Nathalie’s Peanut Sauce Noodle Salad

This is a recipe I’ve created and have been making for many years. It’s not a traditional Thai recipe but I do sometimes serve it at parties because I can make it ahead of time by cutting all the vegetables and making the noodles and placing in the refrigerator when ready. This also makes a great bento box lunch!

Nathalie's Peanut Sauce Noodle Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 handful of fresh bean sprouts
  • 3 carrots (julienned)
  • 1 medium diakon (julienned)
  • 3 Persian (or english) cucumbers (julienned)
  • 2 stalks of finely chopped green onions (optional)
  • 1 handful of finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 package of Chinese vermicelli noodles (prepared per package instructions)
  • 1 package of organic chicken tenders (boiled and cut) or you can substitute with a rotisserie chicken cut up
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Sauce – (recipe here)


  • Assemble all ingredients in a bowl and serve with peanut sauce
  • If the noodles get to sticky you can rinse with cold water and squeeze the water out before assembling

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Turkey Meatloaf with Mash Potatoes and Arugula Salad

My aunt Patty is an amazing cook. She turned me onto using dark meat ground turkey a while back, since then I haven’t used any ground beef!  She mentioned she found this recipe for Turkey Meatloaf in the LA Times this weekend that was adapted by a recipe by Valerie Bertinelli. She said it was super easy to make and very tasty. I’ve been looking for a good meatloaf recipe so tonight I tried it.

Mixing the ingredients together was super easy, threw it into the oven for an hour. Came out very flavorful and moist.


Turkey Meatloaf

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 slices soft white sandwich bread, torn into small pieces (about 2 cups)

1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey

2 eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

8 thin slices pancetta (about 4 ounces), finely chopped

1/2 onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, pushed through a press

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon ketchup, divided

2 tablespoons balsamic glaze or vin cotto, or as desired

1 cup loosely-packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper


Heat the oven to 500 degrees. Combine the bread and milk in a large bowl and soak for 10 minutes. Add the turkey, eggs, cheese, pancetta, onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon ketchup, balsamic glaze, parsley, oregano, dried bread crumbs, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well with your hands.


Shape into an 8-inch by 5-inch loaf and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees and slather the remaining ketchup all over the top of the loaf. Bake until a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf reads 165 degrees, about 45 minutes. Remove the meatloaf and set it aside to rest for 10 minutes, then transfer to a platter and serve.

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Easy Dinner – Pan Fried Chicken and Vegetables

I’m trying to avoid carbs (I miss my rice) so tonights dinner is simple, easy and healthy. My family gobbled it up!  I am so inspired by the farmers market this week! All the vegetables are so delicious and fresh. Try to use organic, its much better for you.

Pan Fried Chicken and Vegetables

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Easy Pan Fried Chicken – 

  • 1 package of organic breast chicken
  • 1 tablespoon of Penzy’s poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 cup of Panko crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive oil


In a bowl combine the seasoning, Panko, flour, salt and pepper. Place chicken in bowl and coat all the chicken. Heat pan with olive oil and when hot, place chicken in pan. Cook until brown and cooked all the way through. Only turn one time for each side.

Pan fried vegetables –

  • 1 carrot (sliced into rounds)
  • 1 yellow squash (chopped into round circles)
  • 1 handful of green beans (chopped 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • salt and pepper


Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cut green beans into 1/2 inch pieces and remove the stems. Cut carrots into thin rounds (use a mandolin if you have one). Once the water is boiling, put the beans and carrots into the hot water for 3-5 minutes until semi-soft. Remove and place in a bowl. Dump water out of the pan you were using to boil the beans and carrots, place back on burner and add 2 tablespoons of butter and almonds. Stir until the butter is a little brown and add the chopped squash and stir for about 1-2 minutes. Add the beans and carrots and salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes until cooked through and the butter is browned and the almonds are crunchy.

Serve with the chicken and enjoy!