Tuesday, February 28, 2017

One-Pot Beans and Lentils 电锅扁豆咖喱

To make sure we consume legumes/beans at least once a week, I have to find easy ways to weave them into our diet and meals. Other than depending on canned beans, I also try my best to include a variety of beans e.g. garbanzo beans/chickpeas, black beans.

Thereafter, cook a batch from any variety of beans, start to finish in one pot. Oh my god, I am such a sloth!

A sloth who wants to have healthy and nutritious meals, needs to work even harder to think of short-cuts and fuss-free cooking methods.

To elaborate further, let us calculate the time (and effort) to put this plate together.

Alright, a big batch of beans was cooked in advance for this meal. Before serving, the beans were re-heated (steamed) for 10 mins.

Time for reheating beans, 10 mins.
Time for hard-boiled eggs, 15 mins (or zero mins if hard-boiled eggs have been made in advance)
Time for steaming broccoli, 8 mins or less.
Time for making couscous, 8 mins or less (no burner required, just add boiling water, and let it seep)

And depending on how many burners you want to turn on, you can achieve everything, technically, in 15 minutes; or no more than 30 minutes for the plate of food above.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Shrimp /Prawn Masala Curry 马萨拉咖喱虾

Till I get myself some garam masala - typically a spice mix of turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, cumin; I am going to substitute garam masala with curry powder in this dish.

This Shrimp Masala is a very easy recipe if you have the basic Indian spices in your kitchen pantry. Curry-in-a-hurry or curry quick-fix as the name suggests, a curry that you can put together in less than 30 minutes (excluding marinade time). You can jolly well skip an hour of marinating time and still, the dish will not fail you.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Dress-Itself Fennel, Radish & Orange Salad

Roast is the way to go when it comes to salads e.g. Ratatouille-Style Roast, Roasted Artichokes, Mushrooms and Chickpea Salad in the winter months.

I am often hooked on words or key words such as  "one-pot pasta", "one-pot rice", "no-cook tomato sauce", "one-skillet noodles", "rice-cooker dinner","cheat-sheet", so it is not surprising when I am attracted to the concept of "dress-itself" salad.

Simply, a salad that does not need any dressing.

That leaves you an easy guess to my cooking style at home. Everything has to be straight-forward, easy, simple without forgoing most importantly, nutrition and health.

If you cook often at home, you will know what this means. It is not so much about achieving the perfect texture and/or taste but more, the feeling of comfort when food gets to the table.