Mom’s Chinese Salad

Mom’s Chinese Salad

salad meal

OK, before you ask, I have no idea why it is called Chinese salad. I made this recipe countless times for different occasions (birthdays, pot luck, Christmas, New Year, etc.) and I never know what to say when someone ask where the name is coming from.  The salad is not even Chinese!!

This recipe was passed on to me by my mom. I asked her about the origin of its name and she's never been able to answer. Hahahaha, oh mom! That is why I renamed it “Mom's Chinese Salad”. That way I can just say that my mom made up the name. 😉
I did not change any ingredients from the original recipe; I simply adjusted the quantities a bit to balance the protein, fat and carbs better. I assure you the picture doesn't do it justice: this salad is simply amazing!

Hope you like it as much as I do. Let me know in the comment box below or by rating this recipe. You can also tag me on Instagram @vic_r.c and share your thoughts there.

Thanks and Enjoy!

Canadian Shepherd’s Pie 2.0

Canadian Shepherd’s Pie 2.0

Shepherd's Pie- Pâté Chinois
The Canadian Shepherd's Pie, also known as Pâté chinois in French Canadian, is part of the Canadian comfy food repertoire. It is made of mashed potatoes, corn and ground meat. This traditional Canadian dish owes its origin to the Chinese workers who, according to the oral history, made this dish while working on the railway in Quebec, Canada. The recipe was then adopted by the locals there and was later on named pâté chinois (Chinese pie) due to its history.
sweet potato
This dish is really easy to make as it requires minimum ingredients. For this recipe reno I used extra lean ground turkey instead of ground beef and Japanese sweet potatoes (purple skin- white meat) instead of the regular white potatoes. Why would I do that you ask? To reduce fat, thanks to the turkey, and to fill this dish with nutrients find in sweet potatoes.

Let me know what you think in the comment box below or by rating this recipe. If you end up posting a picture on Instagram, don't forget to tag @vic.r_c. I would love to see what you came up with.

Thanks and Enjoy!

 

Sundried Tomatoes & Spinach Pesto

Sundried Tomatoes & Spinach Pesto

vegan pesto

One day, I was home and I wanted to eat pesto. Not only that I did not have any pesto at home, but I also did not have any basil or parmesan. I was off to a bad start as those are the main ingredients of the traditional pesto recipe. Since I had a lot of spinach on hand, I thought I could use that instead of basil. I did my pesto completely vegan and I thought it turned out good… until my mom tasted it. Let me explain.

A couple of weeks ago, my mom came to visit and stayed with us for 5 days (we don't live in the same city). I had decided to make this nice chicken & coconut sauce recipe for dinner and it was going to be delicious. For some reasons though, the coconut milk turned and the chicken ended up in the garbage.

(I don't know if you are like me but I always try to impress my parents with my food when they come over to show them that I can cook too.  To my despair, each and every time they come over, without fail, I burn or overcook something. Too much pressure I guess. Hahaha.)

Anyway, to come back to my failed chicken recipe, I had to make something else quick for dinner that night.  I decided to make my sundried tomatoes and spinach pesto with pasta. When my mom tasted it, she could not believe how good it was. For the following 3 days, all she wanted to eat was pesto pasta. LOL (true story).

Here is the recipe for you to try. If you want to share your opinion on this recipe or have questions, please write in the comment box below. If you post a picture of your pesto on Instagram, please tag @vic.r_c so we can see what you came up with.

Thanks and Enjoy!