Category Archives: QUICK WEEKNIGHT FAMILY DINNERS

Kimchi Pork Stir-fry

I’ve had a love affair with Korean food ever since I tried it for the first time while living in Beijing in the late 90s. Beijing has a sizable ethnically Korean population, having settled there a long time ago. There

Kimchi Pork Stir-fry

I’ve had a love affair with Korean food ever since I tried it for the first time while living in Beijing in the late 90s. Beijing has a sizable ethnically Korean population, having settled there a long time ago. There

Zucchini Beef Stew With Mint And Dill

This is my simple weeknight go to recipe for my family that’s both nutritious and delicious. I love zucchini with dill and mint. The dill is fresh and the mint is dried. This whole meal only take about 15 minutes

Zucchini Beef Stew With Mint And Dill

This is my simple weeknight go to recipe for my family that’s both nutritious and delicious. I love zucchini with dill and mint. The dill is fresh and the mint is dried. This whole meal only take about 15 minutes

Spicy Harissa Roasted Chicken Thighs

  I love my tube of harissa paste. It’s gone into stews, roast potatoes, pasta sauces, even eggs. I especially love harissa in this chicken recipe. I made it for my family once, and my husband and I thought it

Spicy Harissa Roasted Chicken Thighs

  I love my tube of harissa paste. It’s gone into stews, roast potatoes, pasta sauces, even eggs. I especially love harissa in this chicken recipe. I made it for my family once, and my husband and I thought it

Cannellini Bean Stew With Lamb

  This dish is so hearty and soothing on a cold winter’s day. It’s a simple dish to make, but you need to be sure to soak the beans over night. I serve this dish with rice, along with a

Cannellini Bean Stew With Lamb

  This dish is so hearty and soothing on a cold winter’s day. It’s a simple dish to make, but you need to be sure to soak the beans over night. I serve this dish with rice, along with a

Minty Yogurt Soup With Bulgur Meatballs

Minty Yogurt Soup With Bulgur Meatballs

Today I felt like a hearty soup with flavors from my childhood. My mother-in-law made a yogurt soup with chickpeas a month ago, and it was perfectly delicious. I wanted to Make the same yogurt soup but with bulgur meatballs

Minty Yogurt Soup With Bulgur Meatballs

Minty Yogurt Soup With Bulgur Meatballs

Today I felt like a hearty soup with flavors from my childhood. My mother-in-law made a yogurt soup with chickpeas a month ago, and it was perfectly delicious. I wanted to Make the same yogurt soup but with bulgur meatballs

Gigi's Easy and Slimming Celery Soup

Gigi’s Easy And Slimming Celery Soup

Celery has to be one of my least favorite vegetables raw; however, once cooked, I adore the it. My mother-in-law introduced me to this soup. It is one of her creations. I love that it’s super healthy and so delicious. I

Gigi's Easy and Slimming Celery Soup

Gigi’s Easy And Slimming Celery Soup

Celery has to be one of my least favorite vegetables raw; however, once cooked, I adore the it. My mother-in-law introduced me to this soup. It is one of her creations. I love that it’s super healthy and so delicious. I

Salmon With Red Bell-Pepper, Walnuts And Herbs

Salmon With Red Bell Pepper, Walnuts, And Herbs

  Here is my simple, yet show-offy recipe for red bell pepper-walnut-herb salmon. It takes 15 minutes of prep-time and 20 minutes to roast in the oven. I roast the salmon at a lower temperature because it keeps the it

Salmon With Red Bell-Pepper, Walnuts And Herbs

Salmon With Red Bell Pepper, Walnuts, And Herbs

  Here is my simple, yet show-offy recipe for red bell pepper-walnut-herb salmon. It takes 15 minutes of prep-time and 20 minutes to roast in the oven. I roast the salmon at a lower temperature because it keeps the it

Eggplant And Portabella Mushrooms Marsala Over Polenta

Eggplant And Portabella Mushroom Marsala Over Polenta

Here’s another meat-free dish. I was looking for a way to make a vegetarian polenta dish topped with something hearty and saucy. I came up with an eggplant-portabella mushroom stir-fry with a marsala-soy sauce. I never grew up eating polenta

Eggplant And Portabella Mushrooms Marsala Over Polenta

Eggplant And Portabella Mushroom Marsala Over Polenta

Here’s another meat-free dish. I was looking for a way to make a vegetarian polenta dish topped with something hearty and saucy. I came up with an eggplant-portabella mushroom stir-fry with a marsala-soy sauce. I never grew up eating polenta

Lemon-Dill Panko Breaded Cod With Green Cabbage-Mint Salad

This is an easy mid-week recipe that is pleasing for the whole family. My kids often ask for fish sticks, but I don’t like all the ingredients in the store brands. Homemade fish-sticks are easy. When you serve it with

Lemon-Dill Panko Breaded Cod With Green Cabbage-Mint Salad

This is an easy mid-week recipe that is pleasing for the whole family. My kids often ask for fish sticks, but I don’t like all the ingredients in the store brands. Homemade fish-sticks are easy. When you serve it with

Red Lentil Soup with Curry and Black Pepper

My relative, Silva Nakashian, made my mother and I this delicious soup when I was about 18! It was so yummy that we asked for the recipe. I’ve been making this soup ever since. It’s really quite simple. On rainy

Red Lentil Soup with Curry and Black Pepper

My relative, Silva Nakashian, made my mother and I this delicious soup when I was about 18! It was so yummy that we asked for the recipe. I’ve been making this soup ever since. It’s really quite simple. On rainy

Butternut Squash Pasta With Radicchio, Lacinato Kale, and Pine Nuts

Butternut Squash Pasta With Radicchio, Lacinato Kale, and Pine Nuts

I’ve been making versions of this pasta for years. I love the bitterness of radicchio lettuce. Lacinato kale is my favorite green. The butternut squash makes the dish more complex, and the garlicky breadcrumbs with pine nuts adds a lovely texture. This

Butternut Squash Pasta With Radicchio, Lacinato Kale, and Pine Nuts

Butternut Squash Pasta With Radicchio, Lacinato Kale, and Pine Nuts

I’ve been making versions of this pasta for years. I love the bitterness of radicchio lettuce. Lacinato kale is my favorite green. The butternut squash makes the dish more complex, and the garlicky breadcrumbs with pine nuts adds a lovely texture. This

Roast Chicken with Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) and Mint-Garlic-Lemon Dressing

A few years ago, I had an amazing Jerusalem artichoke dish cooked with mint that my talented mother-in-law made. I immediately fell in love with this root. Before this, I’d only ever eaten it pickled. You have to try pickled

Roast Chicken with Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) and Mint-Garlic-Lemon Dressing

A few years ago, I had an amazing Jerusalem artichoke dish cooked with mint that my talented mother-in-law made. I immediately fell in love with this root. Before this, I’d only ever eaten it pickled. You have to try pickled

Parsley Omelet Fritters - Ejjeh

Parsley Omelet Fritters – Ejjeh

Here is a simple and healthy recipe that I learned from my mother, who learned from her mother, and so on. We call it Ejjeh, or Egeh (I have no idea how to spell it) in the old country. To

Parsley Omelet Fritters - Ejjeh

Parsley Omelet Fritters – Ejjeh

Here is a simple and healthy recipe that I learned from my mother, who learned from her mother, and so on. We call it Ejjeh, or Egeh (I have no idea how to spell it) in the old country. To

Garlic, Basil, and Crushed Red pepper pasta

Garlic, Basil and Crushed Red Pepper Pasta

It really doesn’t get much simpler than this recipe. I usually have all these ingredients at home (except for maybe the basil). If I don’t want to go to the store, and I’m feeling like a simple yet tasty meal,

Garlic, Basil, and Crushed Red pepper pasta

Garlic, Basil and Crushed Red Pepper Pasta

It really doesn’t get much simpler than this recipe. I usually have all these ingredients at home (except for maybe the basil). If I don’t want to go to the store, and I’m feeling like a simple yet tasty meal,

Armenian bulgur salad - eech

Armenian Warm Bulgur Salad With Vine Leaves – Eech

I absolutely love this dish for many reasons. It’s fast, it’s a healthy vegetarian option, it’s delicious, and my children surprisingly love it! It’s not really a salad. It’s more of a fried rice type dish, only made with bulgur

Armenian bulgur salad - eech

Armenian Warm Bulgur Salad With Vine Leaves – Eech

I absolutely love this dish for many reasons. It’s fast, it’s a healthy vegetarian option, it’s delicious, and my children surprisingly love it! It’s not really a salad. It’s more of a fried rice type dish, only made with bulgur

Best ever left-over chicken sandwich with yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon and garlic spread

Best Ever Left-over Chicken Sandwich With Yogurt, Mayonnaise, Lemon and Garlic Spread

If you have left over chicken, you must try this sandwich! You can use pita bread or any type of bread you like, as long as you put a big dollop of this garlicky yogurt spread inside. It’s super easy

Best ever left-over chicken sandwich with yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon and garlic spread

Best Ever Left-over Chicken Sandwich With Yogurt, Mayonnaise, Lemon and Garlic Spread

If you have left over chicken, you must try this sandwich! You can use pita bread or any type of bread you like, as long as you put a big dollop of this garlicky yogurt spread inside. It’s super easy

Beijing street food: Uyghur style kebabs (Yangrou Chuanr) and Tiger Salad (Laohu Cai)

Beijing summer nights for me meant that it was street food season. The nights were warm, and it felt good to be outside after a long Beijing winter. Some restaurants would do brisk business by putting plastic tables and chairs

Beijing street food: Uyghur style kebabs (Yangrou Chuanr) and Tiger Salad (Laohu Cai)

Beijing summer nights for me meant that it was street food season. The nights were warm, and it felt good to be outside after a long Beijing winter. Some restaurants would do brisk business by putting plastic tables and chairs

Cod With Carrots And Leeks

My mother in-law has a huge repertoire of delicious vegetarian side dishes. I love her sautéed leeks and carrots dish, which is sweet and lemony. I thought the flavors would be a perfect accompaniment to cod. This dish is light

Cod With Carrots And Leeks

My mother in-law has a huge repertoire of delicious vegetarian side dishes. I love her sautéed leeks and carrots dish, which is sweet and lemony. I thought the flavors would be a perfect accompaniment to cod. This dish is light

Cinnamon Salmon With Sweet Potatoes and Onions

My mother in-law made me a salmon with caramelized onions dish seasoned with cinnamon and brown sugar. I originally thought it was a strange combo…..until I tried it.  I instantly loved it and just knew it would be a dish

Cinnamon Salmon With Sweet Potatoes and Onions

My mother in-law made me a salmon with caramelized onions dish seasoned with cinnamon and brown sugar. I originally thought it was a strange combo…..until I tried it.  I instantly loved it and just knew it would be a dish

Green Beans With Tomato And Olive Oil – Fasulia

This simple vegetarian recipe is on rotation in our home. I love it when I want something without meat that’s not too heavy. There are so many variations of this middle eastern dish. Many like to make the stew in

Green Beans With Tomato And Olive Oil – Fasulia

This simple vegetarian recipe is on rotation in our home. I love it when I want something without meat that’s not too heavy. There are so many variations of this middle eastern dish. Many like to make the stew in