Vegetarian Steamed Buns

I love it when a recipe is both incredibly easy and delicious! For this popular Chinese dish, we’re going to cheat a little by using Pillsbury Grands, which are available everywhere at your local grocery store. Easier than making it from scratch! Just steam them and stuff them with just about anything! I’ve pocketed these with shiitake mushrooms and other sautéed veggies for this particular recipe, but it can also be stuffed with your favorite protein. Dig in for a quick snack, or a meal!

Vegetarian Steamed Buns
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 leeks (white parts only), sliced
  • 8 large shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2½ tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 2 green onions, sliced
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized skillet, heat canola oil on medium high. Add shallots and leeks. Sauté for 7 minutes until caramelized. Add mushrooms and sauté until cooked through. Stir in hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and ginger. Mix well. Remove from heat and toss in green onions.
  2. While vegetables are cooking, separate dough into 8 biscuits. With fingers, flatten each into rounds about ½ inch thick. Fold over to form half-moon shape; place in steamer or bamboo steamer lined with parchment paper. Set steamer on top of wok or saucepan with boiling water. Steam 10 minutes; cool completely.
  3. Cut buns in half, but not completely through, to form a pocket. Stuff buns with vegetable mixture and serve immediately on a platter.

 

Crispy Coconut Chicken Breasts

Main, Poultry | April 4, 2016 | By

One day, when I was feeling very lazy, I picked up a prepared meal in the Whole Foods meat department. It happened to be very tasty and inspired me to recreate it with my own twist. So, here it is — my version of Crispy Coconut Chicken Breasts! It’s both crunchy and tender with tremendous flavor in the crust. Serve it with a side of Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw and you have a light, delicious, home-made meal!

Crispy Coconut Chicken Breasts
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, slightly pounded
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Cooking spray to grease
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 sectioned lemon for each plate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium shallow dish, combine panko crumbs, shredded coconut, and all spices. Mix well. In another shallow dish, whisk together egg and egg white.
  2. Generously salt & pepper each chicken breast on both sides. Dredge each chicken breast into egg, then dip each piece into panko bread crumb mixture, shaking off the excess. Heat an oven-proof skillet with canola oil on medium high. Brown chicken on both sides in pan for about 3 minutes. Remove from stove. Lightly spray the tops of chicken with cooking spray.
  3. Place pan with chicken in the oven. Bake in the middle rack for 20-25 minutes until crispy and golden. When ready, immediately plate and top with chopped cilantro and squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with a side of Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw.
Notes
Note: If you don’t have an oven-proof skillet you can transfer the chicken to a baking tray sprayed with cooking spray.

Inspired by Whole Foods Thai Curry Chicken Cutlets.

 

Thai Steamed Mussels

Thai Steamed Mussels

I recently went to this incredible seafood restaurant in New York City called “Flex Mussels.” On their menu they feature 23 different mussels preparations. The Thai Steamed Mussels were my favorite and I had to recreate it when I returned home! I also had a little help from my Staten Island friend, Carolyn, who shared her version of Thai mussels with me. I know most people are accustomed to the Italian preparation (which I also love), but this Asian-inspired mussels recipe is absolutely worth trying. I promise! Make sure to have a side of crusty bread for dipping in the yummy sauce!

Thai Steamed Mussels
 
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Serving Size: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 3 large shallots, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 cups chopped leeks (whites only)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, finely chopped (soft white bulb only)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Zest from one lime
  • 1 13-oz. can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3 cups dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons green curry paste
  • 6 pounds fresh mussels
  • Chopped fresh cilantro to garnish
Instructions
  1. Clean, scrub, and de-beard mussels. Discard any open mussels. Heat coconut oil in a heavy sauce pan, Dutch oven, or wok. Add shallots, garlic, leeks, and lemongrass and sauté 3 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in red pepper flakes and lime zest. Add in coconut milk, fish sauce, white wine, and curry paste. Stir well and bring to a boil. Add mussels, reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 8 to 10 minutes until mussels are open. Sprinkle with cilantro to garnish. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.
  2. Adapted from: Carolyn Decorato