Sunday, February 7, 2010

asian chicken and vegetable stir-fry

Mmmm best tasting stir-fry in my humble opinion!
Servings: 4

Recipe ingredients:
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup bottled teriyaki sauce
3 Tbsp cornstarch
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp minced fresh ginger root
1 cup regular-strength chicken broth
1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes
1/4 cup butter
1 cup 1-inch/2.5-cm julienned carrots
1 cup diagonally-cut snow peas
1 cup bean sprouts
1 medium onion, quartered, thinly sliced
Toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Cut chicken into strips. Combine 2 Tbsp each of the teriyaki sauce and cornstarch with garlic and ginger in a small bowl. Add chicken and stir to coat. In a second small bowl combine remaining teriyaki sauce and cornstarch. Stir in chicken broth and hot pepper flakes; set aside.
Melt 3 Tbsp butter in a large non-stick fry pan over medium-high heat until foamy. Gradually add chicken pieces and stir-fry 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked; remove from pan. Heat remaining 1 tbsp butter in same pan. Add carrots, snow peas, bean sprouts and onion. Stir-fry 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
Stir chicken and reserved teriyaki sauce mixture into pan. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils and thickens. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds, if desired, over cooked noodles or rice.

beef chili

This is the only recipe I use to make chili!

(adapted From Lighthearted Everyday Cooking by Anne Lindsay)

Beef and vegetable Chili
serves 6

1lb lean ground beef
2 medium onions, cut to a small dice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup chopped celery, cut VERY small, (we are being a bit sneaky. I make mine smaller than the beans)
1 cup chopped carrots, again, very small
1 cup chopped sweet pepper, you guessed it ....very small :)
1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, blended smooth ( I use PC Blue Menu, no salt added)
2 14 oz cans of Heinz original beans in tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes (use more or less depending on personal taste)
If you use no salt added tomatoes you will maybe need some salt. again, to taste.
fresh ground pepper if needed to round out flavours.

In large skillet brown beef till nice and brown. Add onions and other vegetables and cook till they are softened.Add the remaining ingredients and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Check seasoning and simmer till desired consistency.

Freezes well as long as you let it thaw well before stirring. The thawing beans tend to break apart if not fully thawed.