Friday, February 24, 2023

Sun Dried Tomatoes (Dehydrated)


I had a bunch of tomatoes, too much to eat before they went bad.  So I decided to dry them out.  I have a dehydrate setting on my air fryer and gave it a try.  They turned out great.  I have been keeping them in the freezer.  I don't know how long they will be good for.  But I imagine they will be good for a lot longer than if I hadn't dried and freezed them.  

A couple recipes I've added these to are a balsamic vinaigrette marinade for chicken, and marinara meat sauce.


  • Tomatoes


  1. Rinse tomatoes well.
  2. Slice tomatoes about 1/8" thick.
  3. Spread out in one layer on screen.
  4. Dehydrate at 135 degrees Farenheit for 8 hours.
  5. Enjoy!
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Monday, February 20, 2023

Avocado Toast with Roasted Bell Peppers, Onion & Balsamic Glaze


This is a simple avocado toast with roasted bell peppers, onions, and a balsamic glaze.  Here's the recipe I used for the bread:


  • bread
  • avocado, sliced
  • bell peppers 
  • onions
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • balsamic glaze


  1. Bake bread, slice, and toast.
  2. Toss bell peppers and onions in some olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
  3. Top toast with sliced avocado, roasted bell peppers and onions.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  5. Enjoy!
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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Mustard Cabbage Soup


I found a few variations of mustard cabbage soup online. I did my own variation according to what I had on hand. Here's what I did.


  • 2 oz ground pork, mixed with green onion, seasoned with salt & pepper
  • 4 leaves mustard cabbage, chopped
  • 2 oz tofu, chopped into small cubes
  • 1/2 small onion, sliced
  • 5 stalks green onion 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 5 teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 dried shrimp


  1. Prepare ingredients as listed above (slice, chop, etc.)
  2. Brown ground pork in large pan
  3. Add sliced onions, and green onions, and stir fry until softened.
  4. Add salt, sugar, soy sauce, chicken bouillon, water, black pepper, dried shrimp, mustard cabbage, tofu, and bring to a boil.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Chicken with Pumpkin

I got some little pumpkins from my father's garden and this is what I made with one of them - chicken with pumpkin.  I ate it with some rice.


  • 3 chicken thighs, boneless skinless, sliced into strips
  • 1 small kabocha pumpkin, seeded, chopped into bite-sized pieces 
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup shoyu
  • 1 teaspoon chicken boullion
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar


  1. Prepare ingredients as described above (slice, cut, chop, etc).
  2. Add apple cider vinegar and shoyu to chicken, mix, and set aside.
  3. Heat large pan and add chicken with marinade.
  4. Cook for a few minutes until chicken is not so pink.
  5. Add pumpkin, chicken bouillon, and water.  Cover and cook until pumpkin is fork tender.
  6. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  7. Serve with rice.
  8. Enjoy!
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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry with Quinoa


Fresh veggies were used for this dish because I had time to prep them. Sometimes I don’t have time or would rather not deal with prep so I’ll use frozen veggies for convenience. The texture is not the same, but they do just as fine. Here’s a past post of a chicken and veggie store fry I did with frozen vegetables:

Here’s how I did this fresh veggie version. Cook the quinoa first because it takes the longest. It should be done by the time you’re done with the stir fry.

Ingredients for Quinoa:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon 

Instructions for Quinoa:

  1. Rinse quinoa and transfer to rice cooker pot.
  2. Add water and chicken bouillon.
  3. Press the rice cooker button.

Ingredients for Chicken Stir Fry:

  • 7 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets, stem peeled and sliced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large chicken thigh, skinned, deboned, and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Dash of salt
  • Scrunch of pepper
  • Cornstarch slurry (1 part cornstarch: 2 parts water)
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)

Instructions for Chicken Stir Fry:

  1. Prepare ingredients as listed above (chop, sliced, cut, peel, etc.)
  2. Add olive oil to heated pan.
  3. Add chicken, salt, and pepper, and stir fry until no pink visible.
  4. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  5. In same pan, add sesame oil, garlic, and onions. Stir fry until onions slightly softened.
  6. Add broccoli, carrots, oyster sauce, red pepper flakes, and water. Stir, cover and let steam for about five minutes.
  7. Add chicken back in and add cornstarch slurry.
  8. Stir and let sauce thicken for a few minutes.
  9. Serve with quinoa. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  10. Enjoy!

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Chili with Beans & Veggies

It's another chili with veggie recipe variety.  I made a beanless ground turkey version before. Here's the link to it if you'd like to check that out:
Here's what I did for this one.
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 zuchinni, chopped
  • handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 2 t cumin
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1 t cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1 t cracked black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  1. Brown ground beef
  2. Rinse and prep ingredients as listed above (chop, slice, rinse, drain)
  3. Remove excess fat (that came from the beef) from the pan
  4. Add tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, zucchini, onions, and kidney beans
  5. Stir and let simmer while you add the spices
  6. Add remaining ingredients and stir in well
  7. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

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