Baked Apple Chips

For some while now my post workout snack have been baked apple chips. It started as a microwave semi apple pie (just sliced apples with cinnamon in the microwave) and since i found a youtube channel called Raw.Vegan.Not Gross it has made my life better and easier. I´ve been their making apple chips ever since. It is just a fantastic snack to munch on if your just watching tv, going to the movies or just want a chip like alternative minus all the calories. This is simply perfect.  Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS:
– 4-5 apples
– 1 tbsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tbsp ginger
– 1/2 tbsp nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS
– Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
– Core the apples and then slice them on a mandoline (or slice them thinly.)
– Toss with spices.
– Spread them out on a tray and bake at 200 degrees for 45 mins to an hour.

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Hace tiempitos mi merienda después de hacer ejercicio han sido rodajas de manzanas al horno. Son super crujientes! Comenzó como un semi pastel de manzana de microondas (manzanas en rodajas con canela calentadas en el microondas) y desde que encontré con un video de youtube sobre cómo hacerlas ahora no las cambio. Lo único malo es que hay que estar hooooorraaaaass viendo el horno mientras la casa huele a pie de manzana!

He estado haciendo chips de manzana desde entonces. Es un aperitivo muy saludable para picar mientras están viendo televisión, las pueden esconder e ir al cine así evitan todas las calorías de las palomitas con mantequilla o los chocolates o los hot dogs! Buen provecho!

INGREDIENTES:
– 4-5 manzanas
– 1 cucharada de canela
– 1/2 cucharada de jengibre
– 1/2 cucharada de nuez moscada

INSTRUCTIONS
– Pre-calentar el horno a 200 grados
– Quitarle el centro de las manzanas con un mandolin o con el cuchillo
– Mesclar todas las especies
– Esparcirlas en una bandeja y hornear por 1 hora cada lado

 

Salmon Tacos

Its been a while since my last post and that’s because its been a while since I had time to actually sit down and write. Last week was DineLa or Los Angeles Food week in where a bunch of restaurants present 2-4 course meals. We visited a few and they were spectacular! My favorite was a red curry mussels with a coconut brown rice from Blue Plate Oysterette and man-oh-man was that fantastic! I will attempt to make my own soon and hopefully it will be half as good.
So new week and new recipe. Today i will share with you some Salmon Tacos. Dan loves his tacos and I have to say ive been very disappointed with the Mexican food here in Los Angeles. Having so much Mexican influence and Mexican people living here i would expect it to be soooo much better than what it actually is (nothing beats Taco Loco!). I cook better Mexican food. I just think they´ve just americanized mexican food and that no bueno!

I made some Salmon Tacos that will knock your socks off AND its low calorie. They are asian-mexican fusion tacos hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients

– 12 ounces Salmon
– 1 tablespoon sesame oil
– 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
– 1 teaspoon soy sauce
– 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
– 6 Flour Tortillas
– Cabbage- Fresh Cilantro
– red Onion- Mashed Avocado
– Fresh Lime
– Pico De Gallo

Instructions

– Marinate the salmon for 30 minutes in the sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce.
– In a non-stick pan, add the 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil and heat it to medium-high heat. Add the Salmon, flesh side down and let cook for 3 minutes with a lid on the pan.
– Flip the Salmon and let the fish cook all the way through, about 5 more minutes. Set aside.
– Heat the tortillas in a non-stick pan until hot on both sides and a little crispy.
– Top with chopped cabbage and the fresh cilantro and onions
– Divide the Salmon among the tortillas and top with mashed avocado and lime juice.
– Serve with Pico De Gallo on the side.

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Hace tiempito que escribi mi último post y  es porque no habia tenido tiempo para sentarme a escribir . La semana pasada fue DineLA o la semana de comida en Los Angeles en donde un grupo de restaurantes presentan  2-4 platos de comida que el chef considera que son lo mejor que tienen para ofrecer. Visitamos unos cuantos y que fueron ES PEC TA CU LA RES! Mi favorito era un mejillones al curry rojo con arroz frito en coco de Blue Plate Oysterette y fue fantástico ! Voy a tratar de hacer mi propio pronto y espero que sea la mitad de bueno .

Así que semana nueva, receta nueva. Hoy voy a compartir con ustedes algunos Tacos de salmón . Dan ama sus tacos y tengo que decir que me siento muy decepcionada con la comida mexicana aquí en Los Angeles. Tener tanta influencia mexicana yo esperaría que fuera mucho mejor de lo que realmente es ( no hay nada como Taco Loco y La Doña !) . Mi comida mexicana es mucho mejor de lo que he comido aqui. Creo que hay mucha comida mexicana americanizada y eso no necesariamente rico.

Hice algunos Tacos de salmón exquisitos y lo mas importante es que es bajo en calorías. Son tacos asiaticos-mexicanos y espero les gusten. Buen provecho!
Ingredientes

– 12 oz de salmón
– 1 cucharada de aceite de sésamo
– 1 cucharada de vinagre de vino de arroz
– 1 cucharadita de salsa de soya
– 2 cucharaditas de aceite vegetal
– 6 tortillas de harina
– repollo picado
– Culantro fresco
– Cebolla roja
– Aguacate
– Limon
– chismol o pico de gallo

Instrucciones
– Marinar el salmón durante 30 minutos en el aceite de sésamo, el vinagre de vino de arroz y salsa soya.
– En un sartén, añadan las 2 cucharaditas de aceite vegetal y calentar a fuego medio-alto. Colocar el salmon carne hacia abajo y dejar cocer durante 3 minutos con una tapa sobre la olla .
– Den la vuelta al salmón y dejar que el pescado se cocine unos 5 minutos más . Ponga a un lado .
– Calentar las tortillas en una sartén hasta que esté caliente en ambos lados y un poco crujientes o envolver en una manta y calentar en el microondas por 2 minutos.
– Cubra con repollo picado, el culantro fresco y cebollas
– Divida el salmón entre las tortillas y cubra con puré de aguacate y jugo de limón .
– Servir con chismol

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I´m trying to introduce more veggies into Dan´s diet since he has to get in shape for his Baker to Vegas Marathon in March. We  ran from home to the Rose Bowl and back as part of his training so it was only natural we were starving afterwards. Ive made cauliflower pizza crust before from a Pinterest recipe i saw a long time ago from Knead To Cook and thought it was perfect for today.
We love cauliflower! It is wonderful raw, pickled, in a chopped salad, roasted, steamed, mashed with butter and onions, and marinated but as a pizza crust who knew. A healthy pizza crust might i add. It is an amazing grain free, gluten free phenomenon, that tastes delicious and pleases children and grownups alike. I topped it with mushrooms, tomato, green bell peppers, onions and poached shredded chicken and it was delish. Dan certainly seemed to love it since he ate all of it! Now you have a healthy pizza option for that summer bod we are all working for. Hope you enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cauliflower head, finely chopped or grated
1 large egg
1 cup of Parmesan Cheese
3 garlic, minced
2 grinds of black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
Salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees with your pizza stone on the lowest rack setting.
– Make sure you’re starting with washed cauliflower that has been dried as much as possible.
– Take your florets (with most of the stems removed) and place in your food processor until fluffy (if you don´t have a food processor you can chop it finely or use a potato peeler)
– Heat up the chopped cauliflower in the microwave for about 8 minutes. Meanwhile mix your cheese, herbs, egg, salt and pepper in a bowl.
– Once the cauliflower is heated mix with the rest of the ingredients and use your hands to mash them.
– Place in a pizza stone, skillet or parchment paper and bake it for 15-20 minutes or until brown.
– Once pizza crust is done you can top it with whatever you want and voila!

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Open Face Croque Madame

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I love eggs! i really do! Boiled, scrambled, sunny side up, you name it. In fact if i were to die tomorrow my last meal would be eggs, beans, avocado, bacon and a black corn tortilla. No joke! I had left over Gruyere cheese from my tomato tart that i decided to incorporate it in my Croque Madame. A Croque Madame is jush a fancy french way to say ham and cheese sandwich with egg on top. It’s quick, easy and delicious, croque (croquant) crunch, French and perfect breakfast for a lazy Sunday. Bon Appetite!

INGREDIENTS
2 slices sandwich bread
3 teaspoon unsalted butter
2 slices ham
1 oz of gruyere cheese
2 eggs
Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
– On a hot skillet add a little Gruyere cheese for it to melt a little and place a bread slice on top of the cheese. It will stick to the bread. 
Then arrange thinly sliced smoked ham over and top with more gruyere cheese. Keep in skillet until it melts.
– In a skillet, over medium heat, melt a little piece of butter and crack an egg into the pan and cook sunny side up until it’s firm and cooked to your liking.
– Season with salt and pepper

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AMO los huevos! Hervidos , revueltos , estrellados, como sea!  Es más si me dijeran que mañana es mi ultimo dia y tengo que escoger una comida escogería huevos estrellados con frijoles, aguacate, bacón y una tortilla de maíz negro! Hmmm!! Hoy domingo hice Croque Madame. Un Croque Madame es la versión Francesa de un sándwich de jamón y queso con un huevo encima.  Tenia queso Gruyere todavía de la tartaleta de tomate así que decidí  incorporarlo en mi Croque Madame . Este rápido, fácil y delicioso desayuno francés es perfecto para desayuno, almuerzo o cena. Bon Appetite !

INGREDIENTES
2 rebanadas de pan
3 cucharaditas de mantequilla amarilla
2 rebanadas de jamón
1 oz de queso gruyere
2 huevos
Sal y pimienta

INSTRUCCIONES
– En una sartén caliente agregar un poco de queso Gruyere a que se derrita un poco y coloquen una rebanada de pan encima del queso. Se pegará al pan .
– Luego colocar el jamón ahumado en rodajas finas sobre el pan y cubrir con más queso gruyere . Mantener en un sartén hasta que se derrita.
– En una sartén, a fuego medio, derretir un trozo de mantequilla y cocinar un huevo estrellado.
– Sazonar con sal y pimienta

Tomato Tart with Gruyere Cheese

Today was Farmers Market and i always get a little too excited when i see fresh produce. A stand with fat juicy tomatoes got my attention. I was sold. While walking home i was thinking of a recipe that would include my tomatoes and remembered a tomato tart recipe my mom makes.
The name “tart” sounds all sweet and pretty and dainty. This, is not. It will knock your socks off. I changed my moms recipe a bit and i would say that its better, but just a tad better.

I made my own pie crust and I highly recommend making your own if you have the time. It  may seem intimidating, but the more you make your own the better and more comfortable you become with the process. trust me on this – making your own dough is really easy once you stop over analyzing and just go with how the dough feels and acts for you in the moment. okay this kinda makes me sound crazy, but read your pie dough, see where its at, add more flour if needed or water if needed- you will get the hang of it! Practice makes perfect. As always enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS- 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
– 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
– 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons Gruyere cheese
– 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
– 1 large onion, thinly sliced
– 2 1/4 pounds heirloom tomatoes
– Kosher salt
–  1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
– 1/4 Parmesan cheese
– 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
– 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
– 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
– 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
– 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
– Freshly ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
For the Crust:
– Mix the flour and fine salt in a large bowl.
–  Add the butter and 3 tablespoons Gruyere and mix.
– Drizzle in 4 tablespoons ice water and knead until the dough comes together
– Turn out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and pat into a disk. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes.
– Put the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll into a 13-inch round.
– Transfer the dough to a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate or individual pie plates and crimp the edges.
– Pierce the bottom of the crust all over with a fork. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
– Line the crust with foil, then fill with dried beans or something to press down the foil. Bake until the edges are golden, about 20 minutes.
– Remove the foil and beans and continue baking until golden all over, 10 to 15 more minutes.
– Transfer to a rack to cool.For the filling:

– Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until golden.Let cool.
– Thinly slice the tomatoes and toss with 1 teaspoon salt in a colander. Let drain, gently tossing occasionally, about 30 minutes.
– Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
– Combine the remaining gruyere, parmesan, mozzarella, greek yogurt, breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons each chives and parsley, the thyme, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and the sauteed onion in a bowl.
– Spread in the crust. Arrange the tomatoes on top. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with pepper.
– Bake until the tomatoes are browned, about 50 minutes.
Top with the remaining 1 tablespoon each chives and parsley.

Poached Pears with Chocolate Hazelnut Crumbs

Yes, it as good as it sounds! I gotta say i´ve never tried this and all the credit has to go to Sukaina from Sips and Spoonsfuls. Hats off to her cuz shes just plain genius. The only little thing I added from her recipe was Grand Marnier Liqueur for a little kick. Hope you enjoy this as much as i did!

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INGREDIENTS
– 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
– ¾ cup sugar (i used brown sugar)
– 120 gms Earth Balance vegan butter, room temperature
– 120 gms dark chocolate, chopped (for vegan use vegan chocolate)
– 3 tbs cocoa powder
– 4 tbs coffee powder
– ½ cup hazel nuts, chopped
– 5 pears
– mixture of whole spices such as 1 cinnamon, 1 star anise and 3 cloves
–  Grand Marnier Liqueur

INSTRUCTIONS:

– Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
– Peel the pears but leave the stalks intact. Put the pears into a pan with the Gran Marnier Liqueur,  1 tbs coffee and your spice mixture.
– Add enough water so that they are fully immersed. Boil on medium heat until a skewer can easily pierce the pears (about 30 minutes).
– Set the pears aside on a cooling rack.
 – Mix all the rest of the ingredients together so that it resembles breadcrumbs.
– Take 5 ramekins and place a poached pear into each one. Fill the ramekins all the way to the top with the crumble mixture. Pat down gently.
– Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes. Serve immediately.**i garnished it with melted chocolateESTASI

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 Sí, es tan bueno como suena! Tengo que decir que nunca habia probado las peras de esta forma  y todo el crédito tiene que ir a Sukaina de Sips y Spoonsfuls. Le rindo el sombrero porque es una genia. La única cosita que le agregué a su receta fue licor Grand Marnier para darle un toque más rico. Espero que lo disfruten tanto como yo lo hice. Buen Provecho!
INGREDIENTES
– 1 ½ taza de harina
– ¾ taza de azúcar (yo usé azúcar morena)
– 120 gramos de mantequilla amarilla, a temperatura ambiente
– 120 gramos de chocolate negro, en trozos
– 3 cucharadas de cacao en polvo
– 4 cucharadas de café en polvo
– ½ taza de avellanas, picado
– 5 peras
– Mezcla de especias enteras, tales como 1 canela, anís  y 3 dientes de clavo de olor
-Licor Grand Marnier
INSTRUCCIONES:
– Precalentar el horno a 200 grados.
– Pelar las peras, pero dejan los tallos intactos. Poner las peras en una sartén con el  Gran Marnier, 1 cucharada de café y su mezcla de especias.
– Añadir agua suficiente para que estén totalmente sumergidos. Hervir a fuego medio hasta que un palillo puede perforar fácilmente las peras (unos 30 minutos).
– Establecer las peras a un lado en una rejilla para enfriar.
– Mezclar todo el resto de los ingredientes juntos de modo que se asemeja a migas de pan.
– Tome 5 moldes y colocar una pera cocida en cada uno. Llenar los moldes hasta el final a la parte superior con la mezcla de migajas.
– Cocinar en el horno durante unos 30 minutos. Sirva inmediatamente.

Italian Pesto

We had such a busy weekend that i wasnt able to touch my computer at all! I went to my first Rose Bowl flea market and it was so much fun. I wanted to stay more time but Dan and a friend of mine wanted to watch a Chargers game so we had to leave early. – Snooze!-

After a looooong day, we finally finished watching Pablo Escobar: Patron Del Mal (tear) and I can finally finish my book. So while reading “Orange Is The New Black” for some reason i was urged to make pesto. God knows why. Maybe because i bought some cute little basil plants at the flea market i felt the urge to destroy them. So i put my book down, closed all the doors of the house so Dan wouldn’t hear the food processor going off at 1:15am! Yup, im crazy!

I made BIG batch of pesto, stored it in my fridge, and then use them to transform my food all week into amazing globe-trotting flavorful grub. This recipe i got from Food Network and it was just perfect! Simple, easy, flavorful Italian pesto you can use to dress up your pasta, sandwiches, you name it. Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS
– 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
– 2 cloves garlic
– 1/4 cup pine nuts
– 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
– Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
– 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
INSTRUCTIONS

– Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
– Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth.
– Season with salt and pepper.
* If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.** If freezing, transfer to an air-tight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and stir in cheese.

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Tuvimos un fin de semana muy ocupado y fue imposible poder sentarme enfrente de la computadora! Fui a mi primer Flea Market en el  Rose Bowl y fue muy divertido. Yo quería quedarme más tiempo , pero Dan y un amigo mío querían ver un partido de NFL , así que tuvimos que irnos temprano . – aburrido –

Después de un laaaaaargo día, finalmente terminamos de ver Pablo Escobar : Patrón Del Mal y ahora puedo terminar mi libro. Así, mientras leía “Orange is the New Black” , por alguna razón me dieron ganas de hacer pesto. Dios sabe por qué. Tal vez porque compré algunas plantas de albahaca en el mercado y sentía la necesidad de destruirlas. Así que puse mi libro a un lado, cerré todas las puertas de la casa para que Dan no escuchara el procesador de comida de  a la 1:15 am! Sí…estoy consciente que estoy loca!

Hice un montón de pesto así que lo guarde en un gran contenedor para luego utilizarlo para transformar mi comida durante toda la semana. Esta receta es de Food Network y es simplemente perfecta! Simple, fácil, y sabroso pesto italiano que pueden utilizar para mejorar tu pasta, sándwiches, lo que sea. Buen provecho!

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INGREDIENTES
– 2 tazas de hojas de albahaca frescas
– 2 dientes de ajo
– 1/4 taza de piñones
– 2/3 taza de aceite de oliva extra virgen,
– Sal y pimienta recién molida negro, al gusto
– 1/2 taza de queso Pecorino Romano rallado

INSTRUCCIONES
– Combinar la albahaca, el ajo y piñones en un procesador de alimentos y pulsar hasta que estén picadas en trozos grandes.
– Añadir 1/2 taza de aceite de oliva y procesar hasta que se incorpore plenamente.
– Sazonar con sal y pimienta
* Si lo van a utilizar de inmediato, añadir todo el aceite restante hasta que quede suave. Transferir el pesto a un tazón grande y mezclar con el queso.

** Si la congelación, transfiera a un recipiente hermético y rociar aceite restante sobre la parte superior. Congele hasta por 3 meses. Descongele y revuelva en el queso.