Monthly Archives: March 2010

Spicy Asian Slaw

Spicy Asian Slaw

My husband and I eat a lot of green cabbage. It’s cheap, nutritious and very filling. It can be a challenge some days to make sure he’s full and doesn’t feel snacky after a meal. Cabbage helps ensure that he feels full and doesn’t overeat snacks. (It helps me too!)

We decided to try a new slaw recipe that sounded interesting and used one of our favorites, a spicy peanut dressing. It’s peanutty and spicy, crunchy and tasty. Adjust the chile paste to suit your taste – I preferred mine without quite as much spice as the original, so I started at 1/2 tsp.

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Red Lentil Dal with Caramelized Onions

Red Lentil Dal with Toasted Garlic Millet

“This is really good!” exclaimed my husband. It isn’t often that I seriously wow him with a new recipe. (He loves my cooking and he loves what we make together, but this became an instant favorite of his.)

This is a vegetarian dish to serve to omnivores who don’t know how good cooking vegetarian can be: it’s rich, intensely flavored and quite filling. Red Lentil Dal with Toasted Garlic Millet

“This is really good!” exclaimed my husband. It isn’t often that I seriously wow him with a new recipe. (He loves my cooking and he loves what we make together, but this became an instant favorite of his.)

This is a vegetarian dish to serve to omnivores who don’t know how good cooking vegetarian can be: it’s rich, intensely flavored and quite filling.

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Chef Salad

Chef Salad

A chef’s salad, at least to me, is a jumble of a salad. I usually make it with whatever leftovers are hanging out in the fridge that need to be used up. (I also do this with fried rice.) I have my favorite salad toppings that I usually put on too. They’re a main course, so make sure you throw on plenty of veggies and enough protein to satisfy. The best thing is that these salads are terribly easy to throw together, only requiring some basic chopping of ingredients.

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Sprats and Avocado Sandwich

Sprats and Avocado Sandwiches

It seems lately that everyone is talking about Alton Brown’s Good Eats episode, “Live and Let Diet” where he espouses one of his favorite light meals, packed with heart-healthy goodies, nutrients and fats: marinated brislings over avocado mash on toasted bread.

Those of you who already eat tinned fishies like sardines, kippers, herring, anchovy and, our favorite, sprats, are probably already wondering whether or not there’s a ripe avocado in the cupboard.Sprats and Avocado Sandwiches

It seems lately that everyone is talking about Alton Brown’s Good Eats episode, “Live and Let Diet” where he espouses one of his favorite light meals, packed with heart-healthy goodies, nutrients and fats: marinated brislings over avocado mash on toasted bread.

Those of you who already eat tinned fishies like sardines, kippers, herring, anchovy and, our favorite, sprats, are probably already wondering whether or not there’s a ripe avocado in the cupboard.

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Edamame Pesto

I came across an interesting recipe the other day that involved making an edamame-based pesto sauce. It sounded intriguing, so I put it on the menu along with another intriguingly random soup.

I’m really happy with how the pesto came out. It’s nutty and very nicely balanced. It was excellent on soba noodles, but I think it would really shine on a grilled chicken panini. Or maybe I’m just partial to chicken-and-pesto sandwiches!

Plus, talk about super-easy!

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Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad Wrap

One of the best uses for leftover chicken or turkey is the humble chicken salad. Now, I wasn’t always a fan; in fact, since my experience for much of my youth was the chicken salad glop served in cafeterias or bad cafes, I really didn’t care for it.

After I made it, I took a bite of my sandwich and closed my eyes in happiness. It might not be the same recipe but I think it’s actually better. Crunchy, not too sweet and packed with flavor.. all I have to do now is arrange for more leftovers so I can have this again!

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