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Food Recipe: Pan-seared Salmon

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Boyfriend and I was craving salmon a couple of days ago so I woke up early, went to the supermarket, and started on the recipe at 10:00 AM! I wanted the salmon to marinate for as long as possible…we actually didn’t cook it until about 6:30PM! The recipe turned out SO delicious. The marinate really seeped through the salmon and gave it great flavor. I wanted to share this recipe with you guys. It really is amazing and easy, easy to make. Salmon is a great source of protein and little fat. So healthy for you and so delicious!

Servings: 8
Ingredients:
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– 2 pounds of salmon.
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 3 cloves of garlic
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 1/3 cup water
– 1/4 cup soy sauce
– 1/3 cup brown sugar
– Pepper to taste
– Salt to taste

1. Clean the salmon and pat it DRY.
2. Divide and cut salmon fillet into 8 pieces, as equal as possible.
3. Salt both sides of the salmon fillets.
4. Place salmon into a plastic bag.
5. Stir lemon juice, vegetable oil, water, soy sauce, brown sugar, and pepper into a bowl.
6. Pour the marinade into the bag and throw in 3 cloves of crushed garlic (not chopped).
7. Seal the bag and marinate for at least 1-2 hours. The longer the better.
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8. Bring your pan to a medium high heat and put in about 2 tbsp of vegetable oil.
9. When oil is hot, put in the salmon fillet skin side down.
10. Cook for about 5-6 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon. Skin of salmon should be CRISPY.
11. Flip it and cook on the other side for 4-5 minutes until brown glaze appears.
12. Serve immediately and enjoy! =)
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This recipe is also great for grilling or baking.

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe! BTW, I forgot to ask, what are you resolutions for the new year??

Namaste,
Jenn

 

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Food Review – Sweet Tomatoes (Take-out)

Hi!

So glad you guys liked the ramen post yesterday. Ramen may not be the healthiest thing but when prepared right, it can be a great healthier alternative to junk food. Needless to say, it is savory and satisfying, especially during those cold winter nights.

Today, I’m going to do a restaurant reviews for Sweet Tomatoes. Sweet Tomatoes is a franchise so there are many locations all over the world. It is buffet style; they offer a wide range of soups, bakery goods, pasta, and a huge salad bar. The only time boyfriend and I eat Sweet Tomatoes now is when we get take out. When we are craving the breads/pasta/salads — the whole shabang, we get the $9.79 deal which gives us a large container of salad, a small bag for breads/muffins, and two 8 oz containers for soup/pasta. The only thing bad about take-out is you don’t get to try all the soups since you only get two containers and the bakery bag is really small so you can’t a lot. Majority of the time, we just get one salad container as our takeout. A salad container is about $5.89 and it is SO SO SO worth. I cannot stress it enough! Their salad bar is 45 feet long – containing, about 5 freshly prepared salad (caesar, summer medley, asian chicken salad, spinach and strawberries, etc..they make it every 30 mins and alternate the flavors depending on the season, and make you own fixings such as spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, potato salad, tuna salad, egg, seeds, mushrooms, anything you can think of to put on a salad.

Boyfriend and I are able to get full off ONE take-out container making it about $3 for each of us! We are STUFFED. When we eat in, we usually don’t eat much and it’s 9.49 a person, totaling the meal to $20! But no, we’re cheap so we take out for $6. Haha!

Here’s pictures of our take-out last week….st1st2
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I wanted to put the salad bowl next to the cereal box so you guys can get a feel of how big this salad was!
What I put in my salad: a tiny bit of caesar salad, a whole bunch of baby greens and spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, potato salad, tuna salad, egg, sunflower seeds, corn, and pasta. I don’t like to add the prepared salads because those add a ton of calories and plus when I put all the potato/tuna salad and toppings, those give it a TON of flavor already. Putting the topping over a bunch of prepared salads make the taste too strong and flavorful to me. But cmon, is that big tub of a salad a great deal for $6?? You can bet I stuff it as much as I can! Haha

You guys should go to sweet tomatoes…and get take out! I don’t think it’s totally worth it eating in and paying triple, quadruple, or however depending on how many people are eating. Plus this way, you won’t be stuffing your face with all the pastries! Have a good day everyone!

Namaste,
Jenn

Food Review – Hue Restaurant – San Jose, CA

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First of all, I’d like to apologize for all the food reviews I’ve been doing lately. I am a college student and the semester is coming to an end. With that said, I am swamped with papers, projects, and finals. I have no time to grocery shop, let alone cook; therefore, I’ve been eating out way more often.

Hue Restaurant

Boyfriend and I went to Hue Restaurant today for lunch. There’s this Vietnamese dish called Banh Beo and it’s these little steamed rice cakes with dried shrimp and scallions with fish sauce. I love these and Hue makes great individual small plates of it. They are super soft and flavorful. A plate of five little dishes cost about $3.25. It’s a little pricey but so worth it. Boyfriend and I both got one and shared a big bowl of vegetarian Bun Bo Hue. Bun Bo Hue is a spicy noodle soup, usually made with meat but this restaurant had many vegetarian options which I am always grateful for. The broth was flavorful, spicy, and addicting. It left me wanting more and that’s how I know it’s delicious! The bowl was $6.50 which is so affordable. This restaurant is great for vegetarians. They specialize in appetizers and provide vegetarian options for ALL of them. I’ve had banh ram it and banh nam from here before and they were delicious. You guys definitely need to try this if you get the chance.

Namaste,
Jenn

PS. I’ll have a yoga post for you guys tomorrow! =)

Awards, Awards, Awards!!

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Good morning everyone!

I had been wanting to start writing in a blog, hoping to inspire others for many years. When I decided to start Eat Breathe Yogini, I didn’t expect all the support that I have been getting from all of my readers. I for sure didn’t expect to be to nominated for any awards! I just want to say thank you for all your support. I hoped I have inspired you to eat healthier and be more active. We only get one body so we need to treat it well.

1. The lovely Miss Marzipan nominated me for the Liebster award. The Liebster award is give to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. “Liebster” means “Beloved, Dearest, or Favorite” in German and the award is intended to chine a spotlight on blogs deserving some recognition. I’m going to follow Miss Marzpan’s layout on how she did this award.

Eleven random facts about me:

1. I love arts & crafts. I love making scrapbooks; they are a ton of work but so special to look back on.
2. I love going to school. I’m majoring in Child and Adolescent Development and graduating in Spring 2013! Woot woot! I will plan on getting my teaching credentials after and hopefully teach Kindergarten-2nd grade.
3. My boyfriend is one of the best people I know. He’s supportive, caring, and loving. We’re going on our 6 years. *blush*
4. I love to bake and experiment with new recipes.
5. I love playing board games. In fact, I bought a ton on black friday. My favorite game so far is one called HedBandz. (Disney Version, of course)
6. I am 23 and do not drink. I have not gotten drunk since I was 18 years old and stopped drinking at 19. I’ll have occasionally one drink but definitely not your typical 20-something year old. I’ve only been to the club once or twice. TBH, they give me major anxiety!
7. I have a fat sweet tooth. I’m trying to find more health alternatives for it…but fruit doesn’t satisfy it for me. Haha!
8. Dogs are my favorite animals. I very much dislike cats. =P
9. I want to try to get back into running. When I’m driving around and I see runners, they inspire me. They look so liberated!
10. When I buy my own house, I want to live out of the city. I want a simple life for me and my kids. Living in the city…kids are too worried about how they look and what they have. I don’t like that.
11. I hope to be a mom someday. =)

Questions from Miss Marzipan.
1. Colour or monochrome? Monochrome! I like everything looking clean and simple! I don’t much color either…except yoga/workout clothes. I love bright workout clothes.
2. Winter or summer? Winter. I love to layer clothes and dress warm. I love being under blankets and cuddle. I love soup. When I’m hot, I’m a little cranky and don’t like to touch. My make-up melts. I don’t like to sweat when I’m not working out.
3. Ready-made or homemade? Homemade is always better!
4. Chocolate or vanilla? MmmMm chocolate please!
5. Glass half empty or half full? Half full! It’s important to be optimistic in life.
6. Work or play? I love to work hard. Playing makes it more worth it.
7. Casual or formal? Both. Depending on the occasion. I love to dress up but I wouldn’t like to do it every day.
8. Ski lodge or tropical island? Tropical Island. Nothing like being at the beach with my pup.
9. Breakfast or dinner? Breakfast! Most important meal of the day.
10. TV or film? TV. My guilty pleasure is reality TV. I know, so bad. Yet so funny!
11. City or country? City for now…probably country later.

Questions from me:
1. Water or juice?
2. Coffee or tea?
3. School or work?
4. Salty or Sweet?
5. Theatres or redbox?
6. Red Vines or Twizzlers?
7. Hoodie or zip-up sweaters?
8. Travel or home body?
9. Dessert or main meal?
10. Beer or wine?
11. Tattoos or piercings?

I nominate:
Dressed with Pepper
The Clean Plate
Journey To Binge Free
Sugar and Spice Baking
Honey for the Bees
Earthgiven Kitchen
Veggie Vinyasa
Made Of Stars
Rabbit Can Cook
The Pescatarian and the Pig
Loving Homemade

2. Liveblissful nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award! Thanks Liveblissful; I love your blog and vegan recipes!!


Here come the rules for this award:

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award and comment on their blogs to let them know.

7 things about me:
– I still live at home with my dad, mom, and sister. I want to move out by August of 2014. Love to live with my fan but I need my own space and frig to cook freely!
– I sometimes can eat more than boyfriend. Kinda embarrassing…
– My mom’s side of the family is from Germany andI can’t wait to visit this summer with my boyfriend! It’s going to be his first time meeting that side. =)
– I love CHIPS. UGH UGH UGH, guilty guilty pleasure. Whoever invented that, pure genius but pure evil as well!
– I can’t remember the last time I ate fast food. Other than grilled cheese from In N Out…haha
– I love make-up and fashion. I have more make-up and nail polish than I’ll ever need.
– I’m not scared of dying but I’m scared of people I love dying.

I nominate:
Emmy Cooks
My Small Potatoes
Savor the Rainbow
Dannivee
The Healthy Epicurean
Playful and Hungry
Nourishing Chow

3. Sugarandspicebaking nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Thanks =) Sugarandspicebaking has fantaste baking recipes, check her out!

Rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

1.  Display the award logo on your blog.
2.  Link back to the person who nominated you.
3.  State 7 things about yourself.
4.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them. (I nominated 7 because I think 15 is too many.)
5.  Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 things about me and food:
1. I love red vines. I hate twizzlers.
2. I love salted caramel truffle ice cream from Haagen Daaz.
3. I could live on bread and butter…although it’s not too healthy for you.
4. My favorite cake is strawberry short cake.
5. My favorite meal is any type of Vietnamese soup; like pho, bun rieu, banh canh, etc.
6. My favorite food is SUSHI! I LOVE IT!
7. I will only eat chocolate when there’s some kind of nut on it.

Nominations:
Turning Veganese
Vini Cooks Veg
Relaxing Cooking
Uber Dish
Avocados and Ales
Jennova Foodblog
Peri’s Spice Ladle

Thank you so much to everyone that nominated me. I truly appreciate it. Have a good day!

Namaste,
Jenn

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! + Black Friday

It has felt like forever since I’ve last posted! With prepping and black friday shopping, Thanksgiving was chaotic for me; but I had a great time with family and friends nonetheless. We had two Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday. The first was in Sonoma which was two hours away from my home. Boyfriend’s family celebrates with a late lunch so lunch started at 3 and my family dinner starts at 6 so we ate super quick with his family and then drove back two hours to celebrate with mine. We were late but it was okay; it was still nice to be together. Being a pescatarian, I didn’t have many options during boyfriend’s dinner because he is Filipino and most Filipino dishes have meat; even the vegetables ones. I just had a bread roll, a little slice of steamed fish, mashed potatoes without gravy, and 2 shrimps. It was still delicious. I didn’t eat much at my family party since I was still full from earlier.

My cousins and I ventured to Target for black friday shopping at 9:00 PM to see if they had any good deals. There were a TON of people and the line was super long. Once we got in, I scored on three games: scrabble, jenga, and hedbandz (Disney version). All three games were 7 dollars each! Seemed like a good deal to me. We went to a local shopping mall at noon the next day…was way too tired to hit up the malls at midnight. How people do that…I have no idea. I was super tired! Still scored on a bunch of good stuff…this was my first successful Black Friday shopping. I got 3 blazers for 45 dollars!! Awesome right?!

How was your guys’s thanksgiving and black friday shopping? Score any good finds? Leave me a comment!

Here are some pictures…

Filipino food from Boyfriend’s House

His aunt made these chicken drumsticks…looked interesting but I didn’t try it. =P

My plate of food: roll, fish, shrimp, and mashed potatoes. NOM NOM!

Have a good day!
Namaste,
Jenn

PS. I made this awesome apple pie for my family’s party..will post the recipe tmrw. It’s delicious!

Happy 15th Birthday to My Sister! <3

My sister turned 15 this year on November 5th. It’s amazing how fast the younger members of my family are growing. I still think that most of them are 7-8 but in reality, they’re 13-14-15. Crazy! Now I remember how old I’m actually getting…haha! Of course we had to have a big family birthday party. My sister and I are the only ones in our family that are on a pescatarian diet. My extended family has a hard time grasping the concept of pescatarianism, let alone vegetarianism. We both wanted the party to be only vegetarian, however, my mom was convinced that our guests would not be so happy. Therefore, she included both vegetarian and meat dishes. It has been about a year since my mom has cooked meat in our house…it was weird to see the frozen duck defrost in the sink. Terrifying image. My boyfriend, sister, and I were ‘What the 239871293?!’ when we saw it in the sink. I knew my mom was right when all my uncles asked where are all the meat egg rolls after they saw that we only served vegetarian egg rolls. =/ It baffles me that some of my family members can’t even eat ONE vegetarian meal in celebrating my sister’s birthday. But whatever, you can’t change everyone’s minds. Still, I wanted to share with everyone what we served at our party (both meat & vegetarian dishes). My mother prepared most of these meals and I’ll be sure to post some of her recipes in the near future. She’s a pretty fantastic chef. ❤

Fried Shrimp Balls from King Eggroll – San Jose, CA


Vegetarian Thai Fried Rice – Homemade – Absolutely delicious (boyfriend’s fave!)

Banh Beo from Long Phung – San Jose, CA. These are steamed rice cake with dried shrimps & mung bean paste. Usually eaten with fish sauce.

Banh Cuon from Long Phung – San Jose, CA. These are steam rice wraps with ground meat inside them. It is usually eaten with fish sauce and fried onion.

Goi – Homemade. A variety of vegetables seasoned with vinegar, salt, and sugar. It’s the vietnamese cole slaw.

Mom’s Macaroni & Cheese – Delicious! Favorite of Kids.

Chow Mein – Homemade. Mom made a meat version and a vegetarian version. Meat version had Chinese BBQ pork and Veggie had tofu slices.

Thai Noodle Pandan dessert – Rice flour w/ pandan juice & coconut water.

Basil Seed w/ Jelly blocks & Canned Lychees. Refreshing.

My grandma made this jello for my sister. Pretty awesome huh? Tastes great too! Each color represents a different flavor.

The Fruit Cake I made! Tangerines, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries over a thin layer of angel food cake. Was delicious! Light and sweet but not too sweet. Will post recipe soon! =)

How was your guys’s weekend? Hopefully everyone had a good one just like I did. I always cherish the times that I get to spend with families and friends.
Hope everyone likes the pictures!
Namaste,
Jenn

Shrimp Tofu Japanese Curry

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A few weeks back, boyfriend and I went to Japantown in San Jose, CA and we came across a Japanese grocery market. Possibly, one of the coolest market I’ve encounter. They sold everything Japanese, even beauty products. In the Food-To-Go section, they had bento boxes, fresh fish for sushi, and already made sushi! There were curry bricks on sale and I’ve never had Japanese curry before so I decided to try it. The box of curry bricks I bought was about 2.50, which is not a bad deal because it makes about 12 servings. Here is the recipe for my shrimp tofu japanese curry!

Ingredients:
– 1/2 a box of Japanese curry bricks (4 pieces) I used S&B Golden Curry in Medium Hot!
– 3 1/3 cups of water
– 2 medium russet potatoes
– 3 large carrots
– 1 large onion
– 1 lb raw, peeled shrimp
– 2 tbsp butter
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1 container for medium firm tofu

1. Drain tofu and chop into small cubes.
2. Heat a little bit of oil onto a pan and pan-fry the tofu until golden color on all sides. Set aside.
3. Chop potatoes and carrots into bite size pieces. Set aside.
4. Chop onion.
5. Heat 1 tbsp of oil and 1 tbsp of butter in pot on medium heat.
6. Throw in onion and sautéed until translucent.
7. Toss in shrimp until halfway cooked, toss in tofu.
8. Add in water and 1 piece of curry brick, simmer for 20 minutes.
9. Add potatoes and carrots and rest of curry bricks and simmer for 20 minutes until carrots and potatoes are cooked to your liking.

The curry should really thicken up while it’s cooking. Serve with brown/white rice. Enjoy!

Hope you guys try it out!

Namaste,
Jenn

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