Monthly Archives: August 2012

Spinach & Artichoke Baked Hummus Dip

So you’ve just finished an amazing Moksha Hot Yoga class and you’re now craving something healthy. Decisions, decisions…

Well, our fellow Moksha Hot Yogi, and winner of the Recipasana contest: Chantel Colleypriest, has the perfect treat for you!  Spinach & Artichoke Baked Hummus Dip!

I spent the last half hour making her exact recipe in my own kitchen.

Shall we get cooking?

Spinach & Artichoke Baked Hummus Dip

1 Can Chickpeas
1 Can Artichoke Hearts
Handful of Fresh Spinach (or two)
1/4 Cup Tahini
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1-2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic (more if you love garlic like I do)
1/4 Cup Feta
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
Pinch Cayenne
Salt and Pepper to taste



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Drain the fluid from the artichokes and the chickpeas (reserving some of the fluid from the chickpeas), and then toss everything, except the feta, into a blender. Blend until smooth.

2. Mix in some of the reserved fluid to thin out the hummus to your desired consistency (plus a little extra so the dip keep its moisture after baking).

3. Transfer to an oven safe dish. Top with feta. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until dish is warm all the way through.

This recipe makes a lot. However, it is reheatable. Just add a little olive oil and microwave or bake.

Note: All spices are to taste. Serve with pita, vegetables, or whatever else your heart desires. After all, you worked for it in that 60 min flow class!

R x

Kibo Lounge–Yaletown

Just when you thought the Chinese Bites Team couldn’t possibly eat any more, we did! And we went straight to Yaletown for a taste of some Asian Fusion at Kibo Lounge.

The ambiance of this place was exactly what you would expect for Yaletown, modern and sleek. The food was good overall, and the service, well, it was perfect (but do remember that we were invited).

We got to try a generous amount of food at Kibo but I want to ­­start with my top favorites—these are the absolute must orders.

  1. Kibo Sashimi Platter $24 (Red Tuna, Salmon & Hamachi)

My God. Thick slices of heavenly, fresh, fish. Each of which was spread with special sauces that required the use of only a little soy sauce on our end. Is $24 cheap for 9 slices of sashimi? No. Is $24 worth it for those 9 slices of sashimi? Yes. Absolutely.

  1. Beef Carpaccio $9

This is where the whole concept of “Asian Fusion” comes out to play. Take a classic dish like Beef Carppacio and add a wasabi dressing and some freshly grated parmesan cheese, and BOOM—you’ve created yourself something spectacular and out of the ordinary. The mouth feel of this dish was memorable. It was buttery, cheesy and creamy all at the same time.  Although it was an appetizer I would be content paying up to $14 for this dish.

The next dish I highly recommend is the Chikuwa Cheese $6.

The concept of these fried fish cakes stuffed with creamy cheese was similar to the classic Mozzarella stick. However, these little battered goodies were much more sophisticated and the chikuwa cheese didn’t ooze like mozzarella—it held its form better.

We also tried many of their sushi rolls.

As you can see, it’s evident that much care was put into each of the rolls. In terms of presentation they were beautiful. However, the flavor combinations were all typical of what you’d see at other Japanese restaurants. There was nothing taken beyond the ordinary. Were they good? Yes. Were they excellent? No.

Volcano Roll $12:  Deep fried roll with spicy tuna and cucumber

Dragon Roll $13: Prawn, cucumber and avocado with unagi and sauce on top

Mango Roll : Prawn, avocado , smoked salmon and basil with mango on top $13

Moving beyond the rolls, we tried The Kibo Beef;  BBQ Angus Beef with Special Chef Sauce $15. The beef was perfectly cooked to a medium rare. The chef sauce was delicate and had sweet accents to it. Sautéed mushroom, asparagus tips and green beans also accompanied this dish. However, I felt as though something more was needed to complete this dish. Rice, perhaps?

Next up was the Rack of lamb $16. This was probably my least favorite dish of the night. The lamb was rubbed with Indian accents of cumin and what tasted like coriander. There was no Asian twist to this dish.

We then ended the night with a beautiful pot of what I thought was green tea, but to my surprise was seafood Dobin (soup). The broth was unbelievable. It was rich, earthy and fragrant.


Other dishes we got to try:

Marinated Sable Fish $14 (I recommend this)


Negi Toro $8 (Spicy Tuna Belly with Green Onions & Flying Fish Roe)

Ebi Bacon $9

Japanese Short Ribs $7

Aburi Kibo Sushi Set



-R x

Congrats to Chantel Colleypriest !

Hello everyone! Sorry for my lack of posts lately—the small girl has literally had a big plate these last few weeks! Anyhoo, I just wanted to take a second to thank each and every one of you who participated in the Moksha Hot Yoga Recipisana Contest! I had such a great time co-hosting the contest. Your creations left me drooling.

I would like to give a big congrats to the official winner of the Recipisana contest, Chantel Colleypriest ! Her Spinach and Artichoke Hummus Recipe received over 61 likes on Facebook. Atta girl!

Here is a full list of the exciting prizes that Chantel will receive:

  • 1 Month Unlimited Pass at Moksha Yoga Vancouver
  • The winning recipe featured on Small Girl Big Plate
  • $50 Market Money eligible for any Vancouver Farmers Market
  • Healthy, organic granola from Granola Girl

Next week I’ll be making Chantel’s exact recipe and giving each of you step-by-step directions (with pictures) so you can re-create her masterpeice in your own kitchens!

If you would like to check out the other recipes please click here


Have a great weekend everyone.

Namaste. r xo