spinach bell pepper salad

this is probably the easiest salad you’ll ever make, and it’s so incredibly good that you’ll want to make it again- and you can! it only takes ten or so minutes and it has four ingredients.

you will need:

baby spinach

red bell pepper

parmesan cheese

croutons – i used some leftover garlic toast from corner bakery and diced it and baked it for 8 minutes @ 400 degrees. the croutons were crunchy and chewy on the inside.

1. thinly julienne your red pepper- you’re looking for paper thin strips so that they’ll absorb the salt better! sprinkle salt on top of the red pepper and mix- i like to dry my red pepper with a paper towel because i don’t like a soggy salad. if you like raw red bell peppers plain, feel free to do that as well.

2. roughly chop the baby spinach and dry it as well (optional), and season lightly with salt. there’s no dressing in this recipe so everything needs to be well seasoned!

3. toss the croutons, bell pepper, spinach, and parmesan together! you don’t want a ton of cheese in this recipe, but it does add a nice touch.

4. enjoy!

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toaster oven quesadilla (revisited!)

hi, sister three here! can i just say that Earth Fare is my favorite store ever- the freezer area is so neat and clean, despite the store being six months to a year old (i don’t remember). everything is organized perfectly, they offer awesome products, and have delicious food! speaking of delicious food, i picked up some tortillas and colby jack from there, determined to make quesadillas with my brand new toaster oven. and my oh my did they work. they’re crispy, cheesy, and made in less than 10 minutes. also, they’re pretty hard to mess up!

you will need:

cheese of your choice (i used colby jack)

tortillas (whole-wheat, corn, etc.)

oil (optional)

directions:
1. grate your cheese until you have as much as you want- it’s all up to you! also, preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. place and scatter cheese over the tortilla, making sure to have an even distribution.

3. place the other tortilla on top of the one with the cheese and brush some oil over it (for crispiness, optional)

4. cook for 8 minutes- you can flip it but i opted not to. enjoy!


Garlicky Sautéed Greens

Hey seesters!

I forgot to take pictures because I was so hungry, but I made these garlicky sautéed greens with over-easy eggs this morning! Here’s the recipe: http://www.brooklynsupper.net/2012/03/garlicky-sauteed-greens/

I didn’t have the red pepper or vinegar, but a splash of oyster sauce added to the greens put in a bit of Asian flavor 🙂 The recipe is also a bit salt-heavy, so I only added salt to the greens, and I only had one egg. Also, I didn’t have collard greens, so I just used a bag of spinach instead, which turned out pretty well. It was delicious and easy to make — the perfect breakfast to start off a day of essay writing.

Love and miss you guys,
Sister 2


The Ultimate Meal!

This is such a simple and delicious meal! Olive oil lemon halibut, spinach, and parsley-olive oil potatoes. Delicous and mediterranean-styled, this will be what you dream of for atleast a full week!

How to cook Potatoes-

After potatoes have been peeled, cut in 1-1.5 inch slices. Put on plate, wrap in saran wrap, and put in microwave for 3 minutes. After, put them one at a time on the sizzling pan. Add salt and olive oil now. After they have been cooking until they are slightly crispy, put pepper, and some parsley! Put on separate plate.

How to cook Spinach-

Boil spinach, and add some water and a squeeze of lemon juice. After boiled to your choice, put on separate plate. Add squeeze of lemon juice and salt.

How to cook the fish-

Now, I didn’t cook the fish myself, Dad did, but I can try to tell you what he did.

Place fish in pan. After about 30-45 seconds, and sprinkle salt on the fish. Cook until thoroughly cooked. Afterwards, sprinkle pepper and some lemon!!! It should be cooked and done now, congrats, you have an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G fish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Place spinach on plate, then sliced potatoes, then a small piece of fish! Yummers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Sincerely, Sister 3


Binding promise!

Hey Systers!

I’m going to commit to making either my favorite lentils with sausage recipe or trying Mom’s delicious kale and avocado salad this week! Not sure which one I’ll have time for (lentils + sausage is a wee bit more time-consuming), so stay tuned; it’s a surprise 🙂 I’ve been collecting sooo many recipes lately, and I can’t wait to try them…Hokay! I’ll do my best to try a new recipe and post about it every two weeks. I’m knee deep in midterms, papers, and presentations, so any break from work is welcome. Especially when it doesn’t include me being a slugabed all day hehehe.

Check back for another post later this week!

xoxo love love love,
Syster 2


Deepest apologies

Hi systers dearest!

I have no real excuse for not posting, especially since I live on my own now and we’re all busy. I guess it’s been hard for me to get time to myself lately. I have no pictures to post or recipes to share for now…My main source of energy has been water and the odd snack. However, I’m becoming proficient at omelets stuffed with spinach and cheese, as well as grilled cheese sandwiches! A personal favorite food right now? Vegetable cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches! Simple and delicious; a nice departure from grilled cheese or the typical turkey sandwich. I’m also a huge fan of lentils; easy to cook and very, very filling. You boil them with some garlic and salt, and afterwards, mash up the garlic and mix that in with caramelized onion bits. Add salt to taste, and it’s terrific with a sausage and other veggies.

I miss you both every day; when the going gets rough over here, I just think of my seesters on the East Coast. I’m temporarily without a phone, so Facebook is key for our communication ❤ I can’t wait to see you sillies…in December, I hope. I promise I’ll try to update in the next week or two with an actual home cooked meal!

Love love love,
Sister 2


Greetings from New York

Hi sisters!

It’s been a hot summer. So hot, in fact, that your dearest has been living off of eating like (literally) a rabbit. Raw veggies, yogurt, sorbet, anything that does not require real cooking. Although fish has been around from time to time. Some of my quick favorites:

1. Arugula Salad with Tomatoes, Shaved Parmesan cheese, almonds, and cranberries. I then add a bit of lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a little bit of salt and pepper. Toss and it’s perfect as a side to any meal. Sometimes I add in spinach too.

2. Tilapia Sandwich with Mango Chutney. Sometimes I get indian food and save all the sauces for other dishes – especially if its leftover mango chutney from the Hampton Chutney Co. in SoHo. Yumm. So anyway: I pan-fry the tilapia filet with some all-seasons salt, lemon juice, and olive oil until it gets crispy on both side. I put it on toasted whole-wheat bread, with spinach and chutney. Voila. Fancy sandwich.

3. Chorizo scramble. I was going through a sausage phase. I take off the casing of the fresh sausage first, and then brown it in the pan. Gradually break the sausage down and make sure its fairly cooked before adding in eggs (already whisked) and spinach. We added some tomatoes and toast on the side. Delish.

4. I finally got some fresh basil so I’ve been putting it on top of my favorite summer snack – tomatoes, mozarella, and balsamic vinegar. Nothing more, nothing less. Simple.

5. Kimchi Jeon. It wasn’t perfect but I think I’m getting close! It’s one of my favorite things to eat like a million of at Woojirip in K-Town so I was excited to try making my own. Basically, it’s a mix of cold water, egg (beaten), flour, kimchi broth, and kimchi. I added onion, green onion, and zucchini as well to make it a feel a little bit more healthy. The consistency is a little bit more watery than pancake batter basically. It’s delicious, especially paired with the vegetable sauce we usually pair with chicken katsu!

I also recently tried a green tiramisu cake from Panya Bakery in East Village. See the picture below! It was basically exquisite. Also ,the bakery is very cute and convenient..at least for where I’m coming from. Baked goods were ok, but the cake is divine.

 

Pam’s birthday cake from Panya Bakery!