Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday Stir Fry $5.09

Tonight goes down in History as my son paying me the ultimate compliment when he said "mom, dinner is so good, there is no way you made this" Now in my cooking defense, I dont think Michael has ever had "chinese food" that I didnt order out, so I think he just thought chinese food is to be carried out, not mom making it.
I decided to experiment and make my own Teriyaki sauce. I may have veered a bit from the grocerylist, but never with ingredients that that the marinade absolutely had to contain.

Teriyaki Sauce:
1 cup Soy sauce .25
1/4 water
1/2 brown sugar .20
1 tblsp chopped garlic(or garlic powder).10
1 tblsp chopped onion(onion powder).05
1 tsp lime .05
2 tsp freshly grated ginger or ginger powder .05(optional)

heat all ingredients in sauce pan on low heat, until sugar dissolved.
let cool.

3 chicken breasts diced in medium chunks $1.50
8 oz mushrooms .60
12 oz broccoli $1.09
1 large carrot(sliced to the size of matchsticks) .10
8 oz asparagus .60
2 cups instant rice .50

Total $5.09

Marinate chicken for atleast hour in teryaki in the fridge. Heat oil in skillet, place chicken in pan, do not throw away marinade. Cook chicken 3-4 minutes on medium.
Lower heat pour in marinade, carrots, broccoli, asparagus, and mushrooms. Cook with chicken on medium another 4-5 minutes.
Follow directions to prepare 4 cups of rice.
When rice is cooked, top with stir fry for a delicious, healthy easy meal.

This recipe can be varied in so many ways. Replace vegetables with vegetables of choice, or what veggies remain in your cabinets or freezer. Chicken can be substituted with shrimp, beef, pork, or tofu. Also another idea for the marinade, would be to add orange juice, maybe instead of water, to give it a citrus flavor. Kim how did you prepare your stirfry?

Kim's stirfry was way simple... only Mom & the kids home for dinner, so we did chicken, yellow pepper, and broccoli on white rice.  The one stirfry tip I have to pass along...
     Heat pan and oil to hot (not smoking :-)) - add meat and marinade - lower heat to medium and cover your meat ... leave it covered ... don't open the cover until steam escapes the side.  remove the meat but leave the juice ... throw in the veggies ... replace cover ... don't open the cover until steam escapes the sides.  Open, add meat - stir - and serve.
We used a teriyaki marinade that I had on hand (bought from Aldi never-the-less)... here's a great pic ... and there was none left.

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