Wednesday, December 11, 2013
This stir fry was unlike any I've had before. It came with the awesome peanut butter pork that my friend Shelli delivered for me to try last night. This stir fry contains pork, cabbage, jalapenos, pineapple, red pepper and cashews. I'd have never thought to throw in pineapple but it was soooo good with the spicy jalapenos. Her husband did the cooking last night- nicely done, Kamanu.
sweet and spicy stir fry (kamanu)
"Saute veggies with peanut butter, oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice, cabbage, pineapple tidbits, onions and peppers."
What I have to say- Again, I'm not sure I can trust myself without an exact recipe but it was so good I'll have to try. Kamanu did say he added his peanut butter pork to this recipe.
Last night there was a knock at the door. It was my friend Shelli. It was a sight for sore eyes to see a friend after being snowed in for FOUR days (and now FIVE). She and her husband risked their lives (okay I'm being dramatic) to deliver two dishes that her husband made for dinner that night. My kiddos and I sampled them and I had to call her immediately to tell her that they are restaurant worthy. I asked her husband for the recipe and this is what he told me (I asked him to write down exact measurements next time):
peanut butter pork (kamanu)
1 1/2 pounds pork, cubed
salt & pepper
2-3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
pineapple juice from a can of pineapple tidbits
1 tablespoon sugar
Saute pork in a little sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add peanut butter and some shoyu sauce (similar to soy sauce but a little sweeter), sriracha sauce and oyster sauce. Cook a while. Add a little more shoyu, pineapple juice and sugar. Let the juice cook down. Serve with rice.
What I have to say- I'm not sure I trust myself without an exact recipe but it was so good I might try.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
We enjoyed this HALL OF FAME entree last night. Grilling in severe temperatures isn't ideal but SO worth it. My husband and I agreed that it was the green chiles that made it hall of fame. We'll be making this one again and again for sure.
diego chicken (found it in my SIL Heidi's ward cookbook then adapted it)
3 chicken breasts, fileted
2 teaspoons Pappy's garlic and herb seasoning
1 can whole roasted green chiles (my can contained 4)
your favorite salsa or picante sauce
grated cheese (I used Mexican blend)
1 avocado, thinly sliced
fat free sour cream
shredded lettuce, optional for serving
Place the chicken breasts on a preheated grill and sprinkle with Pappy's. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. When the chicken is done, place on a cookie sheet with sides and assemble in the following order: chicken, sprinkle of grated cheese (this will secure the green chile), 1 slice green chile, 2 tablespoons picante sauce, sprinkle of cheese. Put into the oven until the cheese melts. Take out of the oven and add the avocado and sour cream. Place on a bed of shredded lettuce and serve!
What I have to say- we served grilled chicken with melted cheese to our kiddos whom we knew may not enjoy all the good stuff!
We had crepes with Nutella for breakfast on Sunday so I had Nutella on my mind. Knowing I wanted to make some chocolate mousse I googled Nutella Mousse and found exactly what I wanted. Only two ingredients. It's as delicious as you think!
nutella mousse (the wicked noodle)
1 1/2 cups nutella
3 cups whipping cream
Place nutella in a very large mixing bowl and pour the whipping cream on top. Use a hand mixer to whip until you get peaks. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
What I have to say- I found when I whipped mine, the ingredients weren't cold enough to get peaks so I re-whipped it after it had chilled and right before I was ready to serve it.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
This chicken recipe tasted just like chicken parmesan but the best chicken parmesan I've ever tasted. My husband even remarked how fresh it tasted. Restaurant quality for sure. I think it had something to do with the quality of the fire roasted tomatoes and the homemade italian breadcrumbs I made then used. Absolutely delicious.
chicken breast with tomatoes (adapted from my SIL Heidi's ward cookbook)
3 large chicken breasts, fileted
homemade italian breadcrumbs
1 (15 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Heat a skillet with a little bit of olive oil. Dip chicken breasts into homemade italian breadcrumbs and brown on both sides. Puree tomatoes with tomato sauce then pour over the chicken. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Let simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve with pasta.
I wanted to make "chicken with tomatoes" tonight but didn't have Italian breadcrumbs on hand. I wanted to try this recipe so desperately that I decided not to wait but to make my own breadcrumbs. I think it was the homemade breadcrumbs that turned tonight's dinner into a super huge success. The recipe tasted like chicken parmesan but the best I've ever had.
homemade italian breadcrumbs (food.com)
enough bread to make 2 cups breadcrumbs (I used about 3 slices whole wheat bread)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Put bread into a blender and process until you achieve breadcrumbs. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until combined. Bake at 300 degrees on a cookie tray with a lip for 5 to 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A couple weeks ago my friend Cherie mentioned that her extended family is doing a fitness challenge (competition). They track the healthy food they eat, water they drink, exercise and probably even more. I thought it was a GREAT idea. Then last week when we visited my SIL Heidi and had a couple of meals with her and her family I noticed a vast assortment of fresh fruits and veggies at every meal which was inspiring. Instead of creating my own chart, I found one and printed enough copies for my family so we can get started.
If you'd like to print out a healthy eating chart you can find it HERE.
What I have to say- I wish there were a column for my kids to mark the junk food they eat. They may be surprised how many treats they are sneaking- like I don't know! Maybe one day the wrappers will make their way into the trash can.