Have you guys tried chinese 5-spice powder yet? It’s been a popular up-and-coming spice for a while now, and I’m just now getting on board. Chinese five-spice is a blend of Szechwan pepper, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, and fennel. It has a wonderfully warming characteristic that pairs perfectly with other Asian flavors, such as ginger, and is not spicy. My five spice shrimp tacos with rhubarb ginger sauce are an amazing twist between Asian and Mexican cuisines! Continue reading →
I’m not really a side dish person. I love to cook. It’s a great release at the end of the day to come home and find my rhythm in the kitchen. However, I find it most enjoyable when there are fewer pieces of the puzzle to keep track of. Side dishes don’t fit that routine well, therefore I tend to make and eat a single thing every night. These Asian cabbage baked egg rolls with tempeh fit that theme perfectly. Continue reading →
Quick meals are a must for many cooks. Having a few easily adaptable recipes makes quick meals that much more simple – you can use what you have on hand and skip the trip to the grocery store. Spicy Sesame Mushroom Lo Mein is fresh and fast to put together on those busy weeknights without much time. Continue reading →
Fried rice is such an easy meal to whip on a weeknight, I tend to make this vegan fried rice a lot. Having a few different variations on a classic recipe makes it easy to eat this simple food frequently and not get tired of it. Pineapple Fried Rice is another great variation to a classic. Continue reading →
Curry is one of those dishes that can be made in about a million different ways, with so many different ingredients! It can be hard to narrow down what you want to try when it comes to making a curry recipe. It can also be difficult to find all the ingredients locally available. This tomato coconut curry with cauliflower and chickpeas is made with simple ingredients and spices, so it will be easy to make and enjoy! Continue reading →
If you thought egg rolls were for cabbage only, you were wrong! These egg rolls are packed full of veggies, and given a little cheese to balance. Oven baking these egg rolls makes them light and easy to prepare, as well. Southwest baked egg rolls make the regular rotation at my house! Continue reading →
Chutney is a great way to add a huge layer of flavor to a dish or recipe. If you are unfamiliar, it is a condiment or side dish traditionally used with many Indian dishes. Most are made with fruit, vinegar, and spices. This combination of sweet, acidity, and spice pairs well with almost any dish! Continue reading →
The farmer’s market here is finally over. Finally seams inappropriate because I will miss it so greatly until April rolls around. Saturday mornings in the spring are like Christmas for me. What surprises will there be? What will I not be able to go home without after its first appearance at the market? For this soup, I let the lingering fall produce make my selections. Bok choy was only $1.00! I coudn’t leave it behind, and hence this soup was born.
Butternut squash soup is so creamy and smooth. It’s a big bowl of warm and cozy that is comforting as the cold weather starts to creep in. This butternut squash soup has a twist from the original. It’s infused with Thai flavors that make it even more rich and special. And a little bit spicy, because that’s how I roll…!
In my kitchen, fried rice is not a way to use up leftover rice. It is a way of life. Fried rice is a great idea to use up leftover rice, but I rarely have enough to make a batch…unless I plan for it and make lots of extra! Fried rice is so easy to make, you won’t need to get takeout fried rice after trying this Pineapple Fried Rice recipe! Continue reading →