Top five reasons why you need to make this Slow Cooker Chicken Quinoa Risotto:
1) It’s easy. Who wants to slave over a hot stove during the summer? Not me! With this recipe, almost everything simmers away in the slow cooker. Do a quick sauté of veggies at the end, combine everything, and voila! Dinner is served.
One of my favorite ways to cook veggies is by roasting them in the oven. It brings out all the yummy flavors and it couldn’t be easier – toss with some olive oil, salt and pepper, pop in the oven for a few minutes, and you’re done! (more…)
Limes, limes, everywhere! This is how crazy our lime tree has been. I’ve been researching all types of recipes using lime, trying to use up all the fruit the tree is making. I found an easy tequila lime shrimp recipe, it’s definitely going to be part of my regular rotation of dishes.
We were in Italy last month, where I had chia seed pudding for the first time. Chia seed pudding has been around for a while now, but I never had the urge to try it until that day in Italy….it was hot…we’d been walking around all day…and I wanted to munch on something that was tasty, healthy, and not too heavy (never mind that I was also eating a bowl of ravioli at the same time – it’s Italy!). The pudding was so good, and I loved that it was full of fruit – very refreshing.
We have a super productive lime tree in our yard. This tree never stops producing limes! A recent picking yielded all this:
This year, Chinese New Year will be a much more organized affair, since I have been researching easy Chinese New Year recipes BEFOREHAND, instead of having an having an “oh-shit-Chinese-New-Year-is-in-two-days-I-want-to-make-something-but-what???” moment. For me, celebration = lots o’food so having my list means I’m ready to get my party on!
Here’s a roundup of easy Chinese New Year recipes for your celebration!
Chinese New Year is almost here! This year, Chinese New Year is on February 19. Not wanting to get caught off guard like I usually am with Chinese holidays, I’ve been researching recipes for a while and decided to try my hand at making Shrimp with Lobster Sauce.
I’ve been experimenting a lot with Chinese recipes recently, trying to find easy Chinese recipes that still taste pretty authentic. Sadly, many of my experiments are on their nth iteration, and still need more work (mapo tofu is majorly getting on my nerves), but good news! This hong shau chicken recipe is a winner! Traditionally, hong shau recipes use pork belly, so substituting chicken makes this recipe healthier and lighter. And since it uses the slow cooker, this recipe is SO EASY. There is barely any prep! Just throw everything in the slow cooker and let it simmer away.
I’ve been eating lots of fresh corn this summer (I cannot resist when something is on sale for $0.25. Yes, I’m cheap.) and I learned a really cool easy cooking trick from scouring the interweb for easy corn recipes
. The Amateur Gourmet
is a blog I read, and it had a great tip for how to cut corn off the cob, which I was definitely in need of since every time tried to cut corn off the cob, it was kernels freaking everywhere.
Here’s the tip: put a small bowl or dish upside down in a larger bowl. Prop the corn cob on the small bowl, and use a knife to slice the kernels off the cob. The kernels will tumble into the larger bowl instead of all over your cutting board/countertop/floor. Yay! Kernels corralled.
Sometimes I don’t realize how inefficient I am until someone shows me a better way. Like when people ask me for restaurant recommendations.
What I used to do: 1) Search my email for the last time I sent someone my recommendations list. 2) Add to the list with whatever my brain can conjure up at the moment that I think that person might like. 3) If I have time, look on Yelp to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Of course, my email is so super organized that I can instantly find the email I’m looking for. Not!
What I do now: Pull up a map from OneDay and share it! So much easier!