All posts filed under: food

The Book of Greens, Book Review

The Book of Greens,  by Jenn Louis with Kathleen Squires A Cook’s Compendium About the Book: From one of Portland, Oregon’s most acclaimed chefs comes this encyclopedic reference to the world of greens, with more than 175 creative recipes for every meal of the day. For any home cook who is stuck in a “three-green rut”—who wants to cook healthy, delicious, vegetable-focused meals, but is tired of predictable salads with kale, lettuce, cabbage, and the other usual suspects—The Book of Greens has the solution. Chef Jenn Louis has compiled more than 175 recipes for simple, show-stopping fare, from snacks to soups to mains (and even breakfast and dessert) that will inspire you to reach for new greens at the farmers’ market, or use your old standbys in totally fresh ways. Organized alphabetically by green, each entry features information on seasonality, nutrition, and prep and storage tips, along with recipes like Grilled Cabbage with Miso and Lime, Radish Greens and Mango Smoothie, and Pasta Dough with Tomato Leaves. My Thoughts: Upon receiving this book for review from …

Recipe, Shish Taouk w/ Tahini Sauce

It’s been a little while since I shared a recipe with you guys and I thought that I could get back into it by sharing this Middle Eastern one. I’ve shared a few others like Making Syrian Casserole + Recipe and Arabian Gulf Style Baked Chicken & Vegetables Recipe that were super popular but I think this one will be even bigger of a hit.  This recipe is  incredibly easy to make and tastes great, even for those not as accustomed to the typical mid east cuisine. So lets get started with the Shish Taouk with Tahini Sauce.  Ingredients: Shish Taouk  2 Chicken breast  plain yogurt (1/2 cup) olive oil (2 tablespoons) vinegar (tablespoon) 1/2 lemon Spices (this is to your specific taste) garlic, black pepper, curry, salt, cumin, cinnamon, chick spice mix First cut the chicken into cubes, and place into a bowl. Mix in the spices yogurt, olive oil, and vinegar. Then put the refrigerator (this can be done overnight, but at least an hour) so the chicken absorbs everything. Once this is done warm a frying pan, …

Vibrant India Cookbook, Review

Vibrant India Cookbook By Chitra Agrawal Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn About the Book: Lifelong vegetarian and chef Chitra Agrawal takes you on an epicurean journey to her mother’s hometown of Bangalore and back to Brooklyn, where she adapts her family’s South Indian recipes for home cooks. This particular style of Indian home cooking, often called the “yoga diet,” is light and fresh, yet satisfying and rich in bold and complex flavors. Grains, legumes, fresh produce, coconut, and yogurt—along with herbs, citrus, chiles, and spices—form the cornerstone of this delectable cuisine, rooted in vegetarian customs and honed over centuries for optimum taste and nutrition. From the classic savory crepe dosa, filled with lemony turmeric potatoes and cilantro coconut chutney, to new creations like coconut polenta topped with spring vegetables ‘upma” and homemade yogurt, the recipes in Vibrant India are simple to prepare and a true celebration of color and flavor on a plate. Chitra weaves together the historical context behind the region’s cuisine and how she brought some of these age-old traditions to life …

Quick and Easy Naan Recipe

I’ve been a bit MIA here for awhile, typically school stuff, but I had to share a recipe with you guys. As you might already know I’m a little obsessed with making my own breads, primarily using a bread machine, which makes it a whole lot easier but I’ve found something even easier, making naan. I actually eat a lot of this Persian / Indian bread so much so that it’s on the weekly grocery store list. However I didn’t have any idea how easy it was to make until seeing a video where a group of men were using an steel drum to do it on a desert camping trip. I figured if they did it then I could too, and I didn’t even need to turn on my grill to get it done. Ingredients: 1 2/3 cups of water 2 Teaspoons active dry yeast 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 1/3 cups of flour (plus extra) Butter to fry The first step is putting the sugar and yeast in a …

Starting the Jenny Craig Program

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. — Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig! If you’ve followed my blog for awhile you’d notice that my weight fluctuates quite a bit. I’ve gone from very thin, to a little chunky, to thin, to even heavier, in a sort of cycle to do with school schedules, stress levels. At the end of each cycle I end up gaining more weight, and while I don’t think I have any adverse health affects yet, my continuing weight gain has become a worry. So I’ve decided to actually do something about it and am so happy to have Jenny Craig helping me out with my new meal plan. I was especially interested in Jenny Craig because they are a clinically proven and recommended weight-loss program designed to provide structure and support to help members lose weight and learn how to keep it off. The program takes a holistic approach to weight loss and weight management, focusing on food, body and mind, instead of just counting calories. When …

Recipe,Vegan Spanish Rice Meal

My first week back has been crazy, which makes me realize maybe my winter break wasn’t as busy as I thought it was. While I haven’t been able to post as much as I’d like to I’m hoping by the end of next week I’ll have everything all together so I can get on a more consistent schedule of sharing with you guys. I have made a few great meals in the past week with my new Ozeri frying pan and wanted to share one of my recipes with you as well as give a mini review of this pan at the end of the post.  This one is mostly for Spanish Rice but in addition I shared a little bit of info on how to make the rest of the meal so it’s a complete dinner. The first step is of course putting the already cooked rice into your frying pan with a bit of vegetable oil on high on your stove top. Then add in a cup of salsa, and let this heat …

Making Syrian Casserole + Recipe

I’ll freely admit I’m a bit food obsessed. More often than not this is sweet foods, that taste great but are terrible and just want to make me eat more. Lately however I’ve been working on making meals that are a bit  better for me, and very filling which is where this casserole comes in! While there are a lot of variations on the typical casserole I love the Syrian version because I like the distinctive Arabian taste and the ease to make this casserole. Ingredients needed for the Syrian Casserole 1/2 Onion Vegetable Oil 1 lb Ground Beef 14 oz Macaroni 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup sour cream 1 Ranch Packet White Cheese Cream Shredded Mozzarella Spices to taste (black pepper, curry, meat masala powder, cinnamon, garlic, seasoning salt) First dice the onion and sauté in a large pan using vegetable oil, until the onions are golden brown. The add ground beef to the pan as well as the spices and cook for ten minutes.  During this time you can boil macaroni …

Trying out Hello Fresh + Recipes

As someone who doesn’t like to go grocery shopping, and someone who does like to do online shopping food subscription boxes have a huge appeal to me. I’ve been seeing a few different versions like Blue Apron (lots of bloggers seem to be getting these), Plated, Marely Spoony are just a few that I’ve seen floating around. I hadn’t actually known anyone in real life who’d used a food subscription box until a friend of mine began subscribing to Hello Fresh. They liked it quite well (making me even more interested) and I was super excited when they received a promotional discount to give away and I immediately decided I’d be the one to take it! For my box I went with the family plan which can contain meat, fish and veggie recipes and is made for two adults and two children and the option to pick either two (that’s what I chose) or three meals for the week, at a cost of $8.75 a meal. From there you can pick what day you want …

Baked Custard with Grape-Nuts, Recipe

It’s officially that time of year, the holiday season. Although I’m not done with school yet, I’m totally feeling into the season. One of my favorite holiday traditions is making (and of course eating) baked goods! As the weather gets colder it becomes even more fun to stay inside and cook and bake. One of my first recipes of this holiday season is something new and I had to share it, Baked Custard. I wanted to make this recipe a little different than your transitional baked custard so I added in a few crunchy things, like dates, and Post Grape Nuts® that made it even better. In addition to sponsoring this post they’ve also done a partnership with Sing® the movie, which reminds me of another great holiday tradition in my family, going to the movies. But about that recipe. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups Grape-Nuts 1/2 Stick Butter 1 Tbs Coconut Oil 3 Eggs 1/2 Cup Sugar 1 1/2 Cups Milk 1/4 Cup Dates 2 Tablespoons Vanilla 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon Pinch of Salt Pinch of Nutmeg Preheat the oven to 380 …

Arabian Gulf Style Baked Chicken & Vegetables Recipe

Last week I shared with you guys a recipe for making Arabian Gulf Chicken Salsa that is dairy free and low histamine. This week I wanted to do another food post (maybe I should make recipes a weekly thing?) Sticking with the Arabian Gulf or as some of you might call it Persian Gulf style for the dish I’m sharing a recipe that is incredibly easy to find ingredients for and just as easy to make. While I would call this recipe something that is great if you’re on a low histamine diet it isn’t quite non dairy because there is a bit of yogurt in the mix. Preparation Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 50 minutes Ingredients:  Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 1/2 a lemon 2 Onions 2 Tomatoes 1/2 Green Pepper Yogurt 1 Carrot 3 Small Golden potatoes *I used Extra Long Basmati Rice as well Spices: (in order of amount used) Curry Powder Chicken Masala Salt Ground Black Pepper Paprika Garlic Ginger Clove Cinnamon Cumin Nutmeg Red Chili Okay so first of all I did …