Vegetarian Pad Thai

Who can resist Pad Thai? This recipe is a home-made vegetarian version of the much loved Thai dish. It has all of the sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors that you crave – and you don’t have to leave the house to enjoy it!

Sushi Bowl

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If you are a fan of sushi, this is a great way to experience all of your favorite sushi ingredients, without all of the tricky rolling. The rice forms the base of this bowl and then you add all of those great sushi toppings, like avocado, nori and edamame. I like to use marinated tofu as the protein for this bowl, but you can also use some salmon broiled with teriyaki sauce. Top the bowl with some panko crunch, spicy mayo and some extra soy sauce or teriyaki sauce. This recipe is more of a formula than an exact recipe, so use your favorite veggies and toppings.

Chicken Chow Mein

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I make a lot of chicken soup for my family and the big question is always what to do with the soup chicken. I learned this recipe from my mother, who did not like to waste anything. She would take leftover cooked chicken from soup, in particular the chicken breasts and make this east chicken chow mein, which we all loved! Make this your own by adding your favorite veggies to the mix.
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Imagine coming home after a long day to a tender BBQ beef sandwich. This slow cooker meal is so easy and you wont believe how much flavor these sandwiches have. All you have to do is chop some onions and pour some wine and soy sauce over it and let it cook while you work or play and finish it off with an easy BBQ sauce. These are delicious served on a crusty ciabatta bun alongside my lemony slaw.

Hot and Sour Soup

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Every time I go to a Chinese Restaurant, I order their hot and sour soup. There is something about the spicy and sour flavors along with the warm broth that makes me want it over and over again. I have played around with many versions of hot and sour soup, to try to get the flavors right without requiring exotic hard to find ingredients and hours of work, and right now, this is the one I am making most. Feel free to add additional ingredients that you love in your hot and sour soup!

Chinese Fried Rice

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This is one of those takeout foods that taste even better at home. The best thing about Chinese fried rice is the combination of the flavorful Asian seasoned rice with shitakes, fried egg and small carrots and peas, all in one bite! This has all the great Chinese takeout flavor without the added grease.

Kale, Coconut and Tofu Salad

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This is a true superfood salad – the good oils of coconut, tofu for protein, brown rice for some body and, of course, kale. This simple but flavorful dressing if olive oil, sesame oil and soy sauce brings the dish together for a healthy and flavorful dinner salad. Serve it right away to take advantage of the great crunch of the roasted kale and coconut. (Adapted from Food and Wine Magazine)

Thai Curry Raamen Bowl

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I love a good Raamen bowl, especially on a winter evening. This homemade version with the warm flavors of coconut milk, curry paste and shitake mushrooms, the crunch of bok choy and snow peas along and their bright colors, makes for a both delicious and beautiful dinner. You can pick your favorite protein for this bowl: for a vegan version, use tofu, or add shredded leftover chicken or thinly sliced beef.

Moo Shu at Home

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I remember ordering this at our local Chinese restaurant as a kid – it was so fun to spread the plum sauce over the pancakes and then add as much of the filling as I wanted to each pancake. This is a vegetarian version, which features crunchy veggies, a delicious Asian sauce and tofu or chicken, for some added protein. You can feel free to swap out the tofu for chicken or another protein. I don’t have time to make my own chineese crepes, so I use warmed tortillas, but you can also make these in lettuce cups… Let each eater shmear their tortilla with their favorite teriyaki sauce, fill with the veggie filling and roll up and enjoy!

Egg Drop Soup

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My kids love egg drop soup! This one is healthy and fresh – and tastes nothing like some of the goopy versions you may have had at a Chinese restaurant. And the best part is that you can throw this together in a few minutes while you are preparing the rest of your dinner.