Making use of the leftover pulp from juicing to make some snack

I am always concern about the environment, and lately I am looking into zero-waste cooking. Actually you just need to be creative and always have that idea in your mind, try to really think again before throwing anything away. You might surprise yourself how much you can make use of from the food waste that you created.

Today, I am making some snack bars from the leftover pulp that I’ve got from juicing with tomato, carrot, red bell pepper, celery and some ginger. It’s always a shame to throw away the pulp, there are a lot of ideas for leftover pulp, but today I am sharing this idea of making snack bars with you. We already kind of give up the idea of having chips and other junk food at home, we rather have healthy snack, such as fruit, cherry tomatoes, celery, cucumber and carrot. This one could be one of the healthy snack on our list when we are hungry in the middle of the day or in the middle of the night.

So, I am using around a cup of leftover pulp, mix with half cup of pumpkin seeds, and half cup of mixed nuts. You can also add some raisins, but I don’t really like raisins so I don’t add them. Then, we add one tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil, and three tablespoons of honey or syrup. I preheated the oven to 200 degree Celsius, and we just have to mix all the ingredients and press the mixture into a baking tray.  A little tip is to use the back of a spoon to help and flatten the snack bar mixture to around 1cm thick.  Then you can add sesame seeds on top as a final touch. Bake the snack bars for around 20 minutes, let it cool down after baking, and then cut them into small pieces. You can store them into vacuum jar or even freeze them.

It’s such a great idea, to make use of food waste and stay with healthy diet. You can also give this to your dogs if all the ingredients are dog safe, you just need to check it out and make sure they are good to eat them.

 

Broken Spaghetti in Soup with Potato and Broccoli

I went for a friend’s birthday party last Saturday, we had dinner at this local restaurant inside this wet market in North Point. The food was amazing, we ate some seafood, like deep fried oyster, steam clams with eggs, and etc. Then, we went for karaoke and of course we drunk a lot, whiskey mixed water or green tea. I don’t know what went wrong, but my stomach started to feel bad since then. Not sure if because of the seafood or the ice is not clean for the drinks.

Anyway, my stomach started to feel slightly better yesterday, I was craving for this pasta in soup every time I don’t feel well. It’s kind of light, not that heavy and rich, and in soup that comforts you and keeps you warm. Very simple and easy to handle, see if you like to try it out.

The ingredients are very simple too, broccoli, potatoes, spaghetti and chicken broth. Boil a pot of hot water, chop the potatoes and broccoli in small cubes. Bring the hot water to boil, then put some olive oil and chicken broth or condensed chicken stock in, then add potatoes first, let them cook until half way done. Then, add broccoli and cook for few 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the broken spaghetti in and cook until it’s done, cooking time can refer to the package. Season with some salt as a final touch. You can also cook this with chicken meat in cubes too, if you think this is too vegetarian.

Serve the pasta with black pepper, you can also add some more flavours as you like. I like to add some red chilli pepper flakes, parmesan cheese, dry parsley and more olive oil on top.

Baked Pasta with Vegetable Sauce

Usually for pasta, I only do the simple cooking one, and I’ve never made the baked pasta before. Tonight I want to try it out, as saw this recipe the other day on the TV cooking show, would love to do it. Originally, I was planning to cook Thai food tonight, but I just find out my husband has to work and will be back a little late. Just think maybe to cook something else that he can eat later but still good, I guess baked pasta is a good option.

The ingredients of this pasta is pretty simple, rigatoni pasta, aubergine / eggplant, olives, sun-dried tomatoes; cheese is important for baked pasta, I used mozzarella, the fresh one and dry one, and parmesan cheese. You can choose the kind of cheese that you like, but for the top layer, better use parmesan cheese.

Use a big pot to boil the water, preparing to cook the rigatoni. On the other side, working on the sauce. Heat up the pan with some olive oil, put the chopped aubergine / eggplant into it and stir fry them. After 2 to 3 minutes, add the chopped olives and sun-dried tomatoes and stir fry them all together. Then add the chopped garlic and red chili, and the tomato puree into the pan, add a bit of salt and cook the sauce for about 10 minutes. When the rigatoni is done cooking in the hot water, add them in the sauce with some parmesan cheese. Basically, you can eat the pasta just like that.

Pre-heat the oven with 200C. Put the pasta into a bake tray with one layer, then add the dry and fresh mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Then, repeat the same with another layer, make sure you cover the entire surface with cheese. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the pasta turn golden brown. Watch out that you don’t burn the pasta, otherwise it will become hard instead of crispy.

One suggestion is, no need to bake all the pasta in one go, you can just bake the portion that you are going to eat, and leave the rest of the pasta there. You just do the baking part when you want to eat the pasta and that will taste the best. So, when my husband came home, I just bake another pasta for him which takes only 10-15 minutes. And it tastes warm and freshly made.

Let’s get fat, midnight snack – Onion and Apple Tart

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Feeling hungry in the middle of the night, just want to indulge yourself and don’t care much about gaining weight… yay!!! Let’s make something quick and have a mid-night snack.

This onion and apple tart is super easy to make, you just need 4 ingredients, onion, apple, creme fraiche and puff pastry sheets.

Pan fried onion and apple with olive oil, until they are both soft and brown, and season with salt and pepper.

Place puff pastry sheets on the baking paper, put creme fraiche on the puff pastry, then put the cooked onion and apple on top. Bake under 180C in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. That’s it!!! So quick and easy.

If you prefer something sweet, maybe you can season it with sugar instead of salt, and treat this as a desert.

yum………