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.
This steamed Chinese biscuits is the base of many other steamed Chinese buns, real easy to make. If you are comfortable with it, hand knead it. Or not, use a stand mixer or hand mixer with a dough hook, turn on low speed (1-2) until dough formed, hand knead a few times. It will be just as good.
Poached eggs are not difficult to make at all, drop an egg in a pot of hot water with some vinegar, sounds super easy, right? But a good looking poached egg is not easy to make at all. Now, I find the most convenient way to make it pretty without the water, without the uneven edge of the egg white and it is perfectly cooked every time. The secret is my new kitchen toy – Steam Oven.
This is our breakfast this morning. Perfect mommy and me meal to start the day. Super easy and didn’t take much time to prepare. The best part is the little princesses not only eat well, but also have so much fun making their own food.
My Christmas present is finally back to my home. This little machine is so good, I used it everyday since I got it until I found out the clock kept resetting itself and went with a beep sound when it happened. As much as I love it, I had to return it and get a new one. My Cuisinart CSO-300 combo steam and convection oven came home yesterday, I has been cooking like a storm and put it to good use. My husband could tell how happy I was to have it back, teasing me about how this machine is not going anywhere and I could not live without it. So true, he really knows me.
First day home, I have to make sure the main function I use and care most is in working condition – the steam function. Started with proofing pizza crust, then I tried to make Chinese Buns for the first time. It was so good and soft, taste really good, only downfall is the color weren’t white because I used unbleached flour, so it came out in a tinted yellow color.
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.