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Friday, May 22, 2015

Zevia Zero Calorie Soda: Getting the Creative...Juices Flowing! With Recipes, Even.

So you probably already know that Zevia Zero Calorie Soda is a wonderful, healthy soda that you can feel good about drinking. But I got handed a challenge...what about COOKING with it?

Now, I had posted a long time ago about swapping it into a great Sweet Garlic Chicken recipe. The recipes had a lot of sugar in it, though, so I revisited that recipe for a revamp. I replaced the full cup of brown sugar (see what I mean?) with a stevia brown sugar blend, effectively hacking the calorie count, along with the Zevia fabulousness. And it came out delish.

1/2 cup stevia brown sugar blend
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup Zevia Ginger Ale
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water

Mix all ingredients together except cornstarch and water in a blender until smooth. Arrange chicken (I've used both breasts and thighs with this) and pour sauce over it. Bake at 350 degrees until cooked through. Remove chicken and pour sauce into a pan. Mix cornstarch and water together and add to sauce, simmering until it thickens. Serve with sauce over chicken, as shown.

Now, the recipe only used a small amount of the Zevia Ginger Ale, so the perfect beverage accompaniment came to mind: A Zevia Shirley Temple!

A fabulous meal and drink combo with sweetness that doesn't make you feel guilty. But what about the salad course?

I got you covered. Meet the Zevia Cola dressings!

The orange one on the right has a sweeter, catalina type flavor. It was my favorite of the two. The recipe is very simple:

1 Tbsp. salt
1/4 cup stevia
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 cup Zevia Cola
1/4 cup catsup
1 cup olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. Starting to see a trend here, right? Done and done. I used this recipe as a reference.

The second is a mustard herb dressing, and has a tangy herbal flavor. I wasn't that excited about it as a dressing, but it made a great marinade. Recipe inspiration here.

1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Zevia Cola
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tbsp yellow mustard
1 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/2 cloves garlic.

Once again, combine and blend.

For testing purposes, I put the dressings onto plain romaine lettuce, but they cling very nicely.

Totally fab. You gotta give them a try. And if Zevia wasn't awesome enough, there's a very cool bit of news.  By the end of June, all Zevia products will be Non-GMO Project Verified and color-free...INCLUDING that classic soda additive, caramel color. Yes, you heard right. Why would they do that? Because they never stop thinking and working on ways to make their customers happy. So go get your Zevia on, eating or drinking, and find out for yourself just how Clearly Different they are!

I received products for testing and review purposes. My opinions and fizzy appreciation are my own.

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