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Polenta Mish Mash

Jeanette Kakareka


I haven't always enjoyed cooking, but after I moved to San Francisco years ago (my foodie heaven,) I learned to appreciate all kinds of food as well as cooking them. This has served me well, because I used to be a very picky eater!

Most of the time, even if I have a recipe, I don't listen to it very carefully. I modify recipes to fit the ingredients I have and my own tastes. I'm also pescatarian just because I like it, (which means I eat seafood but not meat--not a religion,) so I adjust for that. That said, I encourage you to change my recipe to suit your own needs, and I recommend you to be creative!


// INGREDIENTS (enough for four generous servings)
Boxed polenta
Canned chopped tomatoes
1/2 canned white beans
1/2 canned chickpeas
1/2 one head of cauliflower, cut into bite sizes
Two red sweet peppers, cut into bite sizes
Two chicken breasts, cut into smaller pieces
1/2 onion, chopped roughly
3 cloves garlic, chopped thinly
1/4 vegetable stock cube
Olive oil
Coriander
Cumin
Ground black pepper
Salt
Sage leaves

 

 

 

// HOW TO


Step one // Heat up the oven to 200 C. Prepare a deep baking dish by greasing it up with olive oil or a spray so that nothing sticks. 

Step two // Chop up the pepper, onion, and chicken into pieces about this size. (We used chicken because my boyfriend likes meat. But, this recipe has protein in other places, so you can skip it if you don't eat it, like me. Also, we use a lot of onion because we love onion. Feel free to use less.)

Step three // Give a light coating to it all with the coriander, cumin, black pepper, and salt. (Sorry, I never measure spices, but as you can see here, pre-mixed, everything has some spices but they're not drowning in it. Make it to your preference.) Then mix it all together with your hands to evenly coat it all. Add sage leaves on top. (We used sage because that's what we already happened to have.)

Step four // Put baking dish into the oven. This will take about 15-20 minutes, but keep checking to make sure nothing gets burnt. If anything is done before the rest, take it out and save it in a bowl.

Step five // Begin making polenta according to instructions. I also added 1/4 vegetable stock cube to the water to give it some extra taste. We used half of this box which was 375g. 

Step six // Meanwhile, start boiling water for the cauliflower. Chop up the cauliflower into bite sized and add to boiling water. Wait until they are soft after a few minutes, then drain. 

Step seven // When polenta and cauliflower are ready, and the veggies and chicken in the baking dish look cooked thoroughly, scoop it all out of the dish and into a bowl to save. Pour polenta into baking dish and spread it all out with a spoon or spatula. 


Step eight // Pour canned chopped tomatoes evenly over top of polenta.

Step nine // Drain and rinse beans and chickpeas. Layer over top of the canned tomatoes. Add another few shakes of ground pepper and salt to your liking. 

Step ten // Chop up garlic finely. Now you can go ahead and layer all that you've already cooked, as well as the garlic. Put it back in the oven for another five minutes. (We also wanted soup and garlic bread to go along with it, so we started heating that up as well.)

Step eleven // When it's all looking and smelling delicious, carefully take it back out of the oven, serve, and enjoy! :-)

Pretzel Making Lazy Saturday

 

Nicole Voris

I love soft pretzels!  Have you ever had a mall pretzel?  Or one of the Mickey Mouse pretzels from disneyland?  With a little cheese dip?  Amazing!

One day while having a lazy Saturday I started to get a serious soft pretzel craving.  I have been wanting to try making them myself for a while.  I have helped my mom make them a few times and I decided to seize the day and make my own soft pretzels.

I used this recipe from Sprinkle Some Sugar: Soft Pretzel Recipe

This post is less about the mechanics of how to make pretzels and more how to make pretzels on a lazy Saturday. ;)

1:  Go to three different stores to try to buy baking soda.  Luckily we live in walking distance to said three stores.  Finally get to the final store and buy two because they are buy one get one free.

2: combine all those ingredients in your lovely kitchen aid mixer that does 90% of the work.  If you don't have one thats fine.  You'll just have to do that 90% and feel superior to me with your pretzel making skills.

3:  Make sure that your Iphone is playing music from your vintage record cabinet.  Because: #millennials

4: Let your dough rest,  also rest yourself.  Preferably with a mimosa. #lazysaturday

5:  Time to start rolling out the dough,  forming pretzel shapes, giving the baking soda bath (good thing you have two boxes),  and baking.  You can absolutely do this by yourself, but it is easier/fun to do it with a partner!

Rolling the dough made me realize that all those hours of rolling play dough in preschool paid off.

Rolling the dough made me realize that all those hours of rolling play dough in preschool paid off.

6: Take them out of the oven and smother in butter. 

7: Eat four of the eight pretzels in about 5 seconds. 

The pretzels turned out really great.  I really enjoyed them and will make them again.  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, but it created a lot of dishes.  As much as you can wash dishes as you go so you aren't left with a huge mess!  Next time you have a lazy day, follow my instructions and let me know how it goes! 

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Splurging on Food

Morgan Quinn

 

 

How do you know when someone eats organic? Don’t worry they’ll tell you.

This topic is actually something I’m very passionate about. Although I don’t post about it regularly, I’m definitely a food snob. I believe if you’re going to be a snob about anything it shouldn’t be your fall designer boots or your emu coat, it should be the food going into your body. I know what you’re thinking… HOW WILL I GIVE UP MY CRUNCH WRAP SUPREME AND MY BIG-MAC. Coming from a childhood of living around the corner from a KFC, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, McDonalds, and a Carls Jr. (I’m not kidding) I know how hard it is to not give in. It’s fast and convenient. Anyway, fast food isn’t my point for I could go on forever.

Splurging on food is OK. Healthy, REAL foods make you feel your absolute best. Putting aside weight, and image, we all want to feel good. You can work out and feel amazing then eat a processed burger and your body will cry and update their Twitter on how sad they are. Human worked out but then gave me a burger. Help.

 

I’m going to tell you guys a few things I like to eat during the week and how I prep too!

My favorite places to shop in order are Erewhon, (only in CA) Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Ralphs (great rewards program)! If you haven’t heard of Erewhon and can access one I highly recommend checking it out. Erewhon is basically an older sister to Whole Foods and Whole Foods is maybe a little jealous and tries to be like her older sister. I shop all organic and grass-fed with the exception of a few things. I’ll usually pick up a protein for Monday-Thursday because I tend to eat out on the weekends. I’m a big fan of salmon, NY steak, ground turkey or chicken and maybe a white fish. Then, I’ll buy asparagus because it’s my favorite accompanied by some bell peppers, mushrooms and other veggies to make a nice sautéed thing going. I use the batch of asparagus for all of the days. I’ll also get lemons, avocados and some snacks but these are the basics.

 

For dinner I make all of my proteins and veggies on the stove with olive oil, salt and pepper. I keep it simple because less is more YAY! 

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        My completed ground chicken stir fry and a green juice.

My completed ground chicken stir fry and a green juice.

Bon Appetite

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