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.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Potatoes & Green Beans with Squash 马铃薯蔬菜南瓜沙拉

As much as I want to capture drool-worthy moments with my camera (or should I say, cellphone?), making/cooking healthy nutritious flavorsome meals with the simplest cooking method (e.g. steaming, roasting) has taken its priority in the past months.

With bountiful autumn harvest of squash in the grocery stores right now, pick any variety, roast it and use it for a warm salad like this one I am featuring today.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Tofu Pizza 豆腐披萨

What would you say if I said I am going to serve you pizza on top of pasta? What?? That's carbs overload!!!

Don't worry. This pizza is actually more protein than carbs. Best of all, plant-based proteins - making it a perfect vegetarian meal.

This Tofu Pizza is inspired and adapted from Just One Cookbook. I skipped the pan-frying step though, and made the assembled tofu pizza entirely in the oven.