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bok choy chicken

15 Dec

There’s a farmers market by mom’s house that i pop into now and then…  they have a good variety of stuff and its CHEAP!   i always get baby bok choy there.   it’s just one of those things that much cheaper than shoprite!

the original recipe called for sliced breasts…  i used ground chicken.  this one came out a bit bland for me.

 

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Bok Choy Chicken Recipe

adapted from rasamalaysia

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken
2 tablespoons oil
baby bok choy, sliced into pieces
1-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced into pieces

Marinade:

1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Sauce:

1/2 heaping tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
3 dashes  pepper
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Method:

Marinate the chicken with the ingredients in Marinade for 10 minutes. Combine all the ingredients in the Sauce in a small bowl, stir to blend well.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a wok until the oil becomes hot. Add the chicken and brown. Dish out and set aside.

Heat up the remaining oil in the wok until hot. Add the ginger into the wok and stir-fry until aromatic. Add the chicken back into the wok and do a few quick stirs. Add in the bok choy and stir to combine well. Transfer the sauce into the wok and continue to stir-fry until the bok choy is cooked but remain crisp. Do not overcook.

caramel chicken

10 Dec

this was really good — doubled the sauce on this one per reviews!

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caramel chicken
adapted from epicurious

ingredients
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt
8 garlic cloves, peeled
1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/4 cup (or more) unseasoned rice vinegar
2 1/4″-thick slices peeled ginger
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Cooked white rice (for serving)

preparation

Heat oil in a large wide heavy pot over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and, working in 2 batches, cook until golden brown and crisp, 6–8 minutes per side; transfer to a plate. Add garlic to pot and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 2 minutes; transfer to plate with chicken. Pour off fat from pot.

Return pot to medium-high heat and add 1/2 cup water, scraping up browned bits. Add brown sugar; stir to dissolve, then cook, stirring, until mixture thickens and turns a deep amber color, about 4 minutes. Carefully add vinegar (it may bubble up; sugar will crystallize); stir to dissolve sugar.

Add ginger, broth, and soy sauce, then add chicken, skin side up, and garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through, 20–25 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.

Bring cooking liquid to a boil and cook until thick enough to coat a spoon, about 10 minutes. Return chicken to pot; turn to coat. Top with scallions and serve with rice

asian quinoa salad

28 Oct

i made this salad twice and it was a hit! the first time i made it for a teachers luncheon at the kids school and the second time for a block party we had. Both times i doubled the recipe and both times my dish came back to me empty… i’m going to have to make it a third time to actually eat more than a spoonful of it!

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asian quinoa salad
adapted from twopeasandtheirpod

ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1 cup shelled and cooked edamame
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 cup diced cucumber

For the dressing:
1/4 cup lite soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper, to taste

directions:
1. Add water, quinoa, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

2. Place the quinoa in a large bowl and add the cabbage, edamame, red pepper, carrots, and cucumber. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

4. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine.

Korean Tacos with Asian Slaw

20 Oct

i had a red cabbage from our veggie box i needed to use and this recipe seemed like a good idea… it was ok.. nothing special

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Korean Tacos with Asian Slaw
adapted from womans day

ingredients
2 tablespoon(s) rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoon(s) low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoon(s) low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 small (about 1 pound) cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
2 tablespoon(s) light brown sugar
2 clove(s) garlic, very finely chopped
1 tablespoon(s) grated fresh ginger
1 pound(s) ground turkey
1 tablespoon(s) canola oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
8 small flour tortillas, warmed

directions

In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, red pepper, and 2 teaspoons soy sauce. Add the cabbage and carrot and toss to combine. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for 15 minutes or until ready to serve.
Meanwhile, in a second bowl, combine the sugar, garlic, ginger, and remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Add the beef and mix to combine.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the beef mixture, increase the heat to medium-high, and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes.
Fill the tortillas with the beef and top with the slaw.

BLACK PEPPER STIR FRIED NOODLES

1 Sep

This was so good I already made it twice! Pretty quick and easy. And definitely yummy!

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BLACK PEPPER STIR FRIED NOODLES
adapted from pinch of yum

INGREDIENTS
For the Black Pepper Sauce:
½ tablespoon freshly ground black peppercorns
5-6 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons honey or sugar
1 1-inch piece ginger
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 tablespoons water

For the Stir Fried Noodles:
2 tablespoons sesame oil
8 ounces udon noodles (soba or rice noodles would also work)
2 cups spinach leaves
1-2 cups shredded cooked chicken
sesame seeds for topping

INSTRUCTIONS
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the noodles and cook for 1-2 minutes (they should NOT be all the way cooked – just enough to barely soften). Drain and rinse with cold water – this removes starch and helps them stir fry without turning into a big blob. Set aside.
Place all the sauce ingredients in the food processor and give it a whirl. When it’s smooth, taste it and adjust to your liking. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large wok or nonstick skillet. When the oil is shiny, add the chicken. Stir fry for 5-10 minutes until deep golden brown. Add a tiny splash of black pepper sauce, a tiny splash of water, and ½ tablespoon oil and shake the pan around – everything will be all sizzly and awesome. When the tofu is cooked to your liking, transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Heat the remaining ½ tablespoon oil in the skillet. When the oil is shiny, add the noodles and black pepper sauce. Add a splash of water if the sauce becomes too thick. Stir fry until the noodles are softened completely, covered with sauce, and piping hot. Remove from heat and toss with the spinach and chicken. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Vietnamese-Style Lettuce Cups

15 Aug

I picked a few lettuce leaves from our garden. Not enough for a salad unfortunately, so I decided to do some lettuce cups. These were good. Too bad I forgot the radishes!!!…..

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Vietnamese-Style Lettuce Cups
adapted from menumusings

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 1/2 Tbsp ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, finely minced
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
1 shallot, finely chopped
zest of 2 limes
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 head of Butter or Bibb lettuce leaves
2-3 radishes, washed and sliced super thin
Fresh cilantro
Fresh lime wedges

Sauce:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Step-by-Step:

1. Prep –
In a small bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, and jalapeno pepper.

2. Cook –
In a large wok (or large skillet), heat the oil over fairly high heat.
Add the garlic mixture and stir-fry about a minute.
Add the turkey, carrots, and shallots; and cook, stirring constantly, about 4 minutes until the turkey begins to brown and is no longer pink.
To the meat mixture, add the lime zest, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and sesame oil and cook for another 3 – 4 minutes.

3. Make the dipping sauce –
Just combine all the dip ingredients.

4. Serve!
Spoon the meat mixture into lettuce cups. Top with thinly sliced radishes and fresh cilantro. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over the top. Give everyone a little bowl of dipping sauce, or have one communal bowl!

Asian quinoa salad

25 Jun

I think this was good? I’m going to have to make it agin to be sure 🙂 what could have been bad about quinoa and veggies though? I threw in some rotisserie too 🙂

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Asian Quinoa Salad
adapted from twopeasandtheirpod

ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1 cup shelled and cooked edamame
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 cup diced cucumber

For the dressing:
1/4 cup lite soy sauce or tamari sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper, to taste

directions:
1. Add water, quinoa, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

2. Place the quinoa in a large bowl and add the cabbage, edamame, red pepper, carrots, and cucumber. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

4. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine.

Quinoa fried rice

13 May

I’ve made a quinoa fried rice before and liked it. Figured I’d try a different recipe this time. The first one was definitely better! Had too add a lot of soy sauce to this one to make it less bland! I also threw in some rotisserie chicken!

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quinoa fried rice
adapted from skinnytaste

4 cups cooked quinoa
8 scallions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 red peppers, diced small
1 tomato, diced small
4 tsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp vegetable oil
spray oil
3 egg whites, scrambled
1 whole egg, scrambled
salt

In a nonstick wok, spray oil and add the eggs and salt and cook a minute or two until done. Set aside.

Add the remaining oil to the wok and add the scallions, peppers and garlic. Saute about a minute, add the tomato and stir in all the quinoa. Add soy sauce and fish sauce stir to mix all the ingredients. Keep stirring a few minutes, then add cooked scrambled egg. Adjust soy sauce if needed to taste and mix well another 30 seconds.

Thai chicken enchiladas

1 May

These were a nice change from mexican enchiladas. I didn’t have enough tortillas for a 9×13 pan so I made 4 HUGE enchiladas in an 8×8 pan. There was a lot of sauce! But still good!

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Thai Chicken Enchiladas
adapted from howsweeteats

8 flour tortillas
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 tablespoons oil
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1/3 cup chopped/shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped/shredded cabbage
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 green onions, sliced
1/3 cup chopped + crushed peanuts + more for garnish
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro + more for garnish
2 1/2 cups light coconut milk
1/3 cup + 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add oil. Throw in onions, cabbage, carrots, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring to mix. Let cool until vegetables are soft, about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in chicken, green onions, peanuts, cilantro, remaining salt and pepper, tossing to coat, and let cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in 3/4 cup coconut milk and 1/3 cup sweet chili sauce, mixing thoroughly to combine. Turn off heat.

Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Whisk together remaining coconut milk and sweet chili sauce. Pour about 1/2 a cup or so on the bottom of the dish. Slightly warm tortillas if desired to make them more pliable, then place a few spoonfuls of the chicken mixture in each, rolling up tightly and placing in the dish. Cover with remaining coconut milk and chili sauce mix. I usually take a spoon and cover every inch of the tortilla with the sauce, just to make sure it’s coated.

Bake for 20 minutes, then remove and top with additional peanuts and cilantro. Since sauce is not as thick as traditional enchilada sauce, when you remove them from the oven, spoon sauce from the bottom of the dish all over the tortillas. Additionally this can be done halfway through cooking too.

Quinoa fried rice

21 Mar

This is a really good variation on the traditional fried rice. I also threw in some shelled edamame and rotisserie chicken. Yum!

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Quinoa Fried Rice
adapted from feedmephoebe

Ingredients
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 tablespoons coconut oil
4 medium carrots, diced
2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
4 scallions, white and green parts separated, thinly sliced
Sea salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sriracha
2 eggs, beaten

Instructions

In a medium lidded saucepan, combine the quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Cover, turn the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, until the quinoa is al dente. Uncover and remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large wok or nonstick skillet. Saute the carrots, shallot, and white scallions over high heat until soft and beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Season with salt. Add the garlic, ginger, and green scallions and stir fry until fragrant, another 2 minutes. Fold in the quinoa and stir fry until well-coated in the vegetable mixture and beginning to toast, 3 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce, sesame oil, and sriracha.
Push the quinoa to the side of the pan to create a well. Pour the eggs into the well and cook, stirring gently, until nearly set. Toss the fried rice with the eggs. Transfer the quinoa to bowls and serve right away.