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25 Feb


I’d never heard of bibimbap before but it looked so delicious I knew I had to try it. There are a lot of components but none of them are too difficult to put together. This is mainly chopping and cooking glorious amounts of fresh veggies. You really could use just about any kind of veggies you like in here so it’s easily customizable. I would suggest however, that you try to the cucumbers as they added a delightful fresh spiciness to the mix. Have I mentioned I’ve already made this twice?

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Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles

24 Jan

cucumber noodles

I’ve been looking for a tasty way to replace traditional noodles in my diet and this is a nice alternative. I got me a new fancy spiral vegetable slicer (thanks Mom!) and it worked great for this. I wouldn’t say cucumber is an equally good replacement for real noodles, but for a person that doesn’t much care for cucumber, I thought they were pretty tasty, not to mention a lot easier on the ol’ waistline. So try this out next time you want a side of noodles with your meal. You won’t be disappointed!

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon organic sunbutter (I used cashew butter)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or soy sauce if you don’t care about strict Paleo rules)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 tablespoon water (if needed)
  • 1 scallion, dark green part only, thinly sliced

Heat a small saute pan over medium heat, then toast the sesame seeds until light brown, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Peel the cucumbers, then turn them into noodles with a julienne peeler. Gently pat dry with paper towels then place in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, mix the tahini, sunbutter (or other nut butter), oil, coconut aminos (or soy sauce), vinegar,  red pepper flakes, garlic, and ginger with a fork until smooth. If the sauce seems too thick to easily coat the noodles it can be thinned out with up to 1 tablespoon water.

Pour the dressing over the cucumber noodles and toss gently with a rubber scraper until evenly coated. Mound on a plate and sprinkle with the sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds.

Serves 2

Adapted from The Clothes Make the Girl


Shrimp-Mango and Avocado-Salmon California Rolls

18 Jan
Shrimp & Mango Roll

Shrimp & Mango Roll

It’s been years since I last tried my hand at making sushi rolls. They turned out okay but were just never as good as the ones I could get at my favorite local sushi place and didn’t seem worth the hassle.

Upon first glance this recipe looked super easy and fast and it had ingredients that weren’t too hard to get. Tiny salad shrimp and smoked salmon? I can do that. Did I mention these don’t use rice? Yep. No sushi rice to cook. Just seafood and veggies. Best part? These were seriously so delicious. Especially the shrimp & mango roll. Just as good as something I’d get at a restaurant. The only change I made was to use half an avocado for each roll instead of 1/2 for two rolls. It just wasn’t enough to coat the nori well enough. I have a feeling I’ve found a new staple around here.

Salmon California Rolls

Salmon Roll

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Chicken Yakisoba

8 Dec

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It was Saturday night and we were hungry.  I didn’t have any meals planned out so I went to my Pinterest board to see if there was anything I could make with stuff I already had. I’d seen an easy looking recipe for some sort of Ramen noodle stir-fry a couple days before and was happy to see that I could scrounge up enough of the ingredients to give it a fair go.

I made a couple minor adjustments, which I didn’t think hurt the final result at all. First, I didn’t have any cabbage so I didn’t use that, but I would definitely add it next time because cabbage in stir-fry rocks. I also decided to use 3 packages of noodles instead of just 2 because darn it I really like noodles and I typically eat 2 packages myself when I eat them as normally prepared. Plus I figured extra noodles were a good substitution for the missing cabbage! Oh and I also used leftover turkey because we still had some left. Nice change from turkey soup and the like. I just threw it in after the veggies were done cooking so it could heat through. I wouldn’t hesitate to omit the meat completely or substitute some tofu instead.

I must say I was incredibly happy with how this turned out. It had a ton of flavor but wasn’t overwhelming. Even Sylvie liked the noodles. This one is going in my keeper file for quick easy pantry meals.

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Spring Vegetable Potstickers

4 Jun


While I have a go-to recipe for potstickers, this recipe is a fabulous veggie-based alternative. They are a bit time-consuming to put together (they ARE potstickers after all…), but the end result is well worth the effort. They were full of flavor and tasted so fresh and light. I made mine with asparagus, quartered brussels sprouts, and snow peas (in the pod) and I was very pleased with the combination. We inhaled them in no time flat and I’m sure you will too!

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Thai Chicken Wraps

20 Feb

thai peanut wraps

Despite the scary-looking long list of ingredients, these chicken wraps were actually quite quick and easy to make. Turns out there’s just a handful of ingredients repeated several times for different components. I did all my chopping and prepping while the chicken marinated so when it was time for the chicken to cook, I was all but done. Bonus was these tasted fabulous. That peanut sauce was to die for!

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Pad Thai

2 Feb

I’ve made this pad thai twice in the last week. The first time around I didn’t really stir my noodles while they were cooking so they got all stuck together and didn’t cook very evenly. And I also used some peanuts that weren’t exactly fresh. But, it still tasted really good and I wanted to see how it would turn out if I didn’t screw it up. So I made it a second time. I made sure to stir the noodles intermittently while they cooked and I used fresh peanuts. And it turned out awesome!

This recipe was super easy to make and pretty fast. I couldn’t find tamarind so I just used the suggested lime juice, water, and brown sugar, which actually cut the prep time in half. The cayenne pepper gave it a nice kick (probably want to cut it down for kids) and the shrimp added a nice mild flavor. I noticed the noodles didn’t cook much after their initial soak, so I’d suggest soaking them until they are just a hair underdone before tossing them in with the sauce. This one was definitely a winner and I’m sure I’ll be making it again soon.

pad thai


“Although pad thai cooks very quickly, the ingredient list is long, and everything must be prepared and within easy reach at the stovetop when you begin cooking. For maximum efficiency, use the time during which the tamarind and noodles soak to prepare the other ingredients. If tamarind paste is unavailable, substitute 1/3 cup lime juice and 1/3 cup water and use light brown sugar instead of granulated sugar.”


  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 8 ounces dried rice stick noodles, 1/8 to 1/4 inch wide
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
  • 12 ounces medium shrimp (41 to 50 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • Table salt
  • 1 medium shallot, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Thai salted preserved radish (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp, chopped fine (optional)
  • 3 cups bean sprouts
  • ½ cup unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped coarse
  • 5 scallions, green parts only, sliced thin on the bias
  • ¼ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
  • Lime wedges, for serving


Combine the water and tamarind paste in a small bowl and let sit until the tamarind is softened and mushy, 10 to 30 minutes. Mash the tamarind to break it up, then push it through a fine-mesh strainer into a medium bowl to remove the seeds and fibers and extract as much pulp as possible. Stir in the remaining sauce ingredients and set aside.


Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Remove the boiling water from the heat, add the rice noodles, and let sit, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the noodles and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until just smoking. Add the shrimp, sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt, and cook without stirring until bright pink, about 1 minute. Stir the shrimp and continue to cook until cooked through, 15 to 30 seconds longer. Transfer the shrimp to a clean bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet and return to medium heat until shimmering. Add the shallot and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until light golden brown, about 1½ minutes. Stir in the eggs and cook, stirring constantly, until scrambled and barely moist, about 20 seconds.

Add the noodles and the salted radish and dried shrimp (if using) to the eggs and toss to combine. Add the sauce, increase the heat to high, and cook, tossing constantly until the noodles are evenly coated, about 1 minute.

Add the cooked shrimp, bean sprouts, ¼ cup of the peanuts, and all but ¼ cup of the scallions and continue to cook, tossing constantly, until the noodles are tender, about 2½ minutes. (If not yet tender add 2 tablespoons water to the skillet and continue to cook until tender.) Transfer the noodles to a serving platter, sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup peanuts, remaining ¼ cup scallions, and cilantro (if using) and serve with the lime wedges.

From: The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2013


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