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Archive for May, 2009

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May

2009

Stir-Fry Egg Beaters with Chicken

Egg beaters are a great alternative to eggs whether or not you are watching your cholesterol. Stir-Fry Egg Beaters with Chicken is a fast and simple meal the kids are guaranteed to enjoy. Best when served with boiled or steamed rice.

1 package egg beaters (12 oz. and equivalent 6 eggs)
½ pound boneless and skinless chicken breast (about half breast)
2 scallions, including the green top
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
1 tablespoon soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
¼ teaspoon salt

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

Preparation:
Slice the half chicken breast lengthwise in half then crosswise cut into 1/4 inch thin pieces. In a small bowl, mix the chicken pieces with the marinade ingredients and set aside. Wash and trim the green onions, finely chop.

To Cook:
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the egg beaters. Cook and gently stir until the egg beaters are firm and broken into large chunks, approximately 2 minutes. Remove the cooked eggs from the wok and place into a bowl. Add another 1 tablespoon of oil back into the wok. When the oil is hot, brown onions for a few seconds. Add chicken pieces, cook and stir for 2 minutes until the chicken is nearly cooked through. Add cooked eggs back into the same wok. Stir and mix the chicken and egg beaters together. Add soy sauce, sesame oil and salt. Stir-fry for a few seconds longer. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes


20

May

2009

Stir-Fry Bean Sprouts

Always wonder what to do with bean sprouts? They make a nice little side dish and are simple to stir-fry. Keep in mind that bean sprouts retain a lot of liquid and so careful not to over cook them.


1 pound fresh bean sprouts
2 scallions, including the green top
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry wine
3/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation:
Rinse the bean sprouts under cold running water. Drain excess water through a colander. Wash and trim the green onions, finely chop.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok over high heat. When the oil is hot, brown onions for a few seconds. Add bean sprouts to wok, cook and stir for 1 minute. Add vinegar, cooking wine and salt. Cook and stir until the bean sprouts are cooked through and still crispy, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Drain any excess liquid and transfer the bean sprouts onto a plate. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 3 minutes


11

May

2009

Oven Broiled Chicken Breasts

You can never have enough Chicken recipes! Chicken makes for an easy, everyday meal. As an alternative to the oven, try grilling the marinated chicken breasts.


4 pieces boneless and skinless half chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)

Marinade:
2 or 3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger root
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce*
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 tablespoons rice or cooking sherry wine

Preparation:
Crush, peel and finely chop the garlic. Peel and finely grate the ginger root. In a medium size bowl, mix the marinade ingredients together. Add chicken breasts to the bowl and coat each piece with the sauce. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or longer.

To Cook:
Preheat oven to broil. Line a large flat pan with tinfoil (for easy cleanup). Arrange marinated chicken breasts in pan and pour remaining sauce over the chicken breasts. Place the pan in the oven on the top rack. There should be approximately 4 inches of space between the heat and the rack. Leave the oven door ajar, about 3 inches. Broil the chicken breasts for 8 minutes on one side then turn the chicken breasts over. Broil for another 7 to 8 minutes. The chicken breasts should be light brown on the outside, tender and juicy inside.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Marinating time: 2 hours
Cooking time: 15 to 16 minutes

*Hoisin sauce is a sweet brown sauce made from soybeans.  Sold in jars or bottles at the Asian section of most supermarkets.  After opening it can stored for several month in the refrigerator.


4

May

2009

Chinese Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Is it Italian? Is it American? No, It’s Chinese! I absolutely loved this dish growing up. The combination of hoisin sauce and tomato sauce make for a very tasty dish with a Chinese twist!


1 pound thin spaghetti
8 cups water
2 teaspoons salt for boiling the spaghetti
1 fresh cucumber (about 10 oz.)
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a pot)

Meat Sauce:
1 pound 90% lean ground beef
4 cloves garlic
2 scallions, including the green top
1 teaspoon dried crushed red chili peppers
3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce*
3 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 cans tomato sauce (8 oz. each)

Preparation:
Peel and slice cucumber diagonally into ¼ inch thin pieces, then cut into strips. Place the cucumber strips in a small bowl and set aside.  Crush, peel and finely chop the garlic. Wash and trim the green onions, finely chop.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, brown garlic, green onions and crushed chili peppers for a few seconds. Add ground beef. Cook and stir for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, until the meat separates. Add Hoisin sauce, soy sauce and tomato sauce into wok or pot. Mix well. Lower heat and cook for approximately 5 minutes with the cover on. Stir the sauce mixture again, cover and cook for 2 more minutes. Turn off heat and let the meat sauce sit with cover on the stove until the spaghetti is ready to serve.

In a medium size pot, bring water to a boil. Break the thin spaghetti in half and place into boiling water. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and stir well. Boil the spaghetti for approximately 8 minutes uncovered and stir occasionally. Drain the cooked spaghetti through a colander.

To Serve:
Place a portion of cooked spaghetti in an individual serving plate. Add sauce over the top of the spaghetti and sprinkle a handful of cucumber strips over the meat sauce to serve.

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: Approximately 18 to 20 minutes

*Hoisin sauce is a sweet brown sauce made from soybeans.  Sold in jars or bottles at the Asian section of most supermarkets.  After opening it can be stored for several month in the refrigerator.

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