Coconut Chicken Curry + Naan

Do you like curry?

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It’s one of the most popular dishes in the Wei household, and for a good reason – it’s delicious! It’s also super easy and quick to make (well, we do make it from a mix), plus it really is nutritious if you add veggies and lean protein.

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This time, we added baby spinach, frozen peas, and cubed chicken breast that was also marinated in Indian spices. This curry is made with a can of coconut milk, too ๐Ÿ™‚ I love anything coconutty!

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Eaten again the day after, this time with more frozen –> reheated in the toasted oven naan bread and coconut oil basmati rice. Mmmm, seriously one of my favourite dinners! Too bad it stains my braces. Sometimes they turn from light blue to neon green, or from purple to coral pink. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Served on top of my math project, which, sadly, I had to redo. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Super awesome post coming up and I can’t wait to show you guys! In the meantime, have an awesome week ๐Ÿ˜€

Mom Dinners Galore

Hi everyone! How was your week? I hope life has been great for you this summer. Like I mentioned in my last post, summer’s on here in BC! Well… that’s in terms of school. We were burdened with heavy rain ALL DAY today, and just before dinner, we had thunder and lightning! :O Hopefully the upcoming week will have beautiful weather, because we are planning another trip to the Sandbar (seafood restaurant) in Granville Island.

Below you’ll see a chart of my recent meals and a short analysis.ย I have no idea why I did this – obviously I am REALLY bored this summer – but I wanted to share it anyways. Pictures of these meals are coming!

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I wanted to share a lot of old Mom Meals in this post. Our schedules have been jumbled up recently with other activities, so I actually haven’t had a Mom Meal for a while. Looking at old photos of home-cooked meals makes me so happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is quinoa topped with tomato scrambled eggs (and sesame), and steamed cauliflower sauteed with ground pork and scallions. I LOVE both of these dishes. Chicken drumstick on the side… yum. I like drumsticks and thighs so much better than chicken breasts, whichย I find a little too dry. Dark meat is so juicy – I love it!

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This is rouzao rice, a traditional Taiwanese dish made with ground pork, soy sauce, and lots of aromatic spices like star anise and cinnamon. Mom also adds some hard-boiled tea eggs. I had a big scoop of this on top of white jasmine rice, next to some buttered corn on the cob, Chinese chicken salad with sesame dressing, and shrimp + vegetable stir-fry. This was actually a party dinner, much like this party brunch, where we have lots of food options.

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Fried rice! Again, I am in love with my mom’s fried rice. This was made with cubed trout, mixed vegetables, scallions and onions, and fluffy jasmine rice. Have you ever tried trout or salmon in fried rice?! It’s amazing. Some simple steamed broccoli on the side.

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Italian food is definitely one of my top three favourite cuisines, and I think Mom does a great job cooking it. Here we have shells topped with vegetable bolognese sauce and parmesan cheese, plus a super tasty side of roasted broccoli with garlic. The garlic gets really crispy – like garlic chips. I love ’em!

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Look at how the spinach peeks out of the side. I like to stir a little spinach or kale into the tomato sauce. The flavour mellows out and is covered by the sweet-ish and tangy tomato sauce. I have the same meal (almost) here, with noodles instead… and no broccoli. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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Lots of protein in this dinner: beef and asparagus stir-fry with onions and mushrooms, pork ribs with braised carrots and daikon, and steamed edamame on rice.

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This here is Thai fried rice with shrimp and egg, garnished with peanuts. Thai fried rice, in the Wei family, is essentially the same as regular fried rice… but we add lots of minced garlic and ginger, cubed pineapple, extra onions and scallions, plus a splash of coconut milk. Oh! And we cook it in coconut oil instead of olive oil. I don’t think I will ever go back to regular fried rice! The peas are really sweet and yummy. The sweet caramelized pineapple is the best part. Love how a splash of soy sauce and a drizzle of lime take fried rice to the next level, too. Thai fried rice is so, so fragrant and ultra-flavourful. The creamy eggs, slightly coconutty rice, and crunchy chopped peanuts are to die for!

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Served with sauteed vegetables on the side. Black cloud ear fungus, bok choy, mushrooms, and carrots, stir-fried with a little soy sauce and garlic, then topped with sesame. Really tasty with the special fried rice.

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More ribs here: this time braised with carrots, firm tofu (dougan), baby shiitake mushrooms, and daikon. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these baby shiitakes. They are so juicy and… brothy? I love the rich, savoury mushroom flavour. They are great when braised in soy sauce and spices.

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We also have some broccoli sauteed with onions and scallops. These little scallops are so buttery and soft. Lastly, we’ve got a fried egg and a big scoop of jasmine rice. Of course, everything is sprinkled with sesame. I really like these photos!

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For now, that’s all I have to show you! :mrgreen: I hope you enjoyed these healthy home-cooked meals by my mom.

Recently I’ve been looking at good restaurants in Montreal, and I am so excited to go… only 12 more days until the flight. Woopeee! See you in my next post, and I hope you haveย a not-so-manicย Monday. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal {My #1 FAVE!}

Hola everyone! How is your Tuesday? Mine has been good so far – still tired from working yesterday! Gosh, I am out of shape. Kneeling and pushing toddlers around on chairs is a workout! ๐Ÿ˜‰ At least I got my daily dose of skating.

You know that muffins are my kryptonite.
But did you know that I’m also obsessed with blueberries?
Crumbled muffin + blueberries make this oatmeal dangerously delicious.

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O-M-G. This oatmeal is heavenly… I honestly wish I had a bowl right now – it’s 3:09 PM. :O
If only I had berries and muffins around every morning! I’d make this bowl if I did.

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Plain oats, just 1/3 cup of dry rolled oats, are cooked up with milk and water. Added a tsp of flax, 1/4 tsp of cinnamon (BEWARE: I like mine extra cinnamony!) and a pinch of salt.

Dumped into a bowl, already adorned with a spoonful of natural crunchy almond butter.

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By the way, the crumbled muffin is a triple berry muffin from Whole Foods – one of my number one favourites! Also topped with a handful of fresh blueberries. Drizzled with a little honey, this bowl of oatmeal is literally oatmeal perfection.

I don’t make very many bowls of PERFECT oatmeal (take today’s bland bowl with banana and AB, for example), but this bowl was truly mouthwatering. Loved it!

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Oh, and today’s math testS went well! I knew I didn’t get 100%, so I was preeeetty happy to see a 96. My mark in the course actually rounds up to 97% – hooray! ๐Ÿ˜€

By the way – we’re having coconut chicken curry tonight for dinner! We’ve got squash, chicken, and much more in there. First time using the coconut milk from Trader Joe’s! I can smell it from the computer room that I’m working in, right now! I can’t wait for dinner… update y’all soon!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone.

Trip to America Recap + Goals for the Week

Hi! Happy Sunday night. Today was a great day – deets comin’ up – and it was an awesome end to the week.

As you know, my dad took my sister and I to Bellingham last week. My aunt and grammy also went. We had a great time, and I loved spending the whole day with my family. โ™ฅ

Here are the highlights!

Started off with overnight oats. I use Kath’s recipe with 1/3 cup dry rolled oats, 1/3 cup yogurt, and 1/2 cup milk. I mixed those up with half a tablespoon of chia seeds, a pinch of salt, a dash of cinnamon, and a mashed banana. Then, shake them all together in an almost-empty nut butter jar – and pop in the fridge overnight.

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The next morning – voila – overnight oats. No cooking, no heat, no work at all.

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This was super convenient because we were out the door at 5:30am to beat the border! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Of course, I topped it with fresh berries, granola, and a drizzle of that cinnamon-honey that I’m just crazy about!

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The bottom is the best part. :mrgreen: All that sunflower butter! SunButter is so good – the only CON about OOIAJ (overnight oats in a jar)? Not having any more nut butter.

I’m not going to bore you with details about how my sister had to try on every. single. shirt. in Hollister and Abercrombie + Fitch. At least we got to visit Trader Joe’s!

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I loved it there. It’s seriously heaven for a foodie. Everything is super cheap (umm, a dozen eggs for two bucks and a whole organic chicken for twelve!). I wanted to buy everything!

Returned home with two types of granola (shared with aunt Mimi and grandma), some peanut butter pretzels, healthy Ritz peanut butter crackers (two buttery crackers with a PB filling, yum), 6 cans of coconut milk, Harvest Grains Israeli couscous, and TJs sunflower butter! Yes, I managed to walk past the cookie butter WITHOUT putting it in the basket! :O How did that happen?

After TJs, we went to some boring places (boring = no food) and then to Olive Garden.

Wahoo! I started with hot lemon water. It’s like I’m 60 years old at heart or something! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Just like the last time we came to Olive Garden, we stuffed ourselves on soup and salad and breadsticks!

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I ditched the breadsticks, but had a hearty serving of chicken + gnocchi soup. My bowl had no gnocchi. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Luckily, it had loads of spinach and I loved how creamy it was. I NEED this recipe!

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My entree was the Lasagna Primavera with Grilled Chicken.
Hand-folded lasagna filled with zucchini, squash and bell peppers. Topped with a tomato-basil sauce, grilled chicken and a creamy parmesan drizzle.

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Last time, I had the ravioli with portobello mushrooms and I had the hardest time deciding if I should order it again, but I’m SO glad I didn’t. The ravioli is incredible, but the lasagna – OMG.

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The grilled chicken was tender and moist, the lasagna soft and chewy, stuffed to the max with a creamy ricotta and veggie filling. Even though I didn’t get any bell peppers (totally detected the zucchini, though!), the inside of the lasagna roll was fantastic. The best part, though, was definitely the SAUCE. Tomato-y, basil-y, with a hint of garlic and parmesan cheese. I’m SO glad the dish was smothered with this sauce. It was incredible.

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Obviously I hated it. Just kidding – I wanted to lick this plate clean! Maybe I did… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Seline had fettuccine alfredo with shrimp and scallops. She had way too many breadsticks! ๐Ÿ˜›

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We decided to share a dessert. While I wanted the white chocolate and berry cake, no one would’ve helped me eat it – so we decided to compromise and share a slice of creamy chocolate mousse cake.

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The bottom was like a chocolate brownie,

The top was an airy but rich chocolate mousse,

And teeny-tiny chocolate-covered wafer balls were sprinkled on top.

All drizzled with a rich chocolate sauce.

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I think I ate 1/4 of this baby! It was a true chocolate-lover’s delight (hint: I’m a chocolate lover). :mrgreen:

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Thank you, Olive Garden, for this amazing lunch. I think my buttons burst after this! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyways… no more photos of our trip to the US. Let’s chaaaaaange the topic – my goals for the week!

Now, usually I write my goals in my journal and check them off as we go, but I really have no other incentive – do you know what I mean? Anyways, there are a lot of things that I hope to do this week, and here they are:

1) Write one SAT practice test and finish both essays.

2) Start glueing (gluing?) stuff to my Leadership project. No more procrastinating!

3) Skate once or twice (I’m not skating so much now because of school and volunteering, plus Mom is so busy with shuttling my sis and I back and forth)

4) Bake something yummers – make either this blueberry coffee cake, these almond banana muffins, or these whole wheat raspberry drop scones. Mom also wants to make the lemon yogurt cake again – substituting the lemon zest for orange zest and adding dried cranberries. Can you say cranberry orange muffin? ๐Ÿ˜€

5) Think of a Science Fair idea!

6) Go for a run – come on, just one?

7) Eat salads every day. Bring leftover dinner dishes on top of mixed greens and bring dressing on the side.

8) Finish all French re-dos and hand them in.

9) Do math mindmap after each lesson.

10) Be nice to everyone, arrive at work early, and volunteer. ๐Ÿ™‚

โ˜… Eat until full and then STOP. Recently, I’ve been eating until stuffed – to the point where I’m about to burst or puke or something. I feel it, and I can SEE it too. It’s building up on my tummy and on my thighs, and I’ll be blunt to myself – it looks bad. I know I need to make some changes in order to see some changes (on the scale). I’ve also been feeling blah lately – no confidence, lethargic, too full, and just BLAH! Overall, I hate it… and this upcoming week is going to be my healthy week.
That is, no mindless snacking, no binges, no dessert when unneccessary, and lotsa fruit and veggies. Eating intuitively is hard!

I will let y’all know at the end of the week how I’ve done with all of these!

It’s 9:30 and I’ve got some homework to organize before school tomorrow. Bye for now!

WF Wednesday and Coconut Chicken Curry {+ Top 15 Curry Add-Ins!}

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday to you all ๐Ÿ™‚

Even though I’m still bouncing back from a fabulous weekend, today was a lot of fun.

Started the day with awesome oatmeal: 1/3 cup Quaker oatmeal, milk, water, 1 tsp ground flax, big scoop almond butter, crumbled Matchsticks honey pear almond walnut muffin, slivers of other two muffins (brown butter pumpkin walnut and cranberry orange). Simply the BEST!

Hit the gym for an hour – spent 25 minutes on the treadmill, then 15 on the bike, and 15 minutes on the elliptical. The bike is the hardest for me, but I love the treadmill.

Rewarded myself with slivers of muffin – see the weekend post above! Took a quick shower and hopped onto the skytrain with Mom and sister for Whole Foods. The best place in Vancouver, in my opinion! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Lunch was a big bowl from the WF buffet. I shared with Mom. I literally walk from one end of the serving table to another and take little scoops (two or three bites) of EVERY SINGLE DISH. I just want to try them all! Some of my favourites here were chicken cacciatore, spinach pakora with baba ghanoush, hummus, and tzatziki, curried tofu, and truffled fingerling potatoes. I also tried the mashed cauliflower, which was unique. It wasn’t bad, but don’t expect ’em to taste like buttery mashed potatoes! My all-time favourites from the Whole Foods hot bar are the macaroni and cheese (so creamy, cheesy, good), smoked mozzarella penne pasta salad (has spinach and roasted red peppers), marinated feta, and spinach poppyseed pasta salad. I think you see the trend – I love pasta and cheese!

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Also shared a sandwich with Mom – the big chicken and arugula sandwich. It’s got the BEST sundried tomato aioli as well as GOAT CHEESE (my love โ™ฅ) and prosciutto. The edges get all crispy when grilled, and oh my goodness it is heavenly. Definitely my absolute favourite sandwich, and it barely beats the turkey apple brie sammie.

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Of course, I can’t go to WF without getting dessert. Usually I share some gelato with Mom or Dad. Hazelnut is my favourite flavour, because it tastes like gelato-ified Kinder Bueno or Fererro Rocher. Yum!

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Sometimes, we buy the petite sweets. My #1 favourite is the white chocolate cheesecake raspberry tart. It’s small, but so rich and flavourful. You can really taste the white chocolate in there, but it’s still super tangy from the cheese and tart from the raspberry preserves.

Here’s a curry dinner we had a while back. We just buy the mix from a local bakery, and mix it up with some water + coconut milk before adding several of the following:

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1) Cauliflower: it gets so soft, and I think it goes so well with curry (try roasting it with curry powder!)
2) Broccoli
2) Spinach: stir it in during the last minutes of cooking
3) Tomato: for a more “butter chicken-esque” flavour
4) Peas: one of my absolute favourites – it adds great pop
5) Coconut milk!
6) Cashews: great for crunch (aka texture)
7) Snap peas, sugar peas, or snow peas
8) BUTTERNUT SQUASH! Yum! Let cubes simmer for about 15 minutes for squishy pillows of sauce.
9) Carrot
10) Onions: add another layer of yummy flavour
11) Mushrooms: super juicy and plump
12) Bell peppers: any colour works!
13) Chicken, shrimp, or tofu (these are obviously my favourite proteins!)
14) Edamame
15) Kale: like spinach, just stir it in. It may need a little more time than spinach, though.

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Here, we have cauliflower, onion, mushrooms, spinach, butternut squash, and chicken. I had one two THREE bowls of this with coconut oil jasmine rice. Imagine that – three TIMES of what’s shown here. It’s that yummy!

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QUESTION(s) OF THE DAY!
1) Do you like Whole Foods? What do you buy there?
2) What do you add to curry?

1) Obviously I love it there. It’s my go-to place for high-quality, delicious food. It honestly never fails to please + impress me. The hot bar is amazing, the sandwiches are top-notch, and the products are excellent (muffins! โ™ฅ).
Watch out, though – items such as Quaker oatmeal and Almond Breeze milk can be found at Costco/Superstore/Wal-Mart for MUCH better prices. There’s a reason why WF is nicknamed Whole Paycheck. Most of the food/products are ridiculously expensive. Do your homework and compare prices before buying. Once, my mom bought a ladleful of roasted nuts without checking the price. Once we’d paid for everything, she found out that the ladleful (probably 3 measly handfuls) cost over $8!
Today, we bought Blue Star organic multigrain crackers, Krema coconut Greek yogurt (all-time FAVE yogurt, I’ll do a review soon), WF organic green tea, organic strawberries, organic grapes, organic lentils, organic garbanzo beans (both dried), whole wheat buttermilk pancake mix, a turkey apple brie sandwich for tomorrow’s lunch, and something else that I can’t remember!
2) Lotsa stuff! See above list. :mrgreen:

Let me know below, and have super day!