A Simple Journal

to acknowledge what nourishes my body and soul

Creamy Tomato & Hummus Spaghetti

After enjoying carrots and hummus for a few days a week, I sometimes lose interest in using hummus as a dip. So, one day I decided to add hummus to freshly cooked rotini and I liked it. The tangy “sauce” was made with 1/2 cup hummus and 3 Tbsp. pasta cooking water for 2 cups of cooked pasta. Then, I took […]

Tofu Parm

If you like tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and breaded cutlets, you’ll enjoy my father’s recipe for Tofu Parm. The tofu takes on classic Parmigiana flavors — a great way to introduce tofu to those who have never tried it. It’s a good idea to incorporate some tofu into your regular diet. When tofu is used to replace meat, it […]

Chicken and Sesame Dumplings

Here’s one of my favorite recipes that I developed for EveryDay with Rachael Ray magazine. It was inspired by the comforting garlic-ginger flavors of the Filipino soup “Arroz Caldo” and the breadcrumb dumplings that simmered in my Sicilian grandmother’s chicken soup on Sunday mornings.    Photo by Kana Okada http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/dinner-recipes/Chicken-and-Sesame-Dumplings

Simply Delicious: Chocolate Oatmeal

“Simply Delicious” signifies a recipe that uses only 3 to 5 main ingredients.  Chocolate Oatmeal is a breakfast that my mother made often when I was growing up. Her inspiration was Filipino chocolate rice porridge, champorado. She made her oatmeal with spoonfuls of Nesquik chocolate powder, but I make mine with a packet of hot cocoa.   Chocolate Oatmeal Serves 2 1 ¾ cup water or milk, […]