This was a first attempt at sooji halwa, a semolina pudding that's a popular South Asian dessert. The main ingredients are semolina flour, sugar, oil/butter, almonds, and cardamom. Personally, I suggest using less sugar and butter than most recipes call for, but that's also because I don't like things too sweet.
This Jamaican jerk chicken was inspired by a New York Times recipe, though I did make a few adjustments. I didn't make the accompanying coconut rice with peas recipe, but the quinoa worked well because the chicken had enough gravy.
This is a typical Chinese steamed fish dish that I ate growing up, though I've only recently appreciated it now that I eat more seafood. As you can see, I got a little ginger and scallion happy. I didn't use a recipe since I've seen my mom make this dish a million times, but after a quick search, I found this video and this recipe. The key is buying a fresh fish and keeping it whole.This pic is embellished with the new photo app by the ladies at A Beautiful Mess. You can download the iPhone app for $0.99 and it comes with doodles, borders, filters, and text options. Oh and those are mini whole wheat banana muffins with applesauce instead of butter/oil. A few of the muffins have chocolate chips for a little fun. Honestly, I have yet to find a healthy (no added sugar and no butter/oil) muffin recipe that's also delicious. Most are just ok.
Another typical Chinese dish is mapo tofu, a traditionally spicy dish where tofu is mixed with spicy chili bean sauce. The dish can include ground pork or beef, but I didn't have that on hand. I also can't take a lot of heat, so I dialed down on the spice.
I read an article about how we're over obsessed with making perfect meals that are super complicated, what with the plethora of cooking shows and food blogs that make everything look amazing. In reality, weeknight dinners should be simple and quick because otherwise you won't want to cook! That's why you need a menu of go-to dishes that you can rotate, rather than feel the pressure of making something new and complicated every day.
This baked salmon is definitely one of my go-to's. Olive oil, garlic, parsley, basil, lemon juice, salt, pepper. Bam!
Other recent dishes that I forgot to capture on camera include a cold soba with improvised dipping sauce that tasted amazing and a classy version of chicken chop suey with loads of fresh veggies.
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