Sesame Crusted Tuna

Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna - Easy and yummy - try this sesame crusted tuna steak with an Asian inspired ginger carrot sauce!

We recently saw some tuna steaks for sale, and since we'd never purchased any before, we decided to make an exploratory purchase. The first thing we wanted to try? Sesame Crusted Tuna Steaks! Making these steaks was pretty easy too. I thought I'd need to dredge the tuna in something before searing, but the tuna does a surprisingly good job of keeping the sesame seeds stuck. All you've got to do is press them into the tuna slightly if you feel like it. Even without pressing the sesame seeds into the tuna, the vast majority of the seeds will stay stuck. As part of this meal, I also made a ginger carrot topping or dressing. Feel free to serve it on the side, on top, as a dip, or not at all! Although, if you decide to leave it out, I would recommend mixing the other ingredients and using it as a sauce so you'll have a more flavorful tuna. :) Give this Sesame Crusted Tuna a try and surprise yourself with how easy it is to make!

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Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna - Easy and yummy - try this sesame crusted tuna steak with an Asian inspired ginger carrot sauce!

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Easy and yummy - try this sesame crusted tuna steak with an Asian inspired ginger carrot sauce!

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Yield: 2 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
60 grams 2.125 ounces 1 carrot, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, minced or grated
2 tablespoons green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
38 grams 1.25 ounces 1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 tuna steaks I cut each steak into two pieces, and I can't remember why!


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna Step 2 - Process together carrots, ginger, green onions, sesame oil, and soy sauce until smooth. 2. Process together carrots, ginger, green onions, sesame oil, and soy sauce until smooth.
Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna Step 3 - Press tuna steaks into sesame seeds to coat. Repeat for each side. 3. Press tuna steaks into sesame seeds to coat. Repeat for each side.
Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna Step 4 - Cook in a greased pan for 1-2 minutes on each side (for medium rare). 4. Cook in a greased pan for 1-2 minutes on each side (for medium rare).

Morsels of Life - Sesame Crusted Tuna - Easy and yummy - try this sesame crusted tuna steak with an Asian inspired ginger carrot sauce!

Ginger Tofu

Morsels of Life - Ginger Tofu - Flavorful, gingery tofu sticks with a tender inside and a crispy exterior.

I had some tofu leftover, and I needed another side, but looking around I didn't have too much else. What to do? Maybe something like a stir-fry? But I wanted something crispier, so I opted for pan frying. If you're in a rush, you can serve these tofu sticks with a sauce (like me). But if you marinate the tofu beforehand, you'll get more flavor penetration. Either way works - just depends on your preferences. This gingery tofu is so simple you can go from raw materials to the table in 15 minutes! Just cut, cook, pour on some sauce, and you'll have some flavorful crispy, gingery tofu sticks!

What's your favorite way to enjoy tofu?


Morsels of Life - Ginger Tofu - Flavorful, gingery tofu sticks with a tender inside and a crispy exterior.

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Flavorful, gingery tofu sticks with a tender inside and a crispy exterior.

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Yield: 4 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
1 pound tofu, cut into sticks Mine were about 3/4 x 3/4 x 3 inches.
1/2 tablespoon ginger, powdered, minced, or grated
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon corn starch optional


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Ginger Tofu Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Ginger Tofu Step 2 - Combine all materials, making sure to cover tofu in sauce. Marinate if desired. 2. Combine all materials, making sure to cover tofu in sauce. Marinate if desired.
Morsels of Life - Ginger Tofu Step 3 - Pan fry tofu sticks until outside crispy. 3. Pan fry tofu sticks until outside crispy.

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Elderberry Syrup

Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup - An effective and healthy immune booster, make this easy elderberry syrup inexpensively at home. It's yummy too!

With so many bugs going around lately, I thought I'd make some elderberry syrup. Homemade elderberry syrup's a great natural and effective alternative to various medications, and at $15+ for a small bottle of elderberry syrup at the store, it's also a lot less expensive! You can definitely make much more for less, and you can make yours even better by using local, raw honey. With their high Vitamin A, B, and C content, elderberries can stimulate the immune system, helping prevent illness as well as a speedy recovery.

This elderberry syrup's super easy to make too! Just simmer the materials until you've got a nice infusion, then concentrate it by letting some water evaporate off. Let it cool a bit (so you don't "cook" your raw honey) and mix it into the honey. Stir a spoonful into tea or just take it undiluted. Your immune system will thank you! :)

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Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup - An effective and healthy immune booster, make this easy elderberry syrup inexpensively at home. It's yummy too!

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An effective and healthy immune booster, make this easy elderberry syrup inexpensively at home. It's yummy too!

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Yield: 4 cups

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
1 cup dried elderberries Or substitute 2 cups fresh elderberies.
2 tablespoons ginger I used grated.
4 cinnamon sticks
6 cups water
1.5 cups honey Raw, local honey is preferred.


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup Step 2 - Combine all materials except honey and simmer until volume reduces by about half. 2. Combine all materials except honey and simmer until volume reduces by about half.
Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup Step 3 - Strain mixture, and allow to cool. Once it has cooled, stir into honey. 3. Strain mixture, and allow to cool. Once it has cooled, stir into honey.

Morsels of Life - Elderberry Syrup - An effective and healthy immune booster, make this easy elderberry syrup inexpensively at home. It's yummy too!

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Spanish Okra

Morsels of Life - Spanish Okra - Okra, sliced and then simmered with tomatoes and onions for a Spanish Okra. Chili powder gives this dish an extra kick!

I'd gotten some okra, planning to make some Fried Okra. Then I got back and didn't feel like frying the okra. What to do? I looked around at what materials I had around and decided to make some Spanish Okra. I know okra's got a reputation for having a slimy goo when cooked. It's useful for thickening up dishes, but James likes to avoid the slimy feeling. Slicing the okra into small pieces, cooking with higher heat, and cooking alongside acidic ingredients all help decrease the goo, and they're all methods used in this recipe!

Do you like your okra thick and slimy or do you prefer to cook the slime out?


Morsels of Life - Spanish Okra - Okra, sliced and then simmered with tomatoes and onions for a Spanish Okra. Chili powder gives this dish an extra kick!

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Okra, sliced and then simmered with tomatoes and onions for a Spanish Okra. Chili powder gives this dish an extra kick!

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Yield: 8 servings

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
193 grams 6.75 ounces 1 onion, diced
370 grams 13.125 ounces 1 can tomatoes
421 grams 14 ounces 4 cups okra, sliced Fresh or frozen both work. I used frozen.
1 tablespoon chili powder


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Spanish Okra Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Spanish Okra Step 2 - Combine all materials, and cook until okra heated through and onion cooked. 2. Combine all materials, and cook until okra heated through and onion cooked.

Morsels of Life - Spanish Okra - Okra, sliced and then simmered with tomatoes and onions for a Spanish Okra. Chili powder gives this dish an extra kick!

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Nutty Asian Chicken Strips

Chicken strips coated with crunchy peanuts and dipped in a savory ginger and lime sauce.

Morsels of Life - Nutty Asian Chicken Strips - Chicken strips coated with crunchy peanuts and dipped in a savory ginger and lime sauce.

Roasted Broccoli

Morsels of Life - Roasted Broccoli - Broccoli, tossed in olive oil and seasonings, and then roasted to scrumptious perfection for one delectable roasted broccoli.

I read or heard about an increasing number of people who made roasted broccoli and found it amazingly delicious. However, when I first heard these reports, I didn’t believe it. How can simple roasting make something as unappetizing as broccoli amazing? However, after seeing more reports, I figured it would be worth a try, especially since some broccoli managed to make it’s way to the apartment. I suppose that’s what I get for making James get the groceries. I was still skeptical, so I made James promise to eat the resulting broccoli regardless of taste because I’m just nice like that, plus, isn’t it good not to waste food? :P

Luckily for him, this broccoli was AMAZINGLY delicious! I couldn't believe this roasted broccoli was made from the same vegetable I found detestable! I’m not sure how such a simple cooking method yielded such delicious results – and with broccoli! This broccoli definitely proves roasting vegetables is a simple and delicious way to prepare them! On top of that, you can really easily customize your roasted broccoli by adding other flavors as desired. I listed some of the ideas I came up with, but you could easily use your own as well! I’m guessing the roasting causes some caramelization, leading to deliciousness, but who really cares? Give this recipe a try and be amazed!

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Morsels of Life - Roasted Broccoli - Broccoli, tossed in olive oil and seasonings, and then roasted to scrumptious perfection for one delectable roasted broccoli.

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Broccoli, tossed in olive oil and seasonings, and then roasted to scrumptious perfection for one delectable roasted broccoli.

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Yield: variable

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
broccoli florets, cleaned and dried
oil
seasonings I kept it basic with just salt and pepper. You could also use chili pepper flakes, citrus zest, garlic, cheese, or whatever else you pleased. :)


Methods:

Morsels of Life - Roasted Broccoli Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Roasted Broccoli Step 2 - Drizzle or spray broccoli with oil. Add in desired seasonings and make sure broccoli's covered. I kept it simple with just salt and pepper this time and just shook the broccoli with oil and seasonings to disperse them. Bake at 425F for 15 minutes or until broccoli cooked to desired tenderness. 2. Drizzle or spray broccoli with oil. Add in desired seasonings and make sure broccoli's covered. I kept it simple with just salt and pepper this time and just shook the broccoli with oil and seasonings to disperse them. Bake at 425F for 15 minutes or until broccoli cooked to desired tenderness.

Morsels of Life - Roasted Broccoli - Broccoli, tossed in olive oil and seasonings, and then roasted to scrumptious perfection for one delectable roasted broccoli.

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Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash

Acorn squash, covered with garlicky Parmesan cheese and roasted to perfection.

Morsels of Life - Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash - Acorn squash, covered with garlicky Parmesan cheese and roasted to perfection.

DIY Vanilla Extract

Make your own vanilla extract with two simple ingredients!

Morsels of Life - DIY Vanilla Extract - Make your own vanilla extract with two simple ingredients!

Italian Dressing Seasoning

Use this Italian Dressing Seasoning to flavor up your pastas, marinades, casseroles, or just whip up some fresh Italian dressing in seconds!

Morsels of Life - Italian Dressing Seasoning - Use this Italian Dressing Seasoning to flavor up your pastas, marinades, casseroles, or just whip up some fresh Italian dressing in seconds!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Easy pumpkin spice muffins - healthy enough for breakfast, tasty enough for dessert!

Morsels of Life - Pumpkin Spice Muffins - Easy pumpkin spice muffins - healthy enough for breakfast, tasty enough for dessert!