Spicy Sesame Noodles

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Spicy Sesame Noodles

So i was cruising Pinterest, like i typically do, and found this interesting recipe for simple sesame noodles.  My hubby LOVES sesame noodles but wasn’t satisfied with the taste of the ones he’d typically buy from our local market.  Well, me being who i am figured i could just make some at home and so i did.  The results were FANTASTIC.  These were an instant hit with hubby and the children.

I made them spicy because we love spice in our family.  I also added more fresh veggies and made enough to be eaten cold the next day.  Here’s my version.  Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

1 16oz pack capellini noodle
4oz pack angel hair pasta
1 head baby bok choy chopped
1/2 orange bell pepper chopped

1/4 yellow onion thinly sliced
2 green onion chopped
2 TBSP fresh ginger grated
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup Coconut Secret, Coconut Amino
2 TBSP raw honey
2/3 cup sesame oil
2 TBSP Rice bran oil
3 TBSP Rice Vinegar
3 TBSP Shiloh’s Spicy Sauce, Harissa Original
2 TBSP coconut sugar
Salt to taste

 

Directions

Boil pasta according to package instructions. Once cooked, DO NOT DRAIN WATER. Add bok choy and bell pepper to cooked pasta and water. Cover, remove from heat and set aside. Spicy Sesame Noodle

In mixing bowl add onion, green onion, and remaining 9 ingredients. Mix thoroughly.  Add desired amount of salt. Drain pasta and bok choy mix. Place in a large serving bowl, add onion and coconut amino mixture. Mix well until pasta hass thoroughly absorbed liquid. Serve and eat!

Enjoy noodles hot or cold.

Red Kuri Squash Muffins with Dried Currants

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It’s that time of year where i buy LOADS of different types of winter squash.  One of my favorites is the red kuri squash because they are so versatile with many different ways to prepare them.  They are also delicious and my family loves them.

The muffins came about because i happened to have 2 leftover cooked red kuri squash from a previous dinner i’d made.  I didn’t want the squash to go to waste so i decided to make muffins with the leftovers and the results were DELICIOUS.

Ingredients

2 Cups red kuri squash, seeded, cooked and smashed

1 stick butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup pure maple syrup

2 cups all-purpose-flour

2 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

½ tsp all spice

1 cup dried currants

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cupcake tins with 18 cupcake liners.

In a large mixing bowl add smashed squash.  Mix and press squash with a large spoon to be sure it’s nice and smooth.  Next, add melted butter and stir.  Be sure butter is well incorporated into squash.  Add beaten eggs, maple syrup and vanilla extract and continue to mix well. Mixture should have a loose consistency.

In a separate bowl add all-purpose flour and remaining dry ingredients.  Mix with whisk.  Add dry ingredients into squash mixture ½ cup at a time, mixing after each addition.  Last add dried currants and gently mix to be sure flour and currants are well incorporated.  Be careful not to over mix.  Scoop by the spoonfuls into lined cupcake tins, filling about ¾ to the top of the liner.

Place in hot 350°F oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.  Let cool and remove from tins. Eat and enjoy.

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Savory Chicken Cilantro Bread

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I’m really into making Quick Breads these days.  My family loves them, i can add whatever things i have on hand to them and they’re quick and delicious.

 

Ingredients

2½ cups all purpose flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp sea salt

¼ tsp ground cloves

¼ ground cardamom

2 TBSP coconut sugar

1 cup plain greek yogurt

1 cup water

1 egg

1 cup chicken, cooked and chopped

1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

 

Directions

In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, mix yogurt, water and egg making sure to blend well.  Add yogurt mix to dry ingredients and stir to incorporate.  Mixture will be thick and dense.  Fold in chicken and cilantro.  Grease a 9 inch pan and bake in a 350° over for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.  Let cool before slicing and serving.

 

. . . and then there were 6

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It’s been a good long while since i’ve posted any new recipes.  Honestly, i haven’t been cooking much lately.  The last trimester of my 6th pregnancies really kept me off my feet.  I was pretty much down to cooking MAYBE one meal a day, if even that.  So now i’m kinda back.  I do have quick a few recipes to share, just not sure to when i’ll get around to posting them.  Caring for a new baby and 5 other children is no easy feat.

Anyway, just wanted to post SOMETHING.  And share a few pics of the newest addition to our family.

The newest baby girl

Kimchi Soup

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I had a few jars of store bought kimchi that i wanted to get rid of because they’d been sitting round for awhile.  I didn’t want salad or to just eat it out of the jar like i’d been doing in the past.  Then i remembered a recipe for kimchi soup i’d come across and thought i’d give it a go.

There’s really no set recipe.  I just used what i had on hand and added it to my dutch oven and let it simmer for about 2 hours.  Ingredients i used were;

  • 1 10oz jar of store bought napa cabbage kimchi
  • 1 12oz jar of store bought daikon kimchi
  • ½ of fresh cup cabbage
  • about 5 freshly purred tomatoes
  • about 3 cups of bone broth
  • water as needed
  • salt to taste

Basically that’s it.  It made my whole house smell wonderful.  I’d cooked some jasmine rice ahead of time to eat with the soup as well.  Threw some freshly cooked pieces of bacon on top and i was DONE.

What to do with leftover banana’s . . .make Banana Fritters

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Sometimes we have quite a few leftover bananas that are super ripe.  I get tired of making banana bread and banana pancakes, so this go round i decided to make some fritters. Next time you have more than a few leftover and overly ripe banana’s, make some fritters.

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Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

1 egg

½ cup maple syrup

½ cup quinoa bran

2 cups flour

½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cardamom

Pinch of salt

Oil for frying (I used sunflower and coconut oil)

Directions

Mash banana and add egg, photo 2-2    mix well and add maple syrup. photo 3

photo 4  Add quinoa bran plus 1 cup of four, baking powder, salt and cardamom.  photo 2-3  Mix well. Add last cup

of flour and mix until all flour is incorporated.
Heat a medium skillet with oil over medium high heat. Drop dough into hot oil by the spoonfuls.   photo 3-1   Cook on each side until golden brown. Drain on

paper towel. Serve immediately.    photo 1-4