Simple Sweet & Sour Meatball Simmer

MeatballsAs we have entered into by far the busiest season of our lives, I have come to appreciate quick meals more and more. The quicker the better. This meal was one of the meals that came together the absolute fastest. I started the rice cooking in the rice cooker, and then started the mommy chauffeur service. When I got home this was a quick flash in the pan to get dinner on the table. Although hubs, prefers homemade meatballs to store-bought, everyone else really liked it. I am sure hubs will be having it again sometime, it is just to easy to pass up putting it on the menu plan.

Recipe from What’s Cooking Spring 2008

  • 1/2 (680 g) pkg. frozen meatballs
  • 3 cups frozen mixed peppers – The bag I bought had about 4 cups so I just used the whole thing
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 1/4 cup Catalina dressing
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • Rice for serving – optional
  1. Combine ingredients in large skillet.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, sauce will be bubbly and meatballs and peppers cooked through.
  3. Eat and enjoy!

Open Sesame – Calgary

Stir-FryThe company Christmas party this year was at Open Sesame. One of my very favourite things, about the Christmas party is when we get to try out a new restaurant. I have been to Mongolie Grill, which is a similar concept, but have never made my way over to Open Sesame. We got a lovely room, practically to ourselves. We had one waiter, that took very good care of us, and the food was very good. I went ahead and made my own stir-fry, which I did not add enough sauce too. My bad. I liked the choice of options that you could choose to accompany. Coconut Rice was my choice, there were many different rice, and noodles.The appetizers were great, and the best dish of the night, was the one piece of Kung Pao Chicken, that I got to try from my father-in-laws plate. Although I didn’t opt to have any dessert the majority of the guests tried the banana wonton, and they were a big success as well. All in all it was a lovely night.
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Tropical Chicken Stir-Fry

Stir-FryHome. ec is upon us. And they want specific dishes. Not too specific, so we still get to choose what we want to make. 2 beef, and 2 chicken are required though. So I have been looking recipes easy enough for our eighth grader to make. This has actually been one of the courses we have been loving this homeschooling year. Our daughter has found a love of being in the kitchen, and making the family a meal. This, I believe, will serve her well in life. It’s always good to have a least one person who enjoys cooking in a house. Now we have 3, with I am sure one more on the way. Kitchen times equals mommy time, and even as teenagers the kids want some of that.

Recipe from Gooseberry Patch Have Yourself a Homemade Christmas 

  • 1/4 cup soy. sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, mashed
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. ground fresh ginger
  • 8 oz. can pineapple tidbits, don’t drain
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 16 oz. pkg. frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • cooked rice
  1. In mixing bowl whisk together first 7 ingredients. Stir in pineapple.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet, or wok. Cook chicken until no longer pick. Add vegetables. Cook until crisp, and hot, about 5 minutes. Add sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Serve over hot cooked rice.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

Peanut Chicken Stir-Fry

Chicken Stir-FryMy hubby came into the house and proclaimed it smells like peanut butter. He was on to me. I was going to try to pull the wool over his eyes and not tell him, the peanuts in this recipe come from peanut butter, but he instantly knew. Clever one he is. I loved this recipe in all it’s peanut butter glory. The kids liked it quite a bit too. Hubby likes to reserve his peanut butter for toast. It is a possibility that he doesn’t enjoy peanut butter quite as much as I do. MM……Peanut butter, so good!!

Recipe from Taste of Home Easy Weeknight Dinners

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp, water
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Hot cooked rice
  1. Combine 1/2 cup of water with peanut butter, soy sauce and brown sugar.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet. Cook garlic for 2 minutes on medium high heat. Add chicken, cook for 5 minutes. Add broccoli, cook 5 minutes.
  3. Add peanut butter sauce and cook until chicken is cooked through, and broccoli, is tender. This should take about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir cornstarch together with 1 Tbsp of water, and add to sauce. Bring to a boil, then simmer until sauce has thickened.
  5. Serve over hot cooked rice.
  6. Eat and enjoy!