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Tzatziki

I have three ingredients that fill me with such glee (yes, I said glee) every time I cook: fresh garlic, fresh onions, and basil. Any time I use these when testing a recipe or just cooking in general I can feel my entire body dance and sing, because cooking is my therapy and I just love it! I also have some favorite cuisines that I like to cook, and this year I vow to experiment with different dishes, such as enchiladas, homemade goulash, and more greek recipes such as Spanakopita and homemade tzatziki.

I’ve made tzatziki in the past, but it was all watery and had minimal flavor. I learned from my mistakes, tasted several versions in my lifetime, and figured out just how I wanted it to taste. I LOVE dill, so for me having a rather heavy hand on the dill was not a problem. My biggest issue was ensuring it was cream enough to stand up to lamb loin shanks (which is a forthcoming recipe) and had enough seasoning.

Here’s the full list of ingredients and measurements:

  • 3-4 tablespoons of thick yogurt, I prefer Siggi’s Triple Cream, plain
  • Several sprigs of dill, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped into very small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped very fine
  • Salt
  • Pepper

I added all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisked together, until it was a thick mixture. Add in a dash of salt and pepper as you need, to balance out all of the flavors. It should taste of cucumber, garlic, dill and yogurt. This is a great dip to make for pita chips, meats, or even with fries! NOMaste 🙂

Brown Rice Ramen with Sesame Spinach and Bok Choy

If you live in the Northeast, you can attest to how cold it has been recently, and will only get colder this weekend. While I love the idea of falling snow: a blanket of untouched, white glistening flakes of snow, I have a disdain for the slushy-mess post-snowfall. The winter is a take it or leave it kind of season, but does provide us with yummy “winter is here” style dishes (no this was not a reference to G.O.T, but I CANNOT WAIT FOR APRIL!)

Hubs and I tried Ivan Ramen in the city (that is, Manhattan, for the non-local readers) and it was seriously so good. It was the first ramen-bowl I’ve ever had and tasted like a dream (if dreams had a flavor… it would be umami). I recently purchased some ramen from my all-time favorite online market Thrive Market, and decided to try making my own. I saw several people on the Insta making ramen so I thought “This cannot be too difficult to make.” I was right, it really was pretty simple!

You probably know this, but bok choy has some incredible benefits to it: it’s a leafy green, so that is self-explanatory. It also has gut-healing benefits, provides your body folate, calcium, and vitamin B6 too! I never knew how to actually cook bok choy until I woman’d up and just sautéd it in coconut oil, tossed in toasted sesame oil and coconut aminos. I did the same with the spinach, but added some garlic powder. Setting the veggies aside, I started on the broth.

I LOVE bone broth, and am currently trying to find time to make it from scratch, but until then, I’ll use quality bone broth from a carton. I used my thrive bone broth, then threw in some Kettle and Fire chicken mushroom, for some extra umami flavor. I put this in a large pot on high heat until it boiled, then added in the ramen, lowering the flame to simmer/low. The ramen only needs approximately 5-7 minutes. I poured some soup in a bowl, scooped out the ramen, layered in the veggies, and chowed down.

I think for next time, I’ll add some corn, bamboo shoots, and a poultry, like chicken. Stay tuned for an update! Nomaste 🙂

Brown Rice Ramen with Sesame Spinach and Bok Choy

Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian, ramen
Keyword asian, ramen, Soup, vegetables
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 Cartons Bone broth
  • 3 Blocks/Pieces Ramen
  • 2 large Boy Choy
  • 1 cup Baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Coconut aminos
  • Garlic powder to taste

Instructions

For the vegetables

  1. Slice the bok choy so that the leaves are separated from the base of the vegetable.  Cut leaves in halves so they are smaller.

  2. Heat a pan on medium heat.  Add coconut oil

  3. Place bok choy into pan and coat in the coconut oil.  Add in some sesame oil and coconut aminos. Cook until the leaves are fully wilted.  Take out and set aside

  4. Repeat the above steps for spinach, and add garlic powder.  Set aside.

For the ramen/broth

  1. In a large pot, pour three cartons of broth and turn heat on high.  Cook until broth begins to boil.

  2. Add in ramen. Stir.

  3. Once ramen begins to separate, pull apart with a fork and stir.  Cook for 5-7 minutes until noodles are to your liking (al dente).

  4. Ladle soup into a bowl and layer vegetables on top.  Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and serve immediately.

New Years Eve Throw-down! Appetizer 1: Potato Skins

365 days, 525,600 minutes (I had to get a RENT reference in there), 52 weeks, 12 months, blah blah blah… It’s the NEW YEAR BABY! I have mixed feelings about celebrating the new year. Some years I went out with friends (we did do Manhattan three times for NYE, and it was absolutely worth it), some years I worked at restaurants and made bank, and then others I spent at home drinking champs solo and eating everything I wanted. This year was the latter, minus the drinks (I had one glass) and add a pup and a husband.

When you think of traditional appetizers, whether for NYE or at a restaurant, say Applebee’s, what comes to mind? I automatically think of quesadillas, buffalo wings, spinach dip, and potato skins. My favorite are buffalo wings, but since I didn’t feel like doing those, I opted for some skins. Shockingly, these are pretty easy, but do take a while to prep and make; they also take up a lot of time in the oven – in and out three times in fact! The end result is totally worth the prep and time.

*fun fact: I worked at Applebee’s and loved every second of it. Hands down their best apps were the quesadillas, boneless wings, wonton tacos, and mozzarella sticks*

Choosing the type of potato for potato skins actually does matter. Russet potatoes tend to stand up to a triple bake and holding “loaded” toppings like sour cream and cheese. They have a bit more starch to them and can bake in 45 minutes. I started by rinsing the potatoes and placing them on a sheet pan, baking them at 375* for 45 minutes. If you sense that they are burning, fear not, just turn the heat down to 350*. Once they’re done baking, let them cool and begin to cut in half.

After cutting, you need to scoop out the insides, leaving a slight layer of potato in the skins. MAKE SURE YOUR POTATOES ARE COOL. This will burn if they are not cool enough to handle. Scoop out the insides, melt butter and spread the melted butter on the insides of scoop skins. Sprinkle some salt on then and bake again for 5-7 minutes, turning them over to brown on the top.

These babies are now ready to melt with cheese and your favorite toppings. Throw the skins back in to bake with cheese until the cheese melts. Layer onto a plate and top with chives, sour cream, bacon, etc. Fun, festive, and freaking delicious! Nomaste 🙂

Potato Skins

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 skins
Author nomastehungry

Ingredients

  • 6 Russet potatoes large
  • 2 tbsp Butter melted
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Chives
  • Sour Cream as needed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Rinse potatoes and place on baking sheet.  Bake in middle rack of oven for 45 minutes.  Lower heat if needed.

  3. After baking, let cool until the potatoes are cool enough to handle.  Cut potatoes in half and scoop out the centers, leaving a 1/4″ thick layer of potato.

  4. Melt butter and spread on each skin. Sprinkle salt.  Bake for 5-7 minutes, turning potato skins over to brown midway through baking.

  5. Take potatoes out and sprinkle cheese.  Bake for the third time until cheese is fully melted and bubbling.

  6. Add favorite toppings such as chives, sour cream, and bacon.

Sourdough French Toast with Caramelized Apples

I have a serious question: if you were to choose a sweet breakfast item, what would it be?  Pancakes? Waffles? French toast? All of the above? (haha, I kid… maybe not).  I 9 times out of 10 would choose french toast, even though I prefer a savory breakfast like sausage and biscuits or a good ol’ scrambled egg.  Nevertheless, a sweet breakfast like french toast is perfect on a gloomy Sunday morning and is incredibly easy to make.IMG_0307

My favorite bread to use for this is sourdough.  What I love about sourdough is that it is a fermented bread so it actually does more good than harm to your digestive system, and your waistline.  Sourdough is made with wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria which helps to bake or leaven the bread in a natural way.  It also helps to make other nutrients available to you such as zinc, magnesium, and other important minerals our bodies need regularly.  (note: if you have never done a Spectracell blood panel to see your mineral levels, I highly suggest you do… 80% of humans are deficient in magnesium which is a MAJOR aid in providing us with deep sleep and adrenal support.. I’m no doctor, but I’m a nerd with this stuff and fully believe in naturopathic medicine..)  As all french toast recipes go, you make the egg dredge with three large eggs, cream/milk, and cinnamon.  I’m starting to cut back from a lot of dairy so I use coconut creamer from TJ’s (Trader Joe’s).  I blended this together and set aside.  I grabbed two medium sized gala apples (Gala work beautifully as they’re sweet but also tart and tend to break down quickly) and dice them into bite size.  I melt 2 tablespoons of butter and throw the apples in and let them do their thing.  After a few minutes and tossing the apples around in the butter, I add a very small dosage of brown sugar (you could use coconut sugar too) and a dash of cinnamon.  When the apples get soft and almost glossy, turn the burner off and set aside.

Heat 1-2 tbsp of butter in a separate pan and make your french toast as you would: dip the bread in the dredge, then into the pan, brown for 2 minutes on each side, etc.  Ladle the apples on top of the bread and drizzle with your favorite condiments, I used a small amount syrup and was a happy camper.  I can imagine whipped cream and some walnuts would be yummy too!  Nomaste 🙂

Sourdough French Toast with Caramelized Apples

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword apples, breakfast, brunch, caramelized, foodie, french toast, savory breakfast, sourdough
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author nomastehungry

Ingredients

  • 3 slices Sourdough bread medium sized, brand of your preference!
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk I used coconut creamer (found on my fav products page!)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 medium Gala apples
  • pinch brown sugar

Instructions

For the apples

  1. Clean, cut, and dice up the apples into bite size chunks.  Heat a pan on medium heat, add 1 tbsp butter and let melt.

  2. Add apples in and toss to coat apples evenly.  Let sit and bubble for five minutes.

  3. Add 1/2 tbsp more of butter and stir.  Layer in the brown sugar and cinnamon powder (a pinch of brown sugar is enough) and mix together.  Continue to mix occasionally until apples are glossy and tender.  Set aside.

For the french toast

  1. Crack three medium eggs into a bowl and whisk. Add in cream or milk preference and cinnamon.  Whisk together.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp butter in a large pan and melt. Dip a slice of sourdough bread into the egg dredge then into the melted buttered pan.  Cook for two minutes on each side. Repeat for remaining bread slices.

  3. Ladle apples over the bread and serve with your favorite condiments (syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, walnuts). Enjoy!

Lemon Orzo and Vegetable Primavera

It’s the final countdown (until Thanksgiving), and I cannot wait to indulge in all my favorite goods: the sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, turkey, stuffing, and apple pie!  This happens to be my favorite holiday out of all holidays celebrated, especially because it brings people together.  Friends, family, and friends who are family – it’s a season to give thanks and be happy 🙂

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I always loved the idea of eating orzo, as it’s a super small pasta that goes with just about every kind of sauce.  The downside?  I never really know how to best prepare it.  Should it be in a cold salad?  Could I eat it like regular pasta with just butter?  Tonight’s dinner featured orzo as a kind of sprinkling of carbs that paired perfectly with the medley of sautéed vegetables.IMG_0031

Giving props to my SIL Ashley for finding a similar recipe and giving me inspiration,  I took it a different route: instead of roasting the vegetables and using mushrooms, I sautéed all of the veggies separately, using one pot over and over again, then mixing it altogether at the end with a touch of salt, pepper, and garlic.  I used zucchini, spinach, onions and shallots, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers.  I started with the onions and cooked them until translucent then set aside.  Up next was the spinach: sautéed in butter and garlic, then the zucchini, and last the tomato/pepper mix.

I cooked the orzo as I would regular pasta, then added it to the vegetable mix, tossing the whole dish with some fresh squeezed lemon, olive oil, S&P (Salt and pepper).  Crumbled mediterranean feta sat atop the beaut and we couldn’t have been happier at how this came out!  This will for sure be part of the rotation of meals.  Bon appetít!

Lemon Orzo and Vegetable Primavera

Course Dinner
Cuisine Greek, Vegetables
Keyword dinner, easy, orzo, pasta, vegetables
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Author nomastehungry

Ingredients

For the vegetables

  • 1 cup Orzo
  • 1 zucchini sliced then halved
  • 2 bell peppers orange and yellow
  • 1 pkg fresh spinach
  • 1 large onion or onions and 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1 cup feta
  • 3-4 tbsp oil I used avocado oil

For the dressing mixture

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 half squeezed lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large sauté pan, drizzle one tbsp oil into the pan and turn heat onto medium. Add the sliced onion and shallot mixture to the pan and cook until fragrant and translucent (should be able to see through the onions), approximately 8-10m.  Set aside.

  2. Add a tbsp of butter to the same pan and pour in the spinach.  Cook until leaves are wilted and soft.  Season with garlic powder and set aside.

  3. Pour another tbsp into the pan.  Layer in the sliced zucchini and cook until browned and the zucchini starts to sweat (10m).  Set aside.

  4. Add in sliced tomatoes and bell peppers and cook until fragrant and the tomatoes begin to soften.  Layer back in all of the other cooked vegetables.  Drizzle a pinch of salt and pepper, add garlic powder.  Stir to blend.

  5. Meanwhile, boil a pot of water (3-4 qts).  Add in the cup of orzo and cook for 8-9 minutes depending on packaging. Drain and pour into vegetable mixture.  Mix well.

  6. Drizzle the lemon olive oil mixture into the pan and stir to spread the dressing.  Sprinkle crumbled feta on top and serve immediately.