Koreatown Adventures…

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Sigh…another weekend comes to an end. But what a great 3 day weekend we had- thank you President’s Day:)  We were all over the city with Char the last few days, soaking up every ounce of this glorious spring-like weather. We concluded the weekend with a nice home cooked meal, after a little adventure to Koreatown this a.m. to pick up some items Nick was craving. From there came above’s inspiration; kimchi fried rice. We paired it with some lightly panko-crusted grouper. This dish was DELICIOUS. We cooked the fish similar to how we cook our healthier panko chicken parm, so I didn’t go into detail below, but you can find that recipe here.

Kimchi Fried Rice: serves 3

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger (grated) or 1 tbsp dried ginger
  • 1.5 cups kimchi, chopped
  • 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp each salt + pepper

Instructions:

  1. Cook the white rice with the ginger;
  2. In a medium skillet, saute the garlic with the sesame oil over low heat, until just soft, approx. 3 mins;
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix everything together thoroughly, increase the heat to medium. Stir infrequently, allowing the rice to slightly burn.
  4. Add the scallions for the last minute of cooking. Garnish with a little more scallion and serve.

 

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Valentine’s Traditions with Raviolis…

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A few years ago, one of the first Christmas gifts I got Nick was an old school pasta maker. We love breaking it out for Holidays, and Valentine’s tends to be the time we use it the most, when our tradition is to make good ole raviolis from scratch. Now I’m not going to lie, making raviolis is a LONG process if you do it from scratch like this, but it’s a lot of fun when you have time to kill. This year with a baby, we tried to break the process up into steps; we prepped a day ahead of time, letting Char watch us prep while she ate dinner. Continue reading “Valentine’s Traditions with Raviolis…”

Oatmeal Baked Goodness 2.0

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So I know I already posted about my newest banana oatmeal loaf obsession, but these little oatmeal cookies are not only quicker and simpler to make, but require a few less ingredients. In fact, you really only need 3 ingredients, which I guarantee are already sitting in your kitchen. The rest, in terms of spices and fillings, you can just improvise. These are perfect for Char and I when we’re on the go to and from classes, especially around 3pm when I feel myself crashing. And again, they contain 0 added sugar or any other unhealthy items, which is always a win in my book. Continue reading “Oatmeal Baked Goodness 2.0”