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Thai Chicken Pizza

19 Jul


Friday has always been pizza day in my home – we had pizza for dinner every Friday night growing up and I’ve still carried on that tradition. I bookmarked this recipe for Thai Chicken Pizza a while back and knew it was the perfect fit for pizza Friday of Asian week.

I always use my favorite homemade crust (I’ll post that recipe one of these days!) but you can use store bought or whatever recipe you like. Just a tip, because my crust used to sometimes be too soft and flimsy: to get a crispier crust, I actually bake the rolled out dough by itself for 3-4 minutes before adding the toppings.

The sweet chili sauce makes for a nice tangy base. Then lay out a layer of the sliced zucchini and load on the cheese, peppers, shallot, and chicken. If you’re in a meatless mood, you could always throw in some other vegetables – I think some mushrooms would be a nice addition! When the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly, take it out to cool for a minute or two, then top with some chopped cilantro, slice, serve, and enjoy!


Thai Chicken Pizza

Pizza dough (store bought or your favorite homemade recipe)
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
1/2 shallot, diced
1/2 large zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2-3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Yield: 2-4 servings

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round. (If you want a crispier crust, bake the crust alone for 3-4 minutes before topping) Spread the chili sauce over the crust in an even layer. Layer with the zucchini, cheese, shallot, peppers, and shredded chicken.

Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 12-14 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Sprinkle with cilantro before slicing and serving.

Source: Slightly adapted from Annie’s Eats


Spicy Ginger Beef Stir Fry

18 Jul


I knew I had to try a new stir fry dish during my Asian cuisine week and this one sounded amazing! The marinade/sauce packs a spicy punch and is full of fresh ginger flavor. I added a variety of vegetables based on what we like, but you can totally customize it based on your preferences. This would go great over some plain rice, so you can soak up all of the tasty sauce, or I served it with my favorite sesame noodles. Enjoy!

Spicy Ginger Beef Stir Fry

For the marinade:
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
5 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp peeled, grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground cumin

About 1 1/2 lb top sirloin steak
1 Tbsp corn starch
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 green onions, cut on a diagonal, including the greens
2 carrots, shaved
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 cup broccoli florets, cooked
1 serrano pepper, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp ginger, peeled and diced
Chopped cilantro
Sesame seeds

Yield: 4-6 servings

Chill the steak in the freezer for 30 minutes before you slice it, this will make it easier to cut in thin slices. Slice the steak first crosswise in 1/2-inch thick slices. The cut each slice lengthwise into strips.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients. Mix the beef in with the marinade to coat and let it sit for at least 30 minutes, and up to 4 hours, in the fridge.

When ready to cook, heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the beef and the marinade to the pan. Stir-fry until browned, 4-5 minutes. Add the green onion, carrot, peppers, broccoli, garlic, and ginger to the pan and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables have softened but still have some crunch.

Stir together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Push the  ingredients aside in the pan/wok to reveal the stir-fry sauce. Add the cornstarch-water mixture and stir to thicken the sauce.

When the sauce has thickened, plate the stir fry and top with chopped cilantro and sesame seeds. Serve with rice or noodles.

Source: Adapted from Simply Recipes

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

5 May


Tortilla soup has always been a favorite to eat, but I’d never made it myself! Leading up to Cinco de Mayo, I tried out a few new Tex Mex recipes, including this one for spicy chicken tortilla soup. It was love at first bite – very easy to toss together, super colorful, somewhat healthy, and has amazing flavor with all of the peppers and spices.

I slightly adapted the original recipe, excluding hominy and adding some corn and crispy tortilla strips. Side note: to make crispy tortilla strips to top your soup, simply slice a few corn tortillas into strips, put them on a lined baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Super simple and adds a nice texture when you dig in.


Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 cups chicken, shredded or chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced (with or without seeds)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 poblano pepper, roasted and diced
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
8 cups chicken broth (2 quarts)
1 4-oz can diced green chilies
1 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 bag frozen corn
1 14-oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
4 corn tortillas, cut into strips (plus more if making crispy strips)
Juice of 2 limes
Shredded monterey jack cheese, optional for serving
Chopped cilantro, optional for serving
Sour cream, optional for serving

Yield: Serves 6-8

First, roast the poblano pepper over a burner on a gas range stove or under the broiler. You want the pepper to be very dark and charred— almost black. Set aside on a plate to cool then dice. (you can either leave or remove the seeds)

Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a large pot. Once hot, add the diced onion and jalapeno and cook for five minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and diced poblano pepper and cook for another minute. Add the chili powder, cumin, and coriander and mix until well combined.

Pour in the chicken stock and add the tomatoes, corn, black beans, green chilies, chicken, and salt. Bring to a boil.

Finally, add the regular tortilla strips and lime juice and cook until tortillas soften. Serve with chopped cilantro and shredded cheese, plus crispy tortilla strips and sour cream if wanted.

Source: Slightly adapted from Eat Live Run

Spicy Peanut Chicken Pasta

12 Jun

I’m such a sucker for peanut sauce – there’s just something about it that’s irresistible to my taste buds. So you can imagine how much I loved this Asian pasta dish with a spicy peanut sauce. The variety of vegetables gives it vibrant color and makes you feel a little healthier eating this tasty dish.

Quick tip: you can add the chopped vegetables to the cooking pasta for about 5 minutes to slightly cook them while still leaving a bit of crunch. Mix in the sauce, top with chopped cilantro, and you have a delicious meal after my own heart.

Spicy Peanut Chicken Pasta

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 cup shredded or julienne carrots
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 head of broccoli, cut into small pieces
1 cup chopped or shredded cooked chicken breast (2-3 breasts)
8 oz cooked whole grain linguine

For the dressing:
5 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp water
3 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp sesame or canola oil
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 small piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces
1/2 Tbsp honey
1 clove garlic
1 tsp brown sugar
1/3 cup peanuts
Sriracha sauce (a few dashes – or more to your taste)

Cilantro for garnish

Puree all of the dressing ingredients (except peanuts) in a food processor until smooth and creamy.  Add the peanuts last and process until just finely chopped.

Cook the pasta and add the vegetables into the water for the last 5 minutes to soften them a bit. Drain and return to the pot. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Add more sriracha if you want a spicier taste. Top individual servings with fresh cilantro and enjoy!

Source: Slightly adapted from Pinch of Yum

South of the Border Bruschetta

16 Jul

After making the traditional Italian style bruschetta, my creative juices were flowing and I wanted to create a different take. Remembering I had an avocado, the idea came quickly to make a Tex-Mex style bruschetta. Let me tell you, these flavors work perfectly and make for a tasty option to add to taco night! Or maybe a Cinco de Mayo party? Either way, this dish totally works – hope yall enjoy! 🙂

South of the Border Bruschetta

1 small avocado, diced
1 red chili pepper, minced (about 1 Tbsp)
1 1/2 Tbsp cilantro, diced
Zest and juice of 1 small lime
Dash of salt
Cheese crumbles (cheddar, pepper jack, etc…)
Baguette, sliced and toasted

Combine the first five ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to let the flavors mix well. Toast slices of baguette and top with the mixture. Sprinkle cheese on top, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Source: A Beckster Original

Stuffed Bell Peppers

3 Mar

This is a recipe that my mom would make for our family. This is such a simple and delicious meal that has a great balance of veggie, meat, and carbs. I recently made these for my coworkers and had forgotten how much I love them – I hope you try them yourself and enjoy them too!

Stuffed Bell Peppers

6 large bell peppers
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
16 oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup long grain rice
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
Dash of pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut tops off peppers – discard seeds and membranes. Chop enough of the tops to make 1/4 cup of diced pepper; set aside. Cook the whole peppers, uncovered, in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove and dry well. Sprinkle the insides of peppers lightly with salt.

Cook meat, onion, and diced peppers together until meat is brown and veggies are tender. Drain grease from pan. Add tomatoes (liquid included), uncooked rice, water, salt, worcestershire sauce, and a dash of pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes or until rice is tender. Stuff the mixture into the peppers. Place the stuffed peppers in a baking pan and bake covered for 30-35 minutes.

Source: My mom, Gwen 🙂