June 17, 2016

My family loves crabs. We don’t have them too often, though because they are expensive and high in cholesterol. My favorite way to cook them is with coconut milk, but for a change, I’ve decided to try Tyler Florence’s version of the Singaporean Chili Crabs. Right now I only have blue crabs in my fridge, so this is how it looked like.


They may not be the big, fat regular Dungeness crabs that you use for the recipe, but the dish turned out really yummy. Tyler’s recipe is a bit salty, so I decreased the amount of soy sauce to 1 tablespoon and added a little bit more water. I also added 1 tablespoon of sugar to give the dish a hint of sweetness.


Singaporean-Style Chili Crabs


  • 2 whole cooked Dungeness crabs
  • 1/4 cup tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons hot chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce or Indonesian soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce or regular soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 4 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 serrano chile, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish


  1. Pull the main shell off the crab and discard it. Remove the gray gills and the soft insides. Cut the body in half and then cut between each leg. Crack the legs and claws with the back of the knife or a hammer and set aside.
  2. In a bowl mix the ketchup, chili paste, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and tamarind paste; thin it with 1/4 cup water and set aside. Pour the oil into a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add the scallion, ginger, garlic, 1/2 the chile, and cilantro and cook for 1 minute. Add the crab and stir-fry for another minute. Pour in the sauce and continue cooking, stirring often, until the crab has absorbed the sauce and the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Put onto a platter and garnish with the rest of the chile and cilantro. Serve with plenty of napkins!

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June 9, 2016

I really don’t know what to call this recipe because my sister and I just invented this. We used beef tenderloin all the time and this is the first time I am trying this out with chicken. It turned out as good and it makes me feel great that this is a healthier version.



Asian Sweet Chicken


  • Breast of 1 Chicken, sliced into strips (skin not included)
  • 1 large Red Bell Pepper, sliced into strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Mirin
  • 1 tsp. rice wine
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Except for the chicken strips, mix all the ingredients, making sure the sugar is well dissolved. Pour over chicken strips and marinate for 30 minutes to an hour. Drain and reserve the marinade.
  2. Heat pan over medium heat. Pour 1 tablespoon of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). Stir fry chicken for two minutes, then add bell pepper strips. Cook for another two minutes.
  3. Add marinade and a little water. Adjust the taste if necessary and bring to a boil. Transfer to a serving platter. This is best enjoyed with garlic or steamed rice.


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June 5, 2016

This dish is very similar to Chicken Parmesan, but this is the healthier version. Instead of using Parmesan, I used light cheese. I also don’t like dousing the crispy chicken with sauce before covering it with cheese and then baking it. I’m just not sold on the idea of making a crispy chicken only to cover it with sauce and make it soggy.  So, here’s my version.

baked crispy chicken spaghetti

Baked Crispy Chicken Spaghetti


    Baked Chicken
  • 500 grams Chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup Flour - all-purpose
  • Egg whites of 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • Basic Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Large onion (minced)
  • 800 grams Whole stewed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Baked Chicken
  • 80 grams light cheese orMozzarella cheese (grated)
  • 450 grams Dried spaghetti
  • Minced Parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Put the oven rack in the middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F (175 C). Put a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet.
  2. Prepare flour (I season it with salt and pepper), Panko bread crumbs and egg white in different bowls.
  3. Season chicken breast slices with salt and pepper, then dust with flour to coat evenly.
  4. Dip the floured chicken in the egg, then the breadcrumbs. Make sure to cover both sides of the chicken slices.
  5. Place them on the wire rack, then drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil evenly over the chicken.
  6. Bake coated chicken slices for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  8. Saute the garlic, then add the onions.
  9. Add the stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, and dried oregano. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
  11. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  12. Arrange the cooked spaghetti on a plate and top with sauce. Put crispy chicken slices on top and sprinkle with cheese.
  13. You may choose to bake it until the cheese melts.

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June 5, 2016

Teeth whitening is definitely wonderful. We will think about this as we all want white teeth. When referring to all cosmetic dentistry procedures, teeth whitening is definitely the really common one. The problem is that you cannot simply go to the dentist and be sure that no problems will appear. Your teeth will only remain white if you know what to do. Unfortunately for many that love food, there are foods that have to be avoided.

Teeth will quickly end up with plaque and stains if you do not take care of them properly. This is especially the case when referring to teeth whitening. What many do not know is that the teeth become more sensitive after the procedure is done. This practically means that changing eating habits become a necessity.

If you went through teeth whitening and you want to keep your teeth as white as possible for a long period of time, here is what you have to avoid, according to data offered by Desert Family Dental.


Acidic Foods And Beverages

After the teeth whitening procedure is over, it is possible to feel gum pain and irritation. In this case, it is vital that you avoid the acidic beverages and foods. In quite a similar way, the drinks with low pH will have to be removed from your diet. Examples of drinks and foods that have to be removed include oranges, pickles, lemons, vinegar, grapefruits and soft drinks. You basically need to remove these beverages and foods because saliva acidity would end up being increased. Gum pain is quite common when this happens.

Foods That Stain

Simply because your teeth are white now does not mean that this will keep being the case in the future. You have to be sure that you avoid all the foods and spices that would stain teeth. This is actually a really good idea even if you do not use teeth whitening.

Unfortunately, if you love Asian food, you will want to cut down on many dishes, especially those that include staining spices. The common staining foods that have to be avoided after teeth whitening are tomato sauce, soy sauce and dark chocolate. At the same time, avoid eating blueberries, dark marinades, balsamic vinegar and beets. During the bleaching process, the dentists also recommend avoiding Indian and Spanish cuisines.

Dark Foods And Drinks

While many know about the staining foods, few are aware of the necessity to remove dark drinks and foods from the diet. The good news is that you mainly want to avoid consuming the dark drinks as the foods are not so common. Examples you want to take into account include wine, coffee and tea.

As you can easily notice, it is a really good idea to be careful about what you eat after teeth whitening. While oral hygiene is really important, it will not help you out too much if you do not actually focus on what is consumed. Teeth will not remain white and you basically went through the procedure without gaining the benefits for a long time.

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May 30, 2016

Ginataang Manok or Chicken in Coconut Milk is a very rich dish with a hint of sweetness because of the coconut milk. You will love the combination of the sweet smell of coconut and ginger in your kitchen when you prepare this. The dish is very easy to prepare and the ingredients are very simple. If you will notice, I removed all the chicken skin, to make the dish healthier. 🙂 Enjoy the dish!


Ginataang Manok (Chicken in Coconut Milk)


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh ginger
  • 3 to 5 pieces Siling Haba or Lady Finger chili
  • 1 large whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 to 3 pieces hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup chopped spinach or Kangkong leaves


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large wok over medium heat and saute garlic and onion. Stir in the ginger slices. Cook and stir until fragrant and lightly browned. Remove ginger and set aside. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken in the same skillet over medium-high heat without crowding. Cook until chicken is lightly brown on all sides. Return the ginger to the skillet and add coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then cover the skillet with the lid tilted to allow steam to escape. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the chicken is no longer pink at the bone, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in the spinach and siling haba. Simmer uncovered until spinach is warmed through, 8 to 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, as necessary.
  3. Transfer to a serving dish and add the hard-boiled eggs just before serving.


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May 29, 2016

Ever since I was diagnosed with a gallstone, I started eating healthier meals. I should have had it removed, but I wanted to try holistic healing. So far, acupuncture, turmeric and apple cider vinegar works for me.

I also avoided eating beef and pork and had only chicken breast and fish.  I have always loved eating vegetables, so eating more was never a problem with me. Instead of frying my food (oh, how I loved fried food!), I tried to bake them. French fries are one of my favorite comfort foods, but since I can’t have the store bought fries anymore, I make my own.



If you haven’t discovered yet how yummy sweet potatoes are,  it’s time you try. Hope you enjoy this recipe.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries


  • In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with just enough olive oil to coat. I use about a tablespoon. Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and paprika. Spread sweet potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd. Bake at 450 degrees Farenheit until sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes.



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May 3, 2016

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