Asian Pasta Noodle With Edamame

I have a confession to make, I’m not a very good cook :(. You would think that being raised in a Chinese home, I would have picked up this important skill from my mother (who is a fantastic cook). But she’s one of those mothers who always insisted no one would ever want to marry me, unless I learned how to cook! However, whenever I did make the attempt to “help out” in the kitchen. She would shoo me away, because I’m messing up her kitchen and take over ! So, I would be like *WTH* Thankfully, someone did want to marry me (and my lack of cooking skills) and he happens to be a great cook too! I have to admit that I didn’t do much cooking during the first few years of marriage but now that I’ve become a mother, I realize how important it is to learn this skill ASAP! The internet is a great place to start, you can pretty much google anything! I started out by typing in key words like “simple” and “healthy” and then whatever food I was in the mood for making. Today, I’m in the mood for vegetarian.

I found this recipe on a food blog, and checked to see if I had all the ingredients in my pantry/freezer and tried to make my own version of it.

First, I boiled the edamame according to instructions.

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Put the edamame in a pot of water and let the water come to a rolling boil.

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Once it starts boiling, reduce heat and let it boil for about 3-5 mins (when it’s all floating that’s a good sign that its done)

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Drain it and let it cool completely before removing the shells, you can also buy shelled edamame but I find that these taste so much better. (If you have older kids at home, they can help with the shelling of the soy beans) My daughter is still at the stage where she would just try to eat the whole thing or feed it to the dog. 😛

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This is what the soy bean looks like inside.

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Cook 1/2 package of pasta and boil it for about 15 mins.

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Mix 2 tablespoon of reduce sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil

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I LOVE colourful foods ! (add the sauce mixture)

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I LOVE cold pasta but my husband likes it heated. Either way, this recipe was simple, healthy & delicious !!!

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How and where did you learned how to cook?  

Baked Organic Root Vegetables

Organic carrots are on sale this week, so we decided to harvest some of our own fresh organic beets from my husband’s garden of love, and bake this mixed root vegetable dish for our daughter.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Medium potatoes
  • 6 Organic Carrots
  • 1 Large Organic Beet
  • 2 tbsp of Pre-made Chicken Stock

Baking Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. cut up the carrots, potatoes and beets into bite sizes pieces (the smaller cubes cooks faster)
  3. Place all vegetables into a heat-safe baking dish,
  4. add 2 tbsp of pre-made chicken stock and cover.
  5. Bake for 60 mins

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Done! These vegetables were so tender, I end up mashing it with a rice scooper instead of using the magic bullet.

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2 Full Tray of Homemade Baby Food ! (once frozen, try to use within 10 days)

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Hope ya’ll enjoy this post and be inspired to make-your-own baby food for your little ones.  🙂

Polinese Fried Rice

Since my little girl will be growing up in a Polish/Chinese household, I think its time that I start experimenting with infusing the two different cultures to created something I like to call “Polinese” Cuisine 😛 My first trial and thankfully no errors yet (because this dish turned out awesome) is Chinese Fried Rice with Polish Turkey Sausage. My mother-in-law had picked up a bunch of turkey sausage from the Polish store for another pasta dish that I wanted to make with my husband on the weekend but as per the usual story of our lives lately, we didn’t have time so we ended up eating turkey sausage for a few days. Today, I decided to get a little creative while my little darling went down for her nap. This is what I came up with and it was “hubby approved” 🙂

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of cooked jasmine rice
  • 1/2 med onion, minced
  • 1 med orange pepper,chopped
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 leftover polish turkey sausage, chopped
  • 3 egg, slight beaten
  • 1tsp of Grapeseed Oil
  • 2tbsp of Light Soy

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat Pan on Med High for 2mins,
  2. add 1tsp of Grapeseed Oil and stir fry minced onion
  3. Stir in Turkey for 2mins
  4. Add pepper and stir-fry for 2mins
  5. Add peas and stir-fry for 2mins
  6. Stir in Cooked Jasmine Rice and Egg to coat rice well
  7. cook for another 2-3mins mixing all ingredients together with 2 tbsp of Light Soy Sauce (use less soy sauce if you prefer).

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What kind of dishes do you make at home, if you had to combine to two different cultures & style of cooking ?