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Chicken and Broccoli stir fry

We got this recipe from the Food Network.  An easy, tasty stir fry.

Total prep/marinate time: 30+ minutes
Total cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
1 lb Chicken thigh, sliced
3 Scallions, white part only, thinly sliced on the diagonal
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 in fresh Ginger, peeled, minced
1 TBSP Soy sauce
2 TBSP Sugar
1 TBSP + 1 tsp Cornstarch
1 1/4 tsp Salt
1 TBSP dry Sherry
1 TBSP dark Sesame Oil
1/3 cup Water (in 1/3 cup, 2 TBSP increments
3 TBSP Vegetable Oil
16 oz Broccoli florets and stems, chopped
1 tsp Red Pepper flakes
1 TBSP Hoisin sauce
Rice, cooked

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl mix together: Chicken, Scallions, half of the Ginger, half of the Garlic, Soy sauce, Sugar, 1 TBSP Cornstarch, 1 tsp Salt, Sherry, and Sesame Oil.  Marinate at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Mix remaining 1 tsp Cornstarch with 1/3 cup Water. Set aside till step 9.
  3. Heat 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil in the wok at high heat.
  4. Add the Broccoli stems and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the Broccoli florets, remaining Garlic and Ginger, 2 TBSP Water, salt and pepper.  Stir fry until broccoli is bright and crisp, about 2 minutes. Remove from wok and set aside.
  6. Heat remaining 2 TBSP Vegetable Oil in the wok. Reheat to high.
  7. Add the Chicken and Red Pepper Flakes. Stir fry until chicken is no longer raw colored and lightly brown, about 3 minutes.
  8. Add the Hoisin sauce, and reserve Broccoli mixture. Toss to mix.
  9. Add the Cornstarch and Water mixture. Bring to a boil and allow to thicken. If needed, add small amounts of water to thin the sauce.
  10. Serve over cooked rice.
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Skillet-Baked Ziti with Sausage

This is another awesome recipe from America’s Test Kitchen’s Pasta Revolution cookbook.  That is definitely one of our favorite cookbook purchases.

Total cooking time: About an hour

Ingredients:
28 oz can Whole peeled Tomatoes
1 lb Hot Italian Sausage (no casings)
6 cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
3 cups Water
12 oz Ziti, uncooked
1/2 cup Heavy cream
1 oz (1/2 cup) Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup fresh Basil, chopped
4 oz low moisture Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions: Adjust the oven rack to the middle. Preheat oven to 475 F.

  • Pulse the Tomatoes in food processor.
  • In and oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat (setting 7), cook sausage, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 4-6 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in processed tomatoes and 1/2 tsp salt. Reduce heat to medium-low (setting 3-4) and simmer gently, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Stir in water and pasta. Cover and increase heat (back to 6 or 7) and cok at a vigorous simmer, stirring often, until pasta is tender, about 15-18 minutes.
  • Stir in cream, Parmesan, and Basil, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle Mozzarella over top.
  • Transfer, uncovered, into the oven and bake until cheese has melted and browned, about 10-15 minutes.

Chicken and Broccoli Sauce

Another Broccoli based slow cooker meal. This one is super easy to put together aside from chopping up the sun-dried tomatoes.

Total Cooking Time: 4-6 hours

Ingredients:
1 Onion, minced
1/2 cup (1/2 a jar) Oil-packed Sun-Dried Tomatoes, rinsed, patted dry, and sliced thin.
6 cloves Garlic, minced
2 TBSP extra virgin Olive oil
1 tsp dried Thyme
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
2 cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
1/2 cup dry White Wine
2 TBSP Minute Tapioca
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless Chicken Thighs, trimmed
12 oz. Broccoli florets, cut up
2 oz (1 cup) Parmesan cheese, grated
16 oz Ziti, cooked

Directions:

  • Microwave Onion, 1/4 cup  Tomatoes, Garlic, 1 TBSP Oil, Thyme, Red Pepper Flakes, stirring occasionally until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to the slow cooker.
  • Stir in Broth, Wine, and Tapioca.
  • Season the Chicken with salt and pepper then nestle into the slow cooker. Cover and cook for 4-6 hours on low.
  • Transfer Chicken to cutting board then shred into bite-sized pieces.  Then skim fat from the sauce in slow cooker.
  • Start cooking the ziti.
  • Microwave Broccoli and remaining TBSP of Oil until the broccoli is tender, about 4 minutes. Stir shredded Chicken and Broccoli into the sauce.  Allow to heat through, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in Parmesan and remaining 1/4 cup Tomatoes.
  • Serve over ziti. Add additional Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.

Chicken Divan

A cheesy, chicken, and broccoli classic!

NOTE: This recipe requires a little bit of hands on time at both the beginning and towards the end.  Read the instructions all the way through before cooking.

Total Cook Time: 20-30 minutes hands on prep, 4- 6 hours on low, + 30 minutes.

Ingredients:
3 TBSP Vegetable Oil, divided
1 Onion, minced
4 Garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried Thyme

2 TBSP Italian Seasoning
3 TBSP All-purpose Flour
1 cup Low-sodium Chicken Broth
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1 tsp dry Mustard
2 lbs boneless skinless Chicken Thighs, trimmed
2 cup Instant Rice
4 oz (1 cup) Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 oz (1/2 cup) Parmesan cheese, shredded
12 oz Broccoli florets, cut up

FOR THE TOPPING:

Either:
2 slices White Bread
2 TBSP Butter
salt and pepper

Or:

Italian Panko breadcrumbs (to cover)

Cheddar cheese (to cover)

Directions:

  • Heat up 2 TBSP of oil in a skillet. Add Onions, Garlic, and Thyme.  Cook until onions are softened and browned, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the Flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Whisk in the broth, scraping up browned bits, and smoothing out lumps. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker.
  • Stir in Heavy cream and Mustard.
  • Season the Chicken with salt and pepper then nestle it into the slow cooker coating both sides evenly in the sauce. Cover and cook for 4-6 hours on low.
  • Break up the chicken into bite size pieces with a wooden spoon.
  • Stir in Rice, Cheddar, Parmesan, and 1 tsp Salt.  Cover and cook on HIGH until the rice is tender, about 20-30 minutes.
  • Microwave the Broccoli with 1 TBSP of oil until tender, about 4 minutes.  Stir Broccoli in to the slow cooker and allow to heat fully through, about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the breadcrumb topping: pulse the Bread slices in a food processor until coarse crumbs.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet.  Add the Breadcrumbs and season with salt and pepper. Stirring often, toast them till lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Top the casserole with the breadcrumbs.
  • Place casserole under broiler until browned.

Beef Goulash

This stew like recipe comes from the American Test Kitchen. It’s best served with some buttered egg noodles.

Total prep time: 30 minutes
Total cook time: 10 hours

Ingredients:
3 Onions, minced
1/4 cup Sweet Paprika
1/4 cup Tomato paste
3 TBSP Vegetable oil
6 Garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp Caraway seeds
2 cups Low-Sodium Chicken broth
1/3 cup Soy sauce
1/4 cup Minute Tapioca
2 Bay leaves
4 lbs Boneless Beef Chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1/3 cup Sour cream
2 TBSP Parsley, minced

Directions:

  • Microwave the Onions, Paprika, Tomato paste, Oil, Garlic, and Caraway seeds in a bowl, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, until onions are soft. Then, transfer to a the slow cooker.
  • Stir in Broth, Soy, Tapioca, and Bay leaves.
  • Season the Beef with salt and pepper then nestle into the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 9-11 hours.
  • When done cooking, skim the fat from the surface. Discard the Bay leaves.
  • In a bowl combine 1 cup of stew liquid and Sour cream.  Then add this into the stew.
  • Add extra Broth to adjust the consistency of the stew.
  • Stir in Parsley, then salt and pepper to taste.

Banana Nut Bars

These are simple and tasty breakfast bars.  They are nice because they are not too sweet, and very filling.

Total cooking time: Less than an hour
Total hands on time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup All purpose flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 cup Brown sugar
2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
3/4 cup Walnuts, chopped
2 large Eggs
8 oz. Plain Applesauce
3 medium Bananas, mashed
1 tsp Vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray.

  • Mix Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Oats, and Walnuts in a large bowl
  • In a separate bowl, mix together Eggs, Applesauce, Bananas, and vanilla.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir to mix well.
  • Spread evenly into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.