Friday, June 26, 2015

Low-Sodium Coleslaw

This is my instant slaw recipe - skipping the marinate.

Got to love it when it's fast. Faster than driving to KFC.

6 cup shredded cabbage
1 tbsp shredded carrot
1 cup mayo
2 tbsp vinegar (prefer apple cider vinegar)
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp Splenda
1/2 tsp celery salt
Dash of ground pepper

  1. Sprinkle celery salt on vegetables and rub until soft.
  2. Stand for 10 min
  3. Squeeze out excess liquid. (If too salty, rinse with drinking water and squeeze out the liquid.)
  4. Mix in other ingredients.
  5. Toss well.
  6. Refrigerate for an hour or marinate overnight.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Salmon Au Miso

This was a self-taught recipe after eating at popular restaurant in Hawaii. Miso was on everything. But when it was roasted, the sweetness brings out from the naturally fermented soy beans. I shared this recipe with my mom. That was why there is a Chinese version.

2 lb. Fresh Salmon
 2/1 cup Miso, any color or type
 1/4 cup Sake rice wine
 Soy Sauce, Sugar, Salt and pepper to taste

Baked miso has aroma that will blend well with salmon
  1. Cut salmon into portion sizes 
  2. Salt fish with salt, lightly, on both sides. 
  3. Let sit for 30 minutes to draw out excess water. 
  4. Combine all ingredients and marinate fish overnight. 
  5. Bake fish on a sheet pan at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until edges begin to brown. 

食譜: 味增鮭魚 - Chinese Version

2 lb. 新鮮鮭魚
1/4 杯日本米酒或米醋

1- 把魚切成食用大小。抹一些鹽﹐過半小時後﹐去水。
2- 把魚加入所有的調味料﹐放入塑膠袋密封。
3- 醃泡一夜。第二天晚上﹐連同滷汁一起去烤箱烤。
4- 設定350度﹐烤10-15分鐘。烤到邊緣開始成褐色。

Originally posted on Not-so-Secret Potluck Recipes

Monday, June 15, 2015

Orange Dream Cake

Got this recipe from a coworker who love to bake this cake. She got the recipe from a cookbook. So, here is my version with photos.

1 Box White Cake Mix and everything you need as required
1 Box Orange Flavored Jello
1 Cup Water, boiling
1/2 cup water, cold
From bottom left: 
Bake the cake as directed on the box.
Spread the frosting on the prepared cake

Orange Frosting: 
1/2 bag of orange flavored Kool-aid
2 tsp water
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tub Cool Whip


  1. Bake the cake in 1/4 sheet pan as directed on the box. 
  2. Leave the cake in the pan. 
  3. Cool on the rack. 
  4. Pour boiling water into Jello powder, stir until dissolved. Then, add cold water to cool. 
  5. Poke holes with thick end of chopstick on the cake. 
  6. Spoon Jello liquid over the cake and into the holes. 
  7. When cooled completely, ice with orange frosting. 

Courtesy of a cooking pal in Hawaii, originally posted on Sat Nov 12, 2005 2:27 pm 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sugar-Free Vietnamese Pickles

If you like the taste of daikon pickle at a Vietnamese restaurant, you could try this recipe without worrying about raising your blood sugar.

1 cup carrot strips
1 cup daikon strips
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp Splenda
1 cup vinegar
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 cup water
Refreshing flavor to enjoy at anytime
  1. Rub the salt on carrot and daikon and let stand for 30 minutes. 
  2. Rinse off the salt with drinking water. 
  3. Drain completely. 
  4. Pour the rest into container 
  5. Toss frequently 
  6. Ready to serve in 2 hours; better tasting pickles takes overnight

Originally posted on pbase.

Poorman's Cold Noodles

Cheapest dish that is known to Chinese kitchen.

2 cups chow mien noodles
2 tbsp of sesame oil
1 tbsp diced green onions
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp light soy sauce or Aloha Shoyu

Great for hot summer days


  1. Boil 4 cups of water, add noodles. 
  2. Drain them then rinse the noodle under cold water.
  3. Heat a pan with sesame oil. 
  4. Remove from heat. 
  5. Stir in diced green onions, chopped garlic, soy sauce. 
  6. Pour over cold noodles and stir evenly.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Cauliflower in Sundrenched Days

This is one simplest recipe and great for potluck. It doesn't cost much and everyone loves finger food and delicious vegetables with lots flavors and endless conversation.  Although Kraft stopped producing Sun Dried Tomato Dressing, you can use any oil-based salad dressings. The blanching technique is to keep cauliflower crunchy and retain the vitamins without over-boiling it.
Most of salad dressings can be used as marinate

1 head Fresh Cauliflower
8 oz Oil-based Dressing (half bottle)
3 qt boiling water 
4 qt iced cold water

  1. Cut cauliflower into bite sizes.
  2. Rinse well.
  3. Bring a pot of water to boil, enough water to cover the entire head of cauliflower.
  4. Dunk the vegetable and cover.
  5. Remove from heat and soak for 10 minutes.
  6. Drain and remove the vegetable immediately. 
  7. Dunk them into the iced cold water.
  8. Once the vegetable is cooled to room temperature, remove from cold water and drain well.
  9. Pour salad dressing into the bowl. Toss cauliflower pieces until they are evenly coated. 
  10. Ready to serve.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Fiscal Cliff Deadline Wings

This was the one-of-a-kind hot wing dish - not fried, but baked wings. On 12/31/12, there was nothing to watch on TV, because every news channel was showing the sudden change in personal income tax laws in 2013.

I thought, "gee, if the time really gets bad, let's have some fun with whatever I could find in my kitchen."

My "Fiscal Cliff Deadline Wings" recipe was born.

8 Chicken Wings, Parted
1/4 tsp Liquid Smoke
1/2 tbsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Crushed Hot Peppers
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1 Orange, crushed

BBQ Sauce: (if you don't have 1 cup of BBQ Sauce)
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Ketchup
2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
They go well with toasted garlic bread. You can make it an appetizer or a late night snack.

  1. Marinate the wings with liquid smoke, paprika, hot peppers and salt in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. In a pan, heat the BBQ sauce ingredients and mix in crushed orange and its juice over medium heat until bubbling. Turn to simmer.
  3. Heat oven to 400.
  4. Lay chicken parts on a greased cooking pan. Bake for 40 min. Flip them and bake for another 10 min.
  5. Remove the wings immediately and dunk them into the hot sauce mixture.
  6. Toss to coat and ready to serve.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Miso Chicken Breast

1 de-boned chicken breast
1/2 cup Zinfandel
3 tbsp miso paste
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
5 sliced jalapeno
Miso has extra aroma after cooking

Marinate all ingredients overnight
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Bake 20 minutes uncovered.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Turkey Taco

Turkey taco for dinner - it's so easy to make, but a little time consuming in preparing everything initially.

  1. Follow the directions on this McCormick Chicken Taco seasoning. 
  2. Add extra cumin and oregano. 
  3. Shred lettuce, cut some tomatoes and cilantro.
  4. Heat corn tortillas and ready to the assembly line. 
  5. Top them off with some Taco Bell Fire Sauce to taste like in restaurant. 

Originally from Instagram
Ground turkey @ $2.79/lb. #vegetabletarian #homemade #healthy