Dina's Favorite Recipes

Easy Asian and Fusion recipes for everyday home cooking.


Antioxidant Berry Blast- Healthy Smoothies

Healthy Smoothies- Antioxidant Berry Blast Drinking your way to a healthy existence has never been easier than with healthy smoothies. Packed with antioxidants, this water based strawberry smoothie is light, refreshing and frothy. Perfect for a quick breakfast or an afternoon boost, this healthy smoothies recipe is great
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Apple & Asian Pear Sangria- Best Sangria Recipes

Apple & Asian Pear Sangria- Best Sangria Recipes A departure from the regular red wine with citrus fruits, this refreshing white wine sangria pulls extra crisp flavors from Granny Smith apples but has a touch of sweetness from Asian pears, making it one of the
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Asian Pear & Almond Milkshake- Healthy Smoothies

Healthy Smoothies- Asian Pear & Almond Milkshake I’m officially obsessed with healthy smoothies and milkshakes. And why not? Just like real fruit and veggie smoothies, milkshakes made out of the right ingredients can be so good and good for you. This easy milkshake recipe calls
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Autumn Apple Smoothie- Healthy Smoothies

Healthy Smoothies- Autumn Apple Smoothie What speaks more lusciously about autumn than sweet apples and spices? This healthy smoothies recipe results in a naturally sweet drink, making it perfect for breakfast time or an afternoon dessert. Talk about getting your day’s nutrients in one glass! If
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Avocado Milkshake- Healthy Milkshakes

Avocado Milkshake- Healthy Milkshakes Asians love incorporating all kinds of tropical fruits into our beverages and desserts. Avocado, being one of the most popular fruits, is commonly used in healthy milkshakes. Avocado milkshake is incredibly easy to prepare and has a smooth, mellow flavor sweetened
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Banana Blueberry Smoothie- Easy Breakfast Smoothies

Banana Blueberry Smoothie- Easy Breakfast Smoothies Drinks don’t get easier or more delicious than this Banana Blueberry Smoothie where in one glass, we get one day’s worth of antioxidants, probiotics and a good dose of fiber. I love the tartness of Greek yogurt in this smoothie
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Banana Oatmeal Smoothie- a quick and easy breakfast recipe for getting the day started on the right note.

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Who says that breakfast has to be time consuming or elaborate? Here’s a super quick breakfast smoothie that has kept me addicted for years. Creamy, naturally sweet and so yummy, this Banana Oatmeal Smoothie will make it hard to believe that it’s
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Blackberry Almond Smoothie

Blackberry Almond Smoothie The blackberries I’ve encountered in the West have mostly been sour, regardless of whether they were picked at their prime or not. Because of their extreme tartness, I like to throw them in a smoothie with a banana and a touch of
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Blueberry Kale Smoothie- Healthy Smoothies

Blueberry Kale Smoothie- Healthy Smoothies Kale has been and will probably continue to be one of the Western world’s favorite leafy green vegetables and with good reason. Its health benefits are numerous and combined with blueberries- a superfruit that have been shown to help improve
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Bodacious Blueberry Smoothie

Bodacious Blueberry Smoothie Serves 4 Ingredients 3 cups blueberries 1 ½ large banana, roughly chopped 2 big handful fresh spinach leaves 2 tablespoon honey (optional) 3 cups almond milk (substitute soy milk or regular milk) 2 cups crushed ice Method Place all the ingredients into
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Brandy Hot Chocolate

Brandy Hot Chocolate Ok, so I had a sip of this decadent brandy hot chocolate as a child. I didn’t know there was brandy in it and by the time my neck grew warm, my parents and grandparents were too late to stop me. Ok,
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Butter Coffee- The Truth & A Simple Butter Coffee Recipe

Butter Coffee- The Truth & A Simple Butter Coffee Recipe With this easy butter coffee recipe I want to set the record straight about this beverage’s origins because as of the writing of this (May 4, 2014), there is an enormous amount of misinformation circulating
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Cinnamon Almond Milk- Spiced Milk Recipes

Cinnamon Almond Milk- Spiced Milk Recipes Cinnamon has been shown to be a powerful fighter against many conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer. Paired together with calcium-rich milk and protein-rich almonds, you’ve got a healthy beverage for breakfast or an afternoon energy
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Coco Pod- Easy Summer Cocktails

Coco Pod- Easy Summer Cocktails If you are a fan of coconut and rum, Coco Pod- one of the easy summer cocktails series courtesy of my friends at Taste Nirvana, is the cocktail for you. If memories of lounging on the white sand beaches of
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Coconut Water Spritzer- Popular Asian Drinks

Coconut Water Spritzer- Popular Asian Drinks Many people confuse the nutritional content of coconut water with coconut milk. While the latter does have a high fat content, the former is one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature, long used in Asia both for consumption
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Cooling Kale & Honeydew Smoothie

Cooling Kale & Honeydew Smoothie If you’re looking to help your own digestion or if you are having skin problems, this Cooling Kale and Honeydew Smoothie is perfect for you. Cucumber helps calm inflammation of all types and helps de-puff bloated skin. Kale gives you
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Creamy Lychee Saketini- Easy Cocktail Recipes

Creamy Lychee Saketini- Easy Cocktail Recipes On warm evenings, there’s little else that can cool you down better than the perfect cocktail. Here’s one of my easy cocktail recipes using one of my favorite tropical fruits- lychee, paired with a classic Asian alcohol- sake. Light, creamy
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Creamy Orange Blast- inspired by one of my favorite childhood drinks found in malls, this is a healthy version and tastes like a creamsicle.

Creamy Orange Blast

Creamy Orange Blast Inspired By Orange Julius Some of my childhood years were spent in beautiful California where afternoons at local malls were a quintessential part of weekends. One of my favorite parts of going to the mall was getting a drink made by a company called
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Detoxifying Green Smoothie

Detoxifying Green Smoothie If you’re going to drink a detoxifying Green Smoothie, let’s do it right and start off with a White Tea or Green Tea base liquid. Cooling cucumbers and the powerhouse detoxifiers of organic parsley and celery need to be tempered with naturally
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Easy Homemade Iced Tea

Easy Homemade Iced Tea Remember the old days where you had to boil water for hot tea then wait for it to cool down before you could put it in the fridge or add ice cubes for iced tea? No need for all that wait
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Easy Piña Colada- Low Calorie Summer Cocktails

Easy Piña Colada- Low Calorie Summer Cocktails This easy Piña Colada recipe comes from my friends at TasteNirvana, producers of one of the best coconut water lines in America. Contrary to popular belief, when done correctly, Piña Colada is not an unhealthy beverage. In fact,
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Easy Summer Cocktails- Coco Loco

Coco Loco!- Easy Summer Cocktails Beat the summer heat with refreshing, easy summer cocktails like rum infused Coco Loco from my friends at Taste Nirvana, who produce one of the best coconut waters on the market. Love the taste of rum and a twist of
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Frothy Brandy Milk- Spiked Milk Drinks

Frothy Brandy Milk- Spiked Milk Drinks As a kid, I used to stay up way past my bedtime, hiding under huge tables at dinner parties my parents hosted. One of the most fun parts of my naughtiness was getting to taste dishes and drinks that
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Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

Healthy Chocolate Milkshake I’ve always strongly believed in listening to our body’s natural cravings and satisfying them properly to avoid unhealthy binges. About a week before “that time of the month” I often find myself craving chocolate and milk- a signal that my body is
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Honeydew Soybean Smoothie- Healthy Asian Smoothies

Honeydew Soybean Smoothie- Healthy Asian Smoothies One of the best aspects of living in Asia is having easy and plentiful access to juice and smoothie bars that serve up healthy Asian smoothies like my Honeydew Soybean Smoothie where no sugars or syrups or added and
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Hong Kong Milk Coffee

Hong Kong Milk Coffee If you’ve ever set foot in Hong Kong or Southeast Asia, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered this delicious concoction known as Hong Kong Milk Coffee. What’s the difference between Hong Kong Milk Coffee and regular Cafe Au Lait or Lattes?
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Hong Kong Milk Tea

Hong Kong Milk Tea Just like its counterpart- Hong Kong Milk Coffee, Hong Kong Milk Tea is one of the most popular drinks in Asia, spawning other sub-cultures with drinks like Hong Kong Milk Bubble Tea. Hong Kong Milk Tea uses creamy Evaporated Milk instead
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Iced Green Tea Latte a.k.a. Iced Matcha Latte is one of the healthiest drinks you can make as long as you just use a touch of honey and no sugar.

Iced Green Tea Latte

Iced Matcha Latté a.k.a Iced Green Tea Latté It’s hard to tell by now whether Matcha Latté a.k.a. Green Tea Latté actually existed in Japan first and was brought around the world or vice versa. After all, dairy products traditionally were not consumed in large
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Iced Mocha- Healthy Coffee Drinks

Iced Mocha- Healthy Coffee Drinks  Unbeknownst to many people, Mocha is not actually the blended coffee drink (typically with chocolate and milk) that has become ubiquitous across America and Asia. Mocha is in fact a type of coffee bean with a characteristic bold and slightly
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Kiwi Mint Smoothie- Healthy Green Smoothies

Kiwi Mint Smoothie- Healthy Green Smoothies The last few years have seen a huge surge in the popularity of healthy green smoothies but most of the smoothie recipes focus on incorporating green vegetables. Having studied Chinese medicine on and off through the years, I’ve come
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Mango Chardonnay Frost- Easy Summer Cocktails

Mango Chardonnay Frost- Easy Summer Cocktails Ripe mangoes are one of the most divine aspects of spring and summer and what better way to celebrate the seasons than with easy summer cocktails like my Mango Chardonnay Frost. If you’re not a big fan of Chardonnay, you can
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Mango Smoothie- Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Mango Smoothie- Healthy Smoothie Recipes Having lived in Asia during different parts of my life, I miss a lot of aspects of those beautiful countries. One of them is easy access to healthy smoothies recipes like this Mango Smoothie. All metropolitan cities in Asia have
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Peaches’n Cream- Healthy Peach Smoothie

Peaches’n Cream- Healthy Peach Smoothie Something about the flavors of peaches’n cream brings back fond childhood memories of traveling in the southern states with my parents. Right in the middle of summer, we’d pluck those fuzzy peaches right off the trees and I remember how
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Pear & Fennel Smoothie- Healthy Green Smoothies

Pear & Fennel Smoothie- Healthy Green Smoothies Out of all the green smoothies I’ve ever made, this is definitely one of the most powerful when it comes to adding a boost of fiber to your diet and clearing out skin problems. Admittedly, it’s not the
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Pineapple Banana Smoothie – Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Pineapple Banana Smoothie- Healthy Smoothie Recipes I have so many fond childhood memories of my parents getting me all kinds of frosty drinks and treats at various Disney parks around the world that as an adult, I find myself craving those flavors. Two of my all
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Rose Young Coconut

Rose Young Coconut- Popular Asian Drinks Asia is well known for exotic cocktails and tropical drinks, many of which use coconuts. With the simple addition of one key ingredient, fresh young coconut is transformed into a refreshing, tropical dessert drink. This recipe works well for
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Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Saketini- Chocolate Cocktails

Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Saketini- Chocolate Cocktails For those of you who adore chocolate and the divine combination with salted caramel, this easy chocolate saketini is for you. I use ZERO sugar in the actual cocktail to avoid an overly sweet concoction, instead allowing for the
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Singapore Smoothie- Tropical Fruit Smoothies

Singapore Smoothie- Tropical Fruit Smoothies It’s a common known fact that skipping breakfast is never a good idea. It’s also a common fact that most of us are in a constant rush from day to day trying to maintain a packed schedule. Sitting down to
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Strawberry Cabbage Smoothie-

Strawberry Cabbage Smoothie Don’t get turned off by the thought of drinking raw red cabbage in your smoothie. Red cabbage contains high levels of phytonutrients beneficial in fighting all types of inflammation in the human body, up to 8 times that of green cabbage. Coupled with
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Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Need a quick breakfast on the go? This Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie is a perfect breakfast for both adults and kids. Vine ripened strawberries balance with sweet bananas, turning regular milk and raw oats into a satisfying energy boosting breakfast. Makes 4 glasses
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Strawberry Water- Easy Flavored Waters

Strawberry Water- Easy Flavored Waters

Strawberry Water- Easy Flavored Waters While smoothies are a wonderful way to get the nutrients of fruits and vegetables in an easy and quick drink, sometimes you just don’t feel like drinking a thick consistency of a beverage. Sometimes you want a drink that’s as
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Tomato Berry Smoothie – Smoothies For Beautiful Skin

Tomato Berry Smoothie – Smoothies For Beautiful Skin There are few combinations of foods as powerful as that of tomatoes and berries to create smoothies for beautiful skin. The list of health benefits for both tomatoes and berries is too long to list here but
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Tropical Fruit Smoothie

Tropical Fruit Smoothie Fruit smoothies are my favorite way to pack in daily essential nutrients and antioxidants in a quick and effective way. While there are many smoothie stores to choose from, I find that most of these stores add unnecessary syrups and preservatives to
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Very Berry Almond Milk Smoothie- Healthy Smoothies

Very Berry Almond Milk Smoothie- Healthy Smoothies Makes 4 small glasses Ingredients 1 cup crushed ice 2 cups almond milk 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen) 1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen) 1 medium sized red tomato (heirloom or beefsteak are best though any variety works)
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Watermelon Lychee Smoothie

Watermelon Lychee Smoothie This is one of my favorite smoothies ever, the watermelon making this very light and refreshing while ripe, naturally sweet lychees lend a distinctive tropical flavor. Coconut water has been my liquid of choice lately though you can substitute any type of
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