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Sausage Basil Dumplings

March 28, 2017

This is a great way to keep kids busy after school. These are delicious dumplings with yummy Italian flavors… serve it with marinara sauce!

  • 3 sausage links, squeezed out of the casings (any kind of sausages)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • ½ cup basil, chopped
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 pack wonton skins
  • Small bowl with water

Heat a non-stick pan with the olive oil. Add the meat from the sausages and brown for 2 to 3 minutes while separating the meat with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the shallot and garlic. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat. Turn heat off and cool for 10 minutes. Add the chopped basil and keep aside.

Take one wonton skin, wet the edges with a finger. Place one to two teaspoons of filling in the middle.  Fold the wonton skin in half and seal the top while pleating at the same time. Repeat the process using up the remaining filling.

  • ¼ cup olive oil

Heat a frying pan with 1 teaspoon oil. Add enough dumplings making sure not to over crowd. Brown the dumplings on both sides on a medium heat. Add ¼ cup of water to the pan and cover with a lid. Cook the dumplings on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Take the lid off and cook any excess moisture. Transfer the dumplings to a platter and cook the remaining dumplings. Serve with marinara sauce.

 

Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry with Blood Orange Sauce

February 26, 2017

Perfect thing to make for Meatless Mondays- and it has blood oranges which are in season!

  • 1 cup blood orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Thai chili paste
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated

Bring the juice, soy, honey, vinegar, chili paste, ginger and garlic to a boil. Simmer and reduce by half. Keep aside.

  • 4 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 cup Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 package firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Heat a wok like pan with 2 tablespoons oil. Add the onions and sauté on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the florets and sauté on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Take the vegetables out, add the remaining oil to the pan and reheat. Sprinkle the cornstarch on the tofu cubes. Brown the tofu on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the vegetables back to the pan. Add the sauce and bring to a boil. Mix well and check for seasonings. Serve with brown rice.

Chinese Style Chicken and Broccoli

February 7, 2017

Much better than take out…

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces

Marinade

  • One egg white, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated

Add the egg white to a small bowl. Beat well and add the cornstarch. Continue beating until incorporated. Add the vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Mix well and transfer to a medium bowl with the chicken. Mix well and marinate for an hour in the fridge.

Sauce

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons black bean sauce

Mix the two ingredients together and keep aside.

  • 4 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets, about 3 cups
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced

Heat a wok like pan with 2 tablespoons oil. Add the onions and sauté on high heat for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli florets and sauté for another minute. Cover with lid and lower heat to medium and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Take out of pan and add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and reheat pan. Add the marinated chicken and sauté on high heat for a minute. Add the orange sauce and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and onion and mix well. Cook with lid on for another 2 to 4 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Check for seasonings and serve with brown rice.

 

 

Szechuan Pepper Sweet and Sour Shrimp

November 2, 2016

Yummy, yummy is all that comes to mind when I read this recipe.. it is a bit involved but so worth making at home and not ordering the sticky sweet stuff from a take out restaurant…

  • 1 pound small shrimp, cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon Szechuan peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped

Roast the Szechuan peppers in a small pan for 2 to 3 minutes. Take out and grind to a powder.

Transfer the ground pepper, salt, garlic, ginger and jalapeno pepper to a mortar and pestle. Pound till a paste is formed and marinate the shrimp for 2 to 3 hours and keep aside.

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 cup pineapple, cut into small chunks
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1 orange pepper, cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1 cup blood orange or regular orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Transfer the pineapple, red pepper, orange pepper and onion chunks to a lined cookie sheet. Broil on high for 7 to 8 minutes till the veggies are a bit charred. Keep aside.

Mix the orange juice, vinegar, honey, soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl, test for seasonings and keep aside.

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut oil. Add the marinated shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes on high heat. Add the charred vegetables and mix well. Add the sauce and bring to a boil. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes and garnish with cilantro and green onions and serve with brown rice.

 

Grilled Chili Chicken

July 25, 2016
  • 2 pounds bone in chicken thighs, skin taken off
  • ¼ cup tamari
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon agave

Mix the tamari, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, oregano, chili powder, salt and agave in a small bowl. Add the chicken and marinade into a zip lock bag and marinate in fridge overnight or at least 3 to 4 hours.
Take out of fridge and bring to room temperature. Grill till done. Save the marinade and add to a small saucepan. Bring the marinade to a boil and reduce for 5 minutes on a simmer. Pour the hot sauce over the grilled chicken. Serve immediately.

Quick Brown Fried Rice

July 20, 2016
  • 2 cups cooked & cooled brown rice, store bought or made at home
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, grated
  • 2 cups shredded carrots and broccoli stalks (I buy it packaged from Trader Joes)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce (regular soy sauce can be used, you will need to use more)
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped

Heat a wok like pan with the oils. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the shredded vegetables and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the beaten eggs and mix well with the spatula. Add the cooked rice and mix well and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes on high heat. Add the soy sauce and continue to stir fry. Check for seasonings and add salt if necessary. Garnish with cilantro and green onions.

 

Chicken and Tomato Stir Fry

July 19, 2016

Tomatoes are in season and this is a very unlikely dish.. no one thinks of stir fry when one thinks of tomatoes, well, why not!!!

  • 4 chicken breast fillets, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium tamari
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 4 to 5 plum tomatoes, cored and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped

Marinate the chicken pieces in the tamari, ginger, garlic, cooking wine and cornstarch for 2 to 3 hours in the fridge. Take out about half an hour before cooking. Heat a wok like pan with the oil. Add the tomatoes and the sugar and sauté on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes on high heat or till the juices come out. Add the chicken and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.  Add chicken broth and bring to a boil and cook till chicken is cooked through. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro and green onions.