Fish cakes in Thailand are often augmented with tapioca flour to make them sturdier; I opt for healthy, protein-rich quinoa instead. These make a great appetizer or can be served as a main course with noodles or rice. When preparing your quinoa for this recipe, use a ratio of 1 cup quinoa to 12/3 cups water – this ensures your fish cakes don’t get soggy. Do try the dipping sauce – just a little gives the fish cakes a sweet-tangy bite.
Take a tip from Thai street vendors and have all your ingredients lined up next to the stove so you can work quickly and continue to move the ingredients around in the wok nonstop. Unsalted peanuts would make a crunchy topper to this dish for added texture.
All over Thailand, you’ll see cooks in makeshift sidewalk food carts working huge mortars and pestles, pounding together the ingredients for this spicy, refreshing salad. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, chop and smash the chiles and garlic with the side of a chef’s knife before mixing them with the remaining dressing ingredients. Traditionally, the papaya is cut into julienne threads with a large, sharp knife, but I prefer the safety of a nifty julienne peeler.
I first had this mildly spicy curry-smeared fish in the northern capital of Chiang Mai steamed in ingeniously folded banana leaf packets that also served as a takeaway container. The banana leaf is 100% natural and compostable and infuses the fish with a subtle herby flavor. Look for banana leaf at Asian and Latino markets in the freezer section, or wrap the fish in Swiss chard leaves instead.
Baking these spiced meatballs on a rack allows the fat to drip away, which keeps them from sitting in their own juices and becoming greasy. For easy cleanup, line the baking sheet with foil to catch the drippings. Be gentle when mixing and shaping the meatballs – packing them tightly makes them too dense and tough.
Bring spring to your dinner table with this garden-fresh spaghetti packed with seasonal herbs, asparagus and zucchini. If you have a shredder attachment for your food processor, save time and use it to shred the zucchini. Save the prettiest basil leaves from the bunch to sprinkle over each dish before serving.
Inspired by Jamaican cuisine, in which warming spices are often paired with vibrant fruits, this chicken dinner boasts an irresistible balance of savory and sweet. To easily slice the collard greens, stack the leaves, roll them up into a cylinder and cut crosswise into strips.
Sweet and tender frozen petite peas, or baby peas, give our Bolognese-style sauce a burst of color and freshness. Making your own sauce from simple pantry ingredients, such as jarred peppers, canned tomatoes and dried herbs, is a great money-saving trick. Customize it to your taste by playing around with different herbs and spices.
If you’re hooked on sugar-filled breakfast tarts from a package, consider this an intervention. We’ve created the ultimate replacement using whole-grain flour, a lemon and poppy seed filling and a lightly sweet blueberry drizzle – simply freeze and reheat for breakfast, snacks or even dessert.
Rich ricotta- and chicken-stuffed individual rolls make for a delicious dinner, or an easily transportable lunch. Frozen spinach can be quite watery once thawed, so drain it well and squeeze out any excess water before using. For faster prep, poach and shred the chicken breasts up to 2 days ahead and store in an airtight container until you’re ready to make the rolls.
Layering half of the cheddar inside this casserole ensures every bite is cheesy. Ancho chile powder gives this dish a touch of smoky heat without being overly spicy, but if you don’t have it on hand, feel free to use regular chile powder instead. Serve with lime wedges for a hit of acidity.
A creamy curried sauce is a delicious way to jazz up simple boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can easily swap out the chicken breasts for boneless, skinless chicken thighs or shrimp, if you prefer. Coconut milk often separates in the can, so be sure to give it a good shake before opening.
Saucy chicken and vegetables are drizzled with a simple but flavorful olive and basil purée for a stunning dish that looks like it came out of a high-end restaurant – your family will never know that it’s actually quite straightforward to make!
A sticky, garlicky Asian pear sauce is the star of this stir-fry and what makes it taste so much like the one from your local takeout joint. This is one of our team’s absolute favorite dishes of the issue – we highly recommend it! If you have a little more time on your hands, try making the garlic chips as a crispy topper.
Pretty packages filled with seasoned chicken and ricotta are smothered in a vegetable-filled tomato sauce. It takes a little bit of work to cut the zucchini with a mandoline and wrap the parcels, but it’s absolutely worth it. Garnish with shaved Parmesan if you have some on hand, or simply eat as is.
Reusing ingredients in creative ways helps keep the number of items in a recipe down. Here, zesty lemon and pungent shallot infuse every element of this dish – the lentils, scallops and vibrant compote.