Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I first had a traditional panzanella salad with my dad at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills back in high school and I immediately became obsessed. The first thought I had was that it was very similar to a fattoush salad that I grew up eating (I'm half Middle Eastern - who woulda thought?). Since moving to San Francisco, I kind of forgot about the panzanella / fattoush dish since I wasn't visiting my dad every weekend anymore (he makes the best fattoush). Then I went to a delicious place called Blue Barn and there on the menu was a fattoush salad and it all came back to me. That's when the twists and turns started rolling in my head and I thought combining the two would be brilliant. And it was. Enjoy this fast and easy dish!
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
My original Soba Noodle Salad post was a hit and I thought it'd be perfect to remake it as a Take Two Tuesday treat. If you haven't tried soba noodles before, I encourage you to give it a taste because it is absolutely delicious (+ buckwheat is pretty good for you). You get a sense of eating pasta, but with some Asian flavors and you (or at least I) don't feel as guilty eating it. I added in some fresh seared Ahi Tuna because...well because you can't go wrong with adding seared Ahi Tuna to any savory dish (just think that statement is true, okay?). Make this at your next dinner party to impress your guests or meal prep it for your lunch during the week...it's a perfect dish to make ahead and preferred to be served cold!
Monday, September 1, 2014
I love chicken salad but I don't love the calories that accompany it. I usually try to avoid dousing anything with mayonnaise. So, I present you a healthy chicken salad option. And in my opinion, I think this tastes way better. Using Greek yogurt, avocado and lemon makes a perfect creamy alternative and gives the chicken salad a very fresh taste. Perfect for lunch for kids and adults and simple to make when using a store bought rotisserie chicken!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Can you guess what the theme is for this week? Yep...miso. I'm a firm believer in using whatever you have in your fridge in as many ways as possible. Miso isn't really a "staple" in my fridge, so when I have it, I go all out. It also helps that it's delicious. Miso Salmon is my favorite kind of salmon. It pairs with the fish perfectly and fill its up with flavor without overpowering it. For an easy, healthy dish, I definitely recommend giving this recipe a try and explore something that may be out of the ordinary! PS - eating the salmon with the green beans makes a perfect meal!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I've been thinking about this recipe a lot. I was at a Chinese restaurant a few weeks ago and we ordered the Szechuan green bean dish and I was thinking how I could twist this up. Miso has also been on my mind (thoughts of a food blogger), so I thought that miso green beans would be a no-brainer. Add in a little nonfat Greek yogurt and voila - you have yourself a delicious side dish that's lean on calories. These green beans are addictive - serve with your favorite fish or chicken and your weekday night just got a lot better.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I know Hawaii is home of poke, but I have to say that Newport Beach is a close second. There's a spot called Bear Flag Fish Company that has made me fallen in love with poke. Seriously though, I constantly crave the stuff. I'm pretty sure I've had poke for the past six consecutive days and may be close to mercury poisoning. Anyways - since I moved to San Francisco and away from Bear Flag, I decided to make my own. Not to toot my own horn, but it's pretty delicious. It's a lot different than any other poke I've ever had - the soy sauce gives it a sort of "earthy" taste yet still let's you enjoy the ahi tuna. Next time you want to be adventurous and make a non-cook delicacy - make sure to try this recipe out!