Tasty Thursday – Evening Snack

It’s been sunny and warm and I just love it. Summer is here! I’ve been with my friend in her summer house for two days. It’s just by the sea but water was way too cold to swim, so I just enjoyed sauna and listening to waves against the rocks. I think the sauna was the best thing. I love to go to sauna and especially the wood stove sauna. It’s so relaxing just to sit there and watch beautiful Finnish landscape. 

So I haven’t had time to write any posts. But today I have couple of minutes before bedtime so I just give you a hint for a evening snack (or breakfast or just a snack): Rye bread with avocado and basil.

I just had two slices organic rye bread, slice of low fat ham, one avocado (one half for each bread slice) and to the top fresh basil. Simple and delicious.

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Workout or dinner…

One of my goals to reach this week is to do more exercise. Does it count if I’ve been running, well not literally running, but walked different places in the city? After work, where was quite busy day, I needed to go to the about 5 stores today and I was home just before six. I was so hungry and so tired that I just couldn’t go to walk. Well tomorrow I’ll go to my friends cottage for two nights and there’s lot to do after winter.

But back to today. So I decided to make dinner to myself. I was just bought some chicken breasts and vegetables. I seasoned chicken breasts with Santa Maria’s Mango Curry, pepper and vegetable oil. I pre-heated the oven to 200°C (392°F) and roasted them about 30 minutes.

I also made huge salad me to eat right today and for tomorrows lunch to work. I put there two different kind of lettuce, some cucumber (surprise, surprise!), some bell pepper, two spring onions, some green grapes and three peaches.

I just joined a month ago to Tehy. It’s union of Health and Social Care Professionals and I got gift card in a bookstore for joining. That was just perfect because I’ve been planning to by a cookbook about healthy foods. Today I bought two, or one was kind of free because of the gift card. 

Terveellistä ruokaa vartissa by Pirjo Saarnia is oblivious in Finnish and its translates: Healthy food in 15 minutes. There’s two parts in the book. The first part is about food: which food is healthy, why it’s healthy, why food is important at all. The second part is about recipes and suggestions what people should have in they pantry, refrigeration or freezer. I’ve read one of her books last fall concerning about nutrition. I liked her writing style and she had good everyday examples in there.

The other book is Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite which contain recipes from breakfast to dessert. Some of the recipes looks quite simple and some of them aren’t but I attempt to try most of them.

Have to go to bed now because I have to get up in six hours. Good night, don’t let the bed bugs bite.

 

Tasty Thursday – Filled Bell Peppers

I like to cook and bake. Making and baking meals is just wise thing to do. At least I think so. That’s how I know exactly the  ingredients of the meal and I can choose which kind of products I use. Tasty Thursdays idea is just to share a recipe of the whole meal or just one tasty thing that I’ve made during the week. Recipes could been shared any other day too, but Thursdays  is one day that is certain.

Today I made bell peppers filled with minced beef and rice and also a salad. I also used texture soy protein to make the minced beef to last longer or in another word make another dish out of it. This is a great food; only your imagination is the limit. I made quite unimaginative ones, but still tasty ones.

I used these things:

  • about 250 g (8,8 ounces) minced beef
  • about 1,5 dl (0,6 cups) texture soy protein
  • about 1,5 dl (0,6 cups) uncooked rice
  • 2 small onions or one big one
  • vegetable oil
  • seasonings on your choice
  • bell peppers, I only had 3 and I had left over filling
  • grated cheese

Do this with those things above:

  1. Put the texture soy protein in to a bowl and fill with water just little bit over the product. Let it swell.
  2. Cook rice as it’s been said on the box or the bag
  3. Chop onions. Put a little pit of vegetable oil on a pan and heat it up. Sweat the onions on there and put them on a side.
  4. Fry the minced beef. At the end of the cooking add texture soy protein.
  5. Season and add the onions.
  6. Take a big bowl and add the minced beef soy protein thing and rice and mix them together.
  7. Take your bell peppers and one big kettle.
  8. Fill the kettle with a water (just little over half way on the kettle) and boil it. Add salt about 0,5-1 tsp
  9. Split the bell peppers half and take the seeds and the white parts off.
  10. Boil the bell peppers about 5 minutes and put them on paper towel for a couple minutes to dry.
  11. Take a baking tray or any other dish you can put in the oven and you can fit the bell peppers.
  12. Put the bell peppers on baking tray and fill them up. Put the grated cheese on top of them.
  13. Pre-heat the oven 225°C (437°F) and roast bell peppers about 15 to 20 minutes.

You can also take the hats of from bell peppers (task 9) if you want to have more fancier looking. I prefer splitting them half because it’s easier to eat. There’s also less to eat if you just want example a light lunch. It’s easier also to kids to eat and they usually don’t have stomach for the whole bell pepper. Of course you can choose small bell peppers if you really want to take the hats of rather than split them up.

I also made a salad with the bell peppers. I just used things I could find at home, like: apple, lettuce, spring onions, zucchini, radish, cucumber and feta.

Today’s dish is very versatile. You can do this almost anything you can found at your house. The key ingredients are the bell peppers and the rice, after that you can do what ever you want.

Tasty Thursday – Asian style

Thursdays will be Tasty Thursdays for now on. At least here on my blog. I like to cook and bake. Making and baking meals is just wise thing to do. At least I think so. That’s how I know exactly the  ingredients of the meal and I can choose which kind of products I use. Tasty Thursdays idea is just to share a recipe of the whole meal or just one tasty thing that I’ve made during the week. Recipes could been shared any other day too, but Thursdays  is one day that is certain.

I know I just wrote that recipe would be one of the things I cooked this week, but I don’t have a photo of any of the meals I’ve been eating during the week. This dish was made about two weeks ago, and it was soooooo good. This recipe is for 3 persons.

TERIYAKI SALMON 

– 300-400g (10-14oz)salmon                                     13.4 022

– 0,5-0,75 dl (0,2-0,3 cups) of teriyaki sauce

– clove of garlic (minced)

– 1 tsp sesame oil

– 2 tbsp water

– 1 tbsp soy sauce

Prepare the salmon: pluck the salmons back bones and cut it to the portions. Prepare the sauce by mixing all ingredients together. Turn over the salmons in the sauce and leave them to marinate for about half hour.

Lift the salmons to the baking tray, leave rest of the sauce in to the bowl. Pre-heat the oven to the 175’C (347’F) and roast the salmons 10-12 minutes. After that put oven to the grill mode and increase the heat well. Grill salmons about 5 minutes now. After they’re done stroke more sauce on the salmons.

FRIED NOODLES

– 200g (7oz) noodles                       13.4 015

– 1 red pepper (chili)

– about 3-4 green tops of the spring onion (you can also use leak or chives)

– 2 tbsp soy sauce

– 1 tsp sesame oil

Cut the noodles in to the smaller pieces (it’s easier to fry them). Prepare the noodles as it’s been said on the package. Pour the water out and leave the noodles for a minute or two. Pre-heat the pan and about 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil, add the chopped red pepper and fry for a moment. Add noodles and fry about 3 to 5 minutes. Add chopped green tops of the spring onions, sesame oil and soy sauce. Fry just one minute more.

This was quite easy to cook. Next time I’ll chop two red peppers in the noodles, because it wasn’t spicy enough for me. And I don’t like spicy food, so it wasn’t spicy at all.

I found this recipe from one blog I found while looking for Asian style cooking with a salmon. The blog is called Hahmakettu. The blog is in Finnish, so visit it if you know the language.