Attention everyone, this is my last “meaty” recipe for a while! Lamb shanks mark the end of the first section of my passion project. I will now briefly turn to fish (and potentially shellfish) before returning to mostly vegetarian dishes. I feel like I’ve built up my protein reserves for a while over the past two months, so that shouldn’t be an issue! Continue reading “Passion Project: Baked Lamb Shank with a Veggie Couscous”
Acorn Squash, Brown Rice and Chickpeas Veggie Burgers
Every time I come back to the US, I’m mostly vegetarian. Why “mostly”? Well, because truth be told… I love meat! I really do. In fact I’ll even say that nothing comes close to a really well prepared, cooked, and seasoned steak. However, I do care about the ways in which animals are treated though, and since I don’t really know anything about this subject here in Philadelphia, I “mostly” avoid buying meat. Continue reading “Acorn Squash, Brown Rice and Chickpeas Veggie Burgers”
Roasted Rainbow Carrots Wrapped in Bayonne Ham
There’s something amazing about Rainbow carrots! I don’t know why, but I like them so much better than regular carrots. Kind of like how Heirloom tomatoes are tastier than regular ones. There’s something about their beautiful colors, that make them much greater.
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Shaved Asparagus Spring Salad with a Parmesan-Lemon Dressing
Hi everyone, I have two announcements for you today! The first one is that for the rest of the summer (due to my internship) I will only be posting one recipe per week, on Wednesdays, instead of three.
The second one is that I will now be able to spend even more time on the recipes that I will share with you. So without further due, I present to you my new culinary crush: shaved asparagus salad!
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Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad with Shrimp
As I’ve told you already, I’m a big fan of Asian gastronomy. As much as I enjoy going to the restaurant though, it’s always fun to try and recreate some classics at home. Today, the nice weather got me in the mood to try a thai inspired cold noodle salad. This was wonderfully refreshing and a nice change to my usual go-to lunch options. The spicy soy-lime dressing really makes the dish come together as it deliciously coats the noodles and veggies. I can think of a hundred ways to play around with combinations for this salad. It’s really up to your creativity and whatever is left in your fridge. Bon appétit!
Prep Time: 20 min
- 1/2 cup shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- 1 bundle vermicelli rice noodles
- 1/2 carrot
- 1/4 yellow bell pepper
- 1 cup mixed shredded red and green cabbage, kale, brocoli and Brussel sprouts (I use Trader Joe’s “Cruciferous Crush” but any homemade combination would work)
- 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes
- a handful of raw cashew nuts
- a bunch of fresh mint
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp agave nectar (or honey)
- 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice (with zest)
- 1/2 tsp sriracha
- To cook the noodles, put water to a boil. Cover the dried noodles with the boiling water and let it sit for 3-5 minutes, or until the noodles are tender. Drain the cooked noodles, and let them cool down.
- Meanwhile, cook the shrimp. I use frozen shrimp that I heat up in a pan with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper for about 5 minutes.
- Next, use a vegetable peeler to make ribbons with the carrot and the bell pepper, and put them in a bowl. Add the cherry tomatoes sliced in half, the chopped fresh mint, and the shredded crunchy veggies. Toss it all together.
- Make the Spicy Soy-Lime dressing by mixing all the ingredients well together.
- To plate, put the half of the veggies in a bowl, followed by the cooked noodles, and the remaining veggies and the shrimp on top. Toss with the dressing and finish with freshly chopped mint, and raw cashew pieces.