It has been so long since I’ve updated my blog. Life has been incredibly hectic. Am I the only one looking forward to summer? A little less hussle to get out the door before school starts each morning will be nice. I’ll still need to go to my office, but just taking away that stresser will be nice.
It has been HOT in Cali this week! When it’s hot I like to make quick dishes that don’t require a lot of heat. This is just that dish, and the bonus, I used my rice cooker!
2 cup carrots sliced thin (I used the precut carrots in the produce section)
2 cup snow peas (just the name cools me off!)
1/2 cup terijaki sauce (your favorite bottled will do just fine)
3 tsp corn starch
6 tsp vegetable oil divided
12 oz sirloin tip steak thinly sliced against the grain into strips (you could even purchase the already sliced carne asada in the meat department. Also, feel free to sub chicken if prefered.)
4 scallions diced, whites and greens seperate (I omitted b/c the kiddos would have crinkled their cute little noses)
Small pinch red pepper flakes (omitted for the same reason as above)
8 oz sliced mushrooms (purchase presliced in the produce section)
8 oz mixed sweet bell peppers cut into strips (red, yellow, and / or orange)
Either cook rice in rice cooker or according to package directions. While rice is cooking, prep all other ingredients.
Stir cornstarch into teriyaki sauce and set aside. In a wok or heavy bottomed pan, over very high heat, place one teaspoon of oil and let it get smoking hot. Add beef (can divide into two portions for even browning) and brown on both sides (about 1 minute) and remove to a bowl. If browning beef in two batches, add next teaspoon of oil, allow to get smoking hot, brown second half of meat, remove to same bowl. Let pan get smoking hot again, add third teaspoon of oil add carrots and snowpeas. Cook until crisp / tender, 4-5 minutes. Add pepper flakes, mushrooms, and peppers. Stir and cook for 3-5 minutes, until slightly cooked but still a little crunchy. Return cooked beef. Stir, keepin heat on high. Stir teriyaki again and add to pan. Remove from heat and stir a few times. Serve immediatlely over warm rice.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Syrah / Shiraz
Prep time: 15 minutes; Total time: 1 hour
*Derived from Weight Watchers
I am so happy and beyond excited to be able to share my “Guest Blogger” with you today. I’m going to have to do the typing for her because, well, she’s 5 1/2 and this would take all day. My youngest foodie D wanted to take a cooking class that was being offered through her school, and I couldn’t think of any reason to say No. I mean, my little angel girl loves cooking, like her mommy?!?!! She has always been my little foodie, ready and willing to try anything. She absolutely adores food and as soon as she finishes one meal, she is already thinking about the next. On Sunday she was making cookies and I caught her talking lovingly to her dough. Does it get any better? I think it just might! Yesterday was her first day of her cooking class and she came home buzzing with excitement from her class. They got to eat their food in class, but she also brought a plate home to share with the family. We all raised our hands in agreement that her food was “super yummy!” I am pleased to share with you her results.
3 medium heads romaine lettuce; chilled, dry, and crisp
1/3 cup garlic olive oil
2-3 Tbs wine vinegar
1 lemon – halved
2 One Minute coddled eggs
Salt to taste
Dash Worchester sauce
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese (can add more)
1 cup Caesar croutons
Bring a sauce pan of water to boil. Gently add eggs and turn heat to low, set timer for 2 minutes. Remove eggs with slotted spoon or wire mesh strainer. Cool in cold water and set aside.
Into a chilled salad bowl, break romaine leaves into 2 inch widths. Drizzle with garlic olive oil and vinegar. Squeeze juice from lemon over the top. Break coddled eggs over lettuce, toss many times to ensure everything is thoroughly mixed. Season with salt, pepper, and Worchester sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Toss six or seven times until dressing is well combined and every leaf is coated. Add croutons. Serve immediately.
1 lb Italian style spaghetti
1 cup thinly sliced zucchini
1 ½ cup snow peas (can use frozen)
1 cup baby peas (can use frozen)
6 asparagus sliced in 1″ pieces
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 (16 oz) can peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped
3 Tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley (can sub 1/8 cup if using dried)
2 tsp minced garlic
½ cup freshly grated parmesan
¹⁄³ cup butter
1 cup heavy cream (can sub low-fat milk)
¹⁄³ cup fresh, chopped basil
Cook pasta in large pot boiling water.
Briefly cook the green vegetables and mushrooms in water (or steam). When crisp tender, refresh by running under cold water. In large frying pan heated to medium, sauté tomatoes and parsley in olive oil. Add all of the vegetables and simmer until heated through.
Add cooked pasta, cheese, cream, butter, and basil. Toss to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot, with chilled Caesar salad.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Both recipes serve 6