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Herb Lemon Salad

Herb Lemon Salad: healthy, clean and easy.

I have taken the time off to adjust to a new stage of life. Been working for the past three months on internship and I will have another three to go. I’m back to give my blog another go! Isn’t life about making time for the things you love? 🙂

Sharing a herb lemon salad that I promised to post the recipe, uh, 12 weeks ago on my Instagram… Yes, it has been that long!

But appropriate nonetheless, as I have been receiving requests from girlfriends for simple (and healthy) salad dressings. I will be incorporating more of these onto the site!

And as we enter spring, it’s all about colour. So really, colourful salad, why the hell not?

Read on for the recipe!

BLT Steak Salad

I missed out the cheese that would've made it look just that little bit better.

So it’s common knowledge I love beef. I also love having myself a good BLT sandwich.

My parents are currently away in Malaysia, and will only be back later in week. With my Dad not around to make dinner, the responsibility naturally fell on my shoulders to “tank”. I blame my ovaries — wait, before you freak out at my preposterously crude remark, do understand it’s because I have two brothers and being the only daughter… You get my drift.

Now this is really a challenge. Settling my meal is easy; I’m O.K. with quick salads or sandwiches. My brothers? Hm, not so much.

Check out my attempt at striking a balance: give and take, with a little compromise.

Read on for the recipe!

Homemade Garlic Bread

Even if it means garlicky death breath.

Homemade garlic bread. Say what?

In under 20 minutes? Incredulous.

But no, let today’s post prove you wrong.

If you’re generally skeptical, never the type to believe in magic — or the magic of quick cooking apart from instant noodles, that is — then I’d suggest it’s high time you start believing.

C’mon, have a little faith, wouldya?

Read on for the recipe!

Chicken Fajitas with Guacamole and Salsa

Seasoned chicken with red and yellow peppers!

Does K ever cook with me?

Well, today’s post will provide an answer to that question.

Of late, K and I have found that baking and cooking together can be such a splendid way to spend quality time. So yes, he does cook with me sometimes! And then, of course, comes eating together which is possibly the best part ha ha.

K eats a lot of chicken (since it’s one of the cleanest meats) and so I’ve picked up this preference too. We tend to have that kind of influence on each other 🙂

But that also means having to source for all kinds of new (healthy) chicken recipes — I’m currently even reading a book on it — to prove this meat can be so versatile, and to avoid the boring “same old same old” ways of preparing chicken.

Today’s feature is something we cooked two weeks ago. Talk about a symphony of flavours and this is definitely what I’d like to call a winner winner chicken dinner.

Read on for the recipe!

Quick Chicken Lunches

Since it’s term break and I haven’t started my summer job, I’ve basically been idling the holidays away.

Not too bad a thing when I consider how, after another year or so in school, I’ll be consigned to a desk (God forbid, though!) for the rest of my career life. Doesn’t sound fun. At all. I need something to satisfy the secret adventurer in me.

So I’ve been taking this opportunity to cook and bake to my heart’s content.

For lunch, I often have chicken. So I’m sharing my simple and quick chicken lunches 🙂

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Kiwi-Strawberry Chicken Breast Salad

Kiwi-Strawberry Chicken Breast Salad!

The name (and featured photo) says it all. In this dish is where you’ll find a clash of flavours, both savoury and sweet. And let me tell you, no one really wins this time. Instead, it’s a harmonious marriage of the two sides, forming a union that will seriously blow your mind.

So earlier today I was watching Junior MasterChef. I love the kids on that show. They’re talented, witty, and of course adorable! Now if I could cook like them… 🙂 The cooking challenge was to play around with “the art of deception”. Max Brenner was the guest for the day and he showed them how to make sweet foods look like savoury foods. A tad baffling, but point being I was inspired by the whole sweet-meets-savoury, even though not exactly like what was shown on-screen.

After the episode, it was time to get some lunch. I wanted salad with chicken breast. But that was too boring. So I opened the fridge and let my creative cooking juices flow.

If you love salads, give this a go! But be warned: this is not for the faint of heart. It is for those who are bold, those who are daring and for those with just a little quirkiness in them (those like me, and the potential you).

Read on for the recipe!

Deviled Avocado Eggs

Deviled Avocado Eggs served with cherry tomatoes and walnut wholemeal bread.

Eggs are good for you. No matter these are presumably from the Devil. Let me repeat myself: eggs are good for you.

On an interesting side note, a quick search on Google (Wikipedia, more like) will tell you that the name originated somewhere in the 18th or 19th century, and is used to refer to “spicy or zesty food”. Not sure if today’s featured dish is necessarily spicy, but you can be sure I added just enough zest to it!

Definitely a healthier option than your usual Deviled Eggs, I’ve used only half the amount of egg yolks and replaced it with tons of avocado instead — ah, that’s easy to guess, considering the name I gave this dish. But, for the special ingredient that gives this version an “Ely twist”, you’ll have to read on.

Read on for the recipe!

Vegetable Stir-fry: Sweet Beans, Carrots, Onions and Eggs (and Oranges?)

Vegetable Stir-fry: Sweet Beans, Carrots, Onions and Eggs

A few months ago, I decided to pick up simple, healthy cooking. I admit I used to be really afraid of the kitchen, and a tad too apathetic as well — “What’s the big deal with cooking? It’s dirty work and time-consuming. I just want to have food on my plate and to eat it.”

Yet, as I’ve discovered, it’s really not that hard once you get the hang of it. In fact, I dare say I’ve been drawn to the Dark Side: addiction to cooking! 😀

Why I say this is particularly fun is because staying on campus means I’ve got limited grocery supplies in the fridge. Each weekend I’ll stock up at the local supermarket and whatever I get has to last me the week (painful, I know). And so I took it upon myself as a challenge to create healthy, yummy dishes in whatever combinations my taste buds deem fit. It’s all like a game, really!

Today’s feature is something I created last week for lunch.

It’s got the right mix of vegetable, protein and oil so I’m taking a bet here by saying it’s a pretty decent addition to your meal!

Read on for the recipe!