Friday, September 7, 2012

Foodie Friday

TGIF!! I really don't know what has been up with me this week but I just feel like I've been all over the place. I've been a zombie at work and coming home after work or the gym and just wanting to go straight to bed. I think my overdose of sun from this weekend really got to me. And my peeling face will prove it, bleck. 

Though I've still got some stuff on my schedule I'm looking forward to a lazy-ish weekend and a long to-do list of things to get done around the apartment. My dad is coming tomorrow and we're going to the NASCAR race in town (I know), so that should prove to be interesting. I can't wait to people watch and tonight will even be making my very own pair of jean shorts for the occasion. My dad loves to go, so it should be a fun time together.

Anyways, back to Foodie Friday, YUM! All of these were awesome, enjoy!

Peanut Noodles with Edamame
Recipe is from this month's Real Simple

This dish was AWESOME! For some reason I couldn't find shelled edamame anywhere...any tips friends? So I got it in the pod and we steamed it and just had it as an appetizer while cooking and before we ate. I'd love to include it next time. I'm sure I'm a huge fan of cabbage so I may try to sub in some different veggies next time.

3/4 lb whole-grain linguine
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy suace
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (I used a few shakes of dried, ground ginger)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 cup snow peas, trimmed and thinly sliced
1/4 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts (I used unsalted)

First cook the pasta according to the package, adding the edamame in the last five minutes of cooking. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a blender, puree the peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, sugar, sesame oil and 1/2 cup water until smooth.

In a large bowl toss the pasta with the snow peas, cabbage and peanut dressing. Serve sprinkled with the peanuts.

Apricot Sesame Tilapia
My mom always used to make this with chicken, though you could also do it well with pork. I think next time I might try this on salmon as opposed to tilapia. It wasn't bad but I wasn't crazy about it, I think I may have not gotten my sauce to the exact liking.

1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (I would try using 2 to make it a bit tangier)
splash of low sodium soy sauce
sesame seeds

Mix all ingredients (except seeds) thoroughly. Spread on top of desired fish or meat, then sprinkle with seeds and bake for the instructed cooking time for that fish/meat.

*Tip: definitely put foil down on your baking sheet for this recipe because the sauce will heat up and some will roll onto the sheet and make a sticky bubbly mess!

Fish Tacos
This actually a recipe that I shared from my very first Foodie Friday, but this week I went with pitas instead of tortillas and loved it! The fish and little bits of salsa stayed put much better this way.

Sushi a la Kroger
Last night I got lazy and opted out of making dinner, whoops! We typically go out to eat either Friday or Saturday night and instead decided to bring dinner swapping for tonight so we can stay in and cook together. I had yet to try sushi from Kroger (though I had always gotten it from Publix) and it was awesome! We shared two different rolls, spring rolls and seaweed salad. It was also an absolute perfect temperature outside in Richmond last night...fall is upon us!

Happy Friday friends, just a few more hours to the weekend! Try out any new recipes, or eat something out that you loved this week?

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