Thai Fish Curry

This is a recipe I got from Chef’s Plate and I LOVE this one. It’s got great flavour, it’s super easy to prepare, and it’s fantastic for chilly days! I hope you enjoy it also.

Thai Fish Curry
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2

2 basa fillets (or white fish of choice, tilapia works also)
4oz couscous
165ml coconut milk
1 red onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 roma tomato, roughly chopped
2oz snow peas, string removed and halved
1 lime, zest and juice
1/2oz coconut flakes
1 red or green chili (or dried chilies), or to taste, de-seeded and thinly sliced (leave seeds in for more spice)
Salt & Pepper
1/4 cup water
Oil
Cilantro (optional)

Curry spice mix:
2g ground coriander
2g paprika
2g ground cumin
2g ground turmeric

Preheat medium soup pot on medium high heat until hot – do not add oil. Add coconut flakes and toast until golden brown, approx. 2-3 minutes. Set aside in small dish until ready to serve.

Add 2 tsp oil to soup pot, and heat over medium high heat until hot. Add red onion, red bell pepper, roma tomato, curry spice mix, and red/green chili. Cook for 5 minutes until onions are soft and spices are fragrant. Season with salt to taste.

Pat basa fillets dry with paper towel, and season with salt and pepper. Cut into 1″ strips.

Add coconut milk, basa fillets, and 1/4 cup of water to soup pot. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Once simmering, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 3-5 minutes until basa fillets are cooked through (140F internal temperature).

Meanwhile, bring 3/4 cup of water to boil in small pot. Add couscous, gently shake so that couscous falls in even layer in pot, cover with a lid and remove from heat. Let sit 5 minutes; add lime zest and half of the lime juice, and a small drizzle of oil if desired; stir to combine. Fluff with fork before serving.

Remove fish curry from heat, and stir in snow peas and remaining lime juice. Serve fish curry over couscous in a bowl, top with toasted coconut flakes and cilantro. Enjoy!

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Shrimp Wonton Soup

My Dad is here helping me out with our new little bundle of joy, and we had a whole bunch of shrimp in the freezer. I’m loving Asian cuisine these days, so we decided to make shrimp wonton soup. We found a couple of recipes online and came up with our own based on the ingredients we had rather than making a trip to the grocery stor. We hope you enjoy it- it hit the spot for us!

 

Shrimp Wonton Soup 

Prep & Cook time: 20-30 minutes

Serves 2

 

Wontons:

10 large tiger prawns (cooked)

1 tsp soy sauce

1/2 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger

1 tbsp chives, chopped

12 wonton wrappers

 

Soup:

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp minced garlic

1 small carrot, thinly sliced

1/4 cup frozen peas

4 cups chicken broth

2 tsp chives, chopped

 

Remove tails and shells from shrimp, and put into food processor or blender. Add remaining wonton ingredients (except wonton wrappers), and pulse until shrimp is in small pieces, almost a paste (not smooth).

Lay out wonton wrappers on board, and get small dish of water ready. Divide filling evenly among wrappers, wet edges and fold together however you like to fold your wontons. Set aside.

Heat sesame oil in soup pot. Sauté garlic and carrots until fragrant and soft. Add remaining soup ingredients, and wontons. Bring to boil, then simmer 15 minutes on medium-low.

Serve hot.

 

Butter Chicken Lasagna

This recipe comes from Chefs Plate; our friends ordered some meals from them and highly recommend their services! This is a recipe she shared with me, and which I have had a few requests already for since posting the picture of my dinner online. Enjoy!

Butter Chicken Lasagna
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes
Serves: 2

1/2 oz butter or margarine
2 – 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 gloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced
1/4 tsp turmeric (ground)
1/4 tsp cinnamon (ground)
3/4 tsp cumin (ground)
3/4 tsp garam masala (ground)
1 can crushed tomatoes (14 oz/398 ml)
3 oz cream (2% milk will do in a pinch)
6 sheets lasagna pasta, cooked and cool enough to handle (you can also use “oven ready” lasagna)
4 – 5 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
5 oz fresh kale

Melt butter over medium heat in frying pan. Add garlic, onion, and chicken, and saute until chicken is almost cooked through. Add tomatoes and cream, bring to boil and then reduce to simmer until sauce thickens and chicken is fully cooked.

In casserole dish (oven safe), place 2 lasagna noodles to cover bottom, add kale on top, add butte chicken mixture on top, then another 2 lasagna noodles, kale, butter chicken, last 2 lasagna noodles and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake 5 minutes at 450F; turn oven onto broil, and broil 2 to 3 minutes until cheese gets bubbly.

Serve and enjoy!

Ham, Potato, and Corn Chowder

I love corn chowder, and I love ham, and potatoes are always good. So of course this soup is now near the top of my favorites list. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

Ham, Potato, and Corn Chowder
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

Oil or butter for sauteing
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh thyme
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 cup milk (2%)
2 to 3 medium potatoes (russet or other hard potato)
1/4 to 1/3 pre-cooked ham (I recommend honey ham)
1 cup frozen corn
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil or butter in large soup pot. Add onion, carrots, celery and saute until starting to soften. Add garlic, thyme, and flour, and cook until flour is lightly browned.

Slowly add broth, deglazing pan as you go. Add milk, potatoes, and ham, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are cooked. Add corn and simmer until corn is heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

Original found here.

Feisty Fiesta Chicken Salad

I didn’t know what to make the other day for dinner, but I knew I had romaine lettuce and chicken breasts to cook up, so I decided to go for a salad. I had some tortilla strips for salad toppings in my panty, so I decided to make a Mexican-inspired chicken salad. This is the delicious creation we ended up with. Enjoy!

Feisty Fiesta Chicken Salad

Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes
Serves: 2 as meal

2 chicken breasts, pounded thin or butterflied
Romaine lettuce (chopped)
Grape tomatoes (halved)
Cucumber (diced)
Avocado (diced; if you only use 1/2, save the half with the pit in a Ziploc bag in the fridge for later)
Tortilla strips (salad topping)
Fresh cilantro (chopped)
Chives (chopped)

Marinade
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoons of light soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 tablespoon of Worchester sauce

Blackening Seasoning
1/4 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano

Salad Dressing
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Pinch chili powder
1 garlic clove (minced)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp sugar or honey (optional)

 

Combine marinade ingredients, and marinate chicken (30 minutes to overnight).

Combine blackening seasoning ingredients. Remove chicken from marinade, rub with seasoning, and cook on medium heat in frying pan. Chicken should “blacken” as you cook.

Combine salad dressing ingredients in a small lidded container and shake to combine.

Toss lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and salad dressing. Top with slices of cooked chicken, tortilla strips, cilantro, and chives.

feisty fiesta chicken salad

 

Original dressing recipe here.

Super Greens Soup

This is another recipe that comes from Jamie Oliver’s Super Foods recipe book. It is very easy to make (especially the way I do it!) and extremely delicious. It saves well too – I haven’t gone more than 2 or 3 days without finishing it all off, but it holds together well for leftovers. Hope you enjoy!

Super Greens Soup
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: 20-30 minutes
Serves: 4

1 sweet vidala onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
olive oil
2 medium sized white potato, chopped
1 can of chickpeas (standard 14oz can), drained and rinsed
2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
1 sprig fresh rosemary (or 1/2 tsp dried)
1 bay leave
4 cups chicken stock
2 to 3 stalks fresh kale (about 5oz)
6oz chorizo sausage (fresh or smoked- I recommend smoked!)

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until soft and fragrant. Add potatoes and chickpeas. Tie together fresh herbs and add to pot. (If using dried herbs, skip this step.) Add chicken stock; bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to low heat for 15 minutes until potatoes are almost cooked through.

If using fresh (raw) chorizo, pan-fry or bake sausages (whole). When cooked through, slice, set aside, and reserve pan drippings. If using smoked chorizo, slice and set aside. (The smoked flavour makes up for the missing pan drippings, trust me!)

Remove thick stalk from kale, and chop leaf into bite-sized pieces.

Remove fresh herbs from soup (if using dried herbs, skip). Add chorizo slices, pan drippings (if you have any), and kale to pot. Kale absorbs a lot of liquid, so you may need to top up with a cup of water (there is enough flavour in this soup it can handle the addition!) Simmer for another 10 minutes uncovered.

Serve and enjoy!

Chicken, Apple, & Pomegranate Salad

This is a salad I make often for lunch at work and sometimes for dinner at home, and I am always asked for the recipe. So, at long last, here it is. It kind of mimics a salad at Wendy’s, but my version is healthier. At least, I think so. Enjoy!

PS there are no measurements for any of the ingredients except the dressing; I just start adding things to the bowl and stop when I feel like there’s enough.

Chicken, Apple, & Pomegranate Salad
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Cook time: 10-20 minutes
Serves: 2

1-2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless (I recommend 2 breasts if making this for dinner)
your preferred salad greens (I like spinach and romaine, or the Organic Girl sweet pea blend)
1 gala apple, chopped into bite-sized pieces
crumbled blue cheese
pecans (candied or plain – to candy see instructions below)
pomegranate seeds

Dressing
1 tbsp pomegranate juice (I buy the Pom juice)
1 tbsp honey (you can use less if you don’t want it as sweet)
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Cook chicken with your preferred spices (I fry my chicken with Montreal chicken seasoning), and slice into strips.

Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk until honey is dissolved/combined. (Alternatively you can combine in a small container with a lid and shake to mix.)

Toss salad greens with most of the dressing, reserving some. Place salad greens in a bowl to serve, and top with apple pieces, blue cheese, pecans, and chicken slices. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top (if you bought a real pomegranate and not a container of the seeds, cut in half and hold over the salad bowl with the cut half facing downwards and your palm underneath. Hit the back of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon to release the seeds), and drizzle remaining dressing over toppings to add flavor.

Enjoy!

(Apologies, I do not have a good photo of this salad yet. Next time I make it I will take a picture and update this post!)