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BBQ Beets: Coal-Cooked Beets Recipe

BBQ Beets: Coal-Cooked Beets

07.06.12 by Jackie
Here's another simple summer vegetable recipe using the barbecue grill. Whole unpeeled beets are placed over the coals of the barbecue grill and cooked until the skin is burnt. I let the beets cool to room temperature and seasoned them with a few fresh herbs, lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil. The beets turned sugary sweet. Roasting them turned out to be a great way to showcase the results of Lulu’s hard labor to everyone during our Fourth of July barbecue.
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Grilled Corn on the Cob (Chili Lime Corn Recipe) Recipe

We grilled a lot of meat and vegetables yesterday, but the star of the show was grilled corn. It was so sweet! We had several with salt and just a touch of butter, but I also made a rub of lime zest, lime juice, red chili flakes, garlic and caramelized onions to balance and enhance the sweetness. 

We're not very good about making use of our grill during the summer, but after today the whole family has been inspired to prepare barbecues more regularly. Hope everyone had a great 4th!


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Vegetarian Spring Rolls: Bi Cuon Chay Recipe Recipe

For this dish I made a traditional  bì chay with jicama, tofu, a protein element and soy sauce dipping sauce. Then I wrapped the tofu mixture in rice paper disks, forming tasty and healthy spring rolls. Rice vermicelli noodles, shredded lettuce and cucumber were added to form the rolls as well.

Once you master forming the spring rolls, you can experiment with many different combinations of noodles, vegetables and protein. Just try to maintain the same ratio of ingredient types as in this recipe. 


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Zucchini Tart with Mascarpone Recipe

Zucchini Tart with Mascarpone

07.02.12 by Jackie

I'm still cooking through the vegetables from our garden. Today, my husband Lulu and the girls picked dozens of zucchini and crook-neck squash. I stuck to one of their favorite meals and made a savory tart. I pan-fried slices of zucchini and squash as the topping for the tart and made a filling with leeks and mascarpone cheese. The girls followed the directions for my homemade savory crust and I let them assemble the dish. Served with a dried sour cherry and cherry tomato relish, what more could one ask for?

In my opinion, getting children involved in the kitchen and in our everyday tasks in general (the girls' chores include watering the plants daily, for example) is the best way to teach them healthy habits. They understand what is on their plate and the effort it took to get it there!

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Healthy Green Drink Recipe Recipe

Healthy Green Drink Recipe

06.29.12 by Jackie

A few weeks ago, fresh rambutans were on sale for only $0.69 a pound and we bought several pounds. I figured flight tickets to Vietnam are so expensive, it wouldn't be so bad to splurge on the tropical fruits instead of a trip to Asia!They're called chôm chôm in Vietnamese. After a few bags, my family eventually got sick of them, so I ended up making fruit  purée and storing it in the freezer. I already had in mind a specific drink recipe I would make. I prepared a flavorful but healthy drink with a vibrant green color. In addition to the rambutans, I used spinach,  kiwis, lemon and lime juice. 

The result was delicious. I loved the acidic taste of the kiwis, lime and lemon that balanced so well with the sweetness from the rambutan purée. 


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