Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Recipe Recipe

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Recipe

06.04.12 by Jackie

I can't believe almost half of 2012 has already passed by and now we're already in June! After having my wonderful daughter, finishing my first cookbook (which by the way is already available for pre-order and will be released December 18th) and finally becoming an American citizen, my husband Lulu thought I deserved a little celebratory vacation to Yountville in the Napa Valley. Even though it's a short ride from our house, I made small energy drinks before hitting the road to enjoy during the drive.

The drink is a blend of strawberries, raspberries, kiwis, peanuts and vanilla extract. The fruit gives you an instant energy boost, and the protein in the peanuts will keep you going longer than your average smoothie. It's a delicious and healthy way to start the day!


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Baked Ocean Perch Recipe Recipe

Baked Ocean Perch Recipe

06.01.12 by Jackie

Here's the fish dish I made in parallel to the mock fish I made for my vegetarian husband last Tuesday. I baked Pacific Ocean perch using a very simple recipe. I flavored the fish with red Thai chiles, onions and Thai basil.

I served the fish on a bed of Chinese pea shoots and kept the meal fairly healthy. Enjoy!


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Chim Cut Roti Recipe: Vietnamese Quail with Soy Ginger Glaze Recipe

As I've mentioned this before, there are a lot of Vietnamese takes on French dishes. This quail dish is called chim cút rôti; the mustard, coriander and white wine normally found in the French version have been replaced by red chili powder, ginger and soy sauce.

My favorite part is the sweet ginger glaze made with honey. I always end up eating with my fingers.  It may not necessarily be polite, but it's so delicious I wouldn't want to miss a single bite!


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Mock Fish Recipe: Pan Fried Seaweed Tofu Recipe

Cá chiên chay (vegetarian fried fish in Vietnamese) is my attempt to eat approximately the same dish as my vegetarian husband, Lulu. It doesn't bother him so much, but it makes me a little sad that even when we share a meal, we're not actually eating the same thing. I cooked fish for myself today, and I whipped up a mock fish equivalent dish using tofu skin, crumbled tofu and seaweed to go alongside it. The result was surprisingly delicious. Lulu enjoyed his vegetarian meal and I enjoyed my fish as well.

I paired the "fish" with jasmine rice and canh mồng tơi (broth with leafy greens). The meal remained healthy yet very tasty.


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Three Bean Salad Recipe Recipe

Three Bean Salad Recipe

05.29.12 by Jackie

This salad recipe doesn't call for any vinegar or lemon juice in the dressing. The natural acidity of the nectarines is all you'll need. As an added bonus, the nectarines lend an added freshness to the dish. Three beans are used in the salad: black eyed peas, kidney beans and black beans. Crumbled feta cheese, jicama, Romaine lettuce, baby spinach leaves and a few other ingredients complete the dish.

The salad is not only tasty but filling, due to the starchy nature of the legumes. Especially with vegetarians in my house, I find that a bean salad is a simple, nutritious and tasty option for lunch when I just don't feel like cooking.


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