Bamboo and Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf (Gluten-Free)

This Asian flavored quinoa pilaf can also be made in a rice cooker (Just dump everything in the rice cooker and turn on the switch). The quinoa contains more protein and is lower in the glycemic index. Chinese or Japanese grocery stores sell various types of mushrooms for less if there is one in your […]

Corn and Vegetable Salad with Sweet Chili Vinaigrette

This simple corn salad is enhanced by the Asian inspired sweet and spicy vinaigrette. It is a perfect accompaniment to your potluck or BBQ outing. It tastes much better if you use fresh corn. Please enjoy it while it is still warm enough to do barbecue! Ingredients: Vinaigrette: 2 tsp apple cider vinegar or brown […]

Spicy Eggplant and Green Bean Stir Fry

This spicy vegan Chinese dish can be served as a side dish or you can add drained tofu and serve as a main dish. Ingredients: 1 large eggplant or 2 Japanese eggplants 1 cup green beans, cut into 2-inch length 1 Tbsp sesame oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 tsp ginger, minced 1 Tbsp rice […]

Asian Asparagus and Sugar Snap Pea Stir Fry

This side dish is very easy to make and is full of fiber and valuable nutrients. It goes with a variety of main dishes.  I added corn for more colors, but if you are on a low-carb diet, please eliminate it.  You can also add other vegetables, such as onions, mushrooms, and summer squashes. Ingredients: […]

Asian Coleslaw (Dairy Free)

Today I whipped up this simple coleslaw using Japanese and Thai ingredients. If you’d like to try something different from a usual mayo-based coleslaw, please try this for your next summer gathering! Ingredients: 5 cups cabbage, shredded 2 carrots, shredded 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 3 green onions, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 2 Tbsp […]

Quinoa with Sweet Potatoes and Hijiki

In Japan, sometimes people cook rice with sweet potatoes and hijiki, so I thought why not making it with quinoa instead of rice? It is lower in glycemic index (GI) and contains more protein and fiber. Hijiki is a type of seaweed that is popular in Japan, but you can also use a different type […]

Asian Flavored Roasted Vegetables

This recipe is a no-brainer. Once you chop all the vegetables and mix with a simple sauce, the oven takes care of the rest. You can get a lot of vitamins, minerals and fiber from all the wonderful veggies. It’s versatile too. Basically, you can use any vegetables you have or like. Ingredients: 8 cups […]

Agedashi Tofu Baked in Toaster Oven (Gluten-Free)

I never make deep-fried food at home. It’s not that I don’t care for deep-fried food. While it’s true that it’s not very healthy to use a lot of omega-6 oil in your cooking, there are times I really crave for deep fried foods, such as shrimp and vegetable tempura, fish fry, and fried calamari. […]

Cabbage, Tofu and Tuna Stir Fry

When I visited a friend of mine in Washington DC last year, she made this for supper one day. I don’t normally eat tuna but decided to recreate it because it was so simple to make and delicious. I made slight changes to my friend’s original recipe. Note on Tuna: Please avoid canned white (Albacore) […]

Roasted Asian Sugar Snap Peas

This is a super simple side dish that requires very little work. It’s sweet and tastes really good. I put down that this is for 2 people (could be for 3 or 4 people depending on the amount of other dishes you serve), but I have to admit I ate the whole thing all by […]

Chinese Napa Cabbage Salad (Gluten-Free)

This recipe was inspired by California Pizza Kitchen’s Chinese Chicken Salad. I made it gluten-free and eliminated the chicken, but if you eat chicken, you can add a barbecued chicken on top and make it a main dish. When you chop an entire napa cabbage, it may seem like a lot, but once you add […]

Szechuan Green Beans and Tofu

I felt like I needed some protein and some spiciness today, so I created this simple Chinese dish for my supper. You can also make it without tofu or use other protein, such as chicken, beef or shrimp. Ingredients: 1/2 block tofu (7.5 oz or 200 g) (I used organic sprouted tofu) 12  oz (350 […]