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    Asian Sauce for Chicken or Pork

    This sauce recipe comes from my Chinese Beef and Broccoli recipe, but its great for making Asian beef or chicken. Just cut up the the beef or chicken into small strips, make the sauce, and then place everything in the slow cooker. Serve with snow peas and sprinkle with sesame seeds upon serving if desired. The recipe calls for cooking in a pan or wok, but slow cooker works better for me. Ingredients:     ⅓ cup oyster sauce     2 teaspoons sesame oil     ⅓ cup sherry     1 teaspoon soy sauce     1 teaspoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar, less healthy)     1 teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder (healthier…

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    Beef and Broccoli

    This recipe can also be made substituting the beef for chicken. Ingredients:     ⅓ cup oyster sauce     2 teaspoons sesame oil     ⅓ cup sherry     1 teaspoon soy sauce     1 teaspoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar, less healthy)     1 teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder (healthier option)     ¾ pound beef round steak, cut into 1/8-inch thick strips     3 tablespoons olive oil OR sesame oil, plus more if needed     Ground ginger or ginger paste, to taste     1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed OR 1 tsp chopped garlic from jar     1 pound broccoli, cut into florets Instructions     Step 1     Whisk together the…

  • Beef

    Rubbed Beef Roast in Apple Juice Gravy

    I love my regular pot roast recipe, but was getting tired of always having the tomato sauce componant in it, so I got the inspiration to season it with a rub I came across in another recipe I recently added to my collection, and then just add a bit of apple juice to the slow cooker to give a little bit of extra flavor and a base for the gravy. It turned out really good. I just need to remember to try to stick with Sterling Silver roasts for Safeway or Sobey’s because they are the best quality of meat – just watch for sales which the run every couple…

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    Comforting Broth and Vegetable Soup

    This recipe actually began as the base for my Pasta Fajoli soup, but I discovered while making that soup last week, when I tasted partway through the Fajoli recipe before adding the tomatoes, that this is actually really good all on its own as a totally different soup. What the heck, its nice to have some more variety! I used pork in place in beef, and it was really yummy – both in the fajioli, and in the broth soup base. Olive Oil (or omit and use a dab of chicken broth to minimize oil) 1lb ground pork (in place of beef) 1 tbsp chopped garlic in oil (from a…

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    Zucchini Lasagna (No Carb)

    Main Course 0Save EmailPrint This is the no carb alternative to my heavenly melt in your mouth ricotta lasagna recipe – its the same recipe, but substitutes thinly sliced zucchini in place of the lasagna noodles. Gives you a good serving of vegetables hidden in a scrumptious lasagna. Better than that, more than simply being hidden, the zucchini adds a richness to the already delectable flavor. If I get on a kick of making lasagna frequently, this is a great way to add some variation so it doesnt always seem the same, and the zucchini makes it health-ified and cleaner eating than traditional lasagna. Thank heaven for the person who…

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    Creamy Kale & Potato Soup

    I found that the recipe as it appears below (which I have already modified somewhat to better suit my taste and cooking style- IE IMPROVED) calls for too much broth, rendering the soup not as creamy in texture as it would be with less broth. I experimented by running it through the blender in different batches, some with more and some with less broth. Definitely pref the thicker as its much more like a cream soup that way. Next time I would start by eliminating a cup of broth and go from there to determine how much broth I feel is optimal. Its still a great soup even as is,…

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    Chinese Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

    Just made this for the first time today. Needed to find something interesting to do with some pork tenderloin I thawed. Went looking for recipe ideas and came across this honey garlic pork recipe for pork tenderloin and realized I could turn this into a Chinese dish. I served with Jasmine rice, and made the modification to cut into small pieces and add sesame seeds and chopped green onion. I also thought to add a pinch of ginger to bring forth more of the Asian flavor, though I didnt do it this time around, and honestly, I didnt need it. It totally tasted like we had ordered Chinese! This recipe…

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    Diced Chicken With Vegetables and Almonds

    Memories of Cathay House. Note, I dont add cooked chicken to the simmering vegetables until close to the end, otherwise the meat gets dry and rubbery. This is a version of what is called chicken ding in chinese cooking. Just found that out in feb 2022 when looking to perfect my replica of the cathay house recipe. 2 tsp peanut oil or sesame oil 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 tsp chopped garlic from jar) 1 pound raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp ground ginger 1 1/2 cup fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth, divided 1.5 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce 2…

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    Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

    1 bunch fresh spinach or spring mix 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries blueberries dried cranberries (Optional: can add thinly sliced red onions, if desired) ½ cup crumbled blue cheese ½ cup crumbled walnuts ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons honey ½ cup olive oil salt and ground black pepper to taste

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    Homemade Mexi-Rice

    Far better than packaged seasoning! Mexican rice with a mild flavor and none of the high salt, additives and MSG that you get in the packaged seasoning blends. Simple and easy to make. I use wholegrain brown Minute Rice since I try to avoid white rice which is not healthy. With all the flavor in the Mexican seasoning, you can’t tell the difference and the color doesn’t look any different from typical Mexi-rice, again due to the seasoning. Ingredients 2 cups of instant rice (brown)1 tablespoon cumin1/2 – 3/4 tablespoon chili powdersalsa sauce Cook the rice. Towards end of cooking time stir in cumin and chili powder (before rice is…