Monday, March 19, 2018

Explore Cuisine Organic Bean Pasta

Made with two gluten-free ingredients - organic edamame and organic mung beans, this vegetarian-friendly protein-rich (24g protein per serving size) pasta alternative boasts high nutritional value. Explore Cuisine bean pastas* are all certified gluten-free, vegan and kosher.

There are some other brands of gluten-free chickpea and lentil pasta in the market that cooks soft and mushy, but this bean pasta from Explore Cuisine* does not.  In fact, within 4-5 minutes, this pasta cooks to al-dente which was what I wanted for my noodle salad. The "beany" taste is also a pleasant surprise - in a beany good way!  If you have tried fresh yuba (tofu skins) before, this bean pasta tastes similar.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Chinese Lion's Head Meatballs Braise 红烧狮子头

Isn't that just meatballs? Why is it called Lion's Head Meatballs 红烧狮子头? This Shanghai casserole dish has such a name because the typically over-sized meatballs is like the "head of the lion" braised with surrounding Napa cabbage that resembles "the lion's mane".

For the recipe today, I have tried to simplify the preparation and cooking, hoping to achieve a healthier yet delicious dish.

First, for those who avoids deep-frying at home, this lion head meatball recipe shares a over-roasted meatball version that eases up stove-top deep-frying. Second, the meatballs are of standard meatball size (not over-sized) so that cooking or baking time can be easily managed. For example, if you deep-fry a gigantic meatball, it takes a much longer time to cook through the meat compared to smaller meatballs.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Tempeh, Broccoli, Cabbage, Avocado & Kiwi Salad 印尼豆豉蔬菜主食沙拉

With salad and grain bowls incorporated into our family meals, there are endless possibilities to switch up the vegetables, grains and proteins.

For choice of meat proteins in our family, it is usually (almost surely) chicken e.g. Steamed Vegetables with Quinoa and Rotisserie Chicken Bowl , Asparagus and Cauliflower with Quinoa and Chicken; and for seafood-based protein, it can be either fish or shrimps e.g. Avocado, Radish, Mixed Veggies and Shrimp Bowl. Other times, it might be as basic as - one egg, like in this Mixed Veggies, Mushrooms and Egg Salad.

Of course, there are also meatless protein options e.g. tofu, tempeh. As my homemade protocol, a meal-salad bowl is made up (at least 50% of the bowl) with mostly vegetables - salad greens always on the bottom, then built up with hardier vegetables (can be steamed or raw) such as broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, green cabbage, red cabbage, zucchini and red onions. Based on the seasons, I also like to add fruits e.g. nectarines and berries during summer, apples during the autumn months; kiwi and oranges in winter.