Simple and Nutritious Black Rice Bowl

2018-02-12T17:38:15+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Pasta and Grain|

Have you ever tried black rice?  Black rice has a nutty and slightly chewy texture as compared to regular rice and it is packed with nutrients… I had black rice once in a local restaurant, since the black rice was mixed with white rice and quinoa, I could not tell the “real” texture of it. Well, I got very curious and it is when the search for the black rice started...after checking into a few stores I finally found it at Sprouts, one of my favorite places to buy organic vegetables and fruits.  I was so happy to find organic black rice selling by the bulk and yes, it is a bit more expensive than your regular white rice, but [...]

Chicken with Spicy Sausage

2018-01-31T14:36:10+00:00 Poultry|

I hope you all had a great time during this holiday…and yes, I am starting the year with this tasty chicken dish, and yes the recipe is very simple…as you can imagine, chicken and spicy sausage…all together cooked on a 10 inch cast iron skillet…yum! I must admit that I should use more often the cast iron skillets that I have…I recently acquired a grill pan as well…the only, I mean more than one reason that I am very skeptical is that after using it, the cast iron pan requires some “babysitting” and they are sure heavy to handle. Although everytime that I cook with it I am very pleased with the depth of the flavor…and this chicken recipe is no [...]

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 [...]

Chicken Sausage and Peppers

2018-02-01T14:19:37+00:00 Gluten Free, Poultry|

This is a very easy, simple and quick to fix meal. You can serve this chicken sausages (or any sausage of your preference) with rice or even inside a bun. It is colorful and sure very tasty. I used the chicken sausage with apples, it is great since the apple in the sausage give a slightly sweet taste to the dish. Ingredients: 4~5 chicken sausages 1 onion 1 yellow bell pepper 1 red bell pepper Cilantro Sal and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon soy sauce Method: Slice the chicken sausage, onion and the peppers. In a pan sautee the sausage until slightly brown, set aside. In the same pan, sautee the onion and the peppers. Add the soy sauce, salt [...]