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Chinese-style Peanut Soup

Hi, this is Frans! Today I would like to introduce you to a very easy, cheap and healthy soup. Just like the title, it is a recipe.. with lots of peanuts in the soup. It is such a catchy.. and original title. *cough*

Anyway, we love this recipe because it is our mom’s staple soup, very comforting and homey. It also has been my go-to and lifesaver recipe. Why you ask? As a busy college student, I have to run around campus, getting assignments done. After a long day at school, having to cook from scratch, with loads of dishes to wash afterward.. meh.. ain’t nobody got time for that! Sounds familiar, right? I’m pretty sure most of you feel the same way. This is the perfect recipe for those who:

1. Don’t have a lot of time to cook

2. College students with budget

3. Running low on groceries

4. Have no idea what to cook

5. Just want to have a lazy/relax evening

Did I mention that this soup is healthy for you too? I think I did. Peanuts are high in protein, unsaturated fats and other essential nutrients. They are also excellent energy source and contain high amount of anti-oxidant.

Other beneficial ingredients you can add to enhance the flavor including lotus root, dried oyster and chicken feet. Lotus root gives you that extra crunch. Brininess of dried oyster adds distinct flavor and chicken feet contain loads of collagen that promote healthy, glowy-looking skin.

Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanut

Let’s start!

Chinese-style Peanut Soup

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Ingredients

  • 18 oz raw peanuts (best: unprocessed with no skin)
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Carrots
  • 10 cups water

Instructions

  1. Add peanuts into a crock-pot or slow cooker and cover it with water (I use 4 qt Rival Crock Pot).
  2. Set to high; leave it for approximately 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Once the peanuts are cooked through, boil some carrots in a separate pan.
  4. Add carrots into the crock-pot
  5. Add sugar and salt; adjust to your liking

P.S: I usually leave mine in the morning before work/school (approximately 8 hours) on high, so when I come home, the meal is ready to serve. You can also leave it overnight or up to 12 hours on low.

So, for a lazy night, I hope you find this recipe helpful. Please enjoy this effortless, delicious and healthy soup. Lastly, what is your favorite easy and healthy soup? Let me know in the comment section below and have fun in the kitchen!

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Chicken Meatballs with Meat Sauce

Welcome, 2013 ! Another new year, more new year resolutions to set and achieve. The three of use made several promises – one of them is to  change our lifestyle by eating healthier (Who doesn’t, right?). It all started when F felt the need to change. We got a little too comfortable and pigged out during the holiday season, resulting in extra inches on our waists and also this guilt feeling that has been haunting us since earlier this year. Besides, it’s been pretty gloomy in California. We wanted to have something warm, comforting, yet.. somewhat healthy. That was when this delicious chicken meatball came to mind. It’s a quick and easy recipe with a few staple ingredients in our pantry and refrigerator.

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Serve: makes 14

Ingredients

For chicken meatballs:

  • 400 grams ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoon ginger juice
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 4 tablespoon Panko or bread crumbs
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add all of the above ingredients, except the olive oil, to a bowl and mix it well.
  2. Scoop the meat mixture with your hand and form it into 2-inches balls.
  3. Heat up pan in medium heat, add olive oil and fry the meatballs until golden brown. Approximately 5 minutes.

For meat sauce:

Ingredients

  • Ÿ 200 grams ground beef                                Ÿ
  •  20 grams butter
  • Ÿ 400 ml unsalted canned tomato                Ÿ
  • Ÿ 400 ml chicken stock
  •  200 ml milk
  •  4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Ÿ 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • Ÿ 1 cup minced onion
  • Ÿ 2 bay leaves
  • Ÿ Salt & pepper
  • Ÿ A dash of sugar

Instruction

  1. In medium heat, saute minced onion and garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add ground beef and salt & pepper until cooked.
  3. Add unsalted canned tomato and bay leaf. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock and let it simmer for another 20 minutes. Set aside.

           To thicken the sauce:

  1. In another pan under low heat, add butter and flour.
  2. Add the milk slowly. Be careful not to burn it.
  3. Pour this mixture slowly into the meat sauce
  4. Stir until combined and it’s ready!
  5. Garnish with parsley.. or green onion.. (or whatever you have in hand…) before serving

To add extra oomph to this dish, you can crack some eggs into the sauce in low heat. Let it slowly simmer and cook the eggs until they are done to your liking.

Have fun in the kitchen!

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