V-8 juice is not just for beverage consumption (though a nice tall Bloody Mary comes to mind whenever I pour it!). Their ‘Spicy Hot’ variety makes a GREAT ingredient for cooking. From sauces to soups, this product is a great addition to your pantry staples. And they even have a low sodium version that has 70% less sodium than regular V-8 Spicy Hot 🙂
1 cup is only 50 calories and gives you 2 full servings of vegetables. So as well as being a tasty ingredient, it’s a very healthful one. There’s no fat and no cholesterol, but tons of flavor. And that makes it great for using in recipes.
I have a soup recipe coming up soon that uses V-8 as a main part of the soup base – it is DELICIOUS, and it’s very healthy – I can’t wait to get it posted for you. I am sure you will enjoy 🙂
In the meantime, think about using it in some of your favorite recipes for a low sodium, spicy, HEALTHY kick !
chili – instead of tomato sauce, try some V-8 and a few tablespoons of tomato paste (since you will need a little thickener)
tomato sauces for over pasta – as well as diced tomatoes, add some V-8 Spicy Hot to kick up the flavor
soups – use Spicy Hot V-8 as the main base or mixed with broth – such depth of flavor is added this way that quick soups taste slow simmered
And here is my first retread of the week….this salad is so spicy and so enjoyable. I have been looking forward to making it since the last time I made it back in January. But I am usually too busy testing NEW recipes and I had not gotten back to it. That is, until today. My mouth is pretty happy right now !
Hot, Hot, Hot !! But just the right amount of hot – – – almost like eating hot wings together with the celery and carrots – all in one mouthful.
120 calories per serving
6 oz. cooked cubed chicken (Perdue Shortcuts works great here !)
3 T fat free mayonnaise
3 T chopped celery
3 T chopped carrots
1 1/2 t Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1/2 t dry ranch dressing mix
Combine the mayo, hot sauce and ranch dressing mix. Place chicken in a hot skillet and saute 3 minutes to heat up. Add chicken, celery, and carrots to sauce. Mix well and serve.
If you use Perdue Chicken Shortcuts, the prep on this is 5 minutes – that’s it ! And it tastes like you spent hours putting it together – it is a very spicy, super flavorful and highly nutritious meal. Don’t serve to the kids with the chili sauce in it, but if you are adventurous, try 2 t instead of 1 ½ of the chili sauce – -it makes it a kickin’ hot soup 🙂
120 calories per serving
3 c fat free chicken broth
2 c shredded cooked chicken (Perdue Shortcuts work great here !)
2 t soy sauce
1 1/2 t chili sauce with garlic (available in the Asian section of your food market)
2 1/2 c frozen broccoli stir fry mix
Combine broth, chicken, soy and chili sauce. Cover and bring to a boil and then add vegetables and return to boil. Remove from heat and serve immediately.