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Spicy Celery Root & Carrot Slaw Salad

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Enter the NAKANO Splash Shootout! #NAKANOSplash

Enter the Nakano Splash Shootout!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed up once again to be a brand ambassador for NAKANO and Holland House. It’s my third year working with these awesome products and their parent company, Mizkan. One of my duties is to let you know when they’re running a special promotion or contest, like NAKANO’s Splash Shootout giveaway on Facebook. The sweepstakes is running through April 12th, so enter soon to win one of three great prizes:

  • One Grand Prize: $500 pre-paid Visa® Gift Card.
  • One First Prize: $100 pre-paid Visa® Gift Card and a $50 NAKANO product prize pack.
  • One Second Prize: a NAKANO product prize pack worth $50.

All you need to do is fill out the form with your contact info and vote for your favorite Nakano rice vinegar in their March shootout bracket. Make sure to check the box to sign up for their Splash Recipe Club newsletter too! It’s full of recipes, serving tips, and discount coupons.

After voting, make sure you click on the recipe button to check out all sorts of Mizkan product recipes. Or you can check out the NAKANO recipes and Holland House recipes I’ve created here at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet. Finally, don’t forget to check the Mizkan website for coupons!

Roasted Marinated Vegetables

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Here’s how I usually make roasted vegetables – combine root veggies, olive oil, salt and pepper and some seasonings and cook until done. Since we were having company last week, I wanted to try something new and this recipe from Mizkan caught my eye. I’ve had much experience marinating meats, but have never tried it with vegetables. The original recipe has you grill the vegetables, but I thought roasting them in the marinade would be even better. However, during grilling season, I bet this recipe would work well as a shish kabob marinade for both vegetables, beef, pork and chicken.

I served this for some of my husband’s friends from his bowling team along with my family. I never know how a vegetable dish will go over with people since some folks don’t like veggies. Needless to say, this dish disappeared and one of our guest asked for the recipe. It was such a success that I’ll be marinated my roast vegetables from here on out.

Note: The recipe originally used Holland House Red Wine Vinegar, but since I had none in the house, I used NAKANO® Italian Herb Seasoned Red Wine Vinegar instead knowing that the seasoning would only add more flavor to the dish.

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Roasted Marinated Vegetables

Based on this recipe from Mizkan

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup NAKANO® Italian Herb Seasoned Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium red bell peppers
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium yellow crookneck squash
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 large eggplant

Directions

  1. For marinade, combine all ingredients except vegetables in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Cut all vegetables into bite sized pieces – about 1 inch x 1 inch or so.
  3. Place in a large bowl or rimmed platter. Drizzle marinade over vegetables, toss to coat, and let stand for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Place vegetables in a large oven safe pan, place in oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Stir vegetables and cook until soft and slightly brown around the edges – about 10 to 15 minutes more.
  7. Stir vegetables and cook until soft and slightly brown around the edges – about 10 to 15 minutes more. Serve and enjoy!
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 1 Minute
Servings: 8 to 10
  • Serving size: 1 to 2 cups

Save money with NAKANO

You can download a coupon for 50 cents off your next purchase of NAKANO rice vinegar here. Also, for more recipes using NAKANO rice vinegars, sign up for Mizkan’s Splash for Cash e-newsletter for a chance to win up to $600. (Mizkan is NAKANO’s parent company.)

You can connect with NAKANO online on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of NAKANO, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Apple Ginger Marinade for Smoked Beer Can Chicken

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Tangy Collard Greens

Tangy Collard Greens at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.comI wanted to make a Southern style Thanksgiving this year, so of course collard greens had to be part of the meal. While it's a great dish for holiday meals, you can make collard greens any time of year, from fancy sit down dinners to backyard barbeque parties.

Usually, collard greens are made with a bacon or slices of fatty pork, so I tried to health up the recipe – and keep the taste – by using turkey bacon instead. The original recipe also called for six pounds of greens, so I halved it as that was way too much for one meal. Even so, you’ll need to make this in a large pot.

If three pounds of collard greens are too much for your pot, fill it with as much collard greens as possible and cover with a lid. Wait awhile until they cook down and add some more. It’s amazing how much collard greens will shrink down. Also, use presliced collard greens to save time and hassle if they're available in your area of the country.

I used NAKANO’s Red Pepper Seasoned Rice Vinegar instead of cider vinegar. I love how NAKANO’s rice vinegars are already seasoned and sweetened, saving you a few steps in the cooking process. Make sure to keep a bottle on the table in case your dinner guest want to splash on some more!

Finally, to make ham broth, simmer water with a ham bone for two to three hours, then refrigerate and skim off fat. I used the leftover bones and skin from the pig we grilled for our open house party that I had frozen. I put a gallon freezer bag’s worth in a stock pot, covered it with water, and brought it to a boil over high heat. After reducing the heat, I simmered the pig leftovers for a couple of hours and then let the broth cool. Finally, I ran the broth through a fine mesh colander and froze any ham broth I didn’t need for this recipe for my next batch of collard greens!

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Tangy Collard Greens

Based on a recipe by Chef Ted Lahey of Table and Main, a Southern Tavern in Roswell, Georgia from Local Palate magazine

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound turkey bacon
  • 1/4 pound yellow onions, chopped
  • 1/2 ounce minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 pounds collard greens, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon powdered stevia
  • 3 tablespoons NAKANO Red Pepper Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 1 cup ham broth

Directions

  1. Cook bacon until it starts to render.
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Add spices, collard greens, stevia, NAKANO vinegar, and broth. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat, cover and cook until green are tender (about one hour).
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Servings: Makes 8 servings.
  • Serving size: 3/4 cup

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of NAKANO, provided compensation for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own.

Non-Dairy Tofu Sour Cream

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As promised in my Healthier Lemon Pasta post for this month’s Secret Recipe Club, here’s my version of Tofu Sour Cream is based on a recipe from the Vegan Epicurean. I made the following changes to her recipe:

Vinegar: I used NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar. I find that NAKANO’s rice vinegars have a milder flavor and are less acidic, which I like. You could have a little fun with this recipe and use some of NAKANO’s flavored vinegars, too, like Roasted Garlic or Red Pepper, for a fun flavor twist.

Tofu: I was confused over the type of tofu the Vegan Epicurean used, since I’m not familiar with Mori Nu lite silken tofu (firm). Is it firm or silken? After doing a little research, I found out that all of Mori Nu’s tofus are silken and come in soft, firm or extra firm. However, other brands’ silken tofus are actually soft tofus, which are good for soups, dips and smoothies.

I ended up using Nasoya’s Silken Tofu, so the consistency of my sour cream was very runny. This was fine for my Healthier Lemon Pasta, but next time I want to make something the consistency of sour cream, I’ll use a firm tofu. I also changed the amount of tofu used since I like using the full tub. Having a few ounces left over of tofu means I have to remember it’s in the refrigerator and use it in a recipe before it goes bad. Usually, I forget and find a science experiment waiting for me in the far reaches of the fridge. Hate that!

Lemon zest and lemon juice: I cut back on both ingredients and still could taste the lemon. That was fine since I was using it in a lemon flavored dish. However, next time I may cut back even further. I love lemon, but it doesn’t go with everything.

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Tofu Sour Cream

Recipe based on this recipe from the Vegan Epicurean

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-16 ounce) package firm tofu, preferably organic
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon agave, stevia or other sugar substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process several minutes, until very creamy and smooth.
  2. Firms up when chilled. Refrigerate sour cream until it is ready to be used.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 2 cups
  • Serving size: varies

Connect with NAKANO

Sign up for Mizkan’s “Splash Recipe Club!” When you join the club you get exclusive recipes, access to special features and more! Each month one new member could win a $150 leading up to a grand prize of $600 in March 2013. You can also connect with NAKANO on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of NAKANO, provided compensation for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own.

Cucumber, Feta and Red Onion Salad

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I’ve always used NAKANO Rice Vinegar to make sushi rice. However, now that I’ve become more familiar with their products, I use their rice vinegar in any recipe that calls for other types of vinegars. For example, this summer, we’ve been making a lot of salads, so I’ve been making salad dressing with NAKANO Rice Vinegar (instead of red wine vinegar), olive oil and some garden seasoning spices. Also, now that I live in the South, use Nakano’s flavored rice vinegars (like their Red Pepper Seasoned Rice Vinegar) on sautéed greens. I even used NAKANO to season a new crystal wine carafe recently!

One of my family’s favorite summer salads is based on one I used to make years ago from a recipe I found in Bon Appetit back in the early ‘90s. We even used cucumbers from the neighbor’s garden!

 

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Cucumber, Feta and Red Onion Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cucumbers, seeded and diced (you can leave the peels on if you wish)
  • 6 ounces low or no fat feta, crumbled
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons NAKANO Rice Vinegar (Natural, Original Seasoned, Basil & Oregano Seasoned or Roasted Garlic Seasoned)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Combine cucumbers, feta and onion in a large bowl.
  2. Add olive oil and NAKANO Rice Vinegar and gently mix ingredients.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill until it’s time to serve.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
  • Serving size: 1 cup

Check out the NAKANO website for more recipes!

Nakano 60-Day SPLASH IT ON, STEP IT UP CHALLENGE

Nakano is holding a  60-Day Splash it on, Step it up Challenge on Facebook to encourage their fans to to make healthy lifestyle choices such as eating more vegetables and being more active. Check it out for fun and helpful fitness tips and health features such as a step tracker wrapping around a globe that show you the number of steps you’ve walked.

They’re also offering prizes such as a one-year free gym membership for the first prize winner. (The second prize winner receives six personal training sessions and third prize winner will receive a Nakano workout bag!)

You can also sign up for Mizkan's enewsletter to be eligible for their Splash for Cash giveaway  - a chance to win $150! (Mizkan is the parent company of NAKANO.) Even if you don’t win, you’ll get a terrific enewsletter filled with tips and recipes. I signed up for it months ago and really like it.

Finally, you can connect with NAKANO on Facebook and Twitter.

How do you use vinegar in your cooking?

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of NAKANO and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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Christmas leftovers: Roast Beef Salad with Chipotle Rice Vinegar Salad Dressing

Roast Beef Salad with Chipotle Dressing at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com The problem with making roast beef is figuring out what to do with the leftovers, since reheating overcooks and dries out the meat. Sure, you could thinly slice the roast beef for sandwiches. But my favorite way of eating leftover roast beef (or venison) is cold and in a salad.

You can either thinly slice the roast beef into strips or cut it into cubes. To make your salad, add the cold roast beef to your favorite type of lettuce (I used romaine) and pile on other goodies like pine nuts, feta cheese crumbles, tomatoes, olives or whatever strikes your fancy.

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Homemade salad dressings with NAKANO rice vinegars

Then there was the matter of all that leftover Chipotle Mayo sauce. What was I going to do with it? I got the idea to add NAKANO Roasted Garlic Seasoned Rice Vinegar to the sauce to make a fabulous homemade salad dressing. It’s very spicy, so you may want to dial down the heat by adding more mayonnaise or using a no fat Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

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Chipotle Rice Vinegar Salad Dressing

Adapted from Nadia G.’s Chipotle Mayo recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup prepared light mayonnaise
  • 6 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup NAKANO Roasted Garlic Seasoned Rice Vinegar

Directions

  1. In a food processor, blend together the mayonnaise, chipotle peppers, sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  2. Add NAKANO rice vinegar and blend until combined.
  3. Pour into a salad dressing bottle and shake before pouring on your salad.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: Makes 2 1/2 cups of dressing.
  • Serving size: 3 - 4 tablespoons

Splash it on with NAKANO vinegars

NAKANO Natural and Seasoned Rice Vinegars are a healthy alternative to fattening condiments in your holiday cooking. Instead of butter and sour cream on your baked potato, try a splash of NAKANO Red Pepper Seasoned Rice Vinegar. Splash some NAKANO® Basil & Oregano Seasoned Rice Vinegar on noodles. NAKANO Balsamic Blend Seasoned Rice Vinegar would be wonderful on salads or roasted vegetables, too!

What other healthy ways can you use NAKANO vinegars in your holiday cooking?

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of NAKANO, provided compensation for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own.

How to make homemade Green Tomato Ketchup

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Watermelon Mint & Basil Salad with Feta

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