Apple cider vinegar is made in a two-step process, related to how alcohol is made (1). The first step exposes crushed apples (or apple cider) to yeast, which ferment the sugars and turn them into alcohol. In the second step, bacteria are added to the alcohol solution, which further ferment the alcohol and turn it into acetic acid — the main active compound in vinegar. In French, the word “vinegar” actually means “sour wine.”
Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the sugar from apples. This turns them into acetic acid, which is the active ingredient in vinegar.
Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s) also contains “mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky appearance. Some people believe that the “mother” is responsible for most of the health benefits, although there are currently no studies to support this. Apple cider vinegar only contains about three calories per tablespoon, which is very low. There are not many vitamins or minerals in it, but it does contain a small amount of potassium. Quality apple cider vinegar also contains some amino acids and antioxidants.
Yogurt is one of our favorite weekday breakfasts. It’s fast, it’s healthy, and it’s filling. But what we love most is how infinitely customizable it is. Buy plain yogurt (we like it for its versatility and pure, additive-free ingredient list), and you’ve got a blank canvas that can handle just about anything. Read on for our favorite combinations of savory and sweet swirl-ins and sprinkle-ons, and eat happy all week (or, er, month) long.
Pomegranate seeds make everything better, especially yogurt.
Top with sliced bananas for a healthier take on a banana cream pie. Fresh fruit is a classic topping, but sweet vegetables like white beets are a surprisingly excellent addition, too. Top with chewy crystallized ginger for the perfect mix of sweet and heat. Use yogurt as the base for a fruity, creamy mango lucuma pudding.
Ground beef recipes are a weeknight favorite for so many reasons: ground beef is inexpensive, cooks up fast, and can be used in endless delicious ways. If you’re looking for a tasty new spin on classic ground beef recipes like meatloaf, hamburgers, chili, and lasagna, the Southern Living Test Kitchen has you covered.
The real deal begins with a ball of masa flattened into a thin round that’s fried to a golden crispness.
Or, if you’re in the mood for something different with ground beef, you’ll also find surprising new ways to use ground beef in stir frys, soups, calzones, kabobs, and more. Ground beef freezes well too, so stock up at the supermarket and bookmark this gallery as your go-to source for easy ground beef recipes.