Butter Chicken

Finger-licking Butter Chicken! The quintessential Indian dish that is found in New York, London, Sydney and often times, the smallest of Indian restaurants in points in between. Originating in the Indian sub-continent, it is a delicious, creamy, tomato-based curry with spice-infused chicken bites and can be as mild or spicy as you like. It’s simple and finger-licking good! Make it once and you’ll be making it again and again!

Marination:

  • 1 lb boneless chicken cut into bite size cubes
  • 3/4 tsp oil
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp red sweet paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Gravy:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 cup red onion finely diced
  • 2 tbsp ginger – finely minced
  • 2 tbsp garlic – finely minced
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 20 cashew nuts
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream

Method:

  1. Preparing the chicken:
    1. Marinate the chicken: In a Ziploc bag (or a container), mix all the ingredients mentioned under marination above with the exception of the chicken. When it is mixed well, add in the chicken and massage the marinate into the chicken. Cover/Close Ziploc and keep overnight in the fridge or 48 hours. The longer it rests, the more tender. I often buy chicken, cut it up and divide it between different marinades and freeze it for when needed
    2. Grill or cook the chicken:
      • In Air Fryer / Ninja Foodi: Pre-heat the Foodi with the basket for 5 minutes. Spray the basket with a little oil. Add the chicken pieces in a single layer making sure they aren’t touching. Spray the top of the chicken pieces with oil. Air Crisp on high for 360°F for 5 minutes. Then flip the pieces and continue on Air Crisp for another 3-5 minutes until the internal temperature is at least 165°F. Remove and place on a cooling rack/plate
      • On Stove Top: Add 1 tsp butter to a pan. When heated, add the chicken and marinade to the pan. Don’t overcrowd the chicken. Fry on high flame until liquid evaporates and chicken is cooked through.
  2. Prepare the gravy:
    • In a blender, make a smooth puree of the cashews and tomato paste and set aside
    • In a wide pan, heat the butter. Sauté the cardamom and clove till the cloves splutter and cardamom plumps up, and add in the onions
    • Sauté the onions for 2-3 minutes and add in the ginger and garlic. Continue to sauté the mix for 2-3 minutes on medium flame. The onions should be soft and translucent
    • Now add in the cashew, tomato puree and stir. Fry this mix on medium-low flame for 2-3 minutes
    • Add the chili powder, coriander powder, salt and sugar and continue to fry this mix until the puree starts to thicken and leave the sides of the vessel
    • Add the milk and continue to stir to form a gravy (Add more milk if a thinner consistency is desired)
    • Simmer for 4-5 minutes on a low flame
    • Add in the chicken and simmer for 4-5 minutes
    • Add in the garam masala and the kasuri methi and stir. Simmer for 2-3 minutes
    • Switch off the stove and pour in the cream and let it rest. No need to stir it in
    • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with naan or rice
Grilled chicken pieces

Delicious, easy Mussels

This mussels recipe is an all time favorite. When you have guests over, it’s a quick, delicious and elegant-looking dish that’s inexpensive to serve up. Add in a side of garlic bread to sop up that oooh, so delicious broth! A perfect meal for a weeknight dinner, or a date night in or when guests stop by.

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs black mussels
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 14-oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp dried red pepper flakes (or 1/2 if less spicy desired)
  • 1.5 cups dry, white wine
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt, to taste
  • large pinch of Spanish saffron

Method:

  1. Clean the mussels – Inspect each one carefully and discard any that are broken or if partially open, tap the shell and if it doesn’t close, discard. In a bowl, rinse the remaining mussels with cold water, replacing the water 3-4 times. If the mussels have beards, the hairy thing at the end of the mussels, snip it off
  2. In a large vessel with lid, heat 2 tbsp olive oil
  3. When hot, add in the red onion and garlic. Stir on medium flame for about 5 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent
  4. Add in the tomatoes, pepper powder, red pepper flakes, sugar and salt. Stir for 3-4 minutes
  5. Add in the wine and bring to a boil
  6. Add the mussels, cover and steam for 3 minutes
  7. Remove the lid and stir gently, so that the mussels are heated evenly. Cover and continue to steam for 3 minutes
  8. Stir in the parsley, oregano, lemon juice, and saffron. Adjust seasoning to taste
  9. Serve right away in a bowl with a side of garlic bread or any crusty bread to soak up the broth

Burmese Khao Suey

A curried noodle soup in an aromatic coconut milk broth combined with chicken, and varied condiments make for one hearty and comforting meal! If there’s one food the kids want when they go to Aunty Marilyn’s house is this delicious Khao Suey. This dish is said to have originated in Burma, now called Myanmar, and is said to have come to East India with people who migrated during World War II. It is widely served in Myanmar, Laos, and Norther Thailand. The dish has a few different versions and is also spelled differently like khaosay, khao soi, etc. If you like Indian or Thai food, you will enjoy this dish.

Guidance:

  • Protein Option: This dish tastes amazing with boneless chicken but  I used bone-in chicken thighs to get the richness that comes from cooking meat with bones. You can also add tofu, carrots and other vegetables for a vegetarian version
  • Noodles option: Egg noodles are typically served with khao soi but I have used angel hair noodles and also ramen, and they worked great
  • Speed-to-table: You can use store bought fried garlic and fried onions
  • Condiments: Condiments amp up the flavor. Fried garlic, fried onion, roasted peanuts, lemon wedges, and cilantro are the most popular accompaniments. Sliced boiled eggs, jalapenos, finely sliced red onions, and green onions are other options

Servings: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20-35 minutes (depending on using the pressure cooker/stove top and boneless or bone-in chicken thighs)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 cups red onions finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 lbs bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (if using boneless chicken, cut into bite size cubes)
  • 1 can (14oz) coconut milk
  • 3 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp gram flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 8oz noodles – angel hair pasta

For garnishes:

  • 1 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 5 garlic cloves, cut into fine slices
  • 3 inches ginger, cut into fine long slices
  • 2 limes cut into wedges
  • 4 eggs boiled and cut into quarters
  • 2 spring onions chopped finely
  • 1 cup fried onions or 1 large red onion cut into fine, long slices and
  • 1 tbsp oil if preparing the fried onions and garlic at home

Method – Ninja Foodi / Instant Pot:

  1. Pre-heat the Ninja Food/ Instant Pot by selecting the Sauté function
  2. Add the sesame oil. When hot, add the onions, garlic and ginger, sautéing it, until the onions are soft and translucent – about 4-6 minutes
  3. Stir in the coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric. Stir for about a minute
  4. Add in the chicken and lightly fry it, stirring for about a minute
  5. Add in the coconut milk, fish sauce, soya sauce, and the broth. Stir for a minute
  6. Now cancel the Sauté option and turn on the Pressure Cook option
  7. Close and Pressure Cook for 10 minutes. If using boneless chicken, pressure cook for 3 minutes
  8. While chicken is cooking, make the noodles, following the instructions on the noodles box. Prepare noodles and keep aside
  9. In parallel, while the soup is cooking, prepare the fried onion and friend garlic garnishes: In a pan, heat the 1 tbsp oil and fry the garlic until crisp and golden on very low flame. Remove and set aside. Add the onions to the pan, fry until crisp and golden. Remove and set aside
  10. Take a bowl and mix in the gram flour and water to create a fine paste, removing any lumps
  11. When time is up for the chicken, release the pressure, remove lid and turn back the sauté option. Stir in the gram flour mix to thicken up the soup, cooking for 1 minute
  12. Serve in bowls, squeeze in lime juice and add your choice of garnishes

Method – Stove Top:

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the sesame oil. When hot, add the onions, garlic and ginger, sautéing it, until the onions are soft and translucent – about 4-6 minutes
  2. Stir in the coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric. Stir for about a minute
  3. Add in the chicken and lightly fry it, stirring for about 2-3 minutes
  4. Add in the coconut milk, fish sauce, soya sauce, and the broth. Simmer for 5 minutes if using boneless chicken cubes or for 30 minutes (covered) if using bone-in skinless chicken thighs
  5. While the chicken is cooking, cook the noodles following the recipe on the noodle box, until al dente
  6. In parallel, while the soup is cooking, prepare the fried onion and friend garlic garnishes: In a pan, heat the 1 tbsp oil and fry the garlic until crisp and golden. Remove and set aside. Add the thinly sliced onions to the pan and fry until crisp. Remove and set aside
  7. Take a bowl and mix in the gram flour and water to create a fine paste, removing any lumps
  8. When the soup is ready, stir in the gram flour mix to thicken up the soup, cooking for 1 minute
  9. Serve in bowls, squeeze in lime juice and add your choice of garnishes

Vegan African Chickpea, Spinach, Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

This chickpea, spinach and sweet-potato stew is a soothing, African-inspired, gluten-free and vegan dish that is oh so delicious and comforting served with plain white rice! Seasoned with spices and a rich tomato broth that is made creamy with peanut butter, it’s oozing with goodness and you won’t even notice there’s no meat in this dish. I took this dish to a pot-luck and made it for parties at home and each time, guests loved it and asked for the recipe.

This recipe has instructions for making this on the stove, a slow cooker or the Instant Pot.

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 4 hours Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes  Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 small yellow onions, diced
  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky but make sure it’s natural and no sugar added)
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (alternatively, soak 3/4 cup chickpeas overnight and pressure cook for 15 minutes)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped (alternatively, collard greens or kale also work well)
  • salt, optional and as desired
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (for garnish)
  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice (optional side)

Method:

  • Slow cooker:
    • Add all ingredients to slow cooker except for spinach, red pepper, cilantro, peanuts and rice. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours
    • When ready, stir in spinach and red pepper and cover
    • Serve in a bowl with rice and top each bowl with peanuts and cilantro
  • Instant Pot:
    • Add all ingredients to Instant Pot except for spinach, red pepper, cilantro, peanuts and rice
    • Cook on high pressure for 2 minutes and then do a quick release of the pressure
    • Remove lid, and stir in red pepper and spinach
    • Serve in a bowl with rice and top each bowl with peanuts and cilantro
  • Stove top:
    • Heat the olive oil in a large pot
    • Sauté the onion, garlic and ginger over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or or until the onion becomes soft and translucent
    • While the onion, ginger, and garlic are sautéing, peel and dice the sweet potato into 1/2-inch cubes. Add the sweet potato cubes, curry powder, red chili powder, and cumin powder to the pot and continue to sauté for about 5 minutes
    • Add the crushed tomato, peanut butter, chick peas, and vegetable broth to the pot. Stir until the peanut butter and tomato paste have mostly dissolved into the broth. Place a lid on the pot and turn the heat down to medium-low and allow it to simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are very soft
    • While the sauce is simmering, wash and then cut the spinach into 2 inch wide strips
    • Once the sauce has simmered for 15-20 minutes and the sweet potatoes are very soft, stir in the spinach and red pepper
    • Finally, taste the sauce and add salt, if desired
    • Serve in a bowl with rice and top each bowl with peanuts and cilantro

Slow roasted pork butt with spicy mustard sauce

Our friend, Prem, is passionate about cooking. And the love and the intensity that goes into every recipe is evidenced in the flavors of everything he cooks. From finding the right cuts of meat, to the freshest of ingredients, and to not taking shortcuts, each dish is a culinary journey. Sometimes though the simplicity of a dish in itself amazes….and this slow roasted pork butt dish does just that. It’s simple, and yet, oozes with flavor. Try it and your guests will be raving about it, just as we did when we first tried it.

Serves: 8-12     Time: 6-7.5 hours plus brining overnight and 1 hour rest time

Ingredients:

  • For the Pork Butt
  • 1 Bone-in pork butt, 6 to 8 pounds
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp black pepper
  • For the Spicy Mustard Sauce
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Method for the Pork

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut cross lines  1 inch apart into the fat cap being careful not to cut into the meat
  2. Rub the salt, pepper and brown sugar all over the meat including over the slits
  3. Wrap the port tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate over night
  4. Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  5. Take a roasting pan and fill with 5 cups of water
  6. Place a rack over the water and spray with nonstick cooking spray
  7. Unwrap pork from plastic, and place on the rack
  8. Place pan and meat on the lowest rack in the over
  9. Cook meat, basting on the hour with the juices from the pan
  10. Cook 5-6 hours until thermometer inserted into the meat registers 190 degrees without the thermometer touching the bone
  11. Transfer the roast to a carving board, and let is rest for an hour, covered loosely with a tent of Aluminum foil
  12. Transfer liquid to a fat separator and let stand for 5 minutes. Throw out the fat and use the au jus while serving
  13. Serve with spicy mustard sauce

Method for the spicy mustard sauce:
1. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside

Serving suggestion: Carve the pork roast and serve with a drizzle of au jus and spicy mustard sauce.


Moong dal Kichdi

Comfort food! We’re in quarantine unfortunately, and my mind immediately went to the foods my mom would make to help our bodies heal and to boost immunity. Kichdi, a rice and lentil porridge, is one of those foods. A simple and quick one-pot dish that nourishes your body. Protein-packed, it’s a soothing Indian meal that’s perfect for someone under the weather (and even when you’re not)! I make this in the Ninja Foodi but it can be made in the Instant Pot or a Pressure Cooker.

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total time: 40 mins

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Ghee (or oil, for a vegan recipe)
  • 1/2 cup Basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup small whole green moong dal (or small yellow moong dal lentils)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 medium green chili finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Soak the basmati rice and moong dal in cold water for 15-30 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  2. Set the Ninja Foodi/ Instant Pot to sear option
  3. Add the 1 tbsp Ghee and when hot, add the bay leaf, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, ginger and green chili
  4. Stir for a minute, and then add the diced tomato
  5. Stir for a minute and add the rice and dal along with 3 cups of water, turmeric powder and salt
  6. Secure the lid, select the pressure cook option, close the pressure valve and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure (12 minutes if using yellow moong lentils instead of the small whole green ones)
  7. When done, slow release for 20 minutes and open lid to release pressure
  8. Serve with a tsp of ghee

Wonton pork tacos

I made these Wonton Pork Taco recipes for a party and the guests loved it! Great appetizer for a party or even an option for dinner Give it a shot and tell me what you think. The steps are quick and will be worth it!

Prep time: 20 minutes. Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings :4

Ingredients

For the pork

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp Soya sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 scallion finely chopped

For the pickled vegetables

  • 1/2 cup red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup fine cut carrot sticks
  • 1/4 cup radishes cut fine (optional)
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 jalapeno diced, deserved if you don’t like it spicy
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Remaining ingredients:

  • 12 Wonton wrappers or taco shells
  • Sweet chili sauce, to serve
  • 3 tbsp Chopped cilantro, to serve
  • Sesame seeds, to serve

Method

  1. Make the pickled vegetables:
    • In a medium glass bowl, mix well the 1 tbsp of sesame oil, as well as the rice vinegar, granulated sugar and salt. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved completely
    • Place the red and green cabbage, carrot sticks, radishes, and jalapeno in the above mixture and stir well. While you can eat this right away, it tastes best if you let it chill for atleast an hour
  2. Make the pork:
    1. Place a shallow pan on the stove and heat the 1 tbsp of sesame oil over medium-high heat
    2. Add the green onion and the ginger, garlic. Cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add pork and cook, breaking up with a fork, until no longer pink, 8-10 minutes.
    3. Stir in the Hoisin sauce, soya sauce, and Sriracha sauce. Fry another 2 minutes
    4. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes
  3. For the taco shells:
    1. Pre- heat oven to 375F
    2. Spray wonton wrappers with cooking spray, then drape over two of the metal slats of a steamer rack trivet. This creates a flat bottom and they stay open better to fill
      • Alternatively, use a cupcake tine and make wonton cups
    3. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Watch closely so they don’t burn

Assembly:

Add pork mixture to the wonton shells, top with pickled vegetables, drizzle with sweet chili sauce, sprinkle with cilantro and sesame seeds. Enjoy!


Goan Shrimp Curry

Curry and rice are Goan meal staples. Every summer when we visited our grandparents in Goa, we feasted on fresh fish. My parents would make a trip to the marketplace where you had a large, wet, slushy section devoted to fish. That’s where you heard fisherwomen loudly arguing with those who tried to haggle to a price that was deemed too ridiculous! These fisherwomen, all dressed so colorfully, sat with baskets overflowing with fish of all types – Shrimp/Prawns, Pomfrets, Mackerels, Kingfish, Shark. You had to know how to haggle or else, they smelled you were a novice and you’d end up paying three times the price. When my parents brought the fish home, we’d all help with cleaning the fish, and deveining those prawns. Then would come the grinding of the masala, on this large stone – that toned up your arm muscles by the end of the summer! Rechad-filled pomfrets, rava-prawns, ambot tik with shark, and prawn curry, the very thought makes me drool. But time is a critical asset these days, and thanks to shortcuts like coconut milk cans and food processors, I can whip up the same curries and then take my time enjoying the food and reminiscing about those holidays!

Servings: 4 people Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

20 medium-sized Prawns or Shrimp – cleaned and deveined

For Masala

  • 1.5 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 8-10 Kashmiri red chilis
  • 6 Garlic cloves
  • 3 tsp whole Coriander powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 Tamarind (marble-sized ball)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

Other ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Coconut oil
  • 1 medium Onion chopped finely
  • 1 medium Tomato chopped finely
  • 1 green chili – slit
  • Salt (to taste)

Method:

  • Apply ½ tsp salt to shrimp and leave aside for about 15 minutes
  • Grind all ingredients under “For Masala” using sufficient water to form a smooth paste. Keep aside
  • In a pan heat, heat coconut oil. Add onions. Fry till onions are a light golden brown and add tomatoes. Cook for 6-8 minutes till the tomatoes are soft
  • Add the ground Masala, green chili and salt to the pan. Fry for 3-4 minutes
  • Reduce the flame and simmer for 8-10 minutes
  • Add the shrimp and cook for 4-5 minutes (cooking times will change based on the size of shrimp used – large shrimp for 7-8 minutes, medium shrimp for 4-5 minutes and small shrimp for 2-3 minutes)
  • Turn off heat and let it sit for about 5 minutes
  • Serve with hot rice

Char Siu (Chinese Barbequed Pork)

Nail Chinese BBQ pork with this recipe! My kids love going to a local Chinese dive because of the barbeque pork fried rice. They could eat that for lunch and then again for dinner! The restaurant isn’t close by and during Covid, we missed it much too much and had to try and replicate the recipe at home. The fried rice was easy, the bbq pork, not as much. A couple of recipe improvisations later, and we no longer need to step out for this bbq pork. Best of all, I know the cut and quality of the meat used and I don’t need to add red color.

Prep time: 10 minutes (not including overnight marinating time) Cook time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless pork shoulder (the more fat, the tastier it will be)
  • 2 tbsp finely minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tbsp red wine
  • 1 cube red fermented bean curd
  • 2 tsp five spice powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 5 tsp water
     

Method:

  • Cut the pork into long strips or chunks about 2 inches thick. Aim for uniform slices so they cook uniformly. Don’t trim any excess fat, as it will add flavor
  • Sprinkle the salt over the slices. Then poke each side of the long strips with a fork to help it absorb the marinade, when applied
  • In a bowl, make the marinade – combine the garlic, oyster sauce, soya sauce, hoisin sauce, red wine, Shaoxing wine, garlic, five spice powder and the bean curd. Mix well till smooth
  • Reserve about 2 tablespoons of the marinade. Cover and set aside in fridge
  • In a large ziploc bag, pour in the remaining marinade. Add the pork to the bag and massage the pork allowing the marinade to cover the pork well. Close the bag and refrigerate overnight, or 8-10 hours
  • When ready to cook, remove the pork from the fridge and let it rest on countertop while pre-heating the oven to the bake setting at 425F, with a rack positioned in the upper third of the oven.
  • Line an oven-proof bowl with an aluminum foil. Place 3 tablespoons of water between the foil and the bottom of the bowl to create some steam. Place the pork slices in a single row on the foil.
  • Place the bowl in the oven and set timer for 15 minutes
  • While pork is in oven, combine the honey with 2 tbsp of water
  • Cook for 15 minutes and then lather both sides with the pork marinade
  • Cook for another 15 minutes and lather both sides with pork marinade again
  • Cook for 10 minutes and lather both sides with the honey-water mix
  • Now turn up the over to 450F, and cook for another 5 minutes
  • Remove from oven and baste with the 2 tablespoons of marinade that had been set aside
  • Let it rest for 5 minutes – then cut and enjoy
  • Note: By now, the pork has cooked for 50 minutes total. It should be cooked through and caramelized on top. If it’s not caramelized to your liking, an option is to turn on the broiler for a couple minutes to crisp the outside and add some color. Please don’t walk away during this as it can sear quickly. You can also use a meat thermometer to check if the internal temperature of the pork has ready 160F

Serving suggestions:

This big batch of pork can be used right away or frozen. Use it for barbeque pork fried rice, as an appetizer by itself, or in Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches which my high-schooler LOVED enough to take to school two days in a row!


Spicy Korean Tofu

Spicy Korean Tofu (Air-fryer/Ninja Foodi/Stove-top)

This spicy, gochujang tofu recipe will have you craving for more. Not only is it flavorful, combine that with brown rice, steamed vegetables like broccoli or bok choy, and you have a healthy, vegan meal on your table in under 45 minutes.

Why Tofu? Tofu has a range of benefits – it’s a great add to an anti-inflammatory diet while providing a good amount of protein. But it can be bland. Adding some soya sauce and gochujang certainly ups the game! What’s gochujang? Gochujang is a fundamental ingredient in Korean cooking. It’s a thick and spicy-sweet dark red paste made from red chili peppers, and fermented soybeans. If you don’t have it handy, a little Thai chili paste or sriracha combined with a dash of soya sauce and sugar will serve as a substitute.

Servings: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14 oz package firm Tofu (sliced into cubes)
  • 2 tbsp dark soya sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp gochujang (or 1.5 tbsp sriracha, mixed with 1 tbsp ketchup, 1/2 tsp soya sauce and 1/2 tsp sugar)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 tsp ginger (finely minced)
  • 2 tbsp Oil (plus spray if baking) – sesame, vegetable or olive oil
  • Optional: 1-2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Instructions:

  1. Drain water from the package of tofu. Press down gently on the tofu to remove as much water as possible
  2. Slice the block of tofu into 1/2 inch planks and then into bite-sized cubes
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine1 tbsp of the soya sauce and the tablespoon of cornstarch. Add in the tofu cubes. Gently mix to combine.
  4. You can bake the tofu in the air-fryer or cook it on a stove top
    1. Air-fryer option: I used an air-fryer, a Ninja Foodi. Set the Foodi on air-crisp option to 400F. Heat the cooking basket for 3 minutes. Spray with oil to coat the bottom of dish and place tofu cubes in it. Spray the top of the tofu lightly. Air-fry the tofu for about 12 minutes until crispy.
    2. Stove-top option: Heat 2 tbsp of oil (sesame or olive or vegetable oil) in a pan, and when hot, add the tofu and cook over medium-high heat until golden brown
  5. While the tofu is baking in the air-fryer, or stove, mix the soya sauce, gochujang paste, brown sugar and water in a bowl until combined
  6. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic and the whites of the chopped green onion
  7. Saute on medium heat for 2 minutes
  8. Add the sauce and cook for 2 minutes
  9. Add the cooked tofu to the sauce and stir gently. Cook for 2 minutes
  10. Remove from stove top
  11. Best served right away, garnished with the chopped green onions
  12. Tastes great served on a bed of rice and with a side of steamed broccoli or bok choy