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Spicy Stir Fried Beef and Green Beans Recipe

Stir-fried green beans and beef are a delicious dish. First, green beans are deep fried until the outer skin becomes slightly wilted. Once all the beans are fried, they're stir-fried in garlic, chili garlic sauce, black bean sauce and soy sauce with beef. I also thickened the dish with a bit of cornstarch and added chiles for extra flavor. But the key ingredient is cashew nuts which provides incredible texture and nutritional value with folic acid.

This may not be the healthiest way to prepare a stir fry, but I can’t get enough of them. The natural sweetness of the green beans balances perfectly with the tenderness of the beef. For a healthier alternative, you could substitute tofu for the meat and omit the sesame oil and sesame seeds. 

 


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12 Healthy Cabbage Recipes Recipe

12 Healthy Cabbage Recipes

03.04.15 by Jackie

Cabbage is good for you so why not eat it up! It's also inexpensive, packed with flavor and easy to prepare. Whether it's slow baked, sautéed, roasted, stuffed or shredded, I'm sure you'll find some inspiration in the list of these 12 trusted cabbage recipes I've gathered for you. 

I just bought a head of Chinese cabbage and a red one and I'm ready to get fit and pretty for our next summer vacation. I have 12 weeks until our family getaway to Cancun, Mexico (we spent our 5th wedding anniversary there). Controlling your diet can be fun too; it doesn't have to mean food should taste bland or be without great texture. Now I'm excited to create more nutritious dishes with the humble cabbage!

 


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Meatball Appetizers with Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Since my husband Lulu was out of town last weekend, I had a few girlfriends over to celebrate the Lunar New Year (a week late!). Next week, we're all going to a Vietnamese charity concert and everyone was talking about how they'd fit into their áo dài, the traditional Vietnamese outfit. I've been back to the gym regularly to do squats and get a solid workout and I just made sure the food would please my weight-conscious crowd.

The menu I served wasn't fussy at all and I tried to satisfy everyone's diet: we started with easy, delicious, look-and-feel-your-best meatballs. I also made cháo đồ biển (seafood rice soup with seabass, shrimp, squid and scallops), along with a kale salad. 

What was in the meatballs, you ask? I created a ground mixture of veal, turkey, flax seeds and quinoa and served with spicy sweet potatoes.


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Cooking with Mushrooms Recipe

Cooking with Mushrooms

03.02.15 by Jackie

With a home full of vegetarians, I always challenge myself to develop new meals that fit our family's diet. Mushrooms are a great flavor and texture substitute for meat. If, like me and little Aria, you're not a vegetarian, cooking with mushrooms will help you creaete new vegetarian dishes that are as satisfying as meat.  

Morels, chanterelles (girolles in French), beech, maitake, Hegehogs, porcini, wood ear (also known as black fungus mushrooms or nấm mèo in Vietnamese), brown crimini , shiitake and Portobello mushrooms are all varieties  I've used often in the kitchen. They're rich in umami, which is the savory flavor quality that sort of mimics what we get from meat. Happy cooking!


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Mushroom Stuffed Eggplant Gratin Recipe Recipe

Is there anything that screams  comfort food more than a dish of gratin? I prepared a morel mushroom stuffed eggplant gratin. Every so often, our family craves a rich, decadent, gooey and cheesy meal.

First I sliced the eggplant, then pan-fried the slices. The mixture was flavored with earthy mushrooms that pair wonderfully with the meaty texture of the eggplant and luscious, creamy ricotta cheese. To save time, you can prepare the elements of the dish in advance and assemble 00000at the last minute; I promise your hard work will definitely be rewarded!


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