Daily Archives: May 3, 2010

BBQ, Pasta Salad, and Salsa

Yesterday Andrew and I joined Peter, Susannah, and Matt for a BBQ. The main dish of the night was the BBQ chicken with pineapple, which I did not eat, but I’m sure was delicious. I made a pasta salad with seitan as well as two kinds of salsa. Andrew made tortilla chips baked in the oven. Peter and Susannah provided the chicken, wine, and sourdough bread.

Peanut Pasta Salad

Ingredients for Salad

  • 1 pkg. rainbow rotini rice pasta
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • seitan sliced and marinated
  • baby salad greens

Ingredients for Peanut Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Better Than Peanut Butter (Trader Joe’s peanut butter made with peanut flour instead of peanuts)
  • soy sauce
  • teriyaki sauce
  • red chili paste
  • lemon juice
  • sunflower oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp. garlic

1. Boil water for pasta. Add pasta once water is boiling. Cook for 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and rinse with cold water immediately. Rinsing is very important for rice pasta since it tends to get gummy and mushy very quickly.

2. Once the pasta has cooled mix together pasta, brocolli, baby salad greens, and carrots.

3. Whisk together ingredients for peanut sauce. Slice seitan into very small pieces. Put half the sauce in one bowl and add seitan. Let marinate for about five minutes. Heat a small frying pan with some sunflower oil. Add seitan and cook until heated through.

4. Add seitan to pasta and vegetable mixture. Add the remaining sauce and stir until coated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients

  • three small tomatoes chopped roughly
  • 1/2 yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped with seeds
  • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • salt
  • pepper

1. Add ingredients to food processor. Pulse until desirable size. I like mine very small so I let it go for a while.

Fresh Tomato Salsa with Pineapple

Ingredients

  • 3 small tomatoes chopped roughly
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped roughly
  • 1 poblano pepper chopped roughly with seeds
  • 1 tbsp. garlic
  • pineapple chunks
  • salt
  • pepper

1. Add ingredients to food processor. Pulse until desired size.

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Israeli Couscous Salad

I first encountered Israeli couscous (a.k.a. pearl couscous) my freshman year at UC Santa Cruz. It was used instead of bulghur in a tabouleh dish. I loved it! I’m not a fan of regular couscous, something about the texture bothers me, but I really love Israeli couscous. It has a great texture and cooks very quickly.

Israeli Couscous Salad

Ingredients

  • Trader Joe’s Israeli Couscous
  • low sodium vegetable broth
  • broccoli slaw (a mixture of broccoli stems and carrots)
  • 9 chicken”less” strips (Trader Joe’s brand)
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 sun dried tomato and habañero tortilla (Trader Joe’s brand)

1. Put vegetable broth onto boil. Once the broth is boiling add couscous. It takes about five minutes to cook. Strain with a lid on top.

2. Microwave chicken”less” strips according to directions. You could also do this on the stove top, but I was hungry and wanted something quick.

3. Mix together couscous, chicken”less” strips, and broccoli slaw. Add salt, pepper, and balsamic vinaigrette. Eat with tortilla.