Panfried Shrimp and Watercress salad

This past weekend, I visited my aunt and uncle in Washington DC and we cooked it up on Saturday night! We went to the Lotte Plaza Asian market and they had a beautiful assortment of fresh fish. We bought 2lbs of jumbo shrimp.

fresh fish

fresh fish 2

My aunt and I peeled the shrimp, and marinaded it with lots of yummy spices. We pan fried it with olive oil and a just a little bit of butter.

peeled shrimp

fish seasoning

We seasoned the shrimp and marinated it in the refrigerator for an hour.

seasoned shrimp

My uncle made watercress salad. It was my first time trying watercress. I’ve been reading about it recently, so I was excited to try it. It’s a superfood, and you know I looove superfoods! Watercress is rich with antioxidants and is known for its ability to help fight cancerous cells.

watercress salad

It was a fabulous meal and it didn’t take long to prepare. I’m adding watercress to my shopping list! Here are the ingredients we used for the meal below.

Panfried Shrimp

  • oyster sauce
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • fish sauce
  • garlic
  • cumin
  • citric acid
  • garlic powder
  • old bay seasoning
  • paprika
  • salt & pepper
  • teaspoon of ketchup (optional)
  • cilantro
  • butter (just a bit!)

Watercress Salad

  • fresh watercress, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt
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Light Lunch Medley

I’m having a light lunch today made with yesterday’s leftovers. I made turkey burgers last night (which I’ll post soon). I’m having organic salsa with corn which I cooked and added, black and green pickled olives, crackers and pepper jack cheese. Topped off with a Naked juice, my favorite flavor, Mighty Mango! A light lunch means I’ll be extra hungry for dinner, so I better make it a big one!

Light lunch ingredients

Light lunch

Hello Brooklyn!

This week, I had the opportunity to travel with my sister to Brooklyn on a road trip for a Philadelphia 76ers game. We had a blast! Well, I had a blast. She was working and ripping and running between Manhattan and Brooklyn. She’s a busy woman!

We took the Amtrak train from Philadelphia to Manhattan. It was my first time riding an Amtrak train and I enjoyed it. The ride was smooth and it was only about an hour and fifteen minutes long.

amtrak 1

amtrak 2

amtrak 3

My sister was hosting some clients for the game, and I joined them for dinner at Queen, an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn that has been family owned and operated since 1958. It was delicious! I had the homemade cheese ravioli. I was so hungry and it was so good, that I forgot to take a picture! I didn’t remember until the last bite, as you’ll soon see. 🙂

Queen sign

Queen menu

Queen food

During the day on Tuesday, I ventured out to Brooklyn and met with a friend who happened to be visiting also. He had a craving for za’atar and labneh, so we were on a mission. Thanks to a mutual friend, we found an amazing Arabic market, Sahadi’s, that served fresh mezza. They had fresh foods and spices galore. We walked around and admired the offerings, then picked up labneh, tabouli, olives and date cookies. And it was very affordable, which I loved! The food is take out, so we found a stoop in the neighborhood to sit on and eat. Thankfully, it was a beautiful day, and it was nice to share a meal outside.

Sahadi's

Inside Sahadi's

Sahadi's food

Later that evening, I attended the basketball game at the Barclays Center with my sisters. It was my first time seeing the new arena and it was quite a sight!

Barclays

Before the game, we had dinner at the 40/40 restaurant at the arena. OMG! The food was amazing! I don’t usually like buffets, but the selection there was impressive. It offered a lot of fresh foods and healthy options. There was a cheese bar that I couldn’t stay away from! I made 3 rounds. Yes, three.

40:40 menu

40:40 plate

40:40 plate 2

At the game, I didn’t know who to cheer for, since my sister works for the 76ers and I love Brooklyn. So, I decided to cheer for both teams. haha

Nets ticket

Nets game

The Nets took home the victory, but it was a win/win for me 🙂 I had a great trip and it made me miss New York…that beast of a city!

Pasta with home-made spaghetti sauce

This week, I set out to make pasta with a spaghetti sauce from scratch. I’ve noticed that my stomach doesn’t bother me as much when I eat home cooked meals, so I am trying to eat as much whole foods as possible. I thought I could whip up a sauce quickly, but it took me a little longer than I expected. 3 hours long! I rounded up all the ingredients I had in the kitchen and grabbed a few things from the market and this is what I came up with. I didn’t measure any of the ingredients. I experimented and just added a little bit of everything!

chopped veggies

sauce

paste

Laura's Lean Beef

Ingredients for spaghetti sauce:

  • chopped garlic
  • chopped green bell pepper
  • chopped tomato
  • chopped onion
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • red wine vinegar
  • sea salt & ground black pepper
  • oregano
  • bay leaves
  • thyme
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • raw sugar

This was my first time making meatballs. I usually cook the ground meat with the sauce, but I wanted to try it the old-fashioned way this time. I seasoned the meat, rolled it up into balls and browned it in a pan on the stove top. I was worried that the inside of the meat balls didn’t fully cook, so I added them to the sauce and cooked it on low for about twenty minutes. I think they turned out okay. I’m still alive. And my sister said it tasted yummy 🙂

spaghetti plate

Marinated, Baked Chicken Breasts with Lemon Zest and Quinoa

Tonight I made dinner for my sister who returned home after being on the road with the Philadelphia 76ers (cool job!) for a game. I made marinated, baked chicken breasts with a lemon zest, olive oil and rosemary quinoa, and salad. The quinoa was Near East, which I recently discovered and love! All of their products, which include foods such as rice pilaf, couscous, and pasta are 100% natural. For salad, I used mixed greens, tomatoes, avocados, roasted pine nuts, olive oil and red wine vinegar.

Baked chicken & quinoa

The ingredients that I used for the lemon zest sauce were:

  • juice of one lemon
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • chopped garlic
  • ground cumin
  • thyme leaves
  • sea salt & pepper

Waffles can be healthy too!

Today for breakfast I had Kashi 7 Grain waffles with a little bit of Log Cabin syrup. I just can’t fight my love for  something sweet! I like the Log Cabin syrup because it doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup, and it’s light. I am trying to limit the amount of sugar I consume, as sugar is an inflammatory. Let’s just say, it’s a work in progress.

Waffles

Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Quinoa

Tonight for dinner, I whipped up a few leftovers from last night and added quinoa. Mmm! I had to stop myself from eating the whole pot! I have been reading a lot about quinoa, and hearing the buzz about it, so I was excited to finally try it. I’m late, I know! I loved it, and I can’t wait to try more recipes with it. I also had a slice of baked chicken with a dollop of light sour cream.

photo

I used these ingredients for the salad:

  • mixed greens
  • tomatoes
  • stuffed green olives
  • pine nuts
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • sumac