Category Archives: Recipes

Gestational Diabetes – Trying to make the most of it

JL-Blog-GDFood-01So, it took three pregnancies, but I’m finally getting a hang of the GD diet. I was recently moved back from strict bed rest to modified bed rest, so I am happy to spend some time in the kitchen, not much mind you. I never like to cook anything that takes longer than 10 minutes. My lunch today was perfect. There was no change in blood sugar after one hour. Using Dreamfields or wheat pasta will improve the numbers even more. The trick is to have the noodles be less than 1/4 of the ingredients, just pile veg and meat to make it look like more. We have also been making fried rice like this (extra eggs, veg, and meat) and have managed to stay within allowed blood sugar levels (140 mg/dL after meals).

So here is what went into it:

  1. cooked noodles stored in tupperware (cook a box and keep it for fast meals)
  2. left over rotisserie chicken from Costco (another great bed rest meal – send hubbie out to get it though)
  3. whatever veggies you have (I have used spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and broccoli)
  4. pine nuts would be great, but I didn’t have any
  5. two cloves of garlic
  6. half and half
  7. real Parmesan cheese (shredded/grated, etc.)
  8. 4-cheese or any cheese really

Throw them all in the frying pan with some olive oil on high heat until it looks ready. Sprinkle with some red pepper flakes. It was delicious to cook  for myself after two weeks of eating what is around or what people make for me. The process is less than 10 minutes to make and basically is heating food you have lying around.

Slow Cooker Spinach Lasagna

i returned to work full time three weeks ago, and have been doing quick cooking… i sure missed my slow cooker and the freedom it offered (translate: toddler whining and hanging on my leg the entire time i am trying to put dinner together quickly OR toddler scrambling up stairs halfway while i am trying to cut raw chicken… OR, you get the idea). This morning i decided i needed to get back to my easy breezy slow cooking, but it also had to have the most minimal prep because i needed to get out of the house before 7:30am / the trick is to use really tasty pasta sauce (i opted for puttenesca sauce because of the olives and capers, yum). The best part was coming home and just devoting play time to Asa, and then everyone sitting down to dinner happily. phew!

(note: my slow cooker is only 3.5 quarts, you should double the recipe if yours is 5-6 quarts)



1 16 oz-containers ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
10 oz chopped spinach (make sure it’s dry)
1 jars (24 oz) pasta sauce
6-8 large lasagna noodles, uncooked (i used no boil)


1. In medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, eggs, and spinach.

2. In slow cooker, spread 1/2 cup pasta sauce. Layer 2 lasagna noodles, broken to fit, then 1/2 cup pasta sauce and 1/2 of the spinach/cheese mixture; repeat. Top with remaining 2 lasagna noodles and 1 cup pasta sauce.

3. Cook covered on LOW 5 to 6 hours (time depends on how hot your slow cooker gets)

4. Sprinkle with remaining (or more!) mozzarella cheese. Cover and cook an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


I served this with a side of italian sausages… because we are really bad vegetarians.

Dan Dan Mien 1 recipe (sesame paste noodles)

My dad’s recipe for one of my favorite dishes

Dan Dan Mien 1 recipe (sesame paste noodles)
Recipe type: Noodles, Chinese
Author: Juintow Lin
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 1
My dad’s recipe for one of my favorite dishes
  • Red hot oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Green onion and garlic: one, chopped
  • Sesame paste: 2 tablespoons, mixed well in 10cc of hot soup or water
  • Soy sauce: 2 tablespoons (reduce if the hot oil contain salt)
  • Red vinegar: 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped peanuts: 2 tablespoons
  1. Boil the water to cook noodles for 3-7 minutes.
  2. Put the above ingredients in a big bowl except chopped peanuts.
  3. Add cooked noodles to the bowl.
  4. Add chopped peanuts on top.


Dan Dan Mien 2 recipe (sesame paste noodles)

Another version of one of my favorite all time noodle dishes – this one is more colorful due to the addition of vegetables.

Dan Dan Mien two recipe (sesame paste noodles)
Recipe type: Chinese, Noodles
Author: Juintow Lin
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4
  1. half to one bottle of sesame paste, add warm water, stir
  2. pounds of dry noodles, boil to cooked, rinsed by cold water if serve cold, add 2-3 table spoons of oil, mixed
  3. add a few table spoons of soy sauce, 1 table spoon of vinegar, crushed garlic, chopped green onions, black or white pepper, 1 teaspoon of sugar, mixed into a bowl
  4. microwave bean sprouts (don’t over cook to remain crunchy)
  5. dice and slice pickles into the size of bean sprouts
  6. cook scramble eggs and sliced into the size of bean sprouts
  7. table spoon of crushed peanuts
  8. lay item 2 on plate, add items 4, 5, and 6 on top
  9. finally, add item 3 first, then items 1 and 7
  10. mix before eating


Peking Duck

My dad’s recipe for Peking Duck. We have this for Thanksgiving every year at the Lin Family, much juicier than turkey!

Peking Duck
Recipe type: Chinese, Holidays, Entree
Author: Juintow Lin
Prep time: 48 hours
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 49 hours
Serves: 8
This makes two Peking Ducks.
  1. Mix 1 cup of vinegar and 3-4 table spoons of honey in a container
  2. Lay duck into the mix (one at a time) and make sure all skin touches the mix
  3. Hang ducks in a windy and cool place not warmer than 75 deg F for 2 days
  4. Place both ducks (legs and breasts up) in a oven and bake for 70 minutes at 400 deg F, turn over at 45 minutes
  5. Stick a chopstick on legs and make sure the juice is clear (not pink)
  6. For sauce, mix one bottle of Hoisin paste with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, add some water and white pepper and boil
  7. For pancakes, mix 4 cups of flour with 2 cups of warm water (1/2 boiled 1/2 room temp), kneel well into a dough
  8. Divide dough into about 40 balls, dip one ball into oil and combine with another; spread the pair into a thin layer; repeat for the other 19 (pairs)
  9. Heat a pan (no oil) with medium heat, put pairs into the pan and bake until seeing bobbles in between, separate the pair
  10. Slice two bundles of green onions into thin shreds
  11. Slice duck skin and meat
  12. Take a pancake, add sauce and shred green onions, add duck skin and meat, wrap before eating