Kale and Roasted Pepper Wheat Berry Salad

I have wanted to make wheat berries for such a long time.  A few weeks ago, I discovered Central Market, which has filled the void in my heart of Trader Joe's.  There is an awesome area of grains, oatmeals, nuts, spices, trail mixes, candies, all in bins and you measure out how much you want and pay by the weight.  That way, you can buy only as much as you want.  It makes it easy to try things too!  Then you can just buy a little and test it out instead of buying a whole box, only to find out you don't like it.

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Black Bean and Garlic Stir fry

The most common dish that I make for myself is stir-fry, and I realized I have yet to write about it. This dish is very routine for me, and I think that’s why I don’t think about taking pictures or blogging when I make it.  It is fun because everytime I make it, it turns out differently.  It turns into a hodgepodge of whatever vegetables I have, some tofu or other protein, and whatever sauce I want to throw on.

Because of my move, I had to re-buy my sauces, and wanted to spread the word about Black Bean and Garlic Sauce.  My mom used to cook with it and I always liked it.  It is such a gem.  Need to give veggies some flavor?  Toss some black bean and garlic sauce.  Need a marinade sauce?  Throw some black bean and garlic on it.  It works well with shrimp, chicken, pork, tofu… really, anything!  It was a staple for my college meals, and now, for quick dinners when I get home late from work.

Black Bean and Garlic Sauce from Lee Kum Kee
I also used the better known, Sriracha, for some spice
For this simple stir-fry, I chopped up some green onions, mushrooms and broccoli and tossed with some Japanese noodles.  I added about 2 tsp of the Black Bean and Garlic Sauce, and added the Sriracha to taste.  Incredibly easy, healthy and delicious!

Superfood Spotlight: Kale

Kale Chips | www.thefreshfind.com

Kale has become quite the popular vegetable these days and I have been experimenting with it for some time.  I haven't written about it because, to be honest, every time I made it, I couldn't get myself to like it.  Until now.  I found this vegetable to be very tough to eat and bitter for my taste.  However, I recently made kale chips and fell in love with them.

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