Tomato, Kale and Orzo Soup w/ Turkey Meatballs

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Hi all! Sorry for being MIA. I feel so apologetic all the time on the blog since i haven’t posted very much, and I keep telling myself I want to write more and learn to code. Haven’t done this New Year’s Resolution yet, but have worked on the other goals for the year. I have a great feeling that 2016 is going to be a great year for my friends and I. Change is coming (and has already as I moved a month ago) and I am SO ready.

Btw, it has been raining for 5 straight days in Northern CA. I know this year is going to be a great year because even through the rain, I am still out and about and in a great mood to be spending time with friends and family. Also, it has been a great time to make hearty soups. I am very fond of orzo, but had a un-love affair with orzo for a long time. I think I just hated the fact that it literally soaked up every ounce of liquid in everything. But for some reason, this time, I was actually craving those little morsel pastas.

Also, I have my hands on some real Burmese fermented tea leaf paste. I plan to make tons and tons of tea leaf salads in the future. Will post here once I do. Can’t wait!

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Baked Spaghetti Squash with Crispy Kale!

I have got quite a few cheers and inquiries on the spaghetti squash ‘pasta’ I made last week!!! Roasted spaghetti squash is a great substitute for carby pasta and to get your daily veggie intake. One squash is about 4 servings, which is quite a lot for about $2.29! You can also throw it into chicken soup if you would like! It really is versatile and so good – get them while they are in season!!!

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Kale, Tofu, and Shitake Salad!

So my roomie is a health nut and she has been trying to eat healthier and become a vegetarian. She goes to the OB People’s Food Store to get entrees and what not because she doesn’t cook. Well one time she came home with this kale, tofu, and shitake mushroom salad and it was DELICIOUS. She didn’t like how bland it was, but I LOVED it. I loved the subtle soy sauce with the mushrooms and tofu. I loved the sesame seeds. It just felt healthy. And so I set out to recreate it. My roomie tried mine and she thought mine had more flavor and liked mine a lot more. Yay! I hope you like it too!

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Kale and Quinoa Cakes

I loveee kale and I loveee quinoa! Two things smacked together- perfection! I was first introduced to quinoa by my dear friend and cookie monster and have been learning about the grain ever since. It is high in protein, gluten-free, from the Andean culture, and has gained so much traction these past few years. Some people don’t really like the quinoa smell/taste, but if you soak it for about 5-10 min before you cook it, the ‘bitter’ smell/taste will go away. Or you can cook it with things that hide the taste! I happen to like the weird taste and texture. It is a great substitute for rice, if you ever get bored or tired of it. Kale is another vegetable that has grained traction these past few years and I, like any other human rabbit out there, love it. I love the hard texture and the strange bitter taste. Both of these food items have become staple in my everyday diet. I am just glad to be a human rabbit who enjoys veggies, grains, and weird healthy stuff. Anyway, enough with my rabbit talk. These kale and quinoa cakes are great for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I dip the cakes with some Trader Joe’s Garlic Aioli Mustard and it becomes that much better. I hope that I have opened some taste buds to some noob kale and quinoa people!!! ❤

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Kale and Bacon Lasagna!

It’s been awhile! I moved back to SD for Spring semester of my second year in law school so its been quite hectic trying to settle back in. For the holidays, I got a few new kitchen appliances to play with! I really hope that it will pave the way to many more posts! Now on to the food I made tonight =)

I first saw this cute little recipe on Skinny Taste! It was so clever– instead of layering the lasagna parts, you roll the noodle with the filling! I wanted to be healthier for the new year, so instead of my usual all fat everything ingredients, I used fat free ricotta instead. I also forgot to buy mushrooms, but luckily  had bacon. For those of you who know me though…I don’t really like bacon, but I had to use it for my potato leek soup the other night. Well, no matter what, this kale bacon lasagna is amazingly good!

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