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Janice Yucel

Dairy-Free/ Gluten-Free/ Main Course/ Recipes/ Turkish - Mediterranean

Turkish Stuffed Eggplant – Karnıyarık

Stuffed eggplant, known as karnıyarık, is a classic Turkish dish enjoyed throughout all regions of Turkey. My mother-in-law makes this meal at least once every time she visits, usually when my parents also come over for a big family meal. 

This dish is a little more involved than other, easier recipes on this site. However, it is very delicious so worth the trouble! Because of this, we usually make a lot at a time so we can enjoy leftovers for a couple of days. The version I’m sharing here is a family recipe, made in my husband/mother-in-law’s style. Continue Reading…

Dairy-Free/ Gluten-Free/ Korean - Asian/ Recipes/ Small Bites/ Vegetarian

Air-Fried Gochujang Carrots

Carrots are a wonderful and versatile vegetable that can be used in sweet, spicy and savory dishes. They’re not only delicious, they’re also incredibly nutritious — full of fiber, antioxidants and vitamins.

These air-fried gochujang carrots are my go-to when I want a fast snack or side dish that is healthy, but will also satisfy my craving for something spicy! Continue Reading…

Dairy-Free/ Gluten-Free/ Korean - Asian/ Main Course/ Recipes/ Small Bites

Low Carb Kimbap (Gimbap)

Normal kimbap (also spelled gimbap, 김밥) is a delicious and healthy meal or appetizer option filled with your favorite veggies, optional egg or meat, and usually pickled yellow radish rolled into seaweed with steamed rice. You may also have heard it called “Korean sushi” because although it doesn’t have raw fish, it looks like a sushi roll. 

As a child I always loved standing near my mom as she made kimbap because she’d feed me little strips of egg, meat, or veggies as she was rolling them.

If you’re cutting back on starches but still have a craving for kimbap, or if you’re looking to try something a little different from your keto cookbook, you can try this version of kimbap that omits the rice. Without it, you just have veggies, egg (and maybe meat), and seaweed. Continue Reading…

Condiments/ Health

Gochujang – Fat Burning Hot Pepper Paste

One key ingredient to many of the Korean dishes you’ll find on this site is gochujang – a spicy, fermented soybean paste that has become increasingly more popular here in the States. In fact, I was shocked when during a recent trip to Food Lion (a grocery chain here in North Carolina), I saw a bottle of gochujang! This is great because there’s no substitute you can use to match its flavor.  Continue Reading…