baked quinoa & veggie casseroleyouAlright, first things first: I am NOT in any way an expert in the kitchen. Although I do recognize that sometimes I can make decent food too, especially when I’m starving to death and left with no choice! 😂

Having said that, I’m quite a lazy cook so I prefer fast and yummy recipes—something I can prepare in maybe less than an hour. Thus, I personally find boiling, stir-frying, and baking most suitable for me and my needs.

I tried quinoa for the first time and tell you what… I’ve no regrets! I just took everything else I had in my fridge that time, popped them all in the oven, and voila—one super easy, quick, and healthy quinoa casserole. I hope you guys can try to make one too so here you go with my simple recipe!

Baked Quinoa Casserole with Thyme Chicken (Serves 2-3)


Quinoa Bake

  • 1 cup cooked red quinoa
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • a handful of baby spinach
  • a dash of olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • lemon for garnish

Thyme Chicken

  • 4-6 pcs chicken fillet
  • thyme
  • salt & pepper

  1. Marinate the chicken fillet with salt, pepper, and thyme. Set aside.
  2. Pre-cook the quinoa until slightly soft. Cut the veggies while waiting.
  3. Put the medium cooked quinoa in a pan or casserole. Add broccoli, corn, and beans.
  4. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and cheese. Bake at 180°C for about 30 minutes.
  5. While waiting, pan fry the marinated chicken until slightly golden.
  6. Once cooked, take out the pan from the oven, top with thyme chicken and baby spinach, and garnish it with some lemon slices. Enjoy!




My Happiness Jar 💞

Snacking doesn’t always have to be unhealthy!

I snack probably way too much and feel guilty about it around 90% of the time. I love eating chips, sweets, biscuits, and a lot of junk food, and pretending I’m surprised when I realize I’m gaining weight. 🤣

But glad nuts came into my life! Wahaha! I still snack as much as before, but this time, I feel less guilty about it. 😋

Malaysia does have quite a lot of options for nuts and seeds. But being the usual practical consumer (see cheapskate) that I am, I did some research to find excellent quality ones for less. And voila~ I found out about Mahnaz Food!

Established in 1996, Mahnaz Food is a big importer of high quality nuts, dried fruits, juices, oils, confectionery, spices, and more. According to their website, the brand continues to grow in Malaysia, and has currently over 14 branches throughout the country.

Here’s their list of products for retail and wholesale:


You can conveniently shop from their website, but you may also visit their branches in the following areas:

  • Shah Alam
  • KLCC
  • Midvalley
  • PKNS Complex
  • Jalan Ipoh
  • Alamanda
  • Subang Parade
  • JB (JBCC)
  • JB (DCM)
  • Melaka
  • Ipoh
  • Kelantan

I bought my goodies from their shop in Alamanda and I’m really happy about it! Took home this 800g jar of mixed nuts for RM50+ which had pistachios, almonds, cashews, and walnuts in it! (Not a big fan of peanuts so this thing’s really for me) 😊💓


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Snacking has never been this fun and guilt-free at the same time! #nutsovernuts

Mahnaz Food

  • 1700 816 106
  • 1300 800 134
  • 03 5192 7405
  • 016 222 6866

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Ichiro Sushi Bar – A Hidden Gem in 1U

Hi! This is gonna be my first review here on my personal website and I’m defo looking forward to writing more!

Likewise, it was my first time dining at Ichiro Sushi Bar, a Japanese restaurant at Isetan Eat Paradise, 1 Utama.

The restaurant doesn’t have a lot of seats but it had this nice Japanese vibe, complete with cooks and servers happily greeting you upon entering. There was also an open counter where you can watch the food being prepared in front of you.

Ordering was self-service. The waiters would leave a tablet on the table so you can browse through the e-menu. The service was really fast too so I’d say it’s a good idea to come here when you’re really hungry and can’t afford to wait!

I’m a big fan of unagi, so one of the first things that caught my attention on the menu was this Dragon Roll, which was really tasty and also reasonably priced at RM19.80 per plate. One thing I also find quite unique about this one is the cream cheese inside.

We also tried the Volcano Roll, which had crabstick, raw scallops, and fish roe in it. I don’t really eat anything raw or even half-cooked but this one was quite a surprise. There was an excellent balance of flavours, and is definitely worth the try. A plate costs RM19.80.

And do you see that beautiful, golden slab of fish above? Well, it’s nothing much… just regular salmon belly. Regular enough to make you drool and ask for another plate.

Three words: Grilled to perfection.

It was a tad bit too salty when eaten by itself, but the fish was really fresh. The skin’s crispy and the meat just melts in your mouth (ohhh la la!). I love salmon so I might be a bit biased here, but nope, I’m not. I’m definitely recommending this one. 😋

The salmon was also quite affordable. A yummy, generous portion only costs RM15.

To cap the nice dinner off, we ordered Green Tea ice cream. I have to admit this wasn’t the best matcha ice cream I’ve ever tried, but it wasn’t bad for RM6 per serving either.

Con: It wasn’t that creamy and it had more of an icy texture to it. Pro: the sweetness level was perfect. Not too sweet.


That’s bout it! I’d probably give this place a 9.0 out of 10, which means I’m coming back for sure! Wanna try the nigiri and other sushi next time. 😊

Note: Restaurant is pork-free.

Ichiro Sushi Bar

2nd Floor, Isetan Eat Paradise, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama City Centre, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Business Hours: 11AM – 10PM

Tel: 03-7726 5899