Friday, May 14, 2021

Beef and Broccoli

 I found this recipe in the May 2021 issue of Good Housekeeping and it was a hit with the family!  It was nice because I prepped everything ahead of time so it came together super fast!


1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 Tbs. packed brown sugar
2 gloves garlic, grated
1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1 to 2 tsp. sriracha
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
3 tsp. cornstarch, divided
1 lb. flank or strip steak, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced
1 large head broccoli (about 1 1/2 lbs) cut into small florets, stem peeled (if necessary) and chopped
1 Tbsp. canola oil
Cooked white rice, sliced red chiles, sesame seeds and scallions for serving

1. In medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic, ginger, sriracha, sesame oil and 2 tsp. cornstarch.  Transfer half (about 1/3 cup) to a small bowl and whisk in remaining tsp. cornstarch and 1/3 cup water; set aside.

2.  Add steak to remaining sauce, toss to coat and let sit 15 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, heat large skillet on medium.  Add 1/2 cup water and bring to a simmer.  Add broccoli and cook, covered, until bright green and just barely tender, 4-5 minutes.  With slotted spoon, transfer broccoli to a plate. 

4.  Wipe out skillet and heat canola oil on medium-high.  Cook steak in single later in batches until browned, 2 minutes per side.  Return first batch of steak to skillet, add sauce and simmer until beginning to thicken, 2 to 3 minutes.  Add broccoli and toss to combine.

5.  Serve over rice and sprinkle with chiles, sesame seeds and scallions if desired.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Cucumber Ribbon Ramen Bowl with Spicy Peanut sauce

 I got this recipe from the Costco Connection, the Costco magazine and I served it with my Coconut Chicken Tenders with Mango Dipping Sauce.  It was a PERFECT side dish for that meal!


Peanut Sauce
1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 tsp. ground chili paste
Juice of 1/2 large lime, freshly squeezed
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 to 5 Tbsp. warm water

1 English cucumber, peeled
3 scallions, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup carrot matchsticks
1/2 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 dried ramen blocks
1/2 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
Optional: sesame seeds for topping

Prepare the peanut sauce:  Place all ingredients except the water in a blow; stir to blend.  Add water 1 Tbsp. at a time until sauce is the desired consistency.

Prepare the salad:  Using a vegetable peeler, peel the cucumber into long ribbon-like slices.  Do not discard the middle section; finely chop it.  Place cucumber in a medium bowl along with the other vegetables.  Stir gently to combine.

Prepare ramen noodles according to the package direction.  Drain and set aside to cool for a few minutes.  Add the noodles to the salad; gently toss.  Drizzle with peanut sauce.  Top with jalapeƱo and sesame seeds, if desired.  Makes 4 servings.

Tip:  Store leftover sauce, sealed, in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

No Bake Easy Granola Bars

These are amazingly easy granola bars and have become a staple in our house.  They are no bake and you can make whatever modifications you want, adding in dried fruit or another topping.  Try them!

No Bake Easy Granola Bars

1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup chocolate chips

1.  In a medium pot, melt together peanut butter, honey and coconut oil over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth.  Remove from stove and stir in oats and coconut.

2.  Pour mixture into a 9x13" baking dish lined with parchment paper (for easy removal and cutting later). Spread into an even later, sprinkle with chocolate chips and press firmly down with the back of a spatula or spoon.

3.  Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm, then slice into squares or bars and remove from pan.

4.  Store granola bars in the refrigerator or freezer, individually wrapped in baggies or if you don't plan to pack them in lunches, you can simply store them in an airtight container with wax paper separating the layers.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Pepper Steak

I found this recipe on AllRecipes and it is by Jeanne Bunders.  My mom used to make pepper steak a lot when I was young so this is kind of comfort food for me!  It is fast and easy to put together and quite filling.


1 lb. boneless beef sirloin steak

2 Tbsp. Cooking oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper

3 large green bell peppers, thinly sliced

2 large onions, thinly sliced

3/4 tsp beef bouillon granules

3/4 cup hot water

1 (8 oz.) can sliced water chestnuts, drained

1 Tbsp. Cornstarch

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp. Sugar

Cooked rice

Cut steak into 2-in. x 1/8-in strips.  In a large skillet or wok, brown steak in oil.  Add garlic, ginger, salt if desired and pepper; cook 1 minute.  Remove meat to plate and keep warm.  Add green pepper and onions to skillet; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Dissolve bouillon in hot water; add to skillet with water chestnuts.  Combine cornstarch, soy sauce, cold water and sugar.  Stir into skillet.  Add meat.  Cook and stir until mixture boils; cook and stir 2 minutes more.  Serve pepper steak over rice.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Coconut-Miso Mushroom Soup

I found this in some magazine and cut it out and didn't write down what magazine it came from AGAIN!!  I really need to fix that!  But I saw this recipe and knew it would be really good.  I made it this week for my daughter who had her wisdom teeth out and it was for sure a hit!  There is a note that you can make some fried mushrooms for garnishing and I would definitely do that next time we don't have a dental surgery involved.  It says to heat a generous slick of vegetable oil in a small, heavy-bottomed skillet, such as cast iron, over medium heat.  When it shimmers, carefully add a handful of thinly sliced mushrooms.  Cook, flipping once, until they shrink and darken slightly, and bubbles along the edges subside.  Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.


12 oz. cremini or bottom mushrooms, thinly sliced (I used baby Bella)
Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
2 tsp. vegetable oil
4 scallions, white and light green parts chopped (1/2 cup), tops thinly sliced on the bias for serving
4 tsp. fresh minced ginger (from a 1 1/2-inch piece)
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. white or yellow miso
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth, plus more as needed
1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk

1.  Cook mushrooms and 1 tsp. salt in a large, dry saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms collapse, darken slightly and most of the moisture cooks out, about 12-15 minutes.  Add oil and chopped scallions; cook until scallions are tender, 2-3 minutes.  Stir in ginger, garlic and miso and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add broth; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes.

2.  Reserve 2 Tbsp. coconut milk, then add the rest to a blender with the mushroom mixture (work in two batches if needed).  Puree until very smooth, about 2 minutes, removing the blender cap and covering hole with a folded kitchen towel to allow steam to escape.  Return mixture to saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  If a thinner soup is desired, stir in more broth, a little at a time.  Season with salt and white pepper and serve, drizzled with remaining coconut milk and topped with fried mushrooms and scallion tops.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

World's Best Lasagna

 I found this recipe years ago and I've learned to make the sauce one day and the lasagna the next.  Otherwise it takes all day!  I have also frozen the sauce and it makes for a quick lasagna later on.  


1 lb. Italian sausage
1 lb. ground beef (lean)
1/2 cup minced onion
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
2 (6.5 oz) cans tomato sauce
1/2 cup water or red wine
1 Tbsp. white sugar
1 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

18 lasagna noodles
16 oz. ricotta cheese
dash nutmeg
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 lb. mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1.  In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until well browned.  Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and water (or wine).  Season with sugar, basil, fennel seed, Italian seasoning, 1 Tbsp. parsley, 1/2 tsp. salt, pepper and 2 Tbsp. parsley.  Simmer, covered for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.  

2.  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for about 8-10 minutes.  Drain noodles and rinse with cold water.  In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, nutmeg, egg, remaining parsley and 1/2 tsp. salt.

3.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  

4.  To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups meat sauce in the bottom of a 9X13" pan.  Arrange 6 noodles over meat sauce.  Spread with one half of the ricotta mixture.  Top with a third of the mozzarella cheese.  Spoon 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce over mozzarella and sprinkle with 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.  Repeat layers and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.  Cover with cooking spray coated foil (to avoid sticking).  

5.  Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes.  Remove foil and make an additional 25 minutes.  Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Coconut Chicken Tenders with Mango Sauce

 I saw this recipe on a YouTube channel called HowJenDoesIt and it has been a family hit ever since.  


2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken tenders
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 tsp. salt
coconut oil for frying

If you are using chicken breasts, cut the breasts diagonally into strips.  In one bowl, combine the flour and salt and in another bowl whisk the egg and milk together.  In a third bowl, stir together panko bread crumbs and coconut. 

Heat large skillet over medium high heat.  Add oil.

While the oil is heating, prepare the chicken.  Dredge each strip into flour mixture.  Dip each strip into egg mixture.  Finally, dredge each strip into coconut and breadcrumb mixture.

Add half of your chicken strips to hot oil and cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.  Cook the second batch.


1/2 cup frozen mango chunks, thawed
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp. honey
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. Siracha saice
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Add all ingredients to food processor and process until smooth and creamy.  Taste and adjust to your preference.