Jun 19, 2017

Recipe: Whole Grain Dark Chocolate Walnut Zucchini Bread

I was trying to come up with something the other day that would be a great food gift to bring along to pick someone up from the airport. It didn't need to be easily eaten on the go, but it would be something that didn't require any extra steps, didn't assume that the person had anything at all at home to go with it (like cream or jam) since he was returning from a longish trip and likely had an understocked fridge, would be delicious at any time of the day/night (jetlag!), and still wholesome enough to provide some nutritional value after a long trip (and since it probably wouldn't be paired with anything else.)

This bread is what I came up with and it went over very well!

Dark Chocolate Walnut Zucchini Bread

The whole wheat and ~2 medium sized zucchinis that went into the loaf make it virtuous enough to eat on its own/for breakfast, but it's also extremely chocolatey, moist, and has a flavor depth from the zucchini, Dutch processed cocoa (do not substitute!), and toasted walnuts that makes it a joy to eat.

Read on for the recipe!

May 28, 2017

Recipe: Chinese-Style Chicken with Black Pepper Sauce

I'm not even going to pretend that this is an authentic Chinese recipe. No, this is 100% Americanized Chinese-inspired food prepared by someone who has absolutely 0 qualification to make Chinese food.

...but if you like Americanized Chinese food and you want a simple weeknight dinner recipe that's healthier than takeout, but still a crowd-pleaser, it's a hit!

Chinese Food Copycat Recipes

Just get some rice boiling before you start cooking the chicken and the whole meal will come together in less than thirty minutes! So that reading this recipe post doesn't take longer than actually making the recipe, I'm going to jump right in.

May 20, 2017

Recipe: Crispy Coconut Kale

Kale can be very hit or miss and it's one of the most controversial vegetables out there. On the one hand, you have Those People who buy $7 bags of kale chips (with only two servings per bag) and wear Yale-inspired 'KALE' sweaters. On the other hand, you have the people who make taunting faces at bags of kale in the grocery store.

Yes, this is a thing that I have seen. Welcome to New York, city of characters.

Anyway, even for the most kale-adverse person out there, here's a surefire way to make the curly green enjoyable! It's crispy, it's spicy, it's flavorful, it's green and coconutty: 

Quick and easy kale

It's hipster crack.

How to cook kale

Another photo, because yum.

It's also super easy to make! I served it with coconut jasmine rice, roasted salmon, and roasted okinawan sweet potatoes for my first hosted dinner in my new (awesome) Upper West Side apartment. I must get around to writing up those recipes, as well, because the meal was a hit, but this crispy coconut kale was so good that I simply must share it NOW. Without further ado, here's the recipe.

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