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Simple Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

If you like kale…you’ll love this recipe. This salad makes a great base for your favourite toppings. I added grilled chicken, but you can add salmon, avocados, nuts, dried fruits or shaved Parmesan.

I massaged the dressing into the kale for about 1-2 minutes. I don’t mind the texture of kale but massaging it does make it softer. Also, the dressing gets really mixed in.

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10 oz raw kale, ribs removed and discarded
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a small bowl mix together the oil, lemon juice and garlic. Pour over the kale and with clean hands start massaging the dressing into the kale. Taste the salad and add salt and pepper and continue to massage again. Taste again and adjust seasoning accordingly.
2. Serve as a side to dinner or have as a lunch.
3. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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Real Chinese All Purpose Stir Fry Sauce

This stir fry sauce is amazing. It is super easy and so good! This recipe makes 1 1/2 cups sauce, which is enough for about 12 servings. You can store this sauce in your fridge and use when needed. Make sure to give it a good shake before use.

I used this recipe on vegetables. You can also use it on stir fried noodles. Add some extra water if using dried noodles since they absorb more liquids than fresh noodles.

To make this recipe vegan, substitute the oyster sauce with hoisin sauce.

This recipe is good in the fridge for up to four weeks.

I took this recipe from http://www.recipetineats.com/real-chinese-purpose-stir-fry-sauce/

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1/4 cup light soy sauce
1/4 cup dark soy sauce
1/2 cup oyster sauce (sub with hoisin for vegan)
1/4 cup chinese wine (or sherry)
1/4 cup cornstarch/cornflour
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp ground white pepper

1. Combine ingrdients in a jar and shake to combine. Store in fridge and shake before use.

To Use:

1. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in wok over high heat.
2. Add your choice of base flavourings – fry for 10 seconds or so to infuse oil (Base flavourings can be: Garlic, Ginger OR Fresh Chilies, minced or finely sliced)
3. Add stir fry ingredients in order of time to cook (starting with ingredients that take longest to cook), leaving leafy greens, like the leaves of bok choy, until when you add the sauce (otherwise they will wilt and overcook)
4. Add noodles (if using), sauce and water, your choice of Additional Flavourings (see below) and any leafy greens.
5. Gently toss to combine and to let the sauce cook for around 1 minute. The sauce will become a thick, glossy sauce that coats your stir fry.
6. Serve immediately

Additional Flavouring Suggestions:

1. Sriracha, Chili Bean Paste or other spicy addition
2. Sweet chili sauce
3. Substitute the water with pineapple or arange juice
4. Rice Vinegar – for touch of tartness
5. Fresh cilantro/coriander leaves, or thai basil – for freshness
6. Garlic or ordinary chives – chopped
7. Pinch of Chinese five spice powder

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Asian Salmon in Foil

Tired of your plain salmon?  You HAVE to make this recipe!  It’s super easy and full of flavour.

I served my salmon on a bed of mixed greens tossed in Oriental Sesame Dressing

I made this recipe for a friend of mine who is gluten-free. The only ingredient I changed was the soy sauce.  I used gluten-free soy sauce.

I took this recipe from Pinterest.  The original recipe is from Damn Delicious. http://damndelicious.net/2014/12/19/asian-salmon-foil/

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1/4 cup honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce (or gluten-free soy sauce)
1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 pounds salmon
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with foil. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, Sriracha and pepper, to taste.
2. Place salmon onto the prepared baking sheet and fold up all 4 sides of the foil.
3. Spoon the honey mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.
4. Place into oven until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. (Baking time may need to be adjusted depending on the thickness of the salmon) Open the packet and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until caramelized and slightly charred. Serve immediately, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.

Teriyaki Chicken Burgers

This burger is awesome!  This recipe is taken from one of my favorite cookbooks “The Complete Light Kitchen” by Rose Reisman.  I used ground turkey instead of chicken on my first try of this recipe and it was fabulous!  I served my burgers with the extra teriyaki sauce and grilled pineapples.  Since we were at the cottage when I made this burger, we decided to also serve french fries from the local chip truck Rolly’s Homemade Fries.

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1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp water
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp crushed fresh garlic
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger

1 lb ground chicken breast
1 egg
1/3 cup dry seasoned breadcumbs
3 Tbsp finely chopped green onion

2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
3 Tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley

1. To make the teriyaki sauce, whisk the sugar, soy sauce, water, vinegar, oil, cornstarch, garlic and ginger in a small skillet. Simmer for 3 minutes or just until thickened.
2. Place 3 Tbsp of the teriyaki sauce in a bowl and add the chicken, egg, breadcrumbs and green onion. Mix well. Form into 5 patties.
3. Spray a grill or non-stick skillet with cooking oil and heat to high. Cook the patties for about 6 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the centre.
4. Serve with the remaining sauce and garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro.

Chicken Meatloaf Layered with Monterey Jack Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper

This is not a boring old meatloaf recipe! The flavour combinations in this loaf are so delicious!

I took this recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks “The Best of Rose Reisman” by Rose Reisman.

I love a recipe that I can throw together in the morning to bake later that evening. It can also be made ahead, up to a day in advance.  Reheat in a 300F oven for 15 minutes.

Rose Reisman also states in her cookbook to try mini meatloaves by using either a muffin cup mould or mini loaf pan. Divide mixture into 12 servings.

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1 1/2 lb (750 g) ground chicken
1/2 cup (125 ml) seasoned dry breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tsp (7.5 ml) finely chopped garlic
1 large egg
1/4 cup (60 ml) finely chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup (60 ml) ketchup
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) dried basil
pinch of salt and pepper
1/3 cup (80 ml) finely diced green onions
2 oz (60 g) roasted red pepper, chopped (about 1/2 red bell pepper, roasted)
1/4 cup (60 ml) diced rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) shredded Monterey Jack cheese or white aged cheddar (2 1/4 oz/65 g)
2 Tbsp (30 ml) grated Parmesan cheese (1/2 oz/15 g)

1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line the bottom and sides of a 9×5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with foil or parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg, onion, ketchup, dried basil and salt and pepper until well mixed. Pat half the chicken mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with the green onions, red pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes. Mix the Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheese and add all but 2 Tbsp (30 ml) of the cheese mixture to the loaf. Pat the remaining chicken mixture over the filling. Bake for 40 minutes or until the interior temperature reaches 165F (74C). Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for 2 minutes or until the cheese melts. Let stand for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories 280
Carbohydrates 13 g
Fibre 1.8 g
Protein 22 g
Total fat 14.3 g
Saturated fat 4.9 g
Cholesterol 130 mg
Sodium 420 mg

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Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

My sister-in-law made this recipe and loved it!  She shared it on Pinterest with me and now it is one of our favorites as well. So quick and easy. The original recipe can be found on http://www.damndelicious.net.

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1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup Panko

FOR THE HONEY GARLIC SAUCE
1/3 cup honey, or more, to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Sriracha, optional
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons sesame seeds

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×13 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Working in batches, dip chicken into eggs, then dredge in Panko, pressing to coat.
3. Add chicken to prepared baking dish. Place in oven and bake until golden brown and crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes.
4. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine honey, garlic, soy sauce, and Sriracha, if using. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 1/3 cup water. Stir mixture into the saucepan until thickened, about 1-2 minutes. stir in chicken and gently toss to combine.
5. Serve immediatley, garnished with green onions and sesame seed, if desired.
YIELD – 4 servings

Lime Grilled Chicken

This chicken is so easy to throw together.  Perfect for the BBQ.  I love this chicken paired with Santa Fe Salad. I found this recipe in The Best of Bridge – The Best of the Best and more.

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1/2 cup fresh lime juice (2 large limes)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp rosemary
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 whole chicken breasts, skinned, boned and halved

In a bowl combine all ingredients, except chicken, whisking until well blended. Marinate chicken breasts in lime mixture 1-2 hours. Broil or grill approximately 4 minutes per side, until chicken is cooked through. Baste during cooking. Serves 4.

Three Root Vegetable Latkes

These latkes are so good, and they are not at all greasy since they are baked. I took this recipe from “The Best of Rose Reisman” by Rose Reisman.

I used my food processor to grate the vegetables. It took minutes, so easy. I also baked my latkes on baking sheets with slide foil, so they would not stick. My latkes did not come out as crispy, so next time I think I’ll just cook them right on the pan.

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2 tsp (10 ml) vegetable oil
2 cups (500 ml) diced onion
1 tsp (5 ml) crushed garlic
2 tsp (10 ml) brown sugar
2 cups (500 ml) grated peeled sweet potatoes
2 cups (500 ml) grated peeled baking potato
1 cup (250 ml) grated peeled parsnips
3 Tbsp (45 ml) chopped fresh dill or 1 tsp (5 ml) dried
2 eggs
Pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 cup (125 ml) tzatziki

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray a large oven dish with vegetable oil
2. In a skillet sprayed with vegetable oil, add the oil, onions and garlic. Sauté on medium heat for 10 minutes until tender. Add the sugar and sauté another 5 minutes. Place in a mixing bowl.
3. Squeeze out the excess moisture from the grated vegetables. Add the vegetables to the onion mixture along with the dill, eggs and salt and pepper.
4. Pat into 12 latkes, flatten and place them in an oven dish. Spray the patties with vegetable oil. Bake for 20 minutes, turning halfway through the baking time, just until the vegetables are tender. Serve with tzatziki.

MAKE AHEAD: Grate the vegetables early in the day but keep them covered with water and refrigerated. Drain well, then prepare.

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Turkey Chili with Kidney Beans

I just found my family’s favourite chili recipe!! I took this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated “The Best Light Recipe”. My kids really liked the little turkey balls hidden inside the chili. If you can’t find ground turkey, you can substitute with ground chicken. Garnishes, such as diced tomato, diced avocado, sliced scallions, shredded low-fat cheddar cheese, low-fat sour cream, and chopped cilantro, are a nice addition.

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2 medium onions, minced
1 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 – 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt
2 pounds 93 percent lean ground turkey
2 (15-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 limes, cut into wedges (for serving)

1. Combine the onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, oregano, cayenne, oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large Dutch oven. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes.
2. Add half the turkey and increase the heat to medium-high; cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink and just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the beans, diced tomatoes with their juices, crushed tomatoes, broth, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the chili has begun to thicken, about 1 hour.
3. Following the illustration, see below, pat the remaining 1 pound of turkey together into a ball, then pinch off teaspoon-size pieces of meat and stir them into the chili. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is tender and the chili is rich and slightly thickened, about 40 minutes longer (if the chili begins to stick to the bottom of the pot, stir in 1/2 cup water). Season with salt to taste. Serve with the lime wedges and garnishes if desired. (The chili can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to a month.)

SERVES 8
Per 1 1/2 cup serving: Cal 340; Fat 10g; Carb 34g; Protein 32g; Fiber 9g

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Ranch Dressing

I love this ranch dressing. It’s awesome on the “Southwestern Salad with Ranch Salsa Dressing” recipe that is also on this blog. I have also used this dressing as a dip for a vegetable platter. This recipe is taken from “The Best of Rose Reisman” by Rose Reisman.

Rose has added a tip of using a mixture of milk and lemon juice if you did not want to use buttermilk.

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1/3 cup (80 ml) reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup (125 ml) buttermilk (or mix 1/2 cup/125 ml 2% milk with 2 tsp/10 ml lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes)
1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon mustard
4 tsp (20 ml) lemon juice
Pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) crushed garlic
1 1/2 tsp (7.5 ml) sugar

1. Whisk mayonnaise,buttermilk, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper, garlic and sugar until combined.

MAKE AHEAD: Refrigerate for up to 3 days
MAKES: 1 cup
CALORIES: 18 (1 Tbsp/15 ml)