Sweet Potato Snacks

Today’s post will be a short one. Over the holidays, I made this and I almost forgot about it. When I was little, my mom made us potato latkes around Hanukkah..and we’re not even Jewish. I think she just liked the idea of potato pancakes. Anywho, I was inspired to try my sweet potato version because I already had all of the main ingredients. Here is the recipe that I modeled mine after: Baked Sweet Potato Latkes<< They look a lot better than mine so if you want the real deal, you should probably use that recipe lol

Ingredients I used: sweet potatoes, green onion, minced garlic, Italian bread crumbs, 2 eggs, seasonings (salt, pepper, etc)

I peeled and cut the sweet potatoes into fourths and used my new food processor. Did the same for the green onions:

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Mix all of it together, with the bread crumbs, garlic, eggs, and seasonings. Preheat oven 425 degrees and grease foil sheet. Bake for 15 min on each side.

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I ate them with ketchup and they were pretty tasty! Finally, one of my experiments went right lol. I ate them with some fruit for a light lunch.

Stay tuned, my friends, next post will be Vegetarian Enchiladas!

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My Attempts at Eggrolls

I came across this website and was inspired to try eggrolls. It seemed simple enough and the ingredients didn’t seem to be too obscure..but it turned out to be a bust for several reasons. Here is the original recipe that inspired me: Buffalo Chicken Rolls

Here are the ingredients I used, basically the same:

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Quick story: so I go all the way to Trader Joes because I assume that’s where all the healthy food and do-it-yourself eggroll stuff would be. I was surprised to find that they didn’t have eggroll wraps! I ended up just getting the blue cheese, broccoli slaw and like two other items which came to a total of like $30..which shouldn’t surprise me but it did catch me a little off guard. Then, I go to Target because they are supposed to be this upscale version of Walmart that would have exotic foods like eggroll wraps right? Wrong! Next I go to ol’ faithful, Walmart, and lo and behold there were the eggroll wraps! In conclusion, the grass is not always greener..lesson learned. However, it turns out those wraps didn’t turn out so good so maybe the search is still on.
 
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I fried the chikn strips and then marinated them in hot sauce and teriyaki sauce. I also crumbled the blue cheese.
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I put the chikn, slaw, and cheese in the middle of each wrap and followed the instructions from the original recipe on how to wrap them.
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Put it in oven (400 degrees) for 12-15 min..I tried to eat it with sweet and sour sauce.
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It looks decent right? Well the taste wasn’t what I expected..I’ve never had blue cheese straight up like that before and I completely underestimated the strength of that cheese! I did not like it at all..The wrap was chewy in some parts and burnt in other parts..It was just all bad..But guess how many I ate? Almost half of them over the next 2 days..There’s something within me that refuses to waste food. I think it came from my parents always forcing me to clean my plate when I was a child.
 
My second attempt, I wanted to try more traditional Chinese-food type eggrolls.
Ingredients: broccoli slaw, eggs, teriyaki and soy sauce
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I put the eggs in the pan with the slaw and seasoned it a little bit.
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And I failed again..The more I think about it, I realize one of the things that make the fast food Chinese eggrolls better is the grease..and the crispy wrap. I had none of those things. Maybe I’ll try again someday.
I don’t want to leave this post on a fail so I also made some pasta from a recipe I got on another blog and it turned out great! Spinach Pasta Casserole << Thanks!
I scaled it down a bit but here are the ingredients I used:
frozen spinach, cheddar, onion, sour cream, mushrooms, mayo, spiral noodles, parmesan cheese
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Sautee frozen spinach, onion, and mushrooms. Boiled the spiral noodles, then drain and mix everything together. Add some seasonings.
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Put in oven (350 degrees) and bake for 30 min.
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Sorry for the bad lighting, but here is the final result with some Texas toast garlic bread and sprinkled with parmesan. It was really really good but I couldn’t have too much at one time. It is pretty rich and since I’m slightly lactose intolerant, I had to be careful not to over do it.
Welp, thats it for now. Let me know if any of yall have ever been successful in making eggrolls from scratch and please tell me your secrets!
 
 
**Update**–After posting this, a few of my friends enlightened me that the only way to make good eggrolls is the fry them..Thats what the Chinese restaurants do so I should’ve known that..No more trying to be healthy with the baking lol

Jamaican Veggie Patties (also known as Meat Pies)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

For some reason, I’m not as excited about new years as when I was younger. I’ve never done the resolution thing. I think since college I’m more excited about academic years and measure my life in semesters..like my new year begins in August and ends in May. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful to see 2013 and feel blessed for all that happened in 2012. Now I’m starting my second semester in grad school, and I’m closer to knowing what I want to do with my life than I was last year which is cool.

My holiday break was awesome! My husband and I finally went on our honeymoon..Christmas was skiing in Breckenridge, CO and New Years was spent in St. Thomas and St. John, Virgin Islands. Which brings me to the recipe for today, my father is Trinidadian so I grew up with a lot of West Indian/Caribbean foods. However, while we were in the Virgin Islands, we stayed at a lovely resort and went to all these touristy places and all we ate was American food! So when we got back, I was inspired to make some patties..in Louisiana they’re called Natchitoches Meat Pies. I googled a few recipes and came up with one of my own.

Jamaican Veggie Patties Ingredients:

Pastry: 4 cups of flour, 1/2 c vegetable oil, 1/2 c margarine, 2 tsp salt, 2 c water, 1 tsp curry powder

Meat mixture: 1/2 onion, scallion, Morningstar Griller crumbles, curry powder, frozen mixed vegetables (option), cumin, season salt, minced garlic, 1 or 2 eggs, and a whole bunch of other seasonings

To make the flaky pastry, mix the flour, oil, margarine, and salt together.  Add the water and knead it together in a cylinder shape, put it in the refrigerator while you make the meat mixture.

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Heat the griller crumbles with oil and chop the onion and scallions and add them to the frying pan. You can also add frozen mixed vegetables if you want, I’ve tried it and it turns out just as good. Add seasonings and garlic and put into bowl and mix in eggs.

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Take the dough out of the fridge and cut it into pieces that can be rolled out. As you can see, I still don’t own a rolling pin (hence the shot glass)..I still have some money on my Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift card so I will invest in one soon.  Try to roll the dough out in a circle and put the meat mixture in the middle. Then, fold it over and crimp the edges with a fork.

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I’m sure there are prettier ways of doing it but it’s the taste that counts right?

Oh I forgot to mention that you should preheat the oven to 400. Bake for 30 min.

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They turned out really tasty..but to make it more Jamaican, I should’ve added some more curry or Jerk seasonings or something. It was also a little dry so maybe next time I’ll add some ketchup or sauce or something. The pastry part was great, buttery and flaky. If you want a more robust recipe, check out Emeril’s recipe.

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and are ready for what 2013 has to offer!