What’s for Dinner and Dessert

It’s been a while since I did a “What’s for Dinner” post – and I have a backlog of meals to share.
The first is a dinner I’ve featured before: Beef Galbi with dressed salad and white rice. The beef marinade is from my local Asian grocery store – I just marinate the ribs overnight and grill them. The salad has “Gochujang” sauce in it – this is the sauce they serve with Bibimbap at Korean restaurants. I make my version with Chili paste, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and sugar.

I also used the Gochujang sauce for my next dish. This is made entirely from frozen items (frozen tilapia and mixed veggies) – so it’s a great back-up option. I coated the tilapia with olive oil and seasoned salt then pan-fried it on a skillet. I stir-fried frozen veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, beans, carrots, corn and peas) with salt and lemon pepper. When mixed with brown rice and the spicy Gochujang sauce, this makes for a satisfying meal.

Here’s the dinner we had tonight: Firecracker shrimps with stir-fry. I marinated the jumbo shrimps in olive oil, sri racha paste, soy sauce, sugar and minced garlic (for an hour). I stir-fried the veggies (fresh and prepackaged from the grocery store) with lemon juice, garlic powder, and soy sauce.  I served it over brown rice.

I also made iced lemon green tea to go with our dinner. I made a strong mug of green tea, added 1 TB of honey and poured it into a pitcher. I topped it up with water and put it in the fridge. I served it with ice and lemon slices – it’s slightly sweet, very refreshing, and much better for you than coke!

Now for the not-so-healthy food. I made Pioneer Woman’s “Best Chocolate Sheet Cake” – and I HIGHLY recommend it – it tastes amazingly good (nobody can take just one square) and is ridiculously easy to make – I had all the ingredients on hand.

I also made butter cookies for my kiddies – I use a simple recipe with butter, sugar, vanilla, egg and flour…but something about homemade baked goods – they’re just irresistible!

What are your go-to healthy meals? I need variety and am always looking for new recipes!


  1. Anonymous
    May 17, 2011 / 10:13 am

    those dinners look so yummy! I love anything that you can tell right away has a lot of flavor. The beef especially looks amazing! I love an asian flavor to my food, nothing else compares in my opinion.

  2. Ashley
    May 17, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    These meals look so delish! I used to be so into cooking & baking, was the only person I knew to ask for a kitchen aid mixer for her 21st birthday- but lately have been lacking the inspiration. Thanks for the motivation to make a nice meal! 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    May 17, 2011 / 6:15 pm

    Wow Ella, these meals look incredible and so healthy! Thank you for sharing. I have some frozen tilapia in my freezer, I am stealing this recipe.

  4. Lilly's Style
    May 17, 2011 / 6:52 pm

    Everything looks SO delish! My husband is the cook in our family and he doesn't ever use recipes (where I can't even follow one lol). He comes up with ideas for meals and I told him he should have a food blog. Maybe he'll listen 🙂

  5. Ella Pretty Blog
    May 17, 2011 / 7:55 pm

    Jennifer – I love Asian food too (especially Korean and Vietnamese) – most dishes are so yummy and healthy too.Ashley – wow – a kitchen aid mixer at such a young age – you must be a professional! I'd love to see your homemade food :-)Andi – thanks – I've bookmarked your Cannellini beans recipe – I can't wait to make it!Lilly – lucky you!!! My hubby can make a few yummy dishes, but he takes SO LONG on every single step – that he only cooks around once a week (if that!) You should feature "hubby food posts" on your blog LOL!

  6. Marchlela
    May 18, 2011 / 1:44 pm

    Looks soooo yummy! Those desserts are drawing me in, especially since I watching my waste!!! lol

  7. Ella Pretty Blog
    May 19, 2011 / 6:10 am

    Marchlela – I make the desserts for my kiddies – but I can NOT resist having a couple myself – definitely not waist-friendly for me either…but freshly baked food is one of life's great pleasures – so I NEED to indulge once in a while 🙂

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