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Beef Mac and Cheese Casserole Recipe Recipe

Little Aria's preschool classmate Mary welcomed her second baby sister two weeks ago. We thought we would prepare a homemade meal for her family. Ground beef is perfectly suited to toddlers' palates, so for the main dish, Aria and I prepared mac and cheese comfort food with a nesting beef and tomato bed of its very own. 

First, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of ground beef, tomatoes, thyme and onions. Then I added creamy Cheddar mac and cheese.

I've included a picture of the menu once we wrapped up the entire meal for Mary's family.

Menu


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Beef Roll Appetizers (Fusion Recipe) Recipe

Remember last week, when I posted a re-interpreted, fusion appetizer, maki-style? Well, this is the meat version. The dish consisted of blanched zucchini, carrot and enoki mushrooms stuffed in beef rolls, then quickly pan-seared until a crust was formed. You could also wrap the rolls in bacon or phyllo dough to secure them better, but if you're counting calories, these are just as delicious.

The idea was to create something new with ground beef instead of a good old burger. Even though the beef rolls are barely seared, the ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce help season and pre-cook the meat. So as long as you use fresh meat, you're good to go. 


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Tofu Roll Appetizers  Recipe

Tofu Roll Appetizers

03.10.15 by Jackie

Our family recently went to a Japanese sushi bar and enjoyed platters of delicious rolls. When I came home, I was inspired by the sushi and reinterpreted a new fusion appetizer, maki-style.

The appetizer consists of a tofu roll filled with shiitake mushrooms, carrots celery, insanely fragrant onions I grew myself in our garden and garlic. As I created the dish, I realized I wouldn't be able to keep the roll in place by simply rolling a sheet of pan-fried tofu. I improved and wrapped them in phyllo dough. You'll be surprised; it wasn't that complicated. Sometimes, improvisation ends up with beautiful results!


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Shrimp Risotto Recipe Recipe

Shrimp Risotto Recipe

02.17.15 by Jackie

Shrimp is a food that people who celebrate the Asian New Year's Day commonly eat during the festivities. I'm planning on making dumplings and spring rolls with shrimp this week and I bought extra so I could prepare other dishes as well. This weekend, I prepared shrimp risotto for little Aria.

I think the shrimp added a bit of pizzaz to the risotto. All I did was caramelize garlic shrimp as a first step and continued cooking the rice in the same pan. Just writing about it makes my mouth water! It may look fancy but the dish is fairly easy to make and has a wonderful flavor. So if you come across fresh shrimp at your local grocery store, be sure to give this recipe a try!


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Meatless Monday: Roasted Butternut Squash Radiatore Pasta Recipe Recipe

Our entire family is vegetarian except for little Aria and me so Meatless Monday isn't something out of the ordinary in our household.  It’s part of an effort on my part to eat a little bit healthier by reducing our meat consumption. If we can hit two targets with one bullet, I want to go for it. And since I'm keeping a strict vegetarian diet this week with the beginning of the Vietnamese Tết celebrations (a tradition of Tết is that you  eat vegetarian (ăn chay) on the last day of the previous year and first day of Asian New Year), it's perfect timing for this.. 

I prepared roasted butternut squash and mixed in cooked radiatore pasta. It's super easy to prepare and if you want to be on the healthier side, you can completely omit the cheese from the sauce.


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