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Homemade Chicken Broth

I am not a big fan of canned chicken broth, even though it’s said low sodium, organic, 100% natural etc etc…canned food is still canned food..At least there’s a teeny bit of preservatives in there. Otherwise, how could the broth stay fresh for a long time?

As a soup person, I always make my own chicken broth from scratch.

Homemade Chicken broth
Ingredients:
1 whole stewing hen

The meat is not edible (too tough cause it’s an old age chicken- sorry for my bad English
1 jicama -sliced
1/2 inch – 1 inch ginger or more
3-5 cloves of garlic
Optional: 1 onion -chopped
Dash of salt

Directions:
1. Cut up the chicken, throw away the skins and cut out some excess fat

2. Meanwhile, boil about 1/4 pot of water

3. When the water boils, put in the cut up chicken for about 30 seconds to “wash away” the impurities. This will prevent some foams and build up in the soup later on

4. Take out the chicken and discard the water
5. Refill the pot with clean water and throw in the rest of the ingredients with the chicken to the pot. Fill it up until almost everything’s covered

6. I used my wonderful pressure cooker to cook the broth, which only took me 25 minutes


Kath, my mom said this pressure cooker is also from Germany! 😀
Note: For those who don’t have pressure cooker, bring the water to boil then reduce the heat to medium low and boil about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Skim off any foams.
7. Done!

8. Discard the chicken. Use strainer to strain the rest of the ingredients.

9. The soup looks oily, despite throwing away most of the skins. Fear not, pop this into the fridge and after an hour or two later, skimming off the fat will be a breeze! 😀

Nothing beats homemade chicken broth!

What’s your favorite way of making chicken broth?

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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Friday Ramblings and Chimichurri Sauce

TGIF everyone! I’m so glad the week is OVER and weekend is finally here!

Btw, remember the Chimichurri sauce I made last time? My salmon turned out GREAT!

Baked Salmon (or other fish) with Chimichurri Sauce (adapted from The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate)
Ingredients:
1-2 Tbsp Avocado Oil
3-4 garlic cloves
Handful of fresh Italian parsley
Dash of salt
Dash of ground black pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)

Directions:
1. Mash garlic and parsley in your food processor (I used my mortar and pestle since the amount is not a lot and I didn’t feel like washing my food processor)
2. Mix everything and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake the fish.

3. Line the salmon steak on the baking dish (I pre-seasoned the salmon steak with some salt before)
4. Pour the Chimichurri sauce over the salmon

5. Bake in 350°F for about 25-30 minutes

Serve!

I had extra sauce so I used it to bake the Star Butter Fish as well. Delish!

Yesterday I had some stomach indigestion *ugh* after devoured the whole package of this:

Don’t get me wrong! Artisana Coconut Butter WAS SO YUMMY that I couldn’t stop myself. I was driving home and was kinda hungry and this thing popped in my head. So without hesitant, I just scarfed down the whole thing. One bite, two bites and I was like “to heck with it, I’ll just finish the whole thing!”

Since it was in a cooler temperature, the texture was kinda chalky. It might be better to melt it a bit so it’ll be more like a spread. But it melted once I put it in my mouth. I guess now I learn not to indulge it all at once or my stomach won’t be happy. No more indigestion. Good thing I didn’t barf.

Have a good weekend!

Btw there’s $50 iHerb shopping spree giveaway!

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in food, free samples, recipe, review

 

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Can’t Miss the Freebies!

Happy Wednesday!! Before you know it weekend is around the corner!

Today was such a good day because: our department provided FREE LUNCH from Chipotle! As a typical thrift Asian, I wouldn’t want to miss this!

But I still keep everything as primal/paleo as possibleno rice, beans, tortilla and soybean oil.

After reading Nom Nom Paleo’s Chipotle post, I opted for Salad bowl with carnitas (the only meat that’s not cooked in soybean oil) with mild tomato salsa, sour cream on side (company didn’t cover guacamole..FAIL). So I got my veggies, protein and some fat.

Apparently they were super stingy on the sour cream!

Good thing I prepared my Coconut Milk Dressing. Got my healthy fat intake!

Benefit of free lunch?

I could have my packed lunch as my breakfast instead! 😀

The beauty of eating Primal= There’s almost no difference between lunch/dinner/breakfast anymore! 😀

Except when I made this Almond Pancake

Slathered with cheese spread


Not paleo/primal standard but hey gotta loosen up a bit sometimes!


I love this Président brand! It’s from France and cheaper than Laughing Cow. It’s not that salty and very mild taste. My wallet and I surely love it!

I admit, I do miss this ever since I’ve gone Primal – no bread, crackers etc. But my Almond Pancake surely could satisfy my cravings of any gluten/grain stuff.

Anyway, remember the chicken dish I made on Sunday?

I “re-purposed” it to become “quiche” = b-fast food!

Super easy, just add one beaten egg and bake for 20 mins in oven 350°F.

So no need to get sick of eating same thing over and over. Vary it a bit! 😀

Also in this b-fast I had today – topped with the sauce from the Indonesian Beef Stew – YUM! Plus the last drop of Unsweetened Almond Breeze.

Freebies from iHerb!!

Artisana Raw Coconut Butter and Artisana Raw Cacao Bliss.

I’ve heard sooo much raves about coconut butter and when I saw iHerb provided these samples (just need to pay shipping) I instantly ordered them!

Btw, for first time shopper, use my promo code SUT585 to save $5.00! Now go and get your free sample of Coconut butter from iHerb. 😀

Or if you want to get a big jar of it, Katie is having Coconut butter giveaway!

iHerb also included Madre-C sample.

mix it in warm water

stir and enjoy!

Perfect timing! So many people sick at work now and I have to boost up my Vit C! Figuratively speaking, I was breathing germs in and out at the office for 8 hours- 5 working days!! Ugh, bless my immune system! I know Leashieloo and Jessica catch a cold. Hang in there, girls!

Do you differentiate your food for breakfast/lunch/dinner?
I used to, but not anymore 🙂

Favorite cheese spread?

Have you received any freebies?
Compared to other food bloggers, I don’t think I’ve received as many freebies as them. But I don’t sweat it though it feels nice to receive free stuff.hehe..especially food related.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in food, review

 

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Homemade Almond Butter with Flaxseeds

When I saw my local grocery store sold their dry roasted raw almonds for $3.99/lbs, I know I just had to grab some! Most places I’ve seen are selling at much higher price! Besides they sell it in a bulk bin so we can scoop as many as we want. I got total 3lbs of almonds.

I bought a bag of Roasted Golden Flaxseeds from TJ a while back and it had been sitting in my freezer forever. An idea popped in my head: Why don’t I make Almond Butter with Flaxseeds instead?

Super Easy Homemade Almond Butter Flaxseeds
Ingredients:
1 cup of dry roasted raw almonds
About 3/4 cup Roasted golden flaxseeds – I’d reduce it to 1/2 cup next time

Directions:
1. Blend flaxseeds in your food processor until mostly grounded

2. Next pour in the almonds

3. Blend at high speed for about a minute – occasionally stop and scrub the sides. – at this point you got almond meal

4. Keep blending until it becomes nut butter

Like this!

VOILA!

Hmm…the smell of the roasted flaxseeds sure heavenly!

Store in a glass jar and refrigerate.

Use it for dippings, make raw almond cookies etc.

Super easy!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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Prepping Food in Advance- the Primal Way

Wow can’t believe it’s almost the end of January. Time surely flies! Didn’t we just celebrate New Year?

I’ve been cooking and prepping lots stuff over the weekend so I won’t be stuck for hours after work in the kitchen making dinner.

K is not a big fan of batch cooking so we had a little argument about this. “It’s not good to have left over food that lasted more than 3 days! It’s much better to have fresh cooked meals every single time. Small portions are better.”

Yea, I know that but at the same time it TAKES A LOT of time to prep all the stuff and I try to minimize the time as much as possible.

“Teriyaki Inspired” Basil Chicken (Primal)
Ingredients:
2lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts -cubed
1/2 white onions -minced
1 shallot -minced
1-2 garlic cloves-minced
3 Tbsp tamari soy sauce
1 apple – diced
1/4 cup pineapple chunks
salt to taste
1-2 Tbsp avocado oil or any high temperature cooking oil of your choice
1-2 green onions -minced – separate the white and green parts
1 inch of ginger -julienne
Fresh basil leaves

Directions:
1. Marinate the chicken meat with 1-2 Tbsp tamari soy sauce for about 1 hour or overnight
2. Pan fry the chicken meat until golden brown – set aside
3. Heat up the cooking pan with avocado oil, saute ginger, onions, garlic, shallot, white part of the green onions
4. Pour in the apple cuts and pineapple – add a bit of water until everything’s covered
5. Reduce heat to medium and cover for about 5 minutes. The goal here is to soften the apples so it resembles applesauce texture

6. Mash them with your wooden spatula if necessary
7. When everything looked mashed enough, add in the fresh basil

8. Taste and add salt, tamari soy sauce accordingly
9. Lastly pour in the chicken meat – stir until combined
10. Pour in the green parts of the green onion

Serve!

I think this should last us for about 2 days (both K and I pack our lunch to work) plus for the next day dinner.

I also made “Beef Rendang (Indonesian Beef Stew)” for an additional meal.

Next in my fridge, I already prepared Chimichurri Sauce adapted from The Primal Palate recipe for my salmon steaks.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Lastly, I also marinated Star Butter Fish with some salt, curry powder, avocado oil and black pepper. I plan to either bake or pan fry these fellas.

So there you go, batch food prepping the primal way.

Batch cooking/prepping, are you a fan? Or do you prefer to cook small portions so each time you’ll always enjoy a fresh cooked meals instead reheating?

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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The L Word

It’s the L word today.

Pretty much I ate same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner LOL

Breakfast – left over veggies from dinner. (no pic)

Lunch
Salmon in Mushroom Sauce

Butter Garlic Shrimp

Dinner
Veggie soup in homemade chicken broth

And bits parts from lunch.

I had two of choco balls that I made last night. Those things were yummy but didn’t make me finish the whole box at once. One bite at one time was enough to satisfy my cravings.

Seriously today I felt super duper lazy. I really didn’t feel like doing anything. Just wanted to sit in front of my computer, surfing around mindlessly. But no matter how lazy I am, there was no excuse to not complete my morning workout.

How did you spend your Saturday today?

FYI the L word of the day is LAZY. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in food, life, Uncategorized

 

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“Piña Colada” Baked Tilapia and Choco Balls

I had such an amazing dinner and couldn’t wait to share the recipe with all of you. Seriously, this recipe was spontaneously done. I wasn’t even measure everything precisely. But it turned out good!

“Piña Colada” Baked Tilapia (Primal)
Ingredients:
1 medium whole fresh tilapia
1 brown onions – minced
About 1/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 big ass tomato (or 2 medium tomatoes)- sliced lengthwise
1 big carrot (or 2 medium carrots) – diced
salt and pepper
1-2 tsp curry powder
1/4 cup coconut milk
1-3 Tbsp avocado oil (or other high smoke point cooking oil of your choice)
1/4 head of cauliflower

Directions:
1. Line the baking dish with tomato slices, carrot slices, pineapple chunks, half of minced brown onion and cauliflower
2. Pour in 1 Tbsp avocado oil, seasoned generously with salt, pepper and some curry powder
3. Place the whole tilapia on top of the veggie bed
4. Preheat oven to 400°F
5. Heat a non stick pan to medium heat
6. Saute the remaining minced brown onion in avocado oil with curry powder
7. When the onions start to look translucent, pour in the coconut milk
8. Remove onion mixture from the pan, pour on top of the fish

It should look something like this

9. Bake in 400°F for about 25 minutes – turn it over and bake for another 20 minutes (total 45 minutes of baking)

Serve!

Super easy and very yummy! It’s savory, sweet, a bit tangy with a hint of coconut scent brings up your dinner appetite.

Although I’m not a sweet tooth person nor dessert type, I have been wanting to try making Katie’s Fudge Babies. She’s also not a big fan of sweet stuff and a big fan of dark chocolate too, which kinda similar to me. So after dinner, I decided to give it a try. I have all the ingredients anyway.

Choco Balls (from Katie’s Fudge Babies) – (Vegan)
Ingredients:
120 gram walnuts
230 gram pitted dates (I used jumbo medjool dates)
Dash of vanilla powder
4 Tbsp cocoa powder

Directions:
1. Put all ingredients in a high speed blender/food processor

2. Blend until everything incorporates together.

3. Shape into anything you want. I stick to simple balls.

Refrigerate until the time you want to consume them.

Although the Choco Balls are not quite primal/paleo standard, at least they do not contain processed sugar. Dates are still high in sugar but these Choco Balls should be able to fulfill my dark chocolate craving when it strikes me once in a blue moon.
Thanks Katie for sharing this recipe!

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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