• Uncategorized

    Diced Chicken With Vegetables and Almonds

    Memories of Cathay House. Note, I dont add cooked chicken to the simmering vegetables until close to the end, otherwise the meat gets dry and rubbery. This is a version of what is called chicken ding in chinese cooking. Just found that out in feb 2022 when looking to perfect my replica of the cathay house recipe. 2 tsp peanut oil or sesame oil 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 tsp chopped garlic from jar) 1 pound raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp ground ginger 1 1/2 cup fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth, divided 1.5 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce 2…

  • Uncategorized,  Veggies

    Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

    1 bunch fresh spinach or spring mix 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries blueberries dried cranberries (Optional: can add thinly sliced red onions, if desired) ½ cup crumbled blue cheese ½ cup crumbled walnuts ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons honey ½ cup olive oil salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • Side Dishes

    Homemade Mexi-Rice

    Far better than packaged seasoning! Mexican rice with a mild flavor and none of the high salt, additives and MSG that you get in the packaged seasoning blends. Simple and easy to make. I use wholegrain brown Minute Rice since I try to avoid white rice which is not healthy. With all the flavor in the Mexican seasoning, you can’t tell the difference and the color doesn’t look any different from typical Mexi-rice, again due to the seasoning. Ingredients 2 cups of instant rice (brown)1 tablespoon cumin1/2 – 3/4 tablespoon chili powdersalsa sauce Cook the rice. Towards end of cooking time stir in cumin and chili powder (before rice is…

  • Marinades

    Teriyaki Steak Marinade Recipe

    Made this today – finally, a teriyaki steak recipe that hits the mark. I created a hybrid recipe from 2 recipes I found that I felt would give me the result I wanted, and BINGO. Success! Its been a long quest for the perfect Teriyaki Steak recipe – the search was inspired by my very fond memories of the Beachcomber restaraunt – what an amazing Teriyaki steak they made! Also the Keg used to make an amazing teriyaki burger with the perfect teriyaki marinade – flavorful, not sticky, not thick. This is what I have been searching for based on those memories, and this is as close as I may…

  • Beef,  Main Course,  Veggies

    Curried Beef and Cabbage

    Ingredients 2 lb Ground Beef 10 cup shredded Green Cabbage 1 Tbsp Ginger Root, grated 3 Tbsp Curry Powder, separated, 2 Tbsp and 1 Tbsp 3 clove Garlic, pressed or minced 1/2 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes 1 pinch ground Coriander 1 pinch ground Cloves 1 pinch Black Pepper 1 whole Onion, diced Directions Add oil, onion, garlic, ginger, 2 Tbsp curry, coriander, clove, and black pepper to pot. Saute over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add onion and saute for an additional 2 minutes, until translucent. Mix in ground beef for an additional 3-4 minutes until mostly browned. Add in sliced cabbage, and stir into beef. Cover and…

  • Beef,  Main Course

    Curried Beef

    I had some beef stewing meat sitting in the freezer that I needed to use up, and wanted to try something new instead of my regular beef stew recipes. Something was calling out, “Curried Beef”, so I went with it. Didn’t have a curried beef recipe in my collection. So I set out to find one. Oddly, this was not as quick and easy to do as I’d expected.Didn’t want anything too elaborate, just a fairly basic but full of flavor Beef Curry recipe. I whittled it down to a few that looked good and picked one. Then I found myself modifying and improvising along the way due to differences…

  • Spinach Salad

    Spinach Salad With Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

    Baby spinach Sliced raw mushrooms Thinly sliced red onion Cooked bacon, crumbled Hard boiled eggs, sliced or chopped, according to preference Croutons for garnish, if desired Dressing 6 Tablespoons olive oil 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar 1.5 Tablespoons honey 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard pepper to taste Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Combine salad ingredients and drizzle on salad. Store any left over dressing in fridge for up to 1 week.

  • Uncategorized

    Smooth and Creamy Pureed Lentil Soup

    Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion chopped 5 medium carrots coarsely grated 150 g (3/4 cup) lentils 1 litre (5 1/2 cups) vegetable stock/broth 100 ml (1/4 cup) milk or dairy free milk 1 tsp ground cumin To serve (optional) Grated Paremesan Instructions Heat the oil in a large pot over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes until softened. Stir in the carrots, lentils, stock, milk and cumin, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the lentils are cooked. Puree with a hand held blender or food processor. Add more water to thin, if desired. Ladle…

  • Healthy Snacks

    Apple OR Banana Oat-Loaf

    I wanted to start making healthy whole grain loafs for my husband to get his carb fix. Right now life is super hectic and believe it or, making muffins is just a lot of work (filling each individual cup… the extra work in cleaning a muffin tin with all those individual compartments, as opposed to a loaf pan). That these are considerations for me may sound crazy to those of you with time on your hands, but my life is crazy, through no choice of my own. This is a healthy loaf recipe, rich in unrefined whole grains. In addition to the oats, the flour is oat flour, which is…

  • Beef,  Meatloaf

    Mozzarella Meat Loaf

    Ingredients 2 egg, lightly beaten 2 cans tomato paste 2 lbs lean ground beef 3/4 c. bread crumbs 2 tsp. dried oregano 2 tbl snipped parsley 1 garlic clove or 1 tsp minced in oil from a jar 1/4 tsp pepper 1/2 Tbl. finely chopped fresh parsley (or 1/2 tsp. dried) 6-8 slices ham 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese + a little extra to melt on top of meat roll during last 5 minutes in oven. Instructions Combine eggs, bread crumbs, tomato paste, parsley, oregano, pepper, and garlic. Mix well. Add ground beef and mix well. On a piece of heavy wax paper, press meat into approximately a 12x 10…