Saturday, June 12, 2010

Middle Eastern Meal

Meal: Baba ganoush, Hummus, Pita bread, steamed potatoes, fried long green peppers, fresh salad with bulgur wheat.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
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Heavenly Broccoli Slaw

Level: Beginner
-1 bag of broccoli slaw
-1 cup chopped/sliced almonds
-1 packet Ramen noodles
-1 seasoning packet from Beef/Oriental Ramen noodles
-1/4 cup of white vinegar
-Little less 1/4 cup olive oil

1. Crumble Ramen noodles in the packet without opening.
2. Mix all ingredients well, and add as much seasoning packet to taste.

**This is one of the most delicious salads I have ever had. I can eat this just as a whole meal in itself. One of the best ways to have fresh broccoli.**

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Eggs a la Ivonne and Petit Pois Mashed Potatoes

Meal idea: fancy fried egg, radishes, mashed potatoes with peas.
Level: Beginner
Eggs a le Ivonne
-1 egg
-1 tsp butter
-Parmesan cheese

1. Melt butter on a pan.
2. Fry egg sunny side up.
3. When it is almost done add Parmesan cheese on egg and a pinch of paprika on yolk.

Petit Pois
-Instant mashed potatoes and ingredients (we made enough for 4 servings according to box)
-1 can of sweet peas
-Hickory bacon salt (for vegetarians and vegans)
-Salt and pepper

1. Make mashed potatoes according to box.
2. Drain can of peas and add to mashed potatoes. Mash together.
3. Add hickory bacon salt, and salt, pepper to taste.

**All of these things were surprisingly good together. And it all cooked in just a few minutes!**
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Buying Locally

Level: Super EASY
A nice old man on the side of the road was selling produce, so I stopped to take a look. I brought a huge mango, 3 plums (I ate one), 2 big green tomatoes, and 9 yellow squash = total $9.00 There is no way I would have gotten this good deal at the super market. Buy locally because not only are you going to get a good deal, but you reduce the emissions that it takes to transports these goods, you support local growers, and you eat fresher foods. (Believe me, those plums were exquisite!)

If you live in Gainesville: Farmer's Market at Downtown in front of library every Wednesday from 4-6pm.
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Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

Meal idea: mashed potatoes, simple Cesar salad, veggy patty with caramelized red onions
Level: Beginner




  1. 1
    Peel and cube potatoes and boil in water till soft (As for mash potatoes).
  2. 2
    Drain potatoes add Potatoes and rest of the ingredients except dressing ingredients into a processor a whiz till smooth.
  3. 3
    Note: you could mash all the potato ingredients together with a potato masher for a more courser texture.
  4. 4
    Pour out into a serving plate, sprinkle cumin and sumaq and drizzle with olive oil.
  5. 5
    Serve as an appetizer or as a side to meat.
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Quick Alfredo and Greek Salad

Level: Beginner
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Chicken Pasta Salad (Guest Cook)

Made by: Kristina :)
Level: Intermediate
-Bowtie pasta
-Italian dressing
-Cherry tomatoes
-Chopped white onion
-Chopped green bell pepper
-Chicken breast

1. Boil pasta until tender, add salt.
2. Cook chicken breast in lots of Italian dressing.
3. Chop chicken into small chunks. Drain pasta, and combine with all chopped ingredients.
4. Add more dressing, salt and pepper, and croutons on top.
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Ahi Tuna and Greek Salad

Meal idea: Ahi Tuna, Greek salad, Rice-a-Roni of brown rice and pasta.
Level: Advanced

Greek Salad
-Lettuce/ Fresh Spinach
-Feta cheese crumbled
-Balsamic vinegar
-Chopped cucumber
-Chopped tomato
-Purple olives
-Dried oregano
-Salt and Pepper

1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Add balsamic vinegar and salt, pepper to taste.

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Shrimp Arugula Pasta

Level: Advanced
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Sweet Creamy Corn

Meal idea: fish sticks, Rice-a-Roni rice, sweet creamy corn and spinash (of course).
Level: Beginner
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Veg Ground Meat with Sweet Potato

Level: Intermediate
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Fried Radishes

Level: Beginner
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Monday, January 18, 2010 My Favorite!

This is my all-time favorite website for looking for recipes. You can type in a key word, or you can click on the link at the top that says "Ingredients" and look for recipes with the ingredients you have, and even ones that you don't want. But remember less, is more, the less keywords you put the more recipes your search will give you. Too specific might not give you any recipes at all.

This website has other features if you're a member too, you can save the recipes you like in your "Recipes box", add pictures of your own; or even review the recipe. But my favorite part of all is being able to read the reviews, this part is available to you whether you are a member or not. Reading the reviews gives you great ideas on what worked for people in the recipe and what didn't, or even tricks that they used to make the whole cooking process much easier. Whenever reading the reviews however make sure you read more than one. There's no accounting for taste, so balance out a 5 star review with a 1 star review, because chances are you will want to know what both of these people had to say, even if they might not share your same tastes.

Good luck, and happy cooking!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Green Bean Pasta Bechamel with Arugula Salad

Level: Intermediate
Pasta Ingredients:
-Green Beans
-Shell Pasta (preferably whole wheat)

Salad Ingredients:
-Grape tomatoes
-Rice vinegar
-Salt and Pepper
-Olive oil

1. Chop all arrugula.
2. Mix all ingredients together.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Our Lunch! (Doesn't that look fancy?)

Our lunch for tomorrow is composed of the following:

-Brown rice (left overs), with Parmesan and Romano cheese from Rice-a-Roni (left overs), with frozen peas (washed), and Parmesan cheese.

-Half a tomato basil veggie patty.

- Bread, alfalfa, and Ranch dip to make an alfalfa sandwich tomorrow.

-Grapes to dip into the left over ranch.

-And finally this little fruit called "Kumquats" which I tried at the local market and then proceeded to buy. They are citrus and you are supposed to roll them in your hand to release the sweetness from the skin. Then you eat them skin and all. Here's a link to a close up: Oh yeah, and they are called Quinotos or naranja china in Spanish. Hmmm, go figure!

Sauced Tofu

Level: Beginner
-Asian sauce
-3 tbsp Vegetable oil
-Scallions (optional)
-Sesame seeds (optional)

1. In a non-stick pan add oil and slices of tofu. Fry for about 2 minutes.
2. Add favorite Asian sauce and continue flipping tofu until lightly fried (and you are scared to burn it. I know these are not the best instructions, but believe me, it was more like trying an error for us. Our sauce came in a frozen package and Vane couldn't stop laughing at how the blob of sauce looked in the pan, and how I had to struggle with it to rub it on the tofu. LOL.)

For this meal we had left over Asian noodles which I made a ton of. :( Then we complimented the dish with alfalfa and tofu. The alfalfa might not have been the best combination, but the tofu was perfect and came out really good.

Asian Thread Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Level: Beginner
-1/2 package of rice thread noodles
-1/2-1 bottle of Asian peanut sauce
-Soy sauce
-Frozen peas and frozen peppers stir-fry or frozen vegetable stir-fry
-Vegetable oil / sesame oil is best
-Peanuts (optional)

I was trying to do this recipe based on something I ate that our friend Danny-Lu made. But I didn't really know the recipe so it was sort of improvised.

1. Stir-fry the vegetables with a little bit of oil and a little bit of sauce just for taste.
2. Cook the noodles in boiling water. They only take a few minutes to cook so take them out fast. Look at the package for instructions (I had to drain them in a piece of cloth because my strainer's holes were to large.) Make sure to add a little bit of oil or sauce right away or they will all clump up into a big mess.
3. In a separate large bowl, mix the vegetables with the noodles and add the peanut sauce. Add soy sauce to taste.

(In this sample I used the whole package and then some, which turned out too be waaaayyy too much. Don't make the same mistake. Good luck!)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Vegetarian Chilli

Level: Challenging
Ingredients: *To be filled by Mauro
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Meal Idea #2

Yes, today we went all out!
-Squash cream soup (squash, broth, butter, milk, salt/pepper, parsley, pinch of Complete seasoning)
-Veggie patty with egg on top (patty seasoned with soy sauce, egg with paprika and Parmesan; all in butter)
-Whole grain rice
-Arugula with balsamic vinegar (we bought the fresh arugula at the farmer's market for $2!!!)
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Meal Idea #1

Doesn't this dinner look great?!
-Fish sticks (with a wonderful sauce I bought at my local farmer's market)
-Green beans (garlic, butter, salt/pepper, cooking wine)
-Whole grain rice
-Arugula with tomato (dressing: olive oil, salt, lemon, Parmesan cheese)
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