Posts in which I cook

Citrus Quinoa Chicken Bowl

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We are trying to eat healthier. My brother just found out he had some health issues and needs to start with his diet. So since he lives with us, I thought it’d be a good idea for all of us to eat better. I found this recipe and decided to give it a try.

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Start off with a simple dressing. Citrus and honey and some cilantro.

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Mix it together.

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Roast some garlic.

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Peel and segment an orange.

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Cook quinoa.

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Chop chicken breast.

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Cook the chicken breast in olive oil, roasted garlic and some seasonings. After chicken is cooked, toss everything together with avocado chunks and dress it the way you like. I overdressed this one, but the hubs loved it! WIN. I used this recipe I found on pinterest from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

What are some of your favorite healthy recipes?

Sun Noodle Ramen Kits

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RAMEN!!! I love ramen. Ever since I had my first taste at Toki Underground, I’ve been hooked. It changed my whole outlook. I should have known there was a non instant version that I was missing out on. But that was ALL I knew. My friend Lorri in NYC shipped me a bunch of ramen kits by Sun Noodle and I’m obsessed.

The kit comes with two individually wrapped servings of fresh noodles and a pack of tare that you dilute in hot water. The rest is up to you!

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I can only eat cooked sprouts, but lucky me, these sprouts for the ramen are cooked. I made a sauce that was sesame oil, black pepper, soy sauce to taste.

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Dropped in some sprouts into boiling hot water for a minute. Then drained.

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Tossed it into the sauce and added some green onion and called it a day. This is probably something I made up, but it worked with the soup!

I went to the local asian market, and picked up slices of char siu and crispy pig. I blanched some chinese broccoli. I also cooked a can of bamboo shoots, stirred them in some chili oil, sesame oil, oyster sauce and soy sauce. I also sliced up a sheet of seaweed and boiled a couple of eggs (since I can’t eat them poached or soft boiled).

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I also picked up a jar of pickled red ginger. And put the bowls together how I wanted it. ALMOST PROFESSIONAL RIGHT?

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I used a tonkatsu broth for mine. OMG SO GOOD. MY FAVORITE.

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He and my friend Anna both went for the spicy sesame. They both said it was one of the best ramen they’ve had. AND IT WAS INSTANT at HOME. Ok, I did fancy it up a bit with extra ingredients, but restaurant quality noodles and soup at home was just super amazing to me. I’ve got a couple of these in my freezer in case I wanna do another ramen night.

THANK YOU SO MUCH LORRI for introducing me to these. My life is changed again, by ramen.

 

 

 

Loco Moco

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I’m not Hawaiian. But I wish I was. They live the good life. Even though it’s pretty expensive to live there, from my understanding you don’t need much. Sometimes I crave Hawaiian food, but can’t find anywhere around here to satiate my hunger, so I have to figure it out myself. There was a Hawaiian themed bar I tried out, they failed horribly. Never again. Any whoo. I found this recipe on Food Republic. I of course didn’t follow it to the T and ended up with a not so wet gravy, but it was good all the same.

Wash it down with some pog and you are good to go!

Corn Pancakes

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I remember when IHOP used to have corn pancakes. I really loved them. It was like almost like corn bread but in a pancake form (and I love corn bread!). Then one day, they decided to break our hearts and take them away with no explanation (maybe there was an explanation but I didn’t look it up). Anywho, I stumbled across a copycat recipe and YAY, something to satisfy my craving.

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Mix corn meal, flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder.

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In another larger bowl, eggs, and sugar.

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Then add buttermilk, whole milk and melted butter.

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Add dry ingredients to wet.

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Then let the batter sit for a little bit, while you prep your pan.

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Heat up some butter in a skillet or griddle.

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THEN ENJOY!

Corn Pancakes
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup butter, melted
butter for cooking

Directions
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and sugar until well combined. Mix in milk, buttermilk, and melted butter. Slowly mix in dry ingredients to wet ingredients until well mixed. Let batter sit for at least 10 minutes.

Heat a skillet or griddle to medium low heat. Add butter to coat the pan. Spoon batter into pan and cook pancakes until golden on each side.

Spam Musubi

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I have my moments, where I miss the sunny days spent in Hawaii a few years ago for my birthday. And now being pregnant, I crave things even stronger than I did before. My husband gave me a spam musubi mold, so I was like. HECK YES. I have to use it right?

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I gathered all my ingredients. Cooked 3 cups of sushi rice, sliced up a can of spam, nori furikake (rice seasoning), and cut sheets of roasted seaweed.

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You want to make sure you have all your ingredients ready before you cook the spam. I cut the seaweed in half, and cooked the rice and pulled it out of the cooker to cook a little so it wouldn’t stay too wet. Mix the sugar and soy sauce.

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Cook the spam in it until crispy and caramelized.

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Spam Musubi
Ingredients:
3 cups of uncooked sushi rice, cooked
1 can of low sodium Spam, cut into 10 even slices
4 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp sugar
5 sheets of seaweed, cut in half to make 10
Furikake

Directions: 
Cook the rice. After it is done cooking, take it off of heat, stir and set aside to cool. Cook spam in a non stick pan in the soy sauce until caramelized and crispy. Place a musubi press on the center of a half sheet of nori.  Take desired amount of rice and scoop into press. Press to pack tightly. Sprinkle furikake to taste. Top with a slice of spam. Press through and wrap.

This is just one way to do it! You can add egg,  less seaweed, the possibilities are endless. There are even different flavors of spam to experiment with. Once you get the basics down, you are good to go!

 

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