Toasted Sesame Quinoa

A fun twist on a simple and versatile grain.

 

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Ingredients:

1 cup of quinoa

1-2 tsp of sesame seeds

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp sesame oil

1/2 tbsp of sesame oil (reserved)

2 cups of low sodium chicken broth

 

  1. Over medium heat, add olive oil and sesame oil to a sauce pan.
  2. Add garlic and stir.quin2
  3. Add the quinoa and sesame seeds.quin3
  4. Toast and stir frequently for about 4-5 minutes.
  5. It will become highly fragrant.
  6. Add chicken stockquin4
  7. Bring to a rapid boil.
  8. Stir and reduce to a simmer.quin5
  9. Cook for about 15 minutes (or until the broth is fully absorbed).
  10. Add remaining sesame oil and stir.
  11. Fluff quinoa with a fork.
  12. Top with sesame seeds.quin6quin7quin8

 

 

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Chili Lime Peanut Noodle Salad

I love a flavor-packed dish with these flavors. You really can’t go wrong with garlic, ginger, cilantro, soy, sesame, etc. Tossing these ingredients together with brown rice noodles and veggie noodles (carrot and zuchinni), you’ve got a super light salad that can be eaten hot or cold.

It’s delicious as part of an entree, a side or a light lunch!

 

Chili Lime Peanut Noodle Salad

 

Noodle Salad

1 package of brown rice noodles, cook as directed

1 large zuchinni julienned, (invest in a mandolin slicer w/ attachments or vegetable spiralizer)

2 carrots, julienned

 

Sauce

3 tsp sesame oil

4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

3 garlic cloves, grated

1-2 inch ginger, grated

2 tbsp water

juice and zest of 1 large lime

3-4 tbsp of peanut butter, creamy or chunky

2 tsp of sambal

1 tsp of fish sauce

½ tsp of oyster sauce

1 tbsp of rice vinegar

½ tsp of sesame oil

2 tbsp of light brown sugar

 

¼ cup chopped cilantro, to finish

 

 

  • Cook rice noodles following package directions.
  • In a large bowl combine the sauce ingredients and whisk vigorously until well combined. Taste and add ingredients as needed (I wound up adding a bit more ginger and crushed red pepper).peanutpeanut3
  • Using a mandolin slicer (or vegetable spiralizer), shred your zucchini and your carrots.peanut2
  • Drain noodles and reserve ¼ cup of cooking liquid.
  • Put noodles back into pot, add shredded vegetables and sauce
  • Using tongs, toss to combine
  • This can be served hot, warm or cold.mealmeal2meal3

 

Leftover sauce can be loosened with more lime juice or water and used as a salad dressing! Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

 

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Quick Pork and Cabbage Gyoza

I am madly in love with any type of dumpling. Gyoza, potstickers, shumai. You name it, I’ll eat it. Little pockets of love, if you ask me.

 

I usually make my dough from scratch….until I bought my first pack of wrappers and well, work smarter and not harder.

 

For this recipe you will want to use your seasoned cast iron skillet for the traditional steam-fry-steam technique that yields a simultaneously crispy yet soft exterior.

 

I cooked this tonight on the fly so the measurements are not exact but you can freeze any leftover wrappers or leftover filling and use it another night. I do this all of the time.

Also, the lovely thing about making dumplings is that you really don’t have to stay true to any one recipe. Use what you have on hand!

 

Gyoza

Pack of gyoza (or wonton) skins

¼ to ½ lb of ground pork (you can substitute finely chopped shrimp, ground chicken, etc)

1-2 cup of finely shredded cabbage

2 garlic cloves, grated

1 in knob of ginger, grated

1 tbsp of sesame oil

1 tsp of low sodium soy sauce

Splash of fish sauce

 

Dipping Sauce

½ c low sodium soy sauce

1 tsp rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp light brown sugar

½ tsp sesame oil

1 tsp of water

chopped scallion, crushed red pepper (optional)

 

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  • Scoop a scant tsp onto the skin
  • Dampen your finger with water and moisten the lip of the wrapper
  • Fold up the dumpling and seal. (Visit Lizzie Tilchin and check out different ways to seal these babies!)
  • Heat your cast iron skillet and using a napkin wipe it down with your preferred cooking oil and a bit of sesame oil.
  • Place your dumplings onto the hot skillet for about 10-15 seconds until the bottoms begin to crisp up
  • Then pour about 2/3 cup of water into the skillet and cover tightly
  • Let this cook for about 4-5 minutes.

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