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Archive for February 16th, 2009

16

Feb

2009

Chicken Fried Rice

“This was my children’s very favorite rice dish when they were little. They always came back begging for more!” – Lucy

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6 cups cooked rice
½ pound boneless and skinless chicken breast
½ small yellow onion
¾ cup frozen peas and carrots
3 eggs
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 teaspoons pure sesame oil
1 teaspoon salt

Marinade:
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon sugar

Preparation:
Cut chicken breast into ½-inch small cubes. In a bowl, mix chicken cubes with the marinade ingredients together and set aside. Cut onion into ¼ inch small chunks. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs.

To Cook:
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, pour in the beaten eggs and lightly scramble until firm. Transfer the cooked eggs into a bowl. Add another 1 tablespoon oil into the wok, brown onions for a few seconds. Add the marinated chicken cubes into the wok and stir-fry for approximately 2 minutes until the chicken is almost cooked. Add peas and carrots and the cooked eggs, stir-fry for another minute. Add the cooked rice, soy sauce, sesame oil and salt into wok. Mix all ingredients together and cook for approximately 2 to 3 more minutes. Serve hot.

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes


16

Feb

2009

Egg Beaters Meat Pie

Another healthy and easy dish to prepare! Ideal for a weekend brunch.

1 package egg beaters (12 oz. and equivalent to 6 eggs)
½ pound lean ground pork (8 oz.)
½ small yellow onion
½ small red bell pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
Black pepper to taste

Marinade:
1 tablespoon soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry wine
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar

Preparation:
In a small bowl, mix the ground pork with the marinade ingredients together and set aside. Chop the onion and bell pepper into small ¼ inch squares.

To Cook:
Heat olive oil in a 10 inch non-stick frying pan or wok over medium-heat. When the oil is hot, brown the onions for a few seconds. Add the marinated ground pork, cook and stir until the pork mixture is almost cooked through for approximately 2 minutes. Add chopped bell pepper and then pour the egg beaters over the pork mixture. Stir-fry ingredients and sprinkle with black pepper if desired. Lower the heat to low. Cover and cook until the egg and pork mixture becomes firm for approximately 8 to10 minutes. Remove from heat and cut into 4 pie slices. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 13 minutes

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