Quick and Easy Cucumber Pickle

Ingredients:

½ cup white vinegar

2 teaspoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon of coriander seeds

½ teaspoon of caraway seeds

¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes

1 garlic smashed

1 English cucumber (or any cucumber) thinly sliced

Step 1:

Mix all the ingredients except for the cucumber, in a small saucepan at medium heat.  Cook until the sugar is dissolved.

Step 2:

Let it cool for about 15 minutes (if you are in a hurry) or until it reaches room temperature

Step 3:

Mix the liquid with the thinly sliced cucumber.  Let it marinate for at least 20 minutes. Enjoy!!!

Step 4:

Refrigerate any leftover… if you have any left…

Baked Crispy Eggplant

This weekend I cooked my baked crispy eggplant and again it was a hit with the family. It all started when my youngest one said “I don’s like eggplants” and to which I replied “Yes, you do!”, and yes, after eating this baked crispy eggplant he couldn’t deny that they were delicious.

You can eat them with a yogurt dipping sauce or with a good marinara sauce, or just by itself… Ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Eggplant
  • ½  cup of Panko
  • ½  cup of Bread Crumbs
  • ¼  cup of parmesan cheese
  • ½  tsp garlic powder
  • ¼  cup of parmesan cheese
  • ½  tsp garlic powder
  • 1  tsp dry oregano
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs

Step 1:

Set your oven to 400º.  Cut the eggplant in 1-inch rounds and sprinkle with a little bit of salt. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until you can see the water that forms on top of the eggplant, pat dry and do the same with the other side.

Step 2

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.

Step 3

Dip the eggplant round in the eggs and then in the bread crumbs/panko bowl until it is totally covered.  Put them in a lightly greased baking sheet.

Step 4

Bake for 15-minutes and flip them and continue to bake for another 15-minutes. Voila. You are done. Enjoy.

De-constructed Dinner: an easy, quick, simple, and delicious solution to an un planned dinner

Sometimes, even when you have a weekly meal planner, dinner improvisation happens…  for example, last weekend my husband’s best friend came for the weekend to be with him for my husband’s birthday and after a full weekend of soccer games, late-night talks and dinners out, I found myself on Sunday afternoon without a meal plan and with no time to go to the supermarket, so Monday rolled over and I found myself in the improvisation mode.  I have been there before and when it usually happens, I have a to-go-meal that never fails: The deconstructed dinner.

What are the ingredients? Go to the pantry and open your fridge to find out… that’s right, the intention is to use ingredients that you already have.

In the picture is a clear sample of what I am talking about.  For example that Monday, I had a bag of frozen organic edamame, a can of each organic corn and chickpeas, a ripe avocado and a mixture of organic rice (black rice, quinoa, white rice, and bulgur). 

I cook each “main” ingredient with different spices.  For example, the edamame was cooked with paprika, salt, and pepper, the chickpeas were cooked with turmeric, cumin and cayenne pepper, and the corn with butter, salt, and paprika.  Each ingredient bringing a different flavor to the plate. I usually serve it in a bowl, with rice in the middle and the other ingredients around it. A boiled or fried egg is a nice addition on top with a splash of hot sauce.

I have used virtually every ingredient found in my pantry, fridge or freezer during this unplanned meals, including kale, broccoli, cauliflower, lentils, black beans (or any kind of beans), carrots, tofu, and chicken to mention a few.  The intention is that you can use anything you have and make it healthy, quick, easy and delicious.

Easy and Delicious Fried Rice Recipe

Cooking Fried Rice has been a staple in my home for quite some time.  The main ingredients (as per the recipe below) always remain the same, however, sometimes I add Kimchi (my husband is Korean) when we have it in the house.  We usually keep it meatless but you can definitely add cubed ham or spam if you prefer it with meat.

Below is the recipe, is simple and takes about 30 from prep to completion.

We usually cook this for dinner on Fridays (who wants to cook after a full week ah?) or Sundays. It is easy, fast, delicious and minimum ingredients. Also this recipe works great with left over rice which is a plus when trying to recreate a meal with leftovers. I promise this is better than Take Out Fried Rice!

For the love of cooking…