Buckwheat Chili with Spinach and Tomatoes

May 8, 2013 | Filed Under Buckwheat/Kasha, Spinach | 7 Comments 

The other day, I posted about the Quinoa Salad with Baby Spinach and Grape Tomatoes.   I went to make some more and discovered I was out of quinoa.  So, I decided to use some leftover chili instead of the quinoa.  Well, whaddya know?   It didn’t taste bad at all.   I mixed together in a pan:   Buckwheat chili, tomatoes, onions, spinach, garlic, with olive oil and herbs.  Just like the other recipe, it tasted really good.  

Paz

 



New York Monday: Pink and the City

May 6, 2013 | Filed Under New York Monday | 6 Comments 

Pink is not my favorite color.

 

However, I have to admit that I love to see this color all around the city, during spring time.

 

The pink seems to beautify the city, even more.

 

Also, the pink against the blue sky is eye-catching!

Have a wonderful new week, everyone!

Paz

 

 



Cilantro Pesto with Pumpkin Seeds

May 4, 2013 | Filed Under Pesto | 2 Comments 

 

My friend sent me this recipe. She thought I migh like it.  She was right!   What’s not to like?   It’s got cilantro, my favorite, and I happened to have pumpkin seeds.  I usually don’t.   I made the simple pesto and served it over some chicken I’d prepared, earlier.  It was very good.  A few changes to the recipe:  It calls for parsley.  I didn’t have any, so i skipped it entirely.  Also, I used fresh jalapeno instead of the canned.   My pesto was very good.  I could have eaten it plain without anything else.

Paz

 

Cilantro Pesto with Pumpkin Seeds

 WHFoods.org (George  Mateljan)

 

Enhance the flavor of chicken or fish with this great tasting pesto that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. Add it to fish tacos with a few avocado slices for a taste treat. Enjoy!

Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 scallion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
2 or 3 canned jalapenos, depending on desired heat
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pumpkin seeds
2 TBS water
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
salt and white pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to enhance its health-promoting properties while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Add olive oil a little at a time at end. You want the pesto to be blended yet not smooth. It is best with a little texture. Serve at room temperature. Do not heat it.

 

 



Buckwheat/Kasha

May 1, 2013 | Filed Under Grains | 4 Comments 

The other day, I went ot the store to buy a box of quinoa.   To my disappointment, there was none.   I suppose I’m not the only quinoa lover in the neighborhood.   On the same shelf where they quinoa would have been were a few boxes of Kasha.  I’d never heard of that before.  I studied the information on the box — "Low sodium, No cholesterol, Low fat"  That was good.  I continued reading, "Wheat and Gluten free".   Interesting.   Since there was no quinoa, I decided to buy and try the Kasha.  Later on I learned that it’s buckwheat.  

 

I followed the recipe on the box and made Kasha Chili.  I forgot to copy the recipe and threw away the box. LOL!   But the recipe was basically the kasha mixed with beans, stewed tomatoes, celery, onions, vegetable broth, etc…

 

Buckwheat uncooked.

 

 The buckwheat wasn’t bad at all.  I plan on eating it from time to time. However, I prefer quinoa over buckwheat.

It was  nice to be able to try it out.

Paz



New York Monday: Take the ‘A’ Train

April 29, 2013 | Filed Under New York Monday | 5 Comments 

 

 

Take the "A" Train

 

You must take the "A" train
To go to Sugar Hill, way up in Harlem
If you miss the "A" train
You’ll find you missed the quickest way to Harlem

Hurry, get on, now it’s coming
Listen to those rails a-thrumming all aboard
Get on the "A" train
Soon you will be on Sugar Hill in Harlem

You must take the "A" train
To go to Sugar Hill, way up in Harlem

 

Many are familiar with the ‘A’ train, even if they have never taken it because of the jazz song made popular by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.  One of its stops is on 125th Street station.  The photo above actually shows a side exit from the station.  As you see in the sign, you can catch other trains at this station, too.

Happy New York Monday, everyone!  Have a terrific new week!

Paz

P.S.  You can listen to a recording of the song, featuring Ella Fizgerald and Duke Ellington, HERE

 

 

 



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