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Friday, November 30, 2012

Whole Grain Spaghetti with Garlic Broccoli and Shimeji Mushrooms in Light Tomato Sauce

Yet another fiber and veg filled meal, similar to my last spaghetti dish but with less spice, more fiber from the broccoli and loads of garlic.
I'm so excited to go to Bangkok tomorrow to meet my mother and grandmother!!  It hasn't been that long since we last saw each other (in May for my Grandma's 80th in Los Angeles) - but i'm extremely excited none the less!  Two days shopping in Bangkok and we'll all fly together to Krabi and make it back to Koh Lanta.  My mom is also bringing over a tortilla press and 10 1/2 inch cast iron griddle.  I can't wait for my new toys and to start creating some delicious fresh and healthy wraps and experimenting with the cast iron griddle.... stovetop pizza anyone?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Savory Organic Brown Rice and Mung Bean Pancakes

Another super healthy breakfast.  I love starting out the day healthy, it puts me in a productive mood and sets the tone for the day.  Savory organic brown rice and mung bean pancakes topped with green beans, mushrooms, and green pepper served with a soy-lime dipping sauce.  High in fiber and protein low carb and low fat - nothing processed but the splash of soy sauce in the dipping sauce.

Last night I cooked up a delicious feast for my boyfriend Anthony and I.  I wish I had photos  :(  It smelled so good we just dug right in - picture fall off the bone lemon-dill chicken legs with potatoes and carrots on a bed of brown rice.  Yep, cooked this one pot wonder for 3+ hours for maximum savorability (i just made up a word) and for me?  I threw in some tofu and mushrooms in the pot and I had full flavored lemon-dill tofu with mushrooms, potatoes, and carrots with brown rice.  The lemon-dill legs will for sure be a daily special on the menu!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tofu Burritos - Vegeterian and Vegan Friendly!

My Tofu burritos are seriously the  The picture doesn't do it justice - Its a handcrafted flour tortilla filled with grilled onions, capsicums, mushrooms, tofu and mozzarella cheese (omit the cheese for vegans).  The perfectly seasoned tofu with the light crunch of the capsicums and tortilla - with ooey gooey mozzarella my favorite thing to eat this week!  Add a few dashes of my homemade fiery hot sauce.. yum yum yum.  Best thing is, its super healthy too.  When I get my hands on some whole wheat flour its a whole new ball game for the tortillas.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Healthy Vegeterian Whole Grain Spaghetti with Spicy Tomato-Basil Sauce

 YUMM!!  Breakfast today was a little unconventional.  But then again I am a firm believer that breakfast foods can and should be eaten at all hours of the day so why not be able to have spaghetti for breakfast?

This morning I made an AWESOME vegetarian dish.  Healthy whole grain spaghetti with grilled tofu, enoki mushrooms in a spicy tomato and basil sauce (basil fresh picked from my garden!).  Loads of fiber, lycopene, niacin, and very little to no olive oil.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Launch delayed to first week of December :(

Great news for me, my mother is coming to visit!!  Her first time back to Thailand in over 15 years and second time visiting me abroad since her and my step-dad spent Christmas with me in Hanoi in 2010.  Because of this i'm pushing the official launch date of Rio's Kitchen to the first week of December so I can spend some much needed time with my lovely mother.  R&D is still in the works, check out the tentative menu:
I'm also super excited for her to come as my mother along with my grandma are the two women in my life that instilled in me a genuine passion for cooking.  I'm sure after her visit there will be some new additions to the menu.. possibly even Filipino inspired!

All suggestions, comments, and criticisms are much appreciated, please send me a message! :)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Welcome to Rio's Kitchen.. Launch in 2 days!

Hi everyone, welcome to Rio's Kitchen!  A small operation based in Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta in Southern Thailand.  I am obsessed with food and love cooking and making people happy.. so I thought, why not combine it all together?  Create delicious home cooked western style meals and deliver it to peoples homes. 

If all goes well, i'll have the menu up tomorrow, visit the market to get fresh ingredients, and start filling your bellies starting on the 24th of November.  Keep posted, hope you enjoy my food!