Posts Tagged 'tips'

Awesome product alert

Ok so I have a new favorite product! Its calledGoya Recaito and pardon me but I just have to sing its praises.

This product is a cilantro based product has onions, peppers, oil, garlic and other seasonings to create a delicious and fabulous sauce. This can be used in sauces, soups, dips…just about anything that requires a tangy cilantro flavor. I bought a jar a while ago at a local market and quickly realized its potential for quick dishes. One of my favorites is to use it on chicken when I dont have time to slice and dice and make my own recipe from scratch. All you need to is marinate it with some chicken and add any other seasonings you would want like salt, pepper, chili, etc. and throw it in the oven or saute pan and you have a fabulous quick dinner. When I have time I will let it marinate for an hour or so before roasting it in the oven, but last night I came home from the gym and just wanted to make a quick dinner so I sauteed some onions and chicken for a few minutes just to give it a crisp before spooning some sauce in. Voila, instant delicious and healthy dinner. Extra bonus is you dont need as much as you think you do because once it starts cooking it becomes a much thinner liquid. For two breasts of chicken you only need about a table spoon or two of the sauce. Ive also used it to mix in with white rice for extra flavor or with a shrimp stir fry.

Do yourself a favor and pick a bottle of this sauce up, its cheap and such a great product to have in your fridge for instant dinners without resorting to frozen food.

PS- Goya if you want to make me a spokesperson for your company all you have to do is pay me in sauce. Im serious

<3 seanalyn

Make your own vegetable pasta!

As many know, I am on a wheat free diet for medical reasons so often I find myself having to come up with substitutes for my dishes. Im Italian so I love pasta dishes, but Ive never really liked the taste and texture of pasta…its too bland and gummy. Enter veggie pasta. Veggie pastas are when you use a vegetable to simulate the pasta in your dish. Its far more healthy than the carb rich noodles and I find it much more tasty. The easiest to prepare and most popular is spaghetti squash. The large gourd is cheap and all you have to do is cut it in half, boil it and then scoop out the meat with a fork and it will fall out like noodles.

Cool huh? I use this all the time when I need spaghetti noodles and frankly I like it more than regular spaghetti. Its got a more firm texture and a flavorful nutty taste. Im a big fan of just tossing the noodles with some olive oil and garlic then sprinkling with some fresh Parmesan cheese.

One of my recent discoveries has been the use of zucchini as noodles. All you have to do is take a zucchini and cut the ends off and peel the skin. Then using a potato peeler slice long even strips of the zucchini. About 2 average sized zucchinis makes enough for one serving.

Heres my 12seconds video of how to make the noodles

Cooking Lesson 1: How to make zucchini noodles in 12 seconds! on 12seconds.tv

Once you have a big pile of zucchini noodles you can either quickly boil them our lightly saute them in oil. Be careful not to cook them too long or they will become soft and mushy. All you need to do is get them nice and hot, any longer than that and they will loose their noodle-like texture. I really like using them in a chili and soy stir fry but you can use them in any recipe that calls for flat noodles. So enjoy the healthy and delicious taste of veggie noodles!

<3 seanalyn

Be careful when cooking!

Of course I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but when cooking make sure to be careful! I was making empanadas this weekend for a party when I took the tip off my left finger (see diagram).

Yeah I know, Im usually safe with knives, but I was cutting fast and using a knife I wasnt accustomed to. It was one of those REALLLLY sharp professional grade knives and yes, I know the sharper the knife the safer it actually is…..but this was just a bit too sharp for my taste…I mean my finger didnt even stand a chance! Im just glad I had my fingers angled properly or I wouldve lost a larger chunk. Anywho Im all bandaged up…but my domesticity will be slightly hindered for a bit (I have a special birthday dinner planned for my boyfriend on Wednesday, so it will be fun to see how that works out with my gimp finger. In addition to hindering my cooking and knitting…its also slowing my typing considerably, but I have a backlog of blogs in my noggin so I’ll try and get some of them up later today.

In the mean time enjoy this video on how to properly cut mushrooms and not take your finger off like I did!

How to Chop Mushrooms — powered by ExpertVillage.com

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