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Cabbage “Noodles” Five Spice Stir Fry

I put together this recipe based on what I had in my pantry. As usual, there’s no hard rules how to make a vegetable stir fry dish. Almost anything goes 🙂 So why cabbage “noodles”? Well it sounds a hella lot cooler than shredded cabbage, don’t you think?

Cabbage “Noodles’ Five Spice Stir Fry
What I used:
1/4 of cabbage head – discard the heart and thinly sliced to resemble “noodles” 🙂
6 oz cello mushrooms – sliced
1/2 garlic cloves – minced
2 shallots – minced (I used my Magic Bullet to speed things up)
1 big Italian eggplant – peeled and diced
3 zucchinis – sliced
1 tsp five spice powder
1/2 tsp white pepper powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1 Tbsp Red Boat Fish Sauce (optional but it gives that umami taste to the dish!)
3 Tbsp coconut aminos or wheat free soy sauce (tamari)
Salt to taste (use more if not using any fish sauce)
1 Tbsp avocado oil/butter/lard/gheenever use olive oil for high heat cooking

Directions:
1. Heat 1 Tbsp oil of your choice (I used avocado oil) in high heat
2. Saute the minced garlic/shallots until fragrant
3. Mix in the chopped mushrooms, stir then put the rest of the ingredients – stirring constantly – no need to add water because mushrooms will yield lots of water
4. Season with pepper, fish sauce, coconut aminos and salt to taste
5. When all veggies are wilted and cooked, remove from the heat and serve with any of your favorite dishes 🙂

Enjoy!

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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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Blogging Friday

Happy Friday, everyone! Did anyone watch the Royal Wedding? First thing I saw in the morning on the internet was pictures/coverage about the Royal Wedding! I am not too crazy about it, but the couple seems happy and just hope the best for both of them.

Anyway, I am enjoying my super long weekend, but that didn’t stop me for getting excited that today is Friday already. Wait, why am I happy that it’s already Friday? Doesn’t that mean my little “vacation” will be over soon? Yeah it’s true, but what’s the point of having a mini vacation when Hubby K wasn’t around most of the days??? In some ways, I’m happy that I could finally spend time with him.

This morning I did a very short workout and ate this breakfast/post workout snack.

Those are chicken sausages that I got from Costco couple days ago. The ingredient list seems pretty paleo friendly so I decided to give them a try. You can never have too much emergency protein in your fridge 😀

Ingredients: chicken, roasted red pepper, spinach, chicken broth, salt, spices, paprika, celery powder, and granulated garlic in beef collagen casing.

Paired up with my usual loose leaf tea.

Then I preparing another dish for tomorrow and will post the recipe if it turns out yummy. My lunch was super boring and ugly so I won’t bother posting it here. I went to my doctor’s appointment for another check up and that was the time I finally saw some footage from the Royal Wedding. Heesh, even the radio kept advertising it on my way home.

Stopped by Trader Joe’s, grabbed some goodies, came back home and made Bacon Topped Meatloaf for dinner.

I also made Stir Fry Shredded Cabbage with Tomatoes topped with Pan Seared Zucchini Slices, seasoned with Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute.

Ok, let’s talk something that we ALL could relate to….Blogging!
I know I owe this post as part of my blogiversary. I posted some random facts about me on that post as well, as part of my birthday.

Technically speaking, this blog is my second blog (my first one is the workout blog, which mostly I used to keep track my daily workout). When I first started my workout blog, it was only meant to keep myself dedicated. By recording every single workout that I did, I will always have something to look back and see what I could do to improve.

Then I started to read more blogs and I stumbled on Jessica’s Living in the Kitchen, Gym and Mall and reading her blog inspired me to start a more personal blog.

I’ve been having ups and down with this blog – love it, hate it, love it again, then hate it, not even sure which direction I should go. There were times that I posted some that were a bit too personal and I decided to just take it down and kept it to myself. Then beginning of this year, after I switched to Primal/Paleo, I started to have more ideas what to blog about.

One thing that most bloggers like is getting LOTS of comments. Yup, I’m sure no bloggers who don’t like comments, right??? LeQuan even mentioned it as well in one of her post about blogging. I admit, I used to try so hard to get more people come and read my blog and commenting. It was discouraging whenever I hit publish and the next day I didn’t see any new comments came in. But after blogging for a while, I am not letting it bothers me too much anymore. But I won’t lie, I am still a little envious for other bloggers who always receive lots of comments, no matter how often or how rare they update their blogs.

Recently, I started to develop interest in food photography and been reading various food blog photography tips and tricks. However, since I’m using a free blogging service from WordPress, no matter how hard I tried to enhance the pictures, they always got compressed down by the system. This would be resolved if I am self hosted and have my own domain. But up to this point, I think I’ll stick to free ones. If my blog starts to get more traffic and become more popular (will it be?) I might consider it.

Lastly, one thing that I will keep doing is not posting ANY of my pictures nor any of my friends/families. I always admire other bloggers’ courage to put themselves up on their blog, but it’s just not for me. I prefer to remain a little anonymous and I feel safer that way.

Ok phew, now those are out now, I feel much better! I’ve been meaning to do this blogging post for a while but never got a chance to do it.

So any other blogging stuff that you’d like to share as well?
🙂

Have a great weekend!

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2011 in life

 

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When in Doubt

Ah, my weekend is almost over and tomorrow back to work..again (gotta bring in those paychecks otherwise won’t be able to afford those groceries to make yummy and healthy food).

Today I finally got a chance to cook another “exotic” veggies: Swiss Chard!

The first thing came in my mind was: stir fry. Yup, I’m very Asian and stir frying is usually fool proof, especially cooking a new type of veggies for the first time. So I gathered the usual stir fry staple ingredients: onions, oil (I used Applegate bacon), some protein (I used my pre-cooked grass fed ground beef) and salt.

It has a slight earthy taste of beet, wasn’t quite a fan but not hate it either. I might not cook it long enough because the stems were still pretty chewy. Next time I should cook the stems first before dumping the leaves. But regardless, I packed these as part of my lunch for tomorrow

Anyway, wanna know what else I had for today? Ok here we go.

Post workout meal: baby food pureed butternut squash – one of my stash from the freezer. I’m glad this one wasn’t spoiled unlike last time!

Veggies with Beef Roast topped with Mushroom Gravy Sauce = delicious! Hubby K loved it as well!

I marinated some lamb shoulders for tomorrow (recipe coming soon if they turn out yummy) and I was wondering what should I do for another package of lamb shoulders. Then I remembered this:

I haven’t made Masala Lamb for a while so today I decided to make it again. But as usual, I could never even follow my own recipe to the T.

Some adjustments I did for today’s Masala Lamb:
– I added 3 tomatoes

– No coconut milk & jicama
– Used 1 cup beef broth
– 3 whole cloves
– Mashed the garlic, onions and shallots in mortar and pestle

– I blanched the lamb shoulders to remove the impurities

– Next I saute the mashed garlic/onions with masala paste and the cloves in low heat until fragrant

– Afterward I poured in 1 cup of beef broth, the lamb and chopped tomatoes

– Season with salt to taste, cover and let it cook on medium low for 30 minutes

The result? It tastes even MUCH BETTER than the first time I made this! The tomatoes added some slight tartness to the sauce. Plus since I didn’t use coconut milk, the sauce wasn’t that rich and thick. The lamb meat was super tender that it even pulled away from the bones very easily.

I was doubting if I should add the tomatoes in, fearing it’ll dilute the whole taste but it turned out not.

Any other idea how to cook Swiss Chard?

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2011 in food, life

 

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Curried Chicken Kale

Another quick and easy Paleo meal that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients:
1 lb chicken meat – cube cut
A bunch of kale – discard stems
1 vine ripe tomato – chopped
1/2 white onion -chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
Curry Powder
1/4 cup coconut milk
Coconut oil

Directions:
1. Marinate chicken meat with salt, pepper and curry powder – set aside for about 15 minutes
2. Melt 1 tsp coconut oil on medium heat – saute the chopped onions until translucent.
3. Add in the chicken meat

4. When the chicken is half cooked, add in the kale and tomatoes – stir until the kale is wilted

5. Pour in the coconut milk, add more curry powder, salt and pepper to taste – adjust accordingly

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in recipe

 

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Use-Whatever-You-Have-Veggie Stir Fry

I love stir fry veggies of any kind. Seriously, nothing could really go wrong with stir fry. It’s simple, easy and healthy as well.

Use-Whatever-You-Have-Veggie Stir Fry
Just like the title, feel free to throw in any veggie combo based on what you have in your pantry. Measurements are approximate.
I had:

Diced tomatoes

Soaked shredded cloud fungus

Button mushrooms-diced - plus minced shallots

Half cabbage-shredded (discard the core)

Seasonings:
Salt
White pepper
Sesame oil
Coconut aminos
Coconut flour (to thicken the sauce)

Directions:
1. Heat the skillet in medium high – melt 1-2 tsp ghee
2. Saute the shallots until translucent
3. Mix in the mushroom first, then tomatoes, then the shredded cloud fungus, and lastly the shredded cabbage. The basic rule is cook the hardest veggies first (if you have carrots, put them first etc).
4. Season with salt, pepper and coconut aminos
5. In a small cup, mix 1 tsp of coconut flour with a bit of water (just like how you usually do with corn starch) then pour in the mixture to the veggies

Hmm, apparently I didn’t put enough, but I was too lazy to experiment further because it tasted good already. I was thinking to just mix the coconut flour directly to the sauce, but then I didn’t want to mess the dish.

The sauce was still watery, not thicken as I wanted it to be

Anyway, it’s still good! Simple, fast, and healthy dish in 15 minutes.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in recipe

 

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Primal Stir Fry Chicken

I was hesitating to post this because it’s just super easy that it doesn’t really need its own post.

Primal Stir Fry Chicken
Ingredients:
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast -cube cut
1/2 white onion -minced
1-2 garlic cloves-minced
1-2 Tbsp coconut aminos
Salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp five spice powder
1 Tbps raw honey
1/2 fresh squeezed lemon

Directions:
1. Marinate the chicken with salt, coconut aminos, five spice powder and white pepper for 15 minutes

2. Preheat the skillet with 2 tsp ghee or avocado oil in medium high heat
3. Lightly brown the chicken

3. Mix in the onion and garlic – stir until everything incorporates
4. Add in the honey and lemon juice – season with more salt or coconut amino to taste
5. Serve over the bed of steamed nappa cabbage or any other veggies of your choice

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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