Saturday, October 07, 2006

Dinner at Home

Lime-Caper Baked Trout
If I had had lemons, I would have used them, but I only had limes, which were a bit bitter.

-2 whole trout, gutted and cleaned
-1 lime, thinly sliced
-3 tb capers
-salt to taste
-2 tb butter

Salt the inside cavities of the trout. Sprinkle the capers in the cavities and add slices of lime, and small pats of butter. Place the fish in a large baking dish, cover with foil, and bake on 400 for 25 minutes.

Serve with a green salad.

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Late Afternoon Snack from Costco, San Francisco, CA


Who can resist the allure of a hotdog from Costco?

Brunch at Home

Our friend K. crashed at our place last night, and very sweetly made us gigantic omelettes and bacon for breakfast. They contained tomatos, onion, cheese and bacon. Yum!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Dinner at Home

Chupaqueso Taco Salad
A great Friday night meal that takes little time to prepare and is fairly straight forward, a necessity after a couple of after work, Friday night drinks.

For recipes for homemade guacamole and the taco meat, click here. I use ground turkey as a healthier alternative to ground beef.

For our video tutorial of just how to make a chupaqueso taco shell, click here.

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Lunch from Osha Thai, San Francisco, CA

Osha Thai is one of our favorite delivery lunch places at work. They have lots of low carb options and the food is hot and beautiful when it arrives at the office. You really can't beat fresh flowers in every dish for delivery presentation.

Crispy Tofu Salad
This time they put the dressing (pure fish sauce, I think) on the salad rather than on the side and by the time it arrived it was hardly "crispy".

Chicken Wings
Aside from the snotty texture of the too-sweet sweet and sour sauce, these meaty chicken wings are pretty darn good.

Garlic Tiger Prawns
Easily the best dish at Osha, these butterflied prawns are never overcooked and are always smothered in buttery, garlicky goodness.

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Breakfast from Gambino's, San Francisco, CA

Salad (comes with meatball hotplate)
Usually it comes with marinated artichokes, but this time it didn't.

Meatball Hot Plate $7
Some people think that meatballs for breakfast is weird, but we like it. It is filling and we can call in the order and pick it up on the way to work.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Dinner at Home

Mixed Green Salad with Balsamin Vinagrette

Sesame Shirataki Noodles with Soy-Hoisin Baked Chicken

Sesame Noodles:
-4 packages fettuccini style shirataki noodles
-2 tb sesame seeds
-4 scallions, thinly sliced in rounds

-2 tb dark soy
-1/4 tahini
-juice of 1 lime
-2 tb sesame oil
-2 tb rooster sauce
-1 packet Splenda

Boil the noodles for a couple minutes. Drain. Thoroughly combine the sauce ingredients and pour over the noodles. Add the scallions and the sesame seeds. Combine everything.

Soy-Hoisin Chicken:
-2 tb dark soy
-1 tb hoisin sauce
-6 frozen chicken tenders

Combine the soy and the hoisin and pour over the chicken in a baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes on 375. Slice chicken and place on top of noodles.

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Lunch at Banana's, San Francisco, CA

We decided to try the Thai place that is just around the block from our office. It wasn't bad for a hearty portion at a very affordable price of $7 per plate (choose any 3 of about 15 entrees).

Spicy Beef, Tofu Brocolli, and Chicken with String Beans
Not super flavorful, but not bad either.

Tofu with Brocolli, Orange Chicken and Spicy Chicken
The orange chicken was actually a pleasant surprise, not too sweet and hardly breaded at all.

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Health Code Violations

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Breakfast at Home

Breakfast Burrito
Low carb tortillas are a godsend when you want a handheld, low carb breakfast. Low carb tortillas are also very high in fiber, which is also a great way to start the day.

For 2 burritos:
-4 eggs, scrambled
-1/2 cup shredded cheese
-2 low carb tortillas

Arrange scrambled eggs along the center of each tortilla. Sprinkle half the cheese on each. Roll tortilla and place open edges down in a hot pan, which creates a seal as the cheese melts. Flip and brown on other side.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Dinner at Home

Rosemary Garlic Chicken
Fresh herbs make this dish succulent.

-1 large onion, thinly sliced
-1 head garlic, minced
-4 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves chopped
-8 chicken thighs
-salt and pepper to taste

Sautee onions and garlic in a bit of olive oil until carmelized. Add the chicken, some salt and pepper and cook, covered, for several minutes. Flip chicken and brown on the other side for a few minutes, still covered. Add rosemary and stir. Serve when chicken is cooked through.

Roasted Turnips, Mushrooms and Fennel
Simple and tasty.

-3 medium turnips, diced
-1 large bulb fennel, diced
-1 lb crimini mushrooms, halved
-1 can chicken broth
-salt and pepper to taste

Throw all ingredients in a large baking dish, cover with foil and bake on 400 for 45 minutes.

Italian Plum Tart with Whipped Cream

Italian Plum Tart, Full View
Not too sweet and also very easy.

-6-8 Italian plums, pitted and halved
-1 recipe pie crust (1 cup flour and 1 stick of butter, combined with fingers until it resembles cornmeal, add water by the tablespoon until you can form into a cohesive ball)

Press pie crust into greased pie pan. Bake on 400 for 10 minutes. Arrange plum halves face down in the pie shell and bake on 350 until fruit is bubbly and crust is golden brown.

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Lunch at Work

Leftover Cheesy Pureed Cauliflour with Costco Rotisserie Chicken

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Dinner at Home

Pan Fried Steak with Cheesy Pureed Cauliflour
Hearty and tasty. Pureed Cauliflour is sooo much better than mashed potatos and doesn't sit heavily in your stomach.

Pureed Cauliflour
-1 head cauliflour, chopped
-1 cup shredded cheese
-1/4 cup cream or milk
-1 tb butter
-salt and pepper to taste

Boil the cauliflour until tender. Puree with an immersion blender. Add all other ingredients and stir to combine.

Lunch at Work

Leftover Fish Curry and Hot Pot.

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Dinner at Home

Green Curry with Scallops and Halibut
Curries are great weeknight meals because they take little time to prepare, can be made with whatever ingredients you have on hand and are packed with flavor.

-1/2 onion, thinly sliced
-8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
-2 cans coconut milk (I use the light version because it has less carbs and calories and, oddly, fewer ingredients than the regular kind)
-8 large scallops, halved
-1 large halibut filet, cut in bite size pieces
-1 large zuchinni, cut in bite size pieces
-1 head brocolli, cut into flowerettes
-1 large bell peppers
-2 tb green chili paste
-2 packages kelp noodles
-salt to taste

Sautee onions and garlic in a bit of olive oil until soft. Add coconut milk, kelp noodles and chili paste and simmer until noodles are soft. Add the veggies and simmer another 10 minutes. Add the scallops and fish and cook for 2 minutes. Season throughout.

Lunch at Work

Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Balsamic Vinagrette
Simple, healthy and well needed after all the fried crap we ate over the weekend.

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Dinner at Home

Baby Back Ribs
This time we experimented a bit with the rub, but stuck to the standard cooking method (parboil for 15 minutes, rub with wetrub, into the Ron Popeil Set it and Forget It Rotisserie Grill for 38 minutes). This time we took a premade spice rub with lots of red pepper and doctored it up with lime juice, Splenda and worcestershire. Unfortunately (or fortunately), my homemade rub was better.

Miso Soup
This time I used silken tofu rather than firm, and I think I liked it quite a bit better. I also upped the scallion to the rest of it ratio with positive effects.

Lunch at KFC, Los Gatos, CA

Another wholy unhealthy meal this weekend...

Boneless Chicken Wings $6
These were pretty disgusting. We ordered regular wings, but somehow got these super breaded, atrocious nuggets smothered in too-thick hot sauce. We couldn't finish them.

Popcorn Chicken $4
Mmm (rubs tummy)...These are obviously the best offering in the KFC repertoire.

Extra Crispy Chicken-Dark Meat $3
Not so crispy and very salty, but we ate it in no time.

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Mid Morning Snack at a Friend's, San Jose, CA

Frozen Jamaican Beef Patty
Cooked up in a toaster oven, this was not bad fare. Relatively spicy with a crunchy crust.

Breakfast at Home

Strawberries with Yogurt
Healthy and delicious, but you have to use the good full fat greek yogurt.

Breakfast Burrito
Low carb tortilla, scrambled eggs, cheese and salsa make up this super easy portable breakfast.

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