Saturday, May 05, 2018

Tips for Enjoying the Ethnic Foods You Love on a Keto Diet

If you are like most people, just the word “diet” sends shivers down your spine. You think of all those meals you will need to suffer through because everyone else will be eating to their heart’s content while you look down at your barren plate hoping for at least one morsel to delight the taste buds.



Well, the bad news is that any diet will necessitate giving up at least some of the things you love, but the good news is, a keto-friendly diet doesn’t have you counting calories or denying yourself most of the foods you love most. When it comes to ethnic foods, there are only a very few ‘rules’ to keep in mind.

Avoid Starchy Foods Like the Plague

While there are some ethnic cuisines that will be difficult to enjoy simply because they are based on carbs, there are ways to work around even that! For example, Italian cuisine is largely based on pasta. If you have a Spiralizer in your kitchen, and they are quite inexpensive, you can make faux pasta out of just about any veggie allowed on your keto diet !

Try making zucchini spaghetti with your Spiralizer and you now have your side of ‘pasta’ to go with that lovely braciole. You can still roll the flank steak and stuff it as the recipe calls for, except you must omit the breadcrumbs. Even so, that’s a small price to pay for a delectable Italian favorite you would go without on any other kind of diet! Also, don’t forget to avoid tomato sauce on your zucchini, but you can enjoy a tasty alfredo sauce because heavy cream, hard cheese, and butter are allowed!

Sugar Is Also Taboo

Another big problem you may encounter when eating out is the hidden sugar content in many ethnic foods. Chinese cuisine is one ethnic treat you may need to modify in order to enjoy on your keto diet. Yes, you’ve done everything by the books, you’ve taken the very best keto supplements to help kickstart the body into ketosis, but those tasty sauces will do it to you every time. Never mind, there are ways to get around even those!

Check out sites like https://www.ketogenicsupplementreviews.com/raspberry-ketone/ and you’ll find tons of information on what ketosis is all about and which supplements are best. Then read on to learn about foods you can substitute when eating Chinese or other Asian cuisines. Of course, you will need to leave the rice, wontons, and eggrolls behind, but there is no reason you can’t enjoy a ton of Egg Foo Yung . Remember to check out the veggies lowest in sugar because most Chinese dishes are loaded with the good stuff.

If you are new to the keto diet, you may not understand yet that throwing your body into ketosis is what it’s all about. You may need a bit of help and why supplements are usually a great adjunct to any keto diet, but once you’ve got it down, there is no reason ever to go hungry again. The rules are few but once you learn the workarounds, you’ll be in dieter’s paradise no matter which ethnic cuisine is your passion.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Tonkatsu/Pork Cutlets

Non Halal


Tonkatsu is one of the most beloved “western style” Japanese foods in Japan. It is thinly pound pork chop breaded with flour, egg, and Panko (bread crumbs), then deep fried. Tonkatsu is almost always accompanied by thinly shredded cabbage, curry sauce or with thick brown Worcester-based sauce.
 
I’ve been craving for this cutlet since I came home from my month long vacation in Japan. So I decided to make some for our dinner a few weeks ago. I serve it with rice and broccoli instead of curry sauce or tonkatsu sauce. It’s not the healthiest food but rather comfort food for me.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sesame Cookies


I love these cookies because they’re quick and easy to make. You don’t even need a mixer to do this as you can just mix it by hand. It is lightly sweeten but you can add more sugar to it. The sesame seeds gave these cookies a very nice nutty flavor to it and it goes really well with a cup of tea.

Ingredients:

1 stick/1/2 cup unsalted butter – room temperature
½ cup of sugar
1 cup + 3 tbsp of flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup of sesame seeds, lightly toasted


Essential Items Every Home Chef Needs

Written by: Quintin Bentley Crevling

To craft fine cuisine in your kitchen you need the proper tools. Here are the essential items every kitchen needs:

Apron
Cooking is a messy process with hot materials splattering everywhere. Protect your clothing from stains and burns by wearing an apron . This inexpensive item will save you from ruining your favorite shirt and will work as a rag to wipe your hands on. These are also great to wear while you wash dishes, so water doesn’t soak your clothes.

Sharp Knives
It’s safer to have sharp knives rather than dull knives. When you use a dull knife it is more likely to slip around the surface rather than slice directly into it. Sharp knives are also easier to use because they cut into food with less force. Of course, you must always use proper technique and keep your fingers out-of-the-way!

Set of Pots and Pans
Nothing is worse than trying to cook a large meal for several guests and needing larger pots and pans. Conversely, you don’t want to pull out a giant wok every time you want to fry an egg. Having a full set of pots and pans makes cooking more convenient and easier to manage. Having a lid is very important in the kitchen, so make sure each pot and pan have a lid that fits properly.

Measuring Cups
Many recipes require an exact amount of ingredients, so it’s important to have measuring cups for every size. Smaller measuring cups will get the majority of use in your kitchen, but you should still invest in larger measuring bowls that can hold several cups of ingredients.

Mortar and Pestle
A mortar and pestle are essential items for any flavor lover. If you add seasonings and herbs to everything you cook, you must start making your own spices. Store bought spices come packed with artificial filler ingredients to save the company money. Homemade spices will have a more natural taste and you will actually eat what you paid for. Make sure to buy a large mortar so you can make authentic homemade dishes like guacamole, pesto, and hummus.

Food Processor
A food processor will save you time and energy chopping food and making delicious freshly pressed juice. When you buy a food processor, make sure it comes with a large enough bowl for your needs. Like many items on this list, it’s nice to have one in various sizes. Make sure to buy one with a juicer, so you can make healthy natural juice with more nutritional value than store-bought juices.

Dehydrator
Australians waste roughly $8 billion of food each year. To combat this rising epidemic, you should buy a food dehydrator to save food before it goes bad. There are countless recipes to dehydrate meals to extend its shelf life. You will no longer worry about buying too much fruit because if it starts to go bad you can make bite size dehydrated fruit pieces, or blend it up to make fruit leather.