Spring Into Freshness!

Plant sproutThis week is the first week of Spring, but it sure didn’t feel like it.  This winter seemed particularly long as the temperature is still hovering between 5 and 0 degrees Celsius.  I am hoping with some spring vegetables in your dinner, it will chase away the winter blues until the real Spring arrives.

Here’s the detailed shopping list and menu:

Slow Cook Lemon Chicken

Both Huan and I have been working so much on our new pharmacy, we barely had time to cook anything.  However we didn’t want to give up dinner, so the slow cooker comes in very handy.  If you are really busy and still want good food give this recipe a try.  We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Slow Cook Lemon Chicken

Chicken Tocino with Red Rice

We made the chicken over the weekend so that it was ready for quick dinners.

Chicken Tocino with Red Rice

Bell Peppers Mushroom and Sausage Carbonara

This meal was made under 20 minutes.

Bell Peppers Mushroom Carbanara

Slow Cook Fish Tofu Pasta Soup

Perfect leftovers for lunch!

Fish Tofu Noodle Soup

Thai Beef Tacos

This was surprising tasty!

Thai Beef Tacos

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patty weekend everyone!  To go with the lucky theme, we’ve put together green meals for the week. Not only that they are healthy choices, they are very tasty!

Here’s the detailed shopping list and menu:

 Creamy Avocado Pasta with Chicken Breast

Creamy Avacado Pasta

Seared Fish with Cucumber Sauce

Seared Fish with Cucumber Sauce

Crab Risotto with Lemon, Herbs and Fennel

Carb Meat Risotto

Chicken over Creamy Macaroni & Cranberry Kale Salad

Chicken over Creamy Macaroni & Cranberry Kale Salad

Ginger & Cilantro Salmon On Herb Rice

Ginger Cilantro Salmon

International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

I used to think being a woman was a cursed.  You are not being treated equally nor given the same respect as men.  Especially in Asia; being a man gives you a leg up in everything.  I remembered when I visited Cambodia while I was 6 months pregnant.  People would ask me if I knew the gender.  Once I told them that I was having a girl, their reaction was: “Don’t worry!  There’s always a next time!”  The other incident was when we finally moved to Cambodia for business two plus years ago.  My husband and I were looking for housing.  Because I spoke the language, I took the lead in negotiating the rent.  The landlord (he was a man) didn’t make eye contact with me and insisted me to translate everything to my husband because he rather deal with a man.  Only after 10 minutes of me insisting that I was the decision maker, he would take me more seriously.

Today is international women’s day!  I just want to let all the women know that you are beautiful, unique and irreplaceable.  Being a woman myself, I know how hard it is to be a woman; you have to worry about work, home, the way you look and remember everything! I know everyone in my household rely heavily on where everything is around the house.  The question is how do women keep it all together?!  My secret is my husband!  Not only that he’s supportive, understanding, loving and caring.  He’s always given me the Triple A’s (Appreciation, Acknowledgement and Affection) any women could ask for.  Because of him, I now embraced being a woman.  I feel important and valued!  I am lucky to have him in my life.  With a strong foundation in our marriage, I can go out there to make a difference in this world!  Thanks dear for being you!

Happy women’s day for all the amazing women around the world! Chin up and keep on going!  Please feel free to share your story on how you do it everyday!

This week’s meals represent healthy eating.  Hopefully with some help in dinner planning you can spend less time worrying about what to eat to stay in shape!

Here’s the detailed shopping list and menu for the week:

Grilled Lemon & Herb Chicken with Mash

This dish is so simple to make and still very flavourful.  I am sure it will leaving you coming for more.

Grilled Lemon & Herb Chicken with Mash

Tomato Cajun Spiced Fish with roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

If your family don’t like broccoli you can always substitute it with other vegetables like zucchini or bell peppers.

Tomato Cajun Spiced Fish with roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Grilled Shrimps with Triple Green Rice

If you are not a seafood fan, you can do any topping really for this dish.  The rice is so creamy and healthy for you that you can afford to have anything you want.

Grilled Shrimps with Triple Green Rice

Seafood Tofu Soup

This dish reminds me of the Korean tofu soup.  You can pair it with rice or just eat it by itself.  Leftovers are perfect for lunch.

Fish Tofu Soup

Baked Spring Roll Vermicelli

When I make this, I made 50 spring rolls because that’s how much a pack of spring roll wrappers yield.  I freeze half and safe it for days when I need quick dinners or lunches.

Spring Roll Vermicelli

 

 

 

Mom + Entrepreneur = MOMpreneur

MOMpreneur Conference

This weekend is the very 1st Annual MOMpreneur Conference & Awards Gala!  I am so proud to be part of it as I just became a new MOMpreneur.  I just want to congratulate the top 10 nominees and wish them the very best of luck!  No matter who wins, I think all MOMpreneurs are winners!  I am super excited to attend the conference and meet all these wonderful women.  I know I have so much to learn from them on how they balance their life between their business and family!  Stay tune for my after thoughts!

Meanwhile I would like to dedicate this week’s dinner to all of the moms out there.  Because of you, I see a need with dinner planning and I know I can help.  That’s why I started Gleeful Gourmets!  I hope with a little help in the planning area, you and your family can have the dinner you all deserve!

Here’s this week’s shopping list and menu:

Black Eyed Pea Soup 

Black Eye Pea Soup

Beef Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes

 Beef Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes

Thai Chicken Curry 

Thai Chicken Curry with Baguette

Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan Noodles

BBQ Ribs with Sugar Snaps

BBQ Ribs with Sugar Snaps

 

 

Positive Thinking!

March I can’t believe we are entering March already!  Time seems to just fly; Spring will be around the corner before we know it!  I love Spring because the weather just gets better as it gets warmer.  All the plants and flowers will start to bud which signifies hope and life.    Where there is hope, there’s happiness!  When I feel happy, I am much more productive and so much more get done!

Positive thinking is such a powerful thing; it gives us strength to deal with all our problems.  I used to think why do bad things happen to me and why can’t my life be as good as my friends etc…  Then I saw a quote: “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.”  I realized that no one has the best of everything.  We just have to make the best of what we got.  Then my attitude changed and all my problems seemed so much easier to deal with.  From then on, I try to remind myself to think positively no matter how bad the situation is.  It is just a phase and it will pass!

For this week, I’ve incorporated some Spring vegetables to get our spirits up.  Here’s the weekly shopping list and meal plans:

Potato Leek Soup

Monday is the day we want something very simple.  This Potato leek soup will give you just that.  You can always add bacon bits if you are a bacon lover.

Potatoes Leeks

Baked BBQ Chicken with Vegetable Soup

This vegetable soup is filled with all the green vegetables that are really good for you.  Glee loved it!  I hope you will all love it too!

Baked BBQ Chicken with Vegetable Soup

Grilled Pork Chop with Brown Rice Salad

I love the warm brown rice salad because it is really tasty and easy to prepare.  The pork chop can also be prepared in advance so when it comes time for dinner, you just have to sear and pop it in the oven.

Grilled Pork Chop with Brown Rice Salad

Slow Cook Pork Ribs with Chinese Baby Broccoli

I made this meal when I have no time to cook dinner.  Before I leave for work, I just cook the rice in the rice cooker and pork ribs in the slow cooker.  Then when I come home from work, everything is done, all I have to do is stir-fry the broccoli which is less than 10 minutes.

Slow Cook Pork Ribs with Chinese Broccoli Sausage and Zucchini Carbonara

My husband’s favourite pasta is carbonara!  So I made this and he ate two bowl in one sitting.  For a guy who doesn’t like carbohydrates, it is a lot of pasta.  Glee loved it too and I am sure this meal will have your family wanting seconds.

Sausage and Zucchini Carbonara

Family Day: Celebrate Your Family!

Family-Day

Family is generally taken for granted. I know we did in some point in our lives. As we get older, we notice that our families are often not appreciated enough. After all, these are the people who will continue to love you unconditionally. They support you when everyone else turns you down. Family encourages you when you lose faith in yourself. They accept you for who you are and are willing to put up with all your flaws. Family is extremely important to us.  The purpose of GG dinner planning is all about families.  Without families, we wouldn’t be here today!

Monday is Family Day, so I would like to dedicate this whole week’s meals to celebrate our family.  Not only that all the meals are family-friendly and healthy, they are fun and quick to prepare. We prepared most of these meals together with Glee so that she can learn about food and spend QFT (Quality Family Time) together. We hope that with a little help in the planning area, you can too have some QFT with your family on Family Day!

Here’s the weekly shopping list and meal plans:

Steak Quesadillas

Steak Quesadillas

Slow Cook Pork Roast with Brown Rice

Butternut Squash Pork Roast with Brown Rice_

Sausage Pasta with Bacon Edamade

Sausage Pasta with Bacon Edamade Cucumber Salad

Roasted Chicken with Herb Rice and Baby Mustard Green Soup

Roasted Chicken with Herb Rice and Baby Mustard Green Soup

Cod with Lemon Zucchini Couscous

Cod with Lemon Zucchini Couscous

Happy Chinese New Year!

CNY 2013

Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!  May the year of snake bring you much joy and prosperity!

Glee and ToanGlee1

This week Glee’s cousin, Toan came to visit us from China. He’s a really good cook and he had offered to help me with making Wonton and Dumplings so that we can have them for Chinese New Year this Sunday!

Toan and GleeGlee

We spend a full afternoon catching up and wrapping wontons and dumplings. Glee enjoyed making dumplings so much that she was there until all the dumplings were done.  We made over 150 dumplings and 100 wontons.  The really nice thing about dumplings and wontons are you can really preserve them in the freezer for up to a month and they make quick and easy dinners.

Napa Dumplings MixtureWonton Mixture

We made 3 different flavours of dumplings: Mushroom, Napa and Chives.  What we did was do the meat mixtures all in one bowl and separate them into 3 parts and then add each vegetables to each mixture before wrapping.

To celebrate our culture and New Year, I decided to make this week an Asian week. Here’s your Weekly Shopping List and meal plans.

Wonton Noodle Soup

Wonton Noodle Soup

Chinese Pork Dumplings

Finished Dumplings

Pan Fried Porgy with Oyster Sauce Greens

Pan fried Porgy with Oyster Sauce Greens

Corn Soup with Shrimp, Avocado and Tomatoes

Corn Soup with Shrimp, Avocado and Tomatoes

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice with soup

Anything is possible!

weatherGood Morning everyone!

This week the weather has been really crazy.  One day it felt like Spring (+14) and the next can go down to icy Winter (-10).  I hope everyone didn’t get sick over this drastic change in weather.  Speaking of drastic change, this reminds me of all the changes we go through in life.  One minute we are on top of the world feeling super happy and the next we could feel really down like it was the end of the world.  At times like that, I just remind myself that no matter how bad I feel, the moment will pass and I only have happy moments to look forward to.  Just like the weather, there will be rainbow after rain and sunshine after a cloudy day!

The MOMpreneur Award voting phase concluded today!  I just want to thank everyone who voted everyday for GG!  Your love and support means the world to me!   I hope we will make it to the finalist.  If not, there is always next year!  🙂

Here’s your weekly shopping list and meal plans:

Lemongrass Pork Chops with Soy Sauce Peppers

Lemongrass Pork Chops with Soy Sauce Peppers

Roasted Red Peppers Crab Meat Soup with Stuffed Shell Pasta

Roasted Red Peppers Crab Meat Soup with Stuffed Shell Pasta

Pork Chop with Corn Mash and Green Salad Pork Chop with Corn Mash and Green Salad

Spatchcocked Chicken with Chickpeas over Spaghetti

Spatchcocked Chicken with Chickpeas over Spaghetti_

Salmon with Orange Salad over Brown Rice Salmon with Orange Salad over Brown Rice

Brrr…..COLD!

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Hello everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great week!  This week was a really cold week and so will the next couple of weeks.  This makes going out less desirable which means home cook dinner is more important than ever.  I’ve put together meals that will give you more energy because your body will need the extra fuel to warm up.  All the meals can be prepared in advance so that you can have your dinner right on time!

Here’s your weekly shopping list and meal plans:

Pasta Roll-Ups with Chicken & Spinach

Pasta Roll-Ups with Chicken & Spinach

 Bacon Wrapped Pork with Apple Salad

Bacon Wrapped Pork with Apple Salad

Pasta with Light Tomato Sauce Topped with Roast Chicken

Pasta with Light Tomato Sauce Topped with Roast Chicken

Pork Tocino with Bell Peppers

You can purchase frozen Tocino straight from the grocery.  This homemade version is much healthier however the pork takes 3 days to cure, so please prepare the pork at the very beginning of the week.  When it comes dinner time, it will take you less than 20 minutes to have this meal on the table.
Torsino with Bell Peppers

Prime Rib Roast with Corn Mash and Tomato Salad

Rib Roast Corn Mash with Tomato Salad

Gleeful Developments

Glee using chopsticksGlee using chopsticks 1Glee using chopsticks 2

I bought these training chopsticks for Glee and showed her how to use them.  She picked it up so fast and I only had to show her once.  She loved using them so much that she would even used them to pick up blueberries when she had breakfast every morning this week.  Like every parent, I love seeing my own child learn.  I remembered all the parents used to tell me how magical it was to see their own child learn which made all the crying and tantrum worth it.  I used to think “No Way!”  Now that Glee is getting into that stage I finally understood what they meant.  It is just so magical that no words can really describe and one of those life experiences that I wouldn’t pass up for anything.

This week, I’ve tried to create meals with opportunities to practice using the chopsticks.  Here’s the detailed shopping list and all the meal plans:

Soy Sauce Ribs with Green Papaya Salad

Soysauced Ribs with Green Papaya Salad

Spanish Chicken with Sausage and Potatoes

Chicken with Sausage and Potatoes

Kung Pao Spaghetti

Kung Pao Spaghetti

Steak with Poached Vegetables & Vegetable Noodle Soup

Steak with Poached VegetablesVegetable Noodle Soup

Coriander Soy Sauce Fish

Corriander Soy Sauce Fish