Sep 202012
 

I can not tell you how happy I am to be in my new space and all set up after my big web hosting fiasco with Blogger/Google.  I still have a lot of work to do but at least I can create some recipes and work on all the categories and tags later.

Now for the food!  I think you are going to love this dish.  It’s a great mix of salty and sweet with a spicy bite.  This dish is high in protein and is SUPER easy – only 7 ingredients, not counting the water) and you can just throw it all in one pot which saves time on cleanup.  I’m all about the one pot thing lately.

Ginger is a little root with big powers.  It is perfect in both savory and sweet dishes and is used in a lot of Asian cooking. It has anti-inflammatory compounds, is wonderful for digestion-both for relieving gas and soothing your belly and can relieve symptoms of nausea.

Teriyaki Quinoa with Crystallized Ginger

Serves 4-6
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 onion, chopped
1/2 carrots, chopped
1/2 cup pineapple bits (or fresh chopped pineapple)
5 oz broccoli (about 2 cups), chopped
1/2 cup Teriyaki, San-J Brand
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1/4 cup ginger chews (Crystallized ginger), chopped

Directions

1. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer.  Add to large pot with 2 cups water, onion, carrots and pineapple.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover.  Cook 5 minutes; add broccoli, recover and cook an additional 10 minutes.

2. Remove from heat for 5 minutes; stir in Teriyaki, peanut butter and ginger chews.

Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 215.4
Total Fat 4.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 957.5 mg
Potassium 209.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 37.7 g
Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
Sugars 10.2 g
Protein 7.7 g
Vitamin A 9.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 13.7 %
Vitamin C 49.6 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 5.2 %
Calcium 16.8 %
Copper 11.1 %
Folate 16.1 %
Iron 36.6 %
Magnesium 32.2 %
Manganese 15.7 %
Niacin 13.5 %
Pantothenic Acid 6.0 %
Phosphorus 58.7 %
Riboflavin 66.6 %
Selenium 2.0 %
Thiamin 6.3 %
Zinc 3.2 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Jun 302012
 
Saturday Quick Post!

Tofy Satay

 
This was one of those dinners that came out so great that I wanted to save the list of ingredients but I hadn’t measured everything out.  If you typically follow a recipe to the letter (not mentioning any names, MOM), I encourage you to try this one out and just wing it by utilizing your sense of taste!
 
Mix the ingredients, taste it, and think – does it need more salt?  Add some more Braggs (or soy, or tamari). Too sweet?  Balance it out with some more vinegar.  Just experiment!
 
Also, my original intent was to skewer the tofu but cutting the block into tofu steaks saved time so I went with it – and it came out perfectly. Use the skewers if you are going for presentation.
 
Tip: This marinade can be used for any protein.  You can leave it over night, for just an hour or simply brush it on – so versatile!
 
Tofu Satay without the Skewer
 Tofu Satay with Steamed Broccoli
(Without the skewer!)
Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
 
Ingredients
 
Tofu
1 block extra firm tofu
Dark sesame oil (or any oil you have on hand)
Agave (or honey)
Sunflower seed butter (or peanut butter, or tahini)
Bragg Liquid Aminos (or soy, or tamari)
Rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar or white)
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
 
Broccoli
1 head broccoli, chopped
Bragg Liquid Aminos (or soy, or tamari)
Rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar or white)
Agave (or honey)
Water
 
Directions
 
1. Press water from the tofu then slice in half and then through the center into “steaks” or however you like to slice your tofu – any way will work. 
 
2. Preheat grill to medium high.  Mix about 1 tbsp each –  sesame oil through vinegar; stir well; mix in garlic.  Adjust to taste.  Add tofu and coat all sides; save the remaining for dipping sauce.  Grill to desired temperature.
 
3. Meanwhile steam the broccoli, about 10 minutes; as that cooks whisk about 1 tsp each liquid aminos through agave and add about 1 tbsp water; adjust to taste. Pour over steamed broccoli. 
 
4. Serve one slice tofu and 1/4 broccoli mixture on each of four plates with a side of left over marinade.
Mar 022011
 
Thanks to Cooking in College for awarding me the 7-Facts Award.  I am so flattered!

1. I go through almost two tubs of plain Greek yogurt each week.  My favorite brand is Chobani.
2. I have gone tenting in the Arizona desert for two weeks at a time, three times.
3. I have always wanted a Toyota Supra and think they should bring it back.
4. I love to steal the occasional ”me” time where I can lay around and read a book or do my nails. (At this point this only happens when I’m sick, haha.)
5.  I have to work on being more self-accepting every day, not only for me but for my daughter.
6. Sometimes I want to give up and cook like Paula Deen and just roll in the butter and sugar. (But then I think about how I would actually feel.)
7. Someday I would love a career in food research or something to do with farming and sustainability and fighting childhood obesity.  That’s not too much to ask right?  

I’m going to pass the 7-Facts award to……
Anecdotes and Applecores
Squash Blossom Babies
Where’s the Beach
WWRecipe Diva
Linden Tea
Find your Balance
Dawn Dishes it Out
The Rules:
-Link to the person who awarded you
-List 7 random facts about yourself
-Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers

Asian Peanut and Cabbage Salad

Every time I get cabbage from the farm I think I’m going to do stuffed cabbage and then for some reason I never get around to it.  Maybe my perception of it is that it’s labor intensive for something I’m not sure my hubby would help me eat so I was delighted to find several cabbage recipes at Kalyn’s Kitchen.  She happened to have one that I only had to buy fresh ginger for and I could add my kohlrabi in.  The result is a spicy-sweet and nutty salad that is a great mix of flavors.  If you like something a bit saltier add in a touch of tamari or soy sauce and I highly suggest adding some of the optional garnish.  I like extra lime and extra peanuts.

Asian Peanut and Cabbage Salad

Slightly altered from Kalyn’s Kitchen
**2 WW Pts Plus
Serves 12 heaping 1 cup servings

Ingredients

2 small cabbage, quartered
3 bell pepper (I used a red, yellow and green)
2 kohlrabi, peeled (if you can’t find these, simply omit)
1 green large green onion, diced
1 bunch cilantro, de-stemmed and diced
1/3 cup peanuts, chopped

Dressing:
1 Tbsp agave
¼ cup rice vinegar
1 Tbsp dark sesame oil
1 Tbsp canola
2 Tbsp coarse ground mustard
2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp sriracha (optional for an added kick, omit if you don’t want it spicy).
¼ tsp sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

Optional garnish:
Lime, chopped peanuts and roasted sesame seeds

Directions

1. Rough chop cabbage, kohlrabi and bell pepper; add to a food processor; pulse to desired texture. Pour into large bowl and add green onion and cilantro
*Note: I did mine in several batches; even with a large food processor this is a huge amount of veggies.

2. Whisk dressing in small bowl and pour evenly over salad mixture. Toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts (without garnish)
**2 ww Pts Plus
12 Servings

Amount Per Serving


Calories 93.1
Total Fat 2.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 325.1 mg
Potassium 458.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.8 g
Dietary Fiber 5.3 g
Sugars 3.9 g
Protein 3.1 g


Vitamin A 16.9 %
Vitamin B-6 11.6 %
Vitamin C 174.9 %
Vitamin E 3.1 %
Calcium 7.7 %
Copper 3.7 %
Folate 18.7 %
Iron 6.1 %
Magnesium 6.9 %
Manganese 14.8 %
Niacin 3.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.7 %
Phosphorus 4.5 %
Riboflavin 4.4 %
Selenium 2.2 %
Thiamin 6.4 %
Zinc 2.3 %

Feb 142011
 
Happy Valentines Day!
I have such a wonderful recipe for you; but first, Eat. Live.Be.
Today’s Eat. Live. Be. topic is “Straight from the experts”.

I like the website RealAge which bases its information on a Scientific Advisory Board including the co-creators of the site; Michael F. Roizen, MD and Mehmet C. Oz, MD.


There was an article today about the 11 foods for faster easier weight loss and I really liked the list they had;
Yogurt (I will add: especially Greek yogurt for the amount of Calcium and protein)
Whole eggs, to keep you fuller, longer
Pistachios with their unsaturated fat, fiber and protein
Grapefruit, studies show that this fruit really boosts weight loss
Avocados for their Leptin content that will reduce your hunger
Mushrooms (I like this one…never would have thought of it!). Sub mushrooms for meat and save huge amounts of calories and fat.
Olive oil for the monounsaturated fats to help tell your brain when you are full
Whole grains over refined grains (this is one we all know). Helps keep you fuller, longer with the natural fiber.
Hot red peppers, such as cayenne. They contain capsaisin which reduces appetite and therefore food intake. (I need to try more of this!)
Fava beans (huh?) they have lots of lean protein and are high in antioxidants.
Rice with veggies. If you have them for lunch they will last you a long time, making you fuller, longer.


This past Saturday at Native Sun I picked up some of their Stir No-Fry.  It is a mix of raw veggies; broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, kale, carrot, nappa cabbage, peppers and mushrooms, with a dressing of miso, garlic, ginger, sesame, soy sauce, lemon, cider vinegar, oil and agave. 

It is SO good; salty and sweet, that I decided to create a similar broccoli salad of my own but add a bit of kick to it with some sriracha.  It turned out just as well!  We served it on the side of a mixed seafood platter; sesame-wasabi seared tuna, grilled shrimp and flounder.


Spicy-Sweet Miso Marinated Broccoli Salad
6 Servings (Avg will be 1 1/2 cup)
**2 WW Pts Plus

Ingredients

Marinade/Dressing
1 rounded Tbsp light miso paste
2 tsp agave nectar (or honey)
1 tsp sriracha (an Asian hot sauce)
2 tsp dark sesame oil
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp minced ginger
2 packets stevia (optional for sweeter result)

Salad
5 cups chopped broccoli (including leaves)
1 green onion, diced
3 carrots, sliced

Directions

1. Stir the marinade ingredients together.

2. Place the salad veggies in a large bowl and pour the dressing over; stir well to coat.   

***Tasty when enjoyed right away but the longer this sits the better it will be.

Nutrition Facts

6 Servings (Serving size will vary with size of vegetables.  Average will be 1 1/2 cups)
***2 WW Pts Plus
Amount Per Serving


Calories 67.2
Total Fat 1.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 236.5 mg
Potassium 364.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 11.5 g
Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
Sugars 3.4 g
Protein 2.7 g


Vitamin A 96.0 %
Vitamin B-6 9.7 %
Vitamin C 119.1 %
Vitamin E 7.2 %
Calcium 5.1 %
Copper 3.0 %
Folate 15.1 %
Iron 4.4 %
Magnesium 6.0 %
Manganese 12.8 %
Niacin 4.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 5.0 %
Phosphorus 6.6 %
Riboflavin 6.4 %
Selenium 3.6 %
Thiamin 5.1 %
Zinc 2.7 %