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Asian Quinoa Slaw Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

Yum! I really liked this salad. I do wish however I had purple cabbage to add more colour. This salad is super easy to make, especially if you have a food processor to help you. In a pinch you could buy the package of pre-cut coleslaw.

I did not add the black sesame seeds. I cut up cashews and added to the top instead of mixing them in. You can also substitute almonds if you wish.

Shredded chicken or pork would be an excellent addition to this salad.

I found this recipe on Pinterest, which lead me to the website thekitchengirl.com.

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6 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup cooked Quinoa
1 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped cashews
1 Tbsp toasted black sesame seeds
2 finely chopped green onions
1/2 cup Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette (see recipe below)

1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, cooked Quinoa, carrots, cilantro, cashews, sesame seeds and green onions; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. To serve, toss in sesame ginger vinaigrette

SESAME GINGER VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 finely grated garlic clove
1 Tbsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, canola oil, sesame oil, Ginger, garlic, honey, salt and pepper; cover, refrigerate.
Makes 3/4 cup

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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 and Hoisin Fried Rice

We love this fried rice recipe.  It’s super easy to make.  You can also prepare this a day in advance and just reheat in a skillet over low heat to warm through.

I pounded my chicken flat and browned it in a skillet. I also cooked the rice according to package directions. I always use basmati rice for this recipe.

I took this recipe from my favorite cookbook, “The Complete Light Kitchen” by Rose Reisman.

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1 cup long-grain rice
2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1/3 cup chicken stock
3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
2/3 cup chopped carrots
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup diced red pepper
1 cup diced snow peas
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
2 green onions, chopped

1. Bring 1 1/4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the rice. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 12 minutes. Remove from the heat. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Cool.
2. While the rice is cooking, preheat the barbecue or a non- stick grill pan to medium-high and spray with cooking oil. Cook the chicken for 6 minutes per side, or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Dice and set aside.
3. Whisk the stock, soy sauce and hoisin sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
4. Cook the carrots in a pot of boiling water until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain.
5. Spray a non-stick wok or large skillet with cooking oil, add vegetable oil and place over high heat. Add the red peppers, snow peas, garlic, ginger and carrots; cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the cooled rice and cook, stirring for 2 minutes longer. Stir in the stock mixture and the chicken. Cook for 1 minute longer, until heated through.
6. Serve immediately, garnished with green onions.
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Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

Chef Michael Smith states that this dish is an all-time favourite of his family, in his cookbook “The Best of Chef at Home”, and I can clearly see why.

I really loved this recipe. I especially loved all the greens added in, with the sweet potatoes and the chickpeas. The flavours of the coconut milk and the peanut butter are amazing.

I served my curry with rice since it is very rich.

I used low-fat coconut milk and low-fat peanut butter with great results. I also just used one sweet potato, but it was rather large.

I also used green Thai curry paste. I did not find this recipe to be overly spicy, so I would add more next time. Yellow Thai curry paste is the mildest, red is a bit spicier and green is the spiciest.

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A splash of vegetable oil
1 large onion, diced
3 or 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
A small knob of frozen ginger
1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Thai curry paste
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
One 19oz (540 ml) can of chickpeas
One 14oz (398 ml) can of coconut milk
1 cup (250 ml) of orange juice
1/2 cup (125 ml) of peanut butter or any other nut butter
A sprinkle or two of sea salt
1 cup (250 ml) or so of frozen green peas
Several handfuls of baby spinach
A bunch of chopped cilantro

1. Add a splash or two of vegetable oil to a stockpot over medium-high heat. Toss in the onion and garlic and sauté them until they’re lightly browned, about 5 minutes or so.
2. Grate the frozen ginger into the pan with a microplane grater or standard box grater and add the Thai curry paste. Continue cooking until the spices are heated through and fragrant, another few minutes.
3. Add the sweet potatoes, chickpeas, coconut milk, orange juice, peanut butter and salt. Bring to a simmer, lower the heat and continue simmering until the sweet potatoes are tender,about 30 minutes. Stir in the peas, spinach and cilantro. Serve over rice.

MAKES 6 to 8 SERVINGS

Asian Sticky Chicken

This recipe is from “Bravo!” by The Best of Bridge.  I used chicken thighs but you could just as easily use chicken breasts that are pounded flat.  I served this dish with rice and stir fried vegetables.

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8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
All-purpose flour
1 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange juice
3 Tbsp liquid honey
3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tsp rice or cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp minced ginger root
1 tsp cornstarch
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
4 green onions, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking dish.
2. Dust chicken with flour. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown chicken and transfer to baking dish. 3. In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, honey, hoisin sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and cornstarch.
4. Pour over chicken. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip chicken over, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake for 15 minutes or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced. Serve sprinkled with green onions.
SERVES 4

Chicken Teriyaki over Rotini

I took this recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks,”The Complete Light Kitchen” by Rose Reisman.

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The peppers can be changed to other vegetables such as broccoli, mushrooms, or sugar snap peas.  The chicken can be substituted as well to beef or pork. Make this a vegetarian dish by using firm tofu instead of chicken.

I used sugar snap peas since I could not find snow peas.  I cooked the whole box of rotini, and my family of 5 ate it all! They really love this dish.

I made the sauce ahead of time.  I also cut up the vegetables and the chicken.  Having this prepared made dinner easy and quick to cook.

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12 oz rotini

3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger

12 oz skinless boneless chicken breast (about 3 breasts), cubed
3 Tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup thinly sliced red bell peppers
1 cup thinly sliced yellow bell peppers
1 cup halved snow peas
2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro or parsley

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the rotini for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender but firm. Drain.
2. Combine the sugar, vinegar, water, soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch, garlic and ginger together in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
3. Dust the chicken cubes with the cornstarch. Spray a wok or large non-stick skillet with cooking oil, add the vegetable oil and place over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 3 minutes or until browned but not yet cooked through. Add the red and yellow pepper, snow peas and sesame seeds. Cook for 3 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked through and the vegetables are tender crisp. Add the sauce and cook for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
4. Toss the pasta with the chicken-vegetable mixture in a large serving bowl. Serve immediately garnished with cilantro.

Stir-fried Broccoli and Red Peppers with Peanut Sauce

I found this recipe in The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook.  I took it out from the library, but seriously 2 weeks just isn’t enough time for this gigantic book!  I am glad I found this recipe though, since I LOVED it!

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I made the sauce ahead of time and kept it in the fridge until I was ready to use it later at dinner.  The sauce calls for 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.  I used 1/4 teaspoon, but next time I would add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon as it needed more heat.

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I also used 2 red peppers. I did not weigh my broccoli to see if it measured 10 ounces. I used 2 stalks. The recipe states it serves 4 to 6, but my husband and I gobbled the whole thing up between the two of us!

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I served my stir fry with basmati rice and marinated teriyaki chicken.

SAUCE
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon grated lime zest plus 1 tablespoon juice
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

VEGETABLES
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch strips
10 ounces broccoli florets, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1. FOR THE SAUCE: Whisk all ingredients together in small bowl until smooth.
2. FOR THE VEGETABLES: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until shimmering, 2 to 3 minutes. Add red pepper and broccoli and cook, stirring every 10 to 15 seconds, until just barely tender, about 2 minutes. Clear center of skillet; add remaining 1 teaspoon oil, garlic, and ginger and cook, mashing mixture into pan, until fragrant, 15 to 20 seconds. Stir mixture into vegetables. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in sauce mixture. Simmer to heat through and blend flavours, about 1 minute. Serve immediately.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I love the crunchy texture of the chicken with the crispy lettuce. This recipe was taken from The Best of Bridge “The Rest of the Best and More”. I have been making this recipe for years. I always dice chicken breast, but in the pictures posted I used equal parts ground chicken thigh with diced chicken breast.

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SAUCE
3/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp liquid honey
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp sesame oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp freshly grated ginger

WRAPS
2 boneless chicken breasts
1/3 cup grated carrot
2 green onions, diagonally sliced
1 cup dry steam-fried noodles
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
1 head iceberg lettuce, separated into whole leaves, core removed

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1. In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, blend sauce ingredients. Set aside to cool. Poach chicken in a small amount of water until no longer pink. Cool. Cut each breast in half horizontally and then dice to about 1/4″ (6 mm). In medium bowl, toss chicken, carrots and onion with enough sauce to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes. Add noodles and peanuts, gently toss with more sauce to coat.

TO SERVE: Set out lettuce and chicken mixture. Let guests wrap their own. Serve extra sauce on the side.

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