Pasta and Grain

Simple and Nutritious Black Rice Bowl

2018-03-02T16:45:44+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 [...]

Trader Joe’s Gnocchi with Sous Vide Chicken

2018-02-16T11:50:27+00:00 Pasta and Grain, Poultry, Sous Vide|

Have you ever tried Trader Joe’s gnocchi? Well, if you like gnocchi you should give it a try…I must confess it was better than I expected. As a matter of fact, this is my second time cooking it and this time I dressed it with peas, roasted sugar tomatoes and sous vide chicken. This is particular great especially if you are pressed for time (like now getting ready for the holidays…), in a short time you are ready for an almost “gourmet” dinner, considering that you have in your refrigerator roasted sugar tomatoes and in the freezer green peas, sous vide chicken and a bag of Trader Joe’s gnocchi. Don’t panic if you do not have the ingredients listed…you can [...]

Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage

2018-02-16T15:35:55+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Gluten Free, Pasta and Grain|

This is a recipe for a traditional glutinous rice known as sticky rice which is an staple in the Chinese cuisine which sausage, chicken or pork can be added. Have you ever had glutinous rice? In spite of the name “glutinous” it does not contain gluten at all, like all the other varieties of rice. Glutinous rice is grinded to make mochi flour which is a very popular ingredient in many Asian desserts and even savory ones. I grew up with glutinous rice and its derivatives…I love all the “chewy” food that you can make with it. Recently I shared the “pearl meatballs” recipe which the meatball (any of your choice) is coated with a layer of glutinous rice. Today, [...]

Farro Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

2018-03-12T15:57:05+00:00 Pasta and Grain, Vegetarian|

This is a recipe for a very healthy salad...it can be served as a side dish or as a main dish.  The combination of the nutty farro and roasted tomatoes is just amazing. This is such a simple and yet tasty salad, farro is used as a base grain. It is loaded with delicious oven roasted grape tomatoes marinated with olive oil, garlic and thyme. This can be served as a meal by itself or as a side dish. I love the idea of adding roasted grapes tomatoes; they are naturally sweet which gives this farro salad a touch of sweetness. I think this salad will be very suitable during summer months along with any BBQ. Now back to farro…farro [...]

Low Caloric Content Rice

2018-02-27T17:21:19+00:00 Pasta and Grain, Simple Ideas, Vegetarian|

If you love rice and worry about calories you should try this method of cooking rice. It is simple and easy... Yes, you can lower the calories in rice by changing how you cook it! For the longest time I wanted to share with you about a method used to lower rice calories…not long ago a team of scientists from Sri Lanka have developed a simple way to cook rice that could reduce the calories absorbed by the body by up to 60%. A little background…rice contains two types of starch: digestible and resistant. The digestible starches can be quickly broken down by our bodies, turn into glucose and store as fat if we do not burn it (increase weight [...]

Homemade Spinach Pasta

2018-02-28T08:36:32+00:00 Freeze Ahead, Pasta and Grain, Vegetarian|

This pasta recipe calls for lots of spinach...it is so tasty and pretty to look at. The pasta can served topped with any sauce you and your family like or just with your favorite cheese.   Let me make a confession, this is not my first pasta…I made egg pasta once before I attempted to make this spinach pasta. It was so much fun playing with the dough, passing the dough over and over again through the pasta machine. Cutting it using different settings that I forgot to take pictures… I want this spinach pasta to be the “star” of this post, therefore, after I cooked I just served with a drizzle of olive oil and lots of shaved pecorino cheese…nothing [...]

Stir Fry Wheatberries

2018-03-12T16:00:42+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Pasta and Grain, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is a simple recipe for an Asian inspired stir-fry wheatberries with eggs and Chinese sausage. Just by substituting rice for wheatberries you will have a healthy version of fried rice. This is a very simple and fast recipe considering that you have cooked wheatberries. The recipe is similar to the Egg Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage…and it is great as a main dish since it contains veggies and protein. Wheatberries are wheat, I mean the whole wheat kernel except the hull. I personally like to wash and soak the wheatberries before cooking, usually overnight. Wheatberries are chewy and packed with nutrients and dietary fiber, therefore much healthier than plain rice. So if you like wheatberry it is good to cook [...]

Chinese Sausage Fried Rice

2018-03-08T11:17:20+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Pasta and Grain, Side Dish|

This is a very simple and versatile recipe for Asian inspired fried rice.  Instead of sausage you can use bacon, ham or just egg. It is tasty and great as a side dish. I love rice dish, and this one is so easy and simple to make, particularly if you have leftover rice. I added some Chinese sausage to this rice, but you can add chicken, pork, shrimp or even bacon…whatever your palate calls for. The nice about this stir fried rice is that the rice grains are covered with a thin layer of egg…yum! This is sure a very simple dish to put together especially during this holiday season, where life seems busier than usual with parties, baking and [...]

Shrimp with Red Quinoa

2018-03-12T12:43:20+00:00 Fish and Seafood, Gluten Free, Pasta and Grain|

This is a very simple and easy recipe with red quinoa and vegetables topped with saute shrimp. The combination of nutty quinoa and shrimp is just amazing. This is a very simple recipe packed with protein…delicious nutty quinoa loaded with veggies, topped with a gingery, lemony shrimp. It is gluten free and very healthy! I used frozen ginger and frozen lemon…I just find it very easy to store and use. Just grate the frozen ginger or lemon (whole) using a microplane grater/zester on the shrimp…it is clean and totally trouble free. No need to use any chopping board… Oh! Apparently there is no difference between the red and the white quinoa in terms of nutritional values…but you might need to cook [...]

Oatmeal with Quinoa

2018-03-12T16:41:01+00:00 Breakfast, Pasta and Grain|

This is a very healthy recipe for steel cut oatmeal loaded with all kind of grains such as quinoa, flaxseed, hemp seed, chia seed, millet... It is so nice to start the day with this hearty warm bowl of cereal. This is my almost everyday breakfast…it is very versatile in regards to what I can add on the oatmeal in the morning. Not only that, I get a mix of various grain in one bowl. My husband likes with dry fruits, nuts and cinnamon. I sometimes beside the “conventional” toppings I even have with “Chinese” preserved stuff, food that you normally see when having breakfast in Taiwan. Since steel cut oatmeal takes almost ”forever” to cook, I prepared the night [...]

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