Nancy: I've been told by a friend last week something very true. She said, "Nancy, some people eat to live. You live to eat". Which is totally true, as I profess my love for various kinds of food at least once per day. But it's also true for Bolu. Since we live together, we've been pooling our resources and meal planning every week to ensure that we feed ourselves delicious, balanced, interesting meals all day every day.
Eating healthy is hard and it takes work to Google search and pray that the recipe you selected tastes good. That's why we decided to start a new series titled "Weekly Recipe Round-up", where we share the highlights of what we're eating this week and the links to our favourite recipes. To make it simple, we'll also share our Easiness Rating, that is out of 5, with each point taking into account the prep time (read: lazy), equipment usage (read: we hate cleaning), skill level, cook time, and packing ease.
Our Favourites this week:
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- Tilapia and Quinoa with Feta and Cucumber (from Martha Stewart) 4.5/5
- We swapped quinoa for couscous and forgone fresh dill because we couldn't find either at our local T&T. However, we still loved this light and healthy dish! This dish only needs one pan: cook the fish first and then give the pot a little rinse, and proceed with quinoa or couscous. The only reason to take 1/2 a star off is because I had to wash my cutting board once in between cutting my tilapia and cutting my veggies.
- Nutella Stuffed Cookies (from Now Im A Cook) 3/5
- These nutella stuffed cookies are monster-sized and super yummy! Not too sweet and with a chewy texture, these cookies are dangerous as they will have you reaching for many helpings. However, their large size pretty much guarantees you'll be full after just one. The difficulty level for these cookies is higher than most plain chocolate chip cookies. I made quite the mess of myself as I spread the dough on my palm in order to layer on the nutella and fold...it was much stickier than expected. I also had to wash several bowls so due to these reasons, the rating is a 3. But it was totally worth it!
- Asparagus Stir-Fry (from Nancy's head) 5/5
- Bolu and I love asparagus anything, and one of the easiest asparagus recipe is one that I adapted from another chinese stir-fry. This stir-fry goes with rice or noodles and a meat dish. This week we decided on beef marinated in Black Bean Garlic sauce by Lee Kum Kee. It requires only 1 pan, and can be done from prep to finish in 10 minutes with practice. All you need to do is wash and cut the asparagus into two-inch long pieces, heat a thin layer of water in a pan (high heat with roughly .25cm thick of water), and toss the asparagus in and put the lid on. Wait around 30 seconds before turning the heat to medium, taking off the lid to add soy sauce and a drizzle of honey before using a spatula to make sure the pieces are thoroughly coated. Wait for the asparagus to turn a pretty green colour and you're done!
- Sausage and kale Soup (from Women's Day) 3.5/5
- This recipe is a repeat at our house. Potatoes, sausage, kale... What's not to love? The recipe requires a lot of cutting though which is a serious hassle(- 1 pt.) and requires a container with a good seal if you're planning on taking the soup to work (-1/2 pt.). On the bright side, it only needs one large pot.
Till next time!
~Bolu and Nancy