Easy Everyday Recipes

A collection of Dina's favorite personal recipes from her Grandfather's French Toast to easy party appetizers to quick, healthy dishes.

Bok Choy & Red Cabbage Slaw

Bok Choy & Red Cabbage Slaw The best side dishes are the ones that pack huge flavor yet go easy on the calories. This bok choy and red cabbage slaw is super easy to put together with almost no prep time and goes perfectly with
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Butter Lettuce with Pesto Dressing

When going to posh restaurants, notice that often, the best dishes are the ones that are incredibly simple. The key lies in using the freshest, organic ingredients possible and in showcasing bold flavors. Here’s a great salad recipe that takes less than 5 minutes to
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Calamari Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 lb calamari, cleaned and sliced into 1/2 inch thick rings 1/2 cucumber peeled and thinly sliced 3 green onions (scallions) thinly sliced 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 8 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon fresh Thai chilies (bird eye chili peppers), finely
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Endive Salad with Plantain Chips

Endive Salad with Plantain Chips – Easy Appetizers A little trivia here- endive is popularly believed to be European due to its French name but the plant’s actual origin is traced back to Indonesia or Africa. Health benefits of endive (also known as Belgian Endive)
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Spicy Green Papaya Salad- Som Tam

Green Papaya Salad – Som Tam

Green Papaya Salad- Som Tam Thailand has a few dishes that are widely recognized throughout the world and Som Tam is definitely one of the standouts. Some of my best memories in life are of wading through the Chao Praya River in Bangkok and eating
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Korean Chicken with Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Korean Chicken with Sugar Snap Pea Salad Korean grilled meats are a great way to get your protein without much added fat or calories. It’s all in the marinating. Here’s a traditionally flavored Korean chicken paired with tangy and savory Balsamic dressed Sugar Snap Peas.
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LKK Black Bean Garlic Chicken Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 teaspoons olive oil 2 teaspoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee black bean garlic sauce 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast 1 pound romaine lettuce, rinsed and roughly chopped 3 tablespoons oil 1/2 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced 1/2 red bell
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LKK Hoisin Turkey Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 ounces mayonnaise 8 ounces cooked turkey 8 ounces shell pasta (cooked as per box directions) 1 small red bell pepper diced into small cubes 1 ounce dried cranberries 4 ounces green seedless grapes cut in half Pinch of salt Freshly ground
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Lychee Mozzarella Salad

Lychee Mozzarella Salad At first glance, you might think lychee and mozzarella to be a strange combination. However, once you taste this amazingly simple recipe that can serve as either an appetizer or light salad, you’ll be hooked. The creaminess of the mozzarella contrasts the
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Mixed Greens with Miso Orange Dressing

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 heaping cups mixed greens (you can also use romaine lettuce instead) 4 cups fresh spinach leaves, rinsed and drained 2 scallions, ends trimmed and chopped roughly 2 seedless oranges, peeled and chopped into small chunks Dressing 1 tablespoon miso paste  
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Pan-Roasted Salmon & Green Mango Salad

Roasted Salmon & Green Mango Salad Serves 2 as Main Course (You can cut the salmon in halves for 4 pieces and divide the salad for 4 starter salads) Ingredients 1 cup heirloom tomatoes whole or halved (substitute regular tomatoes cut into bite sized chunks)
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Pepper Chicken with Mango Salad

Slow braising the chicken creates such a buttery tender texture which marries beautifully with the sweet and tangy mangos. Reduced balsamic vinegar adds just the perfect touch of acidity to contrast the warmth of the dish, along with the bright accents of fresh mint. This
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Prawn Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 20 large prawns, head and tail on, deveined 8 tablespoons olive oil 1 large heart of Romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped into bite size chunks 1/2 cucumber peeled and thinly sliced 3 green onions (scallions) thinly sliced 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
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Rainbow Raw Kale Salad

Rainbow Raw Kale Salad In the culinary world, kale may be a passé ingredient but among my family and friends, kale will always remain a very popular vegetable. While trends may come and go, there is no arguing the numerous health benefits of this leafy
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Raw Bok Choy Salad- one of the most delicious and healthiest salads you can make in under 5 minutes.

Raw Bok Choy Salad- Plant Based Recipes

Raw Bok Choy Salad- Plant Based Recipes In Asia, the nutrient-rich vegetable Bok Choy, has been a staple in everyday meals for at least many centuries, likely longer. In the West, bok choy has become increasingly popular and easier to find even in American supermarkets
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Roast Chicken Quinoa Salad

Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 heads romaine lettuce, roughly chopped 2 handfuls Arugula 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/3 large red onion, finely diced  2 cups cooked Quinoa Sea salt for sprinkling 4 cups chopped boneless roast chicken (I use
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10 Minute Salmon Poke Salad- my version of this healthy dish will satisfy your Poke cravings and is perfect on its own or with rice.

Salmon Poke Salad

Salmon Poke Salad If you are a serious foodie, no matter where you live, in the past year or two, you’ve likely encountered the poke craze sweeping your city. Believed to originate in Hawaii, poke begins with high quality, truly fresh sashimi-grade fish chopped into
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Savory Noodle Salad

This Savory Noodle Salad is proof positive that eating light doesn’t require sacrificing intense flavors one bit. Great for a quick meal, it’s easy to pack up and bring on the go. So easy to prepare, these noodles can be made the day before with
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Spicy Bamboo Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 14 oz (~3 cups) bamboo shoots cut into long slivers 8 cloves garlic finely minced 2 tablespoons fish sauce 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice (~juice of 1 large lime) 4-6 red bird’s eye chili peppers finely chopped (substitute 1 tablespoon ground red
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Spicy Green Bean Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 lb (~500 g) fresh raw green beans, ends trimmed and chopped into 2 inch length pieces 1 heaping tablespoon shrimp paste 2 tablespoons water 8 garlic cloves 8 red chili peppers (substitute with 1 tablespoon dry ground red chili peppers) 1
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Spicy Green Mango Salad- Easy Thai Salads

Spicy Green Mango Salad- Easy Thai Salads Ever since childhood, I’ve loved spicy Thai food, especially dishes like this Green Mango Salad. I never get bored of eating dishes with fresh ingredients that have a full range of robust flavors from the tangy to the
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Spicy Minced Chicken

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 lb finely minced chicken 2 tablespoons olive oil 8 cloves garlic, finely minced 3 to 4 red bird’s eye chili peppers, finely chopped 1/3 large onion, thinly sliced Juice of 1 lime (~3 to 4 tablespoons) 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1/2
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Spicy Mushroom Salad

From antioxidants that help to prevent premature aging to anti-cancer, anti high blood pressure and high cholesterol, mushroom has long been praised as one of the wonder foods of the world. In this recipe, the super food is combined with typical fresh Thai ingredients easily
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Spicy Pomelo Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 large (~ 2 medium) pomelo (substitute with 2 large grapefruits) 1 tablespoon dried tiny shrimp, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes, drained & finely minced 3 red bird’s eye chili peppers, finely chopped (substitute ½ tablespoon ground red chili pepper)
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Spicy Pork Laab

This recipe comes straight from my friend’s mother in northern Thailand. I love the way she makes this Spicy Pork Laab (also spelled larb)- so good with just-made sticky rice. No matter where I am in the world, eating this dish makes me feel like
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Spicy Salami Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 head of Romaine lettuce, roughly chopped 8 cloves garlic, finely minced 1/4 large red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 lb thinly sliced salami 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (~juice of 1 large lime) 2 tablespoons olive oil
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Spicy Tuna Sashimi Salad

There is no greater delicacy than that of superb quality sashimi. When you start with such an ingredient, little else can go wrong. This is my recipe for a classic Japanese favorite- spicy tuna with mixed greens. It’s a super easy recipe to follow requiring
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Spring Salad with Mustard Dressing

Spring Salad with Mustard Dressing Serves 2 to 3 as small side salad (or 1 as main course) Ingredients 2 medium sized celery sticks, roughly chopped 1 large Persian cucumber (substitute 1/2 large regular cucumber) 2 cups Romaine lettuce, thinly sliced For the Dressing: 2
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Squash Salad with Soy Ginger Dressing

Squash Salad with Soy Ginger Dressing The first time I bought pattypan and sunburst squash, I wasn’t sure what to do with them. They were such adorable little vegetables that they seemed almost too cute to eat. I knew I didn’t want to cook them
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Strawberry Honeydew Salad

I love combining different favorite foods in new ways. Strawberry and reduced balsamic vinegar is a classic as are honeydew and prosciutto. But all four together? Who would’ve thought that these fresh fruits with salty prosciutto and sweet balsamic syrup is an addictive combination and
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Summer Greens Salad- Make restaurant-style salads at home with this delicious and nutrient-rich micro-greens salad.

Summer Greens Salad

Summer Greens Salad If you’ve had the chance to eat your way through California, you’ll notice that many restaurants heavily use a variety of micro-greens and small leafy vegetables that we don’t usually find in regular markets. It makes sense that chefs have access to
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Sweet & Spicy Beet Salad

Sweet & Spicy Beet Salad I was never crazy about beets but with friends who love it, I created this beet salad recipe to find a happy medium. This easy beet recipe allows the beautiful, vibrant color of the beet and its natural flavors to
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Sweet’n Tangy Cabbage Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 lb thinly shredded red cabbage 2 scallions, ends trimmed, sliced thinly on the diagonal 2 tablespoons mirin 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper
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Thai Chicken Salad

Here’s a quick and easy salad recipe that is as flavorful and nutritious as you can get. With absolutely no oil and nothing but fresh ingredients that are filled with powerful antioxidants, cancer fighters and heart disease fighters, you can’t find a more explosively vibrant
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Thai Style Spicy Beef Salad Recipe- just like in the restaurants but you get to control all the ingredients.

Thai Style Spicy Beef Salad

Thai Style Spicy Beef Salad Thai Salads are incredibly nutritious and easy to prepare. Spicy Beef Salad has become one of the most popular dishes both in Asian and the West. Around Thailand, each region has its own interpretations. This recipe is derived from the
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Three Mushroom Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 6 oz woodear mushroom 7 oz enoki mushroom, ends trimmed 1/2 lb king oyster mushroom, chopped into small bite sized pieces 8 garlic finely minced 1/4 onion thinly sliced 2 scallions finely chopped 2 tablespoons fish sauce Juice of 1/2 lime (~2
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Warm Potato & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Warm Potato & Brussels Sprouts Salad Brussels sprouts is one of those vegetables that I wasn’t crazy about as a child but as an adult, I can’t get enough of it. I’m always thinking of new recipes to incorporate these little green globes and recently,
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