Sunday, May 14, 2017

Non-Dairy Chocolate Panna Cotta


This non-dairy panna cotta is quick and easy to make. I found the recipe on the Guittard website. It calls for ingredients that are pantry staples at our house, so it's an easy weeknight dessert. Melt ingredients together, strain and chill. What could be easier? Honestly, you could even skip the straining step. I use coconut sugar for a low-glycemic version.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Homemade Aloe Water


Aloe water is everywhere it seems. But most of the bottled versions are too sweet for my taste. Try this easy recipe to make it yourself. Aloe is a gooey viscous substance, which is why we mix it with coconut water. Try adding a few tablespoons to your morning smoothie for health benefits for your skin, liver, digestive tract and more.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Coconut Chicken Curry



I tore this recipe out of a magazine years ago and probably made it only once.  When a friend asked me to teach him how to cook a simple chicken curry, this recipe seemed like a good bet. First of all, it does not require any exotic ingredients beyond curry powder and coconut milk which makes it a good quick prep choice for a weeknight. It's a classic type of curry with a generous amount of sauce--perfect for serving over rice. Also, there are enough vegetables to make it a one pot meal.

The recipe makes enough for a family, or to consume over several days if you are cooking for yourself. My youngest child is a fan (that's his messy plate above), so I'm putting this on high rotation.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Aussie Bites



We tried these little gems for the first time at an inn in Guerneville, California. The hostess mentioned that they were Ozzie Bites purchased from Costco. I was intrigued because they were gluten-free. After our trip Google helped me determine that they were actually Aussie Bites and helped me find this well-researched recipe.

Of course, I can't follow a recipe to save my life and this is no exception. I replaced half the honey with maple syrup to lower the FODMAP quotient and changed out apricots for dates and pepitas for sunflower seeds to match what I had on hand. My husband declared them excellent!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Seared Salmon and Noodles in Coconut-Ginger Broth



For a restaurant quality weeknight meal with little fuss, try this recipe. It's a good way to prepare salmon with Asian flavors. And as a one pot meal, it simplifies dinner preparation tremendously. Broccolini can be substituted for bok choy. Make the effort to grate the ginger root as it is a key flavor in this dish.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Green Coconut Curry



You can make this dish with chicken, as the recipe suggests, but for the rendition pictured above I used tilapia. I like to use Thai Kitchen Green Curry paste which comes in little jars in the international foods aisle in the grocery store. If you can find kaffir lime leaves, use 4 of them instead of the lime zest.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Asian Flavors Cucumber Salad



A classic salad that makes the most of crisp cucumbers that can otherwise be boring. We enjoy this with dumplings or tofu dishes. Sometimes salting the cucumbers releases a lot of liquid and other times, not so much. It really helps to dry them carefully in a towel before making the salad or the excess moisture will dilute the dressing.