Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

YOU’LL NEED…

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sliced green onion for serving
  • Butter lettuce leaves for serving
  • Teriyaki sauce: ⅓  cup water, ½ cup soy sauce, ⅓ honey, 1 garlic clove (minced), ½ tsp fresh ginger (minced), 2 tbsp cornstarch, 1 tbsp sesame seeds

LET’S GET COOKING…

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a mini-muffin pan or baking sheet.  In a large bowl, combine all meatball ingredients. Form mixture into small balls and place into the greased pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until fully cooked.
  2. In a small saucepan on medium-low heat, combine the water, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger. Stir until the honey is fully dissolved. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water. Pour the slurry into the sauce and stir until thickened.
  3. Transfer cooked meatballs into a dish lined with lettuce, and stir the sauce all over to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Thai Food Recipes: 10 Mouth-Watering Foods to Try

Thai food is not just about the wonderful blend of fragrances, spices and fresh ingredients. Check out these 10 delicious thai food recipes.

Thai food is a very unique cuisine that is not comparable with others. It can be spicy, chilli-hot, or acidic. Each dish carries its signature flavour.
The Thai pride themselves for having a cuisine that harmoniously combines both old Eastern and Western influences. Long ago, Thai food mainly used aquatic animals, plants, and herbs as ingredients, and the traditional cooking methods were stewing and baking.
When the Chinese started migrating to Thailand, stir-frying and deep-frying methods were adopted. Later, in the 17th century, Thai food evolved as it was slowly influenced by cooking styles brought in by the influx of traders or migrants from Portugal, Holland, Japan and France.
Believe it or not, chilli was not a traditional ingredient. It was only in the 1600s that it was first introduced by the Portuguese missionaries, who acquired a taste for it in Latin America and brought it with them to South East Asia.
So, what makes it so healthy? Many of the spices and herbs in Thai ingredients have medicinal values. Here are 10 mouth-watering and healthy Thai food recipes and foods you should try:

#1 Spicy Papaya Salad

Spicy Papaya Salad
Also known as “som tam,” this is one of my favorite appetizers. It’s a salad made with unripe papayas and chopped chillis dressed with lime juice and fish sauce. Some versions include roasted peanuts and dried shrimp, both of which complement this salad very well. This dish originated from the north-eastern countryside of Thailand, but it is now easily in found in restaurants around the country.
Green papaya is packed with vitamins and enzymes. The enzymes work as a replacement for stomach acid, which is vital to the digestive process. As a result, as an appetizer, this salad helps to prepare your stomach to digest the dishes that follow.
If you want to try making it, here is a simple recipe that serves 4. You will need:
  • 1 small, green/unripe papaya
  • ½ cup of roasted peanuts (or cashews)
  • 1 red chilli, sliced with the seeds removed
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp of lime juice
  • 1 tsp of liquid honey
Optional ingredients:
  • 1 cup baby shrimp, cooked
  • 1 cup bean sprouts, blanched
  • 1 cup tofu, cubed and fried
Peel the papaya, slice it in half, and spoon out the seeds until clean. Next, grate the green papaya (not too fine) and place the grated papaya into a salad bowl. For the dressing, mix the olive oil, fish sauce, lime juice, and liquid honey together. Pour the dressing over the grated papaya and toss well. Add the sliced red chilli and fresh basil and toss again. Sprinkle the roasted peanuts/cashews on top before serving.

#2 Versatile Red Curry Paste

This paste is not for the faint-hearted. It is not just the chillis that sound threatening, but the myriad of flavour-filled herbs and spices that go into it. Also called “prik gaeng ped,” this curry paste is used as a basic ingredient for many Thai dishes. It can be used in soups, curries, and stir-fries.
I like to make mine based on Mark Wiens’s recipe as the amount of spices and herbs that he uses are perfectly suited to my taste buds. Here are the ingredients for his recipe:
  • 8 dry red spur chillis
  • 3 tsp of white pepper corns
  • ½ tsp of cumin powder
  • ½ tsp of coriander powder
  • 10-15 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp of fresh coriander roots
  • 1 tbsp of lemongrass, sliced
  • 3-5 shallots
  • 1 tbsp of galangal, sliced
  • rinds of ½ kaffir lime
  • ½ tsp of shrimp paste
  • ½ tsp of salt

#3 Chicken Fried with Red Curry Paste

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The Thai call this “gai pad prik.” It’s a dish that is considered to be street food. This dish is definitely not as mild as the salad, as it is prepared using the red curry paste listed above. Be warned: On a scale of 1 – 10, this would be an 8 or 9.

#4 Tom Yam

Ahh, just the thought of this makes my mouth water. The English call this “sour Thai soup.” Tom yam kung, or tom yam goong, is the version that contains prawns and straw mushroom. This soup is so appetizing that you just can’t stop eating it despite your eyes tearing and your nose running.
The basic ingredients of this soup are similar to those of the red curry paste. The taste is mostly derived from a combination of the flavors from lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, and fish sauce. This soup is very healthy because it does not involve any frying. The ingredients are boiled in the soup, so all their healthy goodness is absorbed into the soup.
Some people have it as a starter to kick-start an awesome Thai meal. In my country, this is served as a main dish with fragrant steamed white rice as a side dish.
I have read that this soup can help to reduce the risk of cancer. Studies have shown that the Thai seem to suffer less from digestive tract cancers compared to other nationalities. Researchers believe that this is due to the ingredients used in tom yam, which inhibit cancerous tumor growth more effectively than other foods.

#5 Pad Thai

I’m sure that this dish does not need any introduction. I’ve never come across a Thai restaurant that does not serve this.
A one-dish-meal, pad thai’s main ingredient, the flat-noodles, are made from rice, which contains lower carbs than flour-based noodles. Other typical ingredients are onions, green onions, bean sprouts, and fried tofu seasoned with fish sauce during the stir-frying process. Some versions might be on the sweeter side as the chef might add sugar. Crushed peanuts are used to garnish the dish before serving.
I like to squeeze some lime juice over it, and then mix it well before digging in. The tangy taste works very well with it.

#6 Laap or Larp

Thai Laap
This is a refreshing meat salad that has Laotian origins. The Thai in the northern regions usually use either pork or chicken, which is seasoned with spices like cumin, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, and ground dried chillis. Apparently, this dish can be eaten raw, but I have never tried this version.

#7 Green Curry

Another one of my favorite dishes, this herbal yet spicy hot curry is like no other curry. This is due to the combination of herbs used in the green curry paste, balanced with the taste of fresh coconut milk.
In most Thai restaurants, chicken is the meat ingredient of the green curry dish. However, I find that fish or seafood work very well with green curry, too.

#8 Water Morning Glory

We’re not talking about the purple flower. This is a leafy plant with hollow green stems and delicate leaves that is semi-aquatic and can be found all across South-East Asia. It is called “pak boong” in Thai, and is sometimes referred to as water spinach.
This vegetable is usually stir-fried with garlic, oyster sauce, shrimp paste, or red chilli paste. It’s easy to eat, and some studies have found that it can help in lowering blood sugar levels.

#9 Thai Fried Rice or Khao Phat

Khao Phat
This unpretentious rice dish is typically eaten as a one-dish lunch. It consists of Thai rice fried with eggs, onions, and some herbs. Some fancy restaurants might add crab meat or prawns.
Some people like to have this dish as a side dish with other Thai curry dishes. Personally, I like it served with the stir-fried water morning glory with chilli and shrimp paste.

#10 Mango Rice Pudding

Last but not least, I must mention this heavenly Thai dessert. The rice pudding is made of glutinous (sticky) rice cooked with sweetened coconut milk. It is then served at room temperature or chilled with ripe mango.
So, has your mouth started watering yet?
I hope you enjoy this list of introductory Thai food recipes – especially if you’re new to this cuisine. If it gets too spicy hot, a good tip is to have a glass of cold milk handy as this will neutralize the burn of the spices. Good luck and enjoy.

Thai Food Recipes: 10 Mouth-Watering Foods to Try

Thai food is not just about the wonderful blend of fragrances, spices and fresh ingredients. Check out these 10 delicious thai food recipes.

Thai food is a very unique cuisine that is not comparable with others. It can be spicy, chilli-hot, or acidic. Each dish carries its signature flavour.
The Thai pride themselves for having a cuisine that harmoniously combines both old Eastern and Western influences. Long ago, Thai food mainly used aquatic animals, plants, and herbs as ingredients, and the traditional cooking methods were stewing and baking.
When the Chinese started migrating to Thailand, stir-frying and deep-frying methods were adopted. Later, in the 17th century, Thai food evolved as it was slowly influenced by cooking styles brought in by the influx of traders or migrants from Portugal, Holland, Japan and France.
Believe it or not, chilli was not a traditional ingredient. It was only in the 1600s that it was first introduced by the Portuguese missionaries, who acquired a taste for it in Latin America and brought it with them to South East Asia.
So, what makes it so healthy? Many of the spices and herbs in Thai ingredients have medicinal values. Here are 10 mouth-watering and healthy Thai food recipes and foods you should try:

#1 Spicy Papaya Salad

Spicy Papaya Salad
Also known as “som tam,” this is one of my favorite appetizers. It’s a salad made with unripe papayas and chopped chillis dressed with lime juice and fish sauce. Some versions include roasted peanuts and dried shrimp, both of which complement this salad very well. This dish originated from the north-eastern countryside of Thailand, but it is now easily in found in restaurants around the country.
Green papaya is packed with vitamins and enzymes. The enzymes work as a replacement for stomach acid, which is vital to the digestive process. As a result, as an appetizer, this salad helps to prepare your stomach to digest the dishes that follow.
If you want to try making it, here is a simple recipe that serves 4. You will need:
  • 1 small, green/unripe papaya
  • ½ cup of roasted peanuts (or cashews)
  • 1 red chilli, sliced with the seeds removed
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp of lime juice
  • 1 tsp of liquid honey
Optional ingredients:
  • 1 cup baby shrimp, cooked
  • 1 cup bean sprouts, blanched
  • 1 cup tofu, cubed and fried
Peel the papaya, slice it in half, and spoon out the seeds until clean. Next, grate the green papaya (not too fine) and place the grated papaya into a salad bowl. For the dressing, mix the olive oil, fish sauce, lime juice, and liquid honey together. Pour the dressing over the grated papaya and toss well. Add the sliced red chilli and fresh basil and toss again. Sprinkle the roasted peanuts/cashews on top before serving.

#2 Versatile Red Curry Paste

This paste is not for the faint-hearted. It is not just the chillis that sound threatening, but the myriad of flavour-filled herbs and spices that go into it. Also called “prik gaeng ped,” this curry paste is used as a basic ingredient for many Thai dishes. It can be used in soups, curries, and stir-fries.
I like to make mine based on Mark Wiens’s recipe as the amount of spices and herbs that he uses are perfectly suited to my taste buds. Here are the ingredients for his recipe:
  • 8 dry red spur chillis
  • 3 tsp of white pepper corns
  • ½ tsp of cumin powder
  • ½ tsp of coriander powder
  • 10-15 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp of fresh coriander roots
  • 1 tbsp of lemongrass, sliced
  • 3-5 shallots
  • 1 tbsp of galangal, sliced
  • rinds of ½ kaffir lime
  • ½ tsp of shrimp paste
  • ½ tsp of salt
#3 Chicken Fried with Red Curry Paste
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The Thai call this “gai pad prik.” It’s a dish that is considered to be street food. This dish is definitely not as mild as the salad, as it is prepared using the red curry paste listed above. Be warned: On a scale of 1 – 10, this would be an 8 or 9.
Here is Mark Wiens’s step-by-step video to show you how to prepare this mouth-watering dish.

#4 Tom Yam

Ahh, just the thought of this makes my mouth water. The English call this “sour Thai soup.” Tom yam kung, or tom yam goong, is the version that contains prawns and straw mushroom. This soup is so appetizing that you just can’t stop eating it despite your eyes tearing and your nose running.
The basic ingredients of this soup are similar to those of the red curry paste. The taste is mostly derived from a combination of the flavors from lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, and fish sauce. This soup is very healthy because it does not involve any frying. The ingredients are boiled in the soup, so all their healthy goodness is absorbed into the soup.
Some people have it as a starter to kick-start an awesome Thai meal. In my country, this is served as a main dish with fragrant steamed white rice as a side dish.
I have read that this soup can help to reduce the risk of cancer. Studies have shown that the Thai seem to suffer less from digestive tract cancers compared to other nationalities. Researchers believe that this is due to the ingredients used in tom yam, which inhibit cancerous tumor growth more effectively than other foods.

#5 Pad Thai

I’m sure that this dish does not need any introduction. I’ve never come across a Thai restaurant that does not serve this.
A one-dish-meal, pad thai’s main ingredient, the flat-noodles, are made from rice, which contains lower carbs than flour-based noodles. Other typical ingredients are onions, green onions, bean sprouts, and fried tofu seasoned with fish sauce during the stir-frying process. Some versions might be on the sweeter side as the chef might add sugar. Crushed peanuts are used to garnish the dish before serving.
I like to squeeze some lime juice over it, and then mix it well before digging in. The tangy taste works very well with it.

#6 Laap or Larp

Thai Laap
This is a refreshing meat salad that has Laotian origins. The Thai in the northern regions usually use either pork or chicken, which is seasoned with spices like cumin, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, and ground dried chillis. Apparently, this dish can be eaten raw, but I have never tried this version.

#7 Green Curry

Another one of my favorite dishes, this herbal yet spicy hot curry is like no other curry. This is due to the combination of herbs used in the green curry paste, balanced with the taste of fresh coconut milk.
In most Thai restaurants, chicken is the meat ingredient of the green curry dish. However, I find that fish or seafood work very well with green curry, too.
In the video link below, Greg cooks up a green curry dish with beef. His recipe is very easy to follow, which is why I’d like to share it with you.
Tip: For an extra refreshing flavor, you might want to add fresh Thai basil leaves as a garnish before serving.

#8 Water Morning Glory

We’re not talking about the purple flower. This is a leafy plant with hollow green stems and delicate leaves that is semi-aquatic and can be found all across South-East Asia. It is called “pak boong” in Thai, and is sometimes referred to as water spinach.
This vegetable is usually stir-fried with garlic, oyster sauce, shrimp paste, or red chilli paste. It’s easy to eat, and some studies have found that it can help in lowering blood sugar levels.

#9 Thai Fried Rice or Khao Phat

Khao Phat
This unpretentious rice dish is typically eaten as a one-dish lunch. It consists of Thai rice fried with eggs, onions, and some herbs. Some fancy restaurants might add crab meat or prawns.
Some people like to have this dish as a side dish with other Thai curry dishes. Personally, I like it served with the stir-fried water morning glory with chilli and shrimp paste.

#10 Mango Rice Pudding

Last but not least, I must mention this heavenly Thai dessert. The rice pudding is made of glutinous (sticky) rice cooked with sweetened coconut milk. It is then served at room temperature or chilled with ripe mango.
So, has your mouth started watering yet?
I hope you enjoy this list of introductory Thai food recipes – especially if you’re new to this cuisine. If it gets too spicy hot, a good tip is to have a glass of cold milk handy as this will neutralize the burn of the spices. Good luck and enjoy.

10 Delicious Smoothie Recipes to Suit Any Craving

Getting tired of your regular smoothie recipe? Try one, or all, of these 10 unique, healthy and delicious smoothies. One might just become your new favorite.

I think we can all agree that smoothies are delicious. They are a virtually guilt-free sweet treat that is good for you any time of the day, whether it is a breakfast, post-workout snack or an afternoon pick-me-up.

You may have your smoothie recipe that hits the spot every time, but here are 10 smoothie recipes that may be something you wouldn’t think of trying at first, but once you do try them, you won’t able to stop making them.

1. Banana “Milkshake”

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This smoothie is absolutely delicious and I drink it all the time. It is so simple to make, and it really does taste like a vanilla milkshake without the guilt. One tip: If you want more of a vanilla flavor, make sure the bananas aren’t too ripe. You can also add a few strawberries to make it a “strawberry milkshake” or use cocoa powder or chocolate almond milk to make it a chocolate one.

Recipe:

  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk (or whatever kind of milk you prefer)
  • 1 TS Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 TS Sweetener (Honey, brown sugar, stevia, agave, etc…)
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • Ice

Blend and enjoy!

2. AvoBerry Blast

Avocado in a smoothie? What? Don’t question it. Even if you don’t like the taste of avocado, it will make the texture of your smoothie amazing. This smoothie is full of antioxidants and is a great breakfast that will keep you full.

Recipe:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1½ Cups Almond Milk
  • ½ an Avocado
  •  ½ Cup Blueberries
  • ½ Cup Strawberries
  •  ½ Cup Raspberries

3. The Green Dream

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This green smoothie is great for you and tastes amazing. The benefits of green smoothies are endless, and this one will keep you hydrated and energized while satisfying your taste buds.

Recipe:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  •  ½ an Avocado (optional)
  • ¼ Cup Cucumber (Chopped)
  •  ¼ Cup Celery
  • ¼ Cup Spinach or Kale
  •  ¼ Cup Green Apple (Chopped)
  •  1 TS Lemon or Lime Juice
  •  Ice

Blend the ingredients then strain to remove all the seeds and fibers. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

4. Strawberry Shake Up

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A strawberry-banana smoothie is a classic that is simple and easy to make. You can’t beat the taste or the health benefits. This strawberry smoothie has a twist to it that brightens it even more.

Recipe:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  •  ½ Cup Strawberries
  • ½ Cup Frozen Mango
  •  ¼ Cup Orange Juice

Blend and enjoy!

5. Apple of My Eye

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Do you love apple pie? If your answer is yes, I can guarantee you will adore this smoothie. This is basically an apple pie in a cup, but unlike apple pie, it is healthy to drink every day.

Recipe:

  • 1½ Cups Almond Milk
  •  1 Cup Apple (Chopped)
  •  ½ Cup Vanilla Yogurt
  • Ice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Blend and enjoy!

6. Tropical Sunrise

pineapple coconut smoothie

This smoothie will have you feeling like you are on a beach sipping on a Pina Colada, but it is so healthy for you. Also, did you know pineapple is great for combatting inflammation? If you love tropical flavors, you will not want to miss this smoothie.

Recipe:

  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  •  1 Cup Pineapple
  •  ¼ Cup Pineapple Juice
  • A few coconut water ice cubes
  • Coconut Flakes

Blend and top with coconut flakes! Enjoy!

7. Reese’s in a Cup

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As the title says, this smoothie is basically a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup but turned into a smoothie. If you love the classic candy, you will really enjoy this healthy twist.

Recipe:

  • 1 Banana
  •  1 Cup Chocolate Almond Milk
  • ¾ Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 TS Cocoa Powder (optional)
  • Ice

Blend and enjoy!

8. Peach Melba

peach melba smoothie

This smoothie brings you the bright and fresh flavors of the classic dessert, peach melba. This smoothie is extremely satisfying and refreshing after a workout. Peaches are also an amazing source of Vitamin C.

Recipe:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Cup Chopped Peaches (frozen)
  • ½ Cup Raspberries
  • ¼ Cup Peach Juice
  • Ice

Blend and enjoy!

9. Pumpkin Perfection

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Fall is coming and what screams fall more than pumpkin spice? This smoothie is like a pumpkin pie in a glass, but it is not bad for you like pumpkin pie. This is a perfect fall or, if you love pumpkin like me, any-time-of-the-year breakfast.

Recipe:

  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  •  ½ Cup Canned Pumpkin Puree (not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling)
  • ¼ Cup Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

10. Morning Melon

This smoothie is delicious and refreshing for the morning time, especially in the summer when melon is in season. This smoothie will fill you up, but it is light and will not make you bloated.

Recipe:

  • ½ Cup Watermelon (Chopped)
  •  ¼ Cup Cantaloupe (Chopped)
  • ¼ Cup Honeydew (Chopped)
  •  ¼ Cup Almond or Coconut Milk
  • Ice

Blend the ingredients together then strain the smoothie to filter out seeds or fibers. Enjoy!

I hope that you recreate some of these delicious smoothies, whether it is for breakfast, after the gym or even a night-time snack! They are so healthy for you, and there is a smoothie on this list for any craving you might have. Have your own favorite smoothie recipe? Comment below

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