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HEALTHY

Chicken Pad Thai

Isn’t it about time we stopped relying on take out to get Pad Thai and making it at home instead? This veggie and chicken version will leave you wanting to make it at home time and time again!

I will be the first to admit this is an Americanized version of Pad Thai. There’s no tamarind paste in this recipe, instead you’ll find vinegar and lime juice. I replaced the traditional palm sugar with dark brown sugar (which is also part of the tamarind substitution. Light-brown sugar would be fine too). I added soy which isn’t so traditional, but for me it helps tone down the fish sauce, not to mention many would say I was very skimpy with the fish sauce. Then I added in some not so commonly found veggies, the red bell pepper and stick carrots. And of course I love chicken, I’ll almost always choose it over shrimp or tofu so that’s the other sign that this just isn’t your super authentic Pad Thai. But, this is how I like my Pad Thai.

Who knows maybe down the road my palate will be so much more adventurous and I will be into far more authentic Thai food, but for now this is perfect for me and I just don’t want to change it. It’s flavorful, it’s unique, it’s exciting and most of all it’s incredibly delicious! I have the feeling you are going to love this crave worthy dish too!

Chicken Pad Thai
Chicken Pad Thai

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Thai rice noodles
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into small strips
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips and strips halved
  • 1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 green onions, whites minced, greens sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Red pepper flakes and sesame seeds (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare rice noodles according to directions listed on package. In a mixing bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice and fish sauce, set aside.

You can find complete recipes of this Chicken Pad Thai in cookingclassy.com

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HEALTHY

Spicy Mushroom Rice

Before you think this Spicy Mushroom Rice is just another average side dish, just give me a minute and let me explain how good it is.

It’s like the side dish that can turn into the whole dinner good. Just double the recipe when you make this because the leftovers are amazing.

You could add shredded chicken to the leftover rice, ground pork or beef and a little teriyaki sauce…or some black beans too keep it vegetarian.

You have to let the mushrooms get nice and browned, that’s definitely key to this recipe. As far as the “spicy” goes, I stuck to one jalapeno for this recipe but I definitely wouldn’t stop at one next time.

2 for sure, maybe even three.

Thanksgiving is crazy enough with the turkey and appetizers – this Spicy Mushroom Rice recipe is an easy to make (and make-ahead) side dish you won’t have to think about on the big day.

Wash your mushrooms, or brush them with a wet paper towel as they say, I’m not gonna lie – I wash them. Have you ever seen how much dirt is on those things? I don’t think a damp paper towel really gets them clean.

Slice them up pretty thin and throw them in a skillet with a couple tablespoons of butter. Let them brown up really good, this will take about 10 minutes.

Spicy Mushroom Rice
Spicy Mushroom Rice

Ingredients

  • 4 c. of cooked white rice
  • 10 oz. white or button mushrooms
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • ¼ c. marsala wine
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1 t. salt
  • ¼ t. fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by melting the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add in the sliced mushrooms and let brown, stirring, for 10 minutes.
  3. Next add the shallot, jalapeño, salt and pepper and let cook for another minute or two.

You can find complete recipes of this Spicy Mushroom Rice in mantitlement.com

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HEALTHY

30 MINUTE BLACK BEANS AND LIME RICE

Quick and easy, 30 minute Black Beans and Lime Rice! With a few simple ingredients you’ve got a great week night dinner, and leftovers make for an ideal lunch!

The beans are perfectly spiced with cumin, paprika and optional cayenne. The lime rice adds an authentic ‘gotta have it taste’, and a handful of cilantro completes the bowl! Gluten-free!

Where do I begin with such a simply, complex bowl of rice and beans? I mean, there are so many bean and rice recipes on the web it’ll make your head spin trying to find the perfect one. Trust me I was once there. That is, until I created this 30 minute Black Beans and Lime Rice.

It has that ‘gotta have it taste’, that’ll have you coming back for more!

I’ve made 30 minute Black Beans and Lime Rice countless times for my family. When I feel extra lazy, I’ll toss all the black bean ingredients (except the corn, I’ll add that about 15 minutes into cooking) into a large saucepan. Allow everything to simmer on low for 20-25 minutes or until the onion is cooked.

However I am forewarning you about this method, I’ve noticed using canned beans sometimes leads to one of my biggest pet peeves, “hollow bean pits”. It’s how I refer to them. This happens when the black beans are over cooked. The skin breaks and the bean inside becomes a mush leaving hollow bean skins.
Now I don’t know about you, but I want to eat the whole bean not just the skin. So to avoid this, I allow the onion to cook a bit before adding the canned beans.

Ingredients

Black Beans

  • 2 (15.5 oz.) cans low sodium organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pink salt
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup organic corn
  • Optional cayenne pepper to taste

Rice

  • 2 cups uncooked organic brown rice
  • Juice of 2-3 limes

Garnish

  • Fresh organic cilantro
  • Organic lime wedges

Instructions

Cooking Rice

  1. Cook the rice according to the package or your rice cooker.
  2. Once the rice has fully cooked, squeeze in 2-3 limes and mix.

Cooking Beans

  1. In a large saucepan, simmer the broth, water, diced onion, minced garlic and seasonings for about 8 minutes.
  2. Now add the beans and corn. Continue simmering for another 15 min.
  3. If needed, adjust seasonings to taste.

You can find complete recipes of this 30 MINUTE BLACK BEANS AND LIME RICE in whereyougetyourprotein.com

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HEALTHY

PANDA EXPRESS MANDARIN TERIYAKI CHICKEN

PANDA EXPRESS MANDARIN TERIYAKI CHICKEN MADE WITH JUST A FEW INGREDIENTS AND COOKED ON A SUPER HOT GRILL PAN, YOU’LL BE SAVING YOURSELF A TON OF TIME AND MONEY BY MAKING IT AT HOME!

Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken is one of the few dishes you can order at Panda Express and have that cool moment where they take a cleaver and chop up a whole chicken thigh in front of you. A tiny bit of theatrics in a fast food establishment is never bad, plus you can see that they used a whole chicken thigh and not just pre-cut pieces.

There are a lot of teriyaki sauces out there for you to choose from. This Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken has that thick sweet glaze that you know from your favorite 2 item plate. I used powdered garlic and ginger for the sake of the copycat recipe.

Their glaze does not have any chunks of garlic or ginger in it that I could see. You absolutely could use fresh ginger and garlic (which I actually prefer) but you’ll be deviating from that “copycat” style. If you are using fresh garlic and ginger instead of spices, use 1-2 teaspoons of each, minced finely.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 2 pound chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water mixed together

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a bowl, add the canola oil to chicken thighs while waiting for grill pan to heat up on high.
  2. Add the chicken to grill pan and grill on high for 3-5 minutes on each side.
  3. While the chicken is cooking,
  4. Add the sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic powder, ground ginger, ⅓ cup water and bring to a boil on high heat.
  5. Lower temperature to medium-low and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the water/cornstarch mixture then cook over low heat until just thickened.
  7. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve with brown rice and grilled pineapple.

You can find complete recipes of this PANDA EXPRESS MANDARIN TERIYAKI CHICKEN  in dinnerthendessert.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

SMOKY TEMPEH VEGETABLE AND RICE BOWL

Smoky tempeh with fresh vegetables and sprouts over rice and topped with an egg makes for a healthy, and delicious meal.
No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you: today’s recipe sounds like a healthy dish, looks like a healthy dish (and tastes fabulous), right smack in the middle of December, with Christmas hot on our heels.
I know you all are positively drooling over the all the Pinterest sweets in your feed (which stubbornly won’t show me soups and grains and salads, no matter how many times I clear my search or refresh the page or change preferences. I get it, Pinterest, the peeps want the sweets, so you’re giving everyone sweets.)
But I … and I guess this makes me a weirdo … I’m sweeted out. Thanksgiving is the focus of all of my winter carb and sugar cravings, and once that holiday is in the rear view mirror, I’m ready for greens and light soups and lots and lots of veggies (even though, technically — and a little depressingly — it’s not even calendar winter yet).
So, I’ll understand if you have to bookmark this recipe and come back to it in January. But maybe — just maybe — there are a few of you out there who are ready for desperately need some lighter fare leading up to next week’s celebrations. Come and sit next to me!
And that’s where this winter vegetable rice bowl with savory smoky tempeh comes in. In case you haven’t noticed, I love food in bowls. There’s just something so cozy and complete about a meal in a bowl. (In fact, I’m really excited to be teaching a cooking class next spring at a local culinary school with the theme, “Food in Bowls.”) Food in bowls are versatile.
They can be liquids or solids. Or both. Slung low with twirly pasta and marina sauce, or piled high with grains and vegetables. They can be neat … or messy. The photos here? Totally styled, so that you that you can see how pretty and vibrant winter vegetables are. The first time I made this = one big confetti mix of textures and colors.
And hey, let’s talk about those textures and colors for a sec.
First, we have the cooked rice, the cooked eggs (soft and yolky, yessirree), and pan-fried smoky tempeh. Then we have the raw: freshly grated carrots and beets — I love beets, raw, roasted, pickled, I don’t care — newly sprouted sprouts, green onions, and lots of chopped cilantro. And when you mix them all up and take a forkful, it’s an experience: crunchy, savory, chewy, yolky. And the colors. Folks complain about the dull, brown foods of winter, but I think the colors here are pretty fabulouso.
It’s vegetarian – leave off the eggs, it’s vegan. Also gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. But completely delicious, healthy and energizing. And who couldn’t use a little extra energy going into the last crazy two weeks of the year?
If you’re just dying for cookies — and truthfully, while I’ll be doing just minimal cookie-making this year, I wouldn’t say no to a home baked morsel if offered one 🙂

INGREDIENTS :
for the tempeh marinade

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tamari, soy, or shoyu sauce
  • 1 or 2 drops liquid smoke (optional)
  • 8 ounce package tempeh, sliced

for the rice

  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 or 2 kaffir leaves (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves

assemble

  • 1 heaping cup sprouts
  • 1 heaping cup grated or julienne carrots
  • 1 heaping cup grated or julienne beets
  • 2 green onions, sliced diagonally
  • 2 soft cooked eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Additional tamari or hoisin sauce for dressing (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS :
marinate the tempeh overnight

  1. Whisk together the hoisin sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, tamari, and liquid smoke (if using) until smooth.
  2. Arrange the tempeh slices in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over the slices.
  3. Turn each slice to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for several hours, preferably overnight.

cook the rice

  1. Bring the broth or water to a boil in a medium sauce pot.
  2. Add the rice and kaffir leaves (if using), reduce heat to maintain an active simmer, and cover.
  3. Cook the rice for the time indicated on the package directions (I simmer the rice for 20 minutes,
  4. then turn off the heat and let the rice steam, untouched, on the burner for 20 to 25 minutes more).

cook the tempeh

  1. Heat a skillet over medium, and cook the tempeh slices in a single layer, turning once, until nice and brown on both sides.

assemble

  1. Divide the rice among two serving bowls, layering each with half of the tempeh, sprouts, carrots, and beets.

You can find complete recipes of this SMOKY TEMPEH VEGETABLE AND RICE BOWL in soupaddict.com

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DESSERT

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE BARS

I love a good two-for-one deal. Especially when that deal involves peanut butter and chocolate.
Sometimes it’s impossible to pick which one I want, and with these bars I don’t have to.
There’s a peanut butter and white chocolate base that’s soft yet dense, rich, and creamy. The top is a layer of chocolate-peanut butter fudge, and there’s Rice Krispies added for crispy texture. Both layers actually have Krispies in them, but it’s more pronounced in the top layer.
The recipe for the chocolate layer I originally created to top some brownies that are in my first cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort. They’re perhaps my favorite brownies ever, tied with these.
Recently I was thumbing through my cookbook and remembered how much I loved the topping, and had to make it.
But I didn’t want to turn on my oven and make brownies because San Diego was having a wicked, but typical, hot snap the last few weeks and my condo doesn’t have air so it was 92F inside. No ovens were turned on.
The beauty of these no-bake, one-bowl, gluten-free bars is that they’re fast, easy, and people will go nuts over them. I mean who can resist two thick layers of peanut butter and chocolate-peanut butter fudge sandwiched together. I sure can’t.

INGREDIENTS:
Peanut Butter Base

  • 2 cups white chocolate chips (one 10.5 to 11.5-ounce bag)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural; use Jif, Skippy or similar)
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal (use gluten-free crispy rice cereal to keep GF)

Chocolate Fudge Top

  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Peanut Butter Base – In a medium, microwave-safe bowl add the white chocolate chips and heat for 1 minute on high power to soften.
  3. Remove bowl from microwave, add 1 cup peanut butter (use Jif, Skippy, or similar because natural or homemade peanut butter could separate and may not set up well and/or the bars could turn very oily), and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute or as necessary in your microwave;
  4. white chocolate scorches easily so keep a careful eye on it. Stir until mixture is smooth and combined.
  5. Add 1 cup crispy rice cereal and stir to combine.
  6. Turn mixture out in prepared pan in an even, flat layer, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Place pan in freezer to chill.
  7. Chocolate Fudge Top – In a medium, microwave-safe bowl (you can use the same one, just wipe out with a paper towel) add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and heat for 1 minute on high power to soften.
  8. Remove bowl from microwave, add 1 1/2 cups peanut butter, butter, and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute. Stir until mixture is smooth and combined.
  9. Add 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal, and stir to combine.
  10. Remove pan from freezer (make sure the first layer has set up somewhat before adding the chocolate, if not, return pan to freezer for 5 more minutes) and carefully turn chocolate mixture out into prepared pan in an even, flat layer, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  11. Place pan in freezer to chill. Allow bars to chill for 60 to 90 minutes, or until set, before serving. If bars have gotten too firm to slice, let them sit at room temp for 10 minutes.
  12. I store these bars in the fridge because they get a little too soft at room temp.
  13. Bars will keep airtight in the fridge for about 1 month and in the freezer for up to 6 months.

You can find complete recipes of this CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE BARS in averiecooks.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

CRISPY PEANUT TOFU & CAULIFLOWER RICE STIR FRY

One bite in and I knew I hit the jackpot with this one. If you’ve been in search of the perfect crispy, baked tofu recipe, this is the one for you! I’m so excited to share this with you guys I can hardly stand it. Let’s do this!
For starters, this dish is served over cauliflower “rice” instead of regular rice because 1) Cruciferous veg for the win, and 2) You can eat an ENTIRE head of cauliflower instead of 1/2 cup of rice and STILL only consume a fraction of the calories and carbohydrates, so why not?!
Cauliflower rice is SO simple and you absolutely must try it! It doesn’t pass completely as rice since the textures and flavors are slightly different. But it looks just like rice and in my opinion, tastes even better as it absorbs the sauce perfectly and takes WAY less time to cook.
You guys know the deal: My favorite way to crisp up tofu is pre-baking it before sauteing – a little trick I picked up at a vegetarian cafe in San Antonio (Yes, I hounded the waitress for the technique – you’re welcome). This gives it that crisp outer edge and perfectly tender center.
Once your tofu is baked, add it to your sauce, which acts as an all-in-one marinade and sauce for the cauliflower rice, veggies and for serving! It wears many hats and it’s oh-so delicious and Thai-inspired. Once your tofu is marinated, it’s ready for a quick stir fry to give it that perfectly golden brown, crisp, mega-flavorful coating. Then all that’s left to do is saute up your veggie of choice – baby bok choy for the win – and your cauliflower rice!
All in all this dish takes around 1 hour 30 minutes, which is a little longer than I prefer. But the pay off is so worth it! Plus, it only requires 9 ingredients – many of which you likely already have on hand. I made this dish and ate half, then reheated the leftovers the next day and I swear it got better! I love it when that happens. Hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS :
STIRFRY

  • 12 ounces (340 g) extra firm tofu, organic & non-GMO if possible*
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) Toasted sesame oil
  • 1 small head cauliflower (~ 580 g)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp or 6 g)

SAUCE

  • 1.5 Tbsp (15 ml) Toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) low sodium soy sauce (gluten free for GF eaters)
  • 1/4 cup (55 g) light brown sugar (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 2.5 Tbsp (40 g) peanut butter or almond butter (natural, salted)

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Veggies (baby bok choy, green onion, red pepper, broccoli)
  • Toppings: Fresh lime juice, cilantro, sriracha

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Begin by draining tofu 1.5 hours before you want your meal ready. If your block of tofu is larger than 12 ounces, trim it down. You don’t need a full pound for this recipe (see notes).
  2. Roll tofu in an absorbent towel several times and then place something heavy on top to press.
  3. I use a pot on top of a cutting board and sometimes add something to the pot to add more weight. Do this for 15 minutes.
  4. Near the end of draining, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and cube tofu.
  5. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and arrange in a single layer.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes to dry/firm the tofu. Once baked, remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Prepare sauce by whisking together ingredients until combined. Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
  8. I often add a little more sweetener and peanut butter.
  9. Add cooled tofu to the sauce and stir to coat.
  10. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes to saturate the tofu and infuse the flavor.
  11. In the meantime, shred your cauliflower into rice by using a large grater or food processor. You don’t want it too fine, just somewhat close to the texture of rice. Set aside.
  12. Mince garlic if you haven’t already done so, and prepare any veggies you want to add to the dish (optional).
  13. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat (6 out of 10), and if adding any veggies to your dish, cook them now in a bit of sesame oil and a dash of soy sauce. Remove from pan and set aside and cover to keep warm.
  14. Use a slotted spoon to spoon tofu into the preheated pan.
  15. Add a few spoonfuls of the sauce to coat. Cook, stirring frequently for a few minutes until browned.
  16. It will stick to the pan a bit, so don’t worry. Remove from pan and set aside and cover to keep warm.
  17. Rinse your pan under very hot water water and scrape away any residue. Place back on oven.
  18. Add a drizzle of sesame oil to the pan, then add garlic and cauliflower rice and stir.
  19. Put cover on to steam the “rice.” Cook for about 5-8 minutes until slightly browned and tender, stirring occasionally.
  20. Then add a few spoonfuls of sauce to season and stir.

You can find complete recipes of this CRISPY PEANUT TOFU & CAULIFLOWER RICE STIR FRY in minimalistbaker.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

Thai Cashew Chicken

I didn’t think they actually served Thai Cashew Chicken in Thailand.
When we tumbled out of our hotel room in Chiang Mai at 10:45 p.m. in fervent search of dinner after a delayed flight, my stomach’s resolve to eat the first food we could find was outmatched only by my relentless determination to not, under any circumstances, waste a single meal in Thailand.
I forced Ben to bypass several restaurants that I deemed “too touristy,” and after we had been walking 10 minutes, he stopped firmly in front of what was one of the first open restaurants we’d seen in a while, pointed to the menu, and asked me, a look of animal-like desperation in his eyes, “Can we PLEASE eat here?” I glanced at the menu and spotted cashew chicken.
I was immediately suspicious. Wasn’t cashew chicken just something they served at Westernized “Thai” restaurants in America? Surely this place could not be legit. It was nearly 11 p.m., and even I had to admit that our prospects of finding other open options were dwindling. I reluctantly agreed.
Then, as if he could read my thoughts and were looking to spite me for making us walk so far, Ben ordered the cashew chicken. It was delicious. I’m still not sure how authentic cashew chicken is (we didn’t make it in any of our cooking classes or have it at our homestays), but it became Ben’s go-to restaurant dish of the trip.
He ordered it at every available opportunity. Thus, great food moocher that I am, I had the pleasure of sampling it from his plate at every available opportunity too. Today’s recipe is my adaptation of the Thai Cashew Chicken we had at nearly every restaurant north of Bangkok. Authentic or not, it’s a dynamite stir-fry dish that has weeknight dinner wrapped.
Stir-fries are a faithful companion on busy weeknights. They’re fast, hit every food group from veggies to lean proteins in a single pan, and are perfect for using up odd bits of leftover produce lurking in the fridge. Start to finish, this simple chicken and cashew nut stir-fry is ready in 20 minutes flat, even fewer if your veggies and chicken are already prepped.
If you’ve had cashew chicken at take-out restaurants, you’ll be familiar with the rich, savory flavors of the sauce and the warm crunch of the cashews. This particular cashew chicken recipe, however, is much lighter and healthier than what you’ll find in a restaurant.
I packed it with veggies, sweetened the sauce naturally with honey, then served it over whole-grain brown rice (quinoa would be tasty too). Honestly, I didn’t miss the extra oil and sugar one bit, and I don’t think that you will either.

INGREDIENTS :
FOR THE CASHEW CHICKEN:

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 large), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or substitute arrowroot powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 medium red bell peppers, seeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets (about 4 cups)
  • 1 bunch green onions (about 6 medium), thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup dry roasted, unsalted cashews
  • Cooked brown rice or quinoa, for serving

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus additional to taste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus additional to taste

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a small bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the cornstarch, salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high. Once the oil is hot and shiny
  3. Add the chicken mixture and sauté for 4 minutes, just until lightly browned.
  4. Add the bell pepper, broccoli, and green onions.
  5. Continue sautéing until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 additional minutes.
  6. Stir in the cashews and cook for 30 additional seconds.
  7. While the chicken and vegetables are cooking, prepare the sauce.
  8. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons honey, ginger, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes.
  9. Taste and add additional honey and/or red pepper flakes as desired (I added an additional 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes).
  10. Pour the sauce over the skillet and toss to coat.
  11. Enjoy immediately with brown rice.

You can find complete recipes of this Thai Cashew Chicken in wellplated.com

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HEALTHY

Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Balls

My sister and her hubby were here for a visit. They were excited and anxious too as this was their first time ever travelling overseas. I knew that feeling too well…yes… that took me back to the time when it was my first time stepping into the plane… butterflies in my stomach were making somersault.
Excited ~ I was the first in my family to be given the opportunity to see and experience the “Western World…”
Anxiety ~ I was raised in a non- English speaking community…I had no confidence in conversing 100 percent English..
It was a relief to see them emerging from the “otherside” through the sliding door… a little bit dazed, tired and sleepy but NO drama with either Immigrations or Customs. So their holiday began… and so was I, busy, trying to win the ‘Hostess with the Mostess of the Year’ award winking

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1-1 1/2 cup sushi rice
  • 2 pieces boneless chicken thighs
  • 1cup store bought Teriyaki marinade
  • 2 Nori sheets
  • 2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • Oil for deep frying

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Marinade chicken thigh with store bought Teriyaki marinade. Leave it overnight.
  2. Prepare and cook sushi rice and season with sushi seasonings. Leave aside to cool.
  3. Spray frying pan with some canola oil and pan fry teriyaki chicken pieces until its cooked.
  4. Cut into small pieces.  Cut Nori sheets into 50mm x 50mm squares.
  5. Place about 1 tablespoon of teriyaki chicken onto Nori squares, moist the edges and fold.
  6. Cover the Nori balls with sushi rice and roll into a tight ball.
  7. Heat up oil in a deep pan or wok to 180C.
  8. Roll sushi balls into the lightly beaten egg then into Panko Breadcrumbs.
  9. Gently drop the sushi balls into hot oil and fry for about 20 seconds or until its golden in colour.

You can find complete recipes of this Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Balls in mykeuken.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

One Pot Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls

These One Pot Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls make for the EASIEST week-night meal. You literally make it all in one pot (or skillet). The perfect meal for when you are in a pinch and don’t have a whole lot of time to make dinner.
Have you noticed I have been a little obsessed with one pot meals? With kid #3 still pretty tiny and kids #1 and #2 feeling like they need extra attention– I am finding I have very little time to spend in the kitchen. At this time in my life I am needing dinners to be EASY and I need cleanup to be even easier.
I need tasty dinners that I can whip up and throw on the table in as little time as possible. So in case you were wondering why you are seeing so many one pot meals from me, there is your answer. Oh, and believe me, there are still many more to come!
Not having to cook rice separately in the rice cooker or anything makes clean up so much easier. You throw the rice in uncooked and let it go. Feel free to use the frozen stir-fry veggie mix or any other vegetables you would like in with the rice. The more veggies, the better! We have also added crushed pineapple before and it is delicious.
The teriyaki sauce that we like to use is the “Mr. Yoshida’s” or Trader Joe’s“Island Soyaki” sauce but you can use whatever you have on hand. I like to add a little extra soy sauce on at the end as well, with a nice spattering of Sriracha sauce (we seriously go through Sriracha at our house like some go through ketchup even my KIDS ask for it)!

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 lb. chicken, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. teriyaki sauce
  • 2 c. uncooked white, long-grain rice
  • 3 1/2 c. water
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4 c. teriyaki sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 c. carrots, chopped
  • 1/3 c. green onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c. peas (optional)
  • 1 c. broccoli, chopped
  • Teriyaki Sauce, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a large, deep skillet, over medium-high heat, cook chicken in 3 Tbsp.
  2. Teriyaki sauce until just white on the outside (doesn’t need to be cooked through).
  3. Add remaining ingredients, except broccoli and extra teriyaki sauce, and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and cover with lid. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. Add broccoli, cover again, and simmer an additional 5 minutes or until rice is cooked through.
  6. Spoon extra teriyaki sauce, to taste, over the rice and serve immediately.

You can find complete recipes of this One Pot Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls in favfamilyrecipes.com