Shrimp and Calamari Pasta With Breaded Calamari Rings!

Last night I made shrimp and calamari pasta with a side of breaded calamari rings!

I also added garlic, red onions, zucchini, and bokchoy.

I seasoned everything with garlic powder, pepper, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and topped everything with marinara sauce!

I took a chance a made breaded Calamari for the first time! It turned out pretty good! I breaded the Calamari with flour and bread crumbs and fried for a few minutes on each side. To finish it off, I topped it with lemon juice and it was so yummy!

Here is the finished product! It was very good! This is my first time making this dish so I’ll definitely make this again in the future!

5 Common Winter Health Problems And Their Solutions! Part 2 – *Catching A Virus*

While the cold weather doesn’t have a direct effect on your chances of contracting a virus, it does force people indoors with centralized heating. The close proximity of many human beings can allow viruses to spread easily.

Solutions:

1. Wash your hands

Dr Nicola Goddard, clinical scientist at the Public Health Laboratory Service, says: ‘Although most infections are mainly carried in the air and transmitted by the “aerosol” effect when someone sneezes, germs can be transmitted by physical contact and enter the body when infected hands touch vulnerable parts like our eyes, mouths and noses.

2. Zinc, Garlic, and Vitamin C

The mineral zinc is essential to help fight colds and provide a boost to a flagging immune system. Good food sources include meat, oysters, eggs, seafood, tofu, black- eyed peas and wheat germ.

Vitamin C also helps to boost up your immune system. Try eating bell peppers, strawberries, oranges, broccoli, tomatoes, or kiwi to get your dose of Vitamin C!

Garlic helps ease chest complaints, and small amounts taken daily may also reduce the frequency of colds and flu.

3. Drink Plenty

Doctors recommend we drink about eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy. Rehydration expert Dr Susan Shirreffs says: ‘Water helps the kidneys function properly and flushes out the toxins that accumulate in our bodies.’

If you have a cold, being dehydrated makes your mucus drier and thicker and less able to cope against invading bacteria and viruses. If you’ve already caught a cold, drinking plenty of fluids will help flush out the infection.

Source: Ways To Avoid Cold And Flu

Hint for Part 3: the cold dry winter air may cause your chest to be tight and may make it hard for a person to breathe. What do you think is next?!

Asian Flavored Chicken And Veggie Dish! 

Lately I’ve been trying to include more vegetables in my diet to live a healthier lifestyle. Here’s the recipe for the Asian Flavored Chicken and Veggie Dish!

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon olive oil or sesame oil
4 cloves minced garlic
1 inch knob of grated ginger
2 small beets
1/2 red pepper 
1 large handful of portabella mushrooms (you can use any mushrooms you have)
1/2 cup of a white onions 
2 carrot stalks peeled 
2 boneless chicken breast cut into bite sized chunks 
1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup Peanut sauce 
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt and freshly ground pepper

(You can use any spices of your choice)

2 cups of cooked white rice can be set aside 

Directions:

1. Chop all vegetables into bite sized chunks and set aside

2. In a large non stick pan, heal oil over medium heat and add garlic and onions. Let cook for about 1-2 minutes until onions become transparent

3. Add beets, red pepper, mushrooms, carrots and a small amount of teriyaki sauce to the pan and mix together with garlic and onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes 

4. Add in chicken breast chunks, season everything in pan with salt, pepper, garlic, and cayenne pepper, add grated ginger and mix together. Cover with lid and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until chicken is cooked. 

5. Add the rest of the teriyaki sauce and  peanut sauce to the pan. Mix everything together and cover with lid. Let simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes. 

6. Serve over white rice and add scallions and sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

There you have it! A healthy easy meal that taste delicious!!! 😋

Garlic Shrimp With Portabella Mushrooms and Bok Choy Over Rice! 

Hey guys so I picked up a bunch of bok choy from the supermarket. I figured I need to cook with it everyday so it won’t go bad! LOL!

Sunday night for dinner I made Garlic Shrimp with Portabela Mushrooms and Bok Choy over Rice!

Ingredients:

2 bok choy (washed off and chopped into 1/2 inch slices)

4 cloves of garlic

1 large handful of chopped portabella mushrooms 

1/2 cup of red onions chopped

1 inch knob of fresh ginger 

1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock

1 teaspoon of flour

1 teaspoon olive oil or sesame oil 

1/4 teaspoon of crushed red peppers 

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

1 teaspoon each of sea salt and freshly ground pepper

1 and 1/2 pounds shrimp peeled and deveined (I used frozen shrimp already peeled and deveined)

Directions:

1. Roughly chop garlic, peel and mince (or grate) ginger and set aside

2. Combine chicken or veggie stock with flour and mix until flour is dissolved. Set aside

3. In a large non stick pan, heat oil over medium-high heat until it starts simmering. Add bok choy and mushrooms spreading into a single layer. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook without moving until it starts to brown at the bottom for 2-3minutes. Stir and cooked until softened for another 2-3 minutes.

Mushrooms and Bok Choy cooking
4. Add crushed red peppers, garlic, ginger, and stir to combine. Cook for about 1 minute until fragrant. 

Garlic, ginger, and crushed red peppers added
5. Season shrimp on both sides with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Add shrimp to the vegetables and cook 1-2 minutes per side. Also add red onions at this time. 
Shrimp just added

6. Push all ingredients to outer edges of pan and add veggie stock mixture to the center. Simmer for about 2 minutes until thickened. Stir everything together to combine and coat, then remove pan from heat. Add more salt and pepper as needed. 

Veggie stock mixture thickening up

7. Serve over rice of your choice! 

If you try out this recipe, let me know how it goes! 😊

SPICY PORK RAMEN ANYONE?!

(Picture above is of my homemade Spicy Pork Ramen Soup)

One of me and my husband’s favorite things to do is to eat! We love eating Asian cuisine! It is so colorful, filled with flavor, and most of it is very healthy. So I decided to make a Japanese Ramen Dish for dinner one night.
My husband found the recipe in a food magazine he was browsing while we were waiting in line at CVS. He said “Ooo Babes, take a picture of this recipe! We should try and make this at home!” It was a recipe of Spicy Pork Ramen Soup. He said that he wanted to make it. So we went to the store to gather all the ingredients. But a week went by and he still hadn’t made it. I was getting impatient and told him that I would make it. LOL!

The recipe required cooking seasoned pork and onions in a skillet and place to the side once cooked.

Then I had to add water, chicken stock, and soy sauce to the slow cooker for the base of the soup.

I twisted the recipe a bit so I added mushrooms, fresh ginger, and grated garlic to the slow cooker.

I combined the pork and onions with the ingredients that were already in the slow cooker. The food cooked on high for about 5 hours. When the timer was at about 2 hours left, I added baby bok choy. When it was about 15 minutes left I added 2 packs of ramen noodles(I left out the chicken seasoning that came with it).

Then it was all done. I added a boiled egg to my bowl and dressed my soup with some sesame seeds as well as cayenne pepper for an extra kick of heat! It was so yummy! My husband and I scarfed it down in like 2 seconds! Ha! I will definitely be making this soup again in the near future!

If you would like the full recipe from the magazine, just let me know!

Have you made ramen dish before? If so, feel free to share your recipe! I would love to try it out and maybe even blog about it!