Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes – I love breakfast!


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Happy Saturday everyone! It’s such a beautiful day today that I felt like making some yummy pancakes this morning! I’ve never really made pancakes from scratch before. In the past, I wanted to make a healthy version using whole wheat white flour, but it just didn’t turn out right for some reason.


Recently, I’ve been exposed to a whole new world on instagram of users who create stunning breakfast posts that are filled with fun and vibrant colors, intriguing textures, and creatively using healthy and natural ingredients. Everything I saw was absolutely drool-worthy. I don’t follow a raw or vegan diet, but boy do some of the food they make look absolutely delicious. One particular user that I follow has a food blog and I decided to try her whole wheat pancake recipe. I tweaked it a little bit because I was missing milk, and I wanted to personalize it to my liking. I roughly followed her recipe because I was too lazy to measure things out accurately LOL. However, I was SO happy with the final product; I shared it with my mom and she was a fan too. Without further ado, here’s the adapted recipe.

The Best Whole Wheat Pancakes
adapted from Chocolatexdiaries
makes about 4 medium sized pancakes

6 tbsp natural yogurt (I used fage 0%)
3 tbsp water (or milk of choice)
1 egg
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp sweetener of choice (I used honey)
1/3 c whole wheat white flour
1 tsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
a dash of vanilla
a few dashes of cinnamon

Whisk together dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
In another bowl, whisk together yogurt and milk, then add in egg and oil. Whisk well.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix using a wooden spoon until JUST combined. Lumps are fine. Just make sure that all dry ingredients are well incorporated. The batter will be fairly thick. (I thought it was a little too thick, so I added a tbsp more liquid. i.e. 3T water instead of 2T)
Heat up your pan and once hot, drop some oil on top and tilt your pan to grease the surface. Turn heat to low.
Drop large spoonfuls of your batter on your pan and gently spread into a pancake shape. Cook each side for about 1 to 2 minutes. Flip when bubbles appear and the edges look dry.


I placed sliced bananas on top of each pancakes and stacked them up. I sprinkled some cinnamon and raisins on top and some drizzled honey over the pancakes. My pancakes lost some heat so I placed the whole thing in the microwave for a few seconds to warm up the bananas. These banana pancakes were delicious! Makes me even more happy at they’re pretty good for you. I love the look of stacked pancakes….such a classic American breakfast…and I got to slice and eat through a stack of pancakes for the first time! I might sound like a deprived child, but I never grew up eating pancakes, and I rarely go out to diners and breakfast cafes. This was definitely a yummy treat.

I need to make this more often and practice the art of making perfectly round pancakes! :D


Breakfast Diaries


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Hello people of the internet!

Recently, breakfast has been my favorite meal of the day. There are so many options to choose from and it generally requires very little prep and effort to put together. And I love that I can play around with the different components  to make it look extra pretty. :) It makes the breakfast experience so much more enjoyable! Ever since I started my new part-time job, I’ve been dedicating extra time in the morning to get ready and then enjoy nice meal to fuel me until lunch time rolls around. Here are some of my breakfast eats recently!

My all-time favorite fruit are blueberries and I love eating them partly frozen with greek yogurt, sprinkled with walnuts and chia seeds. On this particular morning I also decided to treat myself to some yummy chocolate. SO gooood.
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My mom and I love to make hot banana oatmeal in the morning. The banana gives the oatmeal such a delicious natural sweetness as it cooks with the oats. Our favorite add-ins are raisins, chia seeds, and cinnamon. This one below has chia seeds, ground flaxmeal with layered strawberries and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

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On days that I want something quick and easy, overnight oats are the way to go! I made this the night before by mixing oats, vanilla almond milk, chia seeds, ground flaxmeal, and strawberries.  I also added sliced bananas to make this a happy meal! :)_MG_0099 (6)

Sometimes, in the morning I grab some Starbucks before work. My favorite hot drink is their soy cappucino. Such a satisfying drink! Anyone ever have a barista totally get their name wrong? I guess “Anna” was mistaken for “Emma”. Strangely, I didn’t really mind; I kinda liked it! Maybe I secretly wish my name was Emma. :D What’s your favorite Starbucks drink??_MG_0084

Forget Starbucks banana walnut bread! Homemade ones are the bomb!_MG_0105 (2)

Ahhh I remember on this day I was running late to work so I ate this quest bar for breakfast. This flavor is AMAZING. By far my favorite of the Quest Bar line. Tastes like eating a candy bar! I felt slightly guilty. Not really.


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couldn’t wait to take a nice picture…so this is what you get! :P

During the weekend, I tried making Blogilate’s banana/egg pancakes. Everyone raves about them. Mine came out like this. They just keep getting darker and darker! Maybe the bananas were getting ripened as I cooked them. These were okay. Definitely needed a side of maple syrup.


Can’t go wrong with green smoothies for breakfast! Packed with good-for-you nutrients from spinach, bananas, apples, greek yogurt, chia seeds, ground flaxmeal, cinnamon.


If you know me you would know that I can live off bread – specially Asian buns. I grew up eating Chinese buns my whole life and it just never gets old. It’s definitely an awesome Chinese staple. I recently discovered this Japanese Honey Bun that’s just out of this world! The bread interior was so fluffy, with the exterior sweetened with a nice crunch. I had no idea there was a filling and was blown away by the delicious milk custard inside. It wasn’t super sweet or greasy at all. I’m totally going back for more. :D



gahhhh so goood!

This tuna salad on toast really hits the spot. It consists of celery, tuna, apples, salt and pepper, squeeze of a lemon, and a greek yogurt-based dressing. My tummy is so satisfied after having two of these!


Lastly, wash everything down with a nice cup of hot tea. Current favorite: Trader Joe’s chamomile tea.

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What’s your favorite breakfast? What have you been loving lately? I’d love to know!

Turkey Chili


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One of my favorite comfort foods is chili. There’s nothing like having a big bowl of hearty chili on a cold evening. It tastes even better the next morning for breakfast! I’ve come to love just adding whatever ingredients I feel would make it tastes delicious, so this isn’t really a traditional recipe for chili. It’s so incredibly filling and I love the spices that lingers in the back of my throat after each bite.



2lbs ground turkey
1 yellow onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
2 (15oz) canned crushed tomatoes
1 (15oz) chili beans
2 yellow, red, or orange bell peppers
3 T tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp sugar, or one packet stevia/truvia
3 T chili powder
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp paprika or cayenne pepper
green onions to garnish
other veggies: kale, spinach, etc.
optional: 1 T cornstarch/flour

  1. Saute oil with onion and garlic until slightly browned and onions turn opaque. Add ground turkey and cooked until crumbled and browned.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium heat for ~30 min.
  3. If you like your chili more thick and less liquid-y, you can mix in cornstarch or flour.
  4. Taste your chili and add more seasoning to your liking.
  5. Garnish with green onions and enjoy!
    made it again, this time I added kale and spinach!

    made it again, this time I added kale and spinach!


Snack Bar Junkie!


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So I may have a bit of a snack bar addiction lately. I am a HUGE snacker, and I try to eat a snack or two in between meals to maintain a steady blood sugar levels and provide me with energy throughout the day. Snack bars have been my go-to snack lately when I’m in a rush or when hunger pangs kick in mid-afternoon at work. Heck, it’s even been my dessert after dinner! I’ve been perusing the aisles for healthy, fiber-filled, protein-packed bars and I’ve been loving some of my options! Generally, I go for bars that don’t contain too much sugar (12 grams or less) and doesn’t skimp out on flavor. Here are some of my favorites:

Trader Joe’s Fiberful Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bars
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I’m not a fan of peanut butter, but these granola bars are absolutely delicious satisfies my sweet tooth on a whole other level! And guess what? For something with this much flavor, these only have 6g of sugar! Bonus points for also having 9g of fiber and 6g of protein! It looks pretty appetizing doesn’t it? It has a chocolate-dipped bottom with peanut chips studded throughout the bar, and a yummy chocolate drizzle on top. It’s priced at $1.99 at Trader Joe’s, so bonus points for being budget-friendly! :)

Kashi’s Chocolate Almond and Sea Salt Chewy Granola Bar
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Kashi is known to have very tasty and healthy cereal options but I haven’t tried their bars until now. I generally liked these; even though this has 7g of sugar, it is not as sweet compared to Trader Joe’s peanut butter bar. I like that Kashi uses a heart healthy “whole grain blend” and the almonds give it a natural and hearty crunch. I can definitely taste the sea salt, which initially surprises my tastes buds, but it actually works well paired with the semi-sweet chocolate pieces! I wouldn’t pick these up very often since it can be pretty pricey – around $3.99 per box at Safeway.

Luna Bar – Toasted Nuts N’ Cranberries
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Luna Bars have been one of my favorite nutritional snack bars ever since college and I was first drawn to these because they were made primarily for women. I’ve tried a number of they’re products and have not found one that I haven’t like! I recently tried the Toasted Nuts N’ Cranberries, and I really liked this one! It tasted and smelled awesomee. It is reminiscent of Quaker Oat’s chewy granola bars and brings me back to my childhood! :D I like its chewy texture; it felt like I was eating a homemade oatmeal raisin cookie (my favorite!). These are a little higher in sugar with 11g of sugar, but they also have 9g of protein and 3g of fiber!

Fiber One Strawberry Streusel Bars
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Ohmygoodness these bars are absolutely delicious! I almost feel guilty eating one almost every day (my mom brought home a huge box of it-yay!) because it tastes like a decadent streusel dessert that I can eat with vanilla ice cream. How are these made of whole grains and taste so good?! It is packed with 5g of fiber, 2g of protein, and 9g of sugar.

Quest Bars – Chocolate Peanut Butter
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I’m so happy about my latest discovery! I was looking for something to fill me if I got super hungry at work and these were awesome because it contains a whooping 17g of fiber and 20g of protein! I know I’m not working out or anything, but these just taste good and keeps me full. These bars have a different texture than the bars previously mentioned; it’s kind of like a chewy, fudge-y brownie. I like the little crunch from the crushed peanut bits throughout the bar. I did some snooping around the internet and learned that these are some of the best quality protein bars out there. I would definitely go for these from time to time. It is a bit pricey for a bar, it can go up to $2.99 PER BAR at some stores.

What are some of your favorite granola/protein bars? I’d love to hear! Hope you’re having a great week! :)

Happy Lunar New Year!


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Happy Wednesday!

I’m so excited that tomorrow is Chinese New Year! I’ve been seeing so much Chinese new year festivities and goodies selling at the markets lately -new year candies, bright mandarin oranges, dangling flower ornaments, red envelopes, I can just go on and on! As I’m typing this late at night, I hear firecrackers exploding in the distance. People on the streets sure are having fun with those the past few hours!

Chinese New Year Eve is known as Reunion Dinner. It’s a day where relatives from all over would fly home to enjoy a huge feast with their loved ones. I don’t have any family members that fly from far away as most of them are in the States. I remember having large family gatherings as a child, but I as I grew older and my family grew with me, I realized that we have grown apart and stopped having family gatherings, even to go out to yum cha (drink tea eat dim sum). I suppose it’s because my grandparents used to be the heads who brought everyone together, but now that’s not possible due to health reasons. So over the years, it has just been my family of three enjoying a nice meal together. This gives my mom the chance to whip up a scrumptious homecooked meal!

Here’s what we had tonight:

Yellow Skin Chicken - my mom made some bomb chicken soup with this (not pictured)

Yellow Skin Chicken – my mom made some bomb chicken soup with this (not pictured)

Cha Siew - BBQ pork my favorite!

Cha Siew – BBQ pork
my favorite!

Chicken and eggplant: it doesn't look appetizing, but trust me it's yummy. ;)

Chicken and eggplant: it doesn’t look appetizing, but trust me it’s yummy. ;)

Pork with snowpeas

Pork with snowpeas


the spread - plus more pork

the spread – plus more pork

guilt-free dessert

guilt-free dessert

gotta have some chocolate and Lucky new year candy!

gotta have some chocolate and Lucky new year candy!

Even though I was beyond full, I also ate some fruit and crackers later in the evening. Good stuff.

Anyway I hope ya’ll had a awesome Wednesday wherever you are in the world! I’d love to know how your day/week is going! Now it’s time for me to get some shut-eye and get ready for a long day in the office. We’re almost at the end of the week! If you’re having a long week so far, it’s okay, hang in there, you’re almost there! :D

How was your valentine’s day??


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Happy Monday!

I’ve been blessed with such great weather in San Francisco lately, it doesn’t even feel like winter anymore! Anyone else excited for spring to come already?! Actually, I’m more pumped that daylight savings is going to happen soon which means it’ll be still bright out at 7pm! Hooray!

Anyway, Valentine’s Day just past and I just had a nice, relaxing dinner with my boyfriend at a cafe (awesome dinner and dessert options!) We’re not really big on celebrating this supposedly flower-and-chocolate-filled day, but since we barely get to see each other, the night was definitely something to celebrate. :)

Here are some of the FOOD highlights! #nomnom

Rice noodles with pb, sirracha, and oyster dipping sauce!

Rice noodles with pb, sirracha, and oyster dipping sauce!

Japanese beef teriyaki with rice and house salad

Japanese beef teriyaki with rice and house salad

Crispy Chicken and Avocado Salad

Crispy Chicken and Avocado Salad

Green tea souffle

Green tea souffle

I remember when we started dating, I made him a lot of DIY, artsy-fartsy gifts and he really appreciate the effort I made to make it for him. I felt like I haven’t made anything for him in quite a while, so I thought I’d create some thoughtful and sentimental gifts this year for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to remind him that our primary Valentine that captures our hearts should be first and foremost, Jesus Christ! So this happened: heart-shaped envelop/card with John 3:16, creatively highlighting VALENTINE. I thought this was pretty smart. (Thank you pinterest!)

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Then I made a jar filled with notes on reasons why I love him and random notes and jokes, and handmade paper hearts and stars. (Again, thank you pinterest!)


Although my boyfriend’s primary way of expressing love is not the language of gift-giving, I am grateful for his efforts whenever his gives me a thoughtful gift because it shows he is trying to improve in areas he knows he might not be the best.  I guess we complement each other in that way! :) I received 3 roses, a giant box of blueberries (my all-time favorite fruit!), a box of organic sea salt dark chocolate (I love dark chocolate!), and a sweet card. He presented me 3 roses because this is our third valentines day together! Does that mean I’ll be getting 60 roses if we reach that far?? :D) At the end of the night he gave me the rest of the dozen flowers since it would just go to waste. Hahaa we joked that he could give the rest of his other dates later in the night. LOL.

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Overall, it was a nice but short reunion; however, every opportunity we get to see each other is a blessing to be celebrated. :) How did you guys spend Valentine’s Day? Whether it was spent with friends, family, or your significant other, I hope you had a wonderful and memorable day spreading the love. Even if it was an uneventful day for you, I hope that you can see what a valuable, unique, and beautiful person you are, created to love and be loved. And I want to let you know that God loves you so deeply that we as mere human beings can never truly understand. And that is why you deserve to love yourself and extend that love to others around you. I hope you have a wonderful week!

White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies


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Happy Saturday everyone!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend so far! It was a nice sunny day in San Francisco and it was perfect just spending time admiring the beautiful sights and taking in all the smells and sounds of the big city. I just have to remind myself to make an effort to avoid foot traffic during the weekdays during rush hour. Commuting by public transportation is horrible!  But I digress… :P

Yesterday I made some white chocolate cranberry walnut cookies (just saying it makes me want another one!) for movie night at my college fellowship group! It was the perfect excuse to use my new silicone baking mat and cookie sheet my friend gave me as a belated Christmas/birthday gift! I don’t know why I never invested in a good silicone mat in the first place! It makes all the difference! It helps distribute the heat evenly so the cookies all cook evenly inside. PLUS, it’s so simple to clean and I don’t have to purchase and waste parchment paper! Yayyyy! :)

Anyway, the combination of these three toppings are one of my favorite because it’s just so delicious and deeply satisfies my sweet tooth.The walnuts perfectly balances the sweetness of the white chocolate chips and cranberries. And the combination of white chocolate and cranberries gives these cookies such a pretty color! I received compliments about these cookies from everyone during the movie night and many went for seconds! This is definitely one of my go-to cookie recipes. If you gives these a go, let me know how it goes! Anyone else a fan of Sallys Baking Addiction?? :D


the ingredients you will need

the ingredients you will need



mix dry ingredients in 3 additions to avoid clumps!


mmmm cookie doughh...

mmmm cookie doughh…


cookies fresh out of the oven!!

White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies
adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction


  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) light or dark brown sugar (I used light)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (aka cornflour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate morsels or chopped white chocolate
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts


  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium high speed until fluffy and light in color. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt together until combined. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients in 3 additions until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick.
  3. Add the white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and walnuts and mix until thoroughly combined. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour or 15-20 minutes in the freezer. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough.
  4. Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes and preheat oven to 350F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Once chilled, the dough will be slightly crumbly, but will come together if you work the dough with your hands as you roll into individual balls. Scoop and roll balls of dough, about 2 Tablespoons of dough each, into balls. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. They will look extremely soft when you remove them from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. If the cookies are too puffy, try gently pressing down on them with the back of a spoon. They will slightly deflate as you let them cool. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. Baked cookies freeze well – up to three months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well – up to three months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw.



Quick and Healthy Eats


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Hello readers!

I have to admit, I haven’t been the best at eating healthy lately despite my attempts to be more conscious of what I’m putting into my body. Do you ever feel like your body switches to autopilot as you indulge in your food cravings? I noticed that a week before mother nature punches me in the uterus, I am not satisfied if I do not have something sweet with each of my meals! I then gravitate towards multiple servings of things such as cereal, candy, or bread (ohh those delicious Asian baos…). I read that it’s because when a woman is ovulating, her serotonin (feel-good chemical) levels are low and cortisol (stress hormone) levels are high, which stimulates our appetite and leads us to reach for high carb and high fat foods for a quick fix. Makes sense I suppose?

Anyway, I just wanted to share some things I’ve been preparing to satisfy those cravings. I don’t have the best self-control when it comes to snacking healthy, but it sure does help to have healthy options available! I’ve learned that if you don’t have junk food stashed in your house, you’re more likely to find healthier alternatives.

Ever since I got a Magic Bullet for Christmas, I’ve been making lots of green smoothies for me and my mom. These smoothies are great for satisfying my sweet tooth while sneaking in a serving of vegetables! They are also a good source of good fiber, protein, calcium, etc! I just use whatever ingredients I have at home. Here’s a couple recipes I’ve made. (these are rough measurements as I usually just eyeball the ingredients)


Spinach and Banana Green Smoothie

handful of spinach
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup water (I used warm water)
1 tsp cinnamon


Spinach and Apple Green Smoothie

handful of spinach
1/2 medium-large apple
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp ground flaxmeal
1/4 greek yogurt
1/4 cup water (i used warm water)
1 tsp cinnamon

Some other quick eats are:
Frozen Sliced Bananas: I don’t know what it is about frozen bananas, but it tastes so much more YUMMY than just peeling and munching. Plus, it allows me to savor them for a longer period because it takes some effort to poke them with a fork and take small bites because they’re so cold.

One-ingredient banana ice cream: defrost those same frozen banana slices at room temperature for about 10 minutes and blend! It may test your patience because you may have to shake and scrape multiple times before the texture of ice cream forms. But the wait is  totally worth it! I have seen people blend in peanut butter to make Chunky Monkey ice cream! I like eat mine with cinnamon (a lot!) and raisins. :)


Overnight Oats: this is super simple and I’ve posted about this before. It’s a quick breakfast to put together the night before, add some milk/fruit/nuts in the morning and you have yourself a yummy breakfast! You can also heat it up in the microwave in the morning if you prefer it hot. This is what I’ve been putting into mine lately:
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp ground flaxmeal
1/2 banana
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

Kix/Multigrain Cheerios Cereal: when I want something crunchy; lots of pieces per serving and fun to snack on!

What kind of food do you crave? What are your good-to healthy foods? I’d love to hear!
Hope this gives you ideas on how you can start eating healthier during this new year! I wish you the best of luck! Thanks for reading!

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Chicken Shawarma Salad


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Hello everyone! I’m excited to share my first post of 2015!

I’m aware that many bloggers are whipping up some super healthy recipes for the eat-healthier new year resolution that many people are determined to undertake (more power to you!) Coincidentally, today I made something that fits right in!
I was really excited to make this chicken shawarma salad because every since my first exposure to Mediterranean food, I fell in love with this cuisine and their powerful flavors. I wanted to make something reminiscent of the chicken shawarma wrap I always get with whatever ingredients I had on hand. I found a chicken shawarma marinade online that was absolutely delicious. It was super easy and quick to put this salad together; if you recreate it, just add whatever toppings you have around the house, but you must try using this the spice-marinade on your meat! Good luck in the kitchen and I hope you all are having a wonderful start of the year! :)


Chicken Shawarma Salad
adapted from toriavey.com
serves 4


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 large breasts), sliced thinly
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Salad: spinach, raisins, walnuts, freshly squeezed lemon juice, mandarins, corn (feel free to add other toppings: grapes, apples, beets, almonds, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, etc)


  1. Marinade the chicken with the oil and spices. If you want the flavors to sink in more, refrigerate for 15 minutes or more before cooking.
  2. Cook the chicken on a lightly greased non-stick pan on med-high heat until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. As the chicken is cooking, toss all your salad ingredients in a large bowl and drizzle with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  4. Top with the cooked chicken.
  5. Enjoy!

I also toasted a slice of whole wheat bread on the pan I used to cook the chicken and it tasted SO good because the bread soaked up all those yummy flavors from the chicken.




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Hello everyone! I’m back for another round of food adventures!

I am a huge follower of various food blogs and food channels youtube and one in particular that I enjoy is Byron Talbott. I love that his videos are made with such great quality and he makes food that is simple yet looks so decadent and delicious! Recently, he made a dish that I just HAD to try because it was a simple dish with simple ingredients and I can get at a local grocery store, AND the presentation is just so pretty and fancy! He has an awesome website documenting his recipes too!

I made this ratatouille dish for dinner with a friend as a healthier side dish, since it’s packed with vibrant, fresh vegetables. (She is not a huge fan of veggies at all). Overall, I really enjoyed this dish because I loved how the vegetables soaked up all the tomato and herby flavors as it baked, and the vegetables had a great soft texture.


Without further ado, here’s the recipe:

recipe from Byron Talbott

1 zucchini
1 japanese eggplant
1 yellow squash
1 red onion
2 vine ripe tomatoes
4-5 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chopped thyme (i used rosemary)
2 tbsp minced onion
1 tbsp sliced garlic
2 tbsp diced chili pepper (bell or spicy)
2 tsp smoked paprika
salt & pepper to taste

In a small saucepan on high heat, add olive oil, minced onions, sliced garlic, thyme, bell pepper. Stir and cook for a couple minutes and add water, tomato paste. Cook this for 5-10 minutes until mixture thickens, stirring often.

Slice all your vegetables in similar diameter with knife or mandolin. Spread the sauce on a oven-safe saucepan or round baking pan (I used a 9″ round pan). Layer the vegetables all around the edges of the pan until it reaches the middle. Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Cover the top with parchment paper or foil with a 2 inch hole cut in the middle. (Or a lid) Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes. (I had to bake mine for 5-10 minutes longer because the vegetables were not quite done – just keep an eye on it).


I forgot to add the red bell pepper in the sauce so it went on top hehe :P

I forgot to add the red bell pepper in the sauce so it went on top hehe :P

dinner menu: Chinese steamed chicken and mushroom, bok choy, Chinese sausage with eggs, ratatouille, lotus root soup (not pictured)

dinner menu: Chinese steamed chicken and mushroom, bok choy, Chinese sausage with eggs, ratatouille, lotus root soup (not pictured)


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