Orange Glazed Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice

Orange Glazed Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice

Either of these recipes are great on their own but they also go great together. Impress your family and make their favorite take out entrees at home. 

Orange Glazed Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice


Orange Glazed Chicken

1 1/2-2 lbs chicken ( use your favorite cut, thighs, wings, breast but leave the bones in and skin on)

Salt and pepper

1 c orange juice

1 T corn starch

1/2 c ketchup

2 T honey or brown sugar

2 t vinegar

2 T soy sauce

2 t hot sauce

Preheat oven to 450,  place chicken on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper,  cook for 20 minutes skin side down, then turn and cook 20 minutes more. Chicken should have crispy skin and be golden brown. ( this is for thighs, cook longer for breasts, shorter for wings). Meanwhile add orange juice and cornstarch to a medium sized sauce pan and whisk together, add ketchup, honey, vinegar, soy and hot sauce and whisk again, bring mixture to a boil over med high heat and then turn to low, whisk mixture until thicken to a glaze consistency. Keep Warm.

Orange Glazed Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice

Dip cooked chicken into glaze and coat well, place back on baking sheet and place back into the oven for 4 minutes or until chicken starts to get dark spots.

Orange Glazed Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice

Serve with any remaining orange sauce.

 

Vegetable Fried Rice

4 c cold cooked rice (great for left over rice, or make the day before for best results)

1/4 c soy sauce

1/4 c rice vinegar

1 T sugar

2T oil

2 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 c broccoli florets

3/4 c sliced carrots

1/2 c chopped scallions

2 t chopped garlic

1 T minced ginger

1/2 c frozen peas

2 T chopped basil

 In a small bowl mix together, soy, sugar and vinegar. Heat 1 T oil in a large pan or wok, add carrots, broccoli and scallions, cook 2-3 minutes, add garlic, ginger and peas, cook 2 min more, add cooked rice and soy mixture. stir together and cook over med high heat until all rice is coated and brown, make a well in the center of the wok/pan and add remaining oil and beaten eggs, stir vigorously and then mix with rice mixture until egg is cooked, add basil and stir. Serve.

Vegetable Fried Rice

 Vegetable Fried Rice

Orange Glazed Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice

 

 

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Red Thai Curry and Chicken Quinoa

Red Curry and Chicken Quinoa

Yes I am jumping on the quinoa band wagon too. Why not, it is easy to prepare, full of protein, and cholesterol and gluten-free. It even tastes better than rice. What is quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah), it is actually a seed but is easily prepared as a grain, like rice. In fact I made mine right in my rice cooker, same amount of water and time as rice too (1 part quinoa, 2 parts water).

quinoa cooked in a rice cooker

It came out, light and fluffy, like a cross between couscous and rice. I added some salt a squeeze of lime and some chopped cilantro.

Since we love curry at my house I made red curry with chicken and served over the top.

Red Thai Curry with Chicken

1 lb chicken cutlets, sliced into thin strips

2-3 T oil

2 c chopped broccoli

1 c match stick or sliced carrots

1/2 c peas

1/2 onion sliced thin

1 t chopped garlic

2 t red curry paste

1 can coconut milk

2 c quinoa

4 c water

2 t cilantro chopped

juice of 1 lime

salt

add quinoa and water to rice cooker and turn on.

Heat a large skillet over med high heat, add 2 T oil, add chicken and onion and cook until browned, add garlic, broccoli and carrots, cook 2 minutes, scoot chicken and veggies to the sides of the pan, making a well in the middle. add curry paste and cook 1 minute, add coconut milk and stir to combine. lower heat to low add peas and cover for about 3 minutes.  When quinoa is done cooking, add lime juice salt and chopped cilantro, serve curry mixture over quinoa.

Red Curry and Chicken Quinoa

Try some quinoa in place of rice or pasta in your favorite recipe.

Pinspired: Cucumber and Avocado Summer Rolls

I was looking for a starter to bring to a barbecue at my in-laws. It’s August and its hot as can be here in Florida so I didn’t want to do anything that required an oven. I was stumped so I went on to Pinterest,  and reviewed my boards, I had pinned this Summer Roll recipe from Williams-Sonoma awhile back. It seemed perfect but I have never made Summer rolls before, never used rice paper, so I had my reservations. I couldn’t come up with anything else though so I decided to go for it. I am glad I did. I have to say as long as you prep all the ingredients before hand and follow the instructions it’s pretty easy and the rice paper is much more forgiving that I thought it would be. My husband even rolled a few and had no trouble and he is not a patient man. They were so fresh and delicious, I will be making these again, and again. My only snag was my neighborhood supermarket was out of rice paper ( normally my market has it by the pre-made sushi/fish counter). I had to take a trip to the Asian market, but that was fine, they were super friendly and had several different kinds, their prices were cheaper than the supermarket too.

Cucumber and Avocado Summer Rolls

For the dipping sauce:

juice from 1/2 lime

2 T canola oil

2 T rice wine vinegar

1/2 Dijon mustard

1/2 soy sauce

1 t brown sugar

1/4 t red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl

For the Rolls:

1 package rice paper rounds (I used about 12)

1 head green leaf lettuce, washed, leaves left whole (not iceberg or romaine hearts, it needs to be soft and flexible)

1 bunch basil

1 bunch mint

about 2 c matchstick carrots (or carrots and shred them yourself)

2 haas avocados peeled and diced

2 T lime juice

1/4 t salt

1 english cucumber peeled and cut into matchstick like strips

Prep all vegetables. put into piles or bowl for easy access. For the avocado, toss with lime juice and salt to prevent browning. To cut the cucumber, cut into 4 pieces and then slice into planks

turn on its side

and then cut into thin strips

Get a large sallow pie plate or bowl and fill with warm water, must be big enough to submerge whole sheet of rice paper. Place a clean kitchen towel in front of the water and all prepped ingredients next to it. (I had not yet chopped my avocado in this picture)

Submerge 1 sheet of rice paper into water until pliable, place on towel, submerge 2nd sheet and place directly on top. Each roll will have a double ply of rice paper. Then Place one lettuce leaf on top of paper (tearing if needed to fit) the Horizontally , one row of carrots, one row of cucumber and one row of avocado, then place 2 mint and 2 basil leaves on top.

lift bottom edge of rice paper up and over the filling and roll once to make a tight cylinder. If paper sticks to towel, use water to wet fingers and gently pull off. Fold in the sides of the paper and continue to roll into a cylinder shape, place seam side down on a platter and continue rolling the rest of the rolls, place a wet paper towel between layers to prevent sticking.

Cut on the bias and serve with dipping sauce.

Asian Marinated London Broil and Vegetable Pad Thai

Asian Marinated London Broil

1 1/2 lb London Broil

1/4 c soy sauce

1 t garlic

1/2 T agave nectar ( or honey)

2 T lime juice

Place meat in a large zip lock bag, mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl and add to the bag. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hrs to overnight.

Pre heat oven to broil, place empty broiler pan in oven to preheat also. Add meat to pan when hot. Cook about 5-7 min per side, or until desired temperature. Let rest for at least 5 min and cut meat against the grain in thin slices.

Vegetable Pad Thai

4 T oil

1 c broccoli

1 c matchstick carrots

1 c sugar snap peas

2 T minced garlic

2 eggs (beaten)

1/4 c lime juice

2 T fish sauce

2 T sugar

2 t sriracha hot sauce

1 cup bean sprouts

1 8 oz package of rice noodles, softened in warm water for 10 min and drained.

Mix together lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and hot sauce in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large fry pan or wok, heat 2 T oil, add vegetables (except sprouts) and garlic cook over med heat for 2 minutes, move to edges of pan and add beaten eggs, and cook until done about 1 min.

Add remaining oil, then noodles,sauce and bean sprouts and cook until heated through, using tongs to mix together.

Top with lime wedges, fresh cilantro, scallions and crushed peanuts if desired.

My Version of a Banh Mi : An Asian Style Meatball Sandwich

If I understand this right, Bahn Mi, means bread in Vietnamese, but it is now widely known as a pork sandwich with pickled vegetables and fresh herbs. There are many variations and can be found in big cities and Vietnamese restaurants, none of which are close to my house. So I needed to give it a try on my own and here is what I came up with. I of course did not have the wonderful crispy baguettes from a Vietnamese bakery so I had to do with what Publix was selling. Still they came out delicious and my family loved them, the combination of spicy, sweet, and savory is all here on one easy sandwich. Wake up your taste buds and give this a try, I will warn you though they can be addictive.

Pork Meatballs

1.5 lbs ground pork or pork and beef mix

1 egg

2 T soy sauce

1 t sriracha sauce ( use hot sauce if this is unavailable)

1 t dried cilantro (or 2T fresh chopped)

1T fresh lime juice

3/4 c Panko Bread Crumbs

Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, wet hands and roll into balls, I used about 2-3 tablespoons of meat mixture per meatball so that it would fit onto my buns.

Cook for 20 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle.

Pickled Vegetable Topping

1 c shredded carrot (or matchstick carrots)

1 cucumber sliced lengthwise with a vegetable peeler (or shredded)

1/2 red onion thinly sliced

2 jalapenos sliced thinly

1/4 t salt

3 T vinegar

2T sugar

Mix all ingredients together in a med sized bowl

Place Meatballs on roll or baguette, top with pickled vegetable mixture and top with fresh chopped cilantro and basil. If you want more heat mix 2 T mayo with 1 t sriracha sauce and spread on roll before serving.

Asian Slaw with Cantaloupe and Mint

I love the unexpected surprise and the pop of sweetness of fruit in salads. This was a refreshing and satisfying accompaniment to our Chili Lime Glazed Salmon. Double the recipe for potlucks or large crowds.

1/2 bag cole slaw mix (red, and green shredded cabbage and carrots)

1T chopped fresh mint

1/2 of a cantaloupe ,seeds removed, and cut into bite sized chunks

1T fresh lime juice

3T Asian Vinaigrette ( I used a store-bought one for this recipe)

Mix together all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and serve.

Broiled Salmon with Chili Lime Glaze

2 large salmon filets cut into 6 pieces

4 T Sweet Thai Chili Sauce (found in Asian section of supermarket)

1T minced ginger

1T Lime Juice

Mix together ingredients in a small bowl, pour over salmon Marinate in fridge for 30 minutes, Preheat Broiler.

Place on Broiler Pan and Cook for 7-10 minutes or until salmon is cooked through.

Red Thai Curry Coconut Shrimp and Noodles

Thai food is one of my favorites. In fact I have a weekly standing lunch date at my favorite Thai restaurant with my sister. I love the sweet and spicy flavors combined with fresh bright ingredients. While she favors the Pad Thai, I am a huge curry fan. The best thing about Red Thai Curry is that it is quick and easy to make at home.

1lb peeled and deveined shrimp

1T red curry paste (found is Asian food section of supermarket)

1 14 oz can coconut milk

1/2 t red pepper flakes

1/2 c frozen peas

1/2 box of vermicelli or spaghetti pasta cooked

2T chopped fresh cilantro

Sriracha Sauce

Cook your pasta according to directions on the box, I break mine in half before cooking

Heat a Tablespoon of curry over medium heat in a large frying pan for one min, while stirring , this helps release the flavors of the spices.

Add coconut milk to curry and stir to combine, heat 3-5 minutes over med heat until slightly thickened

Add cleaned and deveined shrimp and cook for 5-7 minutes or until shrimp are opaque, add peas and cook for 1-2 minutes more

Stir in Sriracha Sauce if you like yours a little spicier like I do ( I add about 2 tsps), Serve over pasta and top with chopped cilantro

 

 

 

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle: Everyday, Everyday, Everyday… Everyday I make the Soup

Just indulge me on the title, I was at the Elvis Costello concert last night. I got the tickets last minute and was excited but it was on a Tuesday and I still had to make dinner for the kids and us before we went to the show. I didn’t want anything too heavy, there might be dancing and drinks to be had. But I still wanted a one pot type meal that I didn’t have to worry about and that was easy to clean up. This soup has a light tasting, gingery broth and the fresh herbs and vegetables give it flavor and texture without weighing it down and its relatively quick and easy.

32 oz low sodium chicken broth

1/2 yellow onion finely chopped

1/4 c peeled and minced ginger ( I used a microplane grater)

3 cloves of garlic minced

1/4 cup sliced carrots, about 2

1T fish sauce (found in asian section of grocery store)

1t Sriracha sauce (or any hot sauce)

1/2 t salt

1/4 t black pepper

3c water

3 boneless chicken breasts cut into bit sized pieces

1/4 pound vermicelli/angel hair pasta broken in half

1/2 cup fresh spinach roughly chopped

2T fresh cilantro

2T fresh basil

2T sliced green onions

In a large pot or dutch oven combine the 1st 11 ingredients (stop before adding the noodles) bring to a boil and then simmer over low heat until chicken is done about 15 minutes, Add pasta noodles and cook until tender.

Put soup into bowls and add chopped fresh vegetables and herbs right before eating, the hot soup will wilt them slightly. You could use any herbs, sprouts, lime wedges etc… I used what I had on hand and in the garden. This also allows each diner to customize their soup, much like a taco.

Stir and enjoy. Oh and by the way Elvis Costello puts on a great show and still sounds amazing.

Camping in Style, Shredded Asian Pork

Camping, I love it, especially this time of year, but all the planning and packing can be a challenge, especially when it comes to the food. Keeping everything at the right temperature, handling raw meats without hot water to wash up, making sure you have enough food  and that it is cooked properly and that you have right condiments and ingredients can be a hassle. My solution is to make it ahead of time, freeze it and heat it up there. This eliminates the need for bringing raw foods that could spoil or contaminate the other stuff in the cooler, lessens the amount of ingredients you need to bring and keeps the food cold enough to last a couple of days. I try to bring foods that will feed a crowd and that can do double duty, this time I did an Asian style shredded pork, It can be eaten alone, on a sandwich (or hot dog bun) even mixed into eggs as an omelette. Even better its a dump and cook in the Crock Pot recipe which left me time to pack the day before.

Here’s how you do it:

2lb rib end pork roast

7 green onions (scallions) chopped into 2 inch pieces

4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped

2T ginger chopped

5 T sweet chili sauce ( found in the asian section of the supermarket)

1T fish sauce

1T rice vinegar

1T soy sauce

2c  water

!T lime juice

2 T fresh cilantro

Toss that all in the crock pot and cook on high 4 hours or low 6-8 hours, or until it shreds with a fork.

If you are packing it for camping, let it cool and put into a freezable storage container with enough of the juices to cover, and freeze overnight. Pack into a cooler with ice. When ready to eat, heat in a pan over your grill or camp stove. I bring a bag of shredded cabbage and asian dressing and mix that together in batches at the camp site, this keeps better than a mayo based salad. I serve it as a side or on top of the pork on sandwiches.