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Turkey and Mushroom Meatballs

October 7, 2019

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 5 ounces Cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey meat
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs soaked in 1/3 cup of milk
  • ½ cup burrata cheese, torn into chunks
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt
  • 4 cups store bought or homemade marinara sauce

Heat a medium frying pan with the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and sauté on a medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the onion, garlic and thyme and a sprinkle of salt. Continue to sauté for another 4 to 5 minutes. Turn heat off and cool completely.

Add the turkey meat to a medium bowl, add the cooled mushroom mixture, both the cheeses, egg, 1 to 2 teaspoons salt and the soaked breadcrumbs. Mix well and keep the mixture aside for about an hour in the fridge for the flavors to marinate.

Heat the marinara sauce in a large saucepan. Form medium sized balls from the turkey meat and gently drop into the simmering tomato sauce. Once all the meat used up, bring the sauce and meatballs to a gentle boil, reduce the heat, cover with lid and cook for 20 minutes. Serve with spaghetti!

Drunken Noodles

September 17, 2019

Sauce

  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • ¼ cup sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Mix all the ingredients into a small bowl with the corn starch. Keep aside.

  • 8 ounces big flat rice noodles cooked according to package direction and separated, once separated, drizzle some oil into the noodles and massage through with fingers to avoid sticking together
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • ½ pound medium shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 serrano chili, sliced, optional
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup Thai basil, leaves only, chopped
  • 2 packs of baby bok choy, trimmed and sliced in half
  • 2 eggs, room temperature

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut oil. Add the onion, garlic and chili. Saute on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the grape tomatoes and the bok choy and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the noodles and sauce. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp. Cook for 2 minutes and add the 2 eggs. Mix really well until the eggs are incorporated and the dish becomes creamy. Add the basil, mix well and check for seasonings. Serve warm.

Pumpkin Apple Bread with Streusel Topping

September 10, 2019

All I can say is, yum, yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 1 large Pink Lady apple, chopped

Streusel

  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon and butter with a fork in a small bowl. Keep aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter and flour a 9X5 pan.

Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder in a medium bowl. Whisk well and keep aside. In the meantime in a mixer, add the sugar and butter. Beat till the mixture is creamy. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and apple cider. Beat well and slowly add the flour mixture. Mix well and fold the diced apple. Transfer the batter to the pan and top with the streusel mixture. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes till the cake is done.

Cheese Buldak

August 20, 2019

This is a delicious recipe- a Korean version of chicken parm.. kind of- it has Korean rice cakes mixed with tomato sauce and the iconic Korean pepper paste, gochujang! If you like Korean food and want to try something at home, this is a great way to experiment. I have made the recipe more accessible and not as spicy.

¼ cup gochugaru (Korean red-pepper flakes)

2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean red-pepper paste)

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (about 2 tablespoons)

1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into ¾-inch cubes

2 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola or peanut

4 ounces sliced Korean rice cakes (optional)

6 to 8 ounces low-moisture mozzarella, thinly sliced

2 scallions, sliced, for garnish

 

Combine the gochugaru, gochujang, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and black pepper in a medium bowl and mix well. Add the chicken and stir until it is well coated.

If you’re using the rice cakes, swirl the oil into a large, oven-safe skillet set over medium-high heat and wait for it to shimmer. Add the rice cakes and cook, turning the cakes often, until they are a little crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the rice cakes to a small bowl and set aside. If you’re not using rice cakes, simply swirl the oil into the pan and move along to the next step.

Add the chicken mixture to the pan along with ¼ cup water. Cover and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring in the rice cakes halfway through, if using. Meanwhile, heat the broiler in your oven.

Remove the chicken from the heat. Cover the pan with the sliced mozzarella, then slide the pan under the broiler. Cook until the cheese has melted and browned in spots, about 2 minutes. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with scallions. Serve immediately, with rice.

 

 

Chinese Eggplant with Ground Turkey and Green Beans

August 19, 2019

1 pound ground turkey meat

2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine

2 teaspoons ginger, grated

1 teaspoon salt

 

Marinate the turkey meat with the cooking wine, ginger and salt and keep aside for an hour.

 

4 to 6 tablespoons oil

2 long Asian eggplants, cut on a bias into 2 inch pieces

1 pound thin green beans

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tablespoon ginger, chopped

4 green onions, green and white part separated and chopped

3 tablespoons doubanjiang (broadbean sauce)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

Salt if needed

 

Transfer the eggplants into a large pot filled with water with 2 teaspoons of salt and soak for 10 minutes. Add a weight if necessary to make sure the eggplants are well soaked. After 10 minutes, drain completely and dry well.

 

Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons oil in a wok like pan and fry the eggplants for 6 to 9 minutes till the eggplants become soft and golden brown. Take out of pan and keep aside. Add more oil and fry the green beans for 4 to 5 minutes. Take out of the pan and add more oil and add the white part of the green onions, ginger and garlic. Saute on medium heat for a minute and add the marinated ground turkey. Saute on high heat till the meat is nicely separated and golden brown. Add the doubanjiang, soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Mix well and check for seasonings and add salt if necessary. Garnish with the green parts of the green onions and serve with steamed rice.

 

 

Spicy Watermelon and Pineapple Salad

August 18, 2019

I got this recipe from NYTimes, one of my favorite sources for new ideas. I changed up the ingredients a bit and came up with this delicious summer salad- make it before all the yummy watermelon goes away!!


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Juice and zest of one lime
1 tablespoons honey
1 serrano, sliced
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Trader Joes chili lime seasoning
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup fresh watermelon, chopped
1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
½ cup crumbled feta
2 cups arugula
¼ cup cilantro sprigs
¼ cup mint

Make the dressing with the oil, vinegar, lime zest, juice, honey, Serrano, salt and the chili lime seasoning. Mix well and keep aside.
Transfer the watermelon and pineapple in a medium bowl and pour the dressing over the fruit, mix well and let marinate in fridge for at least an hour.
Right before serving, add the arugula, cilantro, mint and feta to a large bowl, add the marinated fruit, toss, check for seasoning and serve.

Watermelon Tomato Salsa

July 30, 2019

How can I forget watermelon when I am posting summer sides!!! This salsa is great with any grilled meat or seafood… or just plain with tortilla chips!

  • 2 cups watermelon, chopped
  • 2 yellow plum tomatoes, seeds taken out and chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Mix all the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Let the salsa sit for at least an hour before serving with either tortilla chips or on top of any grilled meat or fish.