Monthly Archives: May 2015

Middle Eastern Rice Salad

This simple salad will take up only 20 minutes of your time – 15 for preparation and 5 for cooking. There will be enough food for 4 servings. Although this rice salad contains around 380 calories per serving, it’s extremely healthy – there are no fats or cholesterol. This is the list of the ingredients you’ll need:

• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• ½ of sweet onion (thinly sliced)
• 1 can of chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
• ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
• ¼ teaspoon of salt
• freshly ground black pepper
• 3 cups of cooked brown rice
• ½ cup of chopped pitted dates
• ¼ cup of chopped fresh mint
• ¼ cup of chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

First of all, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet (set the temperature on medium-high). Add sliced onion and cook it until the slices begin to brown. Remove the pan from heat and stir in chickpeas, cumin and salt. Season it with freshly ground black pepper to achieve a better taste. After doing all this, combine rice, onion-chickpeas mixture, dates, mint and parsley in a large bowl. Toss well until everything is combined. Serve the salad warm or at room temperature.

Types Of Pans

A wise man once said that choosing the right pan can make you a better cook. There are so many types of pans out there that many people find it difficult to choose the right one. The right pan can help you with a specific technique you want to apply while cooking, for example.

• Slope-sided skillet

Used best for pancakes, vegetables, eggs, crepes and delicate foods. It’s the perfect pan for flipping food or redistributing vegetables while they’re cooking.

• Straight-sided skillet

Used best for chicken, pork, searing, sauce or for preparing pan-fried steak. If you’re going to cook in half-inch of oil, the straight-sided pan is perfect for you because the oil won’t slosh out over the sides, nor will it spatter when pan-frying meats.

• Stock pot

A stock pot is usually described as a tall, narrow pot with two handles. It should be used for pasta, gnocchi, dumplings, soups and blanching. A higher pot is needed because you don’t want the food to “escape” while cooking.

• Dutch oven

A Dutch oven is large round or oval pan, wider than it is tall with two handles and a tight-fitting lid. It is used for braises, pot roasts, stews and slow simmers on the stove or in the oven. Everything that needs to be cooked slowly should be cooked in a Dutch oven because it can hold in the heat.

• Saucepan

This round, single-handle pan with a heavy bottom should be used for milk, custards, puddings, sauces and melding flavors. It can retain the moisture, and that’s what makes it perfect for preparing everything aforementioned.

Chinese Chicken Salad

There is no better (and healthier) way to start you day than to start it with a chicken salad. Chicken salad can be a perfect replacement for your lunch, too. There are numerous variations of the traditional chicken salad, and here is a recipe for Chinese chicken salad.

Ingredients

• 3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
• 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
• 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
• ¾ teaspoon of hot chili paste
• 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger
• 3 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
• 1 pound of skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
• 16 wonton wrappers, shredded
• 4 cups of romaine lettuce, torn, washed and dried
• 2 cups of shredded carrots
• 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
• ¼ cup of shopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

1. For the dressing, whisk together the hoisin sauce, peanut butter, brown sugar, chili paste, ginger, vinegar and sesame oil.
2. Chicken breasts should be grilled or boiled for 10 minutes. After this, you should cool them and slice.
3. Preheat your oven to 350oF (175oC). Spray a large shallow pan with nonstick vegetable spray and then arrange shredded wontons in a single layer and bake until the meat is golden brown (for about 20 minutes). Then wait for it to cool.
4. Take a large bowl and put the chicken inside, alongside wontons lettuce, carrots, green onions and cilantro. Dress it with your already prepared dressing and serve.