(Gai Lan) Chinese broccoli stir fry recipe

This Chinese broccoli stir fry recipe includes oyster mushrooms and red pepper, mixed with ground pork, in a simple sauce of ginger and garlic. Gai Lan, also known as Chinese broccoli, is in the same species as broccoli, but the two vegetables are different in looks...
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Braised chicken recipe (pollo guisado)

Dark poultry meat is specially tasty when braised. For this braised chicken recipe, I'm going to use all drumsticks (because I like them so much!) but you can use any part of the chicken. See easy print recipe at the end of the post! Braised chicken recipe (pollo...
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Cold noodle salad

This Asian-inspired cold noodle salad includes cellophane mung bean noodles, minced cucumbers and your choice of additional vegetables, with a traditional Chinese dressing. Turn this salad into an entrée by adding shrimp, shredded meat or tofu. Perfect dish for a warm...
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Cooking with bija – using annatto seeds

Using annatto seeds for cooking is easy and effective, helping you achieve vibrant food colors the all natural way. Bija, also known as annatto seeds or achiote, is an all natural food colorant commonly used in Central America and the Caribbean. Native inhabitants of...
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Easy herb rubbed roasted chicken

Easy herb rubbed roasted chicken 1 whole chicken1 teaspoon each of flaked or ground oregano (basil and parsley)1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper2 teaspoons of salt Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.Wash/clean chicken and start by rubbing on the salt with your...
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Quinoa Cilantro Tabbouleh – An easy and nutritious salad

One of my favorite summer salads, quinoa cilantro tabbouleh is nutritious, simple to make and pairs easily with other ingredients as a side dish or entree. Quinoa seeds are a good source of complete protein for vegeterians, offering eight grams of low fat,...

Dominican Sancocho (hearty stew) pressure cooker recipe

Set it and forget it! This is is the pressure cooker version of Dominican sancocho, a hearty meat and roots recipe to share with friends and family anytime the mood strikes. If you own a pressure cooker, there is no need to spend hours tending to a sancocho to achieve...

Pressure cooker quinoa rice with sausage

This pressure cooker quinoa rice with sausage recipe is inspired by the Dominican dish "locrio de longaniza" (rice with sausage). Since I love quinoa, I have been looking for ways to incorporate it into meals gradually, so it is not rejected by the rest of the family....

Braised eggplant

If you are an eggplant lover like me, you might have tried it fried, stir-fried, baked, and of course braised. Braised eggplant (or berenjenas guisadas) was my favorite dish growing up, as a side to black bean rice. This dish goes well with rice or quinoa, though I...

Shrimp mofongo recipe

Shrimp mofongo is a simple and delicious dish that will add an exotic flair to your dinner. If you have friends from the Caribbean or watch Saturday Night Live, you might have heard of, or even enjoyed Mofongo lately. This easy to make dish is considered gourmet and...

Leftover turkey noodle soup

It's the days (or weeks) after thanksgiving, and you still have turkey leftovers in the fridge. Here's a delicious soup to make with them. A mix of quinoa, cooked rice and cut capellini noodles make the broth thick and complement the mixed vegetables. Leftover turkey...

Zucchini noodles with fish in ginger sauce

Here is a simple recipe for zucchini noodles with fish fillet in ginger sauce. Quick and healthy for lunch or dinner! Zucchini noodles are easily made using a vegetable spiralizer or a julienne peeler. Alternatively, you could slice pieces of zucchini thinly with a...

Cold noodle salad

This Asian-inspired cold noodle salad includes cellophane mung bean noodles, minced cucumbers and your choice of additional vegetables, with a traditional Chinese dressing. Turn this salad into an entrée by adding shrimp, shredded meat or tofu. Perfect dish for a warm...

Stir fried eggplant with pork

Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. When I was growing up in the Dominican Republic, it was used as a meat substitute, usually braised or fried. After being introduced to Thai and Chinese eggplant dishes, I have also been enjoying eggplant with a variety of...

Pork primavera: Ground pork with mixed vegetables

Ground pork is one of my favorite ingredients in the kitchen because it is easy to work with, cooks quickly and pairs well with grains, vegetables and legumes. Ground pork is also one of the few meats my daughter, who is a picky eater, will eat. I get it, it is easy...

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