Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

Detox Day 3

I had an epiphany today. One of my absolute favorites to eat is scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon. Seeing as I’m allowed eggs, olive oil, brown rice & vegetables, this was the perfect meal for me. I was so excited about it that I dashed home, weaving through rush hour traffic just so I can get to Chinatown in time to buy my fuzzy melon. One small fuzzy melon paired with 6 eggs can created a few meals. My satisfaction after eating my meal was comparable to the satisfaction I get when I buy a dress that was mislabeled as “25% off” and still get the discount. Yes, I know what that feels like.

Breakfast
Gluten-Free Corn Flakes (Nature’s Path)
Rice milk (Rice Dream)

Snack
Banana

Lunch
Baby carrots
Hummus (Trader Joe’s)

Snack
Almonds

Dinner
Scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon
Brown rice

Weight Lost since 4/2/12: 3.8 lbs

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Ava’s Lazy Lasagna

I hate that recipes are so “exact.” I’m not that “exact” of a person, I’m more of a “just enough” person when it comes to cooking. So I just wanted to record a baked pasta dish that I sometimes make and I really love it. It’s kinda like lasagna except I don’t use lasagna sheets. Cooking is so fun for me! I don’t go by measurements so I’m going to eyeball it and make educated guesses. Recipe is for serving about 6-8 people or as a potluck sized dish. I like to listen to music while I cook so that I can dance crazy or sing badly at the same time. Preferably Lady Gaga, Green Day, 100 Monkeys, or Thomas Ian Nicholas Band.

Equipment:
a 9×13 baking pan
a medium mixing bowl
rubber spatula
a large saucepan or a wok

Ingredients:
1 lb. dried penne (or any similar shape)
1 lb. ground turkey (any meat is good)
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
2 Tblsp sugar
2 Tblsp light soy sauce
3 Tblsp olive oil
1 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 tsp garlic, minced
3 1/2 cups plain tomato sauce (or marinara works too but no pre-made spaghetti sauce)
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 Tblsp light soy sauce
2 Tblsp sugar
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Optional:
1 cup celery, finely diced
1 cup carrots, finely diced

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Boil pasta per box instructions.
3. Place turkey, cornstarch, sugar and soy sauce in mixing bowl, . Mix well & set aside.
4. Turn pan on medium high heat and add oil.
5. Saute onions until slightly soft. If you are using celery & carrots, add with onions and saute until carrots are al dente.
6. Add garlic & saute for a few more minutes or until onions are translucent.
7. Add meat. Use spatula to scrap every last bit of it. Fry until meat is cooked through. (No pink!)
8. Reserve 1/2 cup of tomato sauce & set aside.
9. Add 3 cups of tomate sauce, tomato paste, soy sauce, sugar to pan and stir for about 5 minutes.
10. Add 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Stir until melted. Turn off heat.
11. Spread the reserved 1/2 cup of tomato suace on bottom of baking dish.
12. Begin layering of pasta, meat sauce, sour cream, cheddar cheese. Amounts do not have to be a full layer.
13. Repeat until you reach top of pan.
14. Sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese.
15. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted to your liking.
16. Remove from oven and let it rest for about 5 minutes.
17. Enjoy with a good salad, good friends and a great appetite!

Make sauce, not love.

Mmmmm….cheesy.

Layering pasta just tastes better than mixing it all together.

Tastes good cold too. :0)

Orgasmic Oysters

A couple of friends & I drove up to Tomales Bay over the weekend to check out the oyster shucking experience. Only $48 for a bag of 50, I believe. Me, I won’t even TOUCH those things. I was only present for moral support. I did hear a rumor that oysters were an aphrodisiac. Is that backed by science or is it an old wives’ tale? Doesn’t matter, I still won’t put it in my mouth. It’s the idea of something so slimy & dirty in my mouth that makes me cringe to the point where my toes curl, my heart takes a minute to restart, and my throat becomes parched for water because I can’t believe what I just tasted with my tongue.

Hmm, maybe it IS an aphrodisiac after all.