Sriracha Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

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My husband and I will soon be entering a transition period in which our “home roles” reverse. I will be launching a career and he will be staying home with our kids more frequently to accommodate my work schedule. This means that I will be letting him take the reigns in the kitchen a little more often. This is a beautiful thing and is one of the reasons why I started this blog. I wanted a place where all of our favorite recipes could live and be accessed from anywhere by anyone. I will admit that I am a little concerned about this transition as my dearest husband has trouble making mac-n-cheese from a box with clearly listed instructions… That said, I took on the hunt for this recipe as a challenge to find a dish similar to the meals my husband makes when he has to cook. There are a few things he can whip up for dinner really well and his go-to dish is ground beef tacos. This recipe is as easy as ground beef tacos, takes about the same amount of time, and the flavor is phenomenal. I am confident that my husband can pull this recipe off. This recipe was adapted from a fabulous recipe blog called Budget Bytes. I highly recommend Budget Bytes to everyone as the dishes look delicious and the author, Beth, breaks everything down financially for people like me who like to eat under budget.

Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1bsp canola oil (or whatever unflavored oil you like to use to brown/cook your meat)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 small head of green cabbage, sliced into strips
  • 1 lb bag of carrots, peeled and sliced with a potato peeler
  • 1 bunch of green onions, rinsed and sliced
  • 5 oz can of water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • extra sriracha to top the dish (optional)
  • Rice noodles to top the dish (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha and brown sugar. Mix until combined and set aside.
  2. Heat canola oil over a medium flame and add the ground beef. Once the beef is mostly cooked add the garlic and ginger and continue to cook until fragrant.
  3. Add in the reserved sauce you made in the first step along with the sliced cabbage and carrots. Toss this mixture together and cook until the cabbage is tender crisp.
  4. Add the green onions and water chestnuts. Cook until the water chestnuts are just heated through. You don’t want to cook it too long or the green onions and water chestnuts will begin to loose their crunch.
  5. Plate the stir fry and add your optional toppings. We used crunchy rice noodles and a drizzling of extra sriracha.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

*Photo is an original belonging to me

 

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Hearty Hot and Sour Soup

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My gosh this soup has so much flavor! With this recipe you’ll expect tons of veggies, tons of spice and such a savory broth. Don’t be surprised to find yourself slurping up every last drop of this stuff. I had started getting tired of the traditional vegetable soups. You know the usual culprits – barley vegetable, summer vegetable, root veggie puree. We desperately needed something different so I turned to my recipe companion, Pintrest. I fall so hard into the Pintrest web but have climbed my way out with some killer recipes, this being one of them. The original recipe does include tofu and mushrooms, but there are just some things I cannot stomach and those are two of them. So if you want to make this soup even more hearty then you will want to visit the original recipe posted at http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com.

Serves: 8     Calories: 200/serving     Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (Add an extra one if you really like it hot)
  • 1lb bag of carrots, peeled and sliced into disks
  • 1 small savoy cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 2.5 quarts vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 6-8 leaves bok choy, thinly sliced
  • 1 (14 oz) can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp sesame oil

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in the onions, ginger, and jalapenos Cook for a few minutes, stirring.
  2. Add in the carrots, and cabbage. Cover and cook for about 3 minutes, or until cabbage starts to wilt. Add in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, salt, pepper, cold water, and cornstarch in a separate bowl. Set aside.
  4. Add the zucchini, and bell peppers to the pot. Simmer until the veggies are tender, about 8 minutes. Add in the soy sauce mixture and stir until the soup thickens, about 8 minutes. Add in the bok choy and tomatoes and bring the soup back to a simmer. Stir in the sesame oil.
  5. Dish and Enjoy!

*Photo and video are originals belonging to me

*Recipe adapted from http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Noodle Soup

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With Football season upon us I think it is appropriate that I post a “game day buffalo chicken something” recipe. This is a great dish for game day because it doesn’t require a lot of fuss and will feed all your footballers. Be warned, that with everything else buffalo chicken, this soup is ADDICTING! It has a great spicy bite with tender shredded chicken and fill-your-belly veggies/egg noodles. This soup is so easy to throw together and such a pleasure to enjoy with family and friends! We love this recipe and cannot wait to make it again!

Serves: 10   Calories: 255 per serving    Prep time: approximately 30 minutes   Cook time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 4 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 12 oz buffalo sauce
  • 6 cups of chicken broth, I used reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Add carrots, celery, garlic, onion, chicken, buffalo sauce, and chicken broth to the crock pot. Cook on low for 3 1/2 hours.
  2. Add the egg noodles, raise the temperature to high, and cook for a half hour.
  3. Remove the chicken breasts, shred them and return them to the crock pot
  4. Turn off the crock pot and stir in the heavy cream.
  5. Serve hot and GO TEAM! 😉

*Photo is an original belonging to me

*Recipe adapted from http://www.wineandglue.com 

Bok Choy Garlic Skillet

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This recipe, while tasty, is made to be a side and not a main entree. Next time I make this as the main course I will add chicken, beef or pork to make it a little heartier. I have no complaints about the flavor and it was very easy to prepare. There is a nice variety of textures with crunchy bell pepper and soft bok choy. It really comes together nicely.

Serves: 4       Calories: 182

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided (I did not use all 4 tbsp because there was always enough oil left in the pan for the next step. You decide)
  • 6 baby bok choy, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 carrot, sliced into thin strips
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced into thin strips (or minced… those things are a pain to slice thinly)
  • 1 cup snow peas, trimmed
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the bok choy and cook, stirring often, for 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp-tender. Transfer to a plate
  3. If there is not enough oil left in your skillet add 1 tbsp and heat. Add the bell pepper, carrot, and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the garlic starts to brown (Do not let it burn)
  4. Add the snow peas and cook for 1 minute longer or until the snow peas begin to turn bright green.
  5. Add the bok choy, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and (if desired) the remaining 1 tbsp of oil and cook until the bok choy is heated through.
  6. Dish and enjoy!

*Original recipe belongs to The Flat Belly Diet Cookbook

**Photo is an original belonging to me.

Korean Beef in Lettuce Leaves

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Many years ago I fell in love with chicken lettuce wraps from P.F Changs so when I saw this recipe I had to try it. The flavor was great and not overdone but I would cut the oil down to about half because the sauce seemed too liquid-y and made these extra messy to eat.

Serves: 4 (3 wraps per serving)      Calories: 379        Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 2 tbsp reduced- sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil (I would cut this in half)
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • 8 scallions, sliced
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 12 lettuce leaves (I have a handy video to share which will help you in making lettuce cups.)

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the marmalade, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the beef, scallions, carrots and pepper for 5-7 minutes or until beef is browned and cooked through. Add the sauce mixture and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until well blended.
  3. If you are clueless how to make perfect lettuce cups like I was until last night. I suggest watching this instructional youtube video as it worked very well for me http://youtu.be/xDBxUNOkLi0
  4. Spoon the beef mixture into lettuce cups and serve!
  5. Enjoy!

*Photo is an original belonging to me

**Recipe is originally printed in the “Flat Belly Diet Cookbook”