From the Kitchen: Things I Make

I don’t always eat out, despite what these food reviews make it look like. In fact, cooking and having dinner parties is something I enjoy tremendously. During grad school, I had a “breakfast club” and threw weekend dinner parties. There’s something so wonderful about friends, wine, food and concentrated laughter.

Quinoa, Tilapia, Veg
Quinoa, Tilapia, Veg

Here are some other homemade goodies, guilty of being photographed vertically:

Farmer's Market Greens, Tomato, Shrimp, Lemon Juice and Dill
Farmer’s Market Greens, Tomato, Shrimp, Lemon Juice and Dill

Starting in May, I made an effort to only buy groceries that would last a maximum of three days. This dish was perfect — I passed by the Union Square Farmer’s Market and picked up some greens and went to Whole Foods to get some ready blanched shrimp. You can ask for as many or as little as you need. I usually get 10 and they’re not too pricey either.

Penne, Turkey Meat Balls, Kale
Penne, Turkey Meat Balls, Kale

Again, following the grocery be gone goal, I buy kale (washed and ready to use) at Whole Foods by the pound. Usually it’s something ridiculous like 93 cents. I then get two turkey meat balls from the deli counter. For those who’ve not tried kale satueed, it tastes like the leafy part to a gailan or “chinese broccoli”. It doesn’t have the bitter taste though, which is a plus for veg newbies. I didn’t put any sauce in the pasta since the tossing action mixes the turkey meatball sauces all over the place.

Almond Butter, Ezekiel Bread, Clementine and Blueberries
Almond Butter, Ezekiel Bread, Clementine and Blueberries

How simple is breakfast? I literally wanted to combo of PB&banana, so I went for the almond butter in my pantry and sliced up a banana on top of toast.

Fried Egg, Turkey Bacon
Fried Egg, Turkey Bacon, Ezekiel Bread

Typical breakfast I had for two or three months straight.

Ramen with Kimichi and Veg
Ramen with Kimichi and Veg

This I remember coming home after a long day at internship and it was either rainy or extremely cold out. Something miserable that made me want this steaming hot pot. Nothing better than a 1 pot dinner, right?

Salad, Heavy On The Onions
Salad, Heavy On The Onions

The combination of persian cucumbers and red onions is one of my fav. I like using lemon juice as dressing.

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Tuna Steak With Farmer’s Market Veggies

This turned out much better than I imagined. I bought the carrots because they were too cute to pass up. There’s actually a sweet potato mash underneath the tuna. I most certainly doused this with sriracha.

Quesadilla With Brown Rice Tortilla
Quesadilla With Brown Rice Tortilla

I don’t usually make quesadillas. For one thing, we never had ideal pans at home. But my roommate has an incredible Cusine Art set that is non stick and heats up like it a cast iron. I also probably wanted to use up the tortillas.

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