Monday, February 21, 2011

Grocery Bag

We're back at it this week.  I will need to be resourceful, as we are snowed in around here!  Here are my ideas for dinner success in our kitchen.  

Day One
Bourbon Chicken with basmati rice
This is a family favorite, way better than takeout.

Bourbon Chicken by Queen B
Serves 2-3

1 lb boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1-2 Tbs olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbs ginger, minced
1/3 cup carrots, finely chopped
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fruit juice (pineapple, apple, or orange)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 Tbs ketchup
1 Tbs cider vinegar
1 Tbs finely chopped orange peel (about 1/4 orange peel)
2-3 cups frozen broccoli floretes
1 Tbs corn starch

Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok.  Add the chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned.  
Remove chicken from pan.  Add garlic, ginger and carrot.  Saute for 2 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients (except broccoli and corn starch).
 Heat sauce over medium until well mixed and dissolved.
Add chicken back to pan and bring to a rapid boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for ~20 minutes.
Add 2 Tbs water to cornstarch, mix to form a slurry.  
Add cornstarch slurry and broccoli to pan, cover and simmer 3-5 minutes until heated through and sauce is thickened.

Serve over rice.

Day Two
Creamy Tomato Soup by Martha Stewart with
Canadian bacon & mozzarella sandwich squares
Yum.  Perfect for the cold, snowy days we are having this week.
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Day Three
Meatballs with egg noodles
and roasted carrots from Everyday Food Magazine
Toss the egg noodles with the meatballs, pan juices and some parmesan.
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Day Four
Steak fajitas from Real Simple with homemade tortillas
and mango salsa from Cooking Light Magazine
We are finishing up our grass-fed cow this week.  My friend's homemade tortillas are our favorite and a must-try!  Mangos look great right now and are a welcome visitor to our weekly fruit rotation.
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Day Five
Nicoise Salad from Simply Recipes
I love nicoise salads, and this is a great recipe.  But, this will be a new attempt for me with my kids.
I will be sure to segregate the salad elements for them, as they do like the individual ingredients (potatoes, eggs, green beans, tuna, etc) and are more likely to eat everything if it is separated and recognizable. Wish me luck!

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Blessings on your kitchen!

1 comment:

SnoWhite said...

Great meals this week! The grilled cheese looks perfect for the snow.

I'll have to try the Bourbon Chicken!!