Stir Fried Potatoes with Shishito Peppers

These crunchy strips of potatoes are amazing, especially mixed with thin cuts of shishito peppers…super easy to make.

 

The first time I had this dish in a Chinese restaurant I was amazed to find out that the almost transparent strips were potatoes…since then I went in search for the recipe, and to my surprise apparently stir-fried shredded potatoes is a very common dish in China.

I decided to make my version by adding strips of shishito peppers instead of hot peppers such as jalapenos or red chilis.

– Why the potato strips are crunchy?

Because the potato starch is removed before cooking.

– How do I remover the starch from the potato strips?

By soaking in cold water, rinsing until the water is no longer turbid.

– Are you ready to try this exquisite and simple recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium size russet potatoes
  • 6 oz shishito peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Chili oil, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

Peel the potato and cut into julienne or use a mandolin.

Place the shredded potato into a bowl of cold water for about 20 minutes. Gently revolve the strips occasionally. Drain and rinse the potato strips until the water comes out clear. This process will remove the start from the potato strips.

Drain the potato strips and pat dry with paper towel the excess of water.

In the meantime, cut the shishito peppers into thin strips and set aside.

In a wok or frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil under medium heat and stir fry the strips of shishito pepper. Once the peppers are blistered remove from the heat and set aside.

In the same pan add the remaining oil and add the finely chopped garlic until golden brown and fragrant. Add the well-drained potato strips and turn the heat to high and stir-fry to about 30-45 seconds. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, chili oil, sesame oil, salt and pepper and add back the shishito peppers. Stir-fry all together for another minute or so.

Remove from the heat and serve.

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Lentil Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

This is a delicious and healthy salad with lentils, cucumber and roasted tomatoes.  It can be served as a side dish or even as a main dish.

This is a simple and tasty lentil salad…it is sure packed with flavors and texture. The flavors are intense…sweet roasted tomatoes to the spicy cumin and the texture are from soft and creamy to crunchy. It can be served as a side dish or as a main meal as I have done many times.

The leftover can be stored in the refrigerator for next day lunch…

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup dry lentils
  • 1 bay leaf (dry)
  • Salt to taste
  • 16oz sugar/grape tomatoes, washed and cut into half
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Fresh thyme to taste, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 or 2 cucumbers cut into small cubes
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar to taste
  • Cumin to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Wash the lentil and soak overnight in water, changing a few times

Cook the lentil in water with the bay leaf and a pinch of salt, first at high heat until boiled and then in low heat until the lentil is soft but not mushy.

In the meantime, cut the tomatoes in half and preheat oven to 375F.

In a medium bowl toss together the tomatoes, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix gently until all the tomatoes are cover with oil.

In an oven safe tray, lay the tomatoes in a single layer. Roast for 40 minutes, and then increase the temperature to 425F if you want to caramelize them a bit.

Once the lentil is all cooked, drain well and place in a medium bowl. Let it cool.

Add to the lentil bowl roasted tomatoes, cucumber, cumin, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, cilantro, salt and pepper. Toss gently and serve.

I hope you enjoy this healthy lentil salad loaded with flavors, please check on Farro Salad with Roasted Tomatoes recipe.

 

Did you know that lentils are legume? Lentils are high in protein and fiber. Moreover, lentils are a good source of folate and manganese and so easy to prepare.

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Vietnamese Pickled Daikon and Carrot

Simple and easy daikon and carrot pickle recipe inspired by Vietnamese cuisine.  Great to have available in the refrigerator as it goes well in salad, sandwich and as a side dish.

I am sharing with you today a simple a versatile recipe for Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikons. I love to have them handy in the refrigerator. I usually add to sandwiches, on salads or as a side dish. They are crunchy and so flavorful. It is a balance between sweet and tart. This pickled vegetable is great in sandwiches especially when you have rich and fatty meats in it. Another option is to top your favorite salad with it, they add color, flavor and serves as a dressing as well.

I hope you get to try this simple and quick pickled Vietnamese inspired daikon and carrot.

Ingredients:

  • Approximately 1 lb daikon, cut into matchstick thickness
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into matchstick thickness
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ C sugar
  • 1 C vinegar
  • 1 C water

Method:

In a bowl place the carrot and daikon and sprinkle with the salt. Toss and gently knead with your hands the carrot and daikon until they are slightly soften and liquid will pool at the bottom of the bowl. Drain the carrot and daikon in a colander and rinse with water. Press gently to remove all the extra water. Place the vegetables in a quart size jar.

Mix sugar, vinegar, and the water. Stir well so all the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the vegetables, making sure that all the carrot and daikon are covered with the sugar and vinegar mixture. Let the vegetables marinate in the refrigerator. Best when consumed in within 4 weeks.

Serve in sandwiches or as salad.

If you enjoy this simple and easy Vietnamese pickled vegetables, you might want to check on Pickled Cucumber and Carrot recipe.

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Miso Glazed Delicata Squash

This is a simple recipe which by just adding a bit of miso you will find yourself indulging a simple roasted delicata squash with a hint of umami flavor.  

Have you ever tried Delicata squash? If you have not, please check this post to see how this squash looks like.

Anyway, this is a twist on the roasted Delicata squash recipe, miso is added almost at the end to give the squash an umami touch. I grew up with miso, therefore I never thought much about it, until recently I realized that I like the taste of miso and could not explain why…here is why, it is the now well accepted UMAMI taste which is known as the fifth primary taste.

This is such a simple and easy recipe that can be easily added to your Thanksgiving table as one of the side dishes…you will be surprise what a little touch of miso can do to your squash. I choose the Delicata squash due to its delicate texture and the pretty shape, please feel free to adapt this recipe to any kind of squash of your preference.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Delicata squashes, sliced and seeds removed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons white miso
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sesame oil plus extra

Method:

Preheat oven to 425F

In a bowl add the sliced Delicata squash and toss a little sesame oil. Spread the squash on an oven safe tray in a single layer and roast for 30 minutes or until the squash are soft.

In the meantime in a small bowl mix the miso, sugar, sake, sesame oil until a thin paste.

Brush the roasted squash with the miso mixture and place it back to the oven.

Broil for 5 to 10 minutes.

Serve warm or cold.

If you enjoy this miso, you my want to check on this exotic Miso Caramel Sauce recipe.

 

Did you know that miso is made from fermented soybeans? Miso is part of Japanese cuisine and presently has been getting very popular worldwide. There are many type of miso which can vary depending on the region that it is produced.

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Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushrooms

Have you noticed the change in my blog’s header? I have  wanted to update the header for a while but did not have the time nor the inspiration to do it until recently, when a friend asked for my blog address. I said in a very comfortable manner “simplerecipes[dot]me”. She then asked me right away “what? simplerecipes[dot]me[dot]com?”. I then had to explain that instead of [dot]com it is [dot]me . She was very confused…she is not the first person and will not be the last person that will give me a puzzled or suspicious look after I say [dot]me. So here I am, with a new header look…I hope I did not confuse you…even more…actually nothing has changed, my domain name is still the same but just now it is stated in the header. By the way, last week I had the chance to change the Simple Recipes Facebook cover as well.

Okay, enough of blog’s header explanation…today I am sharing with you a dish that I often make. It is a very simple recipe to enhance any green vegetable. In this one I use bok choy…it is great as a side dish and pairs very well with fish or chicken. It is so simple and yet very tasty. The addition of shiitake mushrooms gives the bok choy a real novel taste.

Ingredients:

1 bunch of bok chop cut into approximately 1½ in
3 garlic cloves chopped
5 to 6 dry shiitake mushroom
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Soak the shiitake mushrooms in one cup of warm water until soft. Squeeze the water out of the mushrooms and slice them. Reserve the water.

In a wok or fry pan heat the olive oil and add the garlic stir and add the mushrooms. Sauté until the mushroom are slightly golden. Add the bok choy and stir fry until the leaves are tilted. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from the heat and serve hot or warm.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe of Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushroom.

Did you know that shiitake mushrooms are native to East Asia? Moreover, these mushrooms have been used medicinally by the Chinese and it can be found nowdays throughout the supermarkets across the World. Shiitake mushrooms are a very good source of vitamins B2, B5 and B6 and they are low in calories.

 

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Panko Crusted Panela Cheese

If you already are amazed by the large quantity of Costco products you will be speechless once you see the sizes of the cheeses, meat, and produce at their Business Center.
Well, I came back with a huge piece of panela cheese and I knew that we would not be able to finish the cheese before it started to turn bad, and decided to prepare it in a way that could be stored in a freezer…this was sure an experiment, but luckily it worked great.

First, I need to admit that I was a little nervous since I never froze this kind of cheese, so I prepared an extra batch just to be frozen. After a few days, I pan fried the panko crusted cheese and voila, I could not tell the difference from the freshly prepared ones, so I went ahead and prepared all the remaining cheese.

I like this cheese because it has a similar texture to paneer. Once you cook it, it holds its shapes, not like mozzarella which will, in this case, “leak” out of the crust. Moreover, you can serve it as an appetizer or as a main dish, paired with salad.

Ingredients:

Panela Cheese
Flour
Panko + dry oregano to taste
1 egg + 1 tablespoon water
Oil for pan fry

Method:

Slice the panela cheese into approximately ½ inch thick and 2 ½ by 1 inch size rectangles. Coat with flour and dip into the egg mix. Then cover with panko mix. At this point, you can pan fry with a little oil, until the panko crust turns golden or freeze for future use.
Serve hot/warm.

To freeze the cheese, place the cheese coated with panko in a tray, single layer. After a couple of hours in the freezer, remove the frozen cheese from the tray and store in freezer bags.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe using Panela cheese.

 

Panela cheese or queso panela is used in many Mexican dishes. When fresh, it has a similar texture to mozzarella, but once cooked, it carries a very different texture, since it does not melt like mozzarella cheese.

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Caprese Over Field of Greens

Am I cheating with this recipe? It is so simple that I almost feel embarrassed to post it. In spite of being such a simple recipe the salad looks very pretty and tasty with fresh basil. My basil plant by the kitchen window still very beautiful…no signs of Autumn yet. So here I am with the recipe…

Ingredients:

Cherry tomatoes (or any small tomato)
Fresh small mozzarella balls
Fresh basil
Virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

Mix greens

Method:

For the Caprese, slice the tomatoes and the fresh mozzarella in half. Cut the basil leaves into strips.
In a medium bowl toss together the fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and olive oil and salt to taste.
In another bowl place the mix greens and drizzle with olive oil and toss gently.
To assemble the salad, place the mix greens in a plate and top it with the Caprese salad. Ready to serve.

Can anything be easier and simpler than this?

I hope you enjoy this very simple recipe and have a great week!

 

Did you know that Caprese Salad or Insalata Caprese is usually served as antipasto? Meaning “before the meal” in Italian, which indicates officially that the meal has start.

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Kale Chips

I hope you all had a great weekend…and I am sooooo glad to be back. We had a family (from my husband’s side) vacation which was a cruise from NY to a couple of cities in Canada. As you may know family vacation can be pretty difficult but somehow we all managed and survived…the nice thing about this kind of trip is that you get to really know them…good or bad depending of where you stand.
Before the “family cruise” we spent the weekend in NY, and it was great…we visited Times Square and surrounding area, Central Park, got to eat at various nice restaurants and saw the Book of Mormon on Broadway. Another fun thing was that I was able to meet up with one of my friend from Brazil that I have not seen for more than 25 years and just recently we found each other on Facebook…so there was a lot to catch up and share old memories.

Anyway, I am back to my routine and today I want to share some healthy stuff.

I have been wanted to make this kale chips for a while after seeing so many versions on TV and internet. There are no secrets, they are very easy and simple to make, you just have to be careful not to over roast since they can burn easily. I keep the chips in a jar for a handful of healthy snack.

Ingredients:

2 bunch of kale
Olive oil
Sea salt
Pepper

Method:

Wash the kale and let them dry. Break the leaves into approximately 1 ½ in size section. Place in a big bowl, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently toss them and spread to a silicone mate. Do not over layer the leaves. Roast in a pre-heated oven for 5 minutes at 350F, flip the kale and let if roast for another 2 minutes. Turn the oven to 325F for another 5 minutes. Turn the oven off and keep the trays in for another 10 minutes.
Remove the trays and let the chip cool completely before storing in an air tight container.

And now my new gadget…

For the longest time I was intending to get a juicer, but what really pushed me to move faster was after reading Belinda’s post at Zomppa and now I am practically addicted to it, cannot leave home before having a glass of fresh vegetable/fruit juice. It is so energizing!

 

Did you know that kale is one of the most nutritious vegetable known? In Brazil kale is finely chopped, stir-fried and paired with feijoada, which is the Brazil’s national dish.

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Fu Bao (Tofu Skin)

I know that this post title sounds weird…but it is not as bad as it sounds. This kind of tofu is made by boiling the soy milk and collecting the film that is formed in the surface of the pot. It is known ad bean curd sheet which can be found in various format such as individual sheets, folded against itself (this is the one that I got) or in a form of stick. You can find it fresh (this is what I got) or in a dry form. In many vegetarian dishes different kind of this bean curd are placing together in order to mimic meat texture.

I leaned this very simple recipe with my mom, it is tasty and loaded of protein.

Ingredients:

1 lb fresh fu bao
½ ~ 1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely cut in thin strips
½ tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
½ cup water
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Pat the bean curd dry with paper towel and place in a hot fry pan with the olive oil.

Let the bean curd brown both side. In the meantime, in a medium size pan add the ginger, water, soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper.

Let it boil and add the browned fu bao. Once the fu bao start to boiled in the sauce, lower the temperature to simmer until most of the liquid has been evaporated.

Remove from the heat and serve warm, it is delicious and most importantly very healthy.

 

Soy milk contains the same amount of protein as cow’s milk. It is very popular among people with lactose intolerance or milk allergy. Moreover, soy protein have the ability to replace animal protein, therefore widely used in vegetarian dishes.

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Roasted Bell Peppers

This is a very simple and easy recipe of oven roast peppers to have always handy in the refrigerator. These oven roast peppers can be kept in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and used on top of green salad or as a side dish. It is not only colorful but very tasty.

Ingredients:

2~3 lb of mini bell peppers, yellow, red and orange
10~15 garlic cloves (you can cut on the amount if you are not a garlic fan)
1~2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1 teaspoon dry parsley
1 teaspoon dry basil
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Remove the seeds and the stem from the peppers, peel the garlic and slice.

In a big bowl mix all the ingredients together by gently tossing the peppers.

Place the peppers in an oven safe dish for 20~25 minutes at 350F.

Let is cool and serve.

On my salad, I just add a little balsamic vinegar since the peppers already have olive oil, salt and pepper, it makes a good salad look even better.

 

Did you know that red peppers contain more vitamin C, lycopene and carotene than green peppers? Did you know that paprika, a spice used in many culinary dishes is made from grinding dry bell peppers.

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