Asian · Quick Dinner · Sides

Super Speedy Stirfry

You have frozen vegetables.  The boring microwave kind that taste more like water filled sponges than anything.  So this is what you do.  With a few ingredients that are either sitting on your pantry shelf or a few bucks at the store, you can get this lovely healthy asian style veggie stirfry.  This is how it goes….

Ingredients

Your choice of frozen veggies-I had carrots, peas, broccoli, waterchestnuts and sugar snap peas.

1/4 cup orange marmalade

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 Tbsp red pepper flakes

1tsp of ground ginger

Adjust salt and pepper at the very end

Garnish with chopped scallions and sesame seeds

Method:

Microwave all the vegetables and warm them through.  Set them aside in a pot.

In the mean time mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and microwave it for 5mins till the jam becomes runny.

Stir in the sauce into the vegetables and simmer for a few minutes till all the vegetables and sauce has combined properly.

Garnish and serve warm with rice or noodles or just as is.

Asian · Dinner

Soy-Ginger Glazed Salmon

Salmon.  You either love it or hate it.  I am lover and will have it any form–smoked, grilled, baked, in sushi and in a salad.  This is a nice recipe with an Asian flare.  It is quick and you will have dinner ready in an hour.  I like to pair it with roasted broccoli, lentils ( both of these recipes will be up shortly), sweet potatoes or soba noodles.  Make it this week and liven up your summer dinner–heart healthy and yummy !

Ingredients:

1 lb of salmon filets (about 5 pieces)

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tsp of crushed ginger

2 tbsp of honey

1 tsp of sesame seeds

1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes

Method:

In a mixing bowl or a measuring cup, mix all the ingredients and microwave it for 5 minutes.  Stop after every minute and stir.  This allows all the ingredients to mix and marry together and the heat thickens the honey, making it a nice glaze.

Pour the marinade over the salmon and let it sit for about 15mins.

While the fish soaks up all the wonderful flavors, preheat the oven to 350

Bake the fish for about 20 mins (till cooked through) and then broil it on high for the last 5mins to get a nice crust.

Garnish with some extra seasame seeds and scallions ( I did not have any–but I think it would add color and a nice freshness to the rich fish)

Serve hot with your choice of sides !

 

Asian · Quick Dinner

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli.

Chinese take out is one of the most convenient meals–it is fast, yummy and comforting and also extremely unhealthy.  Just because the food comes with lots of veggies and a good amount of protein, does not mean its good for you.  The sauces are oily and high in sugar content.  So I came up with recipe.  It is fast and super tasty.  I will make this meal at least twice a month (if not more), it reheats really well so you can make a large batch and portion it out and freeze it.  The basic recipe can be modified and you can include pork, beef, shrimp or even scallops.  As for vegetables, you can use mushrooms, babycorn, peppers, chestnuts and the list goes on.

Ingredients:

Note: The good things about this recipe is that as long you have all the components it always turns out great.  So depending on the amount chicken you have and how you like your sauce you can adjust the quantity of the ingredients

1 lb of chicken tenders ( cut into pieces)

1 16oz bag of broccoli

2 Tbsp of cornstarch or flour

4 Tbsp of soy sauce

3 Tbsp of Honey

2 Tbsp of ginger paste

2 Tbsp of minced garlic

red pepper flakes ( as hot as you like it)

salt and pepper (to taste–keep in mind that soy sauce is salty)

1 Tbsp of sesame seeds

Method:

Toss the chicken pieces in cornstarch with  a little bit salt and pepper and fry till brown in a little bit of olive oil.

Set the chicken aside and in the same pot, add ginger, garlic soy sauce and honey and stir to combine.  Be quick because the sugars in the honey could burn.

Add the broccoli a little bit of water and allow for the sauce to coat the broccoli.

Add back the chicken.  At this point you may need to add a few more dashes of soy sauce, water and honey to allow for some more sauce to stick to the chicken as well

Taste for salt and pepper

Add red pepper flakes sesame seeds, toss and serve hot with rice !

move over take out !