Shrimp and noodles

Here is a fun recipe for the family that is easy to make and fun to eat.  No need for stopping at your favorite noodle restaurant, this one is great tasting and made at home.

I adapted this recipe from one that I found in Cooking Light magazine last summer. I used 8 ounces of Lo Mein noodles and cooked according to the package directions and drained.

Next, I combined 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, 2 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and black pepper to taste in a small bowl.

Then, in a large electric skillet, I drizzled 1 tablespoon stir fry oil and added  1 1/4 cups broccoli tops, 3/4 cup sliced carrots, and 3/4 cup red pepper.  Saute these until soft and then add 1/4 cup chicken stock mixture.  Heat for another 2-3 minutes and then add one bag cleaned large shrimp, along with 1 tablespoon minced garlic and 1 teaspoon minced ginger.  Continue to cook until the shrimp are cooked and pink.  Then add the Lo Mein noodles and the rest of the chicken stock mixture.

Cook until all the ingredients are well mixed and warmed through.  Just prior to serving, add 1 tablespoon rice vinegar.  Top with Sesame seeds if desired for serving.

Healthy chicken “fried” rice

If leftover brown rice is available in the refrigerator, try this great recipe to use it for the next dinner entree. I make this dish in an electric skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil total.

Here is how I prepare this entree rice dish.  Gather these ingredients:  1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 white chopped onion, 1/2 cup frozen peas, 1/2 cup chopped carrots, 6 chopped scallions, 3 beaten eggs, 1 1/2 cups cooked and chilled brown rice, 1 chicken breast, 2 tablespoons light soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil.

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to an electric skillet and brown one chicken breast.  Remove from the pan and cut into smaller pieces.  Next, add onions, carrots and peas to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes.

Remove the vegetables from the skillet or move them to the other side and add the eggs to cook and scramble in the pan.

Once the eggs are cooked, mix with all of the vegetables, including the chopped scallions– and add back the chicken.  Season with sesame oil and soy sauce, mixing so everything is well combined.

Serve while hot as an entree dish, or serve as a side dish to accompany other Asian chicken meals.

Won-Ton soup

One of our favorite Winter meals is soup.  Soup and salad or soup and crusty bread or even soup and sandwich come together in a matter of minutes and can be super delicious on a cold night.  This is one of my all-time favorite soups.  No need to get take-out as this soup recipe is better than take-out.

Assemble these ingredients and combine in a large stock pot on the stove:  8 cups of chicken broth, sliced fresh mushrooms, sliced water chestnuts, about 6 green onions including the green stems, cooked shrimp, pork or chicken slices (could be leftover from another meal), fresh romaine lettuce pieces, and won-ton noodles.  I slice my won-ton noodles into thin strips and use them in the soup.  I do not take the time to make filled won-tons.  Only slice as many noodles from the package as you will need for the soup, probably not even 1/3 of the package. The last time I used 10 noodles cut into thirds.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Boil the stock and add the above ingredients except the greens. Stir in the noodles and cook to heat. Add the greens just before serving the soup.  If this soup will be served for a planned Asian themed party, serve with egg rolls or any classic Asian dish. I have many posts on this blog for Asian entrees, egg rolls and spring rolls. Use the search tool and input Asian or shrimp to find quite a few recipes very quickly. Or scan the recipe categories to search more efficiently for exact names of dishes.

This soup can also be served on a buffet.  Use an attractive soup tureen and it will be the star of the meal.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Shrimp and Pineapple fried rice

Are you looking for an easy easy easy fried rice recipe?  I have posted several on my blog in the past, but this one has a different flavor profile.  I thought I would try shrimp and pineapple this time in a recipe, and the results were outstanding.  Make sure to use cold white rice.  I usually prepare 2 cups of quick cook rice the morning that I plan to make this Asian treat, or make extra rice the night before and keep it cold.  The cold rice insures that your dish with not be soggy.

Here is how I made this dish:  In a wok, I heated 1 tablespoon oil and added 3 eggs to cook– stirring frequently and breaking them up until done.  Remove them from the wok and set aside. Add another 2 tablespoons oil and add 1/2 bag of cleaned shrimp (size 26-30) and cook about 3-4 minutes until done and remove from the wok.  Next, add about 3/4 cup chopped carrots and 4 cleaned and chopped green onions (both white and green stems).  Stir fry while adding these ingredients:  3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger, and one cup drained pineapple tidbits.

Next add 1/2 cup frozen green peas and continue to cook for about 3-4 minutes.  Add 1-1/2 cups cooked rice and incorporate. Then finally, add the cooked eggs and shrimp to stir fry and finish the dish.  Make sure all ingredients are hot before serving.  This may take another 4-5 minutes.  One of my husband’s favorites.

 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Cashew lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps are often a staple menu item,  expanding to a variety of family restaurants recently.  Beginning in Asian only restaurants, the wraps have moved mainstream with great popularity.  Understandably, since most lettuce wrap recipes are very tasty and can be made with only vegetables or with added chicken, beef or fish proteins.

This inspired recipe came from Cooking Light magazine, January-February 2014. I have used this recipe and especially enjoyed making with grilled chicken. Of course, this recipe can be adapted to omit that ingredient if desired. I do recommend purchasing Bibb or Boston lettuce for this one, as the delicious taste of that lettuce only adds to the flavor of the wraps.  Serve these on an appetizer buffet, for a main dish, or with rice on the side.

For this recipe, gather these ingredients:  

2 tablespoons light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon red wine, 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce, 1 teaspoon rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon minced ginger, 1/2 bag shredded coleslaw mix, 1-2 grilled chicken breasts, 1/2 cup sliced green onion, Boston lettuce leaves, and cashews.

In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, red wine, hoisin sauce, and rice vinegar. In a wok, use sesame oil to grill the sliced chicken.  Adapt the amount to the number of wraps desired. Next, add garlic and ginger, cooking about one minute.  Add the coleslaw mix and cook about one more minute.  Add the sauce and mix everything together.  Add onions as the final step.  Cook all the ingredients together to finish about one minute.  Serve with cashews for presentation.  If desired, additional chopped green onions can be added to the top for presentation.

yummy lo mein noodles

During another blog surfing session, I found inspiration for home-made lo mein noodles.  I happen to love my new recipe, as I have changed up the one I found to tweak it to perfection.  It is very satisfying to be able to re-create some of my favorite foods at home.  No more wondering what these restaurants have added to the recipe, and the savings in money and calories is unreal.  I guess this is why these restaurants can make a living.  The mark up on very inexpensive ingredients is amazing.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Here is how I make my own yummy lo mein noodles:

First of all, I use about 4 ounces or 1/2 package of spaghetti noodles. Boil according to the package directions.  Next, mix these ingredients in a small bowl:  2 1/2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil, and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger.

In a large open skillet, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and warm.  Add a small amount of minced garlic to taste, one box of white mushrooms, thinly sliced and chopped, 3/4 chopped red pepper, and about 15 chopped petite carrots.  Cook about 5 minutes, stirring until softened.  Then, stir in about 10-15 snow peas or Chinese pea pods, and 1 cup of fresh leafy arugula.  Cook another 4 minutes.

To finish the dish, add the drained noodles and prepared sauce.  Toss and serve with home-made egg rolls.  This is a delicious dish for those who love Asian meals.  My egg roll recipe can be found here:  

https://angelfoodgarden.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/easy-egg-rolls-and-cranberry-dipping-sauce/

Egg rolls can be adapted to what is on hand.  I have used shredded cooked chicken or shrimp, chopped carrots, chopped green onions, bean sprouts, and even chopped water chestnuts for filling.

Noodle inspiration from http://www.damndelicious.net .

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Orange Chicken sauce

We love Asian inspired dishes.  Made at home, with the ability to control the ingredients has been a goal of mine for the last fifteen years. Often, I feel that my recipes are even better than those made in our favorite restaurants sampled over the years.

I enjoy experimenting with some of the traditional offerings and have recipes for these dishes on this blog:  vegetable, shrimp or chicken egg rolls; vegetable or shrimp fried rice; almond chicken, lemon chicken, orange chicken, egg foo young, Asian inspired coleslaw salad, cashew chicken, Asian chicken and vegetable soup, Asian sesame noodles, spicy Asian meatballs, Chicken soup with an Asian twist, Asian pork and vegetables, Asian chicken salad, shrimp stir-fry, chicken lettuce wraps, Kung Pao chicken, sweet and sour shrimp with broccoli, Broccoli salad dressing, Hoisin chicken stir-fry, Bang Bang shrimp, vegetable spring rolls, and Shrimp Chinese.  I have shrimp cakes and a lo mein noodle recipe that are outstanding that will be posted in the coming days.  Any of these recipes can be searched on the blog by name or with the call word Asian.

Today’s orange chicken sauce is superior.  It will soon be one of my ‘go-to’ recipes.  Next time, I will add pieces of orange peel to expand the flavor value.

The sauce can be used over grilled chicken breast pieces or lightly breaded pieces which I made.  I use an egg beaters wash, with a quick dip in a mix of cornstarch and flour. Then a quick dip back into the egg wash and into panko bread crumbs.  I brown the chicken lightly in an electric skillet and bake to done in a 350 degree oven.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

The sauce is made on the stove top in a sauce pan.  Combine these ingredients:  1 cup water, 2-3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate from a frozen can, 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce,  and 1/3 cup rice vinegar.  Heat to a simmer.  Next, add 1 cup brown sugar, fresh orange zest from an orange, 1/4 teaspoon minced ginger, 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic, and  a shake of red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil.

To finish the sauce, mix together 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1/4 cup water.  Gradually pour into the boiling ingredients on the stove, mixing while adding to the sauce.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken.

In an electric skillet, return the chicken and pour the sauce over the chicken to heat for a few minutes prior to serving on fluffy rice.  Shredded lettuce can be placed over the rice prior to adding the orange chicken.  Top with sesame seeds.  Delicious.

This recipe will make enough sauce for about one pound of chicken Tenderloin.  #Asiancooking  #Asian