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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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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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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Basic Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Basic Frozen Yogurt Recipe- Healthy Desserts Unlike when making ice cream, you might start with 4 cups of cream and milk and end up with 6 to 7 cups of ice cream because of churning and incorporating air into the mixture, when making frozen yogurt,
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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 Chia Pops- Healthy Popsicle Recipes

Blueberry Chia Pops- Healthy Popsicle Recipes With hot summer months, everybody loves a cold, refreshing popsicle so I spend a lot of time developing healthy popsicle recipes. What better way to indulge in a treat than to have a popsicle made of all good-for-you ingredients
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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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Blueberry Oat Pancakes For The Perfect DIY Brunch

Blueberry Oat Pancakes For The Perfect DIY Brunch Makes 12 mini pancakes Ingredients 2 cups pancake mix 1 1/2 cups water 1 1/3 cups raw oats 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries ( 1/2 for batter + 1/2 for garnish) 1 1/2 tablespoons
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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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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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Buttery Herb Biscuits - An Easy Biscuit Recipe that results in moist, flavorful biscuits that will be the hit of your party.

Buttery Herb Biscuits

Buttery Herb Biscuits Everyone in my life from family to friends to colleagues is in love with biscuits. For the longest time I couldn’t figure out why because all except one experience I’ve had with biscuits is that they were hockey-puck hard, tasteless and dry.
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Chicken Rice Porridge aka Congee or Juk

Chicken Rice Porridge aka Congee or Juk This hearty rice porridge, also known as Congee in Singapore and northern Asia or Juk in Korea, is a fusion of Chinese and Indonesian flavors and techniques, one that is often eaten when feeling a cold coming on as well
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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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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 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 Asian Snacks – Buttery Pork Sung Sandwich

Easy Asian Snacks- Pork Sung Sandwich Some of my fondest childhood memories are of exploring the old establishments of Singapore with my family. In doing so, we came across tiny cafés that are rare treasures nowadays. No frothy coffee drinks made with fancy machines, no
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Easy Blueberry Scones- So Much Better Than A Muffin

Easy Blueberry Scones When I think of England, I think of scones and the truly fantastic bakeries over there have long held secret recipes that are a little more complex than I’m willing to tackle for those times when I just feel like simple homemade
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Easy No-Knead Herb & Cheese Bread

Easy No-Knead Herb Cheese Bread Just about one of the easiest no-knead breads I’ve ever created- so cheesy and delicious with a trio of herbs. This is one loaf of bread that will disappear as quickly as you slice it up! With the layers of
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Easy Overnight Oats a.k.a. Bircher Muesli- the most nutritious, delicious and easiest breakfast ever.

Easy Overnight Oats a.k.a. Bircher Muesli

Overnight Oats a.k.a. Bircher Muesli Over the last few years, Overnight Oats has been a big thing on food blogs and picture-heavy social media site Pinterest. It seems like everyone who’s into breakfast has their own version of this nutritious, delicious dish and I’m throwing
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Egg, Spinach & Tomato Loaf- Easy Breakfast Recipes

Easy Breakfast Recipes- Egg, Spinach & Tomato Loaf Given the size of this dish, it’s easy to make and multiply for a brunch gathering or an entire family. I’m a huge supporter of inserting fresh vegetables wherever possible and here, adding spinach and tomatoes gives
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Fig & Paneer Pizza- Best Fusion Recipes

Best Fusion Recipes- Fig & Paneer Pizza This recipe is borrowed from my friend Monica Bhide, who is a highly successful cookbook author and speaker. Monica is one of the kindest, most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and her recipes have won
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Fresh Apple Butter

Fresh Apple Butter I first came across apple butter in Savannah, Georgia during a wonderful afternoon tea where freshly baked scones were served with this delicious concoction I’d never had before. I asked the proprietor of the tea house what it was and she was
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Grandpa’s Almond French Toast

Grandpa’s Almond French Toast French Toast was one of my grandfather’s favorite breakfast dishes so this recipe always brings back fond memories for me. Grandpa’s Almond French Toast is also one of the very first recipes I ever learned as a child. There’s something so
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Healthy Breakfast Recipes- Savory Salmon Roti

Healthy Breakfast Recipes- Savory Salmon Roti In Asia, breakfast used to be a big deal. Nutritionists will say the same- that starting off your day with a powerful breakfast not only puts you in a better mood but it’s just the health-smart thing to do.
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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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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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Kimchi Fried Eggs- the ultimate Korean comfort breakfast.

Kimchi Fried Eggs

Kimchi Fried Eggs This egg recipe is so easy, I debated whether to even post this or not as it seems barely a recipe. However, I have friends who are new in the kitchen and I want to keep encouraging them to discover the wonderful
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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 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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Melon Boats with Overnight Oatmeal- Easy Breakfast Ideas

Melon Bowls with Overnight Oatmeal- Easy Breakfast Ideas The first time I remember having these adorable melon bowls with overnight oatmeal for breakfast was at a resort in Bali when I was a little girl. I wasn’t crazy about oatmeal back then (though I love
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Okra Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Okra Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms Some months I have an abundance of all types of mushrooms and one of those times I came up with these Okra Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms that incorporate other mushrooms and a salty, sweet sauce to drizzle on top. My kitchen is
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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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Pomegranate Greek Yogurt Pops

Pomegranate Greek Yogurt Pops- Healthy Desserts Healthy desserts don’t get any easier or yummier than these Pomegranate Greek Yogurt Pops. Sweetened with honey, this no processed sugar dessert incorporates antioxidant-rich pomegranate seeds with one of the super foods of the decade- Greek yogurt. Makes 6
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Quinoa Egg Tartlets

Quinoa Egg Tartlets- Easy Breakfast Recipes Talk about getting your healthy proteins and vegetables in early in the day- these egg tartlets blast the notion that breakfast has to be time consuming or complicated to taste good and be nutritious. Prep time is all of
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Quinoa Pancakes with Papaya Salsa

Quinoa Pancakes with Papaya Salsa Always on the quest to create simple, delicious and nutritious breakfast dishes, I was thrilled when I stumbled upon this winning Quinoa pancakes after throwing a bunch of ingredients left over in my kitchen together. At first I wasn’t sure
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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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Sweet Banana Rice Porridge- Easy Breakfast Recipes

Sweet Banana Rice Porridge- Easy Breakfast Recipes All types of porridge are eaten across Asia as a very popular breakfast item. From the salty kinds to the sweet, every Asian nation has its homegrown version of this comfort food. Easy breakfast recipes like this lightly sweetened
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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 Parfait- Easy Breakfast Recipes

Tropical Fruit Parfait- Easy Breakfast Recipes I’m a huge believer in delicious, nutritious and quick breakfasts. The day just doesn’t feel like it’s starting on a great note without the right kind of energy boost. This tropical fruit parfait combines nutrient rich yogurt and antioxidant
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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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Vietnamese Sausage Sandwich- Easy Vietnamese Sandwich

Easy Vietnamese Sandwich- Vietnamese Sausage Sandwich We may have the French to thank for their influence on Vietnamese sandwiches but today, Vietnamese sandwiches are quickly taking the world by storm. The real ones are few and far between outside of Vietnam proper, though there are
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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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