Zucchini Stir Fry

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re having a great day!  Mine is better than yesterday!  I seriously think the weather here is getting to me!

Today I tried two new things!

Remember WAYY back when, when I tried Amazing Grass for the first time and absolutely hated it?  Well I still had a packet of the chocolate superfood powder from when I ordered that sampler.  I decided to give it another try!  However, this time I decided to try less.  So instead of dumping the whole packet in my green monster, I sprinkled about a fourth of the packet in.

It was delicious!  The gritiness that I hated the first time around wasn’t there, and the chocolatey-ness was great!  I’m not sure I’ll keep buying it just because it’s expensive… when I’m rollin’ in the dough, I would definitely consider adding it to my smoothies more regularly.

Are you a fan of Amazing Grass?

The second new thing I tried was Kikkoman Ponzu, which is a citrus seasoned soy sauce.  I got this a few weeks ago as part of the Food Buzz Tastemakers program.

I’m running low on groceries so I pulled together a bunch of random ingredients to make a delicious stir fry!

Zucchini Stir Fry

1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 tsp chopped ginger
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 zucchini, diced
1 tsp Trader Joe’s Soyaki
2 tsp Kikkoman Ponzu
Pepper to taste

Add the onions to a nonstick pan (sprayed with olive oil or any oil you prefer) and cook for a few minutes.  Add garlic and ginger, cook for 1 minute.  Add zucchini, sauces and pepper, cook for a few more minutes until tender.  Serve with noodles or rice.

This would be great with some pineapple chunks in there too!  Maybe some nuts?

I enjoyed mine with Trader Joe’s Harvest Grain Mix that I’ve had since about August… Finally time to use it up! And a Morningstar Veggie Patty for some added protein.

Delish!

The Kikkoman sauce was really good.  Since I didn’t try it on its own, it tasted somewhat like regular soy sauce but with a tiny kick.  Worth a try!

Now I’m off to read and then head to class!  Have a great afternoon/evening!

Tomorrow is Friday!!! WOOO!!!

Food Buzz 24, 24, 24: 12 hungry guests + 12 course meal = 24 great things!

I was so excited when Food Buzz chose me to be part of their 24, 24, 24 this month!  So for my meal, I decided to make a 12 course vegetarian meal inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas!  I invited a bunch of friends over and as soon as I got back to Los Angeles on Thursday I started preparing.

Keeping in line with my December Recipe Challenge, this meal was entirely vegetarian and tried to include any many vegetables as possible, while still tasting delicious!  I tried out new recipes and made up a few of my own!

Here’s how the evening went:

Thanks to the help of my wonderful sister, I set up the table to reflect the holiday spirit! Complete with decorative menus!

Then after the guests arrived, the first two courses were standing appetizers wine we all mingled.

12 Drummers Drumming: Vegetarian Drumsticks


Talia obviously is one of those 12 drummers!

11 Pipers Piping: Cheesy Puff Pipes


Tim knows how to work that pipe!

Then we were ready to sit down to dinner…

10 Lords A-leaping:  Leaping Lentil Salad


I wore many hats… cook, waitress, eater…

9 Ladies Dancing: Flamenco Favas


8 Maids A-Milking: Creamy Artichoke Soup


7 Swans A-Swimming: Spaghetti Swimming in a Special Sauce


6 Geese A-Laying: Quiche

5 Golden Rings: Pineapple Ring Salad


4 Calling Birds: Cauliflower Gratin


3 French Hens: Savory Crepe



2 Turtle Doves: Turtle Clusters

Of course no meal is without at least one mishap!  My caramel turned out a little bit too hard…

We all had a good laugh 🙂  Still tasted good and if you broke a tooth, you were in a house full of dentists!

A Partridge in a Pear Tree: Pears in Red Wine

A 12 course meal for 12 people made entirely by me!  I can’t believe I pulled that off!  That was definitely the ultimate recipe challenge!

It was a ton of work but totally worth it!  Thanks Food Buzz for this great opportunity!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!