Quinoa cakes/burgers

Quinoa.

Keen-wah.

Do you know about quinoa?  It’s a legit source of complete protein, meaning it has all 9 of the essential amino acids.  Oftentimes, vegetarian protein lacks some essential amino acids and thus has to be combined with other foods in order to get a complete source of protein.  Not quinoa though.  Quinoa’s got you covered.

Coincidentally, the slightly crunchy, slightly nutty grain also makes great “burgers.”

I used this recipe with a few changes, taking some inspiration from here.  Specifically, I used parsley in place of chives, a quarter of a medium yellow onion in place of shallots, and passed on the poached eggs.  I also added some cracked black pepper.
I never claimed to be a food photographer, guys.

Don’t let the looks of this little cake fool you!  It tastes amazing.  The nutty flavor and crunchy texture of the quinoa gets taken to the next level by being cooked up in a little bit of olive oil.  Serve one or two of these over some mixed greens and you’ve got yourself an amazingly light yet satisfying meal.

If my lowly picture isn’t whetting your appetite, check out these websites and maybe you’ll be more enticed.

Have a happy day!

Korean food & 2 tips for better eating habits

The topic of the day is Korean food.

What do you think of when you think of Korean food?  Probably kimchi.

What you might not know is that there is a wide array of delicious Korean food that you may not have tried due to the fact that you think everything Korean = kimchi.  It’s just not true.

One of my favorite restaurants is this little hole-in-the-wall Korean place called Well Being in the Box.  They have a huge selection of items including different sushi rolls, combination bento boxes, salads, and desserts.

Every time I go here, I absolutely must order the seaweed salad.  Don’t let this freak you out.  Out of all the things I’ve eaten in my life, seaweed salad is one of the most delicious.  I leave the making of this up to the professionals, but I think I can guess it includes classic Korean flavors like rice vinegar and sesame oil.  It’s tangy but also has a slight sweetness.

Did you know seaweed is also a nutrient powerhouse?

This time around (in addition to my seaweed salad), I got the combination plate lunch special, which included Korean marinated short ribs and chicken, salad, macaroni salad, pickled cucumbers, California rolls, and of course, rice.  That’s a mouthful in more ways than one.

If you haven’t tried Korean food, I’d definitely encourage it.  Korean food has some of the boldest and deepest flavors of many cuisines, and you’re almost certain to find something that appeals to you.  Depending on what you get, it can be extraordinarily healthy as well.

Two tips for better eating habits

1.  If you struggle with portion control, take a pointer from Well Being in the Box and serve your food in bento boxes!  It’s a super easy way to portion out your food appropriately.  Never mind the fact that some of them are cute as can be.

2.  If you struggle with eating too much too quickly, try using chopsticks instead of your regular fork and spoon.  All I know is that when I can only pick up 2 leaves of lettuce and 5 grains of rice at a time, I’m going to eat slower.  If you’re already a pro at the use of chopsticks, try to use them with your off hand instead.  Eating slower means giving your body adequate time to tell you when you’re satisfied, which means you have a less chance of overeating.

Have you tried Korean food?  If not, will you?

Have a fantastic day!

Rosati’s pizza

I love pizza.  I really do.

To get specific, I love thin crust Chicago pizza.  I should note that I am neither from Chicago nor have I been to Chicago.  What I know of Chicago pizza is what I’ve learned from Chicago-style pizzerias here in Las Vegas.

My favorite windy city pizza place that I have tried is Aurelio’s.  I am beyond thankful this restaurant exists in Las Vegas.

I am less thankful when I go there on a Friday night only to find that it’s closed for remodeling.

I am a little more thankful when it forces me to end up at Rosati’s.

This was the first time I had been here, and, after anticipating Aurelio’s all day, I was afraid Rosati’s would fall short.

It didn’t.

What I love about thin crust pizza is that it really showcases the sauce and toppings.  You’re not spending all this time munching on a chewy crust, so you can actually savor the other ingredients.

Silly me was so starving that I forgot to take pictures of the pizza.  We had a spinach, mushroom, and tomato pizza as well as a white pizza.  I can ensure you that both were amazing.

This was also amazing:

Zeppoli.  Basically, fried dough covered in powdered sugar.  With raspberry sauce.

With a description like that, it’s hard for something not to be good.

Until I can actually go to Chicago, Aurelio’s and Rosati’s will have to fill the space in my heart for thin crust Chicago pizza.  I can only imagine how great it is from the actual source.

I will go there someday.  Mark my words.

What is your favorite pizza topping?