Ingredient Spotlight: Soy Sauce 2012

We love Asian foods, so soy sauce is a favorite around here.

But you don’t have to use it only in Asian cuisine.  Try a splash in chicken casseroles and gravy.  It adds a depth of flavor that can really perk up a dish.

Here are some of my recipes that use soy sauce:   [Read more…]

Tropical Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa and Coconut Rice – Easy & Special!

This is one of those dinners that tastes special, like you’ve gone to extra trouble.

Good news!  This dish is quick to fix.  I had it finished in about 30 minutes and that included time to line up ingredients, take photos and jot down my recipe.  Not bad.

I did start with another recipe as inspiration.  I wasn’t sure what should go into the Pineapple Salsa, so I searched Tasty Kitchen and came up with a recipe for Tropical Chicken and Coconut Rice Bowl.  It’s from Katie at The College Culinarian.

I wanted fish instead of chicken, so I turned the marinade into a sauce for the tilapia.  And I tweaked her salsa recipe a bit too.  The result was delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Freezer Cooking Recipe

The filling for these lettuce wraps is perfect for making ahead and freezing.  I see this becoming one of my vacation food recipes.

The chicken is seasoned with garlic, soy sauce and some vinegar.  Water chestnuts and green onions add to the flavors.  I based the recipe on Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza, another winning freezer recipe.

The chicken filling would also be great served over rice, but we liked the crunch of the lettuce.

Any recipe that calls for cutting raw chicken will require a sharp knife.  My favorite knife comes from Rada Cutlery.  It’s called Cook’s Knife and it costs just $9.20.  Frugal and sharp – I love it!

Here’s what you’ll need for the Chicken Lettuce Wraps: [Read more…]

Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

My ears perked up when I heard someone mention a fried rice dish that involved ham and pineapple.  Any recipe that involves cubed ham gets my attention right now, since I have so much in the freezer.

My family likes the ham/pineapple combo in recipes, but I admit that this sounded a little strange.  But I was wrong.  The fried rice was full of flavor and we licked the platter clean.  No leftovers to fight over.

I based the recipe on Vietnam Fried Rice, but I used pineapple juice in addition to the soy sauce to season and flavor the dish.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Chicken, Broccoli and Red Pepper Stir Fry (and 2 Tips to Fixing Any Stir Fry Fast)

Stir fry is one of the simplest things to make.  Providing you have a good knife to do the chopping.  That’s the first tip for making it fast.  You can’t be quick with a dull knife.  (The Rada Cutlery giveaway is still open, in case you’re in need of a sharp knife.)

Colorful veggies and lean chicken make this a healthy dinner.  It’s one of my kids’ favorites.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Soy Sauce

This post is part of a new series where you get to link up your recipes!  Each week I’ll focus on a different common pantry ingredient.  I’ll link to a few of my recipes that feature the ingredient and then give you a chance to link up to your blog.

I’ve got to admit, when I looked back at the Ingredient Spotlight Schedule and saw that this week we would focus on soy sauce, I wondered why I chose to highlight it. But looking through the recipes I have that use soy sauce, I was surprised by the variety.

Yes, there are lots of Asian inspired recipes. But soy sauce also lends interesting flavor to other dishes. Here are a few recipes that include soy sauce: [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy over Rice

Chicken and Rice slow cooker done

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Some foods just aren’t photogenic.  Please forgive me for this photo.

Thankfully, it tastes great.  Kid-pleasing comfort food.  And it’s a slow cooker meal, which is perfect for busy school days.  I adapted it from Mandarin Chicken and Rice Bake from the More with Less Cookbook.  I wanted something similar that could be fixed in the slow cooker.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs

sweet and sour chicken kabobs done

My oldest daughter loves sweet and sour chicken.  She suggested I do a kabob version, which turned out to be a great idea!

I marinated the chicken and then skewered it with green peppers, onions and pineapple.  A sweet and sour dipping sauce made it extra delicious and fun.

It does take a few minutes to get everything threaded on the skewers, but it’s worth the effort.  Also, be sure to soak the skewers if you are using bamboo so that you don’t turn them into mini torches.

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Asian Salmon on the Grill

asian salmon done

Dinner time was creeping up on me and I had no plan.  Only four of us would be home on that night.  Usually, when Jim is gone we have pancakes but that didn’t sound good.  I wanted something fast and easy, but different.  Inspiration came from one bag of salmon fillets in the freezer, which isn’t enough for 6 of us, but perfect for 4.  When I spied the bottle of sesame seed oil in the pantry, I knew I was on to something good.

I decided to grill the salmon in foil packets with a simple, flavorful sauce made with soy sauce and sesame seed oil.

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs over Rice

A recipe I cut out of a magazine a long time ago, inspired me to create this.  The magazine version used barbecue sauce, but I thought it would taste better with a homemade sweet and sour sauce instead.  The dish is still very easy to make and the kids loved it.  I intended to use a green pepper, but I didn’t have any.  I substituted carrots.  They were very good and it’s one of the veggies my kids like to eat.  [Read more…]

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