How Hot and Spicy Food Helps You Stay Slim and Trim

International Hot & Spicy Food day was this month, January 16th! You should keep spicy food in your diet because it is good for your health. If you love spicy food, you are in for a treat. We have two great spicy, meat- free recipes to wake up your taste buds, while keeping you healthy and slim. Read below to start heating up your kitchen.


Did You Know?

 Did you know capsaicin, a compound in chilies, could help boost your metabolism? It can! A tablespoon of chopped red or green chilies can improve the performance of your nervous system and burns calories up to 23%! Not to mention, spicy foods can support heart health by increasing blood flow throughout the body.


Here are some great, spicy recipes you should try today:


 Tangy Tofu Stir Fry

 Add to your next tofu stir-fry sriracha. Sriracha is a tangy, sweet, Thai hot sauce.  All you need is a food processor to cut your vegetables well. Use rice vinegar to bring out the flavor in the vegetables and noodles. Here are the ingredients:


Ø1 box of extra-firm tofu

Ø2 tablespoons sriracha sauce

Ø8 ounces of dry soba noodles

Ø 2 teaspoons peanut oil

Ø3 cloves garlic, minced

Ø1 1”piece fresh ginger, finely chopped

Ø3 medium carrots, cut into strips

Ø1 medium red bell pepper, julienne

Ø1 cup of sliced mushrooms

Ø4 scallions, cut into 1” pieces

Ø1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained

Ø1 tablespoon cornstarch

ؽ cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth

Ø3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

Ø2 tablespoons natural rice vinegar (not seasoned)

Ø1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil


Read directions and nutritional facts here.


Low-Fat Spicy Mac and Cheese

 Are you a Mac and Cheese lover? If yes, this is a wonderful comfort food dish to make! The Mac and Cheese contains chipotle chile pepper to give you the perfect kick. It can be made healthier with reduced-fat milk. Here are the ingredients:

Ø3 C elbow macaroni

Ø3 Med Scallions, Chopped

Ø3 tbsp all-purpose flour

Ø2 ½ C shredded reduced-fat (2%) sharp cheddar cheese (10 oz).

Ø ½ C reduced-fat sour cream

Ø 2 tbsp Dijon mustard

Ø 1 tsp chopped chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce

Ø ½ tsp salt

Ø 3 tbsp dried bread crumbs

Ø 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Ø 2 tsp olive oil


Read the directions and nutritional facts here.


For a great selection of nutritious, fresh and spicy foods, shop at Hearn Kirkwood, contact Hearn Kirkwood by calling 410.712.6000 (Baltimore), 301.621.2992 (Washington DC), or visit our website!


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Source: Meatless Monday: Hot and Spicy Food


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