Saturday, April 24, 2010

chicken sandwich

after i handed in my layout assignment, we celebrated by buying chicken and goat's cheese. so i made sandwiches!

chicken, brie, and pear sandwiches with balsamic onions

1 onion, sliced
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 ciabatta buns, halved
1-2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cooked and sliced
1 pear, thinly sliced
brie cheese, sliced
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

cook chicken breast by frying it in a pan or grilling it. then slice the onion and fry it in butter or oil on a frying pan. when onions are translucent add balsamic vinegar.
arrange garlic, chicken, pears, onions, and cheese on sandwich. grill on a panini grill or toast in a toaster oven until cheese melts. serve with salad:

apple grape salad with balsamic onions:

in the previous post i had a recipe for apple and grape salad. it was delicious so i made some additions:
1-2 cups of baby spinach/mixed greens
1 apple, thinly sliced don't remove the skin its good for you!
1 cup grapes, stems removed and sliced in half
1/2 cup balsamic onions from above sandwich.
1/4 cup dried cranberries

for the dressing:
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp dijon/spicy mustard

end of the school year

second year is done! woo! crazy happy and sad all at the same time.
i've been trying to get rid of all the food in my cupboard so i havent made anything great this past week. right now im eating rice with peanut butter and leftover hummus mmm. it got pretty busy in the last few weeks but here are some simple recipes i've made!
salads are easy to make quickly and healthy!

grape apple salad:


1-2 cups of baby spinach/mixed greens
1 apple, chopped into cubes. don't remove the skin its good for you!
1 cup grapes, stems removed and sliced in half

for the dressing:
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp dijon/spicy mustard

delicious! the honey makes it nice and sweet!

tahini-chickpea salad

1 1/2 cups of chickpeas, cooked (you can use canned if you must..)
handful of baby spinach/mixed greens

3 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

i cant really remember what else i put in here, if anything. try it with mustard or garlic? whatever, it will be delicious anyway!

spring rolls with hot and sour sauce served with quinoa salad with peppers and cheese

i got some spring rolls from an asian grocery store. the woman made them fresh there and they were SO good. vegetarian too! i just cooked them in the oven until they were done.

for the hot and sour sauce:
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp lime juice
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tbsp chili flakes
just mix those together, it makes a great dipping sauce!

for the salad:
1 cup quinoa, cooked (you boil it)
2 cups baby spinach/mixed greens
1/4 red pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup cheese, cubed (i used cheddar but if you had like, goats cheese or feta it would rule)

and the salad dressing:
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
black pepper, to taste
maybe 1-2 tbsp of hot mustard? i forget.

it was yummy :)

home made pasta sauce!

a little more complex but so worth it!

• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 1 ½ onion, chopped
• 2 carrots, chopped
• 5 cloves of garlic
• 3-5 tomatoes, diced
• ½ cup diced red/orange peppers
• 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
• 2/3 cup water or stock
• 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti or other pasta (i had egg noodles)
• 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp chili flakes

1. Heat oil in frying pan, fry up the onions and carrots
2. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms and stock. Simmer for 10mins, stirring occasionally. Add Italian seasoning, oregano, and chili flakes and stir in.
3. Cook pasta according to instructions on box
4. Pour the tomato mix into a blender and puree.
5. Put sauce back into the pan and stir in the chicken. Bring back to a boil and simmer for 10mins until chicken is cooked.
6. Serve over pasta. Garnish with grated cheese and fresh basil.

Monday, April 12, 2010

pumpkin loaf

banana pumpkin loaf

* 2 ripe bananas, mashed
* 2 eggs
* 1/3 cup olive oil
* 1 1/3 cups canned pumpkin puree
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon cloves

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 9x5 inch loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the mashed banana, eggs, oil, pumpkin, honey and sugar. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices, stir into the banana mixture until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Packed Lunch!

Shrimp and Tofu miso Stirfry I made for lunch one afternoon. Also has TVP (textured vegetable protein, it's like vegan ground beef), so tons of protein in this.

1/2 cup mini shrimp
1/4 cup firm tofu
1/4 cup TVP
1 cup mixed veggies (snow peas, carrots, water chestnuts, broccoli, onions)
1/2 cup sweet potato

1 tbspn Miso
2 tbspn Organic Balsamic vinegar
2 tbspn Soy Sauce
1/4 cup tomatoes
1/2 tbspn soy bean oil
1 1/2 tbspn Lime juice
Big Squirt of Srirachi sauce

1. Put veggies and a few drops of soy oil in a skillet.
2. Throw in tomatoes, TVP and shrimp.
3 Throw in potatoes, the rest of the sauce ingredients and finally the tofu.

Garnish with:
Hot Chili Seeds

Good on it's own, on noodles, rice, quinoa, couscous or a salad (as pictured)

Quinoa and Grilled Tofu Salad

Just a dinner i made for myself, which was very delicious.
1/4 cup Organic Red and White Heirloom Quinoa
1 cup Organic Baby Herb Greens mix
1/4 cup firm tofu
1 Roma tomato
1/4 English cucumber
2 tbspns jalapeno hummus
1/2 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
1 tbspn Organic balsamic vinegar

1. Boil quinoa in 3/4 water for 15 minutes covered.
2. Grill tofu for 7-10 minutes ( I used my george foreman grill)
3. Chop cucumber and tomato, wash baby herbs.
4. Assemble all ingredients, dress with oil and vinegar, and top with hummus.

Yummy, light and vegan! :)