Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chicken & Vegetable Stew

Stew is a comfort food in a bowl.  Homemade stews can soothe the stressed soul. It is another reason when one feels tired, a bowl of stew or soup can cure the problem. This one-bowl meal provides all the flavor that is needed to create a delicious stew or soup with a little fat content. It is also easy to put together with basic ingredients and today's high-quality convenient products, such as frozen vegetables or meats. This recipe can be achieved with a noticeable degree of satisfaction.

1/2 pounds chicken breasts and thighs
2 carrots
1/2 cup chopped white onions
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup green beans
4 small red potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 large tomato
1 ½ cups chicken broth
2 tsp fresh parsley or any herb that is available
Salt and pepper to taste

2 tsp vegetable oil

Rinse chicken. Pat dry and cut into 1 inch chunks. Peel carrots and cut diagonally into 1/2 inch lengths. Cut green beans into 1 ½ inch lengths. Rinse tomato. Discard stems and cut into quarters.
In a 5 quart nonstick pan over high heat, stir chicken in oil often until chicken is lightly browned (8 to 10 minutes).

Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 tsp of salt. Transfer chicken to a bowl. In the same pan, stir in onions and garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes or until fragrant.

Add broth, carrots, potatoes, and parsley to pan.

Bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 7 minutes. Add chicken, beans, and tomato.

Bring back to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Continue simmering until chicken is cooked. Ladle into a serving bowl.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Baked Tuna with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Among the many easy recipes that I posted for years, the one today is my favorite. A reader will find all the ingredients are available to most cooks. I suggest that balsamic vinaigrette is one of the ingredients that we should have in our kitchens.  Buy quality balsamic vinaigrette and add a few more ingredients to create a good dressing for salads and also for making a quick marinade for simple healthy meals. Comfort food is what I grew up with. I will share this concept with the readers. Always spend a little time in the kitchen to bring a lot more into our busy lives.

Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients:
1/4 cup good balsamic vinaigrette
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp honey or brown sugar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
3/4 cup olive oil
Tuna Ingredients:
Two 6 oz tuna fillets
1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette
Juice of one lemon or lime
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbs fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary
1/2 cup total of sliced olives and artichokes
1/2 cup sliced onions

To make vinaigrette:
Place all the balsamic vinaigrette ingredients in a glass jar with a screw-tight lid; Shake well.
To make the marinade:
In a bowl, combine vinaigrette, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. Mix well.
Place tuna in a baking pan. Top with onions, olives and artichoke. Divide the marinade for tuna. Refrigerate for an hour.

Bake in a preheated oven set to 375° for 20 minutes. This recipe can be grilled outdoors or on a kitchen stove top burner.
Serve with salad of your choice.

Returning to Roots

Returning to one’s roots is the foundation. Only the pillar has been obscured. This section is always obscured but carries a responsibility that supports any structure. A building, whether old or new or even beautiful, also needs a durable foundation if it is to survive. Every human being has an invisible foundation. The body, speech, and actions are the external structural parts that are visible, but the roots’ source is the inner nature and is the foundation for the development of the physical and spiritual. The process of "death" occurs when energy is not visible to leave our bodies. The mouth is still there but does not speak, the eyes are still there but do not see. There is a body without movement. The “pillar” is still there, but the "foundation" was gone. Only when the origins of human existence is fully understood can we begin to understand and change them. Psychology has attempted to reach the deep and helped us to understand the inner world, including the active form of the subconscious and conscious. But to truly understand ourselves, we must return to the starting point, i.e. return to learn origins. As mentioned above, each of us thinks that a seed inside of our minds is produced from the soul. The soul is not the object of the changes to the body. The soul, which does not belong to the material world, is the foundation of consciousness. The soul is life and is at the root of the personality, thoughts, aspirations, and human emotions. Deep in the seed contains the shape of the life of a tree. With in the right conditions, favorable, the plants will germinate, emerge to the lives immense, vast. Likewise, the soul holds the foundation of one's own personality, and this is expressed through our actions. On the road looking for spiritual life, we try to find the immortal part of the human personality where no negative film has accumulated in the art. The fundamental nature of ours is very noble and pure. The soul - which is the true self of each person - from the very beginning is very bright and does not have sin. Stepping on the road to spiritual life means that we will have to go through the contemplation of the good primitive. From practical experience, we will have a leap of consciousness - an enlightenment. The Enlightenment was a movement to bring about confidence and hope. With this, we will be much more useful in life, and as a result we will feel happier. We are revived.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Banana Chocolate Cake

I like to make banana cake by using the over-ripened bananas. It also makes a good dessert or even breakfast. It is similar to making banana bread, but the texture is softer than banana bread.  This recipe is quite easy to follow as long as cake mix or self-rising flour is available. All the variations are up to each baker to add ingredients into this recipe. To shine in another healthy eating option, I add coconut oil instead of butter only, and the cake turns out delicious.

2 cups self-rising flour or cake mix
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease a 13” x 9” baking pan with coconut oil.

Combine flour with cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well.
Mash bananas and set aside. (I mashed two of the bananas and sliced one because I like little chunks of banana in a cake.)

In a KitchenAid stand mixer with flat beater, beat sugar, butter, and oil until light and fluffy.

 Add eggs and beat well (about 3 minutes).

 Add vanilla. Alternating add flour and buttermilk in 3 stages, starting with flour and ending with flour.

 Do not forget to stop the machine to scrape the flour mixture from the sides of the bowl. Stir in banana, nuts, and chocolate chips. Mix well.

 Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

 Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 20 minutes before slicing to serve.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Spice Chocolate Cake

I love to bake but admit that I am not a baker. I think baking is another way to relax, and the kitchen will smell so warm and wonderful.  I am constantly looking for an easy cake recipe. I found this one, It a spice chocolate cake using self-rising flour. This cake turns out beautiful and delicious. A simple store-bought frosting will work or just top with some powdered sugar.

2 cups self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup strong coffee
1/4 cup molasses
Spice ingredients:
1 tsp each: cinnamon and cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup powdered sugar for decorating

Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease and flour a cake pan and set aside.

Mix cocoa powder with coffee and set aside
Use a KitchenAid stand mixer with a beater. In the mixer bowl, add sugar, oil, and butter. Beat for 3 minutes.

Add eggs one at a time and continue beating eggs with sugar and butter for another 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Add molasses and spice ingredients. Beat well.

Do not forget to stop the machine to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl
Starting with flour and ending with flour, alternating add the coffee mixture and flour into the egg mixture

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

Let cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Easy Homemade Curry Sauce

Indian curry is quite famous with its unique favor from all kinds of spices. It is hard to make exactly Indian curry at home without all those spices. The Vietnamese and Thai cultures also have their own curry recipe, and they are very good. In this recipe, I am introducing the simplest curry sauce that we can make at home. This curry sauce has a lighter taste than the Indian curry sauce, and this sauce also freezes well until needed. Sometimes, over the weekend, I do not feel like cooking so much. Just heat this sauce and add roasted chicken or fish fillet, and a delicious meal is ready!!

1/4 cup coconut oil
1 large white onion, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 knob of fresh ginger, minced
2 large fresh tomatoes, chopped or 1 can of tomatoes
Spice ingredients:
1/4 tsp of each of the following: paprika, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, turmeric, coriander powder
2 tsp Thai curry powder

In a medium pot, heat oil and add onions.

 Cook over medium heat until onions become deep brown (about 20 minutes).

 Add ginger and garlic and stirfry for 1 minute.

Add the spice ingredients and cook further for another minute or until fragrant.

Add tomatoes and about 1 cups of water. Bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper. Now the curry sauce is ready, although my preference is to purée it first. For future use, pour sauce into a clean glass container with lid and freeze.

Making quick chicken curry:
Using 1 cup of curry sauce, add 1 cup of chicken broth. Bring to boil. Add 3 cups of cut-up roasted chicken.  Simmer for 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and green onions. Serve with rice. For a creamier taste, add coconut cream instead of chicken broth.

Easy Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping

Delight family and guests with this easy recipe that can be served as a dessert or breakfast!!

Crumble topping ingredients:
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup cake mix
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup butter or margarine
Cake ingredients:
2 cups cake mix or rising flour
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups peeled and chopped apples (about 2 apples)

Grease a 9” x 13” cake pan with coconut oil.

Combine all the crumble topping ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside.
Place cake mix in a mixing bowl. Make a well in a center. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla, and oil.

 Using a handheld electric mixer; mix the batter together. Add apples and nuts.

 Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.

Top with crumb topping.

Bake in a preheated oven set to 350° for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.