Saturday, November 28, 2020

Delicata Squash

I bought this little squash because it was really cute and I had never had it before.  I didn't know how it would be best cooked and didn't google it, which is unusual of me.  I usually look up ideas and make something I see or make my own variation of it.

Anyway, long story short, I chopped it up, added my go-to seasonings, air fried it, and enjoyed it with some sweet potato fries and baba ganoush.

Ingredients:

  • 1 delicata squash, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper

Instructions:

  1. Prepare squash as indicated above.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and toss well to distribute seasonings evenly.
  3. Air fry for 15-20 minutes, until fork tender.
  4. Enjoy!

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Baba Ganoush

 

I found this recipe from Cookieandkate.com and tried it out.  They used the fatter-style eggplant, and scooped the flesh out.  I used the long type and just peeled the skins off.  It tasted fine to me.  Here's the link to their original recipe:  https://cookieandkate.com/epic-baba-ganoush-recipe/

I enjoyed this with some ak-mak crackers:  https://akmakbakeries.com/

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Veggie Wraps

I made this several times in different variations with different ingredients like cheese, tempeh, alfalfa sprouts, turkey. Use what you have on hand. 

The wrap pictured above has veggie patties, green and red bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes, radish sprouts, cheese, tzatziki sauce, on a flour tortilla with sides of mandarin orange, pear, and coleslaw.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Air Fried Corn on the Cob (Elotes)

  

I googled up air fried corn and elotes and all the different ingredient combinations people used.  Ultimately, this is what I went with.

Ingredients:

  • corn on the cob
  • butter
  • garlic powder
  • lime juice
  • nutritional yeast
  • chili powder
  • cilantro

 Instructions:

  1. Peel leaves and strings off corn on the cob.
  2. Air fry for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, turning halfway through. 
  3. Spread butter all over corn.
  4. Sprinkle garlic powder.
  5. Squeeze one wedge of lime juice all over.,
  6. Sprinkle nutritional yeast and chili powder all over.
  7. Garnish with chopped cilantro,
  8. Enjoy! 

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Black Bean Burgers


I used a combination of black beans and garbonzo beans because that's what I had on hand.  I was also distracted and forgot to saute the onions and peppers.  Regardless, these turned out pretty tasty.

Here's the link to the original recipe I tried: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/best-black-bean-burgers/ 

Watch me make them.  Links to YouTube and IG videos below.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Baked Tofu Cubes and Stir-Fried Snow Peas

 

The tofu came out good, but I think would've been better if I pressed some of the liquid out.  For this experiment, I just drained it off.  You could also marinate your tofu if you want more flavor.

Baked Tofu Cubes

Ingredients:

  • 1 block tofu, drained
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • dash of black pepper
  • dash of salt
  • 1Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1Tablespoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley 

Instructions:

  1. Drain and slice tofu into cubes.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients in bowl.
  3. Toss cubed tofu in corn starch mixture.
  4. Spread oil on baking sheet.
  5. Add tofu to sheet.
  6. Drizzle a bit more oil and toss up.
  7. Bake in oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  8. Enjoy!

Stir-Fried Snow Peas

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag snow peas
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of onion powder
  • dash of garlic powder

Instructions:

  1. Rinse snow peas.
  2. Cut off ends of snow peas.
  3. Stir-fry with remaining ingredients.
  4. Enjoy!

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Hummus

  

The recipe I found called for tahini, which I had never used. I found out that it's ground sesame seeds.  I had sesame seeds on hand and decided to try blending them down to use in place of tahini.  This experiment turned out okay, but was a bit too thick for my liking.  I'll get tahini next time.  I also added triple the amount of garlic it called for 'cause I'm a garlic lover.

Here's the basic recipe I followed: https://www.inspiredtaste.net/15938/easy-and-smooth-hummus-recipe/

Watch me prepare it.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Pescatarian Charcuterie Board

 


My initial thought was that I was going to make a vegan board. But my buddy brought over a bunch of stuff that included a big hunk of cheese. So I added some of that in and it was vegetarian. Then I figured while I was at it I make tuna salad. So the final product was pescatarian and this was our dinner. It was a feast with lots of left overs.

I intended to use one board, but ran out of space. Everything still looks pretty to me.

My spread:
  • Tuna salad
  • Cheese
  • Bell pepper 
  • Celery 
  • Egg salad
  • Cucumber 
  • Grapes 
  • Pineapple 
  • Orange 
  • Persimmon 
  • Hummus 
  • Crackers 
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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Veggie Fritters

 

These veggie fritters turned out pretty good and I would definitely make them again.  I found a recipe for how to make fritters out of any vegetable.  I used cabbage, carrots, onions garlic in mine. I actually prepared too much vegetables for the recipe and needed to adjust and add more ingredients to bind it.  Nevertheless, it was delicious and held together just fine.

Here is the link to the recipe: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-fritters-out-of-any-vegetable-231408

After this, I tried a version with sauteing the vegetables prior to creating the patties and using hummus instead of chickpea flour.  My thought was that it would be easier for the vegetables to hold in a patty shape and that the hummus would be easier to mix.  That version was edible, but not as good.  It was a bit too mushy for my liking and the hummus was not binding.  I had to add chickpea flour to make it work. 

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Chicken Stir Fry with Mixed Vegetables

 

I used frozen prepared vegetables for this.  Very convenient.  I don't have a long story to scroll past.  That's my story.  I'm done now.  My recipe follows.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chicken tenders, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 7 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • olive oil for cooking

Instructions:

  1. Prepare ingredients as listed above (chop).
  2. Heat pan.  Add olive oil, garlic, onions. Stir fry until fragrant.
  3. Add frozen mixed vegetables. Stir fry until defrosted. Remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Add olive oil to pan.  Add chicken.  Stir fry until no pink is left.
  5. Add vegetables back in pan and stir so chicken is evenly distributed.
  6. Add oyster sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Stir to combine flavors well.
  7. Enjoy!

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Air Fried Okinawan Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • Okinawan sweet potato
  • Coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Rinse sweet potato.
  2. Cut evenly into fries shapes.
  3. Air fry for 20 min at 400 degrees.
  4. Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Raw Broccoli Salad (no meat)

 

This recipe doesn't have meat.  I googled around and looked at several broccoli salad recipes.  Some cooked the broccoli, some did not, some added bacon, and I even stumbled across some vegetarian and vegan recipes.  My recipe is not vegan, it just doesn't have meat.  I had a huge serving of it with a tuna sandwich.  All the fiber in the broccoli kept me full for hours! Without further adieu, here's my recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head broccoli (crown cut into bite-sized florets, stem cut into matchsticks)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 2-3 cups red grapes (sliced in half)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup almonds (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Instructions:

  1. Prepare ingredients as indicated above (cut, chop, slice).
  2. Add broccoli, red onion, red grapes, pumpkin seeds, and almonds to a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, vinegar and mayonnaise.
  4. Add mayonnaise mixture to broccoli mixture and toss well.
  5. Enjoy!

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Air Fried Blue Cheese Pork Panko Chicken Tenders

 

This is a variation of my most popular post, which is the Air Fried Ranch Panko Chicken Tenders that I shared a year ago.  Here is the link if you'd like to see what it was all about.  https://www.abundanceofvegetables.com/2019/10/air-fried-ranch-panko-chicken-tenders.html

Happy Anniversary to Abundance of Vegetables! As of right now, as I'm typing this, that video has received 12,876 views.  It also got a few shares.  I don't know how to go back and get the names of the accounts that shared and gave me credit. Lol!

Obviously, I don't only eat and cook plants.  I'm not vegan or vegetarian.  I like the ideas and inspiration from them, but I can't go all out.  I just try to make sure there's some type of vegetable in the meal.  The tossed greens are the vegetable here.  Anywho, enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken tenders
  • Blue cheese dressing
  • Pork Panko (ground pork rinds)

Instructions:

  1. Defrost the desired amount of chicken tenderloins.
  2. Toss chicken in blue cheese dressing.
  3. Roll blue cheese coated chicken in pork panko.
  4. Arrange chicken into air fryer pan, making sure not to overlap for even cooking.
  5. Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Air Fried Broccoli Romanesco and Pork Panko Turkey Burgers

 

This was my first time trying broccoli romanesco.  I didn't intentionally choose this.  I actually wanted broccolini, which was what I placed in my Amazon Prime Whole Foods order.  That was not available at the time, so it was replaced with the next bet substitute, which is this broccoli romanesco. 

The actual look of it resembles a cross between a head of cauliflower and a lighter color of green.  The texture is a bit harder and it doesn't crumble as easily as cauliflower does.  I cooked it in my air fryer with my go-to spices for vegetables, which consist of olive oil, garlic powder, onion  powder, salt, and black pepper. 

I had it with some pork panko turkey burgers.  Here's the recipe for them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package ground turkey (about 2 lbs.)
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • dash of salt
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • pork panko to coat

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients above, except pork panko.
  2. Press balls of turkey mixture onto pork panko.
  3. Air fry for 20 minutes at 380 degrees.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Dijon Mustard and Red Wine Vinaigrette Fish

 

I recently saw a video on Instagram for a simple dressing recipe by chef Alex Guarnaschelli.  Unfortunately, I didn't bookmark it and I can't find it now.  I googled and scrolled all over the Food Network account.

It was just three ingredients: dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, and olive oil with a ratio of 1:1:2. I tried it with some cracked black pepper on tossed greens and really liked it.  So I decided to try this dressing as a marinade for fish.  

The fish I used was called swai.  Although I like the dressing, the fish was awful.  It had a dirt flavor that overpowered the dressing.  I made a post on Facebook Marketplace to give away the remainder for free to someone who would enjoy this, as I clearly did not.  A woman replied quickly replied to my post and drove from Kapolei.  She was thankful and said she'd have her boyfriend prepare it with a batter in the way Zippy's restaurant prepares fish.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Butter Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This is part 2 of experimenting with the insides of a carving pumpkin.  This was roasted with just butter and salt.  Here is the link to the original recipe - https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/13768/roasted-pumpkin-seeds/

Here is part 1 - https://www.abundanceofvegetables.com/2020/10/garlic-butter-carving-pumpkin-innards.html

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Garlic Butter Carving Pumpkin Innards

  

My buddy and I carved a pumpkin for her daughter.  While gutting it, I noticed the innards looked like spaghetti squash.  So I decided to save them and try to cook it as a side dish.  Long story short, it was not delicious.  Butter garlic flavor is not enough.  It needs a stronger flavor combo as it's pretty tasteless and doesn't even take flavor on.  I think this experiment might be good with a thick, heavy sauce if you wanted a gluten-free option.

This recipe is not worth typing out, especially since it didn't turn out that great.  It's just butter, garlic, salt, and pumpkin innards. But you can watch me make it.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Asian Slaw

  

I placed a Whole Foods grocery order online via Amazon Prime for pickup.  The idea of ordering groceries online seems ideal for busy people.  One of the items in my order was two green zucchini. But apparently, that was not available and it was substituted with the next best choice, which was two green cabbages.  Really?! 😂

Oh well, I made it work.  I found a recipe for an Asian coleslaw and served it with a Chinese style ginger fish.  Here is the link to the original recipe: https://www.spendwithpennies.com/easy-asian-slaw/

Link to my post about the fish here: https://www.abundanceofvegetables.com/2020/09/air-fried-chinese-style-flash-fried-fish.html

Here's me making the Asian slaw.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Air Fried Chinese Style Flash Fried Fish

The traditional way to make this dish is to steam the fish.  I did it a little different.  I wrapped the fish in foil and air fried it.  Here is the link to the original recipe which my inspiration came from: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/140570/steamed-fish-with-ginger/ 

I basically did the same thing but air fried the fish for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees instead of steaming.  The heat circulates within the foil pocket and cooks it perfectly.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Honey Apple Mint Salad

  

Ingredients:

  • 1 fuji apple, seeds removed, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2-3 branches mint
  • splash of lemon juice
  • touch of honey

Instructions:

  1. Cut apple up into bite-size pieces, removing seeds.
  2. Add a splash of lemon juice and toss.
  3. Remove leaves from branches, tear, and add to apples.
  4. Add a touch of honey and toss.
  5. Enjoy!
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Friday, September 25, 2020

Zoodle Carbonara Experiment

This was an experiment to use vegetables in place of pasta.  For that, I took a zucchini, cut the ends off  and ran it through a spiralizer.  I made a mistake with miscounting the egg yolks and used processed cheese instead of fresh.  It came out okay, but would've probably been better if I counted correctly and used freshly grated parmesan cheese.  I intend to try this again with those corrections.

Here is the link to the original recipe. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/simple-carbonara

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Easy Airfried Pork Panko Crusted Eggplant

I didn't think is really need a recipe because it was so simple.  But I just wanted to type it out here in case I forget and want to find it again in the future.  I can just type what I'm looking for in my blog's search box instead of scrolling through my IG account.  So here it is.

Ingredients:

  • eggplant
  • egg
  • pork panko (ground pork rinds)

Instructions:

  1. Slice the eggplant
  2. Dip the eggplant slices in egg
  3. Dip eggplant slices in pork panko
  4. Airfry for 15 minutes at 380 degrees
  5. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lemon Butter Garlic Fish

  

I had a lemon in my fridge that was starting to get old and shribbly.  Shribbly is not even a real word. 😜I wanted to make something with this lemon and this is what I came up with.

Ingredients:

  • 2 fillets flounder
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons butter

Instructions:

  1. Prepare ingredients as indicated above (chop, slice).
  2. Place on foil so you can wrap it shut and keep the heat in.
  3. Season fillets with salt and pepper on both sides.
  4. Evenly distribute chopped garlic, lemon slices, and butter.
  5. Fold foil over to keep heat in.
  6. Air fry for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  7. Serve with sides of your choice. ( I had mixed greens and cauliflower rice).
  8. Enjoy!
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Monday, September 21, 2020

Tortang Talong with Pork Panko

  

This is roasted eggplant with the skins peeled off, then coated in pork panko, air fried, and served with a tomato/fish sauce salsa.  This is a spin off the regular tortang talong dish with a delicious crispy crust.  

If you're interested in the regular tortang talong recipe, you can view it here: https://www.abundanceofvegetables.com/2020/06/tortang-talong-fire-roasted-battered.html

Here's the recipe for this pork panko version. I have not listed measurements for this as you use as much panko as you need to coat the amount of eggplants you'd like to cook.  The tomato/fish sauce salsa is optional, but is a traditional side to tortang talong.
 
Ingredients for eggplant:
  • long eggplants
  • pork panko 
Ingredients for tomato/fish sauce salsa:
  • diced tomatoes
  • fish sauce, to taste
Instructions:
  1. Rinse eggplants.
  2. Poke holes through eggplant skins, all around.
  3. Air fry for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, flipping halfway through.
  4. Put eggplant in a closed container and let sweat for about 10 minutes.
  5. Peel skins off eggplant and discard.
  6. Flatten eggplant with a fork.
  7. Coat eggplant with pork panko.
  8. Lay pork panko coated eggplants in air fryer pan, making sure not to overlap. Lining your airfryer helps with sticking.
  9. Air fry for 20 minutes at 400, flipping halfway through.
  10. Serve with diced tomatoes and fish sauce.
  11. Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Health Update 9/20/2020

I decided to separate and make this a separate post instead of with a food post the way it was.

Besides my cooking experiments, I'm also using this blog to write about my health status.  That was the whole inspiration behind my efforts to enjoy an abundance of vegetables in the first place.  Here's my post about it: https://www.abundanceofvegetables.com/2019/10/my-inspiration-for-abundance-of.html

Today (9/20/2020), I weigh 155 pounds.  Per the body mass index calculator, I rate 29.3, which is overweight borderline obese. I don't feel like I'm borderline obese, but I agree that I'm overweight.

I have been consciously trying to exercise 30 min/day, at least 5x a week and do more dumbbell exercises for weight resistance.

I went to the doctor yesterday for a follow-up visit to check on my blood pressure and cholesterol.

Blood pressure was within normal levels. Cholesterol was good overall, good LDL, good HDL, but my triglycerides were high. I don’t normally eat a lot of sweets or fruits and had issues with this before. She thinks it’s because it’s hereditary and prescribed a high quality fish oil supplement to assist me with this.

My doctor noticed ketones in my results and knew that I had been practicing intermittent fasting. She was pleased with my progress. So am I. 😃

Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries

  

I was inspired by some food posts I had seen of sweet potatoes being used as the "bread" in an open face type of sandwich.  They were sliced lengthwise to create flat surfaces for toppings.  I bought a sweet potato then never got around to using it for that.  

The sweet potato started getting impatient with me and I got on its last nerve because it was waiting so long.  It started growing a branch. Lol!  So I wanted to make something quick and easy with it.  I found a recipe for sweet potato fries online and it turned out great.

You just cut it up, toss it up with oil and seasonings, and air fry for 20 minutes at 380 degrees.  The texture came out like potato wedges, with just a tad bit of crispiness.  Here is the link to the original recipe: https://www.apinchofhealthy.com/air-fryer-sweet-potato-fries/

Besides my cooking experiments, I'm also using this blog to write about my health status.  That was the whole inspiration behind my efforts to enjoy an abundance of vegetables in the first place.  Here's my post about it: https://www.abundanceofvegetables.com/2019/10/my-inspiration-for-abundance-of.html 

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Lemon Butter Garlic Basil Shrimp Salad

 

If you had a salad like this at a restaurant, you'd probably get less shrimp.  I was cleaning out my fridge and getting rid of older stuff to make room for new stuff.  I don't want to keep hoarding stuff.  This shrimp was originally purchased to be used as bait for fishing.  It never happened.  Suck it up, move on, cook the shrimp, and eat it. 😁

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Air Fried Fish

 

I bought a package of flounder fish fillets from Costco.  I never ate flounder before so I was taking a chance.  It has a light, flaky texture and it is fine.  The recipe I used for my first taste of flounder is from www.beautyandthebenchpress.com.  She has a recipe for crispy, battered, air fried fish.  It turned out delicious.  The only things I did differently was not cut it up into sticks and added some dried parsley to the batter.  Here's the link to her original recipe: https://beautyandthebenchpress.com/air-fryer-fish-sticks/

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Cucumber Sandwiches


My buddy made these cucumber sandwiches and I decided to film her making them.  I don't have the recipe. But the ingredients include mayonnaise, cream cheese, salt, pepper, dill, and garlic powder, bread, and cucumbers. Basically, you slice the cucumbers up, slice the crusts off the bread, and cream the rest of the ingredients to be the glue to the sandwich.  Delicious!

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Gochujang Cucumbers


My buddy had a bunch of cucumbers and gave me some.  I wasn't sure what to make with them and found a recipe online for gochujang cumbers.  It was quick and easy to prepare.  I added some hot chili oil and chopped them up instead of slicing.  I enjoyed it and ended up buying more cucumbers and making this again after I ate the first batch.

Here is the link to the original recipe from cooking with a wall flower. https://cookingwithawallflower.com/2020/04/08/gochujang-cucumbers/

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Easy Air Fried Eggplant


I made this with just three ingredients.  One of my friends gifted me a package of pork panko and I’ve been experimenting cooking with it. This is one of the recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 egg
  • pork panko (ground bread crumbs - enough to coat eggplant)
 Instructions:
  1. Rinse eggplants. 
  2. Slice into half-inch pieces.
  3. In a separate container, beat egg.
  4. In a separate container, pour out some pork panko.
  5. Dip eggplant pieces in egg, then in pork panko.
  6. Air fry for 15 minutes at 380 degrees.
  7. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Bell Pepper Relleno Experiment


Chili relleno is traditionally made with chilis, dipped in a batter consisting of flour, and fried in oil.  For this experiment,  I airfried green bell peppers, peeled the skins, removed the seeds and stems, and pan fried them with an egg mixture.  They were just okay.  But here's my recipe if you want to try this version.  Maybe you can make it better.  If so, share your secrets to the improvements with me.  I'd like to know.  Thanks!

Ingredients:
  • 6 green bell peppers
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used colby and monterey jack)
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
  • Salsa
Instructions:
  1. Rinse bell peppers.
  2. Air fry at 400 for 20 minutes, flipping over halfway through.
  3. Place into closed container for about 10 minutes to sweat.
  4. Peel skins off, remove seeds and stems.
  5. Put cheese in each bell pepper.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat eggs with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  7. Coat bell peppers in egg mixture.
  8. Add avocado oil to hot pan.
  9. Add bell peppers and cover.
  10. Cook for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  11. Serve with salsa.
  12. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Easy Air Fried Pumpkin



I love roasted pumpkin and tried air frying it this time.  It turned out better.  I really like the faster cook time, and the crispier, drier texture.  By dry, I don't mean that it's dried out.  I mean that it doesn't get soggy the way it does in the oven.  Any who, here's my recipe.

Ingredients:
  • 1 bag precut pumpkin (you can cut your own up if you prefer)
  • 5 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
Instructions:
  1. Put pumpkin in a bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Toss.
  4. Arrange in air fryer pan so that pieces are not overlapped.
  5. Air fry at 400 for 20 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
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Monday, August 31, 2020

Scraps Chicken Broth Experiment



One day, I got a coupon on the bottom of my receipt for a free rotisserie chicken from Safeway.  I hadn't had that style of chicken for a while, so I enjoyed it.  Then I got another one from Costco.  I saved the carcasses along with vegetable scraps for this experiment.

I can picture one of my friends telling me to just throw all these carcasses and scraps out. Stop keeping the trash. LMAO! 😂 Girl, if you read this, you know I'm talking about you. It turned out good, but I think I should've added some celery.

Ingredients:

  • 2 rotisserie chicken carcasses
  • 1/2 gallon vegetable scraps (mine was mostly carrot peels)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 dash of cracked black pepper
  • water - enough to fill pot leaving about an inch to the top
Instructions:
  1. Save scraps over time. lol!
  2. Prepare things as described above (chop onions, slice garlic).
  3. Throw everything in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Remove bones and vegetable scraps from broth.
  6. Enjoy! 
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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Broccoli Brussel Sprout Tots


Well, let me tell you, these were not amazing.  Perhaps it was because I decided to experiment with adding brussel sprouts.  Perhaps it was just not amazing to begin with.  I may never know.  I don't know if I'd like to try the original recipe that I wrote down.  I'm not sure if I was drunk when I wrote the original recipe down or what in the world happened.  I wrote that it came from a website called whatstheovenfor.com, but when I look for it, it doesn't exist. Wth?!

Anyway, here's my recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups frozen broccoli
  • 1 cup frozen brussel sprouts
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions:
  1. Prep ingredients as described above (chop, mince).
  2. Stir fry onions and garlic until onions are translucent.
  3. Add everything to food processor and process well.
  4. Shape into little pieces of shit.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  6. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Pan Fried Portobello Mushroom and Kale Salad


I kept this pretty simple.

Mushrooms

Ingredients:
  • 1 package sliced portobello mushrooms (6 oz, approx 2 mushrooms)
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 dashes of salt
  • 2 dashes of cracked black pepper
Instructions:
  1. Lay mushroom slices out.
  2. Season each side with 1 Tablespoon of each of remaining ingredients.
  3. Add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil to pan.
  4. Pan fry mushrooms, turning every few minutes, until limp and browned.
  5. Enjoy!
Kale Salad

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups baby kale
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
  • 4 small tomatoes, halved
Instructions:
  1. Place kale, oil and vinegar in bowl.
  2. Massage until all wilted.
  3. Top with halved tomatoes.
  4. Enjoy!
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Friday, July 3, 2020

Airfried Chicken Wings and Kale Salad


My airfryer is supposed to be non-stick, but it is not.  I sprayed it with avocado oil before cooking and that did not help either. Hopefully your airfryer is non-stick because cleaning it is no fun.

I think the brand of chicken might matter for this.  I used the Safeway Signature brand and I think the skin is too thick. Maybe the chickens are bred different or maybe it needed more cooking time.  I read a variety of recipes online to figure out the timing.  The chicken was cooked well, but the skin was not particularly palatable to me.

Airfried Chicken Wings

Ingredients:
  • 9 chicken wings
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)
  • dash of dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • avocado oil spray for airfryer
Instructions:
  1. Defrost chicken.
  2. Pat chicken dry.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to chicken.
  4. Toss well ensuring that chicken is coated with seasonings.
  5. Spray airfryer pan with oil.
  6. Arrange chicken in pan, making sure not to overlap pieces.
  7. Airfry for 20 minutes at 375 degrees, then 10 minutes at 400.
  8. Enjoy!
Kale Salad 

Ingredients:
  • 2-3 cups baby kale
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
 Instructions:
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Massage until slightly wilted.
  3. Enjoy!
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Monday, June 29, 2020

Garlic Onion Cauliflower Rice with Egg

Ingredients:
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 bag cauliflower rice (12 ounces)
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • egg
  • olive oil
Instructions:
  1. Prepare ingredients as described above (slice, chop).
  2. Add oil to pan.
  3. Add garlic, stir fry, until fragrant and slightly cooked.  Remove from pan.
  4. Add onions, stir fry until translucent.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from pan.
  6. Add cauliflower rice.  Break lumps down, stir fry, and cover for even cooking.
  7. Add garlic and onions back to pan and combine with cauliflower rice.
  8. Fry egg in a separate pan.
  9. Scoop desired amount of cauliflower rice onto serving plate. Top with fried egg.
  10. Enjoy!
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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Beanless Turkey Chili


This is paleo-friendly. No beans included.

I usually add zucchini to this, but I didn't have any and I wasn't in the mood for a trip to the store.  I've been trying to eat less carbs, so I had the chili on a bed of mixed greens instead of rice.  Delicious!

Here's my recipe.

Ingredients:
  • 1 package ground turkey (approximately 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3 bell peppers, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 dashes of parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, but I like the heat)
Instructions:
  1. Prepare ingredients as described above (chop, slice, etc.)
  2. Brown ground turkey.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well, cover, simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Stir one more time.
  5. Enjoy!
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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Pesto Sun-dried Tomato Turkey Meatballs


I found this tube of pesto paste on Amazon  and was excited to create something with it.  The ingredients are basil, sunflower and olive oils, salt, pine nuts, and garlic.  I was on a whole 30 journey at the time so this was perfect.


Here's the recipe for my meatballs.

Ingredients:
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tube pesto paste
Instructions:
  1. Prepare ingredients as indicated above (chop, slice).
  2. Combine everything well.
  3. Scoop balls and lay them out in a pan, spaced out 1-2 inches.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Salmon with Eggplant Paprikash


My father gave me a bunch of organic, homegrown eggplant.  I already made one of my favorite recipes, tortang talong, with it and I didn't want to make it again.  I have this problem where I will have something over and over again until  get sick of it and don't want to have it for a long time. 

I made this really good chia seed pudding three or four years ago.  It was so delicious, that I made it again and again, until I had enough.  Until today, I'm still tired of it.  I don't want to do that with tortang talong.  Here's my post about tortang talong, if you're interested. https://www.abundanceofvegetables.com/2020/06/tortang-talong-fire-roasted-battered.html

So, I searched recipes for eggplant and found this Salmon Paprikash.  Here's the link to the original recipe: https://sunbasket.com/recipe/salmon-with-eggplant-paprikash  I didn't have fresh tomatoes on hand, and made some modifications. It was pretty good. 


Here's my version.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 eggplants, chopped into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste 
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 salmon filet, 4-5 ounces
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
  1. Prepare ingredients as described above (chop, slice, etc.)
  2. Heat pan. Add onion and garlic and stir fry until fragrant.
  3. Season salmon with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Rub in and airfry at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  4. Add eggplant to pan with onions and garlic.
  5. Add paprika, tomato paste, and water to pan.
  6. Season with a dash of salt, pepper, and dried parsley.
  7. simmer until liquid is reduced and thickened.
  8. Top with airfried salmon.
  9. Enjoy!

Watch me make it.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Abundance of Vegetables Soup



Idk, I don't have much to say about this.  It's a soup with an abundance of vegetables and a chicken apple sausage that I slightly burned. Lol!  Don't burn your sausage. Haha! 😝

Ingredients:
  • 1 chicken apple sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces and air fried
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped into big pieces
  • 1/2 bunch celery, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cups cabbage, sliced
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 teaspoons chicken boullion paste
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
Instructions:
  1. Prepare ingredients as indicated above (chop, slice, etc.)
  2. Add everything to slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Tortang Talong (roasted, battered eggplant)


I really thought I had a blog post with a recipe about this already.  Upon review, I found out I did not! 

Tortang talong is a filipino dish, traditionally made by roasting whole eggplants directly on burning, hot coals.  The eggplant skins blister and the flesh cooks inside.  They are then covered to let sweat, which makes it easier to peel the skins off.  The skins are peeled,  the eggplant flesh is flattened, battered with an egg mixture, and pan-fried.  It's typically served with sides of rice and a tomato fish sauce salsa.

To save time and for added convenience,  I air fried my eggplant.  Poking holes all around the skin ensures that the eggplant won't explode during cooking.  I have been on a whole 30 journey, so I didn't eat this with rice.  Instead, I had a kale salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, topped with chicken salad and halved tomatoes, and a few sticks of celery. 

Without further adieu, here's my recipe for tortang talong.

Ingredients:
  • 3 long eggplants
  • 1 egg
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of onion powder
  • dash of garlic powder
  • couple sprays of avocado oil
Instructions:
  1. Rinse eggplants.
  2. Poke holes through eggplant skins, all around.
  3. Air fry for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
  4. Put eggplant in a closed container and let sweat for about 10 minutes.
  5. Peel skins off eggplant and discard.
  6. Flatten eggplant.
  7. Beat egg with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  8. Coat eggplant with egg mixture.
  9. Heat fry pan and spray with avocado oil.
  10. Pan fry egg-battered eggplant, both sides.
  11. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Bratwurst with Brussels Sprouts and Brown Rice



When the covid-19 pandemic started impacting the residents of Hawaii and the stay-at-home order was put in place, I was a lot more concerned about food than toilet paper.  I already had a lot of toilet paper at home because I had purchased a Costco pack back in late January, so I had enough to last me for at least 3 months, if not more.

In my mind, I thought I needed a lot of food that was shelf stable and would last me a long time because I wouldn't be able to get out of the house to get anything.  I purchased a lot of rice, bread, crackers, canned tuna and chicken, chips, cookies, and other assorted junk.  My body responded negatively to all the junk.  It was not pleased and made it clear by making all my clothes tight. 😢

Most of my posts are delayed.  I usually don't post pictures or videos on the same day that I made the dish because I need time to edit and make it look the way I want because I am a control freak and it needs to be the way I want it.  Sorry, not sorry.  Then sometimes I'll notice a typo or grammatical error and won't bother to correct it. 

With that being said,  this dish was made when I was eating rice.  I'm currently on a Whole 30 journey which eliminates grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol, and sugar.  I miss bread the most.  As of today (5/27/20), I'm on day 18/30, so I'm almost there.  I can do this!

Watch me prepare this.


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Cauliflower Rice

Stir fried cauliflower rice - dry, until slightly browned

I got a bunch of different vegetables and chopped them so up so they were ready to be cooked when I was ready to cook them.  A whole head of cauliflower was one of them.   While I was busy eating all of the other vegetables, the cauliflower started getting old.  I didn't want it to get wasted, so I chopped it up and froze it. In addition to that, I couldn't find any pre-made frozen cauliflower in the store at the time.  So this worked out great.

Chopped cauliflower is also known as cauliflower rice or riced cauliflower and is often used in place of rice when practicing a low carb diet or lifestyle.  It does not taste like rice or have the texture of rice.  It's still a vegetable.  It is a mind game you have to play with yourself.

The picture above is cauliflower rice, stir fried until slightly browned.  Nothing was added to it - no oils or seasoning.

Watch me make it.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Baked Chicken and Tangy Cucumber Salad

 
I didn't have a rack to cook my chicken at the time.  But I didn't want my chicken to sit in the oil.  Internet search returned this brilliant idea of turning spoons upside down to create a rack.  This was perfect!  The oil dripped below and stayed separated from the oil during cooking.

My cucumbers were starting to get old and needed to get eaten.  This was a salad I'd never tried before.  It was okay.  Links to ideas and recipe below.

Original Tangy Cucumber Salad by Sheela Prakash at www.thekitchn.com
(I used dried parsley instead of chives because I didn't have any)
https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-tangy-cucumber-salad-243623

Idea for spoon racks by Melanie Pinola at lifehacker.com
https://lifehacker.com/elevate-meat-with-spoons-if-you-dont-have-a-roasting-ra-1710878250/amp

Baked Chicken by Nicole Burdett at allrecipes.com
(I changed the spices up, but generally the same idea)
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/235151/crispy-and-tender-baked-chicken-thighs/

Watch me prepare them.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Roasted Carrot Sticks


Since I moved to my new place and now have an oven,  I've been experimenting and comparing the differences with cooking in the oven versus the air fryer.  So far, the air fryer has been winning all the time.

The carrots in this post are roasted in the oven.   But I have actually been air frying them instead because it's faster and I favor the crisp texture.  This is just a basic recipe.  You can experiment and add a variety of different things like rosemary, thyme, or whatever you like.

Ingredients:
  • Carrot sticks
  • Avocado oil
  • Garlic powder
  • sprinkle of salt
  • sprinkle of pepper
  • sprinkle of dried parsley
Instructions:
  1. Combine all ingredients and shake in a closed container or rub together.
  2. Roast in oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or airfry at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  3. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuna Celery Onion Salad

I bought a bunch of celery and cut up the outer stalks into sticks for snacks.  However, I don't particularly like the middle section of the celery stalks for this because they are lighter in color.  I know I'm being picky.  But it's my food and I'm preparing it, ha!

So that the center stalks didn't go to waste, I chopped them down in a food processor and mixed them into a tuna salad.  The ratio of celery to tuna is pretty big, but that was totally fine with me.  In addition to having it in a sandwich, I had some on the side with ranch dressing and some Suja green juice, which also includes celery juice in one of the pictures above.  I had it with a side of carrots in my video.  So, without further adieu, here's my recipe.

Ingredients:
  • 3 middle sections celery, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cans tuna, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
Instructions:
  1. Chop celery and onions (in a food processor if you have one, it's much faster).
  2. Drain tuna.
  3. Mix with remaining ingredients.
  4. Enjoy! 
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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Carrot Sticks Snacks


I bought a giant bag of carrots from Sam's Club and planned to make carrot sticks for snacks and make stew or some kind of soup.  The soup never happened, but I had a lot of snacks, which was the main reason I got them in the first place.  I needed to choose better snacks and this is one of them.

Washing, peeling, and cutting up big carrots is tedious.  But I prefer the harder, crunchier texture of them over baby carrots.  Baby carrots are actually the carrot rejects that have been shredded down because they were deformed.  No offense to the carrot rejects, but the baby carrots are softer and seem to always be really wet and get slimy if kept too long.  They're great for convenience, if that's what you need.

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