Brussel Sprouts!

The main thing to be talked about here is the least evident in the picture: Brussel Sprouts (they don’t photograph too well, poor sprouts).

People have an unfair prejudice against Brussel Sprouts. They are DELICIOUS! All I do with them is cut them in half, spray a bit of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and throw them in the oven for a while. They turn out crunchy and tasty. They are also wonderful with some sort of sauce, such as teriyaki.

On top of it all… brussel sprouts are so good for you!!! (see this article on Livestrong)

The salad is just a bunch of spinach, cherry tomatos and mozzarella cheese. It’s my lazy way of doing Caprese.

And the burger, well… I’m just a sucker for burgers. They are top 3 on my proteins-ranked-by-deliciousness list.

Spaghetti Squash!

I looooved cooking and eating this dish! (so much so that here I am, posting about it 10 minutes after I’ve finished it…)

I followed the step-by-step here and it was soooooo easy!

Let’s be clear though: it’s not pasta (to say so would be a lie and an insult to Italy).

Still – I loved the taste, texture and I think it went perfectly with the tomato sauce. I’m pretty much a number one fan now. Buuuuut Marshall didn’t like it at all – neither taste or texture. So I think it’s something that each person must try and decide for themselves.

P.S. The chicken drumsticks were pretty delicious too… I don’t know if I can ever go back to being a breast girl now (that’s what she said). And the tomato sauce had some fresh basil, cherry tomatos and sliced bell peppers in it. Yum!

Paleo Banana Bread and Apple-Pear Pie

This weekend has been very productive… for non-academic stuff. Not only did I do laundry, vacuumed, washed the dishes, cleaned the kitchen, hung a painting on the wall and met up with friends…

… I also baked these!

The reasoning: I wanted pie, but I also had two very ripe bananas to get rid off. Since I was going to use almod flour and coconut flour for both… why not make them at the same time?

The pie was made with the same crust as the ones from a previous post, BUT: I baked it for less time and it turned out much better. Plus, I left it in the fridge for several hours before trying it for the first time. My only regret is not using enough pears/apples… again, I wish I had more filling.

The banana breads have lots of cinnamon in them; one only has raisins and a little bit of almods, the other has lots of almonds, raisins and dark chocolate chips. Needless to say which one turned out better. Still… both turned out a little bit bland. Not sure what to do to make it better; more honey? raisins? we’ll see…

(to be honest, they are not so much banana breads, as they are an adaptation of this recipe: http://www.multiplydelicious.com/thefood/2012/07/banana-blueberry-paleo-muffins/)

Mini Apple Pies: Grain-Free, Gluten-Free

I made these!!!

It sounds pretty unbelievable to me because I never baked anything like a pie before. I made muffins once or twice and that’s about it.

I’ve been trying to stay away from grains and gluten and see how that goes. It’s hard to stay 100% away from things like bread and rice, so every now and then some slip through the cracks – specially at asian or mexican restaurants – but for most of the time I am actually doing much better than I had expected. (I also stopped drinking soda, that’s going well too).

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to try some baking with grain-free, gluten-free stuff such as almond and coconut flour. And voila – these mini apple pies were it.

(I used this wonderful recipe for the crust: http://www.againstallgrain.com/2012/02/10/honey-graham-cracker-pie-crust/)

I must say baking it was very easy and I will do few alterations for next time (I want more apple yumminess and a little bit less crust).

This is not suppose to be the kind of thing that you include on your daily diet unless you’re an athlete – almod and coconut are pretty high in calories. But, for an occasional treat, they’re excellent.

The filling was pretty much standard. The mandoline surely helped. I used a very small quantity of a light butter/canola oil mix. The crust is already sweet due to the honey, so the apples did not need any sugar or anything.

I’ll be doing a bigger one soon, probably an apple/pear mix.

Shrimp and Zucchini Salad

I made this the other day for lunch. It was pretty delicious. And easy.

I got the shrimp pre-cooked and grilled it with salt and pepper in my little George Foreman.

I sliced the zucchini, seasoned with salt and pepper and roasted it in the oven along with some garlic and onions.

The leaves are a combination of a lettuce blend and baby arugula (I’m a bit addicted to arugula, I think it goes well with everything). I put a tiny bit of olive oil on top of it… not much though, I’m not a fan of dressing.

Voila! Quick and tasty, for people that are not very talented in the kitchen – like moi.

A blog about cooking experiences/experiments

I don’t know much about cooking. I watch a lot of tv shows about it, though. Iron Chef, Top Chef, Masterchef, Hell’s Kitchen, Chopped, The Next Food Network Star… As most people who watch these shows, I’d like to believe I have picked up a few things here and there. I’m probably wrong, but never mind that.

The fact is I’ve been trying to cook a lot as of recently, and I’m eager to learn. I’ve also been trying to eat healthier. Altogether, that means that I’ve been attempting to cook a lot of vegetables and lean proteins, while trying to avoid empty carbs, processed foods, gluten and grain. I’ve also quit soda (six weeks and counting…), which is a huge step for me.

However, I’m not an all-or-nothing kind of gal. I believe in balance. So I do still eat a lot of these things. I absolutely can’t get rid of yogurt and dark chocolate, for example. And I would never completely give up rice and bread, but I have drastically reduced the consumption of these items over the past couple of months.

So the idea here is just to post some of the things I’ve tried to make or that I’ve eaten somewhere. In principle I would just love to have some sort of recipe collection for myself, and that’s what this is. But maybe other people will enjoy it and help me by giving advice, sharing recipes, etc. All input is welcome!