Western Dishes

I wouldn’t declare myself an especially talented cook, but I certainly can follow recipes very well, and love cooking for others. I also know how to select recipes that work for my big family! I choose my recipes mainly based on whether I can pre-cook the meals well before dinner time. Any dishes that are slow-cooked over the stove, baked in the oven, stewed in a pot, toasted in the Air Fryer work well with my busy schedule! I just need to heat it up and serve!

Chicken

Chicken Rice Soup (here)

This is my comfort food and it’s so easy! I agree that chicken thighs are better than chicken breasts in this dish!

Chicken Parmesan (here)

  • I don’t normally make my own sauce unless I cook this on the weekend. You can use Bolognese sauce or Marinara sauce
  • I only use one type of cheese for this dish- parmesan cheese
  • I didn’t put it in the oven. I added cheese on the chicken right after frying to melt it
  • Don’t fry the chicken in HIGH heat! The breadcrumb will burn and the chicken will be raw. Try Medium or low-medium heat, 2 minutes on each side.
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Chicken Pot Pie (here) with sour cream pie crust (here)

Chicken with sun-dried tomatoes (here)

This is my recent favorite! Tips:

  1. I tried using both chicken breast and chicken thigh. Chicken breast tasted better!
  2. Chopping up the sun-dried tomatoes seem to be better although it doesn’t say on the recipe!
  3. Don’t over season the chicken as sun-dried tomatoes are quite salty!
  4. If needed, add more cream after you take the chicken from the oven

Chicken Casserole in apple cider with thyme and apples (here)

One-pan chicken and rice (here)

Beef

Steak with miso cream sauce (here)

This dish is NOT to miss! It’s DELICIOUS!

Steak Pie (crust) (filling)

Beef / mushroom stroganoff (here)

Shepherd Pie (here)

Honestly, if you don’t have time, just use bolognese sauce or tomato sauce!!!

Corned Beef Hash (here)

Pork

Barbecue Pork Ribs (here)

  • I didn’t follow this recipe exactly as I put the dry rub directly on the ribs, and then oven baked.

Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Mushroom Marsala Sauce (here)

Level of difficulty (medium)

Pork Tenderloin with honey garlic sauce (here)

Braised Short Ribs (here)

Pulled Pork

Vegetarian

Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup (here)

  • All my kids ate this even though they don’t like mushrooms
  • The tip is DO NOT OVERCROWD your pan, and you need to not move the mushroom as indicated on the recipe

Sauteed Mushroom as a side dish (here)

This is a new recipe that I tried, and I do think roasting the carrots first made a huge difference!

Homemade Gnocchi (here) with Miso Butter Lemon Sauce (here)

Spinach and cheese quiche (with or without bacon) (here)

  • I only used gruyere cheese and not gorgonzola cheese
  • I did weigh down my pie with rice! That was a great tip!

Seafood

Lemon pesto pasta with shrimp (here)

This dish would also taste well with grilled chicken and SCALLOPS

Soup

Potato and Leek soup (here)

If you don’t have a hand blender that purees soup, I’d say it tastes good even if the potato is chunky inside! This is a fantastic recipe. I added air-fried bacon on top.

Clam Chowder (here)

My husband’s FAVOURITE soup!

French Onion Soup (here)

This is really a phenomenal recipe that uses Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, cloves, and bay leaves… an unusual combination that really works! I have used this recipe over and over again.

Tips: I used French baguette here, but I’ve also used half a hamburger bun and the round shape and size was a perfect fit.

Split pea and ham soup (here)

A very straightforward and easy-to-make soup that is so delicious! I added less chicken stock as suggested as the ham itself is already quite salty!