Family favourite lasagne (639 calories per serve)


My daughter’s childcare was sharing recipes from their kitchen and one of those recipes was for lasagne. It was one of my daughter’s favourite meals at childcare and she even had 3 serves of it in one sitting. So I decided to recreate it with some adjustments. The original recipe had used a vegan bechamel…

Peppercorn braised beef (498 calories per serve)


“Grilling blade steak” read the label on the plastic wrap of the meat. I was almost tempted to grill it but in the end, I knew that it is best for braising. I knew I was on to a good thing after my husband came home and sniffed his way straight to the kitchen without even…

Miso glazed steak (525 calories per serve)


This is so easy to make and because it’s already marinated, you don’t need to make any additional sauces or jus to serve with it. It is also an Asian-style steak which means you can eat it with rice and Asian vegetables, such as bok choy. Serves 2 Prep time 10 mins + 20 mins…

Quick and easy galbi jim (866 calories per serve)


This is the first time I made a Korean dish, which is bold enough in itself. But this is also the first time I’ve made a main dish in my Cuckoo rice cooker/pressure cooker. The recipe is adapted from Maangchi.com’s recipe but I’ve adjusted it for the Cuckoo rice cooker. On a side note: wow,…

Cambodian pepper beef salad (lok lak) (367 calories per serve)


I used to live in Cambodia and my nanny would often make this dish for me. I recently went back to attend a dear friend’s wedding and that’s when I remembered this dish again. There are so many variations of this dish but the one that my nanny made is very peppery and more on the…

Lazy Ravioli (356 calories per serve)


I am in the midst of moving house and there are boxes in my living room, encroaching to my kitchen. The messy state of the house somehow makes me feel really lazy … like I should be a slob to match my environment. It became a battle between my laziness and my hunger … my…

Chinese Braised Beef Ribs (676 calories per serve)


As unhealthy as it sounds, I would recommend that the beef ribs have some fat on them for the cooking process. You can remove it just before you eat. The calorie count assumes that you remove the fat before you eat it – otherwise it would be like 1,033 calories per serve. Serves 6 Cook…

Winter beef bourguignon (336 calories per serve)


Melbourne was very cold this morning when I woke up, despite being sunny. I was cranky and all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and take a long nap after having a hearty noodle soup. The downside to my long nap was that I rushed this bourguignon cooking for only 1.5…

Dry beef and potato curry (274 calories per serve)


My mom used to cook something similar to this when we were young. I just recycled whatever was in my fridge, kind of. I had basil leaves in my fridge that I wanted to use up but I also had tumeric rice with eggplant and chickpeas and  that I needed to finish up. So I…