Archive for July, 2010

Let’s cook up a rainbow!!

🙂 I guess I got your attention. Today, I wanted to share a recipe with you that is super super delicious and the bonus is that it is very wholesome! Dr. Oz would be so proud of me, if he sees this! 🙂 This is a dish that I created by using leftover vegetables, beans and roots I can find in my kitchen. These are the things I kept in mind…

A. Lots of fiber

B. Variety in color (rainbow), hence the nutrients & anti-oxidants

C. Low fat

Sound good yet? I also generously added some Garam Masala (Blend of North Indian Spices), Cumin and SUPERFOOD- turmeric. Let’s get this going!

Purple yam, regular yam, chopped ginger and onion.

Bay leaves, cumin, garam masala, and turmeric. Yes, I buy 1 pounders! 🙂

During the creation. Wish you could smell this!

Final product! See wasn't it easy?? 🙂

Things I found in my pantry and fridge today:

Roots: Purple yam and regular yam.

Veggies: Mushrooms and onions.

Pantry goodies: Garbanzo beans, black beans, sweet peas ( I rinsed them in water 2-3 times and drained), diced canned tomatoes.

Spices: Ginger, garam masala, cumin, turmeric and bay leaves.

Protein: 1 chicken breast.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Chop ginger and cut onions. Cut the roots in small pieces. Cut chicken in to little pieces. (That is very little).

2. Place a large skillet on medium heat. Add canola oil. Once hot, add bay leaves.

3. Add onion and ginger. Cook until onion is translucent.

4. Add chicken. Cook through.

5. Add mushrooms. Stir.

6. Add garam masala, cumin, turmeric and stir well.

7. Add tomatoes. Stir.

8. Add roots, beans and peas. Stir.

9. Season with salt, mix it all well and simmer for about 30 minutes covered on low heat.

10. Serve on top of brown rice. I like to cook my brown rice with 1 part quinoa and 3 parts rice.

Hope you will try this recipe. I hate to sound boring and tell you all the nutrients in this dish. It has the colors that each represent their own goodness. There is purple, orange, green, red, brown, yellow, and all the spices. 🙂 This is also one of those dishes that get better the next day. So I always make big batches. This batch will serve about 8-10 portions.

Hope you will give it a try and let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

Even if this dish is leaning more towards my Indian side… I still say Thai it, you’ll like it!

Enjoy!

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Move over, butter.. Thai seafood dip is here!

I HEART butter. I do.. with all my heart. And it kind of shows, too. 😉 However, there is time and place for it. Many of them, too. However, not with seafood, in my opinion anyways. I grew up eating a lot of fish and seafood. Mostly fresh water fish though. Bangkok – where I grew up- is by the river. As a result, we get lots of fresh water prawns and all kinds of fish. Hmm.. good old days! 🙂

I have a recipe for you today, for a choice for your seafood dip, apart from butter. Let me tempt you by telling you the best part about it, (apart from being ridiculously delish) it has NO FAT. Nada. It is made of lime juice, garlic, Thai chili peppers and salt. Oh, a little bit of sugar to bring out all the flavors.

Recipe:

1 lime

1 clove of garlic

Thai chili pepper (or jalapeno) or not… It’s optional

2 tsp. sugar ( I used my mango jam to add mango flavor, color and sweetness to it this time)

1 tsp. salt 

2 tbsp. lukewarm water.

Directions:

 -Finely chop chili pepper and garlic.

– Put in a little ramekin.

– Add lime juice, sugar, salt and mix well.

– Add the water and stir until nicely blended.

– Dip your fave grilled or steamed seafood in it.

Wasn’t that easy? Here is how mine looked. I had it with grilled shrimp and brown rice with a generous size green salad to start with.

Thai Seafood Dip

Thai Seafood Dip. Yummalicious!

Remember, my friends, Thai it, you’ll like it!

Ciaociao!

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Where have I been? Heaven and back!

So my dear readers, how have you been? Hope you are enjoying summer almost as much as I am. : )

I went on a vacation in Bend, Oregon for a week and wanted to share some pictures with you. First of all, I have to say thank you to Jim and Gwen, the couple that I look up to so very much! They were the most gracious hosts! I learned to skip rocks, make lemon meringue pie, had stew for the first time (I know, it’s exciting for a Thai girl!, ok?!?), I found out that pine barks smell like vanilla. It was like walking in a muffin forest!! It was so mesmerizing to be in nature. All of this, because of Jim and Gwen. I adore them! 🙂 Thank you for everything, Jim and Gwen. 

Really my friends, life is nothing if our memory bank account has nothing to show for it. That is time with friends and family and all your loved ones.

Here are some pictures from the trip. Mostly, they are from our kayaking trip. Hope you will enjoy seeing them.

Jim & Gwen and John & Kan

Jim & Gwen and John & Kan

Paddling off into the sunset, as Gwen would call it. 🙂

Pit stop at a little lagoon for delicious lunch! We totally worked for it!

Pit stop at a little lagoon for delicious lunch! We totally worked for it!

John is so happy. Can you see? Even his kayak is glowing!

Don't even think about it! This paddle stays with me! 🙂

 

 

 

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