This is not your Nona’s lasagna, but this is MY version of Lasagna, a version I’ve made and fed my growing boys so many many times. My older son Adam at 3 used to call it ‘Pisania’ “Mom I love Pisania” lol This recipe is basic, but you can add and subtract ingredients to change it up!
Whoever said that Chicken soup is good for the soul is spot on. These three Chicken soup recipes with vegetarian options are like a warm hug on a cold day. These 3 recipes are made very easily and can be stored in mason jars for a wonderful light meal all week long. I grab whatever soup I fancy and bring it to work and at lunchtime, all I have to do is reheat in the microwave and enjoy!
The first soup is a Sweet Corn soup also known as the Chicken sweet corn for a non vegetarian version. This soup is a favourite in every Chinese restaurant and it’s so easy to make, my mom would make this for us all the time. If you like seafood, this is also super delicious with crab meat.
The next recipe is a Thai Coconut Rice & Mushroom soup, again, with or without Chicken. Lemongrass and Thai Red Curry paste is the star in the soup and is made hearty with Mushrooms and Rice.
And finally who doesn’t love a good old fashioned Chicken Noodle soup. The stock is enhanced with Garlic and diced Carrots & Celery make this super colourful. Cooked Pasta is added to the broth together with some fresh Parsley. This soup is not cooked for long to prevent the veggies from losing their vibrancy and crunch. Again, Chicken is optional.
My friend Viola Gardonis is famous for her Beef Sandwiches. Wherever she goes, there is a tray of neatly cut triangles with a delicious creamy filling. She told me they were super simple to make and sent me the recipe, you know the kind with no weights or measures! I never really felt the need to make them as Vee as we call her is always the sandwich queen and I don’t want to step on her toes, however when she said she couldn’t make our picnic, I decided to give her recipe a go.
I developed the recipe just going by memory of it’s incredible taste. This filling is mildly spiced and is made creamy with Mayonnaise and Mustard that I added for a little kick. I also worked with a half ground and half shredded meat texture so you get something to chew in the sandwich.
I’ve been to Mexico several times, granted most times in the walled comfort of an all inclusive. With every visit, we made a point to visit the sights and eat the local food as well, after all you don’t really know a country until you’ve tasted it’s local cusine. Sadly I never really tried this street style corn till I tried it at a Mexican restaurant El Local Loco here in downtown Toronto. Corn is cooked then roasted, smothered in Mayo and topped with spices and cheese – what’s not to love?
A little recipe research and development and a new fave was born. When served this at the restaurant, they only topped one side with a dollop of stuff and presented the stalk with the husk but it had been cut off which I thought was weird. I prefer to get the topping all over the corn, so every bite has maximum flavour. I also pulled the husk back and tied it so you can use it as a handle to eat your corn.
Summer screams for Hot Dogs and this year I’m giving these humble Hot Dogs a gourmet spin. Just using toppings, I made a Thai Red Curry Dog, Nacho Dog and a Shawarma Dog. I used Chicken Franks in these recipes, but you could use Beef or Pork sausage as well and instead of a flimsy hot dog bun, I’m using crusty Baguettinis!
Using simple ingredients like Red Curry sauce, crispy Mama noodles, Thai Basil, Cheese, Jalapenos, Salsa, Sour cream Tahini sauce, Pickled Turnips & Parsley, turn an ordinary hot dog into something quite extraordinary!
If you love Kimchi, you’re definitely going to LOVE this Kimchi fried rice. Kimchi typically made with cabbage but not exclusively. It is brined and fermented. Recently my friend Chef Sang Kim popped into my kitchen and showed me how to prepare Kimchi. It’s a bit of work, but once done you have a large batch to enjoy or share with family and friends. Check out that video here –
Once you have some Kimchi whether it’s home-made or store bought, Kimchi fried rice is merely a few delicious steps away.
Tangdi in it’s simplest translation means leg and refers to the leg of a Chicken. This BBQ Chicken preparation is either marinated in a cream base(Kalmi), Red spice blend(Tandoori) or a Green spice blend(Hara). Sometimes, just the drumstick is served and other times you will get the drumstick and the thigh together.
India & Pakistan and the surrounding countries are famous for these kekabs with their delicious smoked taste that is traditionally cooked in a tandoor. Most people don’t have tandoors in their homes, so I’m going to cook this on my BBQ. You can also use a frying pan or the oven.
I first tried Vietnamese Spring Rolls more than 10 years ago when one of my Asian co-workers brought in a large platter for a potluck. It was a very traditional filling with Shrimp and it was love at first bite. Since that day. I always have rice paper wraps in my pantry. They are inexpensive and can be so easily customized. I’ve made the traditional Shrimp version so many times but for a change I wanted to try Smoked Salmon. This one is a winner. Not only is it big on taste with the Salmon and fresh herbs but it’s also a NO COOK recipe, something I so very rarely do.
These Vietnamese Spring rolls are packed with Spinach, Smoked Salmon, Cucumber sticks, spiced Bean noodles and topped with fresh Mint, Coriander & Thai Basil. It’s served with a spicy & tart dipping sauce.
Follow my YouTube video for tips and tricks to making these and you’re off to the races!
These rolls are filling and also healthy. I recently took a batch with me to a friend’s house to enjoy after a brisk walk. They loved the rolls and absolutely adored the dipping sauce as well!