Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna with Soy Ginger Lime Sauce

Sesame crusted ahi tuna with soy ginger sauce | jessicagavin.com

I’ve been daydreaming about tropical Palm trees, sandy beaches and warm waters lately, I think momma needs a vacation! Well if I can’t get on a jet plane, I can at least bring some fresh island cuisine to us. At the market I’m always keeping my eye out for some good fresh fish and recently I scored two beautiful ahi tuna steaks and I knew just what to do. Nothing is easier and more delicious than sesame crusted ahi tuna that has been lightly seared and served rare with some tangy soy dipping sauce…. 

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Honey Lime Glazed Salmon with Sesame Rice Noodle Salad

Honey Lime Glazed Salmon with Sesame Rice Noodle Salad | jessicagavin.com

Monday nights at the Gavin house are all about salmon. Why you might ask? Because it’s fast, healthy and versatile. I actually love making my broiled molasses salmon recipe, I know it by heart and can probably make it blindfolded…fifty shades of salmon, wait what?! Sorry I just saw that movie. Any hoo… In order to battle flavor fatigue, I try to switch it up every now and then.

I’m a creature of habit so I kept the same super duper fast broiling method to cook the salmon, but made more of an Asian inspired flavor. Honey lime glazed salmon may be my new go to recipe, it’s also served with an addicting crunchy sesame rice noodle salad that will leave you asking for more!… 

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Chinese Five Spice Beef Soup with Bok Choy

A hearty recipe for Chinese Five Spice Beef Soup with Bok Choy | jessicagavin.com

It finally got me, and got me good! You know that pesky, sneaky, winner takes all cold. Yep! My mommy immune strength has served me well as I was able to dodge the holiday cold and flu season. I even made it a fair amount into James going to daycare with all those kid germs. That poor little guy hasn’t gotten a break since he started, he’s been sick three times already! I’m not surprised it finally caught up with me, I’m thinking those long sleepless midnight feedings, with the blue nose sucker in hand and humidifier blasting to help with babies congestion didn’t help.

Now mama needs some TLC and nothing sounds better than some hot and savory soup! But not the old standby chicken noodle version, I need the big guns to get through this cold. I’m loading up on a beefy and more spicetastic (I think I made up a new word) recipe from the Far East. That’s right, I’m talking about Chinese five spice beef soup with bok choy and other healthy vegetables to save the day!… 

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Pork Stir-Fry with Sugar Snap Peas and Cashews

Easy pork stir-fry with sugar snap peas and cashews | jessicagavin.com #chineserecipes

There are some nights that I just really don’t want to cook, but I reluctantly peak into the fridge and realize that I have everything I need for an easy Asian inspired stir-fry, yes! I forgot how totally awesome stir-frys are because they are great when you’re pinched for time, but still want a protein and veggie packed meal. There is really no measuring needed except for the sauce, just a few chop! chop! chops! on your cutting board and your ready to go. I like to make a seriously easy pork stir-fry with sugar snap peas and cashews. One wok, minimal mess, and dinner is ready to be inhaled quicker than you can finish catching up on the days Facebook happenings, umm hmm…. 

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Chinese Lettuce Wraps With Ground Turkey

Chinese lettuce wraps with ground turkey | jessicagavin.com

I love a big one pot meal, especially when it calls for breaking out my wok ! These savory Asian lettuce wraps with ground turkey have been a weekday go-to recipe for us because it’s got everything you could want; healthy, quick, easy with a flavor kaboom that will make your taste buds rejoice, halle-food-ya!

So I’ve been attempting to keep my New Years resolution going by incorporating more nutritious meals that don’t make us feel like we need to hit the treadmill right after, but it’s still has to be satisfying right? After ordering these chicken lettuce wraps far too many time from Lazy Dog Cafe, I knew that I needed to recreate a similar flavorful recipe at home. So here it is, you’ve been warned that they are pretty darn addicting and in the best way possible…… 

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Honey Hoisin Pork Tenderloin w/ Carrot Puree

Honey hoisin pork tenderloin recipe

Are you looking for a flavorful, healthy, yet easy to prepare recipe for your weekday meal? This honey hoisin pork tenderloin recipe is a great option that is not only simple but it also looks like you could have spent hours in the kitchen! The combination of rich, savory and fresh flavors infuse into the pork tenderloin effortlessly. With a few minutes to sear the pork tenderloin in the pan and then finishing the cooking process by roasting in the oven leaving you have plenty of time to prepare your tasty sides!… 

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Chinese Potstickers

3 servings of potstickers

What was your favorite childhood food and do you still crave it? Well, I used to love eating handfuls of delicious Chinese potstickers! Growing up eating Chinese food at least four times a week, especially dim sum, it really set the tone for my taste buds. There is something about these handmade moon shaped dumplings, filled with savory pork and scallion filling, then dipped in salty and tangy soy and vinegar sauce that made for one of my ultimate comfort foods growing up. I’m excited to share with you my favorite homemade Chinese potstickers recipe, perfect for Chinese New Year!… 

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Chinese Beef with Broccoli

Chinese beef with broccoli stirfry

If there was one tactic for my parents to get me to eat my vegetables, it was to order beef with broccoli at our favorite local Chinese restaurant in Alameda! The dish at Hong Kong City restaurant was so simple yet comforting; two ingredients drenched in a sweet and savory sauce which made each bite of broccoli a little more enjoyable…. 

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Stir-fried Bitter Melon Recipe

stir-fried bitter melon recipe with Black Bean Sauce

If there is one taste I have a challenge enjoying, its bitter. Growing up in a Chinese family, I could not avoid the occasional super healthy bitter melon soup my grandparents would make, or a saucy bitter melon dish that I would let pass me on the lazy susan at Chinese restaurants. On the flip side, we all know that typically a vegetable that doesn’t taste great, is usually good for you…. 

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Steamed Pork Bun Recipe

Steamed Pork Bun Recipe | jessicagavin.com

Chinese new year is just around the corner! This year on February 10 we celebrate the year of the snake, the sixth animal in the Chinese zodiac. The snake is known for being keen, cunning, intelligent and wise. The Chinese lunar calendar is based on a 12 year cycle  represented by different animals (except the majestic dragon) and their characteristic attributes. To celebrate the new year I thought it would be fun and festive to make a classic steamed pork bun recipe, also called char siu bao…. 

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