recipe: cauliflower and citrus salad

for a refreshing summer meal, this salad is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. the original recipe had a spicy vinaigrette with red pepper, anchovies and capers so I simplified it for the little one but it is just as delicious! it is even better after the vegetables have been refrigerated. this recipe is one i’ll definitely make again and again.

cooking tools

  • 1 pressure cooker

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recipe: red lentil chili

red lentil chili

i happen to have a bag of red lentils but had not decided what to make with it . then i opened my first pressure cooker and found this recipe in the cookbook that came with the cooker. it was the perfect way to break in my new machine.

i modified the recipe so my little one could have some (i.e. the chili powder, crushed pepper and smoked paprika) and I skipped the dates because I didn’t think the recipe needed the added sweetness. the result is still a hearty, delicious chili that we all enjoyed together. Continue reading “recipe: red lentil chili”

PBJ day combo: TJ unsalted crunch peanut butter with mix of 2 Sarabeth’s preserves

i don’t usually partake in TBT but since it’s PBJ day (April 2nd), i changed it to TB…P(regnancy) since there was a whole lot of PBJ consumption! Ingredients 2 slices of 100% whole wheat toast *see note 1 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter *see note 2 1 tablespoon jam *see note 3 1/2 – 1 organic banana, long thick slices Preparation lightly toast your multigrain bread spread peanut butter on one slice of toast. spread jam on the side of the second slice of toast. notes my favorites: bread: Trader Joe’s 100% Whole Grain Multigrain Fiber (6 grams) Bread peanut butter: Trader Joe’s Unsalted Crunchy … Continue reading PBJ day combo: TJ unsalted crunch peanut butter with mix of 2 Sarabeth’s preserves

recipe: quinoa enchilada casserole

quinoa enchilada casserole with avocado crab salsai picked up some black beans recently and went online to find a fun dish and this was it! packed with protein, vegetables and omegas. yum!

since i was also making an avocado crab salsa, i thought the flavors would work really well together so i mixed ’em up. YUMMY!

cooking tools

  • 1 medium saucepan
  • 1 2qt baking dish
  • baking dish cover – or – aluminum foil

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recipe: yang zhou fried rice

yang zhou fried ricewhen i was prepping a little cooking project for k’s country study, i did some research about the history of fried rice. eggs are a big part of the recipe. the measure of “wealth” could be determined in the amount of eggs in the fried rice dish as the color yellow is symbolic of gold. k is allergic to eggs so i did not add it in her class project but i thought it would be fun to try the recipe with eggs as well!

there are also variety on how egg is included in the rice. one way is by cooking the egg first and then adding it to the rice along with all of the other fried rice ingredients. but recently i watched a Taiwanese drama and one scene has a chef making fried rice by pouring the beaten egg into the rice after all the other ingredients were already mixed together. therefore you cook the egg with the fried rice – not before.

cooking the egg into the rice mixture gives it an extra egg flavor.

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recipe: roast cinnamon squash and beets

after trying the roast squash, sweet potato/yams and apple dish, i found this roasted squash and beets recipe and knew it would be a good side dish as well. the apple cider vinegar and cinnamon gave it a nice aroma. while the original recipe included maple syrup but i didn’t think it was necessary so i just skipped it.

roast squash and beetscooking tools

  • large mixing bowl
  • baking pan
  • parchment paper

ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 2 medium beets
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

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recipe: foil baked lemon salmon with asparagus and mushroom

after i mistakenly made baked lemon salmon last week instead of foil-baked, i finally tried the correct recipe. i love foil-baked recipes because the “steaming” method keeps the food inside juicier and the flavors of the various ingredients, here the salmon, asparagus … Continue reading recipe: foil baked lemon salmon with asparagus and mushroom

recipe: butternut squash kale and parsnip hash

after trying the roast squash, sweet potato/yams and apple dish, i was open to trying another roast vegetable dish. the original recipe had pancetta but since i wanted to keep it vegetarian, i substituted it with a flavorful vegetable: parsnip. yum!

ingredientsbutternut squash, kale and parsnip hash

  • 1 small (around 1 pound) butternut squash
  • 1 organic baby kale
  • 2 parsnips
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

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recipe: roast squash, sweet potato/yams and apple

the combination of squash, sweet potato/yams and apple sounds so great that i was eagerly awaiting the day i could make this (after we went through some leftovers)! i added very little oil and held off on the vinegar because i used this dish as an intro for k to olive oil. next time i make it i’ll add the vinegar and see if it bumps up the flavor! but without it, it was still a sweet flavorful veggie dish.

cooking tools

  • small mixing bowl
  • large mixing bowl
  • baking pan

ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 sweet potato/yam
  • 1 organic apple
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar *optional

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recipe: steamed halibut stew with vegetables

m made a wonderful fish stew, which was the main course for christmas dinner. the inspiration of this dish was a make-at-home lobster-bake we had, in which we layered potatoes on the bottom, then corn on the cob, lobster, clams and mussels – food that took longest to cook was on the bottom and shortest on top.

in this format m layered vegetables on the bottom and started cooking it first, then layered the fish above and bok choy on top. m made a similar stew in the past with ginger but with k’s food allergies, we steered clear of it. it turns out it wasn’t necessary as even without, it was a wonderful stew. enjoy on its own or with some white rice.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds halibut
  • 15 oz can bamboo tips, thick slices
  • medium size daikon radish, cut in chunks
  • 3 medium organic yukon potatoes, cut in half
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 bunches bok choy

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