Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

If your mouth was throwing a party, fresh pineapple, curry powder, and sticky rice would be the superstars on the invite list.  I love EVERYTHING about those three.  Combine them together AND I won’t stop eating until either my stomach bursts or I run out of food.  Whichever comes first. Remember our heart to heart about rice in my Steak Stir-fry recipe?  Let me put my hands on your shoulders just in case I need to shake you in a minute.  Sticky rice is the only way to go.  Not only will it make you look like a master chopstick user, but the quality is MILES above the rest. Just to make sure you don’t get mushy instead of sticky, I suggest buying rice in packaging you can’t read because it’s all in characters.  I really like the Homai brand at Costco.  Here are a couple of Amazon’s top picks.  I’m actually excited to try the Tamanishiki.  It sounds legit!  It’s worth investing in some quality rice. I lived in Taiwan for 18 months over 8 years ago.  Even though time has past, my mouth has a great memory. How could it forget juice running down my chin after gracefully (HA!) biting into a fresh mango? Or the creamy peanut butter that resembled dessert more than a nut butter?  Seriously… why does Taiwan’s taste so much better than ours? BUT, one of my most favorite dishes was pineapple fried rice. Let’s just say I don’t think 99% of Taiwan’s ‘restaurants’ would pass FDA’s safety laws.  You purchase most meals from street food vendors.  The tried and tested method for preventing food contamination was having a fan turned on high with a couple...
Easy Sausage, Potato, and Carrot Stew

Easy Sausage, Potato, and Carrot Stew

If you want an easy, quick, last minute dinner idea, stop right here on this easy sausage stew.  I FREQUENTLY make this for dinner.  And when I say frequently… I mean almost every week.  I keep waiting for my family to revolt and scream out protests of having to eat this dinner one. more. time.  BUT there’s not even ONE sign of disappointment when I whip this out on those just-be-happy-the-house-is-still-standing days. It’s pretty easy to always have the ingredients on hand for this sausage stew.  I’m really loving Al Fresco’s chicken sausage right now.  There’s a wide variety of sweet to spicy flavors along with minimal processing.  I find mine for $4 or less at Winco.  I stock up and throw them in the freezer when I get home.  It’s precooked and easy to add into recipes like my Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup. Also, I buy bulk organic carrots and sweet potatoes at Costco.  I’m slowly being converted to all organic produce because I can TASTE a huge difference.  It’s like having garden fresh fruits and vegetables.  Not to mention skipping out on all the nasty chemicals and pesticides.  Don’t believe me?  Do your own taste test.  Since organic carrots are pretty cheap, start by getting some regular fresh carrots and some organic carrots.  Compare the color, quality, and taste.  You’ll quick understand why I’ve become a believer in organic! Okay, I don’t want to keep you any longer.  If you’re making this recipe, you must be short on time.  BUT thank goodness that doesn’t mean you have to be short on a good dinner.  Here are the spices I use. Print Yum...
Apple Sausage Stuffing

Apple Sausage Stuffing

Thanksgiving dinner wouldn’t be complete without stuffing.  However, traditional stuffing seemed a little boring to me this year.  I always think of  YOU before creating a new recipe because I want you to be healthy AND enjoy the food you eat.   Well, you’re probably tired of me professing my love for fresh fruits and vegetables.  I can’t help myself!  If juicy, crisp apples are perfect in my Creamy Apple Oatmeal, why wouldn’t they be fabulous in stuffing?  Throw in some crunchy celery, herbs and savory breakfast sausage… and WALLAH!  Fluffy stuffing with apple sausage that might steal the spotlight of your main dish this Thanksgiving.   PrintApple Sausage Stuffing Ingredients1 Tbs coconut or olive oil 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup chopped onions 2 1/2 cups unsalted organic chicken stock 1/4 cup dried parsley 1 tsp thyme 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 12 ounces toasted whole wheat bread cubes 1 lb chicken or turkey breakfast sausage, browned 3 cups finely chopped apple Olive oil cooking spray InstructionsIn a large pot over medium heat, add oil and heat for 1 minute. Add celery and onion. Cook until onion is translucent about 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken stock, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Meanwhile, brown sausage and chop apple. Once stock mixture is boiling, add bread crumbs and stir well. Add browned sausage and apples and mix well. Lightly spray 11 x 7 baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. Scoop stuffing in baking dish and spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake stuffing at 350° for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.NotesIf you would like...
Chicken Sausage and Sweet Potato Stew

Chicken Sausage and Sweet Potato Stew

I’m a busy wife and mom AND  I know I’m not alone (thanks for being crazy busy with me).  Just because we have many hats to wear doesn’t mean we need to compromise on having healthy dinners!  I’ve already shared some quick and easy healthy dinners like my Turkey and Black Bean Baked Burritos and my Avocado Tuna Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  Oh, how could I forget about my Shepard’s Pie?  Well, sit back and relax, my friends.  I’ve got another quick and easy one that you’ll fall head-over-heels for!     I’m sharing this recipe over at 4Men1Lady today!  Here’s the LINK to the full recipe and post....

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