Category Archives: Bag of the Week

Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are an easy breakfast and a great on the go meal. They are good for up to 5 days in the refrigerator, making them a great tool when meal preping before the next busy week begins. 

The reusable jar and lid that comes with the bag are meant to be washed and reused over and over as a tool in your kitchen. It can be used for storing leftovers, making a yogurt parfait, or pickling things (check out our Pickled Carrots and Daikon beaver bag). You can reheat leftover food in the jar in the microwave, however, do not microwave metal or plastic lid. 

*Contents in the bag are more than the 1 serving size recipe below. Please measure out ingredients.

1 serving

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon/ 1 of the peanut butter to go cups
  • ½ cup almond/oat milk for thick consistency
    • OR ⅔ cup almond/oat milk for light consistency
  • ½ cup frozen fruits
  • Half diced banana (add more if you wish)
  • 1 packet of honey 

Directions:

  1. In provided jar add the oats, cinnamon, chia seeds, and peanut butter

2. Pour in a splash of milk to wet the mixture.

3. Mix with a spoon so peanut butter is mixed with the oats.

4. Pour in rest of milk and stir to combine

5. After everything is mixed set frozen fruits on top of the mixture

6. Put lid on and set in fridge overnight

7. The next morning open up the jar and add honey and banana

8. It’s now ready to be enjoyed. Oats can be eaten chilled, or heated in the microwave.

You can make a few jars or bowls or cups of overnight oats at once. Eat within 4 days of assembling the oats.

Interested in trying other combinations? This site has a lot of creative ideas:

https://wholefully.com/8-classic-overnight-oats-recipes-you-should-try/

Sushi Bowl

This California Roll-inspired dish is a great way to get the yummy taste of sushi without the tools and time needed to make rolls. This recipe is also easy to customize with other ingredients like green onions, sesame seeds, and avocado!

Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup sushi rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 8 oz imitation crab
  • 1 packet roasted seaweed (seasame flavor)
  • 4 packets mayonnaise (Equivalent to 4 Tbsp)
  • 3 packets sriracha (Equivalent to 3 tsp)
  • 3 packets soy sauce (optional)

Instructions: 

  1. Rinse rice with cold water until water runs clear
  2. Add rice and water to medium saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. While rice is cooking, prep the carrot and cucumber. 

Cut ends of cucumber. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise. Cut each half into quarters and dice

Cut end off carrot and peel. Cut carrot into 3 pieces. Cut each piece into slices lengthwise, then cut each slice into matchsticks. Dice the matchsticks.

  1.  Make the sriracha-mayo. Add 4 packets of mayonnaise to bowl, then add 1-3 sriracha packets depending on spice tolerance. Mix together.
  2. Assemble bowl: Add rice to the bottom of the bowl, add desired amount of imitation crab, carrots, and cucumber. Top with sriracha-mayo and soy sauce. Serve with seaweed. 

Omelet for 1

Ingredients:

For the omelet

2 eggs

1 TBS Water

Pinch of Salt

1 TBS butter

For Filling

Scallion (Green Onion)

Serrano Pepper

Instructions for a browned butter folded omelet.

  1. Prepare veggies for filling and topping. Cut up the veggies and cook in a teaspoon of butter, water, or oil.

More detailed instructions:

Serrano Pepper: Wash Pepper. Cut off the stem on top and the tip if bruised or dirty. For the most heat from the peppers include pepper seeds, if less heat is what you would like remove the white part with the seeds from the peppers. Dice peppers small to cook. Save slices to add to the top at the end. Scallion: Wash the scallion. Rinse out inside the long dark green part at the top incase there is dirt inside. Trim the root off and throw away, if the tip of the dark green part is bruised or in poor shape trim a small amount and throw it away. The white and green parts can be eaten. Chop the white and light green part to cook. Chop the dark green part and save it to put on top at the end. (Note: An Omelet can be filled with any vegetables you like! Cut up

Heat a pan on the stove on medium, add 1 tsp of butter, add veggies, cook till softened, set aside till the omelet is ready to be filled.

2. Mix the eggs.

Crack two eggs into the bowl , add 1 Tablespoon water, and a pinch salt. Mix it with a fork or chopstick till mixed to uniform yellow color.

3. Cook the eggs and add filling.

To get an omelet that is browned. Almost like scrambled eggs but with a filling. Use these instructions:

Heat a non-stick pan on medium-low. Add butter. Butter should melt quickly and brown just a little, but not smoke or burn. (If the pan is too hot, the butter will immediately sizzle and maybe burn, if it does that you may need to start over and clean the pan. ) Add the egg mixture all at once and it will begin to form curds and set quickly, move the egg around with the spatula, allowing it to set into a circle.

Add the vegetables and cheese once the egg is mostly set. fold each side over the fillings into thirds. Slide onto a plate. Top with green onions and serrano peppers.

To make an omelet that is soft and yellow cook it this way…

Heat a non-stick skill to a LOW temperature. Add the butter. The butter will melt slowly and will look clear not brown. Pour in the egg mixture all at once. Do not stir the egg. As the egg begins to set, lift the edge with the spatula and tip the pan slightly to let the liquid egg under to set. Repeat this to let all the egg set, the surface will appear slightly soft.

Add the vegetables and cheese once the egg is mostly set. fold each side over the fillings into thirds. Let the cheese and fillings sit in the pan in the omelet for a minute to allow the cheese to melt and the egg to finish setting. Slide onto a plate. Add the vegetables and cheese once the egg is mostly set. fold each side over the fillings into thirds. Slide onto a plate. Top with green onions and serrano peppers.

More information on Serrano Peppers!

Cinnamon Apple Topping for pancakes

This recipe combines sweet and tart apples to bring both flavors and different textures.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pink Lady Apple or any sweet apple
  • 1 Green Apple or a tart apple
  • cinnamon to taste 1-2 tsp
  • optional: pinch of salt
  • 1/4 or more of water
  • 1-2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • butter 1 tablespoons

Instructions:

Wash and cut apples into bite sized pieces.

Add apples, cinnamon, a pinch of salt, water, to a pan.

Turn to medium heat to get the mixture to start steaming and add lid.

Cook 5-8 minutes till apples are softened. You might need to add a couple more tablespoons of water to keep it from burning.

Turn heat down, add syrup and butter. Stir it in to coat the apples. Cook 1-2 more minutes.

Serve over pancakes or oatmeal, or eat the apples on their own. Store in the refrigerator.

Inspired by: https://cookieandkate.com/how-to-make-applesauce/

Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients: 1 sweet potato, 1-2 TBS of Olive Oil, Pinch of Salt, 1 clove of garlic

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Locate equipment: cutting board, knife, and baking pan.
  3. Wash the sweet potato and dry it.

2. Cut off any roots or small spots you don’t want to eat.

3. Cut sweet potato in half the long way.

4. Placing the flat side on the cutting board, cut into long slabs and then cut into fries.

5. Mince one clove of garlic.

6. Toss the cut sweet potatoes with the olive oil and garlic and a pinch of salt.

7. Spread the fries on a baking sheet, you can use a piece of parchment or a silat for easier clean up if you have some.

8. Bake fries about 10 minutes, flip and bake till nicely brown but not blackened. About 10 more minutes, time may be longer if fries are thick.

9. Serve with dipping sauce of your choice.

or

Baked Sweet Potato

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F
  2. Wash sweet potato
  3. Cut off any spots you don’t want to eat.
  4. Poke the sweet potato with a fork in a few places just a little
  5. Optional: Rub outside with a little bit of oil and salt.
  6. Bake on a baking sheet or oven safe pan for about 45 mins – 1 hour and 15 minutes depending on size of potato
  7. it is done when poked with a fork it is soft.
  8. To Serve: Break open the side with a fork. Be careful! there may be a lot of steam. Add a dollop of yogurt or sour cream or butter. You can add sugar or any savory spices you’d like.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

1 12oz can black beans – drained and rinsed

1 can corn – drained

1 can Rotel, Tomatoes and Green Chilies, or Diced tomatoes

⅕ bunch cilantro – chopped

2 limes – halved and juiced 

1 shallot – finely chopped

1 jalapeño – deseeded and minced 

1 t salt to taste (not included)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 avocado

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Drain and rinse beans.
  2. Drain corn, let sit to drain thoroughly.
  3. If using Rotel/tomatoes and green chilies open and drain a bit. If using diced tomatoes canned, drain thoroughly.
  4. Firmly roll limes across a cutting board to make the next step easier.
  5. Cut lime lengthwise and juice over a small bowl, making sure to remove seeds. Add to a medium size mixing bowl.
  6. Cut avocado in half lengthwise. Scoop out halves onto the cutting board, dice and add to the bowl. 
  7. Peel and mince garlic, add to bowl
  8. Peel and finely dice shallot, add to bowl
  9. Chop cilantro, set a pinch aside and add the rest to the bowl
  10. Cut jalapeño lengthwise, remove seeds and white membrane. Finely dice and add to the bowl. Rinse cutting board and knife, then wash hands to prevent a spicy eye. 
  11.  Add drained ingredients and salt, and fold in carefully to avoid mashing the avocado. Garnish with remaining pinch of cilantro. Best served chilled. Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Avocado will change color over time. It is prettiest the first day.

Serve with tortilla chips

A FEW NOTES

  • Most recipes call for half a red onion but we opted for shallots because of their milder flavor and more practical size. 
  • White corn could be used in this recipe for its sweetness but any variety works just as well
  • Optional: diced bell pepper, diced fresh mango, cotija cheese, pinto beans

Vegetable Dumplings

Ingredients

Dumpling wrappers

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp ginger, minced

1 onion, diced

1 carrot, shredded

8 oz mushrooms, finely chopped

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp rice vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Filling

  1. Chop all the veggies and heat oil in a large pan.
  2. Add mushrooms, onions, carrots, and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add cabbage and cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until the veggies are soft and cooked through.
  3. Add ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and rice vinegar and cook for another minute.
  4. Set aside to cool before filling the dumpling wrappers.

Folding Dumplings

  1. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of filling to the center of the wrapper and brush the edges of the wrapper with water with your finger.
  2. Bring center edges together and start folding down one half with one side of the dough making creases. Repeat with the other side, and with the rest of the dough.

Cooking Dumplings

  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add dumplings and fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until the bottoms are nicely browned.
  2. Pour in about 1/4 cup of water and cover with a lid to steam. Steam for about 7 to 8 minutes or until the water has evaporated and the dumpling wrappers are slightly translucent.

Serve with soy sauce or sauce of choice!

Spinach Ravioli with Tomato Sauce and Green Beans

Using convenient pre-made items and adding fresh produce is a good choice during a busy week to have a complete satisfying meal. Today’s recipe suggestion goes together in a half hour or less.

Ingredients:

  • Bag of spinach mushroom ravioli
  • jar of pasta sauce (amount of sauce used is your choice)
  • raw green beans
  • optional, oil/butter

Instuctions:

To prep green beans:

Wash green beans, discard or trim any that have soft/limp pieces. Trim ends if you wish/cut into pieces.

In the microwave: Place in a microwave safe bowl with a small amount of water underneath the beans. Cook 1-2 minutes. Be careful about steam. Serve.

Steam on the stove: put small amount of water in a pan, add green beans, place cover, turn heat to high. Cook 1-2 minutes or until desired texture. Serve.

Bake in the oven: heat oven to 400F. Spread beans on a sheet pan tossing with a tsp or two of olive oil or cooking oil. Bake 6-10 minutes, or longer if you would like. Serve.

Pan fry on the stove: heat a couple of tsp oil in a pan on the stove. add green beans, stir a little to get even cooking, serve

If you are really in convenience mode for cooking, toss the prepared green beans in the water with the ravioli, adjust cooking time to be a little longer if the beans are cold as it might drop the water temperature.

To prep the pasta and sauce:

  1. In a pot on the stove boil water.
  2. Add Ravioli to the boiling water. Cook for 4-5 minutes. It will float, give it a stir a bit so all parts end up under water at some point.
  3. Drain the ravioli, add sauce to the pan with the ravioli and warm the sauce till hot.
  4. Serve.

Fried Rice

Fried rice is a dish made up of cooked rice that is wok or pan fried with other ingredients such as various vegetables and proteins. Originating in China, it is a national dish to several countries including Indonesia. The two most popular and vastly different fried rice dishes in Asia are Yangzhou, which consist of three protein types and mixed vegetables including bamboo shoots, and Hokkien, which has a thick sauce poured over the rice. Fried rice made it’s way to Hawaii during the plantation era when Chinese immigrants went to work in the sugar cane industry. Growing up in Hawaii, rice has always been a staple eaten during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Typically left over, or “day old” rice is saved for frying. It can be combined with a multitude of ingredients. Shoyu (soy sauce) and oyster sauce are the base flavors and classic combinations include spam and Kim chee. The wonderful thing about this rice dish is that it can be blended with any protein combination along with a mixture of vegetables and sauces. It is a great way to utilize leftovers by turning them into a whole new meal. – Shared by an HSRC Student Team Member

Recipe: Fried Rice

Time planning note: Fried Rice works best when rice is cooked and chilled ahead of time. Make white rice the day before or earlier in the day and refrigerate. Use cold precooked rice in the Fried Rice Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked rice * see instructions for cooking rice below.
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ onion
  • 1-2 stalks green onion
  • 3 eggs – break into a bowl and beat till yellow consistency
  • 1 cup frozen peas/carrots
  • Salt/pepper
  • Soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP oil

Directions:

  1. Chop garlic and onion and sauté in oil for 1-3 minutes
  2. Add cooked rice and fry/coat in oil
  3. Make a well in middle of rice and scramble the eggs by pouring eggs in, allowing it to set a little into curds.
  4. Add salt/pepper
  5. When eggs are cooked mix with rice
  6. Add frozen veggies and mix, cover for 1-2 minutes to cook
  7. Add soy sauce
  8. Sprinkle/top with chopped green onion

Instructions for Cooking White Rice (from the package)

Cha

This week’s recipe is a creamy, rich tea. Sipped in hundreds of thousands of households, cha is a morning must-have for many Indian families – it’s the equivalent of coffee for Americans. 

With over a billion people in India alone, it’s not surprising that there are a wide variety of recipes and spices used. My family is from northern India, a small state called Punjab, where we call our tea “cha” whereas in other regions people call their tea “chai.” It’s the same concept, just a difference in dialect. Everyone uses the same general base, and then add 1-2 spices common to their region/cuisine, such as black pepper or cinnamon. The people of Punjab add ginger root. ☺ 

Traditional cha is a combination of fragrant spices steeped with black tea leaves in water. Milk and sugar are added and the tea is brought to a soft boil before straining and serving. American chai typically uses steamed milk/cream, vanilla extract, and has a spice combination inspired by, but not always authentic to, Indian teas.

-Shared BY AN HSRC TEAM MEMBER

Recipe: Cha (Indian Tea)

Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2

Equipment needed: Pot, strainer or plate*, a heavy object

***The spices and tea leaves in this Beaver Bag have been pre-measured.*** Feel free to smell each bag individually to get a sense of each spice’s flavor and adjust the recipe to your taste. 😊

Servings: 2

2 cups water 

5 cardamom pods

3 whole cloves 

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1/8 tsp ajwain/Ajman seeds, to taste

4 tsp sugar, to taste 

1 1/2 tsp black tea leaves (Assam brand if possible) 

1 cup milk (approx), to desired consistency 

Instructions:

  1. To a small pot, add 2 cups of water and set over high heat.
  2. Crush 5 cardamom pods and 3 cloves with a heavy object (ie: rolling pin, can, wine bottle), and add to water. Add a small pinch of ajwain seeds, and a medium pinch of fennel seeds, to taste. Add sugar to taste. Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes, until the water is green and fragrant.
  3. Increase heat to bring tea to a boil. Add black tea leaves and let boil 1-2 minutes, until water is dark amber in color. 
  4. Add milk and bring to boil until cream rises to the top (see photos). Reduce heat to medium high and let the tea soft boil for about 2 minutes. Adjust heat to make sure cream does not boil over.
  5. Strain the tea into a mug and enjoy! 

Note: If you don’t have a strainer, you can use a coffee filter or hold a plate over the edge of the pot. If you use either of these methods, note that there may be loose leaf tea at the bottom of your mug. Allowing the tea to sit for 2 minutes before drinking will let the loose tea leaves to settle to the bottom. 

wondering where to buy more of these ingredients?

The ingredients for this beaver bag were purchased in Eugene at Vishnu India Imports, 135 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR 97405.

In Corvallis, Desi Roots & Spices is located at 919 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis OR 97330. We didn’t check to verify availability of ingredients but it would be a good starting place : )