Asian, Fish & Seafood, Lent, Quick Dinner

Sweet Sticky Swai !

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I love cooking fish.  It is quick and easy and healthy.  Of late, I have become a huge fan of Swai.  The fillets tend to be a little larger than tilapia, with the same mild flavor.  Here is an Asian twist on your regular old fish fillet.

Ingredients:

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2Tbsp of cornstarch

3 Tbsp of honey and soy sauce

Zest of half an orange

1Tbsp of sambal

1tsp of ground ginger

1tsp of white pepper

Sesame seeds for garnish

Method:

Sprinkle (through a sifter for better coverage) cornstarch over the fish, make sure you get both sides.

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Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, thoroughly.

Arrange the fillets in a skillet, snugly.  You want it to be cozy with the sauce.

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Pour the sauce over the fillets

Bake at 375 for 15-20mins, till the fillets are flakey and cooked through.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve hot with veggies of your choice.

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Fish & Seafood, Quick Dinner

Sweet and Spicy Citrus Tilapia

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Yes, I admit it, I am hooked on to pinterest.  So when I came across a new tilapia recipe I just had to make it.  It is different, fresh and yummy !

Ingredients:

4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets

Cooking spray

1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 teaspoon paprika

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Method:

1. Arrange fish in a single layer in a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Combine orange juice and next 9 ingredients (through garlic); pour over fish. Let stand 15 minutes.

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2. Preheat broiler.

3. Sprinkle fish with paprika; broil 15 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Drizzle sauce over fish.

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Asian, Quick Dinner, Sides

Super Speedy Stirfry

You have frozen vegetables.  The boring microwave kind that taste more like water filled sponges than anything.  So this is what you do.  With a few ingredients that are either sitting on your pantry shelf or a few bucks at the store, you can get this lovely healthy asian style veggie stirfry.  This is how it goes….

Ingredients

Your choice of frozen veggies-I had carrots, peas, broccoli, waterchestnuts and sugar snap peas.

1/4 cup orange marmalade

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 Tbsp red pepper flakes

1tsp of ground ginger

Adjust salt and pepper at the very end

Garnish with chopped scallions and sesame seeds

Method:

Microwave all the vegetables and warm them through.  Set them aside in a pot.

In the mean time mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and microwave it for 5mins till the jam becomes runny.

Stir in the sauce into the vegetables and simmer for a few minutes till all the vegetables and sauce has combined properly.

Garnish and serve warm with rice or noodles or just as is.

Dinner, Meat, Salad

Steak Salad Platter

I did not grow up eating beef.  As a result, I am really shaky about cooking steak and even buying the right cuts of meat.  But I still try.  I think I have nailed down the beef stews, mostly because I get a lot of help from the slow cooking process.  So this past week I took the challenge of cooking steak.  I cheated and bought 1lb of shaved steak (the cut you would use for steak sandwiches) and tried to work with it.  Much to my pleasure it came out really good ! Also, the roasted vegetables made their last appearance in this recipe.  Enjoy !

Marinading the steak:

1 lb of shaved steak

1/8 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1Tbsp of thyme (dried or fresh)

a few dashes of garlic powder and black pepper

Use all of the above ingredients and marinade the steak for about 2hrs.  Marinade in a ziploc bag and rub in the marinade into the meat.

While the steak marinades, cut up 1 medium onion and 1lb of mushrooms and saute them till deep brown.

Season with salt and pepper at the very end, this way the water will not come out during the cooking and the mushrooms and onions will get a chance to brown up.

Next in a wide frying pan, fry the steak to desired doneness, I like it well done.  Once the steak is almost done, add the mushrooms and onions and fry together

I like to serve the salad on a big board with the ingredients separately so that you can build it according to your choice.  There is plenty on flavor and juices in the steak and the roasted vegetables so I did not use a dressing but feel free to use you favourite dressing.

Serve warm or at room temperature.  Garlic bread and glass of red wine would make it a complete dinner !

Asian, Quick Dinner

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli.

Chinese take out is one of the most convenient meals–it is fast, yummy and comforting and also extremely unhealthy.  Just because the food comes with lots of veggies and a good amount of protein, does not mean its good for you.  The sauces are oily and high in sugar content.  So I came up with recipe.  It is fast and super tasty.  I will make this meal at least twice a month (if not more), it reheats really well so you can make a large batch and portion it out and freeze it.  The basic recipe can be modified and you can include pork, beef, shrimp or even scallops.  As for vegetables, you can use mushrooms, babycorn, peppers, chestnuts and the list goes on.

Ingredients:

Note: The good things about this recipe is that as long you have all the components it always turns out great.  So depending on the amount chicken you have and how you like your sauce you can adjust the quantity of the ingredients

1 lb of chicken tenders ( cut into pieces)

1 16oz bag of broccoli

2 Tbsp of cornstarch or flour

4 Tbsp of soy sauce

3 Tbsp of Honey

2 Tbsp of ginger paste

2 Tbsp of minced garlic

red pepper flakes ( as hot as you like it)

salt and pepper (to taste–keep in mind that soy sauce is salty)

1 Tbsp of sesame seeds

Method:

Toss the chicken pieces in cornstarch with  a little bit salt and pepper and fry till brown in a little bit of olive oil.

Set the chicken aside and in the same pot, add ginger, garlic soy sauce and honey and stir to combine.  Be quick because the sugars in the honey could burn.

Add the broccoli a little bit of water and allow for the sauce to coat the broccoli.

Add back the chicken.  At this point you may need to add a few more dashes of soy sauce, water and honey to allow for some more sauce to stick to the chicken as well

Taste for salt and pepper

Add red pepper flakes sesame seeds, toss and serve hot with rice !

move over take out !