Roasted Chickpeas

2018-02-18T15:32:33+00:00 Make-Ahead, Snack, Vegetarian|

This simply roasted chickpeas are a great snack, and it come packed with healthy stuff.  They are very versatile and can be spiked with all kind of spices. I have been wanted to make this roasted chickpeas for ages, but somehow never got the chance to make it until now…and yes, I do regret not have done this earlier. They are very addictive and yes, you can “dress” which ever you like, salty, spicy, tangy, sweet…now that I know how simple and easy these are, I will sure have them all the time. Chickpeas are also called gabanzo beans, and they are packed with protein and fiber. So why not snack on these healthy little crunchy treats? Since I want [...]

Beef, Celery and Carrot Stir-Fry

2018-02-24T14:28:47+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Meat|

This is a very simple and healthy Asian inspired beef stir fry with just a few ingredients...celery and carrot. Great served with a bowl of rice This is another Asian inspired simple recipe which involves just a handful of ingredients…and I bet you that you have them all in your kitchen. This stir-fry beef is delicious served over a steamy bowl of rice and great for next day lunch or dinner, therefore don’t be reluctant to make it even by doubling the recipe. In one bite you will have the combination of flavorful beef with the slightly crunchy celery and carrot…so good! Ingredients: ½ lb finely sliced beef, I used shabu shabu boneless ribeye 2 or 3 garlic cloves, finely [...]

Lemon Thyme Chicken, Sous-Vide

2018-02-24T14:35:49+00:00 Poultry, Sous Vide|

Healthy chicken breast cooked to perfection...tender, moist and packed with flavor. How? Cooking using sous vide method. Yes, I am still playing with the sous vide method…so far this method has not disappointed me… This week, I am sharing with you a very simple recipe for a juicy, flavorful chicken breast. The good thing about this method is that you never overcook, even if you leave the chicken breasts in the water-bath longer than the set time. As your chicken is cooking (sous-vide) you have all the time to do whatever you need to do and not to worry that the chicken breasts will be over cooked, therefore, dry and rubbery. The sous vide cylinder, that I use is from [...]

Farro Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

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

This is a recipe for a very healthy 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 [...]

Butter Lemon Swai, Sous Vide

2018-02-26T15:47:42+00:00 Fish and Seafood, Sous Vide|

Looking for a perfect cooked fish? This lemon butter swai is cooked to perfection using sous vide method. The fish is moist and tender, loaded with flavors. Have you ever heard of “SWAI fish”? Swai fish is a catfish from Vietnam, which has a delicate texture and much milder taste than catfish which sometimes can have a “muddy” flavor. Swai are moist, soft, flaky, and delicate and its flesh turns from lightly beige to whitish color once cooked. I have baked, steamed and now sous vide. You mainly can cook it anyway you like, because of its delicate texture grilling might be a bit challenging, as the fish might fall apart easily. Apparently there was a “catfish wars” between US [...]

Sous Vide Steak

2018-03-12T15:50:23+00:00 Meat, Method, Sous Vide|

Have you ever used sous vide cooking method? Well, this is my first attempt and I am loving it...the steak came out perfect! No fuss and no mess...I already can tell you that sous vide cooking will be on my list of favorite gadgets. Well, after considering carefully all the aspects of sous vide cooking I finally decided to try. What I mean by considering is the fact that sous vide method uses cooking in a water bath under vacuum in an accurate regulated temperature, and in order to cook under vacuum the food has to be in contact with plastic, which I am very skeptical about it…after reading a lot about the sous vide method I could not resist [...]

Caramelized Garlic

2018-02-27T13:07:09+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Condiment, Make-Ahead|

This is a very simple and practical recipe for people that like garlic...having a handy jar of caramelized garlic can be very helpful. It can be added everywhere garlic is welcome... Okay, this is one of the posts that I feel almost bad posting it…since no recipe is really needed.  In spite of the simplicity of this caramelized garlic, especially when you find yourself with a huge bag of fresh garlic (thanks to Costco), it is very convenient to have this “condiment” handy. I find having a jar of caramelized garlic very useful…I add them to stir-fry vegetables and soups,  on pizza, bruchetta, pasta, seafood…you named it…practically everywhere you use garlic. Ingredients: Garlic (as much as you want), finely chopped [...]

Charred Shishito Peppers

2018-02-27T16:57:32+00:00 Appetizer, Vegetarian|

Have you ever try shishito peppers? They are a lot of sun as you never know what you are going to get...mild or hot. This recipe call for simply roasting in a cast iron pan until blistered. When I saw these finger long peppers at Trader Joe’s I had to get them regardless of how they taste…by the way, this is one of my “normal” behavior when shopping…by husband will ask me if I know or have ever eaten something new and I would answer…I don’t know, but I will find out. Well, after searching in the internet “how to cook Shishito peppers”, it was to my surprised that it could not be easier and simpler than this…and yes, they [...]

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 [...]

Squash Noodle Salad with San-J Thai Peanut Sauce

2018-02-28T11:33:06+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Poultry|

This is a recipe for a healthy Asian inspired salad of zucchini noddles toss in San-J Peanut Thai sauce topped with chicken and toasted sliced almond. Great as a meal! Have you ever heard of San-J Asian cooking sauces? Well, I had not until I was approached by the company to try…they gave me an opportunity to choose 3 sauces…I went for the Thai peanut, Szechuan and Mongolian.   Before I go on to the post I would like to state that once I accepted the invitation, these sauces were sent to me without charge, I did not receive any compensation for this post and all the content and opinion in this post are solely mine. Okay, now I can move [...]