Stuffed Squash with Quinoa and Blue Cheese – Recipe

Stuffed Squash with Quinoa and Blue Cheese – RecipeStuffed Squash with Quinoa and Blue Cheese – Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 55 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients
• 4 small squash (acorn, butternut, carnival, dumpling or delicata)
• 2 cups of quinoa prepared according to directions
• 1 medium, peeled, cored, and chopped granny smith apple
• ½ of green or red pepper, chopped
• 1 stalk celery, chopped
• ¼ cup of either crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese
• 1 cup of cooked chicken, chopped (omit for vegetarian version)
• ¼ cup of raisins
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil

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Orzo with Roasted Vegetables Salad – Recipe

Orzo with Roasted Vegetables Salad – RecipeOrzo with Roasted Vegetables Salad – Recipe

This is a great dish to bring to a cookout. It is light and delicious and full of nutrients.

Prep Time: 1 hour
Serves: 8-10 as a side dish
Recipe can be doubled
Serve at room temperature

Ingredients: (You can substitute with any vegetables you have)
1 small eggplant, chopped in bite size pieces
1 red bell pepper, chopped in bite size pieces
1 medium zucchini, cut into bite size pieces
1 medium yellow summer sqush, cut into bit size pieces

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Thai Chicken Lettuce Wrap – Recipe

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wrap – RecipeThai Chicken Lettuce Wrap – Recipe

This is a delicious, light but flavorful dish. I love to eat Thai Chicken Lettuce Wrap as a light lunch or a snack. It is low in calorie, gluten free, and heart healthy. Even though the recipe sounds fussy, once you understand each step you can cook assemble 2 to 3 dozen wraps in less than an hour. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

There are 3 steps to making this dish.
1. Cook the vermicelli noodles
2. Cook the meat filling
3. Assemble

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Tasty Asian Fish and Pork Meatballs – Recipe

Tasty Asian Fish and Pork Meatballs – RecipeTasty Asian Fish and Pork Meatballs – Recipe

As a kid my mother always made, what I would describe as Chinese meatloaf. Instead of using ground hamburger and pork, she would use pork, fish, shrimp and seasoned with Asian condiments. She would then shape the meat mixture into either, patties, meatloaf or meatballs and then either pan-fry, steam or drop the meat mixture into a broth.

Today it is so easy to make this meat mixture in a food processor; back in the 50’s and 60’s there were no food processors. My mother would chop the meat by hand with a cleaver. Depending how much meat she was processing it would take her anywhere from 20-30 minutes of constant chopping. I remembered as a child, my brother and I would take turns chopping when my mother got tired. I’m thankful that my brother and I didn’t chop off our fingers.

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Refreshing Cucumber and Red Onion Salad Recipe

Refreshing Cucumber and Red Onion Salad RecipeRefreshing Cucumber and Red Onion Salad Recipe

In the Lui’s household, we love cucumber and red onion salad, especially when we accompany with ribs, cole slaw, and rice. This is quick and yummy recipe.

Prep Time: 20-30 minutes
Marinate: minimum of 3 hours in the refrigerator, preferably overnight
Serves: 6 people

The recipe can be reduced by half or doubled.

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Healthy Black Bean and Corn Salad Recipe

Healthy Black Bean and Corn Salad RecipeHealthy Black Bean and Corn Salad Recipe

If Certified Reflexologist Helen Chin Lui isn’t helping clients, she is cooking and creating healthy recipes. Here is a favorite summer recipe in the Lui’s household, Black Bean and Corn Salad. Easy to make, nutritious and full with fiber.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 0 (unless you cook black beans add 2 hours)
Servings: 4-6

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Incredibly Tasty Asian BBQ Sauce – Recipe

Incredibly Tasty Asian BBQ Sauce – RecipeIncredibly Tasty Asian BBQ Sauce – Recipe

We love BBQ ribs at the Lui household. This recipe is an easy and incredibly tasty! It will have a similar taste to Roast Pork strip that you find on menus in a Chinese restaurant. This recipe will create enough sauce for two racks of ribs.

Mix in a bowl and place in refrigerator to age for a couple of hours or overnight –

1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup hoisin sauce
4 minced garlic cloves
1/8 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup light brown sugar

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Mexican Quinoa and Black Bean Stir Fried – Recipe

Mexican Quinoa and Black Bean Stir Fried – RecipeMexican Quinoa and Black Bean Stir Fried – Recipe

We love food at the Lui’s household that has the taste of South of Border. In this recipe instead of the rice, we substituted it with quinoa.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Recipe can be doubled or tripled

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Hoisin BBQ Sauce Recipe

Hoisin BBQ Sauce RecipeHoisin BBQ Sauce Recipe

This recipe is enough sauce for two racks of ribs. Mix in a bowl and place in refrigerator to age for a couple of hours –

1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup hoisin sauce
4 minced garlic cloves
1/8 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup light brown sugar

Season both sides of ribs. On the grill, cook the ribs for an hour on low heat, away from direct heat. With a brush, brush both sides with sauce. Repeat brushing at lease 3 times total and grill until tender, about 2 hours total.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

Gluten Free Chocolate Lava Cake RecipeGluten Free Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

Because I am so passionate about making food, I am always creating new recipes or reinventing old ones. I have created a #glutenfree #chocolate #lavacake recipe for my son who has gluten #intolerance. Easy and yummy!

To make gluten-free lava cake: follow a recipe on the back of Bob’s Red Mill chocolate cake mix. This mix makes about 15 cupcakes. Set aside.

Paper-lined cupcake pan and fill batter 1/2 way. Put a dollop of solid (not melted) Brigham’s Hot Fudge sauce in the center of the batter, (about one heaping teaspoon,) add another tablespoon of cake batter on top and bake according to directions on the package.

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Greek Spinach Feta Pie Recipe

Greek Spinach Feta Pie RecipeGreek Spinach Feta Pie Recipe

Do we love Spinach Pies! We can eat it morning, noon and night. Here is Helen Chin Lui’s version. This recipe can be doubled for a large crowd.

Prep time 30 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes at 350 degrees
Serves: 6

Spinach mixture (made in two parts)

Part 1
In a skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil sauteed until lightly brown
1 bunch scallion, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
Cool completely before adding to cheese mixture. Set aside

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The New SuperFood – Humble Bok Choy Vegetable and Recipe

The New SuperFood – Humble Bok Choy Vegetable and RecipeThe New SuperFood – Humble Bok Choy Vegetable and Recipe

Growing up in a Chinese household, we were taught at a very young age what is good, and nutritiously balanced food is. My parents would painstaking plan out every meal.

Much of our meals consisted of protein, vegetables, hot soup and rice. Probably a little too much rice. My four brothers and sisters learned how to cook at a very young age with passion. As a child, I didn’t like vegetables, especially the green leafy ones. I discovered vegetables when I was in the teens, and now most of my meals comprise at lease 50% vegetables.

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Carrot Cake – Recipe

Carrot Cake – RecipeCarrot Cake – Recipe

I like carrot cake a lot. What is there not to like? A light and moist cake filled with carrots, pineapples and raisins is delicious.

Whenever I have a slice there are two things I think about: First, How to get two servings? I try and stretch it out and figure if I get two very thin slices, this will be the equivalent of a standard size slice of cake while I feel like I’m eating more. Second, I’m eating something that is also healthy for me that is also sweet. (Who am I kidding?) In the rare instances when I have the opportunity to indulge in sweets nowadays, I carefully pick and choose what to eat.

This cake is an easy to make. It can easily serve 12 people but when I entertain large groups of people, I usually double the recipe.

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Butternut Squash and Apple Soup – Fall Recipe

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup – Fall RecipeButternut Squash and Apple Soup – Fall Recipe

Prep Time:    15 minutes
Cooking Time:    40-45 minutes
Notes:    Serves 6

This is a quick and light soup.  It’s wonderful with a hunk of bread and salad.  If you substitute the dairy products with soymilk or almond milk, not only is the recipe gluten free but also dairy free.

Ingredients:
2 T vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 medium or 1 large butternut squash (about 1 3/4 lb each), peeled, seeded, and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
3/4 lb Golden Delicious apples (about 2 medium), peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped (or any apple you like)

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Why is Bone Broth so Good for You?

Why is Bone Broth so Good for You?Why is Bone Broth so Good for You?

Skin issues? Bone broth! Improperly functioning thyroid? Bone broth! Digestive problems? Bone broth!

Well, enough people believe in the claim to put “broth cafes” and “broth bars” in business from New York to Seattle. So, what’s so special about something nana has been simmering in her slow cooker for years? Here are some of the reasons why people say bone broth should be served in a golden chalice:

  1. Reduce cellulite

Do we have your attention now? We thought putting this one at the top might work. Proline and collagen are responsible for making connective tissue, a lack of which creates those evil bumps and lumps. So, an increase in connective tissue will supposedly smooth away nasty cellulite.

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Gluten-Free Summer Vegetable Risotto Recipe

Gluten-Free Summer Vegetable Risotto RecipeGluten-Free Summer Vegetable Risotto Recipe

Risotto is creamy, filling, glorious comfort food for any season, any occasion. Indulgent Lobster Risotto for date night, Pumpkin Risotto as a bowl of fall splendor, Asparagus Risotto on a chilly spring evening. The flavor possibilities are as rich as the risotto itself.

Risotto is one of those dishes that does not need major modifications t1o make it safe for those following a gluten-free diet. The base of the dish, Italian Arborio rice, is naturally gluten-free. The creamy essence of risotto comes from this special type of rice rather than a flour thickening agent.

Arborio rice is a high starch, round short-grain rice. It absorbs liquid and releases starch, creating a natural, thick creaminess. If you cannot find Arborio rice, you can substitute either Carnaroli rice or white sushi rice to prepare a delicious gluten-free risotto.

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Vegetarian 4th of July Cookout – Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Vegetarian 4th of July Cookout – Stuffed Peppers RecipeVegetarian 4th of July Cookout – Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
4 medium bell peppers (different colors)
4 potatoes (about 5oz each), peeled, boiled, and mashed
2 teaspoons lime juice
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons oil
2 teaspoons fennel seeds

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Quinoa Tabouli Salad Recipe

Quinoa Tabouli Salad RecipeQuinoa Tabouli Salad Recipe

By Laurie Warren, of Warren Wellness – Whole Nutrition for Health and Healing

This recipe will deliver some Smart Carbs, Clean Protein, Healthy Fats, and plenty of phytochemicals straight to your happy cells and will taste REALLY good on the way there! And remember, quinoa is one of the only plant sources that offers a complete protein profile!

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