Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken WrapBeef has been really expensive again lately, so we have been eating a bit more poultry. Usually it’s opposite, so we have been enjoying our chicken. I found this recipe in a magazine, Taste of Home December/January 2011. We slightly adapted it. Changed out Turkey for Chicken. It was cheaper. And it has a bit more flavour in my humble opinion. Plus we added rice. It fills our bellies a bit more. So a slightly adapted recipe, that we all quite enjoyed. Serve with a side of napkin, because this one is messy!

  • 2 lbs. ground chicken
  • 1 pkg. (16oz.) frozen stir-fry veggies
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp.sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • lettuce leaves (we used green leafy)
  • hot cooked rice
  1. Stir fry chicken until cooked through. Add veggies with next 6 ingredients. Cook over medium high heat for 5 minutes. Add garlic. Cook 1 more minute.
  2. Layer a lettuce leaf with rice, then chicken mixture. Top with green onion.
  3. Eat and enjoy!

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!