Barley, Mung Beans, Sweet Potato Dessert

With the quick-cook mung bean cooking tip I came across online, cooking this heat-alleviating dessert has become so much easier, especially at the spur of the moment.

Chickpea-Tuna Veggie Quinoa Bowl

Remember this Chickpea-Tuna Lettuce Endive Wrap ? Besides chicken, eggs, vegetarian tempeh and tofu, Chickpea-Tuna Mix has become one of the latest protein add-ons to my salad bowl meals (a.k.a grain bowls or workout meals). Certainly, this grain bowl can be made vegetarian by omitting the tuna - simply use chickpeas or other legumes as meatless protein mix-in.

This Chickpea-Tuna Mix is quick and easy to make - less than 30 minutes, no stove required; it is also a superb make-ahead dish that you can prepare on Sunday, and good for powering up healthy lunches for the week ahead.

To prepare a healthy wholesome grain bowl, always start with a base of colorful vegetables and greens, for example a spring mix of green and red leaf lettuces, radicchio and arugula.

To boost the nutrition and to have a forkful of textures and flavors, add more vegetables and fruits such as cucumbers, tomatoes, red cabbage, steamed asparagus, like this:

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

It was perhaps the sudden urge to make coleslaw at home when I saw this beautiful organic red cabbage at the farmer's market. Since it is coleslaw, I really wanted to replicate this refreshing and crisp cabbage-celery slaw salad (also check this delicious Celery, Dates and Cashew Salad) that I have recently enjoyed while dining out. That salad coleslaw, served with beer-batter fish bites, had the perfect crunch from the cabbage and celery, tastefully balanced by light creamy mayo dressing. Besides this slaw salad, the only coleslaw that I have had, and till today served as childhood memory, is the KFC coleslaw.

This homemade coleslaw is quick and easy to prepare - using cabbage, red cabbage, Greek yogurt, organic apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.

Enjoy as side-dish with chicken, fish or complement with sandwiches, hot dogs or wraps.