’ll be KIND to yourself and have a few back up foods in place so that the pressure to meet your goal automatically is reduced. DON’T ditch the resolution today. Keep at it. You’ve got this! And if you need a little extra encouragement, you know where to find us!

Fun fact: We always have a few KIND bars in our “emergency stash” here at thePlate Boutique just in case hunger strikes. Running retail, there are many occasions where we just can’t leave to go and grab lunch and, even though I pack my lunch everyday, I sometimes get a bad case of munchies right around 3pm. KIND bars are one way to ensure I don’t leave work famished or hangry!

Love KIND bars as much as I do or need a stash for when hunger strikes? Thanks to our friends at KIND, we’re going to be giving away 10 bars to one lucky Around the Plate reader. To enter, follow the directions below:

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9 Easy Ways to Add Lemon to Your Day

Food versatility is super important! The more versatile a food is, the more likely you are to incorporate it into your meal plan. Not only that, but you may also find your food budget becoming more manageable when you can get more bang for your buck with each food you purchase.

When it comes to versatility, one food in particular comes to mind for me – lemons! In fact, it is one food that I typically like to see in my clients kitchens. Why? Because they are so well-suited for a variety of dishes. Not to mention how nutrient-rich they are.

Lemon Slices

Although they aren’t at their peak this time of year, they are available all the time at local grocery marts.Despite the fact that this isn’t their prime season, I think they are an especially important addition to your meal plan throughout the winter months. Primarily because of their high antioxidant content. Did you know that 1/4 cup of lemon juice can provide 31% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C? Its true! But that’s not all you’ll find in a lemon. Both lemons and limes have unique flavonoids that have additional antioxidant properties; important for boosting immune function. So with each squeeze, just imagine all you’re doing for your health.

Believe it or not though, the juice isn’t the only nutrient-containing part of a lemon. In fact, a whole lemon will also provide your meal plan with some fiber, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and copper. So… how do you use your lemon to maximize nutritional benefit?

We asked a few of our dietitian friends how they incorporate lemons into their day. Here are a few of their amazing suggestions:

  •  Put lemon slices in warm water and enjoy in the morning to get your digestive system up and going like Jessi Boehme, RD from the Muskegon Family YMCA does! Or get more creative and add some lemon tree leaves, garlic, ginger, and honey for a soothing remedy like the one Sarah Buist, RD uses for aiding sore throats, coughs, headaches, and sinus infections.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice into smoothies and salad dressings or even add to your milk when making pancakes instead of using buttermilk like Courtney Stinson, RD from Savor Life Nutrition. She also recommends adding it to your fruits, fruit salads and guacamole to prevent browning.
  • Our own nutrition expert, Sarah Schuetz, RD recommend placing lemon wedges under the skin of a whole chicken and cooking that way to infuse extra flavor into the meat. Of course, discard the skin when its ready to eat.
  • Add lemon zest and juice to your next batch of homemade chicken noodle soup like Katie Serbinski, RD does from Foodie Babies.

And this is really just the tip of the iceberg! Many of my Facebook friends also joined in on the conversation, and here were their ideas:

  • Add it to minced garlic while you’re sauteing
  • Combine lemon juice with honey and paprika and brush it onto chicken breast. Top with slices of lemon and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Add lemons, along with cucumbers and fresh mint, to a pitcher of water and enjoy all week long!
  • Add lemon zest to your sweets too! It an be a great way to boost the flavor in your favorite muffins, for example.
  • Enjoy it in a cup of ginger lemon tea

What ways do you enjoy adding lemon to your day? We’ll have a NEW recipe headed your way soon! But we’d love to know your most handy lemony tips. Share in the comments and help our readers out! 

5 Ways to Get Healthy in the Kitchen with Us this Year

If you subscribe to our newsletter, you already know what our top priority for 2015 is… to inspire you to spend more time in the kitchen! And what better way to do that than by sharing with you a few of our favorite healthy finds from our store?

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Healthy Steps Cheese Grater – available in store and online

Cheese. One of life’s greatest food pleasures and thus, one of life’s easiest foods to over-consume. With the handy Healthy Steps cheese grater, you can easily grate fresh cheeses and measure out precisely just the right serving size amount. No more guessing, no more overindulging – get just the right amount of cheesy goodness into your delish dish every single time.

Cheese Grater from thePlate Boutique on Square Market

RSVP Mesh Colander – available in store only We can’t say enough about our plant-based proteins around here! As such, it should come as no surprise that one of our top get healthy in the kitchen gadgets is our mesh colander. Perfect for rinsing beans, lentils, and quinoa! The finer mesh allows for smaller things to be easily rinsed before use, but larger items can fit too.

RSVP Mesh Colander

GreenPan Lima 3D 11″ Wok – available in store and online Healthy cooking isn’t just about the sort of food you eat – its also about how you cook it! That’s why we’re loving these ceramic non-stick pans! Their non-stick surface means you don’t have to use as much butter or oil when you cook and its deep edges are ideal for sauteing up some delicious veggies. Ceramic non-stick also means you don’t have to worry about toxic substances chipping into your food. Of course, take good care of your pans and they’ll take good care of you.

Lima 3D 11” Wok from thePlate Boutique on Square Market

Related: Eating Healthy Means More than Just the Food Matters

Grip EZ Avocado Cut/Pit/Slice Tool – available in store and online 

Adding an avocado to your day may just be the easiest way to improve the overall quality of your meal plan yet. Make it even simpler with the help of our multifunctional avocado tool! Show that avocado who’s boss and start reaping the benefits right away.

GripEZ Avocado Cut/Pit/Slice Tool from thePlate Boutique on Square Market

Sign up for a Healthy Eating Class with Us at our Grand Rapids, MI Store!  If you REALLY want to eat better this year, why not sign up for one of our healthy eating classes being held over at our Grand Rapids store? Its hands-down the best way to improve your own kitchen time. Sarah Schuetz, RD is ready to share with you some of her top healthy eating secrets… including how to de-seed a pomegranate! Sign up and save your spot through EventBrite.com

Dips & Apps Class What’s your favorite way to keep things healthy in your kitchen? 

Discovering the World’s Most Perfect Hot Cocoa Recipe

After a day of wintery fun, nothing quite hits the spot like a glass of hot cocoa. Its a tradition we’ve gladly passed along to our boys, and its something they especially look forward to.

Hot cocoa is also a favorite of mine. Mostly because I really enjoy chocolate and despise being cold equally as much. As such, I thought it would be fun to experiment with a few homemade hot cocoa recipes. And given that I had a ton of cocoa powder left over from when we created cocoa dusted almonds with our college athletes, it seemed like a good way to use up some of our leftovers.

 Related: Peanut Butter & Cocoa Dusted Almonds

So off to work I went, trying to create the most delicious, yet simple glass of cocoa I could. After looking at lots and lots of different recipes an getting some advice from friends, I thought I had a great recipe down. So…

Hot Cocoa

Experiment #1 commenced! I combined coconut milk, cocoa powder, dark chocolate squares (70% cocao), white chocolate squares, and a dash of cinnamon. The results? A combination just too sweet.

A few weeks passed by and then I gave a second recipe a try.

Experiment #2. I combined coconut milk, cocoa powder and a dash of cinnamon. Not sweet enough!

So I thought perhaps I was missing a secret ingredient. A great foodie friend of mine recommended incorporating peanut butter to cut down on the amount of sugar we needed to use. This took me to today’s experiment..

In a saucepan, I combined 1/3 cup water, 2 Tbsp cocoa powder, 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter, and 2 Tbsp sugar. I heated it up, but didn’t bring to a boil. I then added 1 cup of milk, and brought back to a simmer. I then topped with cinnamon. Everything looked very smooth… no chunks of cocoa or peanut butter floating around. And guess what? It actually tasted pretty good. Not overly sweet, but not overly bitter. But as it cooled, the peanut butter got clumpy pretty quick. Hmm…

The recipe is by no means perfected, but its at least moving in the right direction. I’d like to keep working on it, but I’d love to hear your suggestions. Do you have any tips for making the best and healthiest cup of cocoa out there? Or perhaps the recipe already exists. Share your ideas or recipes in the comments to help me out! 

Even if we could just get the peanut butter from getting clumpy, that would be a huge step in the right direction! Thanks in advance for your help!