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Homemade fresh tomato sauce (vegan gluten free)

I got a bunch of tomatoes from my dad. He's been obsessing over buying veggies and fruit from Tanay since he's been traveling there a few times a week.

Since the tomatoes were so cheap (20php per kilo) he buys a ton. So instead of leaving these babies to rot (they likely won't eat all of them anyway), I decided to take some of them home for my meal prep.





Making the sauce was super easy. I was actually in the middle of prepping for a class I was going to teach the next day when I decided to start on the sauce. 
I started with about 1- 1.5 kilos of tomatoes. Put them in a deep pot with water and waited for it to boil. In hindsight and upon reading recipes after (yes I know it was too late for research) I should have blanched them instead. 
Anyway, it worked out pretty well cause I didn't overlook the tomatoes. I took them off the heat when the skin started to go wrinkly and put them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process and also to make them easier to handle.
I peel…
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Homemade ONE EGG Gluten Free Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is a common condiment made by emulsifying an egg (typically egg yolks) with oil and vinegar or lemon juice.  Emulsifying basically means mixing 2 liquids with varying qualities together to make 1 mixture (like when mixing medicine or mixing oil and water).

I never really liked commercial mayo.  Ever since I was a kid, I hated the way mayo smelled.  It leaves a weird smell on your fingers after eating a sandwich and its particularly greasy and slimy.  Just recently I was kinda forced (well I was being practical and felt had to use my last 2 packets of light mayo) to use store bought mayo and regretted it.  It tasted like plastic and it left an after taste and after smell that I really didn't like.

So, I consulted my trusty GF cookbook - the Gluten-free kitchen and used her One Egg Mayo recipe as a reference.

I only tweaked it a little bit.  Feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste.

Ingredients:

1 whole egg (yes 1 egg, not just the yolk - I never know what to do with…

Back from a long hiatus

A lot has happened in the last months (or should I say year and some months) that I haven't updated this blog.  I've moved apartments twice (so expect a few DIY projects) and I discovered last year that I'm actually allergic to gluten (ergo more healthy GF dishes to come).

So if anyone out there has requests on GF recipes and clean versions of all time favorites and not so healthy dishes, send me an email and I'll put it up for you :)

Post soon!

Fresh Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Nothing beats a refreshing salad.  The best thing about making it at home is you know what goes into it and you can adjust the flavors as you wish!

Fresh Salad

Variety of salad greens
tomatoes sliced
cubed roast chicken meat (S&R)
balsamic vinaigrette
cubed cheddar cheese (or grated parmasean cheese)



Balsamic Vinaigrette

Quarter cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4-5 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar (you can add more if as you wish)
Rosemary
Freshly crushed pepper
Dash of salt



Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.  Best to use a hand mixer or a blender for this but I don't mind just beating the mixture with a fork.


Mix salad ingredients in a bowl, sprinkle with balsamic vinaigrette.


Serve and enjoy! :)

Tofu Steak

Here's another very easy tofu recipe.  I served the tofu steaks with truffled mashed potatos and caramelized onions and mushrooms.


Tofu Steak

2 blocks of tofu
Salt
Pepper
Oil

Paper Towels

Squeeze out all the water from both tofu blocks with the paper towels.  Make sure that most of the water is squeezed out.  Best to wrap the tofu in paper towels and with a weighted object on top for about 30 mins.  If you don't have the luxury of time, just make sure to squeeze out most of the liquid.

Season with salt and pepper and fry over medium heat.

For this particular dish, I had used a used frying pan after Mr. Man cooked his version of real meaty steak. :)

Truffled Mashed Potato

Boil 2 medium sized potatoes and mash.  Add sour cream, a bit of butter, parsley, salt and pepper.  Sprinkle slivers of truffles or just add truffle oil and serve.

Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Saute onion rings and mushrooms in a frying pan over medium heat until cooked.  Add a tiny bit of red wine and simmer…

Super Easy Soft Tortilla

This easy soft tortilla recipe can be customized depending on what you have in your fridge.  I used a hot plate for this recipe (cause my stove broke) but you can easily use any griddle or fry pan for yours if you don't have a hot plate.


Super Easy Soft Tortilla

1 medium sized eggplant, thinly sliced
roast chicken meat
shredded cheese mix (this time I used cheddar, cheswick jack)
wheat flour tortilla
rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, olive oil

Season sliced eggplant with herbs, salt and pepper and olive oil.  Make sure that all slices are coated with oil.  Put seasoned eggplant slices on the hot plate and cook.  Make sure both sides are nice and roasted.


Take wheat flour tortilla.  Feel free to use regular tortilla if you can't find wheat ones.  I bought these at Rustan's



Heat one side of the tortilla on the hot plate for at least 30-45 seconds depending on how hot your hot plate is.  Leave on hot plate and put shredded mozarella on the tortilla.


Sprinkle roast chicken meat an…

Easy Healthy Low Cal Breakfast

I've been experimenting with tofu the past few months since I've been eating healthy.  This is a fast, easy and healthy breakfast for someone on the go.  I accidentally created this when I was rushing to a meeting and didn't know what I wanted for breakfast.  At that time I was getting tired of eating a banana and peanut butter sandwich for brekkie.  The ingredients in this dish were put together since these were the only vegetables I had in my fridge at that time but I think this will work with other veggies you usually put in scrambled eggs or even in omelettes.  If you're watching your calorie intake, this will only set you back 230 calories (without the toast = 58 cal) :) 

Remember, a good and healthy breakfast sets your appetite for the rest of the day so best to always have a full and healthy breakfast!



Easy Healthy Tofu Breakfast

1 medium egg
1 tofu
2-3 mozarella slices, cut into cubes
1 medium tomato
half a medium white onion
2 portabello mushrooms
2-3 sprigs …