Sorry I haven’t been updating here for so long, life has been busy and some of my cooking passion and creativity just left me for a while. I am glad to say the passion and love for cooking, blogging and all that passion for life and work is burning inside me once again. I love it and feel more like myself and full of energy. (No, I still don’t exercise but I am getting to it, seriously.)
For the coming back recipe, I am going to share with you this super easy and healthy salad I love – Apple Chicken Salad.
I love desserts but they are guilty treat. To satisfy my sweet tooth, so do my little princesses, I have to figure out something healthier. Making fresh fruits sorbet at home for less than a minute using Vitamix (loving my new toy), it tastes incredibly refreshing and delicious, even have health benefits that come along. Lemons and limes contain Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and lot of minerals and antioxidants that good for our health and skin. It can also use for household cleaning and remove odor. I added half a banana in the recipe to reduce the amount of agave/ simple syrup needed. At the same time, it boosts the health benefit a little with this high potassium fruit.
This is my first smoothie made with Vitamix, my hubby bought a sweet cantaloupe, yogurt and a lot of fruits for me to try out the new machine. He is just as excited to play with the blender or I should say enjoying the drinks and food from it. For a well trained home cook who always have to cook with random and not at all go together ingredients (guess who train me for that?), I put this smoothie together as a tester and thought it should taste good. Thanks for all these trainings, it turned out just the way I like it – refreshing and sweet. I will definitely buy some more cantaloupes next time they are on sale, cube them and freeze them, so I always have some on hand for this yummy drink. By the way, this is a healthy drink, cantaloupe provides lot of antioxidants, vitamins and carrots are good for eyes. Something tastes good and actually good for you – priceless.
Now, I can make one of my favorite drinks almond milk at home because I have a new toy -Vitamix 5200 blender. Almond milk is a healthy choice because it contains less calories and fat than milk but high in antioxidants and vitamins. Also, it is a good substitute for milk since it is lactose free.
Super bowl is a few days away, buy or make some chips, serve with this homemade guacamole, good time guaranteed. It is healthy and tasty, totally vegetarian friendly too. Make it fresh in front of your guests, entertain them and serving food at the same time, you will be the best host ever.
This recipe is so easy, even little kids can help. My daughters love to add all the ingredients in the pestle, try to mesh them with the mortar and lick them off the mortar after it is done.
Hong Kong style peanut butter sauce is very essential to my favorite street food – rice noodles (Recipe here). Actually, it should be sesame sauce but for cost and efficiency reasons, most places (or all) only serve you peanut butter sauce. If you ever find someone serve the real sesame sauce made with real sesame seeds, you are in luck and probably should go buy a lottery ticket. This sauce is so simple and easy to made, I almost want to put it in the rice noodles recipe and call it a day. However, I do like my recipes sorted nicely in the blog, so here you go.
Peanut Butter Sauce Recipe
Ingredients: Peanut Butter (Creamy) 1 tablespoon
Water 3 tablespoons
Fruits Salad is so simple, no cooking skill is needed. It is so colorful, healthy and nutritious, a great breakfast choice, afternoon snack or serve it as a side. Kids love it so much, watch out they will eat yours too.
My husband loves Mexican food, so we have Mexican meal at least once a week. Most of the time, we have tacos or quesadilla served with homemade pico de gallo, so fresh and delicious. This recipe requires no cooking skill at all, anyone can get it right. Apart from using it as a condiment, you can serve it with crackers, taco chips or even just eat it like salad ( I do that a lot). This is a fast, easy and healthy snack in no time at all.
Quick and easy is very important for my breakfast routine because my little girls usually want to eat right away in the morning. I used to buy a lot of cereals, even though most of them are whole grains cereals, there are some ingredients I rather my children not to consume in a daily basis.
So I have been coming up with something homemade, tasty, easy and nutrition dense. The most convenient breakfast is – Fresh Fruit Smoothie. All you need is a blender (food processor work fine too), wash the fruits and add all ingredients, sugar is optional, a healthy breakfast drink is done in 5 minutes.
Red is a happy color for Chinese, we use it in wedding, Chinese New Year and all kinds of celebrations. This drink is perfect for new year because of the beautiful red color and the sweet cherry taste. Everyone need something sweet to have a good start in a new year, right? I gave this pretty glass of drink a cheerful name – Cheery Up, hope to cheer up everyone. It is so simple, the kids will love to help and enjoy it.
Cherry Up Recipe:
7 UP (Chilled) 1 cup
Topping Cherry 1 can
Key Lime/ Lime 1 whole
Colored Sugar a little (decoration only)
1. Halved and seeded the lime, rub it on the edge of glass. Turn the glass upside down on the sugar plate for edge coating.
2. Add 1 cherry and 5 teapoons cherry juice.
3. Squeeze the lime juice into the glass.
4. Add 7 Up, stir and serve.