Archive for October 2nd, 2011

October 2, 2011

Sobe Noodle Salad w/ Asparagus and Salmon

Super healthy dinner. Not sure how I feel about asian fusion dishes. It tasted a little strange to me. Asparagus and sobe? Not sure what to make of it.

Adapted from Bon Appetit:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 tbs sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs light soy sauce
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 2 servings japanese soba noodles
  • 12 ounces fresh salmon
  • 1 handful of thick asparagus spears, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • several handfuls of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Mix first 6 ingredients for the dressing in small bowl. Set aside.
  • Cook soba noodles in large saucepan of boiling salted water, al dente. Drain into colander and toss in ice cubes to cool. Set in bowl and mix with some dressing. Toss to coat.
  • Salt/pepper salmon. Pan sear or bake in oven on 375F, tented in aluminum foil, until cooked through. Set aside to cool.
  • Blanch asparagus: boil water in medium sized pot. Add asparagus and boil for 3 minutes. Remove and place in ice bath. Drain.
  • Add spinach and asparagus to noodles; toss to incorporate evenly. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Divide noodle salad among plates.
  • Break salmon into bite-size pieces. Tuck salmon and avocado into noodles on plates. Sprinkle sesame seeds over and serve.
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October 2, 2011

Spiced Zucchini Bread

Adapted from allrecipes.com

Zucchini bread

I’ve discovered turbinado sugar! Similar to brown sugar, turbinado sugar is less processed and ‘healthier’ than refined white sugar. It’s commonly seen in restaurants in packages under the name of “Sugar in the Raw”.  It’s a very course grain, so you’ll actually be using less sugar compared to an equal serving of refined white.  Another interesting fact about turbinado sugar is that it tends to retain more water, so baked goods come out super moist. For this recipe, make sure you drain your zucchini gratings to prevent sogginess! Also, if I was using normal brown sugar for this recipe, I’d cut it by half a cup, ’cause even with turbinado, this bread came out plenty sweet!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups grated unpeeled zucchini, drained
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups turbinado sugar*
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 whole clove, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (2 4oz cups)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup crushed walnuts

*feel free to use 2 cups of brown sugar instead!

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease one 9×13 inch pan, or two bread pans.
  2. Place grated zucchini in a colander and set aside to drain. Press to get as much water out as you can!! You don’t want soggy zucchini bread.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl until well blended.
  4. Beat the eggs, applesauce, oil, and vanilla in a separate bowl until smooth.
  5. Fold in the flour mixture, then stir in the zucchini and walnuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. It’ll be pretty liquid-y. That’s ok. It’s a very moist cake.
  6. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, ~50 minutes, 1 hour if using bread pans. Allow to cool completely before cutting!

mmm… tastes like carrot cake.