Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

This has a really yummy sweet and spicy sauce.  I made it tonight and served it over brown rice.  I think it's a keeper for sure.  I would suggest organizing and cutting the vegetables before you start because this cooks quickly.  I was chopping and stirring and finding ingredients all with a screaming Jack at my feet and it was no fun!

A delicious and colorful Chinese dish. Serve over rice on a large platter.


1/2 c. ketchup
4 tsp. soya sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 c. chicken broth


2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 whole boneless chicken breasts, skinned & cut into 1/2 inch slices
1/4 c. oil
2 to 3 tbsp. minced fresh ginger root
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 sm. onion, chopped
2 red bell peppers, cut into 1 inch triangles
2 carrots, sliced diagonally & thinly
2 c. snow peas
1 1/2 c. cashews

Combine sauce ingredients and set aside. In a bowl, combine cornstarch, sugar and salt. Add chicken and toss. Heat wok or frying pan to highest heat. Add oil. Heat to hot, not smoking. Add chicken, ginger, garlic and onion. Stir until chicken is opaque. Add peppers and carrots. Stir 2 to 3 minutes. Add peas and sauce. Cook until it comes to a boil. Add cashews and serve immediately. Serves 6.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Taco Bar Carne Asada and Chipotle Turkey

 We had a double birthday gathering today and did a pot luck taco bar. I made two kinds of meat that turned out perfect. Here are the recipes:

Authentic Crock Pot Carne Asada
thanks to Cheeky Kitchen

1 (3-5 pound) cut of cheap beef
flap, london broil, flank or roast all work beautifully
1/2 cup limeade
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup oil
1 onion
4-5 garlic cloves
1 jalapeno
2 tablespoons Knorr Mexican beef boullion (granulated)
1 (7 ounce) can Embasa Salsa Verde Green
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder


Early in the morning, place your meat in a large crockpot. In a blender, combine limeade, vinegar, oil, onion, clovers, jalapeno, boullion, salsa, cumin, and chili powder. Blend until well pureed. Pour the sauce over your meat, making sure it's well coated (the meat doesn't have to be entirely submerged, just nicely coated with the sauce). Cover crockpot with a lid, and cook all day on low heat. After allowing the meat to cook 8-10 hours, shred the meat, then return it to the crockpot. Stir it in the pan juices and allow it to continue cooking until it's ready to be served. Spoon over corn tortillas, top with grated cheese, homemade salsa or pico de gallo, and sour cream. Es Muy Bien!

Chipotle Turkey Taco Filling 
thanks to Rachel Ray


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground turkey breast, the average weight of 1 package
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 rounded tablespoons chili powder, a rounded palmful
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup water


In a small skillet preheated over medium high heat, add oil and turkey breast meat. Brown meat 2 or 3 minutes, then add onions and garlic. Cook onions and meat together for another 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in chipotles, chili powder and tomato sauce. Season your filling with salt to your taste. Stir 1/2 cup water into your filling. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until ready to serve.