Food of Steel!!!

Happy Monday!

I recently educated myself on steel-cut oats. I was shopping at Target the other weekend and came across Quaker’s Steel-Cut Oats. I was intrigued, as I’ve never seen steel-cut oats before. I always see the old-fashioned oats or instant oats. I seriously thought all oats were the same. What was I thinking?!?!

I’m all for eating healthy. Right then and there at Target, I researched what steel-cut oats were. I recently read an article and was informed that they were healthy. I found a wonderful article that compares the three different oats (steel-cut, rolled, and instant): http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-steel-cut-rolled-and-instant-oats-138355

Basically, it’s all about how the oat groat is processed.

Dr. Andrew Weil, explains in this article why he recommends eating steel-cut oats. He says it slows down the sugar conversion process. Another learning moment!

This past weekend, I made myself a bowl and I liked it very much. The texture was definitely different than the traditional oats (aka rolled). It felt more chewy and grainy. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it! …And if it’s healthier, then I’m all for it!

I get so excited when I do my research on foods. Life is all about continuous learning. It’s a lot of work, but it’s so important to take care of our one-and-only body.

Oodles of noodles!

The other night, my boyfriend made fried noodles with slices of steak and assorted vegetables (green beans, red bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, and celery). It was a very simple and quick dish, made with a parmesan-garlic-butter sauce. It was really good! I enjoyed it very much. My bf told me the entire meal (enough for the two of us, and leftovers for me to bring for my home lunch the next day) costed him less than $20. Amazing deal, huh?

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For Father’s Day this year, we made my dad homemade lasagna. We made two kinds: both with ground turkey, but one with arugula and the other with broccoli.

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First time cooking with arugula. Yum!!!

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Bam! This one was the winner! Lasagna with ground turkey and broccoli.

It’s been a long time since I last made lasagna. I forgot how simple it is to made! It’s all about layering and layering!

I first cooked the ground turkey with the Alfredo sauce and garlic (gotta have the garlic!). I layered the pan with the no-bake noodles (decided to try that) and the turkey-sauce mix, arugula/broccoli, and ricotta/mozzarella/pepper Jack cheeses, and repeated the steps until the pan was full. We topped the lasagna with shoestring fries before popping them into the oven. Yum! It was a yummy Father’s Day dinner!

Homemade Taco Tuesday dinner

It’s Taco Tuesday, baby! Let’s get excited! Whoot!

My sister and her BF cooked up a marvelous taco bar for my family on a Tuesday night for dinner. W.O.W.! It was amazing! We enjoyed dinner very much! We had a selection of different tacos to create and grind: soft or crunchy; ahi (fish), shrimp, ground beef, and steak. I tried ’em all, haha! My tummy was very satisfied!

Homemade taco nights at home are the best! I get SO excited. I literally do! Haha! I usually create a salad with tortilla chips or break my taco shells into pieces, and then add the ingredients. Yummy! My mouth is watering- every time I think of tacos! I think it’s time for another taco night soon! Hehe!

Enjoy your week!

FS~

Mother’s Day weekend grinds!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers, grandmothers, and aunties out there! Hope your day is full of relaxation and happiness.

This weekend, my boyfriend, sis, her boyfriend, and I cooked dinner for my family, as we celebrated Mother’s Day last night. We made ground turkey pot pies, cornbreads, and strawberry butter. Yum!

I’ve made chicken pot pies from this recipe in the past, but we’ve altered the recipe last night. We used ground turkey, sweet potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and frozen mixed vegetables for the pie filling. It was very good. We used a lot of potatoes, which helped sweeten the flavor. It didn’t need much seasoning, like salt. The potatoes’ sweetness was a perfect substitute.

Next, we made strawberry butter and two different types of cornbread to pair with the pot pies.

We whipped a block of unsalted butter and strawberries to make the butter.

We used two recipes to make the cornbreads: left picture and right picture in animal shapes. Cute, huh?

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Our feast!!! The filling made four pies- whoo hoo!

My cousin, who couldn’t make it last night, made my late auntie’s famous pound cake. O.M.Gosh! It was awesome! Tasted exactly like hers. He’s got her baking touch/gift! Yea!

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Today, we had our Mother’s Day luncheon with my boyfriend and his family at his mom’s favorite restaurant, Palazzo!

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Linguine with meatballs, mixed with white wine butter sauce.

Palazzo Ristorante Italiano
99-080 Kauhale St.; Aiea, 96701
https://www.yelp.com/biz/palazzo-ristorante-italiano-aiea

Homemade meal by two special friends <3

I have two special friends from Nepal- they’re siblings. We went to school together. I miss them very much, as they’ve returned home after living in the US/Hawaii for several years. One day, I was at their house and they decided to make bowls of ramen and have me try their famous Nepali spiced tea (aka chai), which they made. Yummy! I really enjoyed it! It was very comforting.

Here’s a recipe to make this famous tea! http://www.food.com/recipe/nepali-spiced-tea-408093

They loved cooking! They invited our friends over on several occasions and would cook up a storm! It was awesome to eat REAL, AUTHENTIC Nepalese vegetarian food! They were vegetarian, btw. It was so yummy! I love vegetarian food! I don’t always feel the need to have meat with every dish.

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Doesn’t this look amazing?! I miss this! Nothing like authentic cooking!

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo weekend!

Happy belated Cinco de Mayo! On Thursday night, I made a Mexican breakfast dinner. It was a spur-of-the-moment meal idea, and it was delicious and quite awesome!!!

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This is an over-easy egg sandwich, topped with Mexican cheese, on French toast. It was very good! The French toast wasn’t too sweet and paired very well with the egg. The yolk oozed out and we used the toast to soak it up.

I made the French toast a little differently. Here are the ingredients I’ve used:

  • milk
  • eggs
  • brown sugar
  • maple syrup

It turned out really yummy. I replaced the vanilla extract and cinnamon.

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Mexican steak!!! I topped the steak with Mexican cheese, pico de gallo, salsa, and sour cream. Yummy!!

Have fun celebrating and be safe!!

Adios!

FS~

Easter & new beginnings!

Happy belated Easter! Hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend.

My relatives and I have a tradition of coloring eggs every Easter weekend. It never gets old. I always say that you’re never too old to color eggs! I just love it! It’s so much fun!

My family and I went to Assaggio’s at Ala Moana for our Easter luncheon this year. I had the mussels alla basil. That’s one of my favorite dishes to order!

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Doesn’t this look amazingly delicious? Linguine pasta mixed with white wine butter sauce with garlic, basil, and mussels- ahhh! So good!

We had a NY cheesecake for dessert- yum! Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of our dessert. We just dove into it! Haha!

Assaggio’s has many locations on the island. This location we dined at was at Ala Moana.

Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
**located across American Savings Bank & California Wok
http://www.assaggiohawaii.com/

Hope this new season of spring brings lots of peace, joy, happiness, and new beginnings. Until next time…

Aloha,

FS~