Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sesame soba, shrimp, and green beans

The boyfriend can't eat much seafood due to an allergy, so when I'm fixing dinner for only myself, I usually cook fish since I get to eat it so infrequently. I'd originally intended to do something with salmon, but saw these big, beautiful Gulf shrimp on sale at the co-op and couldn't say no.

2 oz dry soba noodles
6 large shrimp, peeled & deveined

1 T soy sauce
1/2 t honey
1 t sesame oil
1 t sesame seeds
Juice of 1/2 lime

1 cup green beans
1/2 t sesame oil
1/2 t soy sauce
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 t sesame seeds

Combine soy sauce, honey, 1 t sesame oil, 1 t sesame seeds, and juice of half a lime. Set aside.

Set 2 pots of salted water to boil.

In a nonstick skillet over medium heat and coated with canola spray, cook shrimp just until pink. Add half the sauce and toss to coat.

While the shrimp cooks, cook noodles in the boiling water according to package instructions (these cook very quickly, about 4 minutes maximum). Drain, return to pan, and toss with the other half of the sauce.

While the shrimp and noodles are cooking, cook the green beans in the second pot of boiling water until crisp-tender (should take about 5 minutes or fewer). Toss with 1/2 t sesame oil, 1/2 t soy sauce, juice of half a lime, and 1 t sesame seeds.

Place the noodles on top of the beans and top with the shrimp.

Serves 1
343 calories per serving

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I am so far behind...

Well, I was without internet access at home for about 3 weeks (save my iPhone), and so, was unable to post.

Add to that a full-time job, impending winter, various other projects, and starting a master's program...suffice it to say I may be in the weeds.

I have, however, been cooking. It's the one thing that helps me unwind at the end of the day. And I've been taking photos, though their increasing ugliness is directly linked to the decreasing daylight.

Hopefully I'll find time this week to catch up, and then can start posting regularly again. From the start, I decided I'd aim for 4 to 5 posts per week; I now see that 3 would be more realistic, but I'll give it my best shot.

Weight update: I'm currently down about 10 pounds, while the boyfriend is down about 20, the jerk. This is much slower progress than I'd hoped to be making, but I try to look at any loss as a victory. There's a lot I could be doing to lose more weight, namely, exercising and not saying, "Who cares, it's the weekend." But I'll get there. Slowly but surely.