Tag Archives: Lean

Shanghai-Style Wonton 上海雲呑

I haven’t posted once since my mom arrived from Hong Kong 2 months ago. I’ve been utterly, yet obligingly, spoiled by my mom’s home-cooking and haven’t lifted a finger other than to click an OpenTable reso when it’s my turn to treat.

My grandmother on my mother’s side is Shanghainese and her reputable culinary skills have been passed onto her children while they grew up in Hong Kong. I received none of those skills across the Pacific Ocean, so I rely solely on my mom to make my absolute favourite dish: Shanghai- style wontons. These are fun, straight-forward, and much faster to make with a partner or kids, so round up a squad for your wonton prep! We usually make these in batches of 100 so we can freeze and have them ready within minutes next time around.   Continue reading

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Thai Grilled Chicken Thighs

Time to fire up the grill! Thai chicken thighs makes for an exotic weeknight dinner that comes together quickly. This recipe features traditional Thai ingredients like fish sauce, fresh coriander, ginger and garlic, infused into juicy chicken thighs that you can serve on rice, over salad, or in a sandwich.  Continue reading

Kofta

Everyone LOVES food on a stick. Yakitori… Kebabs… Cake Pops… and let’s not forget our ingenious childhood Pogo’s.

My favourite “sticked” dish at the Lebanese restaurant in my hood is Kofta. It is an aromatic mix of minced meat, onions and spices, served with fresh pita, hummus, rice and tabbouleh. I can’t rave about it more. I wanted to make my own at home using organic ingredients, and I was surprised at how simple, cheap and tasty the results were!

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Acorn Squash with Spiced Apple and Walnut

Sugar and spice and all things nice is what Fall brings to the kitchen. This seasonal dish adds sweet and spicy dimensions to buttery roasted acorn squash.  The stuffing is simple and consists of caramelized apples, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Rich in flavour and colour, this is a beautiful and nutritious dish to warm up to this Fall. Continue reading

Sweet Pea Roasted Jalepeño Guacamole

I’m a big avocado fan. Huge. I eat one everyday, typically by itself or in a smoothie. And when it comes to guac, I usually do a simple one with lemon juice, salt and pepper to top a salad or chicken dish.

This recipe, however, is something worth sharing. I came across it when Whole Foods only had one ripe avocado on a day I was in charge of guac for a potluck. Of course. The store clerk suggested I try the sweet pea guacamole on their website which uses only 1 avocado and frozen green peas as the bulk. I added some other ingredients as well for extra kick and the result was surprisingly packed with flavour. Light and sweet, smoky and spicy. I can’t recommend it enough, you’ve gotta to try it for yourself.

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