Thursday, January 31, 2013

See how Asians eat Lotus Root

Lotus Root is not a common vegetable in the west. But it is very common throughout Asia. We love that it is so crunchy and savory. We have created hundreds of different recipes for it. Here is how I cook Lotus Root with just 2 ingredients. 

1 Fresh lotus root
1 bunch Chinese leeks

Peel and slice the lotus root.
Wash and chop Chinese leeks to 1 inch long.

Stir fry:
Stir fry the lotus root until slightly brown on each side. High heat. 7 mins or so.
Season with salt, nutritional yeast and red pepper flakes to taste.
Add the Chinese leeks at the very last min.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Mushroom Chickpea Pasta Sauce

1. In a pan, saute sliced button mushrooms, carrots, and a few peeled whole garlic cloves until very tender.

2. In a food processor, mix the mushrooms and carrots that you just cooked with 1 cup thoroughly cooked chickpeas along with salt, 1/3 cup olive oil and 2 tbsp lemon juice.
(The more tender the chickpeas, the more smooth the sauce.)

3.  Mushroom chickpea pasta sauce finished!
(If the sauce appears to be dry with well drained pasta, add some pasta water.)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sesame Oil Cucumber Salad

Ingredients: (1 serving)

1 cucumber (roughly chopped)
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp nutrional yeast
a pinch of fresh cilantro
salt and red pepper flakes to taste

Toss all the ingredients above together. Enjoy!

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Savory Three

2 bell peppers
1 eggplant
3 potatoes
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. soy sauce
3 tbsp. water
salt to taste

This is a very famous and easy Chinese dish to make. Make sure to follow the order of adding vegetables to get the perfect level of tenderness. 

Chop all veggies to bite size.

Heat a little larger amount of oil than you usually do in a pan. (Potatoes and eggplant absorb the oil really fast. Use a pan with a lid.)

First. Add in potatoes. Saute 3 mins.
Second. Add in eggplant. Saute 3 mins.
Third. Add in bell pepper and garlic. Saute 3 mins.

Last. Add in 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 3 tbsp. water and some salt to taste. 
Cover and let it cook 2 mins. ( Keep an eye on the water level. Do not burn the veggies.)

This dish is called 地三鲜 (di san xian) in Chinese. It can be translated as the savory three from the earth.  It is such a famous and tasty dish so almost every restaurant in China has it on the menu. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tiger Skin Chilies

Ingredients: (for 2 servings)
6-8 Anaheim chilies
1 red bell pepper
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp. dark rice vinegar
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
a pinch of salt

Step 1.
Halve the Anaheim chilies lengthwise and remove the seeds. Chop the red bell pepper to bite size.

Step 2.
Heat some oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. 
Arrange the chili halves skin side down on the pan and let it brown for about 8 mins.

Step 3. 
Add in chopped garlic and red bell pepper. Stir and cook for another 2 mins.

Step 4.
Add in the seasonings and turn off the heat.
1 tbsp. dark rice vinegar
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
a pinch of salt to taste

It is a classic way of cooking chilies in China. The Chinese name for this type of dish is 虎皮尖椒 (Hu Pi Jian Jiao) which can be translated as tiger skin chilies. The tiger skin refers to the brown and crispy skin of the chilies. I like to serve it over steam rice since the dish has some flavorful sauce. For a more spicy taste we can use jalapenos instead of Anaheim chilies.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Spicy Veggie Noodles

Ingredients: (2 servings)

2 handful of fresh spinach
1 large heirloom tomato - chopped
1/2 red bell pepper - sliced
1 carrot - thinly sliced
1/2 cup green peas
1 clove garlic - minced
2 servings of spaghetti brown rice pasta (or any other noodle)
red chili flakes (oil infused)
nutritional yeast

Prepare the noodles.

Heat oil in a pan. Saute chopped tomatoes until very smooth. 5 mins.

Add in carrot slices and minced garlic. Saute until they are softened. 5 mins.

Add in red bell pepper slices, green peas and spinach. Season with salt and nutritional yeast. 5 mins.

Stir in fully cooked noodles.

Season with additional salt and red chili flakes to taste.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

In a food processor:
(3-4 servings)

3 tbsp. hemp seeds. ( I used shelled hemp seeds, also called hemp hearts)
2 large hass avocados (or 4 small ones)
1 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla powder
1 tsp. salt
Some sweetener to taste
(eg. 1/2 cup agave nectar
or 1 tbsp. stevia, 
or 2 tbsp cane sugar.)
2 tbsp. nondairy milk (Optional. depending on the consistency)
Top with chopped almonds for extra crunch.

Chill  30 mins before serving.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sundried Tomato Olive Bread

Step 1. Whip together ( in a food processor):

3 tbsp. ground flaxseed
1/2 cup water

Step 2. Combine in bowl 1:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Step 3. Combine in bowl 2:

Whipped flaxseed mixture (from step 1)
1 cup nondairy milk ( I used sweetened almond milk)
1/4 cup olive oil

Step 4. Add the wet ingredients (bowl 2) to the dry ingredients (bowl 1)
Add 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
Add 1/2 cup chopped pitted olives ( I used black olives and red olives)
Add 1/3 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
Mix well

The batter should be stiff and sticky.

Step 5. Bake
Lightly grease the loaf pan or other container that you are using to bake the bread. Add the batter to the loaf pan. Bake under 350 F for 40 mins.

Serve warm with your favorite dipping oil.