Monday, February 18, 2019

#Lunch (What I've Been Eating!) Round Three

I was chit chatting with someone yesterday who was commented on my #lunch Instagram photos.  She said, "Wow - it looks like you spend an awful lot of time on making lunch! Who's got time for that?" So - I told her my secret. It is leftovers. I use what we had for dinner the night before - or maybe combine stuff from two or three nights of meals. For instance, in this post any protein used (except the poached egg) was from some already cooked up meat, like a roasted chicken or pork shoulder. And, I'm a real fan of using canned goods such as tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, coconut milk and broth of all kinds! To finish a dish off, just throw on a handful of herbs drizzle it with olive oil, and sprinkle with finishing salt. Remember, we eat with our eyes first! 

Banh Mi Bowl

To Assemble Banh Mi Bowls:

1.  For each bowl, cut a fourth of a cucumber into sticks, place in a bowl, cover with rice wine vinegar. Do the same thing for 1/8 of a sliced red onion. Plain or even apple cider vinegar can be substituted for the rice wine vinegar.  On the day I made this lunch, I didn't have any carrots or daikon radish on hand, but they are wonderful to give a soak in vinegar and use in this bowl as well. Set the cucumber sticks and red onion slices aside while they sit for at least 5 minutes. 

2. For each serving, use a heaping half cup of left over cooked chicken, beef, or pork.

Whisk together:

2 cloves garlic, put through a press
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Maggi, Tamari or soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
pinch black pepper

Place the cooked meat with the whisked mixture and saute together over medium low heat for a good 5 minutes until the meat gets a crispy brown texture on the out side.

3. According to package directions, cook one serving of rice noodles, or even thin spaghetti. Drain and place noodles in serving bowl.

4. Drain the vinegar soaked cucumbers and any other veggies that might have been soaking, and place them on top of the noodles.

5. Add the meat.

6. Finish with a handful of cilantro, Thai (or regular) basil, and sliced radishes. A few slices of a hot pepper such as jalapeno or Serrano look nice on top.

 Tomato Coconut Curry Soup

 Click here to get the recipe for Tomato Coconut Curry Soup

Citrus Beet Salad

Ingredients and directions for each serving:

About 3/4 cup cooked beets - that's about 1 medium beet per person.
1 medium orange, peeled and sectioned
1 medium grapefruit, peeled, sectioned, and cut into pieces if sections are large
Heaping 1 tablespoon of shelled pistachio nuts
Kosher salt
Some good olive oil
A handful of washed and dried herbs such as dill, parsley, or basil 

Peel the beets, cut into chunks and either simmer on the stove in a small amount of lightly salted water until tender - about 7 minutes. Or, roast by putting them in a single layer, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with Kosher salt, on a baking sheet at 375 degrees for about 45 to 50 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.

Place the beets, orange and grapefruit slices on serving plate. Top with a handful of herbs. Sprinkle with pistachio nuts, Kosher salt and pepper. Add a swoosh of Greek yogurt on the side. Drizzle with some good olive oil.

Brown Rice Chickpea Stew

Ingredients and directions for four servings.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced (optional)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and put through a press
1 (15 oz.) can broth - beef, chicken or vegetable
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup rice, brown or white
1 cup water
1/2 cup of protein if desired, such as cooked chicken, shredded beef or pork - or poached egg - check out my happylittle video of how to make them :)
1/2 teaspoon salt
scant 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, washed and dried

Heat the oil in sauce pan and saute the onion and celery (if using) until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute another 30 seconds. Pour in the broth, diced tomatoes along with their juice, and the drained chickpeas. Add the cup of water and rice. Season with the oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes or until the rice is tender. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle each serving with a tablespoon of cilantro leaves

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

I'm a Woman Who Eats - Lunch! Round Two

So here's round two of my "healthyish" lunches. If my neighbors ever glance over and see me photographing my food,  I'm sure they think I'm crazy! But so far this little goal of mine to snap a pic of what I'm eating for lunch has been a lot of fun! And - if you are curious about week one - you'll find it here.

Socca (Chickpea Flour Pancake) with Onions, Tomatoes and Chickpeas

Ingredients for 2 Servings:

1 medium tomato
1 medium onion
4 tablespoon oil, divided
1/2 cup chickpea flour (or regular flour)
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed, divided
1/4 Geek yogurt
Kosher salt for sprinkling
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


Dice tomato and slice onion. Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a skillet. Using medium low heat, saute the tomato and onion until tender. Add 1/2 cup of the chickpeas and continue to cook another 2 minutes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, mix together the flour, egg, water, salt and pepper. Stir in the remaining chickpeas. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Using medium heat, fry two socca pancakes; use half the batter for each one, turning over when the edges are brown and you see bubbles on the surface.

Place each pancake on a plate. Divide the tomato mixture and spoon over the pancakes. Garnish each plate with 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt and 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro. Sprinkle with Kosher salt.

So Easy Black Bean Soup - Serves 2


1 (15 oz.) can beef broth
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 chopped cilantro
1/8 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (or smoked paprika)
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
6 jalapeno slices


Heat broth, beans, cilantro and chili powder to boiling, then turn down heat and cook for 5 more minutes. Divide soup into two bowls. Garnish each bowl with 1 tablespoon yogurt and 3 jalapeno slices.

Chicken Souvlaki in Easy Flatbread

I stuffed the Chicken Souvlaki into Bon Appetit's Easy Flatbread recipe - just click on the links for the recipe!

Fake Pho w/ Zucchini Noodles

I followed my recipe for Fake Pho - click on the link- but instead of noodles, I spiralized a zucchini. I placed the raw "zoodles" in the bowl, and when I poured the steaming broth on them, they retained just the right amount of bite feel. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

I'm a woman who eats, not a lady who lunches!

Hey - I really do enjoy going out to lunch with friends! What I'm saying is, I've never been one to shy away from a full, tasty meal. (I borrowed the title saying above from an ad for a pop-up restaurant in New York that was promoting the new season of Netflix's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The ad included the sandwich recipe below.) 

While we are spending some time down in sunny Southern Florida again this winter, I have challenged myself to put together "healthyish" lunches. I've been snapping a photo each day or so, and posting them on Instagram. Someone asked me where they could find the recipes. So - here they are... 

Ramen Bowl

1.  Ahead of time, make a batch of Bon Appetit's Spinach Miso Pesto Sauce. You will be glad.

2.  For each serving cook about 5 oz. plain ramen, soba, or spaghetti noodles according to package directions.

3.  While noodles are cooking, thinly slice cucumbers and a carrot. Place in a bowl and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of rice wine or even just white vinegar on them. Toss.

4.  Assemble by placing each serving of noodles in individual bowls. Top with the cucumbers, carrots, and some kind of protein such as shredded pork, chicken or a hard boiled egg. Drizzle the miso pesto sauce on top (freeze any unused sauce for another time) and dig in!

The Maisel "The sandwich worth the schlep"

1. Spread one side of  two pieces of rye bread with Secret Sauce (Thousand Island Dressing).

2. On the bottom piece of bread, pile on 7 oz. of pastrami and 1 oz. salami.

3. Top with an overflowing 1/4 cup coleslaw and the second piece of bread.

4. Slice the sandwich in half and serve with sour pickles.

Lemony Roasted Cauliflower Salad

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Rinse cauliflower and cut into florets. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper of aluminum foil. Sprinkle with lemon pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Place cauliflower in preheated oven and roast cauliflower for 50 minutes to an hour, until easily pierced with a fork and browning around the edges.

2. Mix 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.

3. Place a couple handfuls of spinach leaves on each serving plate. 

4. Open a 15 oz. can of chickpeas. Drain and rinse. Place in a bowl and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Put 1/4 cup of warmed chickpeas on top of the spinach leaves.

5. Divide the roasted cauliflower among each serving plate.

6. Sprinkle a 1/4 cup chopped fresh tomatoes on each serving plate.

7. Drizzle a bit of the salad dressing above over each serving, reserving 2 tablespoons.

8. Add some protein such as shredded chicken or turkey if desired.

8.  Mix 1 cup of yogurt and 2 teaspoons chopped parsley with the reserved dressing.Pour a heaping 2 tablespoons over the top of each salad.

Clean out the Refrigerator Veggie Soup

1. Dice an onion, peel and slice a carrot. Saute in 2 tablespoons oil until tender. 

2. Add 1 (15 oz.) can chicken, beef, or vegetable broth.

3. Add 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes including the juice.

4. Add 2 cups spinach leaves.

5. Add left over roasted cauliflower from recipe above or any random vegetables in refrigerator.

6. Add protein such as shredded chicken, turkey or pork if desired.

8. Add 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon oregano.

7. Heat to a boil, turn down heat and simmer 5 to 10 minutes.

8.  Ladle into soup bowls.

9. Top with 6 minute egg; place raw egg in boiling water and set timer for 6 minutes. Add the end of cooking time pour hot water out of pan and run cold water over the eggs. Tap egg at wide end to crack shell and peel it off. Slice egg in half.

10. Sprinkle egg with black sesame and caraway seed or just black pepper and serve.