Oct 072013
 

Roasted Delicata Squash (3) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Have you ever seen a Delicata squash? They are so cute! I got mine Delicata squash at Trader Joe’s and as soon as I saw it I told my husband I need to try this…and boy, they are so good. This squashes are simple and easy to manage as compared to some other squash that are so hard to cut.

I simply wash, cut add some olive oil and freshly grounded pepper and put them to roast on the small oven.

They taste so sweet and creamy, almost melting in your mouth…the texture of this squash is indeed very delicate as its name…now that I know how this squash taste, I will make sure that grab them everytime I see it…so if you have never tried this squash I urge you to give them a try, you will not regret.

Now, I am kind of embarrassed to post such a simple recipe…but hey…what can I do? Most of the time simple is better…

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Ingredients:

1 Delicata squash
Olive oil
Ground pepper

Method:

Wash the squash and remove both ends. Cut into approximately ½ in. Remove the seeds using a small spoon by scrapping the seeds off.

Place the sliced squash into a bowl and add some olive oil and freshly ground pepper. Lay the squash on an oven safe tray.

Roast in a preheated oven of 425F for approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

Serve warm or cold.

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Roasted Delicata Squash (5) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope you enjoy this simple, very simple recipe…

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that Delicata squash is rich in dietary fiber? In spite of the color, apparently this squash is not rich in beta-carotene as the other similar color squash.

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Sep 162013
 

Brussel Sprouts Cilantro Dressing (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

This is such a simple and quick way to prepare Brussels sprouts. It is light and so good…specially if you like cilantro…I say that because I know many people that cannot stand cilantro…maybe cilantro is one of the things that either you love or you hate…luckily my husband and I are on the same pace in regards to cilantro.

First you roast the Brussels sprouts with a little olive oil, salt and pepper just before serving add the lemon cilantro dressing and voila, you have a warm Brussels sprout salad.

Ingredients:

Brussels sprouts, cut into quarter
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Lemon Cilantro Dressing to taste.

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Method:

When washing and cutting the Brussels sprouts, leaves might come off, separate the leaves from the quarter.

Add a little olive oil, salt and pepper to the quarter of Brussels sprouts and roast in a pre-heated oven at 375F for about 25 minutes, just before it is done, toss the loose leaves to the tray and continue to roast until slightly golden.

Remove to the oven and toss with lemon cilantro dressing.

Serve warm or cold.

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If you like this recipe, you might check on Brussels Sprouts with Chicken.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that Brussels sprouts were first mention in late 16th century? It is thought to be native to Belgium, near Brussels, therefore its name. Now Brussels sprouts are cultivated in Europe and US, specifically California.

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Sep 092013
 

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

In spite of many people already feeling Fall, we are still enjoying summer. As a matter of fact, part of July and August were so overcast here that we thought that this year we would not have summer at all…luckily, summer is finally here at the South Bay. We have been spending a lot of time walking at the beach and enjoying the weather…with that being said, I am still in the mood for salad.

This is the first time that I made salad with kale. I usually make kale chips or add to soup….after seeing so many kale salads,  I decided to  eat it raw, and I felt in love with it, although I must admit that my husband did not care much for it. He is a little biased because he never liked kale and after baking loads and loads of kale chips he finally started to accept them…maybe after more batches of kale salad, he will acquire the taste for it…

Since kale is kind of chewy, I decided to add quinoa so the texture of the  kale could be masked by the soft and nutty flavor of quinoa. And citrus dressing was a natural way to break the bitterness of the kale…

Ingredients:

1 bunch of kale, I used the curly ones
5 to 6 tablespoon orange champagne muscat vinegar, I used the one from Trade Joe’s
½ red quinoa (or regular quinoa)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Dry cranberry to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can of Mandarin oranges
Roasted sliced almond

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Method:

Cook the quinoa according to the instruction on the package. Once cooked, let it cool and place in the refrigerator for approximately 1 to 2 hours.

In the meantime, remove the kale leaves from the ribs and torn the leaves into small pieces (1/2 inch). Wash thoroughly and spin it dry.

In a bowl, add the orange champagne muscat vinegar and using your hands, gently squeeze the kale leaves until tilted. Place in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes.

Remove the kale leaves from the refrigerator and add all the ingredients but the toasted sliced almond and Mandarin oranges.

Mix until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with the toasted almond and Mandarin oranges.

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Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (4) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (5) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

If you enjoy this simple and quick recipe of kale salad you might want to check on Kale Chip or Quinoa Salad with Mint recipe.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that kale is super rich in vitamin K? Vitamin K is crucial for the body function but one has to be cautious since too much vitamin K can interfere with some anticoagulant medications. Moreover, kale contains oxalate which affects the absorption of calcium, therefore avoid eating calcium rich food with kale.

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Sep 022013
 

Dry Tofu Stick in Soy Sauce  ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope you all in the  US are having a great and safe Labor Day weekend…

Yes, this is something that you might have never seen…and I must admit that it does not look that pretty. As a matter of fact, when my husband saw these sticks for the first time he was like “what the heck are these?”

These sticks are made by drying tofu skin. Yes, what I mean by tofu skin is by boiling soy milk, a film forms (like in milk) and these films are collected and dried under various shapes (sheets or sticks). Since it is in its dried form, it can be stored  longer, much longer than the fresh ones available in the refrigerator section of most Asian grocery stores.

Okay, you are right, the name “tofu skin” does not give justice to this product because tofu should be like cheese, coagulated from soy milk, and tofu skin is made with only soy milk without any coagulant…anyway, it is not up to me to challenge its name.

The tofu skin is very popular in Asian dishes especially for vegetarians as they can mimic any kind of meat (chicken or fish) although I always question, why do vegetarians want to mimic chicken or fish? Moreover, these tofu skin absorb all kinds of flavor, therefore they can be very tasty and the texture after cooking is kind of chewy and at the same time tender…it is hard to explain, so if you have a chance try it!

Ingredients:

I package of dry tofu stick

2 tablespoons canola oil or light olive oil
1 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1½ tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger
1 pinch ground all spice
Chili oil to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

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Method:

Soak the tofu stick in lots of water for 8 hours or overnight to rehydrate the sticks. Change the water a couple of times.

Drain the tofu sticks and cut into 1 ½ inch length and dry using paper towel.

Heat the oil on a frying pan and brown both sides of the tofu sticks (which are not sticks anymore). Set aside.

In a medium pot, place the water, soy sauce, sugar, ginger and all spice and boil. Add the browned tofu stick. Add salt and pepper and chili oil to your taste. Let it boil and lower the temperature to simmer for approximately 10 minute.

Remove from the heat. Serve warm or cold.

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Dry Tofu Stick in Soy Sauce I ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope you enjoy this simple Asian inspired recipe…check on Pork and Dry Tofu with Geenbeans and Baked Tofu Salad recipes.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that tofu skin has high content of fiber and is cholesterol free? Because it is a product of soybean, tofu skin is high in protein and can be a substitute for gluten fee pasta.

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Aug 052013
 

Sunny Portabella Mushrooms I ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Is it Portobello or Portabella mushrooms? On my package was written Portabella, therefore I am calling this huge earthy mushrooms Portabella…the funny thing is that is Portuguese, the term “bello” is for male and “bella” for female…but I guess mushrooms do not have gender…

I am sure that you have seen many of this recipe…but it is the first time that I made this…baked eggs in the portabella mushroom caps. I got the mushrooms from Costco therefore made it twice. My husband loved it! It is a real simple recipe…does not require any pan or stirring, and you serve right off the oven with a side of green salad…so healthy and tasty.

Oh! Before heading to the recipe, the new issue of Desserts Magazine is out and it is free for one more week, check it out if you love desserts, and this issue is loaded with summer treat.

Ingredients:

2 Portabella mushrooms
2 large eggs
4 slices of cold cut of your choice (prosciutto, mortadella, ham)
Pinch of oregano
Pinch of thyme
Salt and fresh ground pepper
Olive oil

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Method:

Preheat oven at 375F.

Brush olive oil in an oven safe pan or silicon mat.

Wash and pat dry the mushrooms and remove the stem and some of the gills. Place the mushrooms on the oiled oven tray covered with aluminum foil or silicon mat

Sprinkle some oregano and thyme and layer 2 sliced of cold cut of your preference, I used mortadella (picture) and prosciutto.

Gently crack one egg in each mushroom cap, and again sprinkle more herbs, salt and fresh pepper. Make sure to not add too much salt since the cold cut contains lots of salt.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the eggs are set. Do not over bake, the color of the egg yolk is very deceiving as it will give you the impression that is not done. You can decide if you like to bake longer by carefully touching the egg yolk and determine the “softeness” of it.

Remove from the oven and serve.

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Sunny Portabella Mushrooms I ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope you enjoy this simple and tasty recipe!

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that Portabella mushrooms are low in calories, low in sodium and has not cholesterol? Moreover, these mushrooms are packed with minerals such as potassium, riboflavin and zinc and contain lots of fibers.

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Jul 082013
 

Quinoa with Mint (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope all of my friends from US had a great holiday weekend…we had a wonderful time with family and friend with lots of BBQ and to finalize the party we saw the fireworks from the rooftop…it was a beautiful day…

I got this idea after having quinoa salad at the Stonefire Grill. Although the one that is offered at the restaurant comes only with lemon, mint and green onion, I decided to dress a little more when making my version of the quinoa salad.

This simple recipe for quinoa salad is refreshing and so good…super simple to put together…just prepare the quinoa as described on the package and have cucumber, tomatoes and lots of fresh mint. It is great as a side dish for any kind of meat, poultry, or even as a whole meal.

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Ingredients:

1 ½ cup cooked quinoa, cooled
2 tomatoes seed removed and chopped
1 small cucumber, seed removed and cut into small pieces
Fresh mint to taste
Fresh lemon juice to taste
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate for ½ to 1 hour before serving.

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Quinoa with Mint (4) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for quinoa salad…if you are looking for more recipe with quinoa, you might want to check on Red Quinoa with Chicken or Bell Pepper Stuffed with Quinoa.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) has officially declared the year of 2013 as “The International Year of the Quinoa” ? Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain and its amino acid balance is close to the idea, similar to milk.

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Jun 032013
 

Veggie Pie (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

This is a very simple and easy recipe for veggie pie inspired by a very popular recipe in Brazil, and of course if you prefer you can always add shredded chicken or any kind of meat of your preference.

I made this pie because we were going to a potluck party and the host requested a vegetarian dish, so I adapted the recipe that I made a while ago, and substituted the shredded chicken and vegetables for only vegetables. Believe me, it is still very tasty and everyone liked it.

One more thing, this  great veggie pie or cake (whichever way you want to call it) is very practical to take to a potluck party because it can be served cold or room temperature…or to take to work for lunch, and can easily be warmed in the microwave.

Ingredients:

Pie/Cake Batter

2 cups milk
¾ cup canola oil or any vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup corn starch
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¾ tablespoon salt

Vegetable Filling

5 tomatoes, seeds removed
2 green bell peppers, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
2 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

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Method:

Pie/Cake Batter

Mix all the ingredients in the mixer and set aside.

Vegetable Filling

Sauteé the onion, tomatoes and bell peppers in the olive oil. Add vinegar, salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables are soft not overdone.

Assembly

Preheat oven at 350F

Prepare a 9x13in oven safe dish or one 9×9 and one loaf pan by covering with parchment paper.
Spread half of the batter on the prepared pan and layer the filling on the batter.

Finish by covering the vegetable filling with the other half of the batter.

Bake the pie/cake in the preheated oven for approximately 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Remove from the oven, let it cool down before cutting the pie/cake.

Serve warm or cold.

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If you enjoy this recipe you might want to check the one the Easy Blender Chicken Pie.

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