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Pork and Vegetables Stir Fry Ramen Noodles

This was a huge hit! Everyone loved it and wanted me to make it again!

  • 1 pound boneless pork chops, sliced
  • ¼ cup Szechuan peppercorns, ground
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil

Marinate the pork slices with the peppercorns and salt for 2 to 3 hours in the fridge. Take out half an hour before cooking.

Heat a frying pan with the oil and add the pork slices. Cook on a high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Take out and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 red chili, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 cups Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium red pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped


  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shao Shing Hua Tiao cooking wine
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ponzu sauce
  • 1 packet of Ramen noodles, cooked according to package instructions

Transfer the oyster sauce, fish sauce, cooking wine, dark soy and ponzu sauce to a medium bowl. Mix well and keep aside.

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut and sesame oil. Add ginger, garlic and red chili and sauce for 1 to 2 minutes on medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the red pepper and green beans. Sauce for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the noodles and cooked pork slices. Mix well and add the sauce. Toss and garnish with green onions and cilantro. Serve warm.

Grilled Vegetables with Potatoes

  • 1 pound green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 2 squash, sliced
  • 5 to 6 variety of potatoes, sliced and cooked
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, grated
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Add the green beans, squash and potatoes into a large bowl. Add the oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well and add to a grill pan. Add to the grill and cook on medium heat. Stir occasionally making sure the vegetables don’t burn. Serve warm with the burgers.

Sauteed Green Beans with Mustard Seeds

This is a delicious side dish that I made within minutes. The great thing is that it can served with any protein or a rice dish. One of my favorite cuisines is South Indian food- I love the different spices used in these dishes including mustard seeds and curry leaves. I especially love the combination of the two. It creates an amazing, earthy flavor. read more …

Chicken Red Curry with Green Beans

Chicken Red Curry with Green Beans I think I will do Asian dishes this week. Chinese New Year just passed. We love going into Chinatown to eat all the yummy food, especially during New year. Even our favorite local Chinese restaurant had some amazing dishes this year.

This particular dish is a fusion of Chinese and Thai cuisines. I used the prepared red curry paste and added coconut milk. I used the delicious, long green beans I got from a local Asian market. Overall, the dish was a tad bit spicy for my daughter, but she ate it, while sipping lots of milk.

I served the dish with a lime coconut jasmine rice- it was absolutely delicious.
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Fried Rice with Green Beans

Fried Rice with Green Beans

This fried rice dish is perfect for the fish recipe I posted yesterday. I love making fried rice for meals- especially since I can incorporate lots of different vegetables and feed my family.

My daughter loves all versions I have made in the past- well, almost all of them.

For this one, I bought a bunch of green beans from the farmers market. They were lovely looking and I couldn’t help buying them. As I thought about what to make for dinner, I was flipping through a food magazine and came across a fried rice dish. That is when I decided to chop the green beans really small and make a delicious rice dish with them.

You can’t make fried rice without first making plain rice. How do you make your rice? I make mine with chicken broth. It imparts delicious flavor without much effort and I am always looking to add flavor into anything I can. The rice comes out yummy- lightly salted and nutty and it is perfect and ready to use for the fried rice.

I sauteed the plain rice with your usual suspects and in no time had a delicious fried rice dish. Try this recipe next time you are in the mood for some healthy Chinese food.
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Spicy Calamari Salad

Spicy Calamari Salad This is my version of a spicy calamari I had at a new Thai restaurant in Chatham- Thai Passion. I reviewed it a couple weeks ago.

This salad got my attention- it was fabulous- although I realized it was a bit over the top with the flavoring. I really enjoyed it but while I was trying to decide how to replicate this salad, I decided to tone it down a bit. At the same time, I didn’t want to lose the essence of the dish- which was a lot of spicy, savory, tangy and a bit of sweet. Writing about it makes me want to eat some- my mouth is salivating. If you live in the area- you should go try it in Chatham. If you don’t live in the Jersey area, try the recipe I have created.

As I mentioned before, this version is a bit toned down. I used tamarind concentrate, lime juice,Worcestershire sauce, palm sugar, sriracha sauce, etc. Once the dressing was made, all I had to do was to cook the calamari. I will attach the video that goes with this recipe.

Try this salad- it is a great dish to make in the summer time…

  • ¼ pound calamari, defrosted and cut into ½ inch rings
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat a non-stick frying pan and add the olive oil on high heat. Add the calamari and sprinkle salt. Saute on high heat for two minutes just until the rings turn opaque. Turn the heat off and drain on a paper towel.

  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • ½ cup green beans, blanched
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into 1-inch squares

Toss the mixed greens with the basil, mint, green beans and tomato. Add the calamari and mix well.


  • ½ teaspoon tamarind concentrate
  • Juice of half a lime
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil

Add the tamarind, limejuice, Worcestershire sauce, tamari, fish sauce, sriracha and palm sugar into a small bowl. Drizzle the olive oil while whisking the dressing. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and toss lightly before serving.

Haryali Keema (Ground Turkey) with Green Beans

Haryali Keema with Green Beans With all the abundant vegetables in the farmer’s market, it is hard not to pick up lots and lots of fresh produce with out thinking twice. I bought too many vegetables and didn’t know what I was going to do with them. I had not made keema in a while and already had some ground turkey in the fridge.

Keema is any kind of ground meat cooked with either potatoes or any other kind of vegetables.

I decided to use up my green beans, green onions, dill and cilantro by making a green sauce. I then used the sauce as the base for the keema. I cooked the ground turkey in it with cumin seeds. I then added the chopped green beans and cooked them till they were soft but not mushy. I made sure they retained their color.

As I was cooking, I realized I had a one pot meal in front of me- and how I love coming up with these beauties! I made fresh rotis and it was a perfectly balanced meal that the whole family enjoyed.
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