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Random goodness

Here are some random meals we’ve had (somewhat) recently that I really liked and don’t want to forget….

Leftover pot roast on egg noodles: Pretty self-explanatory, no? When my mom visited, she bought me my beloved crock pot and made an introductory pot roast for me. I popped about 1/2 of it in the freezer and resuscitated it 2 months later for a delicious dinner.

A scrumptious salad: Arugula with chopped cherries, Marcona almonds, grated Parrano cheese and balsamic vinaigrette

Pollo Rico! This is one of my favorite local spots. 1/2 a delicious roasted chicken, Mexican rice, GREAT beans, 1/2 a roasted onion, corn tortillas, fire-roasted tomato salsa and creamy jalapeno salsa…all for about $7. Seriously?

Veggie curry: This is now my go-to pantry/freezer/leftover dish. Yum. Basically onions, garlic, ginger and chickpeas + any veggies I have around, all simmered in a sauce of diced tomatoes, curry, coriander and turmeric. Served with a raita made of shredded cucs, garlic, yogurt and a pinch of salt. Super easy. Super healthy. Super supper

Cobb salad: Your basic composed salad. Romaine + bacon + hard boiled egg + tomatoes + feta + avocado + light, lemony vinaigrette

Sichuan Green Beans

Among other things, my mom instilled in me a deep love of Sichuan green beans. That sweet, spicy, sticky glaze sends me over the moon. I am sorry to be the one to tell you this (if you didn’t already know), but  most restaurant versions are deep fried. That doesn’t entirely cross it off my list, but I do sort of stop counting it as a “veggie” if it’s primary method of cooking is submersion in hot oil. Call me crazy.

Anywho, I found this recipe on Cooks for stir-fried Sichuan green beans and figured I’d give it a go. I edited it a bit, mostly to eliminate some ground pork. Not that pork wouldn’t be good, but I want a veggie dish. Plus, cutting out the pork, but keeping the sauce the same means that the beans are extra saucy and I like that. Boom

Here they are with an Asian cucumber salad and some of those frozen shrimp potstickers I chefed up awhile back:

  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 T dry sherry (or vermouth, in a pinch)
  • 1 t sugar
  • ½ t cornstarch
  • ¼ t white pepper
  • ¼ t red pepper
  • ¼ t dry mustard
  • 2 T water
  • 2 T veggie oil
  • 1 lb green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 scallions, white and green thinly sliced
  • 1 t toasted sesame oil
  1. Stir together soy sauce, sherry, sugar, cornstarch, white pepper, pepper flakes, mustard, and water until sugar dissolves; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat until very hot (just smoking). Add beans and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender and skins are shriveled and blackened in spots, 5 to 8 minutes. If beans darken too quickly, reduce heat to medium-high.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-high and add garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant (~20 seconds). Stir sauce to recombine and add to pan. Toss and cook until sauce is thickened, 5 to 10 seconds.
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in scallions and sesame oil. Serve immediately and ENJOY!

Ginger & Apple sesame bagels

I don’t even think this counts as a “recipe,” but it’s just too fantastically delicious to ignore.

  1. Bring a block of cream cheese to room temperature, or until it’s soft enough to really work
  2. Cut up candied ginger into small chunks, until you have about 4 Tablespoons. You can always add more, but you can’t take any out, so feel free to start small
  3. Fold ginger into cream cheese and add 1-2 Tablespoons of honey
  4. Peel and slice a green apple VERY thinly
  5. Serve with halved sesame bagels

Veggie fried rice…for breakfast

I was so pleased with the ginger and leek fried rice I made earlier this year, that I thought I’d try a variation for breakfast. I’m always trying to find ways to bring veggies into breakfast, but I get sick of omelets. I had some leftover white rice and tons of different veggies, so I thought I’d give it a shot. This is a very loose recipe, so just play with it.

1/2 Cup red bell pepper, diced

1/2 Cup carrots, diced

1 Cup spinach, cut into strips or chopped

1 small onion, diced

2 toes garlic, pressed through

1 inch ginger, grated

1 T soy

1 T hoisin sauce

2 t chili sauce

1 t sesame oil

4 eggs

2 Cups leftover white rice

1 T roasted peanut oil (or whatever…that stuff just tastes GOOD)

  1. Heat 1/2 T peanut oil in large non-stick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add onions, carrots and peppers, and saute until fork tender (soft, but not 100% done).
  2. Make a small well in the center of the pan and add the garlic and ginger. Cook until fragrant (~30 seconds) and then stir into veggie mixture. Add the spinach and stir to combine. Allow the spinach to wilt a bit (1-2 min) and then set aside mixture in a small bowl. No need to wipe out the skillet.
  3. Add remaining peanut oil to empty pan and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add rice and distribute in an even layer. Cook without turning for ~1-2 minutes. This will allow some of the rice to crisp up a bit. YUM. Pour in the soy, hoisin, chili and sauces, as well as the sesame oil. Stir to distribute and allow to heat through (1-2 min more).
  4. Add the veggie mixture and stir to combine. Adjust seasoning (salt, pepper, maybe a bit more soy or some rice wine vinegar for tartness). Serve into 4 bowls.
  5. With the heat still on medium high, crack 4 eggs into the skillet. If your pan isn’t big enough, you may need to work in batches of two. Once the outside is set, cover with a lid to allow the yolk to set some without flipping. Cook eggs sunny side up. When cooked, place an egg on the rice, dot with Schriracha sauce (if you like delicious hotness) and serve.

Ginger Fried Rice

I don’t know what it is about this dish that drove me bananas. I LOVED it, but don’t think my hubby felt the same. I just loved the strong leek flavor, the gooy yolk, the little crunchy bits of rice, ginger and garlic. Heaven.

This recipe is an adaptation of an adaptation of a Jean-Georges Vongerichten recipe. Kudos to all that came before me and kudos to you for trying it!

Serves 4

1/4   Cup peanut oil
2         Tablespoons minced garlic
2         Tablespoons minced ginger
2         Cups thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed and dried
4         Cups day-old cooked rice. Jasmine is best, but great with brown.
4         Large eggs
2         Teaspoons sesame oil
4         Teaspoons soy sauce

  1. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and salt lightly.
  2. Reduce heat under skillet to medium-low and leeks and a pinch of salt. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned.
  3. Raise heat to medium and add rice. Cook, stirring well, until heated through.  If you like crispy bits, cook at medium-high and stir less frequently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Be generous with the pepper
  4. In a nonstick skillet (it just makes it easier) fry eggs in remaining oil, sunny-side-up, until edges are set but yolk is still runny.
  5. Divide rice among four dishes. I scooped mine into a small bowl and inverted it onto a plate (made a little dome), but it would also be good in a bowl.
  6. Top each with an egg and drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Sprinkle crisped garlic and ginger and serve.

Molasses Ginger cookies

Adapted from my sister’s insanely delicious recipe

Ginger Snaps

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 Tb. ground ginger
1/4 ground clove
1/2  tsp. table salt
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
5 Tb. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 ounces candied ginger pureed in food processor

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together flour with baking soda, spices and salt. Cream brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add egg, molasses and ginger and continue to beat. [For some ridiculous reason, I don’t have a KitchenAid, so my mixture never gets “fluffy” until after I add the egg. Don’t worry if that’s the case for you too]. Add dry ingredients to wet until combined. Place dough in fridge for 15-30 minutes until chilled
  3. Line cookie sheet with parchment. You can only fit 6-8 cookies per sheet, so you may want to use 2 sheets and work in batches.
  4. Pinch dough and roll into balls about size of marble. It helps to have a bowl of cold water to dip your hand in if it gets sticky. Roll “marble” in sugar that has a bit of Chinese 5 spice powder and a small bit of cinnamon added to it
  5. Bake for 6 minutes for chewy centers.  They will be a little puffy and then flatten while cooling. If you like them crunchier, try cooking for an extra 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.