Category Archives: Savory

Gnocchi with Simple Tomato Sauce

I can't believe this is the first post of 2012! After baking everyday for the last ten days of 2011, I promised myself not to bake for a long time. And so I did what I promised. What's more, I took a bold decision last month, and cut my processed sugar intake. This was probably the best decision I've made in a long time.; because processed sugar is like drugs, the more you consume, the more you want to consume. I was constantly thinking about the chocolate box in the office, and I just couldn't stop when I ate them.

I didn't really have a problem with maintaining my weight, but my body fat was a little high for my weight. And I realized that it was not because I was consuming too much fat, but because I was consuming too much sugar. So, I decided to cut the unhealthy carbs out.

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PHBC Day#5: Going Simple

 Today, I decided to give up having sweet things for breakfast for a while. Why? Because I gained some weight. Why? Because apparently, the sweet breakfasts increase my blood sugar level (and don't keep me full until lunch), and since I basically eat vegetables, fruits and yogurt during the day, my sugar level drops. And when the dinner time comes, I am so hungry that I binge on everything I can find. So, I'm going to try for savory breakfast options for a while. And guess what, it worked well this morning!

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Mini Veggie Burgers All the Way

Long time no see, as usual. I'm guilty. I didn't have time for Kitchen Impromptu, and I didn't care because I wasn't in my writing mood after all. Yet, I think that's OK because 1) I'm not a full-time blogger, 2) I don't have to write in predetermined frequencies and 3) I don't believe in forced blogging, because I do it for fun. But I really like to talk, so  for me, blogging is simply not talking out loud, but talking to my keyboard. That's how I managed to write 30+ posts over the past 1.5 years. But let's face the facts: keyboards aren't human, and since I don't have thousands of readers who leave 200 comments per post, I don't feel the pressure to write. Is it good to be by yourself, being free to write anything anytime, or is it good to have thousands of readers and feeling pressure? I can discuss this for hours and come up with no solution..

No, we are off-topic right now. Today I want to talk about my latest obsession: mini veggie burgers, or MVBs. Now, I have to indicate that I'm a burger lover,  I like to look at AHT during my office breaks, which makes me think about burgers everyday. So I get burger cravings very often. However, eating blobs of animal fat doesn't always seem appealing all the time. Veggie burgers rescue me in those times. They are little, heavenly patties made of chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils or more. Moreover, veggie burger has a very simple base recipe, which leads to millions of variations.

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Engagement Food and New Blog

I haven't been around here for quite a long time.. I wasn't that busy to write anything, though. I just couldn't decide about the blog's future. As I wrote before, I was thinking about opening a Turkish food blog with an emphasis on healthy eating, but couldn't find a proper name for the blog (or couldn't find any empty domains for candidate names). Then, after waiting endlessly for an idea to pop into my mind in bathroom or before I sleep (where creative ideas usually come to me) I decided to stop trying to be always creative and perfect, and just open the Turkish blog under kitchenimpromptu domain. So, for Turkish readers, my new blog is tr.kitchenimpromptu.com, until I find a better name.

Other than my new blog, a lot of things and a lot of cooking happened in the last couple of weeks. My cousin got engaged, and most of the food served was homemade by us! My contributions were: hummus, spinach strawberry salad, sweet and salty avocado dressing from Choosing Raw (killer!), strawberry lemonade soda adapted from here (also killer!), chocolate barks, homemade bounties, chocolate covered peanut butter and chocolate covered fudge babies. And a cute cheese plate!

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Easy Mushroom Dish

I love mushrooms! But, I wasn't always a mushroom fan. In fact, when I was a kid, I used to hate mushrooms. Why? I don't know, because I had never tried them. I just judged the mushrooms by looking at them, and somehow decided that they are ugly and tasteless. I know, I was a strange kid. I didn't even eat vegetables. I thought they were like "grass", so I used to eat only meat. How ironic!

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