Home Baked Fries

We served the Chicken Strips with some homemade Baked Fries and Sweet Potatoes.

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You can substitute sweet potatoes with yam.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Paprika
  • Rosemary
  • Chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive oil (we used grapeseed oil)

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Chicken Strips

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen met again on a Wednesday. We made three healthy dishes from scratch.

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The main dish is Chicken Strips. The baked chicken strip is a healthy version of finger food. Making chicken strips at home can help control salt content compared to buying ready made ones from grocery store or restaurant.

These baked chicken strips are lower in fat because they are baked and not deep fried.

You can freeze leftover chicken strips for another meal.

You can substitute chicken with fish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • optional dipping sauce: honey mustard, Sriracha

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Source: Food Skills for Families: Active Seniors

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Almond Cookies

We made almond cookies in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen for Chinese New Year celebration.

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Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups ground almond
  • slice almond and extra sugar for decorating

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Yield about 24 cookies

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Peanut Noodle Pasta Salad

The second Thai theme recipe which Minoo shared in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen is a cold pasta noodle.

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This Peanut Noodle Pasta Salad is great for potluck. It is a vegetarian pasta salad with a lot of fresh and raw vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 box whole grain linguine (or any pasta you desired)
  • 1 cup matchsticks carrots
  • 2 cups matchsticks cucumbers
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green or yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Tasty recipes

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Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut and Curry

Minoo shared 3 recipes in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen in the week leading Chinese New Year.

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Minoo chosed a Thai theme for this kitchen. The first recipe is a Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut and Curry.

Ingredients

  • 1 x 4 pounds buttercup or butternut squash
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (large flakes)
  • 2 large leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 jalapeno chili, seeded and minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 x 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
  • juice from 1/2 lemon or lime
  • fresh cilantro leaves for garnishing

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Lemon Loaf with Poppy Seeds

Minoo shared a Lemon Loaf with Poppy Seeds to complete a meal of Caldo Verde and healthy Rice and Spinach Croquettes.

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These Lemon Loaf with Poppy Seeds is great for tea break.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • rind (finely grated) and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • poppy seeds

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Healthy Rice and Spinach Croquettes

I am back in the South Arm Multi Cultural Community Kitchen led by Minoo.

As usual, three recipes were shared in the kitchen. The first recipe was Caldo Verde (Portuguese Kale Soup with Chorizo) which I had blogged before.

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Minoo’s recipe is very similar with the one which I had blogged here, with the addition of fresh parsley.

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The second recipe is a great way of using leftover rice. This healthy Rice and Spinach Croquettes makes great snacks for the lunch box.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter , melted and extra butter to grease muffin pan
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 12 oz thawed frozen chopped spinach, squeezed to remove excess water
  • 1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • salt, pepper and dill to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

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