Introducing another quick Budget Friendly Family Dinner.  This Menu #3 has a very authentic Vietnamese flavor.  Stuffed bitter melon soup is somewhat an acquired taste due to the fact that well… it’s bitter.  But once you are used to it this dish can be quite addictive.  Bitter melon has tons of health benefits including high …

I’ve cooked using the IP for about 2 years now but I have not yet attempted one pot pasta until recently. This has to be the easiest and tastiest thing you could make using the Instant Pot.  My kids love Spaghetti Meatballs and they love this one pot recipe even more.  My Logan, the world …

The other night I was able to whip up dinner in less than 30 minutes (with some minor prep).  The featured dish was Vietnamese Caramelized Shrimp which can be very addictive.  It was a little salty, a little sweet that had my son eating his rice non-stop.  To compliment this dish I made a light …

I think 1 of the daily struggles we all have is what to make for dinner!  With a crazy job and/or multiple children to care for sometime that is something we don’t think of until much later in the day.  And if you are like me picking up carryout on the way home or pizza …

Our local Asian market had Thai Bananas on sale for $0.79/lb last week.  What a deal!  I couldn’t resist so we got some.  Thai Bananas (aka chuối sứ ) are widely used in Vietnam for different desserts such as fried bananas and Banana with Coconut Milk Pudding.  Thai Bananas are firmer and can endure heat …

We recently went to a nice/trendy downtown eatery.  We noticed that there were selling chicken broth for about $5 for a 4-cup container (large Chinese soup carryout container) and people were buying them left and right.  I told my husband for $5 I could make IP broth for a whole village (a little exaggerated, I …

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