Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Sweet & Sour Pasta " A La Jardinera"
Due to the difficulty in standing I am now experiencing because of my 2 pinched nerves in my lower back, I had to stop my raw diet until I can stand well enough to prepare my meals. Preparing my raw meals required me to stand for a long time in which I cannot do that right now. I have been eating a lot of fresh fruit & raw vegetables, seeds & nuts but in the evening I really need a good hearty meal. So today I prepared my "Sweet & Sour Pasta A La Gardenera". This simple and easy meal full of veggies, black beans, tofu and some Spanish spices to enhance its flavor only takes me 30 minutes to make.
1 lb. wheat spaghetti
1/2 a block of firm tofu ( chopped in tiny pieces)
1 can black beans (washed well before adding it to the pot)
1/2 of a large cucumber or 1 small one ( diced in small pieces)
1 med. yellow onion (chopped in small pieces)
12 sprigs of fresh cilantro (chopped very finely)
10 cherry tomatoes (diced in small pieces)
1/2 c. Kikoman's Sweet & Sour sauce
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. oregano
10 cloves of garlic (very well mashed)
1 envelope of sazon
(make sure the sazon has culantro & achiote)
1 envelope of Jamon
( an imitation ham seasoning that is vegan friendly...found in any Spanish store)
Cook your pasta until tender, Then in a large pot stir fry your olive oil, garlic, cilantro & onions...saute until onions are tender, then add all of your chopped ingredients with the beans into this flavorful aroma, add your salt, oregano, sazon, jamon, black pepper & sweet & sour sauce. Saute well and let it cook until pasta has absorb a little the sauce (about 5 to 10 mintes). Serve with fresh avocado & some more cherry tomatoes. Always check in case you need more salt & pepper before serving.
You only need a nice piece of french bread with non dairy butter to make this dish complete.
I am scheduled for back surgery on Aug. 11. My surgeon found out the cause of my 20 year back pain was due to 2 pinched nerves. The 3 & 4th veterbrate on my lower back has slipped off the spinal frame and as it is falling to the left side of the spinal cord it is pinching 2 nerves which is causing me now to have both legs with severe pain. Both siatic nerves are being pinched and the pain is so dreadful that I am now on lots of pain killers & narcotics.
My surgeon will move the 2 veterbrates back into the spinal frame locking them there with 2 metal plates and 4 screws. This will adjust my veterbrates back into its straight & proper place relieving the pressure and pain on those 2 nerves that are killing me. I have had this pain for 20 years due to a car accident I had in 1990. I have gone to over 12 doctors about this pain but no one could find out why I was in such pain, finely my pain management doctor found the problem when she did an EMG of my lower extremities. In 2 more weeks I shall be pain free. AMEN!
I will post a dish right before my surgery and then I may not be able to post any dishes for at least 2 weeks because I will be bed ridden for a while.
From my Carribean Casa to yours...SALUD!