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String Bean Chicken

Ingredients

Marinade

2 tablespoons corn starch

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon toasted seasame oil

 

1 teaspoon peanut oil

1 chicken breast, chopped into cubes or slices

1/2 cup water, divided

1/2 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

1 cup green beans, chopped into 2 inch pieces

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped into 1 inch pieces

add salt to taste

 

 

Instruction

Mix all marinade ingredients and add to chicken. Marinate for 15 minutes to 12 hours depending on how much time you have.

Place lidded skillet or wok over med high heat, once hot add chicken and cook through. 3-5 minutes. remove chicken to a bowl and set aside.

Add a few tablespoons of water to the pan to deglaze then add onion and garlic. Cook for about three minutes until the onion is slightly translucent.

Add green beans and bell pepper to the pan, continue to cook for several minutes more before adding several tablespoons of water and covering the pan. cook 3 minutes, stir, add more water if needed and cover again. cook 2 minutes and then reintroduce the chicken. Cook for 3-5 minutes more.

Quick Tartar Sauce

I like this recipe because I don’t always have a fresh lemon on hand. In place of lemon juice this recipe is using vinegar for the acidity and coriander for the citrus flavor. For those unfamiliar with Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning it is a grinder blend of¬†sea salt, mustard seed, black pepper corn, coriander, onion, garlic, paprika and chili pepper in roughly equal parts. It is best to make this as a first step to the meal you are preparing so the flavors can mingle. Be careful not to over season, you want the seasoning flavors to be subtle, you can always add more mayo if you over do it.

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Ingredients

2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise

3 grinds of Trader Joe’s everyday seasoning

3 light shakes coriander, ground

1/8 teaspoon white vinegar

1 dill pickle spear, minced finely. (You may need to use more or less depending on the size of the spear.)

 

Instruction

Place all ingredients in a small bowl, mix thoroughly. Let rest for flavors to mingle.

Garlic Naan

 

 

Ingredients

2 teaspoons dry yeast

2 teaspoons sugar

1/2 cup warm water

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup warm water or non-dairy milk

3-4 garlic cloves, grated

2 tbs corriander(cilantro), chopped

3 tablespoons vegan butter

1 clove garlic, grated

Instruction

Where I am from the leafy part of coriander is called cilantro, and just the seed is referred to as coriander. I did not have any fresh cilantro at the time so I decided to use the same plant and used ground coriander seed in it’s place, it has a slight citrus flavor and worked well.

Mix yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup warm water. Leave in warm place for 5-10 minutes until frothy.

Add flour, salt and 1 tablespoon of oil. Add a little water and kneed until soft & slightly sticky. Coat dough ball with oil and place in a bowl. cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 2 hours or until doubled.

Punch dough down and kneed. Pinch of lemon shaped balls of dough, roll in flour.

Press slightly flat and add a pinch of garlic mixed with coriander. roll into an oval shape and stretch from all sides.

Do not roll them too thin or they become too crispy.

There are several ways to cook these, you can just cook them in a hot pan for about 1 minute per side until the dough puffs up and starts bubbling

if you have a small skillet you can apply water to one side of the dough so it sticks to the pan, then turn the entire pan upside down with the dough sticking upside down inside and place that over the burner so the dough becomes slightly charred. I am using a tortilla pan so I am unable to char my naan, it still turned out great.

Brush finished bread with melted garlic butter, non dairy in my instance.

Cover with cloth to keep warm,

Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie With Avocado and Maple Cream

This pie is incredibly easy and is great with a sweet coconut cream whipped topping.

 Ingredients

1 can of coconut cream(14 oz)

3/4 cups cocoa powder

1/3 cup Maple Cream

2 avocados

 

Instructions

Pre-bake and cool a pie crust.

In a blender add all ingredients and blend on med-high for 1-2 minutes.

Pour into pie crust and chill for 4 hours.

Eat as is or top with whipped coconut cream.

 

Curry Powder

There are so many curry recipes out there to choose from and this is my first time making it. After consulting my cookbooks, and the internet on at least 50 different recipes I picked one that I have all ingredients on hand for, after some slight modifications I am happy with this, and it smells so much better than the jar of stuff I bought and ran out of.

2 tablespoons Cumin, ground

2 tablespoons Corriander, ground

1 1/2 tablespoons Turmeric, ground

1 1/2 teaspoons Ginger, ground

1 teaspoon dried Mustard powder

1/2 teaspoon ground Pepper

1 teaspoon Cinnamon, ground

1/2 teaspoon Cardamom, ground

1/2 teaspoon ground Chili blend or Cayenne