Love at First Bite: Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar

A Food Love Story

I love food.  Food full of flavor.  I grew up thinking that flavorful food recipes included at least 1 stick of butter and a cup of milk or cream. Or better yet~ something FRIED!

Even though buttery, creamy, fried food tastes WONDERFUL it’s also kinda fattening and by kinda I mean it can really pack the pounds on if you’re not careful.  Obviously, I wasn’t! :D

I’m getting older and I’m really trying to eat better so I can be around longer.  After all, I have 4 kids & a husband to continue raising and with the youngest just starting pre-k I’ve got a long way to go.

On a side note, y’all know that when I’m done I’ll have parented for 40 years, right?!

F.O.U.R.T.Y.  ~ I’ve been told I’m a little on the crazy side.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to eat more low carb, less fat and white stuff (you know, the good stuff like sugar, flour, rice, etc.) so when I got the chance to try some Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar, I was all over it!

Since my diet has changed, I’ve been using spices & seasonings more to add flavor and Nakano Rice Vinegar really adds a zip to whatever I’m making.

Seriously, last night I added a dash to my spaetzle last night.  I’ll confess that it also had butter & parmesan cheese (so NOT low carb but yummy) It tasted so good after that splash of Nakano that my 7 yr old daughter asked for a taste and ultimately ended up finishing off the bowl. Really, you can add it to anything.

When I received my box of vinegar (sounds funny saying that – I mean, who buys a box of vinegar?) I got bottles of Original & Roasted Garlic flavor along with a handy, dandy recipe booklet.

Here are some of the tips they included:

  • Sprinkle on fresh, sliced tomatoes
  • pour over sliced, fresh cucumbers (I’d mix tomatoes, cukes & onions together for a fresh salad mix)
  • Stir into coleslaw
  • Use instead of red wine vinegar
  • Sprinkle on your veggies
  • Season your chicken & beef
  • and more – use your imagination

 

I made California Caviar for a recent church pot luck to great success.  Here’s the recipe:

California Caviar
Author: Nakano Seaonsed Rice Vinegar
Serves: Makes 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sale
  • 1-2 jalapenos, seeded & minced
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 can (16oz.) black beans or black-eyed peas, rinsed & drained
  • 1 large tomato, seeded & diced
  • 1 diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro & parsley
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine rice vinegar, oil, salt, jalapenos & garlic. Mix well.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  3. Serve immediately or cover & refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips, bagel chips or crackers.
Notes

Nutrition information per serving (1/4 cup) 33 calories, 1 gram protein, 5 g carbs, 1g fat, 0 mg cholesterol & 143 mg sodium

 

I really enjoy having a condiment like Nakano Rice Vinegar because it’s a lighter option to things I used to use like mayonaise & fatty salad dressings.  My favorite flavors of the rice vinegar are the original & basil and oregano but the roasted garlic comes in a close 2nd.

Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar Doesn’t Just Taste Good – It’s Good For You, Too!

Nakano is hosting a 60-Day walking challenge.  The  SPLASH IT ON, STEP IT UP CHALLENGE  encourages people to make healthy lifestyle choices. The challenge will encourage participants to eat more veggies and become more active.
You’ll find a ton of fun along with fitness and health features.  My favorite is the step tracker wrapping around a globe that  helps me keep track of the number of steps I’m walking each day.  There are prizes, too. :D
Prizes: The prizes for this promotion include:
First prize of a one-year free gym membership. If over 1 million steps are reached over the course of the 60 days, a second 1st prize will be awarded.
Second prize winner receives six personal training sessions.
Third prize winner will receive a Nakano workout bag.
There’s also Splash for Cash  Recipe Club that includes recipes and blog features.

You can find out more about Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegars & other Nakano products by visiting HERE
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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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