Sesame Thai Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Evening guys! So tonight I was planning on making Montery Chicken https://funfoodiefamily.com/2014/06/09/copy-cat-montery-chicken/, but I realized I didn’t have any cheddar cheese. Then I saw this in the pantry and had a new idea for dinner…006
In the time it takes you to cook the rice, your chicken and veggie stir fry will be done! Perfect timing! This would be great with beef, shrimp, or tofu!

Sesame Thai Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredients

2 tablespoons peanut oil (sub whatever oil you have)
3 chicken breasts cut in to bite sized pieces
1/2 container of Thai Ginger chicken stock
1 tablespoon ginger paste (Asian markets), or minced ginger
2 tablespoons Hoisin
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1-2 cups stir fry veggies- I used a combo of broccoli, snow peas, carrots, and shallots, but any veggie you have on hand would be great (mushrooms, peppers, baby corn, etc)
1 cup of rice

Directions

Cook rice to package. I used half water and half of the Thai Ginger Chicken Stock.
Combine all the veggies and chicken in a wok with a couple tablespoons of peanut oil. Add a splash of your stock, hoisin, and sesame oil. Cook on medium high heat until chicken is cooked through.

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One Pan Meal- Baked Chicken Thighs and Potatoes with Herbs and Garlic

I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing Sunday! After yesterday’s race, all I wanted to do today was sleep in and be lazy. I got my wish. We slept until almost 9. The girls came in requesting Waffle House, so we got up and ate some yummy food. I sat outside and read magazines while the girls played. I sat around and watched a bunch of DVR shows that I needed to catch up on…(Bones, The Americans, and The Kitchen). Later I cooked this yummy easy meal.

Baked Chicken Thighs and Potatoes with Herbs and Garlic

Ingredients

6 chicken Thighs (on sale for $3.26 at Kroger!!!)
6 small Idaho potatoes, chopped in to small pieces. Use what you have; red, russet, purple, etc…
6 pieces of garlic, crushed and minced
1 large handful of chopped herbs- basil, sage, rosemary, and thyme (mix with garlic and a bit of olive oil to form a paste)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Chop potatoes in to a small dice. Chop your garlic and herbs. Spray a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Lay potatoes flat in the pan and coat with olive oil. Add half of the garlic and herb paste. Mix well. Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken thighs. Lay on top of the potatoes. Add the rest of the herb and garlic paste to the top of each piece of chicken. Cook for 45 minutes or until potatoes are done and chicken is cooked through.006 012

Chicken and Shrimp with Mustard, Bacon, and White Wine Sauce

How ya’ll doin’ tonight? Not sure how to describe this bad boy. Creamy, smoky, mustardy and succulent. I have been thinking of combining these ingredients for quite sometime. Whole grain mustard, bacon, white wine…awesome combo! I was thawing some chicken thighs today and have been thinking of this dish all day. So here is how I put it together…

Chicken and Shrimp with Mustard, Bacon, and White Wine Sauce

Ingredients

6-8 pieces of bacon
1 onion chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
6-8 red potatoes (yellow or fingerling can substitute) Chopped in even small pieces. Depending on the size of your potato, I would say in quarters or 6ths.
1 heaping tablespoon stone ground mustard
3-4 Chicken thighs
1/2 pound- 1 pound of raw shrimp (anywhere from 10-20 shrimp depending on size.
a few tablespoons of white wine (can substitute with chicken or seafood stock)
2 tablespoons heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large cast skillet or pan (cast iron or dutch oven)…
Cook your bacon. Take out and place on a paper towel to cool.
Brown chicken in your bacon grease. Take out chicken.
Add in your onions and potatoes. Cook and stir occasionally for 10-15 minutes. Add in your mustard. Stir for 5 minutes. Add in your wine/stock and reduce for 5 minutes.
Chop your cooled chicken. Add back in your chicken. Cook for 10 minutes.
Chop your cooled bacon. Add in your raw shrimp, chopped bacon, and heavy cream. Cook and stir just occasionally under 10 minutes- when until your shrimp curls and turns pink.
Done =)

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Deconstructed Chicken, Steak, and Veggie Kabobs with Couscous

So what is a kabob, really? I have a little history lesson tonight to go along with your dinner courtesy of Wikipedia… look it up for the whole story…Kebab is a Middle Eastern dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer or spit originating in the Middle East, and later adopted in Central Asia and by the regions of the former Mongol Empire and later Ottoman Empire, before spreading worldwide. In American English, kebab with no qualification refers to shish kebab cooked on a skewer, whereas in Europe it refers to doner kebab, sliced meat served in a pita. In the Middle East, however, kebab refers to meat that is cooked over or next to flames; large or small cuts of meat, or even ground meat; it may be served on plates, in sandwiches, or in bowls. The traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and religious prohibitions, other meats may include beef, goat, chicken, pork or fish. Like other ethnic foods brought by travellers, the kebab has remained a part of everyday cuisine in most of the Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia. It is also popular among Western youth as a snack after a night-out.

Long story short; Meat on a stick, people. Unless you are preparing your own homemade skewers, not a good idea to grill ones from the store or add combinations of meats and veggies. Skewers require a good soak in water to prevent burning- at least 20 minutes- not sure I trust 22 year old Shane to properly soak my skewers for the proper amount of time. Plus, different meats and veggies take different times to cook, so you really have to be careful.

But these skewers were on sale and they looked so pretty. 2 chicken and 2 steak skewers. I took the chicken off the skewers first and cooked them in a hot skillet with a little bit of oil to cover the pan. After the first side was browned, about 10 minutes, I added the steak and veggies. I cooked the other side of the chicken for another 8 minutes. I cooked the steak on 6 minutes per side. I took the meat out and let the veggies cook for another 5 minutes while I cooked the couscous (boxed-follow directions) and steam fresh veggie (cauliflower and broccoli). I got a large bowl and plated the couscous, veggies, then meat on top. Make sure you add in all that delicious juice. This meal came together in under 30 minutes! Take that, Rachel Ray! =) 005

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Stove Top Lasagna and Bruschetta

Last weekend, I was watching The Kitchen, a show that comes on the Food Network. It is kinda like The Chew, but only comes on Saturdays. Sunny Anderson is one of the TV chef personalities, and she was making this stove top lasagna. It looked so easy and delicious, I thought I would make it the next time lasagna was on the menu. I made this kind of from what I remember, so it is not exactly the same as hers. Here is the link to her original recipe. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sunny-anderson/sunnys-pan-sagna-one-pan-plan-lasagna.html
Here is how I made it…

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 chopped onion
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning and fresh herbs- next time I will add more
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound ground beef
One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 container of mushrooms
1 to 2 cups beef stock
8 par-cooked lasagna sheets, broken into shards- I also added the end of a box of penne.
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions
You need a large pan with a lid that is also oven safe. I used a circular dutch oven. Add the olive oil on medium-high heat. When the oil begins to swirl around in the pan a bit, add onions, mushrooms, Italian seasoning, a little salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the onions become translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and garlic. Stir for a couple of minutes.

Add the beef to the pan. Cook while breaking up with a wooden spoon until cooked through and browned, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir. Add the stock to cover the contents by almost an inch. Bring the pan to a boil then add the broken lasagna sheets. Make sure you cover the pasta with the liquid. Cover the pot, lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the lasagna noodles are al dente, about 8-10 minutes. I uncovered it and stirred it around every few minutes to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
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Once it is done, stir in the Parmesan cheese. The spread the mozzarella all over the top. Turn the oven on low broil. Put the pot in the oven and keep the door a jar a bit. Keep an eye on it and take it out when the cheese is melty and brown. YUM!

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Of course I didn’t forget about the Bruchetta! Make this before you put your lasagna in the oven for a nice appetizer to munch on while you sip some wine and wait for dinner to be ready. Lots of different ways to make this- what kind of bread are you going to use; are you going to toast it first or toast the ingredients on it; what kind of toppings are you going to add etc.

I made mine pretty in a pretty basic way- Cut open some bread, minced some garlic and put it on the bread first, then add slices of a tomato, mozzarella, and top with some thinly sliced basil leaves. Put in the oven on low broil until cheese is melted. Perfect with a glass of Malbec!010

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