Monday, January 16, 2017

Fortune Cookies, Not a Chinese New Year Tradition


Can you believe that Chinese New Year falls on January 28th this year? Earlier and earlier every year! I have very fond memories of Chinese New Year from my childhood. The day, the foods, the traditions are special to me. But most memorable is my mom's part in it. She would clean the house and cook an amazing spread. Family would come visit. She would often take us out of school, if not pick us up early.
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Monday, January 2, 2017

One Minute Quinoa (Pressure Cooker)


Looking to make Quinoa in your pressure cooker? This method has worked so well for me, I won't make it any other way now. I used to make my Quinoa in the rice cooker which also came out perfect, but my rice cooker has a non stick coating on the insert so I am not using it as much.
This method is simple and easy. As long as you keep the water to liquid ratio you can change out the liquid to suit your needs. Stock, water, broth, juice, tea. This does require soaking the Quinoa, but it's for only 5-10 minutes. I put the Quinoa in water then gather remaining ingredients. There's really no wait. Season it up and serve it how you like! Try my Southwest Quinoa Pilaf, or serve it with these Easy Peasy Curry Chickpeas, I'll be adapting this to Instant Pot cooking also, but believe me it's so easy.
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Tacos and Taco Salads

Taco meat from the Instant Pot means less hands on time!!
Sooo. Christmas has come and gone, leftovers are eaten up. How about something simple and easy? Tacos? Taco Salad? How about in the Instant Pot? Taco meat? In the Instant Pot? Yes. I was skeptical but this works. I know that taco meat is so easy to do on the stove. My kids have been doing it since eight years of age. But, why not try something new. I have not let me children use the Instant Pot yet.
This method for making taco meat isn't necessarily a time saver. But it takes less hands on time. While the pressure cooker is doing it's thing vegetables can be prepped, the internet can be surfed. Christmas decorations can be put away. So there's that. 
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Double Pan Fried Noodles or Mee Korb

 Chinese New Year comes early this year so I thought I would share a favorite noodle dish around here. Double Pan Fried noodles are an absolute favorite way to have noodles at our house. They have always been a childhood favorite of mine also. If you haven't had them, make sure you try them the next time you're out for Chinese food. Or make them at home.
You can use any vegetables or protein you like for this, just stir fry it all up and ladle over the noodles. YUM!
Here's the method for Double Pan Fried Noodles or Mee Korb, is what we call it.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

2016 Lunches 320-331

It was a VERY short week because of Election day and parent teacher conferences. The kids only had ONE full day of school. After that was the rush to get ready for Thanksgiving. But, there were still lunches eaten and packed. I just hadn't posted because we've had company!! Yikes! But how about some lunches?
Pizza
Veggies
Dressing
Apples

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Chili Dogs (With The BEST Boiled Hot Dogs)

I'm sitting here typing this up and I just watched the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. I don't watch baseball usually. Unless it's live. But either way this would have went it would have been historical. So we watched and it was stressful at times! What a game! Appropriate that this post is about hot dogs, a great ball park food.
I made about 40 of these for a Halloween party, they are a huge hit. My kids hardly ever eat hot dogs and they loved them. I knew that for a crowd I wanted to put them in the slow cooker like I did for DD's Big Hero Six party. As I was putting them in the slow cooker (my Instant Pot was busy with the chili) I thought, I should flavor this water. I choose whole spices like garlic, bay, and celery seeds. It was PERFECT. Usually hot dogs can be salty for us, so I didn't add any salt. I didn't use stock or anything like that. Even my DH, who doesn't really eat hot dogs said they were good. My kids requested them for lunch the next day. I kept the chili hot in a thermos, and cut hot dogs up in there. I sent buns and toppings separate.
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Creole Seasoning


I use this Creole seasoning for Jambalaya, sprinkled on eggs, roasted vegetables, roasted chickpeas, seafood, potatoes, and meats. It's perfect for stews and soups also. You can rub it onto steaks and chicken before roasting.
I make this salt free so I can control the amount of salt in each dish. If you would like a seasoning salt for the table or cooking, add salt to this to taste.  This Creole Seasoning would also make a great gift for your favorite cook.
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Glazed Carrots


Glazed Carrots. There are a few recipes, well, methods for these here on Give Peas A Chance. All the methods are easy. Pick one, season with what your family likes, and DONE. The one's I'm posting today are Green Goddess Glazed. You can use a Green Goddess seasoning, like Penzey's which we really enjoy. OR if you have them, use the herbs and spices from this post HERE.
Some other ideas:
Maple and cinnamon
Dill and butter
Curry powder
Parsley
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