Tuesday, April 21, 2015

chicken stir fry with brown garlic sauce

I was in the mood for a stir fry with a garlic sauce but I wanted it to be brown and rich so after a quick search I found what I was looking for.  I thinly sliced some chicken breasts, bought a container of Trader Joe's fresh vegetable stir fry mix and I was set!  It was delicious.

chicken stir fry with brown garlic sauce (adapted from Food.com)
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup rice wine (I used rice vinegar)
3 tablespoons sugar (I used Splenda)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water 

In a bowl, combine soy sauce, broth, rice vinegar, sugar, pepper and ginger.
In a separate bowl dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup water.
In a small saucepan over high heat, cook the soy sauce combination.  After it comes to a boil add the cornstarch mixture and stir until thick.  Turn down to a simmer while you make the stir fry.
Now start making your stir fry.  I fried some chicken in 1 tablespoon sesame oil then added the veggies.  After a minute or two I added half the delicious stir fry sauce.  We used the extra to spoon over our individual portions.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

cinnamon glazed popcorn

When I saw this recipe I knew it was for me.  Sweet, salty & savory.  Crunchy & fresh but a tad bit sticky.  Simple to make and quick to be devoured.

cinnamon glazed popcorn (simplykierste.com)
2 bags popped popcorn
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons water
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Place popcorn in a very large mixing bowl.  Make sure you remove the un-popped kernels first.  Melt butter in a small saucepan.  Add water, sugar and salt.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and cinnamon.  Drizzle about half the cinnamon mixture over the popcorn.  Stir gently to coat.  Add remaining cinnamon mixture and stir until all the pieces are coated.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ceviche tacos

Hall of Fame!  There are actually two kinds of fish tacos featured here.  The one on the left is what we call a "sauteed fish taco" and the one on the right is a ceviche taco.  When my husband asked me to thaw some fish for ceviche tacos I was afraid.  Ceviche is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices.  Sounds amazing, right?  Well, I made it once and it was terrible.  It was my mistake for thinking it was the ceviche and not me- these are AMAZING!  My husband recently returned from a surf trip to Monterrey, California and lived on tacos while he was gone which I am sure provided the inspiration for these.  Since I was afraid of the ceviche at first, he sauteed some tacos for me so I got to try both.  I'll give you both recipes.  I am no longer afraid of ceviche!

my husband's ceviche tacos (pass the peas, please)
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup lime juice
Tapatio sauce
tuna steaks diced into bite-sized pieces
corn tortillas, diced tomatoes, mozzarella, shredded lettuce Renfro's green salsa, cilantro

He cut the tuna into bite-sized pieces then marinated it in the citrus juices with the tapatio for about 4-5 hours.  That "cooks" the fish.  He put the corn tortillas on the stove directly over the flame to make them nice and hot and toasty then filled them with ceviche, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, mozzarella, green salsa and cilantro.  They were pretty heavenly!

my husband's sauteed tuna tacos (pass the peas, please)
diced tuna steak
few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
a little olive oil
Pappy's garlic and herb seasoning

He mixed it all up and sauteed it.  He put the fish into corn tortillas that he had placed over the flame on our stove to warm. They were topped with diced tomatoes, mozzarella, shredded lettuce, green salsa and cilantro.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

pork and rice meatball soup

I say Hall of Fame, my husband said almost Hall of Fame.  It's so good all four kids ate it and enjoyed it (okay, two only ate the meatballs but that's okay with me- I ate the other stuff out of their bowls when they were done!).  Make it- you'll be glad you did.

pork and rice meatball soup (Real Simple Magazine, January 2015)
1/2 cup cooked white rice (I used brown jasmine rice)
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 scallions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
kosher salt and black pepper
1 pound ground pork
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
6 cups chicken broth
1 bunch spinach, about 4 cups
fresh cilantro, grated Cheddar and sour cream for serving

Combine the rice, eggs, oregano, a third each of the scallions and garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a bowl.  Add the pork and gently mix with your hands until just combined.  Form the mixture into meatballs (I formed about 24).  Broil on the prepared baking sheet, until cooked through.  Recipe called for 8-10 minutes but to get them nice and brown on top I cooked mine much longer.
Heat broiler.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the remaining scallions, garlic, and cumin and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the scallions are tender, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to thicken, 4 to 6 minutes.
Add the broth and bring to a boil.  Stir in the spinach and meatballs.
Serve topped with the cilantro, Cheddar, and a dollop of sour cream.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

store bought favorite: creamy garlic butter chicken

Note to self:  Another big hit with all my kids!  I just learned a great lesson- sometimes it's good to visit a different grocery store than you usually frequent because sometimes you'll find a treasure you never knew existed.  That's how I feel about this dish.  It's so easy and it's soooo good!  You put your chicken and vegetables in a 9x13, pour the sauce over the top and bake.  My kids were eating more carrots and potatoes than I've ever seen them eat.  It was a proud dinnertime.

store bought favorite: creamy garlic butter chicken (Campbell's OVEN Sauces)
You'll need 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, 2 cups potatoes, cut into 1" pieces and a pound of veggies.  The picture on the front of the pouch shows green beans but I used crinkle cut carrots and they were very delicious.  You bake at 400 degrees for an hour.  Serve with a loaf of French bread. 

6 servings in a pouch- 7 grams fat, 5 grams carbs, 1 gram sugar, 1 gram protein

Another note to self:  It would be a good idea to put a few of these pouches in the pantry for when a quick meal is needed to take to somebody.  A "one disposable pan" meal!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

turkey meatballs with light tomato sauce

Note to self:  All four children ate their dinner tonight. :)  These meatballs are moist and delicious.  I rarely cook with ground turkey because I don't think the leftovers are as desirable as other meats but the photo I saw of this meal made me salivate so I decided to give it a go.  This meal is super simple and delicious.  Tomorrow is the true test.

turkey meatballs with light tomato sauce (Inspired Taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste (I accidentally forgot this ingredient but didn't miss it)
1 large basil sprig plus tablespoons torn basil leaves

turkey meatballs
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 teaspoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound ground turkey (I used Foster Farms)

In a large skillet, heat olive oil with garlic and red pepper flakes.  Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and basil.  Let heat until it it is starts to bubble.
While the pasta sauce heats to a bubble, combine the bread crumbs, milk, egg, cheese, parsley, oregano and salt. Combine well.  Add the ground turkey and gently combine.  For this recipe you'll gently form each meatball one at a time and drop it into the "barely bubbling" pasta sauce.  Don't stir the meatballs until they have been cooked through because they are very fragile.   Serve over your favorite pasta.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

delicious grocery list

My husband just texted me a grocery list.  It's quite unusual because it lacks "deoderant" or "shaving cream".  Actually, those are usually the only things on his list.  This list is DELICIOUS!  Take a look:

flank steak
thick bacon
andouille sausage
whole long carrots
fresh spinach
romano cheese
sweet basil
butcher string

Maybe I will have a delicious meal to report of.  I sure hope so.
If you don't hear from me sooner, Happy Valentine's Day!