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Phyllo Triangles Stuffed with Cheese

Phyllo Triangles Stuffed with Cheese

Phyllo Triangles Stuffed with Cheese is a fantastic appetizer, party food, or you could just eat it as a snack. I grew up eating this tasty treat just stuffed with cow cheese mixed with eggs, then stuffed in the homemade dough. Many of you call…

Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry

Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry

I have been playing with some really easy recipes lately just like this tasty creamy spinach puff pastry. I don’t think that we need to spend hours in the kitchen unless it is Thanksgiving, of course. However, even then I do not cook all day.…

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

I dare to say that Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings are absolutely mouthwatering especially made in the Air Fryer.

I mean, you do not have to be a chef or even a good cook to make these. So simple, yet packed with flavor.

We just love the zesty chicken wings with the aroma of lime and frequent rosemary. It is the most intoxicating smell.

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As you all know we love a good meal, and we have once a week family movie night. It fills my heart when we are all together for a couple of hours without any phone distraction.

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

I cherish these moments. Now that our oldest one, Aleks, leaving for University this Fall, I am even more determined not to skip on these small moments like our move nights.

Unexplainably, the time flew by. I know it is cliche to say, but it is so true. Well, I feel like he was just last week this mischievous little boy, running around the house in his Spiderman undies.

I will not cry! Promise. I just wanted to say to all young parents, treasure each moment. Treasure!

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

Anyhow, back to my wings. So, I made these since we all love them, but most importantly I wanted to test recipes that we can make quick in our air fryer.

I made some tasty cauliflower with this and the meal was completely done. Most importantly, we all loved it, and it tastes absolutely phenomenal.

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I hope you all like this recipe. Also, you can make these in the oven. Always make sure to turn them around about halfway at 400F. The best way to cook them in the oven is on one of those baking racks or grills.

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

The heat will travel all around the chicken wings so the taste will be tasty, but it is not necessary. You can make it in the regular baking pan, too.

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Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings
Yield: 4 SERVINGS

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinade Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

An easy way to make chicken wings.

Ingredients

  • 8-10 Chicken Wings
  • SEASONING
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • Zest of One Lime
  • 1 tbsp. Dried Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Instructions

Rub all the ingredients on the chicken wings and marinade for about 30 minutes. You may keep it in the large airtight container or a large ziplock bag. Lime will tenderize the chicken even more, and allow the spices and herbs to penetrate through.

Place the chicken wings in the one layer. If your fryer is larger then you may use more wings. Mine is 6 Qt. and I can cook 8 regular size wings comfortably, to up to 10.

Turn the air fryer 375 F for 20-25 minutes, depending on the size and power of your fryer. Halfway through I turn them around to get the same nice golden color. I don't think it's necessary per se to turn it around but I do it and it works wonderfully for me.

Notes

If the chicken wings are frozen, just defrost them because obviously, you will not be able to marinate frozen chicken wings.

Lemon, Garlic, Butter, Shrimp Recipe

Lemon, Garlic, Butter, Shrimp Recipe

Lemon, garlic, and butter are just meant to be part of the shrimp meals. This is our favorite shrimp recipe, plus I totally toss these with creamy pasta. HEAVENLY! These shrimps are fantastic with cauliflower rice, zoodles (zucchini noodles), spaghetti squash or over bowl greens. If none of those is a good option for you, then take a loaf of…

Piglets in a Blanket

Piglets in a Blanket

These super easy and delicious Piglets in a Blanket are a staple in my house appetizers or hors d’oeuvre, especially during parties. Well, I must say that piglets in a blanket are one of my kids’ favorites quick after-school snacks. However, over the years I…

Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

I call this Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas a perfect Avo Toast. They are so popular these days and extremely versatile. I just love them as well as my kids.

You can make them vegetarian or vegan, or add bacon, chicken, eggs, etc. I also love using different types of bread for my avocado toast. It all depends on what I got in my kitchen or what I crave at that moment.

I have made it before with some everything bagel chickpeas, smoked salmon as well as avo-prosciutto toast. One of the most versatile foods, right?!

What is your favorite AVO TOAST? Please do share it with me in the comments. I would love to hear.

Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

The first time I tried avocado was 10 years ago. I almost puked when I tasted this marvelous fruit. Then about 5 or 6 years ago I fell madly in love with avocados.

I do not know what clicked the second time, but all of a sudden I actually loved the taste. Maybe a pinch of salt and a generous squeeze of lemon juice.

The same goes for Peanut butter. I hated PB so much, the taste was just awful to me, but now I can eat it with a spoon.

To stay on the topic, we eat a lot of avocados in my house. Besides dips and salads, this is how we eat it most of the time especially if they are overripe.

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Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

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Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas
Yield: Serves 4

Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Simple, healthy, and easy brunch idea.

Ingredients

  • 8 Toast/Bread Slices
  • 1/2 tbsp Unsalted Butter Ghee or Vegan Butter could be used

Avocado:

  • 2 Ripe Avocado mashed
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spicy Seasoning I used Kick’n Chicken by Weber
  • 2 teaspoon Lemon juice Or Lime

Chickpeas

  • 1 can Organic Chickpeas You can cook them yourself as well
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted Butter Vegan butter, Coconut oil/butter or Ghee could be used
  • 1/2 tsp Organic Tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp. Spicy Seasoning I used Kick’ n Chicken by Weber
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon or Lime Juice

Garnish:

  • Chopped Parsley

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet or a frying pan with a bit of butter, then add slices of toast or any bread that you wish to use and toast for a minute or two on both sides until you reach the right (golden) color.
  2. Scoop avocado and mash it, add salt, pepper, seasoning and a generous squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Mix it well and set aside. You may also add garlic if you wish for more garlic taste.
  3. Heat a skillet or saute/frying pan and add butter. Drain chickpeas (reserve chickpeas water or vegan whipped cream). Now add chickpeas to the skillet and add seasonings and lemon or lime juice. Allow it to cook for about 3-5 minutes, mixing it frequently until you reach your desired taste of crunchiness. If you like it softer, stir fry it less, but leave it for up to 5 minutes to really get toasty chickpeas at a medium-high temperature to reach that slight outside crunch and softer inside. I like it that way, but you may cook it more or less. Also, use seasoning to please your own taste. I use more spicy seasoning because I like it, but use just a dash if you do not like it as much.
  4. Now, spread mashed avocado over the toasted bread, add a spoonful or more of spicy chickpeas and garnish it with a bit of chopped parsley.

Notes

You may use your own seasoning blend: Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, chili flakes, thyme, parsley, cayenne pepper, etc. Whatever blend suits you as long as it got a bit of heat to it!

Meatless Chili Nachos

Meatless Chili Nachos

Meatless Chili Nachos Recipe

Spicy Baked BBQ Chicken Wings

Spicy Baked BBQ Chicken Wings

Do you have a napkin near you? No! Go get one, because these wings are going to make your mouth water. Here I am with one more batch of chicken wings. I LOVEEE chicken wings! Who wouldn’t, right? They’re so addictive and so delicious, and…

Easy Pan-Fried Tofu

Easy Pan-Fried Tofu

Easy Pan-Fried Tofu

Easy Pan-Fried Tofu is such quick tasty bites that you must make. So, in my opinion, you either like tofu or you do not. Yes, that would be my explanation.

It looks like cheese, but it tastes nothing like cheese. It doesn’t have any flavor whatsoever. I get emails about the tofu, and from time to time even cashier would ask how does it taste.

It’s so funny when my husband tries to explain instead of me. I just let him talk about food with people we meet. That being said, he just explains recipes or dishes that I have made using tofu. I crack up on the inside.

I actually made my own tofu and it was deeelicious. You can buy kits and make your own. Such amazing labor of love.

Easy Pan-Fried Tofu

Anyhow, the best part of tofu is that it adapts pretty well to any flavor. For example, if you are going to use it in stews or soups it soaks in a seasoning of the dish and becomes really tasty.

For stews and smoothies, I like using soft tofu, although I used so many times firm too. On the other hand, for frying I always use firm or extra firm. It just holds much better while frying.

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In this case, I use Nasoya Organic Firm Tofu that you probably could find in any grocery store in the USA. You are welcome to use any brand that you like or have, or use your homemade.

Oh, we have one more week in front of us and we are that much closer to a New Year. This year seriously past so fast. 2016! Wow! It feels like yesterday we celebrated 2015. Don’t you agree?

Easy Pan-Fried Tofu

Do you go out to welcome a new year, or you are more like the indoor type of person surrounded by family and friends?

With 3 kids, I am glued to my sofa watching a movie or listening to music and eating pizza every year. It’s actually a relaxing night, to be honest.

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Easy Pan-Fried Tofu
Yield: SERVES 4

Easy Pan-Fried Tofu

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

The best part of tofu is that it adapts pretty well to any flavor. This dish is easy and so tasty.

Ingredients

  • 1 pack 14 OZ/397g Organic Firm Tofu, cubed
  • 1 large egg mixed
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs Japanese bread crumbs, or use any on hand
  • 1/4 cup Oil

Seasoning:

  • 1/4 tsp. salt, you can add up to 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Dry Parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Chili powder
  • Garnish options:
  • Green onions
  • Parsley
  • Sesame seeds

Dipping Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp Gochujang Korean chili pepper paste
  • 1 Tbsp Rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • 1/2 tsp. Soy sauce lite
  • 1/2 tsp. Sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds

Equipment:

  • Frying pan
  • Measuring cup/spoons
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Kitchen Paper towel
  • 1 Plate
  • 2 mixing bowls

Instructions

  1. Drain Tofu, then using a kitchen paper towel, pat-dry until almost all the moisture is gone.
  2. Cube tofu into equal cubes or you can slice it as well. Transfer it to the bowl.
  3. Combine seasoning because tofu does not have any taste whatsoever. You may use the seasoning that you like. I used a mix of salt, dry parsley, garlic, and chili powder/or flakes.
  4. Break an egg into one bowl, and add a cup of breadcrumbs in the other, then season each with an equal amount of seasoning.
  5. Dip each tofu cube into the egg, then cover it with the breadcrumbs. You could double-dip for a thicker crust. It’s not shown on the video, but half of the cubes I double dipped.
  6. Preheat the oil to 375F/190C. That’s the standard oil temperature for frying. Use oils that have a high smoking point such as olive oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, etc.
  7. Fry for a couple of seconds on each side of the tofu cube or until the tofu is a golden color. It fries, fast! Don’t overcrowd the pan when frying.
  8. Transfer fried tofu onto the plate with the paper towel to absorb excess grease.
  9. Serve it as an appetizer or snack with a dip, or over a salad.

Notes

You may use any breadcrumbs on hand. Panko breadcrumbs are really the best, but it is not a must.

Mini Biscuit Pizzas

Mini Biscuit Pizzas

There is nothing more precious to me than spending a little time in the kitchen with my children. I cook with them at least once a week. The kitchen gets messy; you can find eggshells and flour everywhere, and the worse is when the dough…