Posts tagged ‘Pasta’

April 21, 2012

Gluten Free Vegan Gnocchi

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

 

Although, I am Japanese, I love cooking foods from other countries. Chinese and Korean foods are quite common on our table, but the most popular cuisine that I cook (apart from Japanese) is Italian!! I used to have pasta machine at home in Tokyo, and had fun making my own pasta. Our honeymoon was to South Italy, and my husband Hide ate pizza and gelato everyday for 2 weeks and gained 3 kilos. I was 7 month pregnant at that time, and proud to say that I didn’t gain any wait!

This is how much we love Italian food, and I still make my own tomato sauce and never bought ready made pasta sauce.

 

Here is a simple recipe that is loved by everyone in my family, including my 19 month old baby Yumi, and you must try it.

 Once you made the gnocchi dough, you can eat it in many ways. It will keep in fridge for about 3 days, and some people say you can freeze it, but I usually finish it within 3 days, so am not quite sure how the texture would turn out.

 

I sometimes add mashed pumpkin or sweet potatoes to the basic recipe, and have it with my “soy cheese” sauce. It is a great alternative to carbonara, low in fat and calories, so you can enjoy your “pasta” without any guilt!

 

 

Ingredients (to make about 12-15 gnocchi pieces)

-1 large potato (about 250g)

-50-80g Potato starch

-1 pinch Salt

 

Step 1 : Peel the potato skin, cut into 8 pieces and steam for about 20min, until soft. (You can boil it with the skin on, then peel it or cook it in the microwave  as well. I just prefer steaming my vegetables, so that they will have maximum taste to it)

Step 2: Mash or mix in food processor until smooth, add salt and potato starch. Form into small ball (about 20cent coin big and finger thick) and cook in boiling water for 3-5min. It will swell up and become about 50cent coin size.

Serve immediately with your favorite sauce. Today, I cooked tomato sauce with kidney bean burgers, looks like meatball!? It was sooooo good, I enjoyed my organic wine very much with it. I hope you enjoy it too!

 

 

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February 20, 2012

Asian Style Dinner in 30min

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist/ Healthy Muffin Maker/ Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Tonight, we had Asian food for dinner. Yes, Japanese foods are Asian too, but I mean Asian in South East Asia, using fish sauce and coriander and lime etcetra. It turned out to be Easy (3 dishes in 30min),  Healthy (Hardly any oil nor sugar), and YUMMY (my husband said it’s the BEST). So, I decided to share it with you.

This was what was left in the fridge/freezer (well, I made it to use up leftovers…)

– 2 Chicken drumsticks cooked with soup : Cooked previously and frozen, seasoned with salt and ginger

Handy salmon flakes ( Red salmon) : Something in our fridge all the time

We had lots of limes and coriander, which needed to be used, so by mixing them together, I ended up making

-Chicken salad with vegetables

-Crab stick soup with bean‐starch vermicelli

-Linguine with salmon and cabbage

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To make it in 30min:

1.Chop all the vegetables

2.Start cooking soup; boil water

3.Prepare salad; cook pasta

4.Cook pasta sauce, mix serve!

Linguine takes 11 min to boil, and the sauce only takes 10 min so I always cook pasta sauce as I am boiling the pasta. Soup and salad can be prepared ahead, if you don’t want to rush.  I will explain how to make each dish in detail on a separate article.

Thank you for reading and ENJOY!

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