Friday, August 4, 2017

Easy Kale Chips

I usually use kale in many dishes from boiled to making juice. In my opinion, kale should not be used for juicing because kale does not have much juice and lots of fiber from the kale. Adding kale to smoothies is also a way to bring kale into your body every d. However, in order to eat a lot of kale without being bored, kale chips are one of the most popular snacks. Today, I will share a recipe for making kale chips using a microwave. The results are wonderful because the spices that accompany the kale are coconut oil, cayenne powder, and garlic powder that are very helpful for the body. Add a little salt to the kale to make it tastier. In a few minutes in the microwave, a very nutritious snack has been created.

1 bunch of kale
2 tbs coconut oil
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt

Wash kale. Remove hard stems and use them to juice. Cut kale leaves into pieces not too large not too small.
Place cut kale leaves in a mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Use your hands to coat kale with all the ingredients. You also can melt the coconut oil and let cool or use olive oil (your choice and also the spices too)
Line a microwave-safe plate with parchment paper. Arrange each piece of kale onto the dish (trying not to overlap them). Microwave about 3 to 4 minutes depending on each Microwave. Continue until all kale becomes chips. Place in an airtight container and enjoy!!

East-West Tuna Pizza

I used to work at California Pizza Kitchen, and many critics say that their pizza is not "real" pizza. However, the menu varieties are fantastic. For years working there, I really love their concept. It like East meats West. I create many recipes with these ideas and today, I like to introduce the Tuna pizza using the East meats West concept. It is the easiest pizza that anyone can create at home. let's start it.

Two 8 inch pizza dough (homemade or already made).
4 oz. can tuna
Sauce ingredients:
2 tbs Thai sweet chili sauce
2 tbs garlic oil*
Filling ingredients:
2 artichoke hearts, sliced
1/4 cup red onions, sliced
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1 tsp caper
2 mushrooms, sliced
1 to 1/2 cup cheese (Mozzarella, goat cheese, etc., your choice)

Combine the Thai chili sauce and garlic oil.
Brush the pizza dough with chili sauce mixture.
Divide the filling delete for each pizza.
Sprinkle some cheese on each pizza. Then spread the fillings, starting with tuna and finishing with red onions and some cheese on top .
Bake in a preheated oven set to 450° for 15 minutes to 20 minutes.
*Crush 2 garlic cloves and fry with 2 tbs peanut oil until golden brown.

Easy Crockpot Chicken Stew

Most of the housewives are busy taking care of family. The crockpot is the God-send kitchen gadget for them. It is especially helpful on the weekend when the whole family can get together for games or taking the kids for some activities. Women have the choice of cooking by using a crockpot. So many easy recipes that can be prepared in the morning and dinner will be ready at any time. Whether a meal is served immediately or made in advance, a crockpot delivers as a loyal best friend. I try to make many recipes with a crockpot, and I love it. Today, I will share one of my own recipes here. I call it an easy healthy chicken one pot meal for the soul.

2 chicken breasts cut into cubes
1/2 white onion,  roughly chopped
1 total cup bell peppers (green, yellow and red)
1 large potato, peel and cut into cubes
2 cups cooked beans, your choice
15 oz. can tomato with juice
1 cup chicken broth
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbs taco seasoning*
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbs fresh herb (thyme or oregano)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbs olive oil

I use the Aroma rice cooker/crockpot.

Turn the cooker on to stir-fry function. Add oil until hot. Stir in onions, garlic, and the rest of the spice ingredients. Stir and cook until fragrant. Add chicken and brown chicken cubes until they have some browned edges.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the cooker.

Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Adjust the seasonings before serving


*I use taco seasoning for the Mexican taste. Omit it and season with any of your spice choices. Coconut milk or cream can be added to this recipe. There are endless possibilities to get the taste of your choice.

Easy Scones Ever

Scones are an afternoon tea snack from country such as England, Scotland. As my knowledge serve well is that we place scones in the oven just as the guests arrive. Scones serve warm with jam and butter or cream in an afternoon with tea in the middle of a fragrant garden is not to be missed. I used to be afraid of baking, but not any more. I watched you tube about "100 years recipe for scones' and others 2 or 3 ingredients scones which is encourage me to make scones. However, baking is fun but I do not believe that has to take all days. This recipe is the most easiest scones ever and the variation are endless; The scones are sweet or savory by just changing some ingredients. For the beginner baker as myself; let make a simple raisins scones.

2 cups self rising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder*
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisin
1 1/2 cups cream or coconut cream*

Preheat oven to 425°. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and set a side
Place the flour, baking powder, sugar and raisin in  a mixing bowl. Whisk well

Pour the cream or coconut milk into the flour.

Use wooden spoon or fork to mix the flour. Gently mix flour to make a soft, sticky dough.
Sprinkle some self rising flour on a counter, knead dough gently until smooth.

Press dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 8 pieces.

Place scones on a prepare pan, touching each other.

Brush scone with some cream or milk.
Bake scones for 15 minutes.
Serve with your favorite jam

* Adding extra baking powder is optional
*I use the coconut cream for healthier version of scones

Gluten-free Garlic Salmon

I use the word gluten free for this dish because in my family and circle of friends quite have gluten problem. Most of the recipes that we can create gluten free by using  the gluten seasoning. I do not think it is hard to create a wonderful gluten free dish at home. This recipe can prepare with shrimps and also with chicken too.  It is quick, easy and healthy that what I like to create daily.

Two 6 oz salmon fillets, thaw and cube
1 tbsp peanut oil
1 tsp salt 
Garlic sauce:
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp chili flake
3 garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1/4 cup fish stock or water
1/4 tsp salt and black pepper
1 tsp wine rice vinegar
3 green onions cut into section
Steamed vegetables on the side
Hot cooked brown, red or white rice

Place cubed salmon in a mixing bowl. Add peanut oil, salt and mix well. Let it marinate for one hour

Combine the garlic sauce ingredients in a small bowl; mix well and set a side.
Heat a nonstick wok or large saute pan in medium high heat. Add fish. brown the fish about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove if you do not want fish over cook. Add a little more oil if needed.
In the same pan add sauce and bring to boil.

 Cook sauce for 1 minutes and return the fish to the sauce.

 Make a quick stir and add green onions; Adjust the seasoning with more salt or soy sauce.
Serve with rice and steamed vegetables


Serve 2

Thursday, August 3, 2017


1. Throw out non essential numbers.
This includes age, weight, and height.
Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them. 
2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.
(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)   
3. Keep learning:
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. 
Never let the brain get idle.
'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'
And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with him or her!   
6. The tears happen
Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our entire life, is our self.
LIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love
Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.  Your home is your refuge. 
8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. 
9. Don't take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall, even to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is 
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity


Monday, July 31, 2017

Asian BBQ Chicken

Thai cuisine has the chicken satay which dominates in Southeast Asia. However, as a Vietnamese, I like some of the Vietnamese BBQ sauce that is similar or maybe better depending on someone's taste. I will share this sauce because it is so easy and healthy. This sauce can be made with either pork chop or beef too.

2 chicken breasts, sliced about 1 inch thick
BBQ sauce ingredients:
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp minced lemongrass
1 tbs Thai sweet chili sauce
1 tsp honey
1 tbs fish sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 /2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp chili flakes or cayenne 
1 tbs peanut oil
2 tbs coconut milk

Place chicken slices into a mixing bowl. 
Combine all the BBQ sauce ingredients and mix well.

Pour sauce over chicken; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
If using oven, preheat oven to 400°. Place chicken on a baking pan and bake for 15 minutes and turn to broil for 5 minutes or until lightly scorched.
If using pan-fry, Heat cast iron pan with some oil and pan-fry chicken 4 minutes on each side or until scorched.
Serve with rice and Sweet Vietnamese dipping sauce.
To make Sweet Vietnamese sauce:
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tbs sugar
2 tbs lemon juice
Mix well. Adjust the taste to your liking with more sugar or lemon juice
Add chopped fresh chili and minced garlic before serving.