Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

Look.  There are several nights I’m scrambling to figure out what I’m going to make for dinner.  The day got busy, dinner time comes speeding up, and need something quick because people are starting to salivate (hungry tummies bring lots of grumpiness in my house).  Am I alone?  I’ll give you a couple tips so you can have all the ingredients to throw something together like this juicy and savory Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry.         There are some constants when you look in my freezer and refrigerator… a large bag of organic carrots, sweet onions (refrigerate to last longer), frozen organic sweet corn, frozen organic sweet baby peas, and frozen organic broccoli florets.   HIGHLY  recommend you adding them on your shopping list (I purchase mine from Costco).  When you’re in a rush, I have several quick and healthy recipes that will use at least one like my Chicken and Broccoli Pasta, Classic Spaghetti, or my Not-Yo-Mama’s Shepard’s Pie.     I got spoiled when living in Hong Kong and Taiwan.  The food is incredible… especially the rice, fresh fruits and vegetables.  Oh, how I miss it!  You wouldn’t think the rice would be so much different in the States, but rice is definitely not created equal.  I’ve tried lots of brands but love love Lundberg Farms Brown Rice.  It reminds me of rice from Taiwan.  Keep rice in a large airtight container which makes it handy to make recipes like this rice stir fry and my Yellow Chicken Coconut Curry.     Teriyaki sauce is also something not created equal.  Read the ingredients!  Whenever purchasing something prepackaged, read the...
Edamame Hummus

Edamame Hummus

I forget it’s not normal for 3 year olds to love things like edamame and hummus.  My daughter was pretending to eat with my brother-in-law and when he asked what she was eating, she shouted ‘hummus!’   Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than creating healthy recipes craved by my family.   Healthy eating can be fulfilling, satisfying, and indulging.  Trust me… I love food and eating way too much to torture myself with flavorless eats.  Also, go ahead and snack!  If you’re hungry (legitimately hungry not bored), eat away!  I eat frequently throughout the day and never waste time counting calories because I choose to eat nutrition packed options like this Edamame Hummus.   Deliciously flavored ground up garbanzo beans, otherwise known as hummus, is becoming more and more popular.  It’s great with veggies and chips or even spread on sandwiches instead of mayo.  A main ingredient for traditional hummus is tahini.  It’s ground sesame seeds with consistency of peanut butter and has a similar nutty taste. I’m not a huge fan of the flavor so I make my hummus without it.  I make my Basic Hummus without tahini also.   Since we’re talking about ingredients, let’s talk about my obsession with garbanzo beans!  They are mild in flavor, but add rockin’ nutrients and great texture.  Word of caution… garbanzo beans are addicting in my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies or my Flourless Chocolate Cookies.  You’ll actually be encouraging your kids to sneak one of these cookies before dinner.  Anyway, stock up on garbanzo beans.  You’ll want extra on hand after you try these recipes.     Crunchy and creamy...
Edamame Hummus

Edamame Hummus

PrintEdamame Hummus Ingredients1 (15 oz can) organic garbanzo beans with liquid 16 oz frozen bag of organic shelled edamame, thawed 1/2 cup olive oil (add additional 1-2 Tbs for thinner consistency) 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice or 1 large lemon 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced 1 Tbs minced garlic 1 Tbs cumin 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional if you want a little spice)InstructionsIn a Vitamix blender, add ingredients according to order listed. Blend on medium speed for about 45 seconds until smooth. For thinner consistency, add 1 Tbs of olive oil until desired consistency reached. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to chill prior to serving. Enjoy with carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, or your...
Edamame

Edamame

Edamame are the ultimate power snack.  They’re high in fiber and protein.  They also have a nice portion of iron, vitamin C, and vitamin A.  In addition to the rockin’ nutrition facts, they really are delicious and fun to eat.   Just warm them up in the microwave, sprinkle on some salt, and pop out the beans with your fingers or teeth.  Even my daughter at 16 months loves popping out the beans herself!   I purchase a large bag of Madame Edamame with 10 individual 9 oz. bags at Costco. Madame Edamame is non-GMO verified and organic.   Side Note:  There has been recent controversy on whether soy is good or bad for you.  I’ve recently read articles from Medline Plus, Today’s Dietitian, and the FDA supporting the health benefits ONLY IF YOU DO NOT have a sensitivity or allergy to soy.   I lived in Hong Kong for 3 years and Taiwan for 1.5 years and soy was a huge part of those countries diet.  Since Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore rank much higher than the United States on being the healthiest countries and also have a higher life expectancy, I think it’s safe to say maybe Americans should follow some of their food and lifestyle...

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