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Quick Meals

Bacon Asparagus Wrap

Bacon and asparagus together provides just the right amount of savory. A very simple dish.

Baked Spicy Sichuan Lamb Chops

This is a variation of the Hot and Spicy Lamb stir-fried with Sichuan Chilli Oil that I so love in my favorite Sichuan restaurant. Baking the lamb chops whole cuts down on preparation time to make it perfect for a weeknight meal.

Baked Teriyaki Pork

This is a quick way to create a tasty baked variation of teriyaki pork. A great main dish for a busy weeknight or fast paced weekend. Requires some advance preparation for marinading for the best flavor.

Bbq Chicken Pizza

A nice change from the usual pizza. Quick with ready made ingredients.

Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla

A perfect blend of spicyness, chewiness and crispiness from the buffalo chicken, melted cheese and crispy tortilla

Cherry Crisp

This is my favorite substitute for Cherry Pie due to its reduced preparation time. Crunchy and tasty, perfect with vanilla ice-cream.  I have recently updated this recipe to reduce the amount of sugar used.

Coffee Vanilla Frappucino

Nothing beats a cool coffee frappucino on a hot sleepy day.  The combination of caffeine and blended ice work together for a perfect pick-me-up.

Curry Chicken Pot Pie

Curry Chicken Pot Pie is a twist on the traditional Pot Pie.  It can be made with any type of meat or vegetarian curry, as long as it is not too runny.  It is easiest when there are leftovers to use as a filling.  Feel free to use any of your favorite curries - Indian Curry, Thai Curry or Malaysian Curry just to name a couple.

Curry Mash Potatoes

This recipe adds curry to mash potatoes. It makes a great side to any meat dish. Go ahead, give it a try!

Easy Loco Moco

One of the things I love about  vacations is the different foods and different meal ideas we encounter. Loco Moco is one such idea. Simple and hearty, it is one that serves a very useful purpose for us. We hike often and are usually in the middle of mountains or trees, where there is no food truck or lunch cafe close by. Lucky for us, we just need to stop under the shade of a tree, and pull out Loco Moco to satisfy our hunger.

German Inspired Currywurst Sandwich

Currywurst is a popular fast food in Germany. It is usually comprised of tomato sauce, bratwurst and curry powder. In my version, I add some mushrooms and onions to round out the flavors to be part of a sandwich. Great as a lunch or a picnic.

Gochujang Mapo Tofu

My kids love MaPo Tofu.  They love the saucy tofu dish over rice.  I have always enjoyed Gochujang.  So I decided to put the two together.  Gochujang MaPo Tofu has a sweeter flavor than original MaPo Tofu. It  tastes great over warm steam rice.  I've added fish sauce as part of this dish to add more dimension to the sauce.  I haven't tried it myself, but I think it will work well as part of a lettuce wrap.

Ham And Split Pea Soup

This is a dish I make with leftover ham bone.  It is easy to make, flavorful and very much a comfort food, especially on cold days.  This recipe is Not a "creamy" Ham and Split Pea Soup, it's more of a "chunky" soup with cubes of veggies and ham interspersed throughout, Goes well on its own or served with warm toasted bread. 

Hot Chilli Oil

This recipe is similar to Sichuan Chilli Oil, but without the mouth numbing Sichuan pepper. This side works great to spice up any meal, either during the cooking process or afterwards at the table.

Hot Chocolate

Great tasting and warming for a cool winter's night. Great for the holidays too!

Hot Chutney Lamb

The chicken version of this recipe was given to me by my mom, and it's one of my favorite and easy recipes. It tastes even richer with lamb. Still great for a weeknight meal.

Indian Chicken Pizza With Tikka Masala Sauce

This pizza is a quick meal if starting out with store bought rotisserie chicken and store bought tikka masala sauce.  Feel free to use leftover Tikka Masala dishes, either home made or take out. Great for a weeknight meal.

Indian Inspired Hot Chutney Chicken

This recipe was given to me by my mom, and it's one of my favorite and easy recipes. Rich and tasty, and quick to prepare. Perfect for a weeknight meal.

Indian Inspired Yogurt Lime Rice

This dish uses the chicken marinade of Tikka Masala Chicken.  Not wanting to waste the flavorful marinade, I added it to steamed rice and Yogurt Lime Rice was born.  Works well as a side to any curried dish.

Jamaican Jerk Lamb

This recipe is a variation of the Jerk Chicken, using most of the spices in dry form, to hopefully reduce preparation time. With some planning ahead for marinading, this dish could make a great weeknight meal!

Kale And Leek Stirfry

I have been cooking with kale for a while now, and this is my favorite way of preparing it - cut thinly and stir fried with leeks.  Leeks impart a sweetness to the kale and complements it perfectly.  This dish works well as a vegetable side to any dish. 

Korean Bbq Pork Sandwich

This is a a great idea for leftover Korean BBQ Pork. Using a store bought barbecue sauce and baking the meat makes this dish quick on preparation.

Korean Gochujang Salad Vinaigrette Over Roasted Broccoli.

GoChujang (Korean hot fermented bean paste) is quickly becoming one of my favorite condiments in the kitchen.  It has such complex flavors - rich, salty, sweet and spicy.  In this vinaigrette, I add vinegar and sesame seed oil to round out the many flavors of GoChujang.  I have used this over roasted broccoli or a simple lettuce/cucumber salad.  Feel free to add to any of your favorite vegetables, roasted or not!

Korean Spicy Cucumber Salad

This is one my favorite banchans in a Korean restaurant. Cooling and fiery, with a bit of sweet to the round out the flavors.

Lemon Shrimp With Pasta

A simple, light, lemony pasta dish complemented by the sweetness of shrimp and the spiciness of crushed peppers.

Noodles With Korean Gochujang And Egg

This is a variation of the Malaysian Dry Wonton Noodles. It uses Gochujang as a main ingredient of the noodle. The egg replaces the meat as a quick alternate for protein.

Oven Roasted Zucchini Salad

Oven Roasted Zucchini Salad is a fresh way to serve zucchini.  I made this zucchini dish as a side to Paprika Lime Pork Chops and the two flavors complemented each other perfectly.

Paprika Lime Pork Chops

This is a quick and easy meal, great for a weeknight. The tang of lime complements the mild spiciness of paprika. Feel free to substitute with hot chili powder to increase heat.

Paprika Lime Pork Quesadilla

This is a quick and easy meal, great for a quick lunch. It works very well if using leftover Paprika Lime Pork for the quesadilla filling. In this picture, I added leftover mash potato to please my little customers. However this recipe works just as well with only Paprika Lime Pork and cheese as filling.

Pasta And Ground Beef Stir Fry

A Chinese and Italian fusion to create a quick and nutritious blend of pasta, meat and vegetables perfect for a weeknight meal.

Pineapple Lassi Or Smoothie

With the warm weather upon us, these come in handy to keep cool. I use it as an after-school snack, but could also be used as a dessert. I omitted the ginger usually used in a lassi, since that is my family's preference. I also use frozen pineapple chunks, so I can omit the ice, which helps concentrate the flavor. Enjoy!

Quick Baked Salmon

Quick, healthy and delicious! Makes a great side dish without any starch!

Quick Fish Tacos

Quick and delicious fish tacos, with an Asian twist, great for a weeknight meal.

Quick Sambal Egg - Malaysian Inspired

Sambal is a thick red spicy paste made of onion, garlic, ginger and red chillies. It makes a good gravy over almost anything - shrimp, fish, eggs, chicken. It is best served over rice. This is a quick version of a typical Malaysian dish.

Roasted Greek Lemon Potatoes

This recipe is based on the Greek lemon potatoes recipe but with a little bit of spiciness to it.. Makes a great side.

Roasted Salt And Pepper Chicken

A simple, yet tasty oven-baked chicken. A good meat side dish to any recipe. Or just a quick way to cook chicken for any recipe that calls for pre-cooked chicken.

Roti Quesadilla

One of my Mom's awesome fusion recipe ideas. Here Malaysia's flat bread, roti canai, (also known as roti paratha), becomes rich and even more flavorful with the addition of cheese and chopped chilli peppers. Great for an afternoon snack, or a quick lunch. Thanks Mom!

Sausage Sandwich

A different way to serve sausages with bread from the traditional hot dog. Perfect when you have more people to feed than number of sausages on hand.

Sichuan Chili Oil

A friend of mine, who is originally from the province of Sichuan, told me how to make this side. Thanks, Didi! I couldn't believe how easy it was! Being a lover of all foods spicy, this side is something I use often to "spice" up my meal. The addition of the ginger enhances the flavor of the chili oil.

Spicy Curry Hummus

Spicy Curry Hummus brings the delightful flavors of Indian Curry and Hot Peppers to Greek Hummus. My family really enjoys this as a spread or as a Hummus dip.

Spicy Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

My family loved this recipe when I made it for them. A little spicy, a little sweet and a little sour. Marinade and bake, perfect for a weeknight meal.

Spicy Sriracha Coleslaw

This recipe puts a twist on the traditional Coleslaw. Here we add spicy Sriracha Sauce to regular coleslaw. My kids loved it so much they became vegetarians for the night.

Spicy Sriracha Pasta Sausage Stirfry

This Italian Asian fusion recipe combines pasta and sausage with Chinese ingredients such as soy and Sriracha sauces. It was a hit with my family, and ready in a pinch!

Spicy Sweet Red Pepper Spread

With oven roasted sweet peppers, zucchini and leeks, this recipe makes a sweet and optionally spicy dip for pita or nacho chips, or a flavorful spread for sandwiches, tortilla wraps or quesadillas. Great for a picnic, a quick lunch or an appetizer.

Sweet And Salty Spanish Peanuts

My kids love the peanuts we get as appetizer at our favorite Chinese restaurant.  This is my attempt at the sweet and salty peanuts they so generously serve us.

Sweet Mustard Mashed Potatoes

On our last visit to Germany, I found a new condiment in the grocery store - Sweet Mustard.  Being without my regular spices to work with, I added the Sweet Mustard to Mashed Potatoes.  My family enjoyed the meal as a side to Currywurst Sausages (without the Sandwich).  Now back home in North America, Sweet Mustard is not an easy condiment to find = so I add the sweetness to my favorite mustard to make the mashed potato recipe.  We have it as a side to Paprika Lime Pork Chops or Jamaican Jerk Chicken.

Sweet Pancakes

As a mom of messy kids, I cringe any time maple syrup makes an appearance at the table.  Sweet Pancakes are my solution to those sticky breakfast mornings. They're great as an on-the-go breakfast or snack too!

Tikka Masala Lasagna

Tikka Masala has such a creamy, rich and spicy flavor, it is a wonderful dish for so many different fusion dishes.  A fusion recipe itself, it was developed in India as the British colonized it.  As part of a lasagna, it contributes a wonderful full-flavor of spice, but yet rich and creamy with a tomato base, like the original lasagna.  To make it an easier recipe, feel free to used store or restaurant-bought Tikka Masala.  If using store bought, just follow the directions on what to add to make a tikka masala sauce for your lasagna. My recipe below uses garam masala to simplify the spices, which you can purchase at the store, or make at home using this wonderful garam masala Allrecipe by KitchenBarbarian.

Tikka Masala Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a breakfast of eggs poached in tomato sauce common in Israel.  Being one who favors spice, I thought the eggs would go well with the creamy and spicy tomato-based Tikka Masala.  It can be a breakfast, lunch or dinner, served with a light salad and bread.  Here is my version.