Start the New Year with Our Lightened-Up Favorites

We all indulged in too many cookies over the holiday season, but now it’s a new year and that means it’s time for a fresh start. This month we’re focusing on lightened-up meals that are not only delicious, but also deliciously easy to make.  

Typically, “lighter” meals are associated with a lack of flavor and too many vegetables, but here at Nielsen-Massey, thanks to our array of vanillas and flavor extracts, we bring the flavor. The simple addition of one or two extracts allow you to impart intense flavor into every meal, without adding too many calories. You’ll be able to completely change any meal, making your efforts to eat better in 2018 easier than you ever thought they could be. 

5 Ingredient Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Skewers 

Only five ingredients to make a flavorful chicken dinner? Yes, it’s possible! With our Pure Lemon Extract and Pure Orange Extract for added zings of citrusy flavor, your taste buds will dance with delight with every juicy bite of chicken. The sweet and spicy flavors come together in a bright and zestful way, making this recipe perfect for any season. Pair with asparagus or broccoli and a side of brown rice for a full meal the whole family will love. 

Cherry Vanilla Chicken a la Nielsen 

The layers of vanilla flavor from our Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract make this dish perfect to cozy up with during the winter months. This upscale dinner is easy to prepare, meaning it’s a winner for a weeknight dinner or even a party. 

Coconut Spiced Lemon Shrimp Skewers 

Just because it’s the middle of winter doesn’t mean that you can’t bring some tropical warmth into your kitchen. These skewers are unbelievably simple to make and have intense, irresistible coconut flavor. The citrus kick from the Pure Lemon Extract and the subtle vanilla notes of the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract make this dish a flavorful taste of the tropical island you wish you were floating on right now.  

Eggplant Parmesan 

You’d be surprised what a little Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract can bring to a savory dish like eggplant parmesan! The vanilla smooths out the slight bitterness of the eggplant and the acidity of the tomatoes, making it a lightened-up version of the meaty classic. Don’t doubt how hearty this meal is, though! You’ll certainly fill hungry bellies with this one. 

Hearty White Bean Chili 

‘Tis the season for warming up with a bowl of chili, and our lighter version is served without the side of guilt! The surprising addition of Pure Chocolate Extract gives the chili its delicious hearty flavor, so you won’t even notice that there isn’t any meat.  

Spicy Tequila Shrimp 

Taco Tuesday is about to get a serious upgrade, but not in calories! Perfect for pairing with a skinny margarita, this light and fresh shrimp recipe packs a ton of tequila flavor and spice in every bite.  

Smokey Black Bean Burgers 

Forget the meat with this flavorful and fresh burger made with black beans. The richness in the patties comes from the Pure Coffee Extract, making them a smoky, hearty, and easy weeknight dinner even the kids will love.  

Fajita Steak Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing 

A hearty salad is just the way to get your steak fix, in a new and lightened-up way. The coffee marinade, flavored with Pure Coffee Extract and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, gives this south-of-the-border salad some extra depth and flavor flair. 

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