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Monday, August 13, 2018

Mongolian Beef

The BEST Mongolian Beef



Man this recipe is yummy!!! I have made lots of Chinese Beef recipes but this one takes the cake! It is so good! 

When I made this recipe my 10 year old said "I can't wait to see dad's face when he takes his first bite" haha that tells you how good my son thought this recipe was! And I felt the same way! This is absolutely my new favorite recipe using beef cut into strips! 

Mongolian Beef

Ingredients

1 lb beef flank steak, sliced into 1/4 inch strips
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon crushed ginger
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup brown sugar
oil (for frying)
green onions, sliced at a diagonal



Grab a bowl and put in the steak strips. Then sprinkle the cornstarch over them. Coat the steak on all sides with the cornstarch. Then let the steak sit while you make the sauce so that the juices from the steak get soaked up from the cornstarch. 

In a skillet drizzle in the oil. Then add the ginger and minced garlic. Then sauté for a few minutes. Then add in the soy sauce and water. Add the brown sugar and then stir. Then bring it to a boil. Then remove from heat.

Then take another skillet and add in the oil for frying. Heat up the oil. Take the steak that is coated in the cornstarch and shake off the excess cornstarch and begin to fry the steak piece by piece. Fry for about a minute until the steak is just barely done and then remove and place on a paper towel to drain off the extra oil. Then repeat until the steak is all fried.

Dump the oil and wipe out with a paper towel then place all the steak back in the pan. Then add the sliced onions and the sauce. Cook for 2 minutes until everything is coated and then serve! 


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Fried Rice

Simple Fried Rice



Fried Rice is just the thing to take your "at home" Chinese take out to the next level!

I make Chinese food a few times each month. My whole entire family loves it and there are ways to have make your at home Chinese take out taste just like the restaurants for a fraction of the price! Some of my other favorite Chinese food recipes are this sweet and sour chicken, crockpot beef and broccoli, pineapple chicken, Chinese chicken salad (which isn't very Chinese), stir fry, crockpot teriyaki chicken, and this orange chicken

This fried rice does take a little more time that I like for a side dish since the rice has to be cooked for this recipe so what I like to do is make extra rice or use leftover rice for this recipe! And that is just what I did the other night! 

Simple Fried Rice 

Ingredients

4 cups rice, cooked and prepared
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups frozen vegetable medley
2 eggs
1/4 cup soy sauce

Instructions

In a skillet drizzle in sesame oil. Then add in the minced garlic and begin to sauté. Then add in onions and frozen vegetables. Cook for 3 minutes. Then press the vegetables to the side of the pan and then crack in the eggs. Cook the eggs and scramble them. Once the eggs are cooked mix them together with the cooked vegetables. Then add in the cooked rice. Mix well and stir to combined. Then pour in the soy sauce and mix well! Then Serve!




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Monday, August 6, 2018

The BEST S'mores Loaded Popcorn

The BEST S'mores Loaded Popcorn

This popcorn is fully loaded! It is a mixture of caramel corn plus grahams, marshmallows and chocolate! It is the perfect combo in my opinion!


I was really craving some type of treat! Something that I could literally sit in front of the TV with and just munch on! And when I left the movie theatre the day before I decided to ask for my refill right then and there! And it was the best decision I made that day. Because when it came to it I was really glad that I had that popcorn to make this delicious treat!


The BEST S'mores Loaded Popcorn

10 cups popcorn
4 cups golden grahams cereal
5 ounces mini marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips (plus more for drizzle if you would like)
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup karo syrup
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a bowl add the popcorn and golden graham cereal. Then in a saucepan over medium heat add the butter, karo and sugar. Stir really well and bring to a rolling boil for a few minutes. Then remove from the heat. Add in the vanilla. Then pour over the popcorn and cereal mixture. Mix well. Then pour in the marshmallows. Mix again very well. Then sprinkle on the chocolate chips. And fold in. Drizzle with melted chocolate chips if you would like! Then serve!



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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Chinese Chicken Salad


My Favorite Chinese Chicken Salad 

The key to the perfect Chinese chicken salad is the chicken having the right breading, the salad having enough crunch, and the perfect dressing!

I absolutely love this salad!! That is all I can say! It is in my top 3 favorite salads for sure! And better yet when I serve my husband this salad his eyes light up! It is absolutely his favorite! I have messed around with different toppings and dressings and this is how I like it! So here is the recipe!

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chicken

Use the chicken recipe from here.

Dressing

4 Tablespoons honey
1/4 cup mayo
1 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil

Salad

Romaine, chopped
Cabbage (green and/or purple), sliced
Shredded carrots
Cucumbers, peeled and sliced into strips
Chinese noodles
Sliced Almonds

Make the chicken according to the recipe found here. Then set aside to cool. In a bowl mix up the dressing. If you are serving dinner size salads for more than 2 people I would double the recipe. (I love dressing but if you don't and like a drizzle then it should be plenty, but have more on hand just in case) Then prepare the salad by first putting in romaine, then the cabbage, then carrots, then cucumbers, then top with the chicken, then the noodles and almonds. Finish off with the dressing then serve! 



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Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats are a childhood favorite. There is definitely ways to make a childhood favorite become an adult favorite! Jazzed Up Rice Krispie Treats are the best kind of treats!


I absolutely love rice krispie treats! No matter what form they are in! So when I was trying to pick a treat for my kids for their first day of school I began making rice krispies and then i just kept adding and kept creating and these delicious treats were born!

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

5 Tablespoons butter
10 ounces marshmallows
5 cups rice krispie cereal
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 10 ounce bag of caramels, unwrapped
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
5 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
6 ounces milk chocolate chips
sea salt




Butter a 9 x13 baking dish. In a saucepan add 5 Tablespoons butter. Once the butter start to melt add the marshmallows. Stir continually until the marshmallows are completely melted and creamy. Then remove from heat. Add the vanilla and stir. In a bowl add the rice krispies then add the marshmallow mixture on top and mix very well. Then pour into the buttered baking dish. Press the rice krispies down and then set aside.

In a different saucepan add the sweetened condensed milk, 5 tablespoons butter and unwrapped caramels. Melt over medium heat until the butter is melted as well as the caramels. Once it is all melted remove from heat and pour directly over the rice krispies then spread evenly to cover it completely. Then sprinkle on some sea salt and set aside to cool for about 15 minutes. 

Then in saucepan add 1/2 cup heavy cream. Once it barely begins to boil remove from heat. Pour the milk chocolate chips in a cereal bowl. Slowly mix cream and chocolate by adding the heated heavy cream a tablespoon at a time while stirring the chocolate chips. Add a little at a time until it is at the right consistency to be drizzled. Then let it cool for a few minutes and then drizzle on top of the caramel layer on the rice krispie treats. Then sprinkle with more sea salt!




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My Famous Chicken Tacos with a secret sauce

My Famous Chicken Tacos with a Secret Sauce

Most chicken tacos that I eat are shredded chicken tacos. These tacos are breaded and baked to perfection. Topped with a secret sauce that takes tacos to a whole new level!




My oldest son Crew is my ultimate taste tester. He gives me honest and straight forward critic. Sometimes after I spend time and money making a meal it is not what I want to hear...of course that is only when he lets me know that "he's had better" or "thats not my favorite" and I am not going to lie. Sometimes when I get those critics I tend to walk away and take a few deep breathes before I respond. But in my "line of work" as a food blogger those critics are needed. They are needed before I share so sometimes I take the brunt of the bad news. 

I had been wanting to make a version of tacos like this for a while. They are a little more of a labor of love then shredded chicken tacos! But they are worth it. Every. Single. Bite. 

I have seen some similar recipes that toss their chicken in the sauce. But the way I made the sauce made it rich and complex. A little goes a long way!!! Which is how I like it! That way you can still taste the other ingredients and the chicken and sauce doesn't over power the recipe. I am excited to share this with you all!



My Famous Chicken Tacos with a Secret Sauce

Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1 cup flour
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons water
2 cups Panko bread crumbs
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Then take the chicken and cut into 1 inch cubes. Then grab a brown paper sack (or ziplock) and toss the chicken in there. Then sprinkle with 1 cup flour. Give the chicken and flour a good shake until it is fully coated.

In a bowl add the eggs and water and whisk. In a separate bowl add the Panko. 

Grab a cookie sheet and line with parchment paper. Then grab some tongs and grab a piece of the floured chicken and then dip in the eggs, and then in the panic. Make sure it is fully coated in all the ingredients. Then place the chicken on the cookie sheet. Line the chicken on the cookie sheet not touching. Complete the chicken until it is all used. Then top with salt and pepper.

Place in the oven for 23-26 minutes. Or until the chicken is cooked until golden brown. And the chicken no longer sticks and it is all the way cooked. 





Secret Sauce

1 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
juice of 2 limes

In a saucepan combine all ingredients. And once it begins to boil and thicken up remove from heat. 

Tacos

Tortillas
Cabbage, chopped
Cilantro, Chopped
Avocado, Sliced
Lime slices
Cotija Mexican Cheese
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Breaded Chicken
Secret Sauce

Assemble the tacos by taking a tortilla add 3 pieces of chicken and place on tortilla. Drizzle with secret sauce then top with toppings and squeeze with lime juice!








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Monday, July 16, 2018

The BEST Hawaiian Steak Kabobs

The BEST Hawaiian Steak Kabobs

Summertime and grilling go hand in hand! And there is nothing more fun then dinner kabob style! So instead of eating steak and veggies straight on the grill put them on a stick for a fun way of eating




My kids enjoy everything on a stick! Put their least favorite fruit or veggie on a stick and somehow they will give it a try! So kabobs happen about once a month at our house. And steak is always a favorite thing to pair with veggies...just ask my husband! 

We did a little surf and turf combo when I made kabobs last week. I didn't what them to taste just like the shrimp and pineapple kabobs but I didn't want them to be totally different styles of cooking. So I decided to do a little sweet sauce made with coconut milk for the shrimp and pineapple ones. So I paired the steak ones with a little Hawaiian style sauce! They went hand in hand and were delicious! 


The Best Hawaiian Steak Kabobs

2 lbs Steak cubes or cut into cubes 
optional fruit and veggies:
bell peppers
zucchini
pineapple
mango
mushrooms
purple onion

Marinade

1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
4 Tablespoons minced garlic



Take kabob skewers that have been soaked in water (to help the wood not come off into the food) and then arrange the steak and fruits and veggies on them.

In a bowl mix together the marinade and pour over the kabobs. Let marinade in the fridge for atleast an hour. 

Then place them directly on the grill to cook. Cook until the steak has reached your desired temperature and the veggies are cooked but still firm.