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Friday, April 8, 2011

Lunch: Venice Gourmet Boutique (Sausalito, CA)

My parents were in town and we stopped in Sausalito to enjoy the gorgeous sunny day by the water.  It was too beautiful to sit inside at a restaurant for lunch so we opted to grab some sandwiches from Venice Gourmet Boutique in Sausalito which looks like a gourmet grocery store, cooking gadget store and gourmet deli in one.  I ordered the avocado and brie sandwich from the deli which had sprouts, red onion and tomato.  It was tasty and felt light but very satisfying.  The creaminess of the brie and avocado made this sandwich nice and moist since I opted for no mayo and just a little bit of dijon mustard.

Perfect little Saturday!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Recipe: Easy Veggie Stir-Fry with Tofu

Just bought a wok from Cost Plus World Market and was really excited to try it out.  I've heard woks are super easy to cook with and only takes a couple minutes.

This recipe was made-up on the fly with whatever veggies I had in my fridge, and others my friends brought along.  (I invited some girlfriends over for dinner and this was perfect dish for sharing) And very healthy!

Veggie Stir-Fry with Tofu

Diced white onions
1 tsp chopped garlic
Chopped kale
Chopped brocoli
Sliced mushrooms
Green beans
Chopped carrots
Sliced almonds (for garnish)
Any asian stir-fry sauce (I used Mae Poy Sweet Chili Sauce available at most grocery stores)
Extra-firm tofu (chopped into cubes)

Heat wok on stove with a spray of canola oil spray.

First sautee onions and garlic.  Add tofu.  Gradually add the rest of the ingredients according to their cooking time (veggies that take longer to cook go in first)  I added in the broccoli, carrots, kale, green beans, and lastly the mushrooms.

Add in sauce and stir around until veggies are tender.  Sprinkle sliced almonds for garnish.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Chinese Take Out: Yum Yum Hunan (Pac Heights)

Prawns with Veggies
Found a yummy yet healthy Chinese take out spot that could possibly be added to my take-out speed dial list.  I actually yelp'd "healthy chinese food" and Yum Yum Hunan popped up.  It had 4 star reviews so I checked out their menu.  They had tons of options for vegetarians and seafood options if you eat fish.

I ordered the Prawns with veggies which came with a nice mix of broccoli, snap peas, corn, zucchini, carrots and tomato (a few added veggies that aren't typically in this dish) The prawns were sauteed and it didn't feel too greasy or unhealthy.  I also ordered a spinach and tofu soup which also had button mushrooms and egg.  It tasted like a wonton soup and was also really good.  Last, I ordered veggie dumplings- 5 came in an order for $4.50 and they were just OK. It had too much dough and could have been filled with more veggies.

Definitely recommend this place if you're looking for a go-to Chinese delivery/take-out spot.