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Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with Slivered Almonds and Green Onion on a Bed of King Soba Noodles

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This is a great weeknight meal that is easy to cook, it takes just a little bit of prep work but is worth it! I love making stir fry’s like this, they are so tasty and far healthier than your standard “Chinese Food Take Out”, I’m still not even sure what that stuff is… The only ethnic take out we do is Thai. Enjoy

Prep: 20 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chicken breasts raw, sliced into chunks
  • 2 C. Fresh brocoli, trimmed and washed
  • 1 Large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C. Onion, sliced longways
  • 1/4 C. Carrots, sliced longways
  • 1/2 C. Shitake mushrooms, rehydrated if dry
  • 1/8 C. Slivered almonds (I prefer cashews for this but we were out, either will do, or omit them completely).
  • 1/4 C. Green Onion
  • 2 TBS canola oil for frying
  • 1 Pkg of Soba noodles, your choice on how much to cook. Cooked

Sauce

  • 1/4 C. Light Soy sauce
  • 2 TBS Fish sauce
  • 2 TBS water
  • 2 TBS. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Chili paste, I like garlic chili paste
  • 1/2 tsp. Minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. Agave nectar
  • 1 pinch green onion, scallion part
  • 1 pinch pepper
Heat sauce up to dissolve sugars and meld flavors.

Instructions:

  1. Clean and cut up chicken pat dry and set aside.
  2. Cut up produce accordingly.
  3. Heat wok or large skillet on high with canola oil
  4. Stir fry chicken in a TBS of oil and a TBS of sauce, for 3 min. Transf. to bowl and keep warm.
  5. Stir fry veggies and garlic (minus green onion) in other TBS of oil and 2 TBS of sauce, for about 4 min.
  6. Add chicken to veggie mixture and fry for 2-3 mor min until done. Add more sauce if desired.
  7. Serve on top of soba noodles, and garnish with green onion and almonds!

Enjoy! 

Chunky Beef and Vegetable Stew for the Crock Pot

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I should just start calling Tuesdays Manly Meal Tuesday’s. I made this yesterday for dinner in the crock since I’ve got class until late every Tuesday evening. It keeps Evan happy so that makes me happy ūüôā This is a great cooler weather stew that goes great with some homemade cornbread! The best thing about it… when you get home from work all you have to do is eat and enjoy!

Prep: 20 min

Cook Time: Low 8-10 hrs, High 4-5 hrs (I prefer low).

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs stew meat, try to get a quality grass fed organic beef of possible
  • 1/2 C. Flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 C. Beef Broth ( I like Kitchen Basics)
  • 1TBS Worces¬≠ter¬≠shire Sauce
  • 1/2 C. Red Wine
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 TBS ZestyBeanDog Fine Herb Blend
  • 2-3 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Large onion, chopped fine
  • 3 C. Carrots, chopped or cubed
  • 4 Celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 White potatoes, cubed (you can use Russet but I like these).

Instructions:

  1. Place cubed meat in a large plas­tic bag or bowl. Com­bine 1/2 cup flour (you will need it to cover your meat) with 1/2 tea­spoon salt & 1 tea­spoon pep­per; pour into the bag or bowl with the meat, then shake to coat. Then heat 1 table­spoon of butter in a large skil­let over medium-high heat. Add stew meat, and cook until evenly browned on the out­side, you want to sear the meat. It takes a few min­utes. Remove your stew meat & place into the crockpot.
  2. Take your finely diced onion and garlic and put it in the same skil¬≠let, with 1 table¬≠spoon butter, and cook so your onions are translu¬≠cent and softened. Then add in your red wine to make sure all the good bits are lifted off the skil¬≠let & pour the con¬≠tents of the skil¬≠let into the crock¬≠pot. ¬†It’s important to get all the good bits from the meat and the onions of the bottom of the pan, so you don‚Äôt lose the fla¬≠vor.
  3. Now add the rest: ZBD fine herb blend, bay leaf, paprika, Worces­ter­shire sauce, beef broth, carrots, celery, and potatoes.
  4. Cook for about 8-10 hours on low or 4-5 on high. If you would like it to thicken up a bit cook the last hour with the lid off the crock, or you can add a little bit of flour… Enjoy!
Cheers!