Spicy Garlic String Beans

String beans stir fry with garlic and crushed red pepper for a simple and healthy side. This dish is great for a quick dinner idea after a long day at school or work.

Spicy Garlic String Beans | Cooking with a Wallflower

String beans and garlic are a staple in my house. If we want something quick to make as a side for noodles or rice, we prepare string beans, add a little bit of garlic, a dash of salt, maybe a little bit of crushed red pepper flakes. Simple but oh so very delicious. Give it a try and let me know what you think =)

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Buckwheat Noodle Soup with Vegetables

On cold dreary days, this refreshing soba (buckwheat) noodle soup with different vegetables will be a perfect meal to keep you warm and satisfied. Very simple to make and healthy, you’ll love this Asian inspired dish. 

Buckwheat Noodle Soup with Vegetables | Cooking with a Wallflower

This noodle soup is soo delicious and healthy for you. Buckwheat noodles with thinly sliced cabbage, mushrooms, and julienned carrots; this soup is the perfect meal for a cold winter day. I know spring started a little over a week ago, but we’ve been having much needed rainy days this last week. I wanted something warm but not too heavy so I came up with this recipe.

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Soba Noodles with Fresh Vegetables and Sesame Infused Sweet and Spicy Sauce

Soba noodles topped with vegetables and drizzled with sweet and spicy sauce that is infused with sesame oil and garlic. Healthy but filled with lots of flavor!

Soba Noodles with Fresh Vegetables and Sesame Infused Sweet and Spicy Sauce | Cooking with a Wallflower

A few years ago, when I first started college and was living on my own for the first time, I wanted to try something new, something different than the rice that I was used to at home. I had seen soba, or buckwheat noodles, at Japanese restaurants, but I’ve never had the chance to try them. Living in Davis, a large college town with mostly small locally owned businesses, there was only one Asian supermarket, a Korean store called Kim’s Mart. Luckily for me, they sold soba noodles. But I didn’t know how to cook them or how to eat them so I searched for recipes online. Then I played around with ingredients, substituting what I had with what was listed in several recipes, mixing and matching, until I came up with this recipe I now call my own.

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Mini Frittatas with Bacon, Spinach and Mushrooms

Mini frittatas filled with crispy bacon, spinach, mushrooms, onions, red peppers, and peas and topped with fresh parsley. Great as a mini breakfast or as an appetizer with little guilt!

Mini Frittatas with Bacon, Spinach and Mushrooms | Cooking with a Wallflower

A few months ago, my friends and I got together for brunch at a restaurant called Scramblz in San Jose. I had ordered one of their specials, a broccoli bacon frittata. It was the first time I’ve ever had a frittata, and I’ve been in love with them since. So, I decided I wanted to try my hand at making them. I love bite size foods. They’re portion controlled and easy to eat with no need for forks or plates.

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