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Thai-Coconut Bouillabaisse

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:57 pm

Thai-Coconut Bouillabaisse

Cooking spray
1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (reserve shells)
1 cup chopped celery, divided
1 cup chopped carrot, divided
1 cup chopped onion, divided
2 1/2 cups cold water
3 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon red curry paste
4 (2 x 1/2–inch) lime rind strips
1 (13.5-ounce) can light coconut milk
12 littleneck clams, scrubbed
12 mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (6-ounce) skinned halibut fillet or other lean white fish fillet, cut into 1-inch pieces
Lime wedges (optional)

Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shrimp shells to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 1/2 cup celery, 1/2 cup carrot, and 1/2 cup onion to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in 2 1/2 cups water, peppercorns, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining 1/2 cup celery, 1/2 cup carrot, and 1/2 cup onion to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add bell pepper; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato, garlic, curry paste, and rind; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Stir in broth mixture and coconut milk; bring to a boil. Add clams and mussels. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 2 minutes or until clams and mussels open. Remove from heat; discard any unopened shells. Stir in shrimp, basil, and remaining ingredients except lime wedges.

Cover and let stand 5 minutes or until shrimp and halibut are done. Discard lime rind. Place 2 clams and 2 mussels in each of 6 bowls. Divide shrimp and fish evenly among bowls. Ladle 2/3 cup broth mixture over each serving. Serve with lime wedges, if desired. Makes 6 servings

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Tuna Steaks with Wasabi-Ginger Glaze

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:08 pm

Tuna Steaks with Wasabi-Ginger Glaze

2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
4 (6-ounce) tuna steaks (1 inch thick)
2 tablespoons ginger marmalade (such as Dundee)
2 teaspoons wasabi paste
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Spoon 1 tablespoon soy sauce over fish; let stand 5 minutes. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, ginger marmalade, and 2 teaspoons wasabi paste in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fish to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side. Spoon marmalade mixture over tuna; cook 1 minute or until medium-rare or until desired degree of doneness. Remove tuna from pan; sprinkle with cilantro. Makes 4 servings

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Bok Choy Salad

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:11 pm

Bok Choy Salad

2 (3-ounce) packages ramen noodle soup mix
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3 tablespoons slivered almonds, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 bok choy, shredded
6 green onions, chopped

Remove flavor packets from soup mix; reserve for another use. Crumble noodles. Combine noodles, sunflower seeds, and almonds. Spread on a 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown; set aside.

Bring sugar and next 3 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; cool. Place bok choy and green onions in a large bowl. Drizzle with sugar mixture. Add ramen noodle mixture, tossing well. Serve immediately. Makes 6 to 8 servings

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Drunken Stir-Fried Beef with Green Beans

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:22 pm

Drunken Stir-Fried Beef with Green Beans

Drunken Paste:
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
7 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons minced bird chile or 2 1/2 teaspoons minced serrano chile
2 teaspoons coarsely chopped galangal or peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon chopped peeled fresh lemongrass
2 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced, or 1 teaspoon grated lime rind

Stir-fry:
Cooking spray
1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch strips
2 cups (1-inch) diagonally cut green beans
1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 cup Thai basil leaves

To prepare the paste, combine the salt and minced garlic in a mortar and pestle, and pound to form a paste. Add chile, galangal, lemongrass, and lime leaves, one at a time, until each ingredient is incorporated into paste.

To prepare stir-fry, heat a wok or large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add paste, and stir-fry for 30 seconds (fumes may cause eyes and throat to burn slightly).

Add beef; stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add beans; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, sugar, fish sauce, and vinegar; stir-fry for 1 minute or until beef reaches desired degree of doneness. Stir in basil. Makes 4 servings

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Chicken Lo Mein

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:31 pm

Chicken Lo Mein

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sherry or chicken broth
1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1/2 cup hot water
6 ounces uncooked linguine
1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 pound fresh snow peas
1 large sweet red pepper, julienned
2 green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
2 teaspoons sesame oil

In a large bowl, combine the cornstarch, ginger, soy sauce and sherry or broth until smooth. Add chicken and stir to coat; set aside. In a small bowl, dissolve bouillon granules in hot water; set aside. Cook linguine according to package directions.

In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry mushrooms, snow peas, red pepper and green onions in 1 tablespoon canola oil for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. In the same skillet, stir-fry chicken mixture in remaining canola oil for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

Stir in dissolved bouillon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Return vegetables to skillet. Drain linguine; add sesame oil and linguine to skillet. Toss to coat. Cook 1-2 minutes longer or until heated through. Makes 6 servings.

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Cinnamon-Beef Noodles

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:33 pm

Cinnamon-Beef Noodles

5 cups water
1 1/2 cups rice wine or sake
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
8 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cinnamon sticks
1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach, chopped
4 cups hot cooked wide lo mein noodles or vermicelli (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Set aside. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add half of the beef, browning on all sides. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and beef.

Return beef to pan; add water mixture, onions, garlic, cinnamon, and ginger. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours or until beef is tender. Discard ginger slices and cinnamon. Stir in spinach; cook 3 minutes or until wilted. Serve over noodles. Makes 8 servings

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Chicken Noodle Stir-Fry

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:35 pm

Chicken Noodle Stir-Fry

1 package (3 ounces) chicken-flavored Ramen noodles
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 cup fresh cauliflowerets
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup coarsely chopped cabbage
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup canned bean sprouts
1/2 cup teriyaki or soy sauce

Set aside seasoning packet from noodles. Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet or wok, stir-fry chicken in oil for 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink.

Add vegetables; stir-fry for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain noodles; add to the pan with contents of seasoning packet and the teriyaki sauce. Stir well. Makes 4 servings.

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Chinese Chicken Spaghetti

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:41 pm

Chinese Chicken Spaghetti

8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cups fresh snow peas
2 cups shredded carrots
3 green onions, chopped
3/8 teaspoon ground ginger or 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Cook pasta according to package directions. In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch and 1 tablespoon soy sauce until smooth; stir in 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Transfer to a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar, remaining soy sauce and sesame oil; set aside.

In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry chicken in canola oil until no longer pink. Remove to a platter and keep warm. In the same skillet, stir-fry peas and carrots for 5 minutes. Add the green onions, ginger and pepper flakes. Cook and stir until vegetables are crisp-tender. Return chicken to pan. Add soy sauce mixture; drain pasta; Add to skillet; toss until combined. Makes 6 servings

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Thai Shrimp Bisque

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:49 pm

Thai Shrimp Bisque

Marinade:
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp
1 1/2 tablespoons grated lime rind
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 garlic cloves, crushed

Shrimp stock:
2 cups water
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon tomato paste

Soup:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped celery
1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon grated lime rind
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt

To prepare marinade, peel shrimp, reserving shells. Combine shrimp and next 8 ingredients (shrimp though garlic) in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.

To prepare the shrimp stock, combine the reserved shrimp shells, water, wine and 1 tablespoon tomato paste in a large Dutch oven. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until the liquid is reduced to 1 cup (about 10 minutes). Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl, and discard solids.

To prepare the soup, heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and sauté 8 minutes or until browned. Add 1 cup shrimp stock, coconut milk, and 1 tablespoon tomato paste, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.

Bring to a boil. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour and reduced-fat milk in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add to pan; reduce heat, and simmer until thick (about 5 minutes). Add shrimp and marinade, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon lime rind, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and salt. Makes 6 cups

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Cold Soba Noodles with Vietnamese Pork

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:53 pm

Cold Soba Noodles with Vietnamese Pork

3 tablespoons chopped green onions, divided
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil, divided
4 teaspoons fish sauce, divided
1 tablespoon tamari
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound boneless pork cutlets, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
8 ounces uncooked organic soba noodles
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon chile paste with garlic (such as sambal oelek)
3 cups chopped napa (Chinese) cabbage
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
Cooking spray

Combine 1 tablespoon onions, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon fish sauce, and next 4 ingredients (through pork) in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator 20 minutes.

Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1 tablespoon fish sauce, vinegar, and chile paste in a large bowl, stirring well. Add noodles, cabbage, and bell pepper; toss to coat.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove pork from marinade. Add pork to pan; cook 1 1/2 minutes or until done. Arrange pork over noodle mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons onions. Makes 4 servings

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Lemongrass Pork

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:58 pm

Lemongrass Pork

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4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh lemongrass
1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon soy sauce
8 ounces carrot, halved lengthwise and cut into (3-inch) pieces
1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
1 garlic clove, sliced
4 baby bok choy, halved
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle pork with pepper and salt. Add pork to pan; cook 3 1/2 minutes on each side or until the pork is done. Remove from pan; keep warm.

Add onions and next 6 ingredients (through garlic) to pan. Bring to a simmer. Cook 6 minutes. Arrange bok choy in a single layer over carrot mixture. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook 4 minutes or until bok choy is tender.

Stir in cilantro and juice. Cut each pork chop into (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Spoon 1/2 cup vegetable mixture into each of 4 shallow bowls; top each serving with 3 ounces pork. Makes 4 servings

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Chicken with Pineapple Sauce

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:01 pm

Chicken with Pineapple Sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple, undrained
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
Minced chives, optional

In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in pineapple, soy sauce, garlic salt and ginger. Cook and stir over low heat until thickened.

Place chicken in a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Pour half of the sauce over chicken. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15 minutes. Bake 10 minutes longer or until chicken juices run clear, basting several times with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with chives if desired. Makes 6 servings.

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Soba Noodle Salad with Seared Tuna

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:10 pm

Soba Noodle Salad with Seared Tuna

6 ounces uncooked soba (buckwheat noodles)
Cooking spray
1 (1-pound) sushi-grade tuna steak
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup finely chopped English cucumber
1 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup julienne-cut radishes
1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold water. Drain; set aside. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.

Sprinkle both sides of tuna with 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Place tuna in pan, and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Transfer to a platter; cool slightly. Cut tuna into 6 equal pieces.

Combine noodles, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, cucumber, and remaining ingredients except sesame seeds in a large bowl; toss well to combine. Arrange 1 cup noodle mixture onto each of 6 plates. Top each serving with 1 teaspoon sesame seeds and 1 tuna piece. Makes 6 servings

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Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:13 pm

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups chopped green onions, divided
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons fish sauce
6 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
1 cup matchstick-cut carrot
3/4 cup (3 x 1/8-inch) julienne-cut red bell pepper
3/4 cup (3 x 1/8-inch) julienne-cut yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped dry roasted peanuts
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Place chicken and 1/2 cup green onions in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Drain and discard green onions. Place chicken on a work surface or cutting board, and shred chicken with 2 forks.

Combine juice, sugar, and garlic in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; microwave at HIGH for 20 seconds or until sugar melts. Cool to room temperature; stir in fish sauce.

Combine remaining 1 cup onions, chicken, cabbage, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with juice mixture; toss well to coat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings

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Shredded Five-Spice Turkey with Herb and Noodle Salad

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:44 pm

Shredded Five-Spice Turkey with Herb and Noodle Salad

Turkey:
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms (about 2 ounces)
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 cups shredded cooked skinless dark-meat turkey (about 8 ounces)
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Dressing:
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon hot chili sauce with garlic
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced

Salad:
4 ounces uncooked rice vermicelli
4 cups torn butter lettuce
2 cups thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)

To prepare turkey, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and chopped onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add turkey and next 5 ingredients (through salt) to pan; cook 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

To prepare dressing, combine 2 tablespoons vinegar and next 6 ingredients (through garlic) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

To prepare salad, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Combine lettuce and remaining ingredients except mint sprigs. Place about 2 cups lettuce mixture into each of 4 bowls. Top each with 1 cup noodles and 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture; drizzle each with 1 1/2 tablespoons dressing. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired. Makes 4 servings

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Spicy Orange Beef

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:49 pm

Spicy Orange Beef

1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag brown rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 pound boneless sirloin steak, cut into 1/4-inch strips
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
3/4 cup (1-inch) slices green onions

Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Combine rice and salt, tossing well. Combine garlic, pepper, and beef, tossing well.

Combine rind, juice, cornstarch, and soy sauce, stirring with a whisk. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef mixture and onions; sauté 2 minutes. Add juice mixture; cook 2 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring frequently. Serve beef mixture over rice. Makes 4 servings

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Peanut Chicken Soba Salad

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:52 pm

Peanut Chicken Soba Salad

2 cups water
2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
4 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons roasted peanut oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups cooked soba noodles (about 4 ounces uncooked)
1 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
4 teaspoons chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
Lime wedges (optional)

Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan, and discard peppercorns, bay leaf, and cooking liquid. Shred chicken; place in a large bowl.

Combine vinegar and next 5 ingredients (vinegar through salt), stirring with a whisk. Pour over chicken; let stand 5 minutes. Add soba noodles and the next 4 ingredients (noodles through chopped basil) to chicken mixture, and toss well. Sprinkle with peanuts. Garnish with lime wedges, if desired. Makes 4 servings

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Curried Beef-Stuffed Squash

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:57 pm

Curried Beef-Stuffed Squash

3 medium acorn squash (about 1 pound each), halved and seeded
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup cooked rice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt

Invert squash in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until almost tender. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain.

Dissolve bouillon in water; add to skillet. Stir in remaining ingredients; mix well. Turn squash cut side up in pan and fill with meat mixture. Fill pan with hot water to a depth of 1/4 in.; cover loosely with foil. Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes or until heated through. Makes 6 servings.

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Thai Coconut-Curried Salmon with Greens

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:02 pm

Thai Coconut-Curried Salmon with Greens

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 cup thinly sliced onion
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 cup light coconut milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon bottled minced ginger
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon chile paste with garlic
1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
1 (1-pound) salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
6 cups trimmed watercress (about 2 bunches)

Heat vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and curry powder; sauté 4 minutes. Add coconut milk and the next 7 ingredients (coconut milk through clam juice).

Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Add fish; cover and cook 4 minutes. Arrange watercress evenly over fish; cover and cook 4 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Makes 4 servings

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Moo Shu Pork With Mandarin Pancakes

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:08 pm

Moo Shu Pork With Mandarin Pancakes

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine or sake
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 (1 1/2-pound) boneless pork loin, trimmed and cut into 1 x 1/4-inch strips
10 dried shiitake mushrooms
1/2 cup (1-inch) sliced green onions
3 tablespoons minced garlic (about 12 cloves)
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1/4 cup dried wood ear mushrooms (about 1/4 ounce)
3 tablespoons rice wine or sake
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups thinly sliced napa (Chinese) cabbage stalks
4 cups thinly sliced napa (Chinese) cabbage leaves
2 tablespoons rice wine or sake
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
16 Mandarin Pancakes

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a zip-top plastic bag. Add pork; seal and marinate in refrigerator 1 hour, turning occasionally. Remove pork from bag; discard marinade.

Combine boiling water and dried shiitake mushrooms in a bowl; cover and let stand 20 minutes. Drain; discard mushroom stems, and thinly slice mushroom caps. Combine sliced mushroom caps, green onions, garlic, and ginger in a small bowl; set aside.

Combine boiling water and wood ear mushrooms in a bowl; cover and let stand 20 minutes. Drain; cut mushrooms into thin slices. Set aside.

Combine 3 tablespoons rice wine and next 4 ingredients (3 tablespoons rice wine through black pepper) in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Set aside.

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork, and stir-fry 3 minutes. Remove pork from pan. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil to pan. Add eggs; stir-fry 30 seconds or until soft-scrambled. Add shiitake mushroom mixture; stir-fry 1 1/2 minutes.

Add cabbage stalks; stir-fry 30 seconds. Add the wood ear mushrooms, cabbage leaves, and 2 tablespoons rice wine; stir-fry 1 minute. Add pork and cornstarch mixture; stir-fry 2 minutes or until sauce is thick. Place pork mixture on a platter.

Combine hoisin sauce and 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce mixture on uncooked surface of each Mandarin Pancake. Top each pancake with 1/2 cup pork mixture; roll up.

Mandarin Pancakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil

Lightly spoon the flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and water in a large bowl. Stir until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 3 minutes).

Shape the dough into a 1 1/2-inch-thick log. Divide the dough into 16 equal portions. Roll each dough portion into a 6-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Brush 8 pancakes evenly with oil. Top each with one of the remaining pancakes, gently pressing together.

Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place 1 pancake stack in pan, and cook 1 minute on each side or until slightly puffed. Remove from pan, and cool. Peel pancakes apart. Makes 16 pancakes

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Shrimp Maki

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:15 pm

Shrimp Maki

6 nori (seaweed) sheets
4 1/2 cups cooked Sushi Rice
1 1/2 cups cooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and halved (about 3/4 pound)
12 strips julienne-cut carrot
12 (1/4-inch-thick) slices peeled avocado (about 1 1/2 medium)
6 green onion tops (about 7-inch length)
1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 12 (7-inch) julienne-cut strips

Cut off top quarter of nori sheet along short end. Place nori, shiny side down, on a sushi mat covered with plastic wrap, with long end toward you. Pat 3/4 cup rice over nori with moist hands, leaving a 1-inch border on one long end of the nori.

Arrange 1/4 cup shrimp, 2 carrot strips, 2 slices avocado, 1 green onion top, and 2 cucumber strips along top third of rice-covered nori.

Lift edge of nori closest to you; fold over filling. Lift bottom edge of sushi mat; roll toward top edge, pressing firmly on sushi roll. Continue rolling to top edge; press mat to seal sushi roll. Let rest, seam side down, for 5 minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining ingredients. Slice each roll into 8 pieces with a sharp knife. Makes 6 servings

Sushi Rice
4 cups uncooked short-grain rice
4 cups water
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar

Bring rice and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 15 minutes.

Place rice in a large bowl, and gently stir in rice vinegar with a spoon until combined. Cover rice mixture, and let rest 30 minutes. Makes 10 cups

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Chicken with Sherry-Soy Sauce

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:18 pm

Chicken with Sherry-Soy Sauce

Cooking spray
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup dry sherry
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with salt and black pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove from pan; keep warm.

Add sherry, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and red pepper to pan; scrape pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Stir in oil. Makes 4 servings

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Fresh Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:23 pm

Fresh Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce

Dipping Sauce:
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon chile paste with garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced

Spring Rolls:
12 (8-inch) round sheets rice paper
3 green leaf lettuce leaves, quartered
3 cups fresh broccoli sprouts or alfalfa sprouts
36 (2-inch) julienne-cut carrot strips
36 (2-inch) julienne-cut cucumber strips
36 (2-inch) julienne-cut yellow bell pepper strips
24 medium shrimp, cooked, peeled, and halved lengthwise
36 fresh mint leaves

To prepare sauce, combine first 7 ingredients, stirring with a whisk until sugar dissolves; set aside.

To prepare spring rolls, add hot water to a large, shallow dish to a depth of 1 inch. Place 1 rice paper sheet in dish; let stand 30 seconds or just until soft. Place rice paper sheet on a flat surface.

Arrange 1 lettuce piece in center of sheet. Top with 1/4 cup sprouts, 3 carrot strips, 3 cucumber strips, 3 bell pepper strips, 4 shrimp halves, and 3 mint leaves. Fold sides of sheet over filling; roll up jelly-roll fashion. Gently press seam to seal. Place spring roll, seam side down, on a serving platter (cover to prevent drying).

Repeat procedure with remaining rice paper, lettuce, sprouts, carrot, cucumber, bell pepper, shrimp, and mint. Serve with dipping sauce. Makes 6 servings

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Marinated Pork Chops

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:29 pm

Marinated Pork Chops

1 cup water
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon honey
6 boneless pork chops (3/4 inch thick)

Combine the first four ingredients in a large resealable plastic bag; add pork and turn to coat. Seal bag; refrigerate for at least 6 hours, turning occasionally.

Discard marinade. Grill, uncovered, over medium-hot heat, or broil 6 in. from the heat for 10-14 minutes or until juices run clear. Makes 6 servings.

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Egg Foo Yong with Sauce

Post  justmecookin on Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:34 pm

Egg Foo Yong with Sauce

4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sherry or apple juice

Egg Foo Yong:
1-1/2 cups egg substitute
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 cups canned bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon Chinese five spice
2 tablespoons canola oil

In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch, sugar and ginger. Stir in broth until smooth. Add soy sauce and sherry or apple juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; set aside.

In a bowl, combine egg substitute and onions; let stand for 10 minutes. Add bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mushrooms, salt and Chinese five spice; mix well.

In a nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls into oil. Cook until golden brown, about 2 to 2-1/2 minutes on each side. Serve with sauce. Makes 4 servings.

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