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Cheater’s Shish Kabob Chicken


I’ve never had the actual Shish Kabob before but that didn’t stop me to try this seasonings when I saw it at my local supermarket. It was super simple and yummy. I didn’t have a grill and I was too lazy to fire up my oven to bake it (it takes longer and I was too starving to wait another 30 minutes) so I opted pan frying this (or should I say pan grilled?)

Cheater’s Shish Kabob Chicken
Ingredients:
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (or any protein of your choice) – slice lengthwise to speed up the cooking time
1 oz of Shish Kabob seasonings (granulated onions, salt, garlic, sumac, citric acid, black pepper, saffron)

Directions:
1. Place the meat in a gallon size zip lock bag and coat evenly with the shish kabob marinate. Let it sit for about 1-2 hour at least.

2. Heat the skillet in medium heat with 1 Tbsp coconut oil. Pan fry the chicken until cooked

3. Squeeze some lemon on top, then enjoy with any veggie dish of your choice!

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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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Taking Care of Some Stuff

Hello all…

Nothing much today either actually. As usual I started off my morning with a workout. This time I only did 12 minute workout as prescribed as I wasn’t really in a mood of a longer workout.

I had the usual post workout snack: 1/2 baked sweet potato.

And I’m not afraid to admit that I had one slice of my homemade whole wheat cranberry bread. Hm..soo good, especially toasted.

Then I made Braised Coconut Shredded Chicken and One Pot Baked Mixed Vegetables (combo this time was cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, and zucchini seasoned with celery salt) for our lunch.

And I went to my dentist for my usual teeth cleaning (gotta use up the insurance coverage before I am out of it after this month!) Did I tell you that I hate going to a dentist (no offense). I just never enjoy having my teeth being scrapped by the tool. And the noise…UGH!

We stopped by at my in law’s house to pick up some mails. My MIL (mother-in-law) was so kind that she offered us some bread that she got from her friend who owns a Chinese bakery. Reluctantly, I accepted some. She got 3 bags FULL OF bread! Although we can’t really communicate well (she doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Chinese), at least I could understand her telling me to just take my time to look for a job. It’s always like this in the US. How could I refuse her for giving me the bread? She did that out of her kindness. Well I might have a bite here and there but poor Hubby K will be the only one who’s eating them. Ah!

Our dinner was a mix match of leftover from yesterday and this afternoon.

And I made another tray of Baked Yucca Root Fries 😀

Just remember to steam the yucca root before baking them! After steaming, sprinkle some salt and drizzle some oil, bake in 400°F for about 20-25 minutes. YUM!

Btw, I’d like to thank you for all the supportive and encouraging email, twitter etc (you know who you are :D) and I also want to apologize that I haven’t got a chance to comment back on your blogs. I’ll try to get around them as soon as I can. Again, thank you 🙂

Have a great night, everyone!

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in food, life

 

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Yellow Tamarind Cabbage Soup (“Pindang”)


I am known to have tart taste buds (as opposed to sweet tooth) and today I was craving something sour and soupy. When scavenging my fridge I found a block of tamarind paste that I’ve forgotten and finally I came up with an idea of making another Indonesian’s soup called “Pindang” (pron: pin-DUNK). As usual the staple of most Indonesian dish are galangal root (white ginger), turmeric root, lemon grass and lime leaves. This dish is SUPER EASY to make. If you can’t find tamarind paste, feel free to substitute with lemon juice mixed with puree dates, prunes and dried apricots (source). I personally haven’t tried this before but it sounds pretty yummy as well. For galangal substitution, you can just use regular ginger. It might not have the same effect but still fine.

Yellow Tamarind Cabbage Soup (“Pindang”)
Ingredients:
4 tomatoes – cube cut
1 carrot (mine was a giant carrot) or 2-3 regular size carrots – diagonally cube cut
2 shallots
2 inch of galangal root -sliced
1-2 inch turmeric root -sliced matchstick size (or use 1-2 tsp turmeric powder)
Salt to taste
Tamarind block paste

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2 stalks of lemon grass -bruised
1/4 cabbage – chopped

Any homemade broth you have (I used my homemade chicken broth) – about 3 quart
3 tsp coriander powder
Handful of lime leaves

Directions:
1. Cut about 1 inch of tamarind block paste, then soak in hot water

Soaked tamarind paste in hot water

2. Cut all the ingredients, set aside

3. Heat a skillet in medium high heat with 1 Tbsp coconut oil

4. Saute the chopped turmeric root, galangal, chopped shallots, lemon grass and lime leaves until fragrant

5. Pour your broth of choice into a pot (about 3/4 filled), dump all the ingredients plus the saute shallots/herb/spices mixture.

6. Pour in the tamarind liquid, salt and coriander. Adjust seasonings to taste. Boil in medium high for about 30 minutes or until all vegetables are tender. I used my pressure cooker and it took me about 5-10 minutes.

Serve with any protein of your choice! I used my cooked grass fed ground beef.

Sweet and sour – just to perfection 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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Egg Loaf Frittata


Frittata is another Paleo friendly recipe that’s been floating among cave bloggers on the blogsphere. There are VARIOUS WAYS to make it and almost no need recipe for it. The most common way to make frittata is using a cast iron skillet, which you cook the omelet then pop it into your oven to fully cook the whole thing.

To simplify the process (also because I don’t have a cast iron skillet nor I’m interested to get one..that thing is so darn heavy!), I just bake the entire thing in my counter top convection oven using my 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.

Egg Loaf Frittata
Ingredients:
6-7 eggs
1-2 Tbsp full fat Greek yogurt
Cooked ground beef or any minced meat of your choice
2 stalks of green onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped onions
Any of your favorite seasonings (I used Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute)

Directions:
1. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs until the yolk and white mixed evenly
2. Pour in the rest of the filling and season accordingly.
3. Grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan with avocado oil
4. Pour in the egg mixture

5. Bake in the oven with 350°F for 40-50 minutes or until the inside is cooked (use toothpick to check the middle part)
6. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool

The egg loaf might shrink a bit after it cools down but worry not, it’ll still be yummy. Slice and store individual cut in an air tight container and you have a protein ready to go in your pantry! Super easy nutritious snack with very minimal effort. Feel free to experiment with different fillings/toppings.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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So Ready for the Weekend

Hmm..not much going on today, except I actually made an effort to prepare hot breakfast for me and Hubby K after I finished my morning workout. (I munched on sweet potato prior cooking)

Fried egg, Costco Chicken Sausage and Trader Joe’s Uncured bacon.

Lunch was whatever left over from yesterday: Oven Fried Curried Chicken Fingers, Braised-to-Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks and steamed broccoli.

Today’s weather was a bit cooler than yesterday, but that didn’t stop me getting my hands on these!

Aah Full Fat Fage Plain Greek Yogurt…I miss you so much! None of the stores around my neighborhood area carry this (only non fat and 2% fat -BLEH!), so when my co-worker C said she was gonna get her lunch at Albertson’s I instantly tagged along with her. That’s the only grocery store in the area which I usually go (in this case my workplace) carries this product!

Got back home, I cooked the lamb shoulder that I marinated the night before for our dinner. Plus steamed broccoli and lotus root from yesterday. Topped with Trader Joe’s Jose’s Hot Chipotle Salsa (can you believe I almost finished that entire jar???)

I’m soo ready for the weekend!

Speaking of which, I’ve been planning to write a post about what exactly is Paleo/Primal lifestyle/diet in depth rather than mentioning it here and there. I know some people would already familiar with it but I can’t always assume readers know about it, right? Also a post about saturated fat being bad is a myth should be a good one as well. Geez, I gotta research more. Writing a research essay is not really my strong point so that explains a lot why I’ve been procrastinating on it. Wish me luck!

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in food, life

 

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Braised Lamb Shoulder with Mixed Spices

I came up this recipe on my own on a whim. When you didn’t have anymore decent emergency protein handy, gotta improvise a bit. Feel free to adjust the seasonings accordingly. I didn’t really measure them exactly, just whatever spices combo that came in my mind when preparing the marinate. Of course, feel free to use any kind of protein of your choice. 🙂

Braised Lamb Shoulder with Mixed Spices
Ingredients:
2 lbs of lamb shoulder – chopped (mine was pre-cut already)
2 Tbs peppercorn
Dash of caraway seeds
Nutmeg
Coriander powder
1 white onion – chopped
4 whole cloves
1/4-1/2 cup coconut aminos
Salt
Handful of fresh lime leaves
1 Tbsp butter

Directions:
1. Mix the seasoning (except cloves, onions, lime leaves and butter) in the bowl.
2. Using a gallon size zip lock bag, marinate the lamb shoulders for about 2 hour or overnight.

3. Heat the pan in medium heat with 1 Tbsp butter
4. Saute the chopped onions, fresh lime leaves, whole cloves until fragrant
5. Pour in the lamb shoulders – including the marinate
6. Cover and cook for about 1 hour in medium low heat or until the lamb is tender (I used pressure cooker so I cooked it under pressure for about 20 minutes, turned off the heat and let the pressure came down for about 15-20 minutes)
7. Serve!

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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Strawberry “Cake” Paleo Birthday

I had a fun time hanging out with my friends who were nice enough to have a get together to celebrate my birthday. Usually the birthday person got a chance to pick his/her own restaurant. I picked a Mexican restaurant, ChaCha’s Taco & Tequila in Brea.


Complimentary tortilla chips (which obviously I didn’t touch) and salsa.

Prior coming to the restaurant, I was aiming for their Roasted Chicken which what they’re famous for. The restaurant claim that they use all natural meat and free range chicken. Okay..sounds good to me. The waiter told us the Roasted Chicken are usually only served during dinner time, but lucky for me, they actually already made at least 5 of them so I could order it. SCORE!


I basically asked them no tortilla, rice and beans and asked for a little extra veggies. I was unaware that there were corn, but no sweat, I just ate around them.

Hubby K ordered “Wood Oven” Carnitas without any beans (just rice and flour tortilla on the side)

Usually when dining out I just stick to H2O, but I heard the waiter mentioned their freshly squeezed lemonade doesn’t have any added sugar in there.

I tasted it and I could tell you that they might still add some sweetener in there. There is NO WAY a pure lemonade doesn’t taste completely sour. It has some sweet taste in there. Lesson to learn, just stick to WATER (or plain iced tea) when dining out, no excuse.

Everyone else ordered some Enchiladas, tacos, mahi mahi, carnitas etc. I was so glad that everyone really enjoyed their meal and they liked the food. People kept asking me if I ever came here and I said no, just read it online. 😛

The restaurant gave me a complimentary birthday cake, Tres Leches Cake. Pretty much a vanilla chiffon cake soaked in tres leches (some kind of milk?). I knew this cake would be super sweet beyond my taste buds could handle so I let each of my friend had a little bite from it. (ugh..I guess I’ll just rot in hell later for passing on the “evil food” aka sugar and gluten to my friends)
Sorry I just realized I forgot to copy the picture to my computer and I already erased the ones in my camera! ARgh!

Anyway, the biggest highlight was this gorgeous Strawberry “Cake” that was “made” by the get together organizer, my friend, Sweet J.

I mentioned her not bother buying a birthday cake, instead just gave me bunch of strawberries in a box..LOL. I didn’t expect her to actually arrange them nicely like this! This surely made my day. 😀 The best Paleo birthday “cake” EVER! Isn’t she so sweet?
Thank you Sweet J for the lovely Strawberry “Cake” for my birthday!

But I am not completely innocent though. I did had some small bite of gluten this morning for my breakfast.

No, not that! That’s my gluten free Coconutty Strawberry cake… 😛

This guy!

I might not mention it but I had to start purging all my flour in my pantry, so I made a Cinnamon Raisin Wheat Bread couple days ago.

Sorry, I can’t justify myself to just throw away all those wheat flour and stuff. Those things cost $$$!

Anyway, I gotta get ready to go to bed. One day out meaning all weekend chores/meal preparation all got pushed back to…tomorrow!

Good night!

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2011 in food, life

 

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