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Saucy Faces

Sometimes, we eat spaghetti.

Did you know that grains, unless properly prepared, can actually be bad for your health, particularly your gut? For this reason, we try to not consume a lot of grains/pastas unless we soak them, but sometimes, you gotta go with the cheapest option ūüėČ

It was not only yummy, but also fun to photograph! I love their saucy faces.

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Albondigas and homemade tortillas

¬†Albondiga Soup (or¬†meatball soup) is delicious, I love to add lots of vegetables to it. The meatballs can be made with any kind of meat you prefer, my favorite is chicken, and it’s what I’ve chosen for you today.¬†

Albondigas: 

First start a pot of water to boil, it really depends on how much chicken and vegetables you will add so measure accordingly. While the water boils, gather your ingredients. There are some vegetables you absolutely need to have, these are: tomatoes, onions, green chili, and cilantro. The rest are really up to you. I decided to add a carrot, potatoes, celery and some spinach to this one. 

  

Next you will get your chicken, preferably breasts and throw them in the food processor. (A word of wisdom: I was too lazy to dig up my food processor and used the blender. Not a good idea.) Add a clove of garlic, salt, pepper and a dash of oregano. 

  

You will also need a bit of this: 

  

It’s corn maza to make the chicken stay together, if you don’t have¬†it, you can¬† add a little bit of rice to the mix.¬†Blend it and dump¬†the concoction into a bowl.¬†¬†

  

Next, you will¬†roll¬†the meat into balls, you can make them¬†whatever size you’d like, I like mine on the small side. Roll them up and¬†dump straight into the water. While they cook cut up your veggies and throw them into the pot. Add some salt and pepper to taste and let it all simmer. Then serve and¬†prepare yourself for an explosion of flavor. ¬†¬†¬†¬†

 

  

 

In this next part, I will show you how to make tortillas to accompany your albondigas. It’s totally optional, of course, but if you make them, you will not regret it.¬†

Tortillas: 

You will need that masa I showed you earlier. There are instructions on the back that you can follow or just go by feeling the dough. 

  

  

Put some masa in a bowl then add a bit of water and mix with one hand. Slowly add more water while you mix, taking care it doesn’t get too watery. If it does, just add more masa.¬†

  

You will need one of these, to make your life simpler. It’s a tortilla press. Line it with some cut-up platic bags.¬†

  

 When you have mixed the dough throughly roll it into balls. They should fit nicely in the palm of your hand. Place it on your lined press and press.

 

 

 

Peel the top liner carefully, then pick up and place the tortilla on your hand. Unlined side down, like this. Peel the other plastic off and place on a hot pan to bake. The instructions on the package say to cook for about 50 seconds on each side, so go by that. The cooked side should look a bit like this. Then serve and enjoy with your meal. Mmm.

 

  

 

 

   

 

Azodicarbonamide-free bread

The other day, on one of the parenting boards I’m a member of, we were discussing whether it is safe to eat at Subway, one of the healthiest fast food restaurants. Well, I love Subway, I try not to eat there too often because they serve mainly lunchmeats, which contain nitrates. Now, this was a pregnancy board, and pregnant women are advised¬†to stay away from lunch meats unless fully heated, to reduce the chance of listeria, that alone¬†is reason enough to stay away. One lady, though, brought something to light that I had never heard of, it’s called azodicarbonamide, this hidden chemical added to most breads. Also known as ADA, this chemical is described as a food additive and a flour¬†bleaching agent, but what the FDA knows and doesn’t seem to care about is that it is a respiratory sensitizer which means it can be a cause of asthma. ADA is banned from being used in most countries in Europe, Asia and Australia. Singapore has a $450,000 fee for anyone found using it! Why in the world is it still allowed in the U.S.?!
So I decided that I will make my own bread from now on, I can’t even trust my “all natural, 100% whole wheat” store-bought bread. After all, how hard can it be to make bread yourself? Ha! It turns out pretty hard if you don’t know how to knead dough!¬†

I present to you my lovely bricks loafs. After three hours, the buggers never rose.