Entrees

Copy-Cat Paris Baguette Chicken Wrap

In this recipe, I  re-created the Thai Chicken Wrap from Paris Baguette.  It is my favorite quick meal if I can’t find anything else.  Here in Korea, Paris Baguette is as common as Starbucks in America.   These wraps are very easy to make at home!

Chicken Wrap

Copy-Cat Paris Baguette Chicken Wrap

Servings: 3

Ingredients

For the breaded chicken:

-2 chicken breasts

-6 to 8 saltine crackers, smashed (I used multigrain ones)

~25 almonds, crushed

-1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

-1 egg

-2 Tbls flour (I used whole wheat)

For the wrap:

~2 cups spinach, washed and dried


Healthy Kimchi Burritos

In this fusion recipe, kimchi fried rice and Korean marinated chicken come together to make a deliciously unique burrito.

Kimchi Burritos

Kimchi Burritos

Servings: 3

Ingredients:

- 1 cup cooked brown rice (or white if you prefer), cooled

-1/2 cup fresh kimchi (try to get some from a local restaurant, the stuff in the packages at the grocery store is terrible!)

-2 tsp sesame oil

-2 chicken breasts, diced

-1/4 cup bulgogi marinade, store-bought (or homemade, see recipe below)

-1 tsp canola oil

-2/3 cup shredded lettuce

-2 green onions, chopped (optional)

-3 burrito size tortillas, warmed


Triangle Kimbap

Triangle kimbap is a popular snack in Korea and it’s really fun to eat.  It is Korea’s take on a sandwich.  Generally, they consist of seaweed wrapped around rice filled with meat, tuna or kimchi.  In this recipe, I used mixed grain rice, baked tofu, and a delicious Korean sauce (ssamjang).  You can be creative with this, some other versions I want to try include teriyaki salmon, bulgogi, and tuna salad.  One reason I wanted to make this is so I had an excuse to buy one of those cute ‘lunch boxes’ for triangle kimbap.

Triangle Kimbap

Triangle Kimbap

Servings: makes 2 triangle kimbap

Ingredients:

-2 triangle kimbap seaweed sheets


Tamale Bake

Like I have said before, my number one craving in Korea is for Mexican food!  In this recipe- shredded chicken, beans and salsa are mixed together with a flaky cornbread topping  to create a fiesta (that’s Spanish for party) in your mouth!

Tamale Bake2

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

-2 chicken breasts

-1 tsp olive oil

-1 can of black beans or pinto beans, drained

-2/3 cup salsa (I used pace medium)

-1/2 onion, diced

-3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

-1 chicken bouillon cube

-2-4 Tbls taco seasoning

-1/3 cup water


Healthy Kimbap

Kimbap is eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner here in Korea.  It is truly a staple in the Korean diet.  Usually, seaweed and white rice are wrapped around spam, egg, tuna, and vegetables.  In this version, I use mixed-grain rice, tuna, and vegetables.

Healthy Kimbap

Healthy Kimbap

Servings: makes 3 rolls

Ingredients:

-3 sheets of nori ‘gim’ for kimbap

-1 1/2 cups cooked mixed-grain rice, cooled

-1/2 tsp salt

-1 tsp sugar

-2 tsp rice vinegar

-1 small package of pickled radish and burdock root sticks

-1/2 small carrot, cut into thin strips

-1/2 package of firm tofu (I like the pulmuone brand shown below)


Macaroni and Cheese Mandu

Here is another awesome recipe from my friend Stephen Elliot.

The best part of fully engaging with another culture, while being fully from another culture is the weird combinations of the two you can come up with.

These mandu (very similar to Chinese dumplings, or pot stickers) are filled with a homemade macaroni and cheese with a slight sesame flavor to help match with the flavors of the dipping sauce. They do take a long time to prepare, but they also add a bit of a WOW factor to any potluck or gathering of friends on either side of the Pacific. Just make sure you give yourself a few hours to prepare, or you’ll run out of time and have to be the person who brings pizza to the potluck.


Korean Blackbean Sauce Noodles (Jajangmyeon)

These delicious noodles are a take-out favorite in Korea.  This dish is really easy to make at home and you get to control the quality of the ingredients.  You can also use the sauce over rice instead of noodles if you prefer.

Jajangmyeon

Korean Blackbean Sauce Noodles (Jajangmyeon)

Servings: 3

Ingredients:

- 1 bundle (2 servings) of fresh wheat noodles

-1 turkey burger patty, smashed up (or lean ground beef /pork if you can’t find turkey)

-1/2 onion, diced

-1 carrot, diced small

-4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced

-1 tsp sesame oil

For Sauce:

-2 cups water

-4 Tbls blackbean paste (chunjang)

-1 tsp beef stock seasoning


Salmon Pasta Salad

This fresh pasta salad is a good source of protein and omega 3′s.  It’s perfect for lunch.

Salmon Pasta Salad

Salmon Pasta Salad

Servings: 3

Ingredients:

- 4 oz (~ 2 servings) of whole wheat or tricolor pasta (a curly shape)

-1/2 head of broccoli, chopped

-1 medium carrot, sliced thin

-1 can (6 oz) of skinless and boneless salmon

-1/4 cup chopped black olives (optional)

For Dressing:

-2 Tbls olive oil

-2 Tbls water

-2 Tbls red wine vinegar

-1 tsp honey

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp pepper

-2 Tbls canned parmesan cheese

-1 to 2 tsp dried Italian herbs blend

Directions


Chicken Caesar Wrap

This is a light and fresh way to start the new year.  With a homemade low-fat Caesar dressing – that’s better than store-bought, fresh greens, and protein rich chicken breasts, this recipe won’t disappoint.

Chicken Caesar Wrap

Chicken Caesar Wrap

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

-2 chicken breasts

-1/2 tsp olive oil

-salt & pepper

-2 cups salad greens ( I used green leaf and spinach)

-1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced (optional)

-2 Tbls parmesan cheese, grated (fresh is the best, but I used the canned kind)

-Croutons or French’s Fried Onions (optional, for added crunch)


Korean Mixed Noodles (Jap chae)

This is one of my favorite Korean dishes.  Glass noodles are mixed with veggies and meat in a deliciously simple sauce.

Jap chae

Korean Mixed Noodles (Jap chae)

Servings: 2.5

Ingredients:

-2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced

-1 Tbls soy sauce

~100 g (~2 cups cooked) Korean glass noodles (dangmyeon)

-1 small carrot, thinly sliced in strips

-1/2 bell pepper, thinly sliced in strips

-1/2 onion, thinly sliced

-2 green onion stalks, thinly sliced

-2 Tbls soy sauce (low sodium preferred)

-2 Tbls brown rice syrup (or honey, or brown sugar)

-2 tsp sesame oil


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