Twice Cooked Pork & Pineapple – A Tasty 30-Minute Meal!

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Twice Cooked Pork and Pineapple

“A Delicious 30 Minute Meal”

Twice Cooked Pork & Pineapple

Its noon, and I’m hungry,
If you follow us, you know my routine by now.
Off to the kitchen to see what I already have in the fridge and pantry that needs to be used up.

I see 1 cup of Belizean rice that I think I bought in Belize last year, a bottle of oyster sauce that has maybe 2 ounces left, one 4 ounce filet of cooked pork (left over from making steamed pork buns), a carrot, a chunk of ginger, one lonely clove of garlic, some chunks of cut up pineapple, a half red onion, and fresh broccoli stems with no flowers (I save the stems for soup). ~ Chef Bruce

Perfect.

These ingredients can easily make a really tasty meal for two, in only 30 minutes.

Ready? Let’s get Cooking!

Twice Cooked Pork & Pineapple

 The Rice Step: (28 minutes total)

  • 1 cup rice & 2 cups water

Rinse rice and drain.

Bring to a boil 2 cups water in a small saucepan. Add rice and a pinch of salt, then place a tight fitting lid on saucepan. Reduce flame to low or simmer. Do not lift the lid. No peeking!

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Present Rice by Packing in Mold,
Then turn Rice out on a plate

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…Like this!

Simmer Rice on low for 18 minutes;

then let the rice rest – with the lid still on – for another 10 minutes.

In 28 total minutes, you will have perfectly cooked rice.

Method:

  • 4 ounces cooked pork, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices (loin, shoulder, round are all fine). Sliced cooked beef would work fine as well
  • 1 T corn starch mixed with 1 Tblsp water
  • 1 Tblsp Gochujang Fermented Red Pepper Paste OR Sriracha Sauce.

Red Pepper Paste

– Mix all ingredients together in a large dish or container.

Marinate the pork (10 minutes):

While the meat is marinating, Prep the veggies and Sauce (15 minutes):

2 Tblsp fresh peeled ginger, sliced into coins

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 carrot, cut into thin coins

Healthy Ginger

Healthy Ginger

1 handful of pineapple chunks

1/2 cup thinly sliced broccoli stems

1/2 onion, sliced

2 ounces oyster sauce

1 Tblsp soy sauce

2 ounces water or beef stock

3 Tblsp oil

* Time to Cook (5 minutes):

  1. Place a 12 inch wok on high flame, add the oil. Roll the wok so the oil coats the surface of the wok. When oil starts to smoke, add the marinated pork slices so they are separated in the wok. Cook the meat on one side to get some color; then flip the meat and cook on the other side.
  2. Add the ginger and garlic and stir all together for 30 seconds; then add the veggies and stir 30 seconds.
  3. Add the pineapple chunks, soy sauce, oyster sauce, water and stir together about 30 seconds. Remove from the wok and serve with rice
  4. Plate, Serve, and Enjoy!

That’s it! In 30 minutes, you made a wholesome & delicious meal for two.

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Same basic dish, using different ingredients

On a busy work day, you too can be a hero by cooking a tasty meal
with food items you already have in your home.
Your grandma would give you a thumbs up for being frugal,
and you get a warm, home cooked meal. Win / Win!
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If you like, please feel free to contact me  with a list of ingredients in your home that need to be used,
and I will respond with an easy recipe. Teamwork!! ~ Chef Bruce

 

Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding ~ A Delicious “No Cook” Recipe!

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Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding

This dessert always starts the same way:

“I had one avocado sitting on the counter, that had to go.”

When I first saw a recipe for chocolate pudding using avocado, it sounded pretty weird. But all the comments and reviews were glowing. Everyone loved it. THAT intrigued me. I filed it away in the back of my head, and life went on. The next time I found myself with that “avocado that had to go”, I looked it up on the web, and decided to give it a try it.

It is super easy, and tastes FANTASTIC!

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Mmm! Creamy & Decadent!

I’ve now made this creamy, rich pudding a few times, and it was delicious each go around. I made it again last week (yep, still delicious!) , so I thought I’d post the recipe again, but with all new photos. 🙂 Are you ready? Let’s Get Cooking!

~~ Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding ~~

Healthy Ingredients

Healthy Ingredients

 * Ingredients
1 Avocado, peeled & cut
1/4 cup quality Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
1/4 cup Honey or Agave Syrup (I like Honey)
1/4 cup Almond Milk (Soy or Dairy Milk is fine)
1/4 tsp Almond or Vanilla Extract
* Method:
Mix all ingredients in processor until smooth.
Garnish.
 THAT’S IT!
It is dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, raw,
contains essential amino acids, and is full of vitamins & antioxidants.
But don’t make it for those reasons. Make it because…
It is totally delicious and decadent!
Your friends & family will never know it has avocado!!
Score skin & peel the Avocado

Score skin & peel the Avocado

This recipe could not be easier ~ You have no excuse not to try it!
If you do, please check back and let us know what you think!
CHEERS, and HAPPY EATING!
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“Buh-Bye, Delicious Chocolate Avocado Pudding!”
  • Recipe Adapted from Fearlesshomemaker.com: Click Here
  • For  Our Original Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding RecipeCLICK HERE

 

Sweet Coconut Quinoa Porridge ~ As Delicious as it is Nutritious!

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Breakfast is a critical meal for me and Jane. We start work early and require healthy food to stay alert and productive. Quinoa is one breakfast food which helps us start our day with natural energy. Creamy, sweet, nutty and just really good.  This recipe is so easy it’s almost fool proof. Ok, Let’s Get Cooking!

* Coconut Quinoa Porridge *

By Chef Bruce West

Yield: 4 servings  ~  Total preparation & cook time: 1 hour

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* Ingredients:

3/4 cup uncooked Quinoa

2 cups water

Pinch salt

1 tsp unsalted butter (optional)

1  13.5 ounce can coconut milk

1 cup water

4 tablespoons brown sugar

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Toasted Coconut

* Toppings:

Toasted shredded coconut (click for recipe)

Toasted almonds (optional – click for recipe)

Fresh berries, cubed mango, or sliced bananas (optional)

Method:

  1. Wash quinoa in cold water, then strain (use a colander that has fine mesh).
  2. Place 2 cups water in a 2 quart sauce pot that has a tight fitting lid.
  3. Add the butter and salt. Bring the water to a boil.
  4. Add the quinoa and bring back to a boil. Place the lid on the pot.
  5. Turn flame down to very low; the quinoa & water should simmer gently. Do not remove the lid.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat but do not remove the lid. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes as the quinoa will absorb any remaining moisture.
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    Top: Cooked Quinoa
    Bottom: Simmering the Combined Ingredients
  7. Remove lid. Add coconut milk, brown sugar and the 1 cup water. Bring to a boil while stirring.
  8. Cook for approximately five minutes.
  9. Pour into dessert or soup bowls. Add toppings.
  10. Serve and Enjoy!
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Delicious Sweet Coconut Quinoa Porridge

And there you have it ~ Tasty Sweet Coconut Quinoa Porridge!

This Hot ‘Cereal’ is easy to make, healthy, packs a wallop of nutrition, and very satisfying.

Best of all, it’s Delicious! 🙂

With the Chilly Weather coming, we hope you give this warm, healthy breakfast dish a try.

We love it!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

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Ginger Soy Vegetable Lo Mein Recipe – Putting Ramen to Shame!

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Ginger Soy Vegetable Lo Mein

I really, really love Asian style foods. That is all I have to say about that.

** Ginger Soy Vegetable Lo Mein  **

Serves 2 ~ Prep and cooking time: 30-45 minutes

Ingredients:
4 oz spaghetti or linguine,- cooked
¼ cup peanut oil, or sunflower oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes or 1 tsp diced hot chili pepper
2 cups diced assorted vegetables. Use what you have. You could include any of the following veggies: Bok choy, mushrooms, broccoli, snow peas, cabbage, carrots, onions, peppers, bean sprouts, celery
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 Tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
1 Tablespoon Oyster sauce
2 Tablespoons soy sauce mixed with 1 tsp sugar
Pinch or two of Ground black pepper

Method:
1. Prepare all Ingredients.
2. Cook the pasta. Pour into a colander, but do not wash or cool off the pasta in water- leave in the colander
3. Place wok or large sauté pan on high heat for two minutes to get very hot
4. Add the oil. Let oil sit in the pan to get hot for about 30 seconds (the oil must be hot)
5. Add the ginger, garlic and pepper flakes and stir constantly until the ingredients get a slight brown color. This takes about 15 seconds and do not burn (be sure to keep the heat on high)
6. Add the 2 cups diced veggies and stir constantly for about 30 seconds
7. Add the stock, Hoisin, Oyster sauce, Sesame Oil, and soy sauce. Stir for about 15 seconds
8. Add the pasta and stir to mix the veg and pasta for 15 seconds
9. Add the black pepper and stir for about 15 seconds.
10. Take off the heat and plate up immediately

** This dish works as great on a busy weeknight, as it does for Saturday night company. Add stir-fried chicken, beef, or seared shrimp if desired. Bruce likes to top with a seasoned fried egg, giving it an impressive “international flare”. lol!

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** Enjoy! **

Breakfast for Dinner: Tasty Healthy Waffles!

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Do you like eating Breakfast for Dinner? WE DO! And about once a month in our house, that means WAFFLES! A few years ago, Bruce found his mom’s old waffle maker – with the old fashioned frayed, round, cloth-covered plug and everything-  and has been on a mission to make yummy waffles. Since we’ve reduced our wheat & dairy intake, his challenge has been incorporating non-wheat based flours. Attempts with completely dairy or wheat-free recipes (ie, almond, coconut, oat, buckwheat, etc flours, almond & coconut milk) did not give him a satisfactory result. Below, he presents the fruits of his labors:

Mmm! Home Made Waffles!

Mmm! Home Made Waffles!

* Tasty Waffles *

Servings: 4 waffles

DRY Ingredients:

¼ cup Quinoa flour

¼ cup Oat flour

½ cup AP flour

1 T baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 T tapioca flour (can substitute cornstarch)

WET Ingredients:

1 cup milk

2 T melted unsalted butter

1 T sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp almond extract

Equipment:

Wire whip, 2 mixing bowls (approx. 2 quart size), waffle maker, 4 ounce ladle, spray oil (we found an organic coconut oil spray!)

Method:

  1. Place all dry ingredients in one mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a whip.
  2. Place all wet ingredients in the other mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Using the whip or fork, stir only until combined. Do not over mix. Batter must rest for about 10 minutes.
  4. Turn on waffle maker to high temp. When waffle maker is at high temp, lightly spray the cooking surface.
  5. Ladle 4 ounces of the batter onto the cooking surface
  6. You will have to experiment with the temp and time, as each waffle maker varies
  7. Garnish with fruit, toasted nuts, compotes, etc – and enjoy!

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