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Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

This amazing, fresh, delicious, zesty Italian pasta salad is packed with all the favorites – mozzarella, olives, tomatoes, salami, and of course, pasta! It is easy to make and incredibly delicious.

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

If you’re looking for a fresh, flavorful pasta salad to take to a summer BBQ, this is it!! Filling enough to eat as a meal or perfect as a side. This zesty Italian pasta salad comes together in just under half an hour. While the pasta is boiling/chilling you can prep the remaining ingredients. Toss it all in a big bowl and it’s ready!

How to Make Italian Pasta Salad

PASTA: When it comes to choosing the pasta, make sure to grab a short noodle. I generally prefer bowties, rotini, shells or penne for pasta salad. These noodles are easy to eat and hold the dressing better than their longer counterparts.

TOSS & ENJOY: Toss everything together with minced shallot, freshly chopped parsley, coarse sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and the dressing. You can enjoy it right away OR store it in the refrigerator overnight. The salad will marinate in the dressing and whoa will it be delicious!

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

Why do you rinse the pasta with cold water? You should rinse the pasta with cold water because it not only cools the pasta’s temperature down, but it also removes some of that extra starch that comes from boiling pasta.

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

This amazing, fresh, delicious, zesty Italian pasta salad is packed with all the favorites – mozzarella, olives, tomatoes, salami, and of course, pasta! It is easy to make and incredibly delicious.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 668 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb bowties rotini, shells, or penne
  • 1 6 oz can whole olives - halved
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes - halved
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 8 oz mini mozzarella balls
  • 3 tbsp parsley - chopped
  • 3 oz salami traditional dry - cut in thirds or quartered
  • ¼ tsp coarse kosher sea salt
  • 1 small shallot - minced
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup vinaigrette - your favorite!

Optional Add Ins

  • ¼ cup roasted red bell peppers - sliced
  • ¼ cup marinated artichokes - chopped
  • 4 pepperoncini - seeds and stem removed sliced into thin rings

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large stockpot filled 2/3 of the way with water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to the package's directions. Once cooked, drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Refrigerate while preparing the remaining ingredients.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Toss with dressing.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until needed.
Dinner Recipes/ Healthy Recipes

Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado Mango Salsa

This incredibly delicious Grilled Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice is an easy and impressive dinner with yummy smoky-sweet flavor and a zip of zesty homemade salsa to take it over the top. This is a restaurant-quality meal that you can make and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. It’s packed with fresh, irresistible flavors that will leave you craving more! The BEST weeknight dinner.

Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa

If you’re looking for an easy healthy recipe to whip up for the family in minutes then this Chili Lime Grilled Salmon is it, and they are going to love the Mango Avocado Salsa on top! This recipe is gluten free, paleo, high protein with 30 grams per serving and low calorie. You will the love the combination of the slightly charred lime salmon with the sweet, fruity mango avocado salsa and the rich and creamy coconut rice. It is all a match made in Heaven.

The salmon is perfectly seasoned and cooked, and has those nice grill marks giving it a tempting lightly charred flavor. And this colorful salsa has the best blend of flavors and textures! It complements the salmon so incredibly well.

Then the bed of coconut rice is the perfect base for the salmon and salsa. If you haven’t had coconut rice yet, you need to make it today! It is one of my favorite rice dishes that I make all the time and it’s so easy to prepare.

Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa

Grilled Salmon Ingredients

Salmon fillets – the main ingredient. Rich in protein and nutrients!
Olive oil – keeps the exterior for drying and sticking.
Lime – adds so much bright flavor.
Garlic – adds another layer of flavor.

Mango Avocado Salsa Ingredients

Mango – adds fresh natural sweetness.
Red bell pepper – adds more texture and color.
Red onion – a little goes a long way here. Rinse it so it’s not so harsh first.
Avocado – adds a delicious creaminess.
Cilantro and lime – adds classic Mexican flavors to the salsa
Olive oil and coconut water – this isn’t a must here but I like that bit of richness and moisture it adds.

Coconut Rice Ingredients

Coconut Water – it adds flavor to the rice.
Canned coconut milk – don’t confuse this with coconut milk beverage. The canned stuff is much creamier and richer.
Jasmine rice – stick with jasmine, it has more flavor than plain long grain white rice.

How to Grill Salmon

  • Whisk together lime juice and zest, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in large baking dish.
  • Place salmon in baking dish and let marinate 30 – 60 minutes.
  • Grill salmon until heated through.
  • While the salmon grills, make the coconut rice (you make it like you do regular rice, just with coconut milk) and mango avocado salsa.
  • This recipe calls for 6 oz salmon fillets. At that weight, you’ll need to grill the salmon for 3 minutes on each side over medium-high heat.

Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa

This incredibly delicious Grilled Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice is an easy and impressive dinner with yummy smoky-sweet flavor and a zip of zesty homemade salsa to take it over the top.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Lime Salmon

  • 4 6 oz skinless salmon fillets
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil plus more for grill
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Coconut Rice

  • 1 ½ cups Zico Coconut Water
  • cups canned coconut milk
  • cups jasmine rice rinsed well and drained well
  • ½ tsp salt

Avocado-Mango Salsa

  • ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper 1/2 large
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • cup chopped red onion rinsed under water and drained
  • 1 large avocado peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Zico Coconut Water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

For the salmon:

  • In an 11x7-inch baking dish whisk together olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, garlic and season with salt and pepper to taste (a fair amount of each).
  • Place salmon in baking dish, cover and allow to marinate in refrigerator 15 - 30 minutes, then flip salmon to opposite side and allow to marinate 15 - 30 minutes longer. Preheat a grill over medium-high heat during last 10 minutes of marinating.
  • Brush grill grates with oil. Place salmon on grill and grill about 3 minutes per side or until just cooked through (turn carefully as the salmon will be fragile).

For the coconut rice:

  • While salmon is marinating prepare coconut rice. In a medium saucepan bring coconut water, coconut milk, rice and salt to a full boil.
  • Cover and simmer until liquid has been absorbed (there may be just a little bit of excess liquid in center which you can drain off), about 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then let rest 5 minutes.

For the mango avocado salsa:

  • While the salmon is grilling prepare salsa. In a medium bowl toss together mango, bell pepper, cilantro, red onion, avocado, lime juice, olive oil and coconut water. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve salmon warm with coconut rice top with avocado mango salsa.
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Salad- This refreshing salad is summer in a bowl! It is So easy to make and the perfect side dish for summer BBQ’s, picnics, and pool parties!

Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Salad

This watermelon strawberry cucumber salad comes together in 5 minutes and just 5 ingredients. Airy, light, and refreshing, it’s the perfect BBQ side dish. The ever so slight tang from the feta cheese compliments the cucumber and offsets the sweetness fruit. The mint is just a summer must!

Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Salad

The salad is pretty to serve, look at those vibrant colors, and goes great with any meal. I guarantee it will be a summer staple!

Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients to make this salad. For best results, make sure you use the best watermelon, strawberries, and cucumber you can find!

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber (I like to use an English cucumber)
  • Mint leaves (basil would also be good)
  • Olive oil
  • Lime juice
  • Honey
  • Feta cheese
  • Sea salt

Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Salad

How to Make Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Salad

This salad is beyond easy to make, which is SO nice. It is easy to whip up so you can spend more time outside, enjoying the summer sun!

First, cut your watermelon into bite-size cubes, slice the strawberries, and chop the cucumber.
In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, strawberries, cucumber, and mint leaves.
In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, and honey. Drizzle over the salad and gently stir until salad is coated. Season with sea salt, to taste.
Top with crumbled feta cheese and additional mint leaves, if desired.

This salad is best the day it is made, but will be fine for several hours. I personally like to serve it chilled, but it’s good at room temperature too.

If you want to make the salad in advance, you can cut up the watermelon, strawberries, and cucumber, but keep them in separate containers in the fridge so they don’t get mushy. You can also whisk together the dressing in advance. When ready to enjoy, combine everything in your large bowl and enjoy!

Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Salad- This refreshing salad is summer in a bowl! It is So easy to make and the perfect side dish for summer BBQ’s, picnics, and pool parties!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped mint leaves
  • 1 English seedless cucumber chopped
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Mint leaves for garnish optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, strawberries, cucumber, and mint leaves.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, and honey. Drizzle over the salad and gently stir until salad is coated. Season with sea salt, to taste.
  • Top with crumbled feta cheese and additional mint leaves, if desired. Serve.
Appetizer

Delicious Cowboy Queso Dip

This Cowboy Queso is the perfect appetizer. Amazing warm spicy dip loaded with two kinds of cheese loaded with smooth Velveeta and everything a Cowboy dreams of, including Beef, Beer, Black Beans, and more. Easy to make with extra burst of flavor. Serve with tortilla chips for your ultimate appetizer.

Delicious Cowboy Queso Dip

This recipe is the ultimate dip recipe for fans of anything cheesy and spicy. It whips up quickly and because it contains Velveeta, the silky, creaminess of the dip holds up as long as there’s dip in the bowl.

Ingredients

  • Ground Beef (you can replace with Ground Turkey, Ground Sausage, or Bacon OR you can go meatless if you’d like!)
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes – Optional
  • Pale Ale
  • Chicken or beef broth make great beer substitutes in this recipe, you can use Root beer or coke adds interesting flavors in place of beer as well.
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Velveeta- If you try to substitute another cheese it won’t be as creamy, stick with Velveeta if you can.
  • Rotel Tomatoes- Can sub regular diced tomatoes
  • Black Beans
  • Red Onion

Delicious Cowboy Queso Dip

How to Make Cowboy Queso Dip

Brown the ground beef and drain any excess grease.
Add beer and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Ground Beef in a skillet with beer being added to make queso dip.
Add Velveeta and Cheddar Jack Cheese, let it melt and stir until smooth.
Add Black Beans, Cilantro, and Red Onions. Stir to combine.
A skillet with cheese being melted and cilantro, onions, and black beans being added to make queso dip.
Add Rotel tomatoes and any excess tomato juice until desired consistency is reached.
Stir to combine

Delicious Cowboy Queso Dip

This Cowboy Queso is the perfect appetizer. Amazing warm spicy dip loaded with two kinds of cheese loaded with smooth Velveeta and everything a Cowboy dreams of, including Beef, Beer, Black Beans, and more. Easy to make with extra burst of flavor. Serve with tortilla chips for your ultimate appetizer.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • ½ pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup Pepper Jack cheese shredded
  • ¾ cup Pale Ale I use Tuckerman Pale Ale
  • 1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5 oz. can Rotel Tomatoes partially drained
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese cubed
  • ¼ cup red onion finely diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large, high-walled skillet over medium heat, brown and crumble the ground meat, adding in desired amounts of salt and pepper.
  • Once it’s nice and brown, drain any excess grease, toss in the crushed red pepper flakes and add the beer. Let the beer reduce for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add in the cheese and let it melt and simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the cheese is melted, stir in the beans, red onions, and cilantro. Add the tomatoes and some of the juice from the can, only if you want it to be a little thinner in consistency. If you've already reached your desired level of thickness, don't add any juice.
Appetizer/ Healthy Recipes

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower, tossed in maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven. This irresistibly sweet, spicy and salty maple-sriracha roasted cauliflower is amazing for game-day snacking, a dinner side, or just straight-up lunch. The perfect side dish ever!

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

This Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower is super-duper easy to make. Just toss bite-sized cauli florets in a mix of olive oil, maple syrup, Sriracha, salt, and pepper. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes, and sweet/spicy nirvana awaits.

This side dish is as easy as cutting a head of cauliflower into bite sized florets, tossing in the maple-sriracha sauce and roasting before tossing it with the remaining sauce just before serving. As the cauliflower roasts the sauce caramelizes on the edges of the cauliflower magically transforming and infusing the flavour into the cauliflower!

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

You could also present it wing-style with a cooling dip like blue cheese or ranch, and maybe a few celery sticks, even.

Maple Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower, tossed in maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven. This irresistibly sweet, spicy and salty maple-sriracha roasted cauliflower is amazing for game-day snacking, a dinner side, or just straight-up lunch. The perfect side dish ever!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Servings 4
Calories 93 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets (about 6 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha or other chili sauce

Instructions
 

  • Toss the cauliflower in the mixture of the oil, maple syrup, sriracha and soy sauce, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes, reserving the excess maple sriracha sauce.
  • Toss the roasted cauliflower in the reserves maple sriracha sauce and enjoy!
Healthy Recipes/ Salad Recipes

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

This Mediterranean Couscous Salad is easy and healthy and ready in under 30 minutes! Tiny durum wheat semolina cooks on the stovetop then gets tossed with colorful vegetables, feta cheese, olives, garbanzo beans and served with a fresh lemon herb dressing. Great for a healthy meal on its own or a delicious side dish that packs a crunch!

 

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Loaded with fresh mediterranean veggies, this salad will have you coming back for more time and time again. So let’s get into this easy, fresh salad that will be on your table in under 30 minutes!

This Mediterranean couscous salad strikes the perfect balance of phytonutrients and fiber-rich vegetables plus protein that makes this salad light yet satisfying. This vegetarian side dish celebrates the use of fresh and flavorful ingredients with each bite delivering a burst of flavor.

What Is Couscous?

Did you know that couscous is just small beads of pasta made from semolina? It’s very popular in places like Turkey, Greece, Spain, France, and lots of Arabic countries. Traditionally, it is served with meat and vegetable stew. It cooks very quickly, so it’s perfect for a hectic night when you want a quick and healthy dinner

If you cook couscous properly it’s very light and fluffy. Luckily, in most western supermarkets, couscous is instant, which means it’s been pre-steamed and dried. Otherwise there’s no science to cooking couscous, usually you just follow the package instructions, one cup of boiling water to 3/4 cup of couscous. You can also add some butter or olive oil to it and some salt. And really, that’s all there is to it.

Couscous has a lovely nuttiness and acts like little sponges, selfishly soaking up the citrus dressing for your benefit. It’s a wonderful solution when you’re needing a quick and light meal.

What ingredients do you add to couscous salad?

To infuse Mediterranean flavors, add a hearty amount of red bell pepper, red onion, cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. Freshly chopped herbs like mint, basil, and parsley add fragrant aromas, while dried oregano adds an earthy taste. Garbanzo beans or chickpeas add a source of vegetarian protein and creaminess.

How To Make Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Prepare the couscous: Follow the packaged instructions to prepare the couscous. Add the butter to the couscous when you’re preparing it. Let it cool.
Combine the dressing: In a small bowl or jar add all the dressing ingredients together and whisk well or if using a jar, close the lid and shake well, until thoroughly combined.
Assemble the salad: To a large bowl add the prepared couscous and fluff it up with a fork. Add the rest of the salad ingredients. Pour the prepared dressing over and toss everything well together. Garnish with extra mint and feta and serve!

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

The recipe makes just enough salad dressing to coat the components, but you can always double the amount if you would like to serve more on the side. If you have extra, a few slices of lemon to squeeze on top would be nice to serve at the table.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

This Mediterranean Couscous Salad is easy and healthy and ready in under 30 minutes! Tiny durum wheat semolina cooks on the stovetop then gets tossed with colorful vegetables, feta cheese, olives, garbanzo beans and served with a fresh lemon herb dressing. Great for a healthy meal on its own or a delicious side dish that packs a crunch!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 205 kcal

Ingredients
  

Couscous

  • 1 cup 170 g instant couscous
  • 1 cup 240 ml water
  • 2 tablespoons 30 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon 3 g kosher salt

Salad

  • ½ cup 71 g diced english cucumber, seeds removed, ¼-inch dice
  • ½ cup 81 g diced roma tomato, ¼-inch dice
  • ½ cup 85 g canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup 73 g diced red bell pepper, ⅛-inch dice
  • ¼ cup 32 g minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons 20 g feta cheese
  • ½ cup 35 g kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped basil

Lemon Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons 30 ml lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon 15 ml red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons 45 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

Couscous

  • Bring water, salt, and olive oil to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add couscous and stir quickly. Turn off the heat and cover.
  • Let couscous stand until tender, 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork and let cool.

Salad

  • Combine couscous, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, garbanzo beans, red onion, olives, cheese, parsley, mint, basil, and oregano in a medium bowl.

Lemon Dressing

  • Whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and whisk until a thickened dressing forms.
  • Pour dressing over the couscous salad, stir to combine.
Appetizer/ Healthy Recipes

Low-Carb Chicken Dumplings

They go by many names. Minced meat encased in a wrapper, generally made from some kind of flour. Perhaps you know them as Chicken dumplings, potstickers, momo, dim sum, there are many names for them and come in versatile flavors. It’s time to turn this dumplings into a Keto delight. These steamed and pan-fried low-carb chicken dumplings are full of authentic Asian aromas. Delicious appetizers wrapped to perfection, without the unnecessary carbs.

Low-Carb Chicken Dumplings

This recipe is kind of a blue print for creating an amazing variety of dumplings. Replace the chicken with some ground pork, perhaps some shrimp, heck maybe even do a mix of chicken and shrimp. You can play around with the herbs and spices and create incredible favlour combinations. So go ahead, wrap your dreams in low carb cabbage wrappers and then eat it.

How To Make Low-carb Chicken Dumplings

First season the chicken with salt, Szechuan pepper, pandan powder and cayenne pepper.
Next is mix and combine ginger garlic paste, grated red onion, scallion and cilantro. Add sesame oil if you’re using any and combine thoroughly.
Separate the cabbage leaves. In a large pot, boil in lightly salted water for 5-7 minutes until tender. Remove the leaves from the pot but keep the water simmering on low heat.
After that stuff the individual cabbage leaves with the chicken filling and roll into dumplings. Then Steam the dumplings for 10 minutes over the boiling water.
You can additionally fry the dumplings in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil to get a golden crust.

For the sauce is as simple as well, add peanut butter, sriracha sauce, ginger garlic paste, soy sauce, vinegar and cilantro in a small bowl. Mix until combined thoroughly. Then add oil and mix well. Sprinkle with salt and lime juice.

Low-Carb Chicken Dumplings

They go by many names. Minced meat encased in a wrapper, generally made from some kind of flour. Perhaps you know them as Chicken dumplings, potstickers, momo, dim sum, there are many names for them and come in versatile flavors. It’s time to turn this dumplings into a Keto delight. These steamed and pan-fried low-carb chicken dumplings are full of authentic Asian aromas. Delicious appetizers wrapped to perfection, without the unnecessary carbs.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

Dipping sauce

  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp tamari soy sauce
  • ½ tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 1 pinch salt

Chicken dumplings

  • 1 green cabbage 10 leaves
  • 20 oz. ground chicken
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp Szechuan pepper
  • ½ tsp pandan powder optional
  • 1 small red onion grated
  • ½ scallion
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil optional

Instructions
 

Dipping sauce

  • Add peanut butter, sriracha sauce, ginger garlic paste, soy sauce, vinegar and cilantro in a small bowl. Mix until combined thoroughly.
  • Add oil and mix well. Sprinkle with salt and lime juice. Combine well and set aside.

Chicken dumplings

  • Season ground chicken with salt, Szechuan pepper, pandan powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, grated red onion, scallion and cilantro. Mix well. Add sesame oil if you're using any and combine thoroughly.
  • Separate the cabbage leaves. In a large pot, boil in lightly salted water for 5-7 minutes until tender. Remove the leaves from the pot but keep the water simmering on low heat.
  • Stuff the individual cabbage leaves with the chicken filling and roll into dumplings.
  • Steam the dumplings for 10 minutes over the boiling water.
  • You can additionally fry the dumplings in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil to get a golden crust.
  • Serve with dipping sauce and enjoy!
Dinner Recipes/ Healthy Recipes/ Pasta Recipes

Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta

This amazing Spinach Alfredo Pasta is so creamy and rich, yet never heavy. This recipe is easy and satisfying comfort food for the whole family.

Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta

When you got yourself a hectic day and need a little comfort food, this lightER Spinach Alfredo Pasta is perfect. This is basically pasta with butter, Parmesan, and salt and pepper, but with more whoooole lot of heavy cream.

Well, not exactly heavy cream, swapped the heavy cream for whole milk, reduced the butter by a lot, and used a little cream cheese to help thicken and stabilize the sauce. So, it’s no longer technically an alfredo, but it’s close enough for me to pretend and feel like I’m eating something super indulgent.

Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta

This Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta is definitely better when fresh, so if you’re cooking for one or two consider cutting the recipe in half. Luckily, this one is super easy to scale up or down. Just change the number of servings in the “servings” box on the recipe card below and the ingredients will auto-adjust.

For the veggie, you can use frozen spinach if necessary, just keep in mind that the texture will not be as nice as the fresh spinach. To use frozen spinach, thaw it completely, then squeeze out as much extra moisture as possible (or else it may turn your sauce green). Add the squeezed frozen spinach at the same point the fresh spinach is added in the recipe below.

Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta

This amazing Spinach Alfredo Pasta is so creamy and rich, yet never heavy. This recipe is easy and satisfying comfort food for the whole family.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz. penne pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil to cook the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta in a colander.
  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce. Add the butter and minced garlic to a deep skillet or pot and sauté over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic is soft and fragrant, but not brown.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-low. Add the milk to the skillet along with the cream cheese (cut into chunks). Heat the milk and cream cheese while whisking, until the cream cheese has fully melted into the milk.
  • Whisk in the grated Parmesan cheese and continue to whisk as the sauce comes up to a gentle simmer. When it reaches a simmer, the sauce will thicken. Turn the heat down to low to keep the sauce warm. Season the sauce with 1/4 tsp salt and a generous amount of freshly cracked pepper.
  • Add the fresh spinach to the sauce and stir it in until it has wilted and become limp.
  • Finally, add the cooked and drained pasta to the spinach alfredo sauce and stir to combine. Serve immediately.
Dinner Recipes

Easy Beef and Broccoli Ramen Stir Fry

This easy stir fry is a one-pot dinner twist on the classic Chinese takeout beef and broccoli dish. One complete filling meal and it’s on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Beef and Broccoli Ramen Stir Fry

How to Prep Beef for Stir Fry

To prepare the beef for cooking, I recommend trimming off any large pieces of fat from the steak and then slicing it into about 1/4-inch thick strips. Some steaks will have a grain to them, and if yours does, you should slice against the grain, which will lead to a more tender finished steak. Don’t use roast cuts such as chuck roast or round roast, or something like skirt steak, which can be tough if not cooked correctly.

Which Ramen Noodles to Use for Stir Fry

I use cheap soba noodles for this stir fry. Nothing fancy,but you can use a wide range of noodles for this dish. Just discarded the seasoning packet. Don’t worry, the homemade sauce is way much better!

How to Make the Stir Fry Sauce

This sauce has a fair number of ingredients in it, but they are all doing something. The soy sauce and sesame oil give a savory umami taste; the honey and hoisin sauce bring some sweetness to it, and the garlic and ginger add a bright aromatic flavor.

Beef and Broccoli Ramen Stir Fry

The recipe makes a lot of sauce. I like this recipe to be pretty saucy, like you would get from a Chinese takeout box. But if you are worried it’s too much sauce, start by adding half of it to the stir fry and then taste. Add more if you think it needs more. If you do have leftover sauce, it keeps fine in the fridge for a week.

Beef and Broccoli Ramen Stir Fry

This easy stir fry is a one-pot dinner twist on the classic Chinese takeout beef and broccoli dish. One complete filling meal and it's on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound flank steak thinly sliced across the grain
  • 2 5.6-ounce packages refrigerated Yaki-Soba, seasoning sauce packets discarded*
  • 1 head broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds

For the sauce

  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • ¾ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha optional

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, beef broth, honey, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, sesame oil, cornstarch, ginger, Sriracha and 1/2 cup water; set aside.
  • In a large pot of boiling water, add Yaki-Soba until loosened, about 1-2 minutes; drain well.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add steak and cook, flipping once, until browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in Yaki-Soba, broccoli and soy sauce mixture until broccoli is tender and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with sesame seeds and sriracha, if desired.
Dinner Recipes/ Healthy Recipes/ Vegan Recipes

15 Minutes Sticky Sesame Chickpea

Simple, delicious, flavorful, and full with plant protein, these amazing sesame chickpeas are a vegan chickpea recipe that the whole family will love. Super quick, literally ready in just 15 minutes and are great to meal prep for the week.

15 Minutes Sticky Sesame Chickpea

These chickpeas is perfect if you served it with instant pot rice, steamed broccoli, and scallions or chives to top it all off! It’s also perfect to combined with quinoa, bok choy, sautéed spinach and a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top. You really can’t go wrong. This sesame sauce can also be reused for chicken, salmon, tofu, cauliflower, or any other protein.

You can even add it to my peanut noodles, or sesame noodles with extra veggies of choice. Make it into a stir fry with tons of veggies, rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or anything you have on hand.

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are naturally gluten free, and so is this whole recipe! Be sure to use tamari (gluten free soy sauce) if you have a gluten intolerance or allergy.

15 Minutes Sticky Sesame Chickpea
How To Make Sesame Chickpeas

Drain and rinse the chickpeas until no bubbles remain. Set them aside as you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Mince the garlic and add to a saute pan with avocado oil. Saute until the garlic is slightly golden brown and very fragrant.

Whisk together the arrowroot powder and vegetable broth in a bowl and set aside. We’ll be using this in a minute to help thicken the sesame sauce. You can also use chicken stock or water instead.

To the pan with the garlic, add the sesame oil tamari (or soy sauce if not GF), maple syrup, ginger, rice vinegar, and the remaining vegetable broth. Whisk together. Be sure to use a high quality toasted sesame oil. Not all sesame oils are created equal and you want to make sure you have one that is very flavorful!

Re-whisk the arrowroot mixture to make sure no clumps formed at the bottom and add to the saute pan with the rest of the sauce. Whisk together.

Cook over medium/low heat until the mixture starts to bubble.

Once it is bubbling around the edges, give it a quick stir and add in the chickpeas and carefully fold the sauce over the chickpeas until they are well coated.

The sauce will start to thicken, keep stirring so the sauce covers the chickpeas. Let the chickpeas cook until the sauce is nice and thick. The chickpeas will also darken as they absorb the sauce, this is good since it yields major flavor!

After 5 or so minutes or once the sauce is thick, turn off the heat and allow all of the flavors to blend together for an additional 5 minutes.

15 Minutes Sticky Sesame Chickpea

Tips :

  • Once prepared, this vegan chickpea recipe will keep in the fridge for about 5 days. You’ll know it’s gone back when it starts to smell! Beans give off a pretty bad stench in the fridge, so you’ll want to throw them out if they get to this point!
  • To reheat this recipe, add it to a pan with a splash of veggie broth or oil so it gets nice and saucy.

15 Minutes Sticky Sesame Chickpea

Simple, delicious, flavorful, and full with plant protein, these amazing sesame chickpeas are a vegan chickpea recipe that the whole family will love. Super quick, literally ready in just 15 minutes and are great to meal prep for the week.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 3-4 large cloves garlic
  • cup tamari or soy sauce
  • tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger or 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 4 tbsp vegetable broth or water divided

Instructions
 

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas and set aside.
  • Mince the garlic and add to a sauté pan with the avocado or olive oil. I suggest using a garlic press so it’s very finely minced and you don’t end up with any large pieces in the sauce.
  • Sauté for a few minutes or until the garlic is very fragrant.
  • In a small bowl combine the arrowroot powder and 2 tbsp of the vegetable broth and mix until no clumps remain. Set aside.
  • To the sauté pan with the garlic, add in the tamari, toasted sesame oil, maple syrup, rice vinegar, ginger, and the additional 2 tbsp of vegetable broth. Whisk together.
  • Add in the arrowroot mixture and stir.
  • When bubbles start to form, add in the chickpeas and stir until they are well coated.
  • Cook on low heat until the sauce becomes thick and sticky, about 5 minutes. stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat and let sit to allow the chickpeas to absorb all of the flavor.
  • Serve with steamed broccoli, quinoa, or my instant pot rice and enjoy!