Make Tostones with Mojo Sauce

Tostones are twice fried plantains common in Latin American cuisine. It is paired with mojo sauce, which is made with sour oranges.

Tostones are twice fried plantains common in Latin American cuisine. It is paired with mojo sauce, which is made with sour oranges.

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As a kid who grew up most of her life in South Florida, I grew up eating plantains in all different kinds of iterations: in desserts, very ripe next to rice (maduros), super crispy, straight out of a chip bag, and this way, as tostones. I actually didn’t learn how to make tostones until I went off to college and had a Dominican roommate. I’d watch her slice up the greenest of plantains, fry them up, then smash them and re-fry them. They were my favorite snack.

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Make Honey Lemongrass Chicken

Honey Lemongrass Chicken features chicken marinated in lemongrass then caramelized in a honey glaze for a Chinese entree.

Honey Lemongrass Chicken features chicken marinated in lemongrass then caramelized in a honey glaze for a Chinese entree.

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While lemongrass is a key component in Southeast Asian dishes such as Beef Rendang or Satay Skewers it almost always comes in a larger bunch than I can use in any of these dishes. That’s why I’ve come up with several ways of using up leftover lemongrass.

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Make Red Lentil Hummus for a Snack

Red Lentil Hummus substitute lentils for chickpeas for a smoother version of hummus.

Red Lentil Hummus substitute lentils for chickpeas for a smoother version of hummus.

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Did you play Powerball? I thought the excitement around a billion dollars was pretty fun. When I went into the gas station near my house, there was a line out the door. You could feel the excitement and hope in the air and I was really into it.

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Make Bean Sprouts Garlic Scape Salad

Bean Sprouts Garlic Scape Salad is a quick Asian side dish with a crunchy texture and toasted sesame seeds.

Bean Sprouts Garlic Scape Salad is a quick Asian side dish with a crunchy texture and toasted sesame seeds.

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This is my own take on the Korean side kongnamul muchim, using garlic scapes in place of the garlic and scallions. It comes together in about 5 minutes and makes for a satisfying side with a crisp crunchy texture and heady aroma of toasted sesame seeds. By using garlic scapes, it not only adds a dash of color to the salad, it also adds a mellow sweetness and garlic flavor.

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Make Miso Mushroom Stir-Fry

Miso Mushroom Stir-fry features a medley of miso, bok choy and brown rice.

Miso Mushroom Stir-fry features a medley of miso, bok choy and brown rice.

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El Nino has officially hit Los Angeles and I am loving it. Well, I’m not loving the destruction that could possibly come but we really need the rain. The rain has inspired all sorts of cozy food ideas but those will come later. First, something healthy.

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Put Together a Bowl of Garlic Miso Chicken

Garlic Miso Chicken only takes ten minutes to make, and features sake in the sauce.

Garlic Miso Chicken only takes ten minutes to make, and features sake in the sauce.

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With the holidays finally over, I’m busy making plans for 2016 and haven’t had as much time to spend in the kitchen as I’d like. Thankfully I have trusty standbys like this garlic miso chicken to fall back on. It only takes about 10 minutes to put together, but thanks to the miso and garlic, it packs a pungent wallop of flavor.

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Make Simple Stuffed Mushrooms

Simple Stuffed Mushrooms recipe

On Monday I start one of those dreadful cleanses. I won’t be able to have anything fun, including dairy, gluten, cheese…you name it. In preparation for this terrible time, I’m eating everything delicious under the sun. These super simple stuffed mushrooms are always the thing I make when I need to make something fun and tasty for a large group.

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Create a Vegan Greek Salad

Vegan Greek Salad recipe

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Whether you’re vegan or not, this delightfully light take on the classic Greek Horiatiki Salata is simple and delicious. The “feta” is made with firm tofu, which I marinated in lemon juice, nutritional yeast and salt. The salt in the marinade not only brines the tofu, it also draws out water from the tofu, giving it the crumbly texture of feta. The lemon juice adds the requisite tangy taste, and the nutritional yeast brings the umami and barnyard funk typical of sheep’s milk cheese.

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