yields 4 servings        prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 20 minutes       total time: 35 minutesteriyaki_grilled_chicken_veggie_rice_bowls3

ingredients
teriyaki sauce
1/2 c low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 c water
3 T packed light-brown sugar
3 T honey
3 cloves garlic, minced (1 T)
1 T minced ginger
1 T rice vinegar
1.5 T cornstarch

chicken, veggies, and rice
3.5 T olive oil
1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
ground black pepper
1 medium zucchini, diced into half moons (1.5 c)
1.5 c matchstick carrots
2.5 c diced broccoli florets
2 c rice
sesame seeds, optional

directions

  1. in a small saucepan, whisk together soy sauce, 1/4 c + 2 T of water, brown sugar, honey, garlic, ginger, and rice vinegar. bring mixture to a light boil over medium-high heat. whisk together cornstarch with remaining 2 T water, then add to sauce mixture in saucepan. reduce heat slightly and allow to boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. remove from heat, set aside.
  2. brush both sides of chicken with 1.5 T olive oil and season with pepper. preheat a grill over medium-high heat (about 425-450 degrees). brush grill grates lightly with oil then grill chicken until center registers 160-165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 4 minutes per side. remove and let rest 5 minutes then dice into cubes.
  3. heat remaining 2 T olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. add zucchini, broccoli, and carrots and saute 4-5 minutes until crisp tender.
  4. layer rice into 4 bowls, then top each with 1/4 of the chicken and 1/4 of the veggies. drizzle desired amount of teriyaki sauce over tops. sprinkle with sesame seeds. serve warm.

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pearl balls

January 17, 2017

yields: about 24 balls       prep time: 25 minutes      cook time: 20-30 minutes      total time: 45 minutes-1 hourpearl

ingredients
1 lb. ground pork
2 T chopped dried shrimp (soak in water for about 20-30 minutes to soften)
1 egg
1 T chopped scallion
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 T soy sauce
1 T cornstarch
2.5 c glutinous rice
1 tsp wine
pepper

directions

  1. put pork, chopped dry shrimp, chopped scallion, chopped ginger, soy sauce, cornstarch and egg into bowl. mix well until the pork is very sticky.
  2. wash the glutinous rice and soak in cold water for about 30 minutes. drain.
  3. grease tray and put glutinous rice on top.
  4. with the pork mixture, make balls about 1.5 inches in diameter.
  5. roll the balls in the glutinous rice so that it’s covered evenly with rice.
  6. place each meat ball on top of the rice on the tray.
  7. steam for 20-30 minutes over high heat. remove and serve hot.

source – pg. 183

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sweet cornbread

October 21, 2016

prep time: 30 minutes       bake time: 45 minutes       total time: 1 hour, 15 minutesgrandmas-sweet-buttermilk-cornbread-4

ingredients
1 c cornmeal
3 c flour
1 1/3 c sugar
1 T baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 c oil
6 T melted butter (could just be softened)
2 T honey
4 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 c milk

directions

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. in a bowl (second largest bowl [my own notes]), combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. add the oil, butter, honey, eggs, and milk.
  4. pour into a greased 9×13 pan (if using 8×8 square pan, halve recipe).
  5. bake for 45 minutes and check to see if baked through using a toothpick.

source – recipe from gail chang (and she received the recipe from her friend)

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italian sausage penne

October 21, 2016

prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 20 minutes      total time: 35 minutes2980020

ingredients
1 package (19 oz.) johnsonville italian sausage (any time of sausage will do – i used kielbasa), cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 package penne pasta, cooked and drained
1 T olive oil
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar  (24 oz.) marinara sauce

directions

  1. cook sausage according to package instructions (probably about 5 minutes); drain and set aside.
  2. in a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and saute peppers, onion and garlic until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. add sliced sausage and marinara sauce; saute until warmed through.
  4. add pasta to marinara/sausage/veggie mixture and serve.

source – a johnsonville sausage ad in parents magazine 2016

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8 servings       time: 1-2 hoursblueberry-crumble-pie-7

ingredients

for the crust:

  • 1.25 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 c finely chopped pecans
  • 8 T chilled butter
  • 2-3 T ice water

for the filling:

  • 4 peaches (pitted and sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices)
  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • lemon zest

for the crumb topping:

  • 2/3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 c coarsely chopped pecans
  • 6 T chilled butter
  • whipped cream (optional)

directions

  1. for the crust: preheat oven to 375 degrees. mix together flour, salt and pecans in a bowl. cut in butter until it looks like large pebbles. mix in water and form into a ball. chill for 1/2 hours. roll out dough to approximately 1/4-inch and line 9″ pie pan. put in refrigerator while making filling and topping.
  2. for the filling: combine peaches, blueberries, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  3. for the crumb topping: mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon and pecans. cut in butter until the mixture looks like large pebbles.
  4. remove crust from refrigerator and add peach filling. sprinkle crumb topping on top of peaches. bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 45-50 minutes. remove from oven and cool on a rack. serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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