Friday, March 31, 2023

Pumpkin Rice Cakes


I got a couple Kabocha pumpkins from my father’s garden and decided to try making these pumpkin cakes. They kind of remind me of jin dui, which is a fried mochi ball coated in sesame seeds and stuffed with black bean paste. Jin dui is actually more delicious than these. But their fried, so of course is is. I used toasted coconut instead of sesame seeds and cooked on a dry heated pan.

Here’s the original recipe:

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Spam & Veggie Stir Fry


I gathered an assortment of ingredients in my kitchen and made this dish happen.  I had a bit of baby bell peppers left over from another recipe, cauliflower in the freezer, spam and rice from the cabinet as well as seasonings, and I always have onions and garlic on hand. This would work with any combination of veggies you have.


  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cups baby bell peppers, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 3 ounces spam, cut into cubes
  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower
  • 2 Tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Scrunch of pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped green onion
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)


  1. Prepare ingredients as indicated above (chop, slice, etc.)
  2. Add spam to heated skillet. Stir fry.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (except sesame seeds) and stir fry until cauliflower defrosted and warmed through and onions and bell peppers slightly softened.
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve with rice.
  5. Enjoy
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Friday, March 10, 2023

Airfried Balsamic Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes


I found a recipe for a chicken marinade online and decided to throw in some of the sun dried (dehydrated in airfryer) tomatoes I previously made. Check out my post on the tomatoes:

Here’s the link to the original recipe:

I used basil instead of rosemary and added about half a cup of dried tomatoes. Delicious!

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

Spicy Nacho Spinach Dip


I added spinach to this for some added vegetables.  To be honest, it's not the greatest addition (taste-wise), but I like to know that I'm eating more veggies.


  •  2 cups bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 bag frozen, chopped spinach
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 5 large cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • greek yogurt or avocado


  1. Brown ground beef.
  2. While beef is browning, prep taco seasoning (you can use a pre-made seasoning packet instead).
  3. Clean and chop bell peppers and onions.
  4. Add taco seasoning to browned ground beef and stir in.
  5. Add bell peppers and onions, stir, and continue to cook until softened.
  6. Cut avocado and tomatoes and set aside.
  7. Add tomato sauce, chipotle peppers, and spinach to beef. Stir and simmer for about ten minutes.
  8. Rinse beans and set aside.
  9. Plate the spicy nacho dip.
  10. Top with pinto beans, tomatoes, avocado, and greek yogurt.
  11. Serve with tortilla chips.
  12. Enjoy!

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