January 20, 2015

Thai Crunch Salad with Teriyaki Tofu

1/2 head Green Cabbage
1/2 head Romaine or Green Lettuce
2 large carrots, julienned
3 Green Onions, thinly sliced (both white & green parts)
1/2 English Cucumber, julienned
3 TBS. cilantro, chopped (or just small handful)
1 c. cooked edamame (shelled)
1/2 c. chopped almonds
Teriyaki Marinated Tofu (optional)
Almond Ginger Dressing
crispy wonton strips

Assemble Vegetables, Cilantro and Edamame in bowl.  Add almonds.  Toss to mix.
Top with warm tofu.  Pour dressing to taste, add wonton strips and serve.

Inspiration Source: Peas and Thank You by Sarah Matheny

January 6, 2015

Lazy Man's Stuffed Cabbage

I like to call this "Jewish Casserole" in honor of one of my dear Jewish friends.  We go to a Jewish Food Festival each year, and one of my favorite items is the stuffed cabbage rolls.  They are savory, with a hint of sweet, and so dog gone delicious.

1 lb cooked ground beef
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter

1 egg

2 lbs cabbage, chopped

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
¼ c. brown sugar (divided)
salt and pepper


Directions:

Mix chopped beef, rice, onion, butter, and egg and 1/8 c. brown sugar.
Salt and pepper to taste.


Spray a 9x13 pan or casserole dish.


Line bottom of casserole with 1/2 cabbage; add 1/2 meat mixture; top with rest of cabbage, then rest of meat mixture.
Top with tomato sauce and sprinkle remaining brown sugar.


Cover, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour; uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes.
Tastes just like stuffed cabbage without all the work.


October 22, 2014

Sweet Coconut Rice in Rice Cooker

  • 1.5 cups rice (medium grain or sweet glutinous rice)
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 15 oz. can coconut milk (not light)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • Directions:
  1. Cook the sweet rice together with the water and 1/2 tsp salt in a rice cooker until the water is absorbed.
  2. In another saucepan, combine the coconut milk, sugar, and pinch of salt over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved (and don't boil it, or you will lose some of that delicate coconut flavor). Remove from the heat, stir in the rice, and cover. Let it sit for 1 hour, so it can absorb all the coconut milk.
 
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
-Voltaire

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