Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Veggies Over Rice (Healthy)

Here's another healthy recipe, this time from "Laura in the Kitchen." She's one of a few people whom I'm subscribed to on Youtube who constantly pump out recipes.

I like her channel a lot because I love Italian food. It's my weakness. It's easy for me to resist temptation when it comes to sweats like pastries, donuts, candy, chocolate, soda, or ice cream. But it's the pasta and spaghetti that really gets to me when I'm craving. So I took her recipe, removed the parmesan cheese, and served it over brown rice instead of mixing with pasta and I think it turned out great. Definitely going to be cooking this again:

It's pretty simple and it's completely vegetarian and all you're doing is sautéing some fruits/vegetables together.

I've cooked it twice already and mine was slightly different. First, I started off with a little extra virgin olive oil, a red bell pepper, and 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms. Let that cook for a few minutes. Then, I spread it out like she did, put in another tablespoon of oil and dumped in 6 cloves of garlic, a handful of chopped asparagus, and a chopped cucumber. Add salt & pepper, mix well, and let that cook off for 10 minutes, tossing occasionally. Finally, dump in 2 diced tomatoes and a couple handfuls of leafy greens. I used mix of spinach and arugala, coarsely cut. Drop in 2 tablespoons of butter, let the butter melt and the leafy greens wilt down, and it's done.

I think the mushrooms and bell pepper are a must. But the thing that that really brings the dish together is the combination of the tomatoes, cucumber, and butter which all combine into a sauce. (Laura used zucchini in her video and I used cucumber and I think you could replace it with any fruit/veggie that has a high water content.)

And like I said above, I used brown rice instead of pasta and I think it works.

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As for me failing, it's heartbreaking. That happened a while ago, so it's not that bad. But the worst part is that I'm still trying to get my life on track to this day. I posted a few times about some of my current goals and where I'm at and I wish I had more to share and report on this blog and I really don't -- but I hope I will in the future.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Orange Chicken Recipe (Healthy)

On my quest to be a healthier, better person in 2014, I said I would share a few healthy recipes on this blog. The recipe that I'm going to share in this post is from Nicko's Kitchen and it's my new favorite, simple recipe:

It has some cholesterol from the sesame oil and a lot of sodium from the soy sauce + salt, but it's also completely steamed skinless chicken breast with some veggies. I've already cooked this recipe twice.

The first time I followed his recipe almost exactly and it was pretty good. But what I did the second time was switch the bok choy with asparagus and cut down on the chicken until it was about 2 parts asparagus, 1 part chicken. (I also chopped up my chicken into bite sized pieces instead of leaving the breast whole.) Also, for the last 2 minutes, I tossed in some chopped up cucumber. This keeps the cucumber mostly raw, but heats it up just a little to keep it consistent with the rest of the dish.

The whole process takes literally 10 minutes of prep and 15 minutes to cook.

I was able to cook 4 servings of Orange Chicken with $10 of ingredients.

I'm definitely going to be cooking this a lot, maybe once a week.