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…

Roasted Delicata Squash (2) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

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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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 232013
 

Chicken with Broccoli (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

This is a very simple and easy dish with chicken…and comes with lots of veggies, in this case broccoli and red bell peppers. You can always add more color by adding green peppers. It is delicious when served over rice.

I love this dish because it is all in one…the protein and the greens.

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts, sliced
2 to 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
½ tablespoon soy sauce
½ tablespoon corn starch
½ tablespoon olive oil

1 large red bell pepper
4 to 5 cups broccoli florets
1 small onion, sliced into small wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

3 tablespoons soy sauce
¼ cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon corn starch
Chili oil to taste

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Method:

Marinate the sliced chicken with garlic, soy sauce, olive oil and corn starch (5 first ingredients).

In the meantime blanch the broccoli florets.

In a wok add the 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the chicken until slightly golden. Remove and set aside. On the same wok, add one more tablespoon of olive oil and stir fry onion and bell pepper for a couple of minutes and add the broccoli.

Remove all the vegetables and place together with the chicken.

Add the ingredients for the sauce in a medium heat and mix continuously until the sauce turns slightly thick. Stir in the chicken and the vegetables, mix gently until all combined and cook for another minute or so.

Serve with rice.

Chicken with Broccoli (4) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Chicken with Broccoli (5) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Enjoy!

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May 062013
 

Salt Brined Cod Fish (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

In Brazil, where I grew up it is very common to find “bacalhau”, which is a salted dried cod fish. So in order to mimic the saltiness of bacalhau, which needs to be soaked in water in order to remove the salt before cooking, I decided to “play” with fresh cod fish. Why not brine cod? So I brined the cod and then use it like some of the dishes that I used to make back in Brazil…it turned out delicious, moist and very flavorful. The potatoes are tender and loaded of flavor.

Ingredients:

Approximately 1 lb cod fish
1 tablespoon rock salt
2 ½ to 3 cups of cold water

3 to 4 Roma tomatoes, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
3 to 4 potatoes, peeled and sliced,
¼ cup of olives, cut into half
Fresh ground pepper
2 to 3 tablespoon of olive oil

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Method:

Dissolve the salt in the cold water, cut the cod in approximately 1 ½ to 2 inch and place them in the salty water. Make sure that all the pieces of the cod fish are covered with the salty water. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Remove the cod fish from the salty water, rinse under cold water and drain thoroughly.

In a casserole pan place the olive oil, and alternate layers of potato, onion, olives, cod fish, and tomatoes, sprinkle in between layers fresh ground pepper to taste. Make as many layers as necessary until all the ingredients are used up.

Cover the pot and turn the heat to medium low. Cook for approximately 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover and cook under medium for another 5 minutes, until most of the liquid has been evaporated.

Serve hot.

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Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Bacalhau or salted dried cod was produced in order to preserve the cod before the refrigeration was available. Moreover, the process of salting and drying like in many foods, makes the cod tastier.

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Apr 222013
 

Maple Candied Walnut from Simple Recipes

Again, I see myself stuck with lots and lots of walnut…yes, they are from Costco. So in order to make them more attractive I coated them with a layer of sweet using maple syrup. They turned out delicious, crunchy and slightly sweet. These walnuts are great by itself or on top of any salad.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup sugar
4 cups walnuts (approximately 14oz)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Method:

Preheat oven to 300F.

In a small pan, place the maple syrup, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Turn the heat to medium low until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract, stir gently.

Pour the maple syrup mixture over the walnut. Spread the walnut on the silicone liner, making sure that the walnuts are not clustered. Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Let it cool completely and store in an air tied container.

Maple Candied Walnut from Simple Recipes Dot  Me

Maple Candied Walnut from Simple Recipes Dot Me

If you like this simple recipe for Maple Candied Walnut you might want to check on Roasted Cinnamon Almonds.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that consumption of walnuts has been well evaluated for the wellbeing of the heart? It has been published in many studies that walnut can lower your overall cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol).

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Nov 262012
 

After eating so much over the Thanksgiving holiday I think that this healthy dish will counter balance the feast that we just had.

This dish is very similar to the one that I made a while ago, Chicken with Brussels Sprout, the difference is that I peeled the Brussels sprouts, blanched and added to the stir fried chicken. I have the feeling that the sprouts tasted nicer and less bitter. Maybe the kids will accept better when cooked this way.
This is very simple and great with a bowl of rice…not to mention that makes a great next day lunch.

Ingredients:

1 chicken breast, cut into small chunks
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon soy sauce
½ tablespoon corn starch
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
½ lb Brussels sprouts peeled

Method:

Marinate the chicken with garlic, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Set aside. In the meantime blanch the sprouts. Make sure that you just blanch, otherwise it will be mush. Just before sautéing the chicken add the corn starch by coating slightly the chicken pieces.

In a wok, sauté the chicken in olive oil. Set aside once the chicken is fully cooked. In the same wok brown the onion, add the blanched peeled brussel sprouts. Mix gently and add the chicken back to the wok.

Stir gently and serve hot.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that Brussels sprouts contain high dietary fiber? Moreover, Brussels sprouts have more vitamin C than oranges, so four to six sprouts contain the adult daily requirement for vitamin C.

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Oct 222012
 

This is my version of chicken rice bowl…I mainly prepared the chicken with a lot of different vegetables and topped over steamed rice. This is a very simple recipe, especially when I feel like “cleaning” the fridge and use up all the vegetables. It is very versatile and you can use all kind of your favorite vegetables and meat, or tofu if you are vegetarian.
Oh! Another thing, this is great for next day lunch!

Ingredients:

2 chicken breast cup in cubes
3 to 4 cloves of garlic chopped
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
½ tablespoon light olive oil

1 cup of Brussel sprouts cut into quarter and blanched
2 zucchinis cut into cubes
2 red bell peppers cut into cubes
1 small onion cut into cubes

1 tablespoon light olive oil
½ tablespoon sesame oil

Steamed rice

Method:

Add to the chicken the garlic, soy sauce, olive oil, cornstarch, salt and pepper and it sit for 5 minutes.

Sauté the chicken in olive oil, until slightly golden color. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In the same pan add the onion until brown, add the remaining vegetables until cooked but not soggy. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Add to the vegetables the chicken and mix gently. Drizzle sesame oil and remove from the heat.

Have the bowls of rice ready and top it with the chicken and veggies mixture. Serve hot.

If you enjoy this rice dish you might want to check on Fried Rice recipe.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that rice bowl in Japanese is called “donburi”?

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Apr 302012
 

Now that the warm weather is here, I keep the ice cream bucket in the freezer all the time, so I am ready for a quick and fast frozen dessert.
This is a very simple and refreshing yogurt dessert. I love the color and the flavor of this frozen yogurt, nothing like the combination of fragrant mango stirred together with the tartness of yogurt…

Ingredients:

2 large mangoes
2 tablespoon vanilla vodka
2 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup agave syrup
1 cup Greek yogurt

Fresh strawberry and mint leaves for garnish

Method:

Cut the mango in small pieces and blend together with vodka, lemon juice and agave syrup. Add the yogurt to the mango mix and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Place the mango/yogurt mix into the ice cream maker and follow the instructions of your ice cream maker.

Garnish with strawberry and mint leaves.

If you enjoy this simple recipe for mango frozen yogurt you might want to check on strawberry frozen yogurt as well.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that there are more than 1000 different varieties of mangos? Mangoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Mangoes contain enzymes that are good tenderizing agent, therefore often used for marinade.

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