INSALATA CAPRESE: THE BEST AND SIMPLEST MEAL

I always have this delusion that I must have been Italian in my past life, only because I love Italian food! I can live on pizza and pasta everyday and I can munch olives like they were peanuts.

Five years ago, I got a little lucky and found myself to be walking on the cobbled streets of my imaginary homeland, Italy.   Aahh, authentic Italian spaghetti.  I had to keep reminding myself not to look for hotdogs on them, undeniably very Pinoy hehehe 🙂  It was during this trip that I discovered a salad that would be my new favorite from then on, the INSALATA CAPRESE.

Made from the freshest ingredients, Insalata Caprese is a light and healthy salad that’s perfect for health-conscious individuals.  Perfect too for our Balik-Alindog project.  It’s very simple and easy to make plus the ingredients are readily available in your supermarkets, and the best part is… it’s NO COOK!  Here it goes…

WHATCHUNID:

MAIN INGREDIENTS:  Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Basil Leaves, and Tomatoes (cherry / grape variety or regular tomatoes)

MAIN INGREDIENTS: Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Basil Leaves, and Tomatoes (cherry / grape variety or regular tomatoes)

Dressing:

Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
Chilli Flakes (optional)

Olive oil, salt & pepper are the main Caprese dressing. I just like putting balsamic vinegar and chilli flakes for that extra kick.

Olive oil, salt & pepper are the main Insalata Caprese dressing. I just like putting balsamic vinegar and chilli flakes for that extra kick.

HOW TO DO IT?

Just like any other salads, you basically just have to toss everything together, chill and it’s done.  This can already be your light dinner or, as I recently discovered,  you can pair it with Beef Salpicao or with your favorite steak.

Easy peasy, isn’t it? No-cook dinner in minutes!  Buon Appetito! (in my fake Italian accent)

If you're using cherry or grape tomato variety, cut them into half.

If you’re using cherry or grape tomato variety, cut them into half.You may use regular tomatoes too.

You may use regular tomatoes too.
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EASY & HEALTHY RECIPE: PAN-SEARED TUNA

It’s no secret that aside from long legs, great kitchen skills are the gifts that I am not really blessed with.  Case in point: I can’t make a decent pancake and once burned Ginisang Munggo (sauteed mung beans).  That’s why I used to leave the cooking to the able hands of a helper or Dear Hubby (when he’s free).  But we haven’t had a help for a while now so I gotta “face my fear” and channel my inner Giada De Laurentiis and Nigella Lawson.  Yes, I sort of invoke their spirits to come upon my kitchen each time I had to cook :).

My objective is to make very simple and easy-to-do recipes to avoid any more kitchen disasters.  Recipes should also be healthy to complement my Balik-Alindog project, a self-imposed program to a healthier lifestyle (click here for more information).  This is my version of Pan-Seared Tuna.

WHAT YOU NEED:

MAIN INGREDIENTS:  FRESH Tuna Sashimi cut, ground pepper, salt,

FOR THE TUNA DIP: Kikkoman Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Sugar and Wasabi Paste. **Measurements would be according to your liking.

Greens of your choice

Your preferred salad dressings

You may top your salad with Feta Cheese too (optional)

WHAT TO DO:

Step 1:  Generously season the tuna with ground pepper and sprinkle with a little salt.  Let stand for about 15 minutes.

STEP 2:  Sear the tuna on a very hot pan with about 3 tablespoons of cooking oil (canola or olive oil are a healthy choice).  With this particular cut, searing should take 1 minute ONLY for each side (top and bottom).

STEP 3:  Cut the tuna in bite pieces and serve with veggie salad (with a dressing of your choice).

TUNA DIP:  Combine Kikkoman soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and wasabi paste together in a bowl.

Believe me, this recipe is sooo easy it only takes about 30 minutes to make.  If I can do it, you can definitely do it too! 🙂  Enjoy!

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