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Doenjang-jjigae – Fermented Soybean Paste Soup

http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/tofu-stew-doenjang-chigae

^^^ this is where i got my inspiration for dinner tonight…

actually … husband found it last night but it was after we had already eaten … he was just still hungry and he actually almost made it last night… but it was too late and he didn’t feel like cooking…

so we had it tonight.

except. of course. with modifications…

b/c — anchovies and shrimp are just not my thing… no way . .  . no how…

and while i’d be willing to try the tofu – we don’t have any in the house…

but – we do have soybean paste and we have to figure out how to use it … before it goes bad…

so here’s what we did –

1 large chicken breast – cut into small pieces (ours weighed in probably around 12 oz)
1 med/large potato – peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 medium zucchini – cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 red chili pepper – chopped
1/2 large onion – cut into 1/2 inch pieces
5 garlic cloves – minced or put through your garlic press
2 1/2 cups water
5 tbsp soybean paste
1 green onion stalk – sliced

 

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put all of the ingredients except the soybean paste & green onions into a large pot – make sure that the water only just covers the ingredients. (if it takes less than 2 1/2 cups that’s fine…)

bring to a boil (should take about 10-15 minutes), add in the soybean paste and stir well. cook for another 20-25 minutes… stir occasionally. . .  ((it might not take this long — ours didn’t and our chicken was cooked all the way through … keep in mind the bites were very small though))

stir in the chopped green onion and serve with rice ! 🙂

it was pretty good.. husband didn’t like the zucchini aspect — but then again – he never likes zucchini in the first place…

it was kind of mushy.. so next time we make it we were thinking about the following modifications –
it definitely would work with cashews… and we were thinking of adding carrots, snap peas, and possibly pineapple. . .

i’ll let you know how it goes next time!!  but until then — enjoy!!

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2 new dinner creations

no pics
I suuuuck
oh well
the past few nights I’ve been having issues determining what to make for dinner.
the other night I cut up some chicken (of course)
and I browned it with some fennel seed and thyme and balsamic vinegar, but then I was like, ummmm what do I do with this now, what will I serve with it…
so I cut up some onions
and then I steamed some spinach (in the bag)
threw the onions, some minced garlic, and the spinach into the pan with the chicken and threw a small can of coconut milk in there and let it simmer together for awhile.
I was very hesitant about how this might taste.
OMG IT WAS SO GOOD!!!!
I wanted more when I finished it…
but unfortunately, the amount I made only served the two of us…
*sigh* soooo yum
the second creation was tonight
I took about a quarter cup of frozen blueberries ((fresh blueberries would have been SO much better)) and mixed it with some barbecue sauce… probably the same amount — a quarter cup…
I put the two of them into my little food processor and blended away
I threw the chicken in the pan and sprinkled about a tablespoon of brown sugar on top and then poured in 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar ((I think… I don’t measure, i’m guessing))
and then I threw the blueberry bbq sauce on top of it and let it cook away
served that with some diced potatoes sautéed with onions, garlic, lemon juice and dill
and some green beans seasoned with tarragon and a slight amount of butter.
it was pretty yummy
husband decided he needed some rice with his chicken, but I chose to go without, it was still so good!!!
sorry I have no pictures!!
but, try them out!! let me know 🙂 enjoy 🙂

Pesto Rice & Chunks of meat

so, i made another creation…
i was flying by the seat of my pants ((seriously… what does that even mean?!?!?!))
and hoping to god it came out ok, cuz we’d ordered pizza the night before, and i didn’t want to have to order something again… haha!!
and it did!!! i was pleasantly surprised!! even husband and m/i/l liked it… yay!! 🙂
so.
i cooked up some jasmine rice.
– ya know … 1 1/2 cups chicken broth and 1 cup rice… bring it to a boil, and then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes
make some pesto while that’s simmering…
i threw the following in my little food processor (my little one!!!)
a big bunch of basil
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sour cream
salt & pepper to taste

you can probably follow whatever pesto recipe you like… i found one and tweaked it — cuz —–duh!! that’s what i do!

for the “chunks of meat”
i would maaaayyyybbbbeeeee call these meatballs… but… that just didn’t sound right… altho — chunks of meat doesn’t sound good either… and i probably would crumble it up instead of making meatballs if i were to make it again.
but — i used some lamb burgers that i got from the farmers market… they were a mixture of ground lamb and ground bacon. . . i wasn’t going to try these… i really wasn’t… and i was kind of upset b/c husband said he hated lamb … AFTER… i bought them… his mom said he’d love it… haha!!!
he said it’s too gamey…
but, anyways
i got 2 hamburger patties, and just tore those apart and rolled them into balls… like i said, i’d just crumble it up and brown it next time (if there IS a next time)
you can probably use hamburger, or ground turkey or ground chicken…
i think the little balls tho gives it character… so … hmm… maybe i won’t just crumble it…
anyways i took all those little balls, threw in a tablespoon of olive oil, altho, i probably didn’t even need that… and i cooked those babies up…
the rice was done, i threw in the pesto and mixed it around, and then threw that into the mix with the meatballs…
and serve.
nomz. it was actually really good.
— dude… i ate red meat!! wait… is lamb red meat?!?! whatever — i ate something besides chicken!!!! holy whoa… the world is ending!
haha… just kidding. . .
anyways… husband said that it was really good and he couldn’t tell it was lamb… he said probably cutting it with the bacon tempered the gamey-ness out of it…
and m/i/l liked it.. .
so yay! success!!!
but, no pics… oops… it went in my belly much too quickly for that…
HAHA

Cinnamon Chicken

http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-slow-cooker-cinnamon-chicken/
i made this for dinner the other night… threw it in the crockpot and did my stuff for the day…
served it over rice & steamed broccoli …
and.
it was bland.
i was sad…
however,
for the next night (which turned into tonight) – i modified it some
let me state first – that i had to make modifications to begin with –
it calls for 5 chicken breasts, i had 3 thawed.
it calls for light coconut milk, our only can left was normal
it calls for sliced carrots, i just threw baby carrots in that bytch

ok.
so yeah, it was kinda bland, i also threw some salt and pepper on top…
after dinner, i just threw it all into the same pot, the rice & broccoli and mixed it all together

after not feeling it,
i chopped up and onion and sauteed it with some garlic and curry powder…
and threw that in.

it definitely made it a lot more manageable…
actually it made it damn good.
so, i recommend this recipe… with the modifications i made…

i don’t know if my modifications made it unclean or whatever, but i still presume it’s some sort of healthy

and seeing as it’s the only thing i’ve eaten today as of almost 8 pm (save for a banana at 5 pm…) i want more!!!
ugh.
i was going to stop and get a salad, but – the grocery store only had wilty lettuce (spinach)… yuck.

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