Ingredient: fish sauce*

All Seasons, Asian, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Black Bean Sauce

I adapted this Chinese-influenced slow cooker recipe from a recipe I found while perusing a Filipino food site. It originally called for boiling the ribs in water until they were tender and then tossing them with the black bean sauce in a skillet. I wanted something a bit more hands-off as far as the time spent cooking the ribs, as well as I preferred braising the ribs in an Asian braising liquid to impart some flavor to the ribs while they cooked. The slow cooker was the perfect cooking tool to achieve this. Most of the time for this recipe is invested in the slow cooker, but you’ll need an additional 10-15 minutes in prep and preparing the black bean sauce to toss with the fall-off-the-bone ribs.
I served this at a dinner party and we could not get enough of this slightly exotic Chinese dish; most of us going back for another serving. I served it over steaming white jasmine rice along with a vinegar-based cucumber salad and one of my favorite Filipino noodle dishes, Pancit (find this recipe on The Whole Meal’s website).
If you would like to treat your family and friends with something different than typical Chinese/Asian cuisine, I highly recommend you prepare this meal with the Pancit. Finish it off with fresh lychees if you can find them at your local farmer’s or Asian markets.

All Seasons, Asian, Chicken, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Goi Ga (Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad)

This fresh, crisp salad comes together quickly as the chicken is already cooked and tossed with raw vegetables in a tangy lime-based dressing. The classic Vietnamese chicken salad makes a filling lunch or light dinner, especially welcome during the warmer months of the year. This is a staple go-to recipe in my house.

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Turkey Kale Noodle Bowl

I am a big fan of Asian-inspired rice bowls but my noodle-loving daughters look wistfully at the Tinkyada brown rice linguine noodles hanging out next to the jar of jasmine rice. So I took pity and whipped up a Thai inspired NOODLE bowl which resulted in smiles and second helpings.

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Turkey Thai Larb

Serve with Jasmine rice and Thai spiced slaw-

I love Thai food for it’s freshness of ingredients and the different spices come together so beautifully. Larb is a Thai salad but it is meat based. it is a staple of Thai Isaan food and is found at all Thai American restaurants. Traditionally each bite is eaten with a scoop of sticky Thai rice but since this may an ingredient most of would not have access to I have substituted fragrant jasmine rice. It is also usually made with ground or minced pork but there are versions made with chicken or duck. I like to have this recipe in my home file as I sometimes crave Thai but prefer to control the ingredients and save myself some money since it is so easy to make.

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Jalapeno-Lime Chicken Drumettes

Serve with pineapple cole slaw-

These grilled chicken drumettes are quintessential summer eating. Crispy with a hint of heat and a punch of lime they’re perfect as an appetizer or partnered with coleslaw and other summer sides. These will be a return to recipe all summer. My family could not get enough!

All Seasons, American, Appetizer, Asian, Dairy Free, Main, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Turkey

Thai Turkey Sliders

Serve with Asian broccoli slaw-

We could not get enough of these (even the picky eater in the family)! It’s the perfect blend of all that we love about Thai food- a little spicy ginger, a little heat from sriracha sauce, salty fish sauce and fresh herbal cilantro. These make a fun dinner or a great appetizer at your next get together.

All, American, Bbq/Grilling, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Pork, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Pork Kabobs with Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce

Served with grilled bok choy and steamed rice-

This is such a nice change from typical barbeque due to the Asian influence but no less delicious for your summertime eating. Take advantage of in-season juicy peaches and summer’s grilling to wow family and friends with this delicious, unique kabob meal.