1 pound of lean pork, cut into strips (I used stew pork, already cut to the right size) 3 tablespoons dijon mustard (I used Grey Poupon Country Dijon) 4 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons wok oil 1 teaspoon garlic powder (fresh minced would be better) 3 ounces shredded carrots 4 ounces sliced mushrooms 4 ounces broccoli florets 6 ounces snow peas
Mix the honey and mustard pour the mixture over the pork,mix it up a little and set aside to marinate for an hour or so Stir fry the vegetables in the wok oil with the garlic powder Stir fry the pork in the olive oil. Serve the pork over rice/pasta (I used jasmine rice) with the vegetables on the side.
Next time I will likely use a stronger mustard and perhaps marinate longer. Also may add some sort of sauce to the vegetables, perhaps a little teriyaki or sweet and sour sauce.
Mix shrimp with soy sauce and corn starch, set aside to marinate stir fry the vegetables in the wok oil. When finished, remove from pan and set aside. Stir fry the shrimp in the olive oil to slightly brown them. Add the orange sauce and stir until thoroughly mixed. Return the vegetables to the pan and continue mixing When finished serve over rice or pasta.
Wow. Something of a trend here of late. I don’t mean to turn this into a food Tumblr, but my recent excursions need to be documented as this is unprecedented ground for me.
This particular grouping was thrown together because I had some leftover penne from my last cooking and I was passing the grocery store on my way home.
Anyway, here goes:
1. package of pre-cut chicken breast (used about half, or .75 lbs) Any chicken should do, cut into strips or pieces (I should have cut mine smaller).
2. 1 box frozen Green Giant chopped spinach
3. Fresh cut mushrooms.
4. 3 cloves of garlic, minced (I put them through a garlic press)
5. penne pasta, whatever amount you like, this was a little less than a half box.
6. canola oil.
1. Boil the pasta to taste (mine was already done)
2. put a little oil and the garlic in a deep fry pan or wok, add chicken and cook over medium heat.
2. While the chicken cooks prepare the spinach according to the box.
3. While the spinach goes and the chicken is nearly done add the cleaned mushrooms to the pan.
4. Add the spinach when it is done and stir.
5. Add the pasta, stir until nicely mixed.
6. Simmer to uniform heat.
This served two with a bunch of the pasta/spinach left for a lunch portion.
It was pretty good. I am not terribly varied in my veggies, I don’t like onions or peppers, so I am sure someone could kick this up for their taste. As this stands I like it and would do it again, it was pretty quick and easy.
I made this to go along with the mustard chicken (see prior post) Title is a link to the source recipe. 1 lb fresh green beans, cut into pieces
1 box frozen snap peas (couldn’t find fresh)
1 tablespoon butter (I used smart balance)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce (I had a jar of LaCHoy brand)
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon sesame seed
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 In a medium saucepan cook beans in small amount of boiling water for 7-10 minutes (covered with lid). (I did not time this, but time seems to be bout what mine was)
2. prepare th snap peas (mine were steamed in the microwave)
2 Drain and set veggies aside.
3 Melt butter in pan and stir in cornstarch, adding the teriyaki sauce, garlic, and water.
4 Return veggies to pan and toss gently.
5 Heat through and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Nice and simple, taste was mild and quite good. Had plenty of leftovers to pair with the remaining chicken to use at work.
Today’s main course was mustard chicken. It came out fantastic, it has a nice mild flavor. May try it again with a grainier dijon or spicy mustard, but this is not to shabby. Like the sesame chicken I modified the recipe, here goes:
A couple of weeks back I learned I was diabetic, but it is reversible. I need to eat better and lose weight. To that end I have cooked for myself the past two sundays and use the leftovers for work lunches. I have modified the recipes slightly so I though it would be a good idea to document them.
The first thing I made is Sesame Chicken, the title is a link to the Food.com source of the original recipe, below is with my modifications.
1.5 lbs chicken breast tenders, pat dry with paper towels
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 back of frozen chopped broccoli
1 box frozen snap peas
1 jar sliced mushrooms
2 splashes of sesame oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 Cut chicken breast into 1 inch strips or bite size pieces.
2 Heat a large non-stick skillet that has been sprayed with Pam, over medium-high heat.
3 Cook chicken for about 6 minutes or until no longer pink with half the clove of minced garlic
4 Mix together honey, soy sauce, water, corn starch, ginger, the other half of minced garlic, and a few drops of sesame oil
5 Whisk until no corn starch lumps appear.
6 Pour sauce mixture into skillet with chicken.
7. add broccoli, snap peas, and mushrooms.
8 Cook until sauce thickens slightly.
9 Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
10 Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken starts to soak up the sauce.
The outcome was pretty good although I misjudged the additional liquid from the vegetables and the sauce did not thicken all that much.
Next time I will use more garlic and substitute OJ for the water and simmer it longer.
I served it alongside SOba buckwheat noodles.
THe leftovers were used for lunches at work and I added some white rice, as the noodles were gone with dinner.
The leftovers also tasted a bit better having sat in the sauce where it thickened up some more.
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I did take a class and I suspect this may have been an exercise for that.
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