My version of bibimbap (“hot pot”)

When I worked in South San Francisco there was a restaurant my co-workers and I frequented, Mom’s Tofu House. It was good and cheap (service isn’t great).

We nicknamed it hot pot, as the food we ordered came in a hot pot (really a hot stone pot).

I decided to recreate my favorite dish, tofu bibimbap. (Bibimbap is pronounced BEE-beem-bop.)

I found a recipe online that seemed pretty close to what I used to order and experimented.

According to the Food Network recipe page bibimbap is one of the most popular dishes in Korean cuisine, bibimbap is a nutritious rice dish of steamed rice and pre-cooked vegetables (usually spinach, bean sprouts, carrots, mushrooms, and lettuce) and egg. It can also contain ground beef but can be ordered without meat. Dolsot bibimbap is the same dish served in a hot stone pot (the pot is pre-heated in oven) to make the rice on the bottom crunchy and to keep the dish hot for a longer time.

The recipe appeared to have a lot involved with its list of ingredients.

I altered some of the recipe for myself. I didn’t use sesame seeds or make the Gochuchang Paste. There were probably … Continue reading

Comment Contest Tuesday winner announced

The most recent Comment Contest Tuesday asked Go Fit Girl!’s readers to come up with challenges to help fuel some ideas for future Monthly Challenges.

The responses were great. And most, if not all, will be used in the future. Thank you so much for helping me come up with ideas. These should keep us going for some time. At least through 2013 and possibly longer.

Alicia was the GFG! reader who won the random drawing. And in case you want to know what she is getting. She is getting this and a Starbucks gift card.

Here are some of the things Alicia gave input on for possible future challenges: Take a recipe and modify it to make it healthier. And for exercise, she said, since summer is upon us we could challenge ourselves to outdoor activities such as walking and running in the park, playing volleyball at the beach, playing tennis, or going to the playground and playing on the swings. (LOVE the swing idea. So fun!)

GFG! readers had all kinds of great comments and ideas. These are some of the ideas GFG! readers had:

Andrea: How about 30 minutes of physical activity a day for … Continue reading

Grateful for new recipe

Today I am going to share a recipe with you, which was shared with me by my friend Monica.

Monica had lunch one day recently with a friend who replicated a recipe from Cafe Gratitude.

Cafe Gratitude is a restaurant in Berkeley. (And has a couple of other locations.) All of their food is organic and vegan and they specialize in gourmet raw and cooked cuisines. I have eaten there once years ago. Whatever I had was pretty good. I am wiling to try different things.

As I started to do research on the restaurant and the recipe I am going to share with you I found that this recipe: I am Grateful has more meaning than just a healthy, vegan meal.

According to the website where the menu is listed the I am Grateful bowl is a community supported grain bowl. Shredded kale with local brown rice, black beans and tahini-garlic sauce. They created this bowl to allow for those in financial need to have access to organic vegan food. Payment for this bowl is by donation. No one is turned away. The suggested value is $7. You can feed yourself and someone in need for … Continue reading

Being lazy while roasting Brussels sprouts

I decided to be “lazy” and not go to yoga tonight. I just wasn’t feeling it. I just feel tired. So I decided to just hang on the couch and watch some episodes of Parenthood and drink wine.

For dinner I made Brussels sprouts. I normally make them in the rice cooker/steamer. But I decided to try a recipe my cousin Alison posted on her blog. They came out pretty yummy. I still like my method of steaming them until they are squishy and I mix them with brown rice a little better. But roasting them in the oven was a great alternative. And the house didn’t get as stinky either.

I pretty much like all vegetables. There are very few I don’t like. And I love finding new and easy ways to cook them. I don’t enjoy cooking and I don’t have a lot of time for it. My time is pretty limited with my commute, work, hitting the gym or yoga studio and making sure I get a decent amount of sleep every night.

Zucchini ‘pasta’

Tonight I tried something a little different for dinner.

I made about 2 cups of brown rice. I make my rice for the week at once–since it takes time to cook. (Still need to get a rice cooker.)

My friends Becky and Cyrus recently tried a new recipe and they both shared it with me: Zucchini “pasta.” I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I used one zucchini (peeled length-wise) and heated with a little olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper and Kickin’ Chicken. Once the zucchini was cooked I put it over some brown rice and added some parm cheese to the top. (I didn’t have fresh–which would have been better.)

My dinner was fairly healthy and filling, which is what I needed after taking a hardcore spin class.

If you follow the recipe, Becky and Cyrus mentioned that they added chicken breast, which sounds good to me.

Zesty-Tomato Thyme Soup

Lisa shared this Zesty-Tomato Thyme Soup recipe with me.

I made it for dinner tonight. It was easy and quick to make. And it was yummy. I may play with the ingredients next time. But I thought it was really good as is. Next time I make it I will likely double the recipe to make a little more. I have some for lunch tomorrow. And another lunch or two later in the week.

Try the recipe. And if you do let me know what you think and if you made any adjustments.

Healthy recipe sharing

Guest Post: Lisa

Lisa shares an easy and healthy soup recipe. I had told Lisa that my garden vegetable soup was good and filling. But it has been getting a little old. So she shared another recipe with me. And now I am sharing it with you. I plan on making it this weekend. (I have no kitchen at the moment since we are in a hotel room in San Diego.)

Note from Lisa: This recipe is really filling, but is probably not too terribly high in calories. The tomatoes are the most calorically dense things in the soup. (Also, I strongly recommend adding some sour cream or yogurt as a garnish — it gives the soup a really substantial feel).

ZESTY TOMATO-THYME SOUP

The Description :
This is a chunky soup with a light, fresh taste.

The Recipe:
1. Coarsely chop one medium onion and two cloves of garlic in … Continue reading

Recipes can be modified to be healthier

Guest Post: Alicia, a third-timer!

I’m a great baker, but the problem is there are only so many cookies, cakes, pies, etc. anyone can eat before their pants start to explode. All this means is that a girl has to learn to how to cook “normal” food, too.

Cooking means saving money and calories from buying take out, but unfortunately my cooking skills are limited.  So I rely on cookbooks and the Internet for recipes and ideas for my meals.

A few things I have found about recipes are that they require too much oil, butter or cheese and the serving sizes are too large.

For example I found this yummy sounding  recipe for Capellini Pomodoro–Angel Hair Pasta Recipe from Southern Food.

Capellini Pomodoro–Angel Hair Pasta Recipe

Ingredients:

Guest Post: Alexa

Confessions of a Foodie (back) on the Weight Watchers Bandwagon

I’m the kind of girl who considers cooking her most favorite hobby. Roasting, baking, braising, slow cooking, barbecueing, grilling, smoking, canning, preserving, butter making–this is what I like to do with my free time. In fact, in order to get fresher ingredients, I ripped out my front yard and planted raised beds in order to grow more vegetables.

This year, I am growing 10 different kinds of tomatoes and five different types of hot peppers in between the beans cucumbers. I’ve already infused olive oil with basil so that when the tomatoes begin to ripen later this month, I can scour the cheese shops for the freshesest mozzaareall di buffula pull together the ultimate caprese salad.

Unfortunately, all this cooking with fancy (and often fattening) ingredients have this girl backed up against her college weight (yikes!).

So, unable to ingnore this fact any longer, I’ve jumped back on the Weight Watchers game plan. What I like about Weight Watchers is the food journaling. Always a good idea to write down what you eat. What I am less enthusiastic about are types of foods that are subltly pushed via the plan–you … Continue reading