Kale Quinoa Salad

This is a very healthy and delicious salad! It’s also very easy to assemble when you have the ingredients prepared in advance. It takes even less time if you use canned beans but I suggest soaking the beans overnight and cooking them in the morning, while you’re cooking the quinoa, for a less processed food. It’s an easy and delicious way to get your serving of grains, beans, and vegetables. My family also really enjoys this dish so I’ve been making it on a weekly basis this summer. The dressing is also a family recipe that my mother taught me. It’s simple, healthy, and delicious! I put it on all of my salads! I suggest to finish the dish within a few days since it is a type of salad. It’s a perfect dish to bring to a potluck or BBQ! 😊

Yield: 8-10 servings
Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups kale leaves, chopped into small pieces (don’t use the stalk)
  • 2 cups quinoa cooked with broth
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 8.75 oz unsalted sweet corn, drained and washed
  • 1 tomato, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • ½ cup olives, chopped
  • lemon juice, 2 tbsp


Dressing Ingredients (adjust to taste)

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 TBSP honey
  • 2 TBSP olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large serving bowl, spread the chopped kale on the bottom surface.
  2. Spread quinoa, beans, corn, tomato, olives, and avocado on top of the kale. Add lemon juice on top.
  3. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients for the dressing together. Add dressing to the salad and mix well.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Crepes with Semifreddo and Caramel Sauce

This tasty recipe is a combination of my previous recipes where the result is a sweet dessert perfect for the summer! The semifreddo would have to be prepared at least the night before you want to enjoy this dessert. You can prepare each recipe and combine them all together for a sweet crepe that can help you cool down during the hot summer!

Find each recipe below:

Yield: 2 servings
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • At least 4 crepes
  • 2~4 scoops of semifreddo or ice cream
  • Caramel sauce
  • Fruits (optional)

Instructions

  1. Lay at least 2 crepes or more on a large plate per serving. Add 1~2 scoops of semifreddo or ice cream on the middle of the crepe. Top with caramel sauce and seasonal fruits if you’d like. Enjoy!

Easy Crepes

Crepes are a delicious and fun way to eat a snack, meal, or dessert. I remember I had my first authentic crepe in Paris with buckwheat and an egg in the middle. I’ve tasted two types of crepes which were European or Japanese. I personally prefer the crispiness and texture of Japanese crepes while Chai prefers the European style crepes (maybe because he grew up in Europe?) One of the wonderful things about crepes is that they’re so versatile that they can either be savory or sweet! Chai always gets a sweet crepe while I always pick a savory crepe. You can make both or either one with this easy crepe recipe as your foundation below! 😊

Yield: 10 crepes
Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 cups flour

Instructions

  1. In an electric mixer, mix eggs, sugar, sea salt, and milk until well combined. Slowly add flour while mixing. As an alternative, you can use a vitamix and blend until all the ingredients are well combined.
  2. Spray the bottom of a frying pan with oil over medium-high heat. Using a large ladle, pour the batter into the middle of the pan and swirl the pan around so the crepe gets spread out evenly.
  3. Once the crepe starts bubbling and 75% of the crepe turns into a golden color, use a spatula to flip the crepe over and let it cook on the other side for approximately 30 seconds to a minute or until it turns golden brown.
  4. Remove from heat and repeat the process until batter is used. Serve crepes with sweet or savory toppings.

Easy Caramel Sauce

Caramel has always been one of my favorite flavors in anything sweet or related to dessert. It’s also one of my favorite additions in coffee drinks. I have a hard time resisting caramel covered popcorn or caramel flavored snacks as well! If I had known how easy it was to make caramel sauce then I would have made it more often (which may not be the best for my waist though!) This home-made caramel sauce is healthier in the sense that it doesn’t contain any preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors. You can use this caramel sauce to add a bit more indulgence in your dessert or drinks!~

A personal serving of caramel sauce~

Yield: 8 servings
Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine sugar and water in a pot over medium heat for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves and turns clear.
  2. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook the caramel for approximately 8 minutes or until a golden color.
  3. Take the pot off the heat and add heavy cream, butter, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.
  4. Let the caramel sauce cool until room temperature and store properly in a container and keep in a fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Creamy Spicy Korean Udon Noodles

This is a creamy and savory noodle dish with a spicy Korean kick from the gochujang (Korean chili paste) and gochugaru (Korean chili flakes.) You can adjust the level of spiciness depending on how spicy the gochujang you use is. Although it sounds counterintuitive, a lot of people from around the world eat spicy foods during the hot summers. I think the logic behind that is to sweat a lot from eating spicy foods and then cool down from your sweat. Regardless, this is a great dish to fulfill your spicy or noodle needs!

Yield: 1 serving
Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 udon package, cooked as per instructions and drained
  • 1 TBSP olive oil or cooking oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ onion, cubed
  • 2 mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • 1 egg, fried


Ingredients for the spicy sauce

  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • ½ tsp gochugaru (Korean chili flakes)

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the spicy sauce together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a frying pan, spread 1 TBSP of olive oil or cooking oil on the bottom of the pan and sauté garlic, onions, and mushrooms over medium-high heat for approximately 5 minutes or until the garlic starts to turn into a golden color.
  3. Lower the heat to low, add noodles, heavy cream, and spicy sauce mixture to the frying pan. Mix well and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat.
  4. Add parmesan cheese and mix well. Serve immediately with fried egg and scallions on top of noodles.