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    Strawberry Green Tea Layer Cake

    The finished product!
    The finished product! Green tea layer cake inside… I promise.

    As mother’s day is coming up next week, my two friends and I were talking about what we’re getting our moms. As we’re all 20-somethings now, we’ve been encountering the difficulty of getting gifts for our parents for various occasions. What do we get someone that has everything and could buy it themselves?? No more cutesy finger painted hands on paper gifts appropriate from a 5 year old. Now we care about practicality and not buying something totally useless that will collect dust. Is it a visit back to the parents home enough? What about those overly expensive Edible Arrangements baskets? Flower delivery? Something they love like cooking utensils? But then if they loved it, they would already have it. With at least 3 possible gift-giving holidays a year for someone (mother’s/father’s day, birthday, christmas), what can a gal do?!

    I’m still trying to figure this out. I normally would treat them to a nice dinner for their birthday, but this year, for my mom’s birthday, I baked her a cake. The asian palette typically does not like overly sweet, including my mom. Unfortunately, many bakeries evidently pack on that sugar; so, instead of buying a cake, I decided to make one! read more “Strawberry Green Tea Layer Cake”

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    Cauliflower Salmon Sushi Roll

    Healthy and delicious spin on one of my favorite foods
    Healthy and delicious spin on one of my favorite foods – salmon roll

    I am obsessed with sushi. Always have been since it was introduced into my life when I was a child. Unfortunately, most sushi rolls at restaurants are deceptively pretty unhealthy with it’s made with sugary rice vinegar, a heaping amount of white rice, and any additional deep-frying, spicy mayo lathering, or eel sauce drizzle (is anyone salivating besides me right now?!). Fortunately, there’s the replacing rice with cauliflower option at home, which can save you a bunch of calories and carbs when you’re trying to eat healthier. read more “Cauliflower Salmon Sushi Roll”

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    Baked Ziti and Chicken Parmesan

    Chicky chicky parm parm
    Healthier version of chicky chicky parm parm

    Tried this healthier cheesy pasta recipe last night: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=351984

    I followed the recipe pretty closely. It turned out decent, although not as cheesy normally as baked ziti is. I opted to mix in the marinara sauce with the pasta instead of having it layered on. Next time I would try to do the same thing with the layer of Parmesan cheese so it’s more cheesy within, instead of having it sit as one layer below the chicken. Then probably add a little more sauce on top of the chicken. But still pretty good for a “healthier” night in.

    Bon appetit!

    xoxo eileen

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    Turkey Burger with Cauliflower Buns

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    This ain’t no In N Out, but it won’t clog your arteries!

    DAMN I LOVE CARBS. But during the week, I try not to eat processed foods or complex carbohydrates. I limit my intake of simple carbohydrates (because you still need them but not too much), so any type of whole-grain bread, pasta, or brown rice is a no no for me during the week. This recipe for the cauliflower buns is something I recently discovered, and have been serving my taste buds verrrrrry well. read more “Turkey Burger with Cauliflower Buns”

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    Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice

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    Chicken fried cauliflower rice! New favorite veggie hack. (I hate vegetables and I’m trying to find any way to sneak them in deliciously… Sorry zucchini noodles- not completely on board!)

    I know I usually post the recipe but I kind of made this one up before and during my cooking so I’m not exactly sure of my measurements. But what’s great about this is that it’s really up to you what you want your “fried rice” to have! read more “Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice”

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    Chicken Parmesan (Pepperjack) and Spaghetti

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    Hi! I know it’s been a long while since I posted last but here’s something I made tonight that deserved a post for me to remember what I did. This is not healthy by any means but totally delicious. Thanks Bobby Flay and my aunt for the pepperjack idea. This is the altered recipe for Chicken Parmesan (with Pepperjack Cheese instead):

    Overall: 14/15

    My chicky chicky parm parm (any Parks&Rec fans out there?!) was not as crispy as I’d normally get at restaurants but that’s probably due to the lack of oil I tried putting.. I’m sure if I actually used a lot more oil in the frying pan, it would be crispier. Still was faaaaantasic.

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    Zucchini Fries

    Zucchini Fries

    Made this twice already. Family approved so you know it’s good. Oven baked and sneaking in veggies? Whaaaa? Pretty healthy (and tasty) alternative to potato fries or chips. Great snack but also a filling lunch (if you had like 4/5 of the entire pan of zucchini fries… woops #sorrynotsorry).

    Overall: 14/15

    It took a longer time than I expected. It always does though. I guess in my head, the steps it takes to make it is simple. Cut up zucchini. Dip zucchini into butter (in my case, eggs for the healthier alternative) then dip into spices/crumbs. But I guess the actual task of peeling the zucchini, cutting the zucchini, and then having the dip every single zuch-fry into egg then press into spices/crumbs takes a while. I think it literally took me like an hour to do all the steps, plus baking time.. then cleaning. Agh. Anyway, it was delicious though. Worth it. read more “Zucchini Fries”

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    Banana Bread with Walnuts for Thanksgiving

    Banana Walnut Bread

    Overall Score: 15/15

    I made this treat for Thanksgiving this year and it was scrumptious. Best part was that compared to other banana bread recipes, it was the most simple and required the least ingredients. Lucky for me this year (I used to make banana bread but with recipes that did require random ingredients that I was only going to use a few tablespoons of and do not regularly cook with.. like sour cream? I’m asian. We don’t use sour cream.), I found this recipe on Epicurious and the bread turned out moist (eek does anyone else cringe at that word but don’t know how to replace it?), mildly sweet, and if anything else, it made the house smell SO GOOD. read more “Banana Bread with Walnuts for Thanksgiving”

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    Spicy Turkey Meatballs & Zoodles with Marinara

    This was one of my very first “healthy” dishes I cooked! It was a pretty long process since I’m an amateur cook still learning to cut/slice things efficiently and what not. I didn’t have the right tools to make the zoodles (used a peeler on the zucchini so strips were wider) but the marinara covered any zucchini taste left (haha- I’m not a huge fan of veggies). The meatballs turned out really good, which I’m happy about! Overall, great dish I would totally make in the future. No, the zoodles still do not taste like pasta at all but covering it in marinara makes it totally okay. Not bad for a legit first dish by myself. read more “Spicy Turkey Meatballs & Zoodles with Marinara”