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Rice Noodles & Peanut Butter Sauce

Rice Noodles & Peanut Butter Sauce

Although I was a little apprehensive about making a peanut butter sauce for noodles, I couldn’t be more pleased with how this dish turned out in the end. Peanut butter is something I’d usually pair with chocolate, so eating it with soy sauce, took a little bit of time to wrap my head around. The…

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Pad Thai Spaghetti & Meatballs

Pad Thai Spaghetti & Meatballs

I’ve really wanted to try my hand at pad thai for awhile now, but I decided to put my own twist on the dish inspired by spaghetti and meatballs. For a basic pad thai that’s easy and doesn’t require fish sauce (which we couldn’t find), just leave off the meatballs. Or just serve the meatballs…

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Summer Vegetable Fried Rice

Summer Vegetable Fried Rice

I recently read an article about things you will experience within the first year of moving to Southern California. One thing I  found to be true was the statement that you will feel guilty when you purchase produce from some place other than the farmer’s market. The vegetables used in here are from the grocery store,…

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Orange Chicken Tacos

Orange Chicken Tacos

For another installment of easy dinners on days you want to put zero effort into making food, may I present to you orange chicken tacos! I feel like all of my food inspiration these days either involves pumpkin or combining two different cuisines like Asian and Mexican in this case. Trader Joe’s makes some great…

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Spicy Coconut Mussels

Spicy Coconut Mussels

I’ve been using a lot of coconut products lately, from shredded coconut in breading to coconut oil in cookies to coconut milk in risotto, and now coconut cream as the broth in which to steam mussels. I thought a rich coconut milk along with Asian flavors like spicy sriacha and ginger would be the perfect thing…

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Crockpot Thai Coconut Shrimp Risotto

Crockpot Thai Coconut Shrimp Risotto

Needing a quick and simple dinner for when we got home from an evening trip to the gym and not wanting to prep a big meal, I decided to give making risotto in the crockpot a try. For a unique twist on risotto, we decided to incorporate Asian flavors instead of Italian and make the…

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Thai Peanut Butter, Bacon, Pineapple Burgers

Thai Peanut Butter, Bacon, Pineapple Burgers

I would never have thought that peanut butter on a burger could be great. With the help of bacon, grilled pineapple, Sriracha, and cilantro, i was proved wrong. There’s nothing complicated about this double pattied deluxe burger, but the flavors combine surprisingly well together to turn this unique sandwich into something you’ll be dying to…

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Sesame Crusted Swordfish Steaks

Sesame Crusted Swordfish Steaks

Last time we went to the grocery store, Whole Foods had some fantastic looking tuna steaks. All of our meals for the week were already planned out, so I made a mental note that we’d have to do tuna steaks of some sort next time. I thought a sushi-inspired, seared tuna encrusted with sesame seeds…

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Steamed Bacon Buns

Steamed Bacon Buns

Back when we had our sushi night, we went shopping at the large Asian grocery store where I made an impulse purchase— prepackaged mix to make steamed BBQ pork buns like you get at your favorite dim sum restaurant. The little bag of flour and yeast had been sitting in the cabinet for awhile, but I…

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Baked Orange Chicken

Baked Orange Chicken

Orange chicken is another of my favorite Chinese foods. I love the complex combination of citrus, sweet, and spicy. I hate the fried aspect of the dish and not knowing exactly how many calories those Chinese restaurants put in that orange sauce. The best way to remedy these problems? Make it at home, healthified. First…

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