A very easy and quick dish that’s going to satisfy your hunger after a busy day at work or if you have a little time to prepare your food.
I don’t know why sitting all day at work, doing almost nothing, still makes you feel tired. I haven’t planned what I have to cook after work, so my meals were mostly leftovers from the weekend. I am not complaining, but sometimes you crave for something. Think a delicious baked pasta or a warm brownies!
My new colleague asked me “Juju, are you okay? It seems like you are thinking about something very deeply.” I said “When I have this face on, I am thinking of what to cook or what to eat.” She was like “Seriously? If I have that face on, I must be thinking of my house rent and other bills to pay.” I told her “Well, I worry about that, too. But thinking about food makes me happier than thinking about bills or rents to pay.” And she willingly agreed. Yes? Yes!
Being busy at work the whole day and having little time to prepare your meals, easy and quick dishes like this Beef and Peas Rice Bowls are very helpful and filling. I think I overdid the addition of green peas, but overall, the dish was delicious! It is totally a quick fix for some HANGRY fellas.
The dish was great! I had it for lunch and brought some as well for my lunch at work. I had to make adjustments to the source recipe as some of the ingredients were not available in my pantry, so I used what I had. I am glad that this still turned out lovely!
Now, I am taking this easy, but delicious meal to this week’s Fiesta Friday #160. Of course, this amazing party is not possible without the lovely Angie. Thanks as well to our co-hosts this week, Anugya and Margy.
I wish you all a relaxing and fantastic weekend! Happy Fiesta Friday!
Marinated steak with sweet, spicy and tangy gochujang sauce. Perfectly paired with corn on the cob and white rice.
It’s one of the things I am afraid to cook. I am very impatient and I can’t help myself not to check the bottom side if it’s cooked or not. That’s also one of the reasons why I HATE FRYING. I think the only thing I can wait until it’s perfectly done is sunny side up egg. 😀
Since the day I decided that my gochujang need to be used, I searched for recipes and one of the recipes I found was this one. Unfortunately, I don’t use mirin and sake, so made adjustments. I told the butcher that I want beef for my steak and he gave me the chuck part. Since it was my first time cooking a steak, instead of medium, I got well done. Oh, well… I might be better next time.
Overall, this steak with the gochujang sauce was incredible – sweet, spicy, tangy. I was also craving for corn that time so I paired it with corn on the cob and of course, a cup of white rice. They were perfect all together!
Now, I am off to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #158 to share this lovely stuff! Thanks to Ai and Petra for co-hosting this week’s amazing party. And of course, a huge thanks to Angie, too. Happy Fiesta Friday, beautiful people!
Steak with Gochujang Sauce
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Grilled chicken and grilled pineapple salsa wrapped in homemade spinach flatbread, drizzled with (another) homemade healthy ranch dressing – delicious, healthy and refreshing
My brain has been so full of leafy greens and pineapple that my naughty buddies (a.k.a. rice, pasta and sorts…) were a bit upset saying that I don’t think about them that much. I could see leafy greens on the one side and pineapple on the other, not knowing if they would ever want to be BFFs. I told them they should help me and I was happy that they did. I caught them arguing few times that they can be together as one, but not to the point of being healthy. Oh, I almost forgot that this is a healthy recipe challenge with pineapple and leafy greens to go with it.
I wasn’t exactly sure if I can pass the ‘healthy test’, but when Angie told me that when there are greens and pineapples, it’s healthy. 😛 So maybe I can get a passing grade for my homework… Maybe… 😀
I’ve thought of salad and smoothies, but I want to challenge myself more (hey, it’s fun!) so the last thing that came to mind is something sandwich. The best option I had in mind was to make my own spinach tortillas that later became spinach flatbread.
So… there came chicken and grilled pineapple salsa wrapped in spinach flatbread… and let us not forget to drizzle with homemade ranch dressing! The chicken wrap was so filling and refreshing at the same time… and healthier. It was really good not feeling that guilt after eating these wraps. And oh, did I say “after eating these wraps”? It was a mistake; I ate only one. I hope you believe me this time. 😀 I should have put more grilled pineapple salsa, but overall, the taste was really good!
This Fiesta Friday Healthy Recipe Challenge is so much fun. It indeed made me get out from my comfort zone and made something healthy and new. And I am glad that I almost everything is homemade – from the flatbread to salsa up to the dressing. I feel great! Thank you, Angie!
Now, let me share with you the recipe of this delicious wrap. I did post individual recipe for the fillings, but I will also share them below.
Chicken Spinach Flatbread Wraps with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
- 1 1/2 cup flour (all-purpose or whole wheat; I used AP flour)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp canola oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1 1/2 cup baby spinach
- 2-3 tbsp water for the dough
- water for simmering the spinach
- In a pan, add water. Place over a stove on medium heat. When the bubbles appear at the edges, add the 1 1/2 cup of spinach and cook for 2 minutes.
- Using a strainer, drain water from the spinach and run under a very cold water.
- Transfer to a blender and puree the spinach. You may need to add little water in this step. I did pureed mine using a mortar and pestle because my blender was acting up.
- In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and vegetable oil.
- Add in spinach puree and mix until crumbly.
- Add in 2-3 tbsp (or more) water until the dough comes together.
- Cover the bowl with cling wrap and set aside for 30 minutes.
- In a lightly floured surface, flatten the dough and divide into three.
- Flatten each to 7-8 inches disk.
- In a non stick skillet with high heat, cook the flatten dough until brown spots appear. Flip and cook the other side.
- Repeat until all is cooked.
- Transfer to a lint-free towel and keep in an air-tight container until ready to use.
For the grilled pineapple salsa:
- Cut up your chicken. Chunks or vertically sliced is fine.
- Place your flatbread on a surface. Fill with grilled chicken. Top with grilled pineapple salsa.
- Optional: drizzle with homemade ranch dressing and fresh parsley.
- Wrap and enjoy your meal. 😉
This can be topped with less salt and less fat white cheese, too. Oh, I could imagine how good it could be!
The bread can be folded into two and press using a double/press grill pan.
For the past few days, I’ve been struggling with the meals I prepare including my breakfast and lunch at my workplace. I’ve been eating store-bought meals for years and most of them are on the naughty side. So lately… I’ve been thinking of one dish in which I could use in more than one meal.
Now, let’s talk about grilled chicken. Personally, I love chicken thighs – the one sweet and spicy, to be specific. But… I’ve been trying my best to eat more chicken breast than thighs now. Don’t be too happy – this might last for only few days. 😛 So there are grilled chicken that is only good for salad or rice or you know, just one meal. Then my hungry brain told me to search for a good grilled chicken recipe that’s good for everything.
This grilled chicken is good for salad, pasta, wraps, tacos, sandwich and so much more – you just have to be creative. 😉 I found a lovely marinade recipe and made the few adjustments and it tasted wonderful.
I hope my friends at Fiesta Friday # 155 would find this wonderful, too. Thanks, Angie, for keeping this party going. Lots of love to you!
All-Purpose Grilled Chicken
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 6 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 3 chicken breasts (best if pounded to 1/2 inch thick)
- In a jug, mix all ingredients except chicken.
- Place chicken in a large ziplock bag or a bowl. Pour in the marinade and keep inside the fridge for 30 minutes to overnight.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade.
- Grill for 5 minutes or until cooked through.
- Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
The chicken can be grilled over charcoal, electric grill, in a grill pan/cast iron pan or under a broil.
This can be served with salad, pasta, rice and also as a filling for sandwich and wraps.
Happy weekend to all of you! Don’t forget to make someone smile today. 😉
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This is probably one of the quickest and easiest dish you can prepare. The combination of beef and corn is simply scrumptious. You might need more rice.
I have the tendency to dislike food and not to try them at all when somebody tells me the taste is not that “wow” or if I have tasted something close previously and did not like how it tasted.
I have tried pepper corn & beef before when at the airport and starving to death. That was the only dish looked appealing to me. When I tasted it, it was too pepper-y – more like it was called pepper-y pepper & pepper than pepper corn & beef. From that moment, no matter how pepper corn & beef looked mouth-watering to me, the eye contact between me and the photo never lasted that long. I always run away.
Not until few days ago… For how many years of running away from pepper corn & beef, I finally met the one made my eyes sparkle and my tummy rumbling.
Ahh, the taste was amazing – balance between salty, sweet & pepper-y. I apologize to all pepper corn & beef I’ve met before, but I’ve met my soulmate… and we’re engaged! 😀
But for now, I am sharing this with all my friends and bringing this dish at Fiesta Friday #151. Thanks for keeping this party going, Angie!
I got more rice for you, so help yourself. 😉
Pepper Corn and Beef
- 500g ground beef, low fat, washed and drained
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 2 tbsp onions, chopped
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup corn kernel
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- Salt, to taste
- 1 tsp ground black pepper, to garnish (I used about tsp)
- Spring onions, sliced, to garnish
- In a skillet or pot, add ground beef. Cook until almost dry.
- Add oil and butter. Cook until butter is melted.
- Add garlic and onion. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Add corn, soy sauce, water, honey, oyster sauce, salt and 1 tsp ground black pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Do a taste test and adjust seasoning accordingly.
- Remove the pan from the heat.
- Garnish with spring onions and another 1 tsp ground black pepper. Add more if desired.
- Serve with cooked white rice.
Source recipe: Pepper Corn & Beef by Filipino Style Recipe
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Very quick dish to make. Sweet and spicy. Incredibly tempting. Make sure to save extra rice – you may need more!
I feel something is living inside the fridge and cupboards… because when I open them, it’s either something is whistling or something is getting thrown to me. Meaning: I need to use them before I witness a suicidal scene.
One of my habits is when I find something unusual that interests me (and yes, I am talking about food-related stuff) or an ingredient I can only find in a store away from me, there’s a 99.9% chance that I will get that stuff even I still don’t know what to do with it! Hey, there’s my BFF Google! 😀
So yes, I am saying that when I got gochujang, I had only two things in mind – Bibimbap and Korean Fried Chicken. Oh, they were so good. Try them some time. 😉
What to do with the rest of the hot pepper paste? Hello again, Google!
In this recipe, I used beef (the source recipe calls for pork). The taste was a perfect balance between spicy and sweet! I perfectly paired this with sweet-pickled sliced cucumber and onions. Oh so so good! Of course, best with white rice.
C’mon… tell me you love this and will make this soon! 😀
I am taking this at this week’s Fiesta Friday # 149 with our dear Angie and lovely co-hosts Aunt Juju and Sandhya.
Spicy Korean Beef Stir-Fry
- 500g beef, sliced into thin strips , washed and drained
- 1 tbsp oil
- 2 clove garlic, minced
- 1 onion, sliced
- Spring onions, for garnish
- Rice, to serve
- ½ cup pear, grated
- ¼ cup onion, grated
- ½ tsp fresh ginger, minced or finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 3 tbsp gochujang
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients for marinade.
- Add in beef and mix to incorporate the marinade.
- Keep in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- To cook, in a non-stick wok or skillet over high heat, add in oil.
- Saute garlic and onion and cook until fragrant.
- Add in marinated beef. Cook for about 7 minutes or until cooked and caramelized.
- Serve with white rice. Garnish with sliced spring onions.
Source recipe: RecipeTin Eats
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I’ve been in-love with tahini sauce for quite a while now. It’s like I can put the sauce in everything I eat. My colleague even calls tahini sauce “my milk” because I usually drink the remaining sauce whenever she brings one with falafel. Lately, I’ve been making tahini sauce like crazy. I always bring it at my workplace and put in my sandwiches. The last time I made one, I also added harissa and it was amazing.
From the time I laid eyes on tahini sauce, I never stopped dreaming on making Selma’s Garlicky Tahini Chicken. I imagined how good it could be. It took me too long to make it as I want to make my own tortillas to go with the chicken. Then my bonding with the kitchen was taken away by the boss, so I did not have enough time to cook something that will take too much of my energy (e.g. kneading). So I delayed the whole thing only to find out that I really can’t make tortillas… instead, I made Pan De Sal.
I cannot believe that Selma has been gone for over a year now, but how amazing that she left something for us… like her recipes and optimism.
Selma used slow cooker to make this, but I used the oven… and it came out perfectly delicious! Imagine a tahini sauce with fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs. This can be enjoyed with tortillas or any kind of unfilled bread. I bet this will also be great with sour cream.
I wanna tell you a secret… I finished the whole thing all by myself. 😀
But be happy, my friends at Fiesta Friday #139 as I have made a new batch especially for you. 😀 Thanks to our ladies, Angie, Antonia and Sandhya. 🙂
Garlicky Tahini Chicken
- 6 chicken thighs, on the bone and skins removed
- 12 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
- 4 tbsp tahini mixed with 6 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp sumac
- 1 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped, for garnish
- In a small pan, add water. When the water boils, add in unpeeled garlic and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and remove skins when enough to handle.
- Score the chicken meat. Place chicken in a baking pan or oven bags. Set aside.
- In a small food processor or blender, combine peeled (soft) garlic, tahini-water mixture, lemon juice, sumac, paprika, salt and pepper. Do a taste test and adjust accordingly.
- Pour in the marinade over the chicken pieces, making sure to coat every piece of chicken very well.
- Place in the fridge overnight to absorb the flavors.
- Next day: preheat the oven to 325 F. Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil and bake the chicken for 45 minutes.
To serve: This can be served with tortillas along with sour cream (or tzatziki), lettuce and condiment like harissa. I just polished off my plate with my homemade Pan De Sal and it was absolutely perfect! I did not share! 😀
To cook in slow cooker: click the link below
Source recipe: Garlicky Tahini Chicken by Selma’s Table
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For those who knows me very well, they know how I love eggs so much. They also know that I can eat up to
five three eggs in a day. At my work, my colleague’s daughter often calls me ‘mother of all chickens’ because whenever she asks me what I want to eat, it’s either chicken or egg is the answer. Mostly egg. She often tells me that I treat eggs as my babies.
I admit I get fed up of cooking chicken most of the times, but I don’t know much beef recipes or veggies. So when I want to cook something, I always jump to chicken. And today, I am sharing another chicken recipe that you will surely love – KFC or Korean Fried Chicken.
Korean Fried Chicken, apart from Bibimbap, is also one of the popular Korean recipes around the web. The crunchy deep fried chicken wings goes very well with it’s sauce. It’s tangy, sweet and spicy. A perfect appetizer or this can be served with hot white rice just like I did. It was so good, I am telling you.
I hope my friends at Fiesta Friday #136 will love these yummy-licious chicken wings. Thanks to our solo co-host Aunt Juju and to our Angie. ❤ Happy Fiesta Friday!
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It’s that time again that my friends inside the kitchen cupboards are begging to get my attention. When I opened the cupboard, I was in shock when I see some of the ingredients on strike. I calmed them down and talked to them saying that I could not use all of them in one time. After a not so long time discussing with them, there was a small voice from a small bottle saying to get it first. That voice is from sambal oelek.
I wanted to make the sweet chili sauce again, but I also want to try something else. So I called a friend named Google and it helped me find a very easy recipe. And I believe my friend knows me so well that it led me to a recipe that is very lovely with egg. 😀
Sambal minced beef is very easy as you just have to prepare the sauce, stir fry the beef, fry up some crisp sunny side up egg, get your white rice and you’re ready to dig in! The beef is a little spicy, juicy and of course, delicious! It has also this ‘Thai kick’ because of the fish sauce, but be free to omit it of you dislike fish sauce. It will still be good. The source recipe calls for bok choy, but all I had was spinach so I used it instead.
This recipe is very good when you want a very easy meal. And that fried egg is everything to me! 😀
I’ve missed FF last week and I am very much happy to be partying with you again here at Fiesta Friday #134. No co-hosts for this week, so it will be lovely to come back at Angie’s place on Tuesday for voting time. 🙂
Sambal Minced Beef with Fried Egg
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