Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Fri, 01 May 2015 15:39:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 Asian Rice Noodle Salad with Steak Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/37270-asian-rice-noodle-salad-with-steak-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/37270-asian-rice-noodle-salad-with-steak-recipe.html#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:03:06 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=37270 Here’s what you’ll learn: Why skirt and flank steak are perfect for this dish How to cut the steak to guarantee most tenderness Nathan’s marinating method How to cook mai-fun (skinny rice noodles) in 30 seconds How to julienne a cucumber in 30 seconds This is a recipe long overdue, the amazing Field to Fork dinner hosted by our local CSA, ...

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Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why skirt and flank steak are perfect for this dish
  • How to cut the steak to guarantee most tenderness
  • Nathan’s marinating method
  • How to cook mai-fun (skinny rice noodles) in 30 seconds
  • How to julienne a cucumber in 30 seconds

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This is a recipe long overdue, the amazing Field to Fork dinner hosted by our local CSA, Geraldson Community Farms, and Sarasota Whole Foods  was months ago! I had wanted to highlight Geraldson’s certified organic produce grown on their 20 acres and the dedication to safe, healthy produce for our small town.

But we’re currently in the middle of our choking-hot summer (so humid and hot that my eyelashes sweat) and that means it’s resting time for our fields. All of our local farms here close down or drastically reduce their growing, and I would like imagine that the teams of farmers and volunteers are off on vacation, enjoying their time off.

However, I know farmers are some of the most hard-working people…and I can’t think of a single farmer I know that takes long vacations. There’s always something that needs attention: equipment to fix, animals to tend to, fields to compost, work to be done.

I’ll have to wait until Fall, when they re-open, to show off their organic vegetables. In the meantime, let’s talk about STEAK!

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photo by the event photographer, B.Lively, at the Field to Fork dinner

asian-noodles-steak-recipe-3While Geraldson Community Farms provided all the produce for the dinner, Whole Foods here in Sarasota brought in the meat and their grillers.

I found out that Whole Foods’ meats are from animals that have never been raised with antibiotics or hormones. Also, their meats have a 5-step Animal Welfare rating system, so that you can easily identify how the animal was raised.

We chose to make this Rice Noodle Salad with Steak recipe from Whole Foods, but changed the recipe up a bit to suit our tastes.

Our family loves skirt steak and flank steak – it’s more tender (when cut properly), soaks up marinade faster (especially skirt), and the thinness of these cuts make for fast cooking.

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Asian Rice Noodle Salad with Steak Recipe Video

Here’s our video, and Nathan’s tip for the best steak ever.

 

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– Buy thin steak (like skirt steak) because it will cook faster. After adding the steak to the marinade, skip the waiting and proceed to grill/broil. You’ll still get a ton of flavor! *Bonus – massage the marinade into the steak like Nathan showed you in the video.

– Buy already-shredded carrots. Use a julienne tool to cut the cucumber.

– Use fine rice noodles (like I did in the video) – it cooks in 30 seconds.

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Asian Rice Noodle Salad with Steak Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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-If you love spicy - add in a spoonful of Asian chile-garlic sauce to the dressing!
-I prefer using flank or skirt steak, 3/4" thickness. Make sure you slice ACROSS the grain (see video)
-Use any type of noodles you want - even thin spaghetti noodles or angel hair noodles. If you are using rice noodles, remember that they cook very quickly.

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small nub of fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
4 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 (8-ounce) steak of your choice (skirt, flank, sirloin)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 lime, juiced (1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 cup shredded carrots
1 large cucumber, finely chopped
1 (8-ounce) package rice noodles
1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Directions:

1. To a resealable bag, add most of the minced garlic (reserve the rest for the dressing), grated ginger, just 1 tablespoon soy sauce (reserve rest for dressing), sesame oil and brown sugar. Mix well. Add in the steak, remove as much air as possible and seal. Marinate for up to overnight.

2. To make the dressing, whisk together the remaining soy sauce, remaining garlic, rice vinegar, lime juice, sugar and sesame seeds. Add in 2 tablespoons of water and whisk well. 

3. Cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain. Taste the noodle to make sure it is done. 

4. Grill or broil steak for 4 minutes per side, or until done to your liking. Let steak rest for 5 minutes, then thinly slice.
5. For each bowl, toss noodles, carrots, cucumbers and steak slices with dressing. Top with chopped peanuts.

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Vegetarian Korean Japchae Noodle Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/36179-vegetarian-korean-japchae-noodle-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/36179-vegetarian-korean-japchae-noodle-recipe.html#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:53:18 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=36179 Make Korean Japchae Noodles (Glass Noodles) - Recipe and how-to video from cookbook author Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen. This recipe is vegetarian and includes sweet potato, kale and swiss chard providing a nutrient rich meal!

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Korean Japchae Noodles Recipe Vegetarian

Scott’s garden yielded a bucket of sweet potatoes and my raised beds finished the Spring growing season sputtering out the last of the kale and swiss chard. Summer is when we put the raised beds to rest – it’s just too darn hot to grow anything except hot chile peppers and okra (which sounds kinda good together too!)

We decided on making one of Korea’s most popular dishes, Japchae, or Glass Noodles. If you have friends or family on this or that diet, this is a dish that just might please everyone (well, except for meat-only eaters).

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So what are dang myung noodles??

Dang Myung noodles are made from sweet potato starch, so they are vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free, soy-free and peanut-free. The back of every package that I’ve found at the Asian market states that the only ingredient is Sweet Potato Starch. I’m not so sure of that. There’s got to be some other ingredient in these noodles – can anyone confirm?

The noodles are stretchy, neutral flavored (duh!), slightly chewy and springy in texture. What they are great for is soaking up all of the flavors in the dish. Not much seasoning is needed because the noodles really act like a sponge.

FOOD FIGHT!!!

The other thing these noodles are fantastic for is FOOD FIGHT! Because they are so elastic, you can flick your wrist and SLAP your opponents face with a tangle mess of stinging wet noodles. Watch the recipe video…and at the end and see how well this works. I let the boys go at it with each other!

But beware….10 Minutes of food fighting fun, 40 minutes of cleanup. But the boys said it was all worth it. My camera lens….not so happy. I got hit too!

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Korean Japchae Glass Noodles Recipe - Super Foods Version!

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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The key to this recipe is adding each ingredient separately - in the video, the sweet potato takes the longest to cook, so it goes in first.

Feel free to customize! Add mushrooms (add with the onions); matchstick carrots or fresh spinach leaves (add them the same time as the kale/swiss chard).

Ingredients:

6 ounces dried Korean glass noodles (sweet potato)
1 medium sweet potato
4 big handfuls kale and swiss chard
1 onion
1 stalk green onion
3-4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Directions:

PREP INGREDIENTS:
1. Boil a pot of water (about 2 quarts). Turn off heat and add in the glass noodles. Let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Vegetables:
-Kale/Swiss Chard: Fold leaves in half, tear away the leafy part from tough stem (discard stem). Cut or tear leaves into bite sized pieces.
-Dice the sweet potatoes into 1/2" dice (the smaller you dice, the quicker it will cook)
-Onion: Slice onion into thin slices.
-Green Onion: chop.
-Finely mince the garlic.
3. In bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil.
4. If 10 minutes have passed for the noodles, drain the noodles.

COOK:
1. Heat wok with cooking oil over medium heat. Add in the sweet potatoes and cook for 3 minutes each side. The sweet potatoes should be lightly browned, darker orange and just nearly cooked through.
2. Turn heat to medium-high and add in the onions. Stir-fry for 2 minutes, until onions become translucent.
3. Add in the garlic and green onion. Toss well and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
4. Add in the leafy vegetables. Use tongs to toss well and cook for 1 1/2 minutes or until the vegetables are wilting.
5. Add in the noodles and pour in the sauce. Toss well again to combine everything. Finish off with sesame seeds.

 

Items I use (and love!)

This baby is my favorite way to mince garlic. It can do up to 4 cloves at the same time!
Since we’ve sold out of the Steamy Kitchen Woks (thank you to all the customers!) I’ve been using and loving this Anolon Wok – it’s got a flat bottom, hard-anodized aluminum with nonstick, a great lid that you can see through and heat resistant handles. And, the price is amazing! Great for gas or electric.

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I very rarely veer off my “tried and true” basic recipe for Vietnamese Nuoc Cham (dipping sauce with lime juice, fish sauce, chili peppers, sugar, water) for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. It’s easy, predictable and I can make the sauce just by taste without measuring anything!

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But just because I *LOVE* something doesn’t mean that my entire family loves it too. My fish-fearing husband won’t touch it….and therefore my kids won’t dip in it either. Sigh. I keep telling the kids that, “Buddha is a happy eater (see his belly!?) and he would want you to eat like Mama, not Dad.”

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My friend, Blender Girl (okay, her name is really Tess) just came out with a cookbook called The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes.

I found a recipe for Orange Almond Sauce for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Big massive hit all around. It’s creamy, light and made with almond butter and fresh citrus juices for something a little different.

If you vow to cook a little healthier this summer – take a look at Tess’ book with 100 recipes that are good for you. The blender does all the hard work! The book features smoothies you’d expect from a blender book – as well as sauces, soups, marinades, dressings and desserts.

The book is currently #3 cookbook on Amazon!

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Orange Almond Sauce Recipe

Servings: Makes 16 rolls Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
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You can make these rolls up to a day ahead. Here's what you need to remember: Place the rolls on a clean, dry plate in a single layer. If you want to stack multiple layers, place a sheet of plastic wrap between each layer. This prevents the rolls from sticking to each other. When all rolls are done, make sure you cover everything with plastic wrap - this prevents the rice paper from drying out in the refrigerator.

If you can't find almond butter - you can use any type of nut butter.

OPTIONAL: Soak the matchstick carrots and julienned cucumbers in 3 tablespoons of seasoned rice vinegar. It will add the amazing "zing" that you'll love!

Recipe adapted from The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

Ingredients:

FOR THE SPRING ROLLS
6 ounces dried rice vermicelli noodles
16 large dried rice paper wrappers
8 large lettuce leaves, preferably soft ones, halved and hard ribs removed
1 cup, matchstick cut carrots
2 cucumbers, julienned
1-2 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
1-2 bell pepper, cored, julienned
1 cup loosely packed cilantro
1 cup loosely packed mint
1 cup loosely packed basil




FOR THE ORANGE ALMOND SAUCE
1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon honey or coconut nectar
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon wheat-free tamari or soy sauce
1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds

Directions:

Soak the noodles in hot water for about 20 minutes, until soft. Drain.

To assemble the rolls, fill a shallow dish half full with hot water (hot to the touch but not boiling. and submerge one rice paper wrapper for 5 seconds, let excess water drop off.  Place wrapper on a clean, dry surface and fold in half to form a half-circle. The wrapper should still be a bit stiff, but will soften by the time you've finished filling with vegetables.

Place a lettuce leaf in the middle of the half-circle and top it with a forkful of noodles, and then add a bit of each of the vegetables and herbs.  Carefully roll up the Vietnamese Spring Roll and set it on a dish, seam-side down in single layer. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling. If not serving immediately, chill in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap. 

To make the dipping sauce, throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for about 1 minute, until well combined. You may want to add an additional tablespoon or two of water to thin out the sauce. Stir in sesame seeds. Serve alongside the rolls.

 

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Before my Mom came to visit, she sent a care package full of foodie goodies, and instructed me to save them for when she comes to visit.

I knew exactly what that meant – Mama’s gonna cook for me! In the package were Chinese Preserved Pork Belly and Chinese Sausage.

Sure enough, Mom announced she was making “Chinese Clay Pot Rice” for dinner the day after she arrived!

Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe

Normally, a clay pot is used (duh! hence the name) but since I didn’t have a clay pot (broke mine during the move) – we decided to experiment with making Chinese Clay Pot Rice in the rice cooker (shortcut cheater method) and also on the stovetop in a heavy-bottomed pot (like cast iron or Le Creuset). This type of pot will ensure that the rice cooks evenly and does not burn.

There’s a a fine line between “crispy” and “burnt” rice! If you’re using a clay pot or a pot on a stove, you can get a really nice bottom crust (the best part!) that all the kids fight over.

The homemade Chinese Sweet Soy Sauce that is poured over the rice. Everything is super-easy to cook. The sauce takes 5 minutes to make. The Chinese Pork Belly and Chinese Sausage cook with the rice in the same pot.

Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe

The Chinese Cured Pork Belly or “Chinese Style Cured Pork Strips” by Kam Yen Jan is what we used. It’s actually a preserved and cured ingredient (kind of like Chinese version of smoked bacon!) so just like the Chinese sausage, it keeps for several months in the refrigerator (as long as you don’t open the package).

They are both found at Asian markets.

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Watch the video to learn how to make Mom’s Chinese Lay Pot Rice Recipe with Sweet Soy Sauce!

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Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes
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Recipe from Mama Ruthie! There are 2 versions of this recipe below - one for cooking on the stovetop and one for cooking in the rice cooker. The rice cooker method won't give you the super-coveted crispy burnt rice on the bottom of the pot - but it is definitely much easier to make.

You can find Chinese pork belly and Chinese sausage at the Asian market - they last for a long time! Buy a couple of packages and keep in the refrigerator. The Chinese rice wine is cooking wine made from rice. Substitute with dry sherry.

Ingredients:

FOR THE SWEET SOY SAUCE
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Chinese cooking rice wine
1 tablespoon sesame oil
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FOR THE CLAY POT RICE
1 package Chinese sausage
1 package Chinese cured pork belly 
2 cups long-grain raw rice (I like jasmine rice)

Directions:

1. Make the Sweet Soy Sauce:
Heat a small sauce pot over medium heat with cooking oil. When hot, add in the shallot and the ginger and fry until browned but not burnt, approximately 3-5 minutes. The shallots should be shriveled, darker brown (just not black). Remove the shallots and ginger (as much as you can). The remaining oil will now be flavorful. Don't throw away the crispy shallots! Use this as a topping for salad, fried rice, vegetables, etc. The ginger can be discarded.

To the oil, add in the sugar, soy sauce and rice wine. Bring to a simmer and then turn the heat to low. Let simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and pour in the sesame oil. Let cool completely before storing in a jar. Lasts up to 4 months in refrigerator.

2. Make the Clay Pot Rice

IF COOKING IN RICE COOKER
Place the rice in the rice cooker pot. Fill pot halfway with water and use your hands to swish the rice. Carefully pour out the water. Repeat 2-3 more times until the water is just barely cloudy. Pour in water until it reaches your knuckle. Use this Chinese method to measure water. Lay in the Chinese sausage and pork belly strips. Set rice cooker to cook. When cooking complete, remove pork belly and Chinese sausage and slice thinly on the diagonal. Serve with rice Sweet Soy Sauce drizzled on top.

IF COOKING ON STOVETOP
To the pot (preferably clay, cast iron, enameled cast iron or some kind of heavy-bottomed pot), add in the pork belly and Chinese sausage. Turn the heat to medium-high. As the pot heats up, the pork and sausage will slowly begin to release its fats (yum!). Cook for 2 minutes, then flip the pork and sausage and cook the other side. Remove the pork and sausage to a plate. You should have about a tablespoon of delicious fat in your pot! Add in your raw rice to the pot (still on medium-high heat) gently stir the raw rice in the fat for 30 seconds until coated. Pour in 3 cups of water and snuggle in the pork belly and sausage in the rice. Bring to a low boil. Turn heat to low and immediately cover. Cook for 12 minutes. When done cooking, pork belly and Chinese sausage and slice thinly on the diagonal. Serve with rice and Sweet Soy Sauce drizzled on top.

 

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Thai Pork Chops in Ginger Coconut Sauce Recipe

My husband has only a couple of hobbies, but my oh my, he did choose them well. What I mean to say, is that HIS hobbies benefits ME directly.  It’s a selfish way to look at things, but he could have chosen silly things like NASCAR, model rocket building or golfing — none of which have any side perks that funnel towards my way.

So hurray to my amazing husband for choosing growing food, building a grow house and for shooting wild hogs. See? Direct benefits. I’ll never leave him.

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My freezer has been bare of wild hog for the past couple of years – Scott and his friend, Shawn, lost their usual location where they were shooting the hogs. But recently, they scored another.

Sidenote #1: I technically can’t say “hunting” since the guys really aren’t perched up in some tree waiting for a random hog to appear – but rather they bait the hogs with an automatic feeder and infrared camera. Then they hide in the bushes and shoot. Quite easy targets.)

Sidenote #2: Shooting the wild hogs are a good thing. They are everywhere, destroying property and reproducing at a crazy rate second only to horny rabbits in a cage. They’re an environmental hazard, since they aren’t native to Florida and seem to destroy everything. They’re like hungry bulldozers.

Surprisingly, the meat is not gamey. It’s the best meat in the world. No chemicals, no antibiotics, all natural, organic, free-roaming….damn good pork.

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60 Recipes for Living High on the HogWith my friend, Ray Lampe’s new book, Pork Chop: 60 Recipes for Living High on the Hog, we’ve been having fun playing with porky recipes.

Ray Lampe's bookRay lives close by, and I’m lucky enough to see him a couple of times a year. He’s quite possibly the most entertaining friend I have. For some odd reason, women are attracted to men who cook, especially BBQ. And somehow, Ray is always in the middle of it all.

Ray’s book features creative recipes, all celebrating the pork chop:

Pork Chop Noodle Soup (homemade pork stock, pasta, thyme, basil)
Pork Chop Carnitas (garlic, jalapeño, lime, orange)
Broiled Pork Chop with Pineapple Chutney
Buffalo Hot Chop Sandwiches (blue cheese, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, buns)
Arroz con Peurco Chops (saffron, bell pepper, garlic, onion, rice)
Pork Chops Saltimbocca (prosciutto, sage, white wine)

Ray’s original recipe for the dish I’ve cooked is Thai Pork Chops in Banana Leaves – I’ve modified the recipe to be sans banana leaves, since it can be difficult to find fresh banana leaves at the market. I’ve also added more vegetables to make it a complete meal once served over rice. Such wonderful flavors! If you love Thai food, this is a super easy recipe to make. It’s not spicy (though you can add more chili sauce if you’d like!)

Buy Ray’s book: Pork Chop: 60 Recipes for Living High On the Hog

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Thai Pork Chops with Ginger Coconut Sauce Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Adapted from Pork Chop: 60 Recipes for Living High on the Hog by Ray Lampe. I've used my homemade 20-minute Sriracha sauce (http://www.steamykitchen.com/31539-20-minute-sriracha-sauce-recipe-video.html)

Ingredients:

4 pork chops, about 3/4 inch thick
salt and pepper
1 can coconut milk
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
2 tomatoes, cut into 8 wedges each
1 handful cilantro, chopped

Directions:

1. Season both sides of each pork chop with salt and pepper.

2. Prepare the sauce: In a large bowl, whisk the coconut milk, fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, chili sauce and sugar until it is smooth and creamy.

3. In a large sauté pan over high heat, add cooking oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. When the pan is very hot, add the pork chops and sear both sides, about 2 minutes each side. Remove the pork chops when they are about halfway cooked through and set aside.

4. Add the remaining of the cooking oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Add onions, pepper and tomatoes and saute for about a minute. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute, until the ingredients become fragrant. Pour the coconut milk mixture into the pan and stir all to combine. Bring to a simmer and then turn the heat to medium.

5. Nestle the half-cooked pork chops into the sauce. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the pork chops are cooked just a shade of blush pink in the center and the sauce has thickened. Serve immediately, spooning sauce and vegetables over the pork chops.

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Chinese Eggplant Stirfry with Spicy Garlic Sauce Recipe

I’m not very creative when it comes to cooking eggplant, usually I poke a few holes with a fork and roast until soft. The poking is important – it prevents the eggplant from exploding in the oven. Go ahead, ask me how I know!

We grow both Chinese and Japanese eggplant in the garden, both of which are less-bitter than the standard fat Globe variety. I’ve heard cooks needing to “salt” the eggplant and let it sit to release its bitter compounds. Not needed for the Asian variety!

Chinese Eggplant Stirfry with Spicy Garlic Sauce Recipe

The skin of Japanese and Chinese eggplant is much thinner as well.

While this is a Chinese stir-fry recipe, I used Japanese eggplant variety (my Chinese plant was towards the end of its life cycle and was only poppin’ out eggplant runts).

Other than just simple roasting, this is really the only other way I cook eggplant often – it’s a wonderful flavor party – chiles, garlic, soy sauce and a touch of black vinegar to balance the flavors out.

The translated Chinese name for this dish is “Fish-Fragrant Eggplant” which is so unfortunate. I’m sure it’s deterred many cooks from even trying the recipe. The reason it’s called this is because the dish originates from Sichuan province of China.

Sichuanese cooking has so many different descriptors for its 56 distinct cooking methods and 23 “official” Sichuanese flavoring combinations. The “Fish-Flavored” refers to the combination: salty+sweet+sour+spicy+garlic+ginger+green onion. Don’t worry – the sauce doesn’t taste fishy, nor the does the recipe contain any fish at all.  It’s a sauce that goes GREAT with many Sichuan fish dishes – thus the funny translated name.

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If you like Sichuanese cooking, pick up “Land of Plenty: Authentic Sichuan Recipes Personally Gathered in the Chinese Province of Sichuan” cookbook by Fushsia Dunlop. Fushsia is a celebrated cookbook author specializing in Chinese cookery. She’s lived in Sichuan and was the first foreigner to study full-time at the province’s famous cooking school.

I’ve been cooking this dish since my college days – my recipe doesn’t include Sichuanese Chili Bean Paste like Fushsia’s recipe – it’s not a common ingredient in standard supermarkets and I have trouble finding the bean paste even today outside of Asian supermarkets.

Chinese Eggplant Stirfry with Spicy Garlic Sauce Recipe

Here are a couple other tips:

1. If you can find Chinese bean paste – add 1 tablespoon to the stir-fry and cut the soy sauce to just 1 teaspoon.

2. The original Chinese recipe uses Chinese Black Vinegar – which is very similar to young balsamic vinegar. You can use either. The balsamic vinegar should be tart, not sweet – so don’t use the expensive super-aged super-thick sweet stuff (save that for your strawberries).

3. If you can’t find Chinese or Japanese eggplants, just use globe eggplant! Cut in similar sized strips. Baby globe eggplant is really good too. No need to salt. Just rinse, cut into thin wedges.

Chinese Eggplant with Spicy Garlic Sauce Recipe Video

Chinese Eggplant Stirfry with Spicy Garlic Sauce Recipe

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
3 small eggplants cut into long strips
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 red chile pepper, finely diced
1 tablespoon ginger, finely minced
1 stalk green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon black vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Directions:

In a wok or saucepan over high heat, add 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil and swirl to coat wok. When wok is hot, add eggplant in a single layer. Cook 1 minute and flip over each piece so they cook evenly. Cook another 2-3 minutes, flipping occasionally.

Push eggplant aside in wok and add 1 tablespoon cooking oil. Add garlic, red chile peppers, ginger and green onion. Stir these aromatics until they become fragrant. Combine aromatics with eggplant and stir fry for one minute. Add soy sauce, black vinegar and sugar and stir to combine all. Serve immediately.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice with Bacon http://steamykitchen.com/31325-paleo-cauliflower-bacon-fried-rice-video-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/31325-paleo-cauliflower-bacon-fried-rice-video-recipe.html#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:18:14 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=31325 Fried rice without rice?! WHAT?! That was exactly my reaction when I first saw this recipe in Nom Nom Paleo Food for Humans by my friends Michelle Tam and Henry Fong. Being the super rice geek that I am: How to cook white rice in microwave How to cook brown rice in microwave Trader Joe’s Quick Cooking Brown rice review ...

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Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

Fried rice without rice?! WHAT?! That was exactly my reaction when I first saw this recipe in Nom Nom Paleo Food for Humans by my friends Michelle Tam and Henry Fong.

Being the super rice geek that I am:

How to cook white rice in microwave
How to cook brown rice in microwave
Trader Joe’s Quick Cooking Brown rice review
Vegetable Fried Rice
Shrimp Fried Rice
Spam Fried Rice (!!!!)

I had to try the Paleo version of fried rice without the rice. So I guess that makes it Fried Cauliflower, which sounds like a dish not like this. So I’m keeping the name Cauliflower Fried Rice.

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Truthfully, I hadn’t even planned on doing any research on the Paleo diet – any diet that makes me give up my bread, glorious bread doesn’t interest me. However – after flipping through the volumous Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook, and bookmarking 8 recipes I must try TODAY (we ended up making 3 of them in one day) – I had to know more.

Here’s my conclusion:

If you’re a Paleo, get this book.
If you’re not a Paleo, get this book.

The fad diet name aside, Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong is just full of good food that’s good for you. Nothing processed. Nothing “refined”, nothing “enriched with.”

Here are the list of my top choices from the book:

10 minute Sriracha (we made this!)
Whole Roasted Fish (stuff ‘em with lemons and herbs)
Mussels in Curry Broth (uses Indian curry powder)
Kabob Koobideh (I love saying this!)
Crispy Roast Pork Belly (need i say more?)

Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

This rice. Errr.this “rice” – was bacon-tastic. The process was so easy that it was even faster than cooking rice. Cauliflower is grated on the large holes of a box grater. Even the stem gets grated too.

Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

Stir fry with bacon and whatever vegetables you want. Fifteen minutes later, you’ve got Paleo Cauliflower Bacon Fried Rice.

Here’s how to make it:

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Bacon Video Recipe

The recipe is super-easy – 15 minutes total. Below the recipe is a crazy list of options (CAN YOU TELL I’M HUNGRY?!)

 Cauliflower Fried Rice Options

When stir-frying, timing is everything. Overcooked spinach is mushy and undercooked chicken is not good. I’ll divide these options according to Steps 1 – 4 in the recipe.

STEP 1 OPTIONS:
Along with the bacon, you can add more bacon. Just kidding :-)

  • You can add in diced Chinese Lap Cheong (Chinese sausage) which is, um, another form of bacon.
  • Egg – once the bacon gets a good headstart, push it to one side of the pan. Crack an egg into an open spot. Scramble. Remove egg once it’s cooked (leave the bacon in the pan) and put scrambled egg aside. You’ll add it back in to the pan during step 4. This prevents the egg from overcooking – and from coating and mushy-ing up all the vegetables while they cook.

STEP 2 OPTIONS:
Along with the onion, you can add in ground beef, pork, turkey, chicken, buffalo. Throw in minced garlic at the very end of step 2.

How about different vegetables?

  • Diced (like the size of frozen diced carrot) – zucchini, squash, red onion, bell peppers, mushrooms of all kinds
  • Halved at diagonal – sugar peas, snap peas
  • Chopped – cabbage, kale, napa cabbage, green onion, bok choy
  • Matchstick – fresh carrot, broccoli stem (they sell in packages called “broccoli slaw”)
  • Frozen – any diced veg or bean like edamame. Throw it in the pan while frozen, they’ll thaw out and be perfect once you’re done cooking. There’s nothing worse than mushy peas and carrots due to overcooking.

Or more meat/seafood?

  • Diced cooked ham, smoked turkey (anything already cooked)
  • Raw shrimp – shell ‘em and then give ‘em a nice rough chop.
  • Diced salmon

STEP 3 OPTIONS:
Along with adding the cauliflower, you can add in:

  • Chopped fresh spinach leaves or any other delicate leafy greens that don’t require a lot of cooking.
  • Cooked shrimp (the kind you use for cocktail shrimp) – pinch tails off, rough chop.
  • Chopped up – leftover rotisserie chicken

STEP 4 OPTIONS:
As a substitute for Bragg’s Amino:

  • Coconut Amino, fish sauce or soy sauce. For non-Paleo peeps, try a tablespoon of oyster sauce for a slightly sweet/salty combo.
  • Top it off with chopped cashew nuts, peanuts, minced green onion/chives, bean sprouts, cilantro

Alright, now that I’ve bombarded you with a gazillion options for making Paleo Cauliflower Bacon Fried Rice, what are ya gonna cook?

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Cauliflower Fried Rice with Bacon Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo Food for Humans by Michele Tam and Henry Fong.
There are so many substitutions you can use! See bottom of post for full list.

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon, chopped
1 small onion, finely minced
1 head cauliflower, grated
1 tablespoon water
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 tablespoon Bragg's Liquid Aminos, Coconut Aminos or fish sauce

Directions:

STEP 1: In a wok or large saute pan over medium heat, cook bacon until almost crispy.

STEP 2: Add the onions and stir fry until translucent.

STEP 3: Turn heat to high. Add the grated cauliflower and stir fry for 1 minute. Add water and mixed vegetables, stir well, cover the pan and let the cauliflower mixture steam for another 3 minutes or until tender.

STEP 4: Uncover and add Bragg's (or your choice of seasoning) to combine. Toss well. Taste and add additional seasoning as desired.

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Healthy General Tso’s Chicken http://steamykitchen.com/30918-healthy-general-tsos-chicken-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/30918-healthy-general-tsos-chicken-recipe-video.html#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:00:32 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=30918 White meat or dark meat? I’m definitely a wing and dark meat gal, preferring the juicier, more flavorful, more tender and harder-to-overcook parts of the chicken. I think most Asians prize the dark meat (I know it’s a gross generalization, but I’ve never met an Asian who didn’t like dark meat!) Scott, on the other hand, is breast meat all ...

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Healthy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

White meat or dark meat? I’m definitely a wing and dark meat gal, preferring the juicier, more flavorful, more tender and harder-to-overcook parts of the chicken. I think most Asians prize the dark meat (I know it’s a gross generalization, but I’ve never met an Asian who didn’t like dark meat!)

Scott, on the other hand, is breast meat all the way. When we first started dating, I had to re-learn how to cook chicken properly. All I used to care about was roasting, stir-frying or grilling the thigh, wing and leg portions perfectly, not even giving a second thought to the breast, which cooks faster than its dark brothas and sistahs. Most of the time, the breast meat and bones went into broth-making anyways. I also had a Jack Russell terrier who was spoiled with slightly overcooked and a touch dry chicken breast dinners.

Yummy and Healthy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

The argument for eating chicken breast is that “it’s healthier” – but just HOW MUCH healthier?

White Meat versus Dark MeatAccording to an article from Josh Ozersky on Time Magazine, the difference isn’t as great as you might think.

From U.S. Department of Agriculture:

100 grams of white meat – 0.56 g of saturated fat and 114 calories
100 grams of dark meat has 1 g of saturated fat and 119 calories. 

To save .46 grams + 3 calories, I’ll take the dark meat any day!

 

Men’s Health article: “The extra fat in dark turkey or chicken meat raises your levels of cholecystokinin (CCK), a hormone that makes you feel fuller, longer.”

Live Science: “A nutrient called taurine, found abundantly in poultry dark meat, significantly lowered the risk of coronary heart disease in women with high cholesterol, the study revealed. The researchers said that taurine also might help protect against diabetes and high blood pressure.”

Slate: The Dark Side of the Bird: “Dark chicken meat is also nutrient rich, containing higher levels of iron, zinc, riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamins B6 and B12 than white meat.”

Despite this research, Scott still prefers the breast. Which is just fine by me – we don’t have to fight over who gets which part of the chicken! We each call dibs on our own section.

Steam Kitchen Healthy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

I’ve made a Healthy version of General Tso’s Chicken – one of Scott’s favorites – using white meat, of course – but feel free to substitute with boneless, skinless dark meat :-)

Healthy General Tso’s Chicken Recipe Video

 

 

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
Healthy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

Feel free to substitute the chicken for thinly sliced lean pork or beef. For a vegetarian version, use extra firm tofu cut into cubes and vegetable broth.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons rice vinegar (or white vinegar)
1 tablespoon honey
1 to 2 teaspoons garlic chili sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
1 large head broccoli, cut into small florets
1 pound boneless chicken meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 tablespoon of cooking oil
1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon ginger, finely minced (or grated on rasp grater)
4 stalks green onion, chopped
1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds

Directions:

1. In a bowl, make the General Tso sauce: Whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic chili sauce, chicken broth, just 1 teaspoon of the cornstarch. Set aside.

2. In a wok or large sauté pan over high heat, add 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Add broccoli to the pan and cover. Steam for 2 minutes or until broccoli has turned bright green and is crunchy-tender (just shy of cooked through.) Remove broccoli from pan, drain and rinse with cool water to stop cooking. Set broccoli aside. Empty water from wok or pan and dry well. Return wok or pan to stove.

3. In a medium bowl, add chicken, remaining 2 teaspoons of cornstarch, salt and pepper and stir to coat chicken evenly.

4. Heat the wok over high heat. When very hot, add cooking oil and swirl to coat. To get a nice crust on the chicken, you'll cook them in a single layer, giving them plenty of space to brown. Add half the chicken to pan in a single layer. Let cook undisturbed for 1-2 minutes, until the bottom of chicken is browned, flip chicken, cook until other side is browned. The chicken should be halfway cooked through - remove the half-cooked chicken pieces to a plate to set aside. As you take chicken pieces out, continually add in more of the raw chicken to the pan to cook.

5. When all the chicken have cooked, turn heat to medium. Let the pan cool a bit before adding the rest of the ingredients (so they don't burn). The pan should still have some cooking oil left from the chicken. To the pan, add the green onions, garlic and ginger . Stir fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Control your heat so that the ingredients don't burn.

6. Pour in the General Tso's sauce to pan and bring mixture to a simmer. Return the chicken and broccoli to the pan, toss and cook for 1 minute. The sauce should thicken and the chicken should be cooked through completely. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately.

 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes http://steamykitchen.com/28972-roasted-brussels-sprouts-and-grapes-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/28972-roasted-brussels-sprouts-and-grapes-recipe-video.html#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:19:28 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=28972 If you’re looking for a holiday side dish to complement the turkey, prime rib (or both!), mark this recipe down as a top contender! Not only is this a 5-ingredient dish, but the roasted brussels sprouts are treated to a special ingredient – sweet, red grapes. Let your oven do its magic – 20 minutes is all it takes – ...

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes

If you’re looking for a holiday side dish to complement the turkey, prime rib (or both!), mark this recipe down as a top contender! Not only is this a 5-ingredient dish, but the roasted brussels sprouts are treated to a special ingredient – sweet, red grapes.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes

Let your oven do its magic – 20 minutes is all it takes – to make all traces of bitterness disappear from the brussels sprouts. Roasting also concentrates the grapes’ flavor – intensifying its natural sweetness.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes

Cook’s Bonus: The stray leaves that fall off in the roasting pan turn into impossibly thin, brittle, crispy bites. This is what I call the Cook’s Bonus – a little delicious somethn’ for the chef that never makes it out to the table. Shhh….don’t tell anyone.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes

I recently made these on the Daytime Show and instantly converted two of the TV crew members who were life-long brussels sprouts avoiders — into LOVAHS. Uh, I mean lovers of brussels sprouts, um, not each other. Nevermind.

Here’s a quick video to show you how it’s done.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes Recipe Video


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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Tip: The larger the grapes, the better! If you can find big, round, seedless globe grapes, those work perfect.

Ingredients:

1 pound brussels sprouts, halved
1/2 pound seedless red grapes, halved
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Heat the oven to 400F. On a baking sheet, toss the brussels sprouts and grapes in just 2 tablespoons of the olive oil to coat evenly. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, tossing them halfway so they cook evenly. Pierce a brussels sprout to make sure they are cooked through. Remove baking sheet from oven.

In a small bowl, whisk the remaining olive oil, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Toss this sauce over the roasted brussels sprouts and grapes that are still on the baking sheet. Return to oven, place on top shelf. Turn oven to broil and cook for 3 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and caramelizing. Watch them carefully so they don't burn! Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

 

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Salmon Teriyaki Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/28997-salmon-teriyaki-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/28997-salmon-teriyaki-recipe-video.html#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:24:39 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=28997 It’s not often that you meet soul mates or life-long family friends. We (and I mean every one of us in the Steamy Kitchen family, including Coco) feel extremely lucky to count Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple as part of our family.   I think that was 4 years ago when I first saw their post on Tofu ...

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Salmon Teriyaki Recipe

It’s not often that you meet soul mates or life-long family friends. We (and I mean every one of us in the Steamy Kitchen family, including Coco) feel extremely lucky to count Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple as part of our family.

Salmon Teriyaki Recipe

 

I think that was 4 years ago when I first saw their post on Tofu Fries, but honestly, time is all jumbled up since that darn internet/social media/blogging world sped up time. OMGGGGG- I just checked the link and it’s been almost 6 years now. Hot damn.

Salmon Teriyaki Recipe

Diane and Todd have supported us through countless videos, trips, Food Blog Forums, long texts, phone calls and virtual hugs. They are just the most generous, love-with-open-arms people that we know. My kids lovingly call them “Auntie Diane” and “Uncle Todd.”

Finally, it’s our turn to introduce to you their very first cookbook, Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by our Garden.

Salmon Teriyaki Recipe

Well, it’s more than just a cookbook. The book is a peek into their bountiful life and surroundings with gorgeous photography of vegetables, fruit, herbs….and of course recipes. I hope you have a chance look through a copy of their book. Psst….here’s an article from LA Times Food Section on how they transformed their mess of a backyard into a bountiful oasis.

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Bountiful cookbook by Todd Porter and Diane Cu

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I’ve made their super-simple Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce and paired with fresh salmon. It’s a 16-minute recipe. You’ll love the updated freshness of Japanese teriyaki sauce. This Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce goes with evvvverything. Not only is the sauce “no-cook” but it all comes together simply in a blender. Use the sauce to drizzle on roasted or steamed veggies; as a marinade for pork, chicken or seafood, as a simmer sauce (like this recipe) or just toss with cooked noodles.

Salmon Teriyaki Recipe

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Salmon Teriyaki

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 8 minutes
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Ingredients:

2 cups fresh pineapple, divided
1 knob fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
sprig of fresh mint or basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 salmon filets (about 4-6 oz each)

Directions:

For the Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce: In a blender, add just 1 cup of the pineapple, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and puree until smooth.

Dice the remaining pineapple. Mince the fresh mint or basil. Combine these two ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat a large sauté or frying pan over medium high heat and swirl in the olive oil. When hot, add the salmon filets.

Cook each side of the salmon for approximately 2-3 minutes or until there is a nice crust but the inside is still just barely raw. Pour in the teriyaki sauce to the pan and simmer for one minute, spooning the hot mixture all over the salmon. Top with the fresh diced pineapple and mint. Serve immediately.

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