Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice Bowl

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Growing up in a big Chinese family you know I had my fair share of fried rice. If it was made at home, there was ALWAYS leftover rice for the next day. Day old rice has a chance to harden a bit in the fridge, and the grains tend to separate and are perfect for stir-frying in a big wok with other veggies, meats, and seasonings.

If my family ever reads this post, they would probably think I am insane suggesting to substitute cauliflower for actual rice. I apologize, but I’m a very curious cook and wanted to see if a healthier version indeed does exist. In my mission from a grain free solution, I cooked up a big pot of shrimp fried cauliflower rice with all the same ingredients I normally would use in a traditional version at the Yee household, just with cauliflower as my “rice”.

The results will amaze even the skeptics, check it out!… 

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Spicy Sriracha Honey Chicken Stir-Fry

Fast recipe for Spicy Sriracha Honey Chicken Stir-Fry | jessicagavin.com

When 6 o’clock rolled around at my house when I was just a little sprout, I would instantly hear the rustlings of my mom and grandpa busily shuffling around the kitchen. They were conjuring up something seriously delicious for dinner. Within a few moments, the sounds of cool meat sizzling in hot oil appeared and then the rhythmic clang of a hard metal spatula hitting the side of a hot wok continued until a feast for a hungry family of six was presented on the table.

It was pretty awesome how quickly dinner could be ready, plus so much flavor infused into each enticing bite. Cantonese cooking is all about the sauce, typically a yummy savory and sweet sauce to toss with any protein or vegetable.

Now with my own family to care for, I’m short on time from daycare pick up to bedtime. Fast and flavorful meals have become a necessity. I recently began my obsession with Sriracha, the spicy ruby red thick chili sauce that people use on just about anything! I’ve discovered that it’s even more incredible in a big bowl of steaming hot sriracha honey chicken stir-fry, nom nom nom!… 

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Asian Soba Noodle Salad With Soy Dressing

Bowl of Asian soba noodle salad with citrus dressing | jessicagavin.com

When I think of Asian noodles, a hot steamy bowl of pho always come to mind. However, summertime calls for a cool and refreshing noodle salad to satisfy your taste buds. An Asian soba noodle salad with soy dressing is just what you need. A healthy, light and really delicious meal packed with fresh vegetables! Trust me, you NEED this and you will be happy you spent 30 minutes or less chopping up a storm in the kitchen for this blissful dish. … 

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Crunchy Honey Mustard Salmon with Ginger Citrus Sauce

crunchy-honey-mustard-salmon-with-ginger-citrus-sauceCool salty ocean breezes, warm white sand beneath my toes, ahhh I am so ready for a trip to paradise! But alas, my dreams will have to wait until the fall. I’ve been doing a lot of travel research for an upcoming trip to the Caribbean. My best friend Jasmin is planning a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic, and boy do those all-inclusive resorts with endless food and drinks look a-mazing!

I got a little food inspiration from day dreaming of fruity rum cocktails with those cute colorful umbrellas on the beach. To give our salmon Monday’s a little bit of island and Asian twist, I came up with an irresistibly simple crunchy honey mustard salmon with ginger citrus sauce recipe. If you’re ready for an exotic food getaway then keep reading…

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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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