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03
Feb
11

pea and ricotta wonton ravioli, lettuce wraps.

I’ve become completely infatuated with dumplings. Like, almost to a fault. I won’t even consider enjoying the company of nuggets, rolls (i.e. egg) or sticks (i.e. mozzarella), but dumplings, dim sum, and pierogies are all fair game. I’ve actually tried to recruit a few people for my cause, saying on occasion outrageous things like, “All food should be in dumpling form!”, or “Is there anything in life more delightful than some dough filled with vegetables?” And I honestly mean it.

It all started a few weeks ago when I made some wonton ravioli. While not traditionally a dumpling, the ravioli was basically my gateway to this obsession. I found this recipe on Epicurious, but I altered it a little:

pea and ricotta wonton ravioli

Ingredients:

2 2/3 cups frozen peas (3/4 pound)
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
2 teaspoons chopped mint
About 64 dumpling or wonton wrappers
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
salt and pepper, to taste
dash of cayenne pepper

The recipe originally called for Parmesan cheese, but I had lots of ricotta on hand for reasons I’d rather not disclose..as in, this was a few weeks ago and my memory is failing me at the moment.

Anyways, I started by cooking the peas in boiling salted water until just tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. I drained and cooled, and then stirred in cheese, mint, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

I put a rounded teaspoon filling in center of a wrapper, and lightly brushed the edges of the wrapper with water. Then I placed a second wrapper on top and sealed, pressing out any trapped air. I repeated with the rest, and then boiled ravioli in 2 batches in a pasta pot of salted boiling water until tender, about 2 to 3 minutes per batch. I removed with a slotted spoon and topped with melted butter, salt and pepper. They really were the easiest and most delicious thing ever.

Now let’s talk sweaty, shall we? I’ve been hyper-aware that I need to be a hard body by the time I go to Mexico later this month. I had a few solid weeks when I was exercising and eating at a 2:1 ratio, but alas, life interfered. I had a fancy dinner on the company last week and it was downhill-ish from there. Prior to that, I was logging a minimum of one hour of cardio daily, which I referenced in my last post. I usually do a mixture of elliptical, spinning, and treadmill, and I think my heart rate hits an all time high when the aforementioned machines are paired with a Jersey Shore marathon. True story.

I mixed up my routine by going to a boxing class last week. One of my co-workers went for a while, and I was dying to see what she was raving about. I dragged my happy ass out of bed last Saturday morning, albeit begrudgingly, to go to the free intro class. In a word? Funsies. The class is held in a legit men’s boxing studio, and it’s all kinds of intimidating walking in there. You can almost see the sweat in the air. The class was full of girls, though, and everyone was as intro as myself. I had fun, although the teacher totally called me out for being a dancer maybe three minutes in. Apparently I was altering the boxer’s shuffle to make it a little too graceful?  My back and arms were extra sore on Sunday, so I was pleased. I’m thinking about making it a regular thing.

I made a pretty decent tempeh chile last week, but it wasn’t as photogenic as one may have hoped. I’m including below, but it’s for looksies only. There’s no need to go into the ingredients.

I was trying to compensate for my minor food indiscretions over the past couple of weeks (Nutella anyone? How’s about I see how much dark chocolate I can cram into one day?), so I made some lettuce wraps for dinner this week. I found them on Epicurious. They called for:

Ingredients:

tempeh chile

1 14 oz can of small artichoke hearts, drained
1 14 oz can of hearts of palm, cut into chunks, drained
1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1 poblano pepper, seeded, ribbed and chopped
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 avocados, cut into chunks
3 tbsp white vinegar
1 head butter lettuce
1/4 cup gorgonzola
salt and pepper

In a medium bowl, I combined the artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, cucumber, onion, poblano and cilantro. Add the avocado and drizzle with the vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and spoon into the lettuce cups. Top with gorgonzola, and devour. They were pretty tasty and – I’m just guessing here – but they’re probably about 70 calories each. Can do:

lettuce wraps

28
Jul
09

a tale of two pastas.

In an effort to be more summery, I’ve decided to ban the weekend gymming. Honestly, it’s a waste of the heat. And I can handle the heat. I went for the most amazing run along the East River on Saturday. It was 70s-ish and breezy, and aside from the sweat dripping into my eyeballs – unpleasant – it was wonderful. It was so great that it’s all I can recall from the weekend. I’m pretty sure I lay in a fetal position for the other 47.5 hours, but I can’t be sure.

Come Sunday night, I hadn’t made it to the grocery store but at all. I can be resourceful if the situation calls for it, so I dug into my pantry and came up with some fire roasted red peppers. I had a few leaves of non-wilty spinach on hand, a jar of marinated artichokes, and a bag of whole wheat papardelle courtesy of TJ’s. I boiled the pasta, sauteed the veggies in olive oil, and tossed everything together with salt, pepper, and about a cup of red pepper flakes:

pasta one

pasta one

It was probably the easiest and least impressive thing I’ve ever made/eaten, but damnit if I wasn’t secretly hoping my roomies would come home so I could hold the pasta over my head like a bigass trophy. I was just that proud of its unassuming good looks.

I have a not-so-secret fear of a foodless existence, so I, like, sprinted to the grocery after work today. I spent a great portion of today researching new recipes on Foodnetwork.com, but I let the clusterfuck of the Monday TJ’s scene overtake my careful planning. Meaning, I turned into one of those people who mindlessly tosses thing into her basket. I hate those people.

I walked out with some absurdly cheap smoked salmon ($2.99) and a bunch of other foods that only Suzanne Somers pregnant on Step by Step would be into. Obscure reference? Maybe. Still, I’m talking pomegranate seeds and capers. Only Carol Foster Lambert would want that when she’s with child.

I managed to gather the odd ingredients and put together a totally different pasta dish than before. The colors are similar, but the taste was so drastically different. I boiled the papardelle, and then sauteed chopped basil, tomatoes and capers. I added oilve oil and lemon juice, and then added a fair amount of salt and pepper. It was so salty and delicious, and luckily it appealed to a non-preggers pallete. See below:

pasta two

pasta two




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