Dr Oz: Marinate Meat In Tea
Dr Oz announced that his friend Rachael Ray was joining him to share how you can add a ton of flavor to your food, without a ton of calories. Rachael said you should layer in flavor wherever you can, and gave an example of cooking rice in vegetable or chicken stock rather than water. She also explained that you can actually use tea as a marinade.
Rachael said brines are trendy, but they tend to have a lot of salt and sugar. You can get a large amount of flavor without all the sugar and salt by using teas like hibiscus or peach. You can use the teas on chicken breast or pork tenderloin. Just let the meat marinate in the teas overnight for a lot of great flavor without any fat. Rachael likes to add Fresno chili pepper, limes, garlic, and salt to her hibiscus tea for a great flavorful marinade.
Dr Oz: Use Citrus Zest
Another one of Rachael’s tricks is to use citrus zest. She said acidity is vital, so if you’re trying to watch your salt, replace it with lime juice. She loves to cook mashed sweet potatoes instead of regular mashed potatoes, and adds even more flavor with orange zest. You can find the recipe for her delicious orange-scented mashed sweet potatoes below.
Dr Oz then challenged Rachael to a zesting contest, which he claims he won. Rachael then explained that if your fruit feels really tight, it probably won’t give you a lot of juice, so you can always pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to get the juices flowing.
Will you try Rachael’s tea marinade idea or her orange-scented mashed sweet potatoes? How do you add flavor to dishes without calories?
Dr Oz: Orange-Scented Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Ingredients
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
- zest & juice of 1 orange
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes – peeled & cut into small chunks or thin slices
- 2 slices smoky bacon – finely chopped, optional
- chicken stock, as needed
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- hot sauce, to taste
Dr Oz: Orange-Scented Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Directions
- Add potatoes to medium-sized pot & cover with salted water & bring to boil over medium heat
- Cook until tender then drain & return potatoes to the pot
- In a medium-size saute pan, heat a little oil over medium heat & add bacon & cook until it begins to crisp
- Stir in orange zest & juice, as well as the potatoes
- Mash to desired consistency, using some chicken stock to thin potatoes if desired
- Stir in coriander, cumin, cinnamon, & hot sauce
- Transfer potatoes to a serving bowl & serve!