Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts and Chickpeas

This is a rare recipe–  quick, vegan, gluten free*, low calorie, budget friendly, made from mostly pantry staples and very importantly, it is delicious!  Tweaked from a recipe found on the Ambitious Kitchen website, it offers protein in the form of chickpeas and peanut butter plus lots of gingery, garlicky Kung Pao flavor.  Serve it over rice, quinoa or pasta.  Make extra to reheat for a tasty lunch!   Read More

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Lemon Chicken with Mushrooms

Simple ingredients combine for big flavor in this simple chicken dish.  Marinate chicken breasts overnight in lemon, garlic, mustard and pepper and the next day, simply grill it or pan fry it, whichever catches your fancy!  Mushrooms, white wine and more lemon make a tasty sauce. Add a green vegetable,  crusty bread and more wine and dinner is served…
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Baked Orange Chicken

This baked orange chicken recipe has lost the fat and calories of the typical deep fried version, but it remains bursting with orange, garlic, honey and ginger and the panko breading helps keep it nice and moist. Even better, you don’t need to stand over a hot pan of oil! Read More


Raspberry Lemonade Bars

On the lengthy list of special days in the month of May is this:  May 6 is Lemonade Day!  It’s true– the first Sunday in May is designated as a day for the appreciation and consumption of lemonade, specifically from a child staffed booth.  This tasty day was actually created as a way to encourage young entrepreneurs by helping them set up neighborhood lemonade stands**.  So, along with your refreshing glass of lemonade, why not consider a cookie bar with delicious complementary flavors.  These bars taste like summer… fresh raspberries are layered on a tart lemon filling and shortbread crust, and topped with a sweet crumbled topping.   Read More


Chicken and vegetable stir fry

This recipe can’t begin to claim Chinese authenticity,  as it is a mish-mash of several tasty dishes.  It also lends itself to great improvisation and refrigerator clearing which definitely earns it a place on the quick-and-easy weeknight dinner honor roll.  (don’t let the long ingredient list deter you,  a lot of them are repeats or pantry staples)  The ginger-garlic-sesame sauce is child friendly and it all reheats and freezes well.  Serve over rice or noodles.

 

 

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Asian meatballs with pineapple and pea pods

Here is an appetizer recipe that will please just about everyone on your guest list.  Bursting with ginger, garlic, soy and cilantro, they are baked and then covered in a sweet and spicy sauce. They hold up well in a chafing dish and  are terrific when skewered with pineapple chunks and pea pods. If there happen to be any leftovers, they are delicious in a wrap for lunch the next day or over rice for dinner! Read More