I'm not very monogamous when it comes to dishes. Eating the same dish over and over horns in on my true love of trying a new meal every chance I get. I'm just too restless to commit to a Mexican Monday or a Lasagna Thursday.

I'll settle down someday, but for now give me a new dish every night of the week. I might never find satisfaction, but it's fun as hell.


Even finding an elusive green papaya wasn't enough to get me to eat a green papaya salad for the third time this week. I obviously can't waste it, so I'm experimenting with it in a stir-fry mixed with glass noodles. They sorta shred up like vegetable noodles anyways. I was a little nervous to throw my pre-cut salad that included cucumber, yellow pepper, carrots and onion into a pan, but it worked out amazing. In fact, green papaya "noodles" are my new favourite vegetable noodle.

Don't worry zucchini's still the Boyz II Men of fake noodles. Spaghetti squash is still the BSB, but there's a new fake noodle on the block  - Green papaya! Does that make them 98 Degrees? I can safely say these noodles will have more longevity than Jeff Timmons.  (Yes he was in the group!)


I wasn't into making any glazes from scratch and conveniently the week before I was conned into buying an expensive pre-made bottle of balsamic glaze from my cheese monger. Super quick!


olive oil
seasonings - salt, oregano and black pepper
1 salmon fillet
Pre-made balsamic glaze
Garnish - chopped green onions, chives or cilantro


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Brush olive oil and seasonings on the salmon fillets. Put fillets skin side down on a cast iron pan. Bake for 8 minutes.
3. Remove from oven and brush balsamic glaze on top of the salmon. Continue baking for 2 more minutes until cooked to liking.
4. Seriously that's it - garnish with green onions, chives or cilantro!



Green papaya, shredded or julienne
Yellow or red pepper, julienne
Carrots, julienne
Green onions or chives, chopped
Glass noodles
1/4 C Tamari
1 tbsp Sesame oil


1. Cook the glass noodles al dente and drain.
2. Stir fry the green papaya, pepper and carrots. Add glass noodles to stir fry.
3. Add dressing and toss. Garnish with chives or green onions.


30 minutes or less? Now you have more time to get your Netflix on. Yea you do.

© 2017 Michelle Li / miliSashimi