Thursday, April 7, 2011

Good Eats!

Well, today has been full of total deliciousness. Brendan and I cooked up a dish so tasty, we have named it a five-star creation, and we can't wait to share it with you. It's light, flavorful, healthy, vegetarian and vegan! We hit a remarkable sale at Albertson's today on produce, and definitely reaped the benefits. So, without further ado, here it is:

Simply Light Basil Lime Stir-Fry
  • In a medium sized pot, boil white rice covered.
  • Drain tofu and cut into cubes. Heat vegetable or other frying oil to 355 degrees. Fry tofu a few pieces at a time. Remove and drain on paper towels. 
  • mince 3 tablespoons ginger and 5 cloves of garlic.
  • chop 1 small onion.
  • use a wok with a cover and put 2 tablespoons olive oil in the bottom of the wok.
  • cook garlic, ginger, and onion in the wok on medium/high for 3-4 minutes. 
  • chop 2 bell peppers and add to the wok. Stir. Turn up to high heat.
  • Cook 5 minutes.
  • Add juice of 1/2 lime and a bit of crushed red pepper. Add fried tofu and basil cut into strips on top.
  • Add 1/2 of spicy lime sauce (see recipe below) on top, cover.
  • Serve over rice and garish with additional strips of basil and the rest of the spicy lime sauce.  
Spicy Lime Sauce 
  • Squeeze the juice of two limes into a bowl 
  • Add 1/8 a cup of Mirin (rice wine) 
  • Add 1/8 cup soy sauce 
  • Add 1/8 cup of your favorite stir fry sauce we used House of Tsang Classic Stir Fry Sauce.
  • Add 2 tablespoons brown sugar.
  • Add 1 teaspoon cayanne pepper. 
  • Add 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • Add 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 
  • Add 1 teaspoon pepper 
  • Stir it all up! 
Simply Light Basil Lime Stir-Fry

Prep/Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Deliciousness Factor: 5 out of 5 stars! We almost never give the 5 star rating, but we both agreed, this is our best stir-fry yet. I love the sweet, spicy, tangy sauce and the fresh, flavorful taste of the ginger and bell peppers. The fried tofu absorbed the sauce and was a delight in this dish. I felt wonderfully satisfied, but also light after eating this, even though we enjoyed ours with beer. Brendan loves the colorful presentation and the fresh flavor of all the spices and especially the basil. All said, it was worth every minute we spent on it!

I also have some exciting news for those of you residing in Lake Charles. Today, Brendan and I dined at Isa's Authentic Latin Food located at 538 Alamo for the first time, and the enjoyable experience inspired me to write my first ever restaurant review. 

We ate Arepa's, Brendan ordered the pork and cheese, and I had mine with vegetables and cheese. They are Latin sandwiches on flat, unleavened, round, corn based bread, and they were truly wonderful. My vegetable Arepa wasn't on the menu, but they had no problem whipping it up. It had avocados, lettuce, and tomato in addition to the shredded cheese. It was healthy and kept me full for 7 hours! I especially enjoyed the fabulous garlic, herb mayo type sauce they served with it. Our Arepa's were only $4.95 each, which was one of my favorite things about this little place because I can't resist a good deal. I enjoyed mine with old fashioned bottled Mexican Coca-Cola, which was a perfectly sweet addition to my lunch. 
Arepa's for all!
Perhaps the best part of Isa's is the colorful and relaxing covered porch where guests can enjoy their meal. The chairs are comfy and pretty flowers and paper lanterns create a welcoming vibe that one hopes to experience when dining at any causal place. It was nice and quiet when we stopped by around 1:30 today.

Nice and cool on the covered porch
Isa's has some odd hours, so you might want to take note. Mondays they are closed, but they are open 11am-7pm Tuesday-Friday and 3pm-7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Their menu also features lots of yummy looking juices and daily plate specials. Don't pass it by, give Isa's a try!

Here's to eating good in your neighborhood (and I don't mean Applebee's). 
<3 Stacy, Lola & Zoe

1 comment:

  1. Hey! I had been wondering about that place! Maybe we'll try it too.


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