Simple Black-Eyed Pea Soup

2018-02-14T17:42:53+00:00 Soup/Stew|

Don't you love a bowl of thick and hearty soup as a meal when the weather is cold? You cannot go wrong with this black-eyed pea soup... How could I go by this winter without sharing a soup recipe? Don’t take me wrong, I have cooked many pots of soup however did not document therefore no posts were shared. Can you believe that this is my first time cooking black-eyed pea soup? My initial question was why is this called pea as they share similar shape as beans? This is where internet comes handy…apparently peas and beans are legumes and seeds from a pod. Some suggest that when the seeds are round they are called peas and when the seeds [...]

Kabocha Soup with Miso

2018-02-16T16:42:06+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Soup/Stew|

This is an Asian inspired pumpkin soup made with kabocha and a hint of miso.  It is creamy and loaded with umami flavor. Pumpkin season…all kind of squashes…I love them all…all kind of shape and texture…every different squash has its own quality. Since my parents got a lot of Japanese influence when growing up, our table too was a reflection of it…and kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkin) was often seeing, either steamed or sauté…and of course I carried all my mom’s cooking tips with me…and often I call her to find out how she did this or that…and I add my “touch” into it. I have been seeing this squash all year round in regular grocery store, even at Trader Joe’s…this [...]

White Bean Stew

2018-02-01T07:20:24+00:00 Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Side Dish, Soup/Stew|

  In Brazil, like many Latin American countries, rice and bean (arroz e feijão) is a basic in almost every meal…Brazilians eat beans for lunch and dinner, and it is mainly served with rice. The most used bean for the everyday meal is a bean very similar to pinto beans, but the Brazilian national dish called “feijoada” which is a stew made with beef, pork, it uses black beans. Since it is an everyday dish, you can imagine how many recipes for making beans is available, every person has their personal touch to the everyday “feijão”…well, I am sharing with you a very simple recipe that I have been using for ages, and again, feel free to adapt to your [...]

Simple Turkey Chili

2018-01-31T14:03:56+00:00 Poultry, Soup/Stew|

I learned this recipe for turkey chili at a cooking class that I attended a while ago. It was a fun class we got to learned how to make this simple turkey chili, Caesar salad which I shared before and rice to go along with it. The recipe called for canned cannellini beans but I used the dry ones and cooked them from scratch. Since I attended the class, I have made many times this simple chili, especially during cold season. Nothing like a hot and spicy bowl of chili to warm up the evening or day… I know, the list of ingredients sound pretty scary, but trust me, once you have them all handy, to put together is just [...]

Simple Chili

2018-02-01T00:26:32+00:00 Gluten Free, Soup/Stew|

I have been so busy lately that I had no time to make my usual “weekly” visit to you…I am sorry…I will try to stop by and see what is new with you… This week, I am sharing a simple recipe for chili…I learned this recipe at one cooking class that I attended a while ago. The recipe called for turkey, but I made it with regular ground beef. Of course I had to make some changes to adapt our palate…I did cook the beans from scratch instead of using bean in can. Now that the weather is cooling down, nothing like a hot and spicy bowl of chili to warm up the evening… Trust me, this is very simple [...]

Broccoli Soup

2018-02-01T00:50:04+00:00 Soup/Stew|

Now that the weather is getting cooler, often I like to have soup for dinner. Not mention that it is easy and fairly fast to prepare. This is a very simple and easy way to serve broccoli, especially for the ones that dislike broccoli. The soup is tasty and filling. I always like to serve with garlic toast…somehow the crunchy toast goes very well with the creaminess of this soup. Ingredients 2 big heads broccoli 2 16 oz cans chicken broth or chicken bouillon (or vegetable broth) 1 small onion, chopped 1 medium size potato, cut into small cubes 1 tablespoon butter Salt and pepper to taste Greek yogurt Method Cut the broccoli into smaller pieces and steam until tender [...]

Chicken, Corn and Tofu Soup

2018-02-02T00:54:19+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Gluten Free, Poultry, Soup/Stew|

I have been battling a very bad flu/cold for almost two weeks…after lots of soup and tea, I feel much better although still not totally recovered. So this week I am sharing a soup recipe. This is a very simple and easy recipe…and it is great at anytime of the year, especially now that is cold, not that it is so cold here in California as compared to some places in US… This soup is a meal by itself…each and every spoonful of this soup you will taste the soft tofu, tender chicken with the crunchy corn, all together in a flavorful chicken broth and a touch of the sesame oil…yum! You can call this corn chowder with an Asian [...]

Navy Bean and Barley Soup with Sausage and Kale

2018-02-01T00:41:24+00:00 Soup/Stew|

This is a very hearty soup, especially during the cold weather that we are experiencing. Yes, even here in Southern California, as a matter of fact, this week we are expecting cold weather with possibility of rain. This soup is a complete meal and it is very comforting. I use the pressure cooker to cook the beans and barley after soaking them overnight.  Therefore, the cooking time is very short, making it very simple and a great weekday dinner. Ingredients: 1 ½ cup navy bean ½ cup barley 1 bay leave ½ tablespoon olive oil 1 can low sodium, low fat chicken broth ½ tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion chopped 3 stalks celery 3 medium carrots 2 large Kielbasa [...]

Oxtail Soup

2018-02-01T14:19:59+00:00 Gluten Free, Meat, Soup/Stew|

This oxtail soup is very simple to make, it is very hearty and comforting, especially in this cold weather. You find a complete meal in a bowl of this soup. I call it soup, but somewhat comes in between soup and stew due to its thickness. Because oxtail has high fat and high gelatin content, I usually like to cook this soup only during cold weather months. To speed up the cooking time I used the pressure cooker because oxtail is very muscular. I like to cook this soup in two steps because oxtail needs a longer time to cook and I like to visualize the pieces of potatoes, carrots and celery in my soup and not have them “pulverized”. [...]

Lentil Sprouts Soup

2018-02-01T14:21:26+00:00 Gluten Free, Soup/Stew, Vegetarian|

I hope you all had a great Easter weekend…we had a wonderful family time at my mom’s home, where we did a lot of egg coloring and shared precious time together. Not to mention that there was a lot of food… This week, I am so excited to share something that I learned from Norma at Garden to Wok…sprouting beans. So far I had sprouted chickpeas and lentils…and both of them turned out great. I made a stew with the chickpea sprouts using tomato and eggplant and with the lentil sprouts,  I made a soup. I enjoyed watching the chickpeas and lentils sprout…it is so much fun seeing them first turning big and plump, then the little sprouts were coming out and [...]