Recipe Reviews #37

Pakistani Kima


Recipe found on Whole New Mom
My Rating: 5/5

My Review: Originally this recipe is made with peas. I don’t like those so we replaced them with snow peas; which I love. I have never tried something with such exquisite flavors. My mouth was bursting with excitement at every bite I took. I highly recommend trying this at home if you’re looking for something new!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2-3 Tbsp. oil (we used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. curry powder
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 1/2-3 cups tomatoes
  • 3 russet potatoes
  • 2 1/2-3 cups peas (I hate peas so we used snow peas, they were the perfect replacement)

Egyptian Style Potato Casserole


Recipe found on The Mediterranean Dish
My Rating: 5/5

My Review: I probably should have chosen this for a different week. The components were extremely similar to the Pakistani Kima; like the ground beef and the potatoes but, there was definitely a different flavor so we weren’t too upset. We loved them both equally. This casserole was a bit more spiced while the Kima was more curry flavored. I enjoyed the abundance of veggies and the broth was so delightful. For our side: toasted pita bread. I couldn’t imagine a better pairing.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For Meat Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb lean organic ground beef
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp sweet Spanish paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 28-oz can peeled tomato
  • 1/2 cup water

For Potatoes

  • 1 1/2 lb gold potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 3 large carrots, peeled, halved length-wise, then cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and sliced into wide strips
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 tsp allspice
  • 3/4 tsp coriander
  • Water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Kung Pao Chicken


Recipe found on Flavor Mosaic
My Rating: 4/5

My Review: I liked this! Usually when trying Asian cuisine at home, the dish turns out a little off every time. While I can’t say that this one was authentic and exactly like take-out, the thing that was off about this Kung Pao chicken seemed right. It didn’t taste like original Kung Pao chicken but, it still worked as its own little chicken stir-fry dish. I loved the variety of veggies and I think our substitute of cashews worked well. Boyfriend added some Thai chili peppers for some extra spice; they really turned this dish up a notch!! Overall, I did enjoy this but it tasted like a Caucasian version of chicken stir-fry more than Kung Pao chicken, if you know what I mean. For our side: brown rice.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onion,s chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, roasted (we used cashews)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1-2/3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Peanut or vegetable oil (we used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 tsp Sesame oil


25 thoughts on “Recipe Reviews #37

  1. I love how these are different ethnic dishes. So fun and unique. I like that you replaced peas with snow peas instead in the first dish. I like those a lot better too. I’m also not a fan of peas, though I can eat them if I have to. My dad used to use peas a lot in his food, so when I lived with him I had no choice but to get used to them. lol

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  2. I love that your trying various cuisines. I feel like I’ve stuck to Mexican, Asian and Italian (pasta and the like) lol. I’d love to try something new but I’m not sure where to even begin lol. The Kung pal chicken looks really good though.

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    1. I wanna try more Indian cuisine because we bought a whole thing of turmeric & garam masala & I don’t want it to just sit & collect dust! πŸ˜› The Kung Pao chicken was fantastic! Thank you!

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