Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Chicken Quinoa Bowl 蔬菜烤鸡藜麦主食沙拉

Store-bought or roasted at home; freshly cooked or leftovers; thigh meat, or breast meat. You can work in any meat (or meatless) protein options into this platter or bowl of food which is often gloriously called - salads; or simply a one-dish meal.

From start to finish, this delicious and nutritiously balanced meal took only about 30 minutes to complete, with the help of good-quality store-bought rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods Market.

Not only it saves time, store-bought rotisserie chicken is also budget-friendly if you regularly prepare meals for a small family of two to four. Typically, a whole roasted chicken can be used in two-three meals for a family of two. The drumsticks and wings consumed on the day itself, and leftover chicken (thigh meat and breast meat) used throughout the week in sandwiches/wraps and in dishes such as Asparagus, Cauliflower, Chicken Quinoa Bowl, and Asparagus, Chicken, Potato Bowl.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Roasted Red/ Purple Cabbage 烤紫色高丽菜

Cabbage is great in a slaw salad especially during summer; but what happens when it comes to winter  A cool refreshing slaw is so "uncool" to serve at the dinner table (hey, some of us are shivering in the cold!) and so not the way to go in the chilly days and nights?

Let's roast it!

Serve it with sliced avocado and let the good fats do the magic combo with the roasted cabbage.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Arugula with Great Northern Beans 蒜煮芸芥菜意大利白豆

Definitely, bulk dried beans is a better purchase in terms of grocery cost-savings, and more nutritious as whole-food-ingredients that has been minimally processed; but canned beans, to me, is a time-saver especially when there is no need to soak the dried beans overnight, and boil the beans for 45 minutes to an hour.

True, some nutrition might have been lost in the processing/canning stage but next to frozen vegetables (peas and corns), canned beans is the next less-guilty convenient "processed" food item that can be considered minimally processed - typically just beans, and water (and sometimes salt) in the ingredient list.

That said, I like to use dried beans and boil them to cook, from scratch. The texture of dried beans that have been boiled to cook is different from canned beans. I only rely on canned beans in situations when I have to put together a meal quickly without much hassle.

For example, with canned beans, a side-dish like this Arugula and Organic Great Northern Bean can be put together in less than 20 minutes. Top with an egg and that makes breakfast or even lunch.