February15

Beef and Broccoli with Cashews

Beef and Broccoli with Cashews

Delightful and healthy meal we all enjoyed. You can substitute peanuts for the cashews, and its lots of fun picking up the nuts with chop-sticks.

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 2 Tbs rice wine
  • 3 Tbs light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp cornstarch (potato starch as substitute)
  • 2 tsp hot chili seame oil
  • 1 tsp honey (granulated sugar as substitute)
  • 1/4 tsp white vinegar

Beef and Broccoli

  • 1/2 cup rosted cashews
  • 2 Tbs peanut or canola oil
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic
  • 4 scallions sliced, greens included
  • 4 cups broccoli
  • 1 pound beef (cut into strips, use flank steak or roast)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth)

Directions

Prepare sauce by combining sauce ingredients, and then set aside.

Coat the bottom of your wok with 1 Tbs peanut or canola oil on medium heat. Add cashews, toss in a wok for about 2 minutes and then remove nuts from the wok. Next, coat the bottom of your wok with 1 Tbs peanut or canola oil, add meat and stir-fry until meat is browned on both sides. Add garlic and scallions, fry for another 1 minute.

Now, add your broccoli and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, don't over cook. Add beef broth then cover for an additional 1 minute. Broccoli will be lightly steamed and firm. Over cooking broccoli removes important vitamins

Add sauce and return cashews back to the wok, cook for 2 minutes.

February14

Chicken and Spinach in Peanut Sauce

Chicken and Spinach in Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

Rice Noodles

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken bouillon
  • 3 Tbs creamy peanut butter (substitute 1/3 cup peanuts)
  • 2 Tbs hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp honey

Chicken and Spinach

  • 1 Tsp peanut oil (Canola oil can be used).
  • 1 pound chicken breast. Sliced into 1/4 inch strips.
  • 1 medium onion diced.
  • 8 oz packaged washed spinach
  • 1/2 cup un-salted peanuts

Directions

  1. Prepare peanut sauce by combining sauce ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth, and then set aside.
  2. Prepare rice noodles separately, by bringing water to a boil add noodles cook for 5 minutes. Don’t over cook the noodles.
  3. Coat the bottom of wok with canola oil on medium Add diced onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from wok, and set aside. Remove wok from heat.
  4. Return wok to high heat. Add chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through-out. Drain any excess moisture if any.
  5. Return wok to medium heat. Add diced onion, peanuts, and peanut sauce, then toss to coat.
  6. Add spinach and toss until spinach is barely wilted, spinach will continue to soften and cook after you have removed from the heat, don't over cook the spinach.
  7. Serve over rice noodles.