Aug 092013
 

Kid-friendly Vegetable Fried Rice | My Little Gourmet

Initially my plan for this week’s post was a recipe for the grill, since my parents got us the awesome gift of a barbecue. I ordered it online about 2 weeks ago while they were visiting and am STILL waiting for it to arrive. So, you guys will have to wait for the planned chicken skewer recipe and instead, settle for this yummy fried rice.

Kid-friendly Vegetable Fried Rice | My Little Gourmet

This is Arik’s favorite way to eat rice and to be honest, it’s mine as well. I tend to just make a big batch of brown rice at the beginning of the week and use if for various things, including this recipe. You can use whatever veggies your kids prefer or what you happen to have on hand. If there are toddlers eating this, then be sure to chop up the vegetables quite small (especially the carrots) and make sure they are soft before serving. I usually serve this with this sweet broiled salmon, but if you want to make this a main course you could add some grilled chicken breast or even some shrimp on top.

Well, keep your fingers crossed that this grill arrives soon so I can get to barbecuing before this summer is over!

 Kid-friendly Vegetable Fried Rice | My Little Gourmet

 

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Vegetable Fried Rice
 
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Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • Butter for frying
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, chopped finely
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 2-3 scallions, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup or a few handfuls frozen peas
  • 1½ cups/250g cooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
Instructions
  1. Melt some butter in a large pan and cook the beaten eggs until done. Make sure to chop them up into smaller chunks.
  2. Remove the eggs and set aside.
  3. Melt some more butter in the pan and add garlic and ginger. Saute for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add chopped carrots and saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add scallions and peas and saute for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add rice, egg, soy sauce and sesame oil and combine well. Allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes and serve.

 
Recipe adapted from Weelicious
 Posted by at 12:58
Mar 262013
 

Lighter Sesame Chicken | My Little Gourmet

My hubby and I used to cook and eat different kinds of asian food A LOT, and the spicier the better. Since Arik has started eating the same foods we eat, I rarely make asian recipes and I never cook spicy. I do really miss that kind of cooking though, so I’ve been searching for some kid-friendly asian-style recipes. I came across the Sweet Broiled Salmon, which we really love and make all the time, and recently I found this Sesame Chicken.

Lighter Sesame Chicken | My Little Gourmet

Broccoli is one of Arik’s favorite vegetables, so I couldn’t go wrong with that, and he really seemed to like the sweet sauce. What I like about the recipe is the fact that you don’t bread and fry the chicken, which is how original sesame chicken is made. Instead you coat the chicken in egg whites and cornstarch, and cook it in a tablespoon of oil. This way the dish is much easier and faster to make and ten times healthier than deep-fried breaded chicken. Of course we (we being the adults) top ours with Sriracha to add some spice. Enjoy!

Lighter Sesame Chicken | My LIttle Gourmet

 Lighter Sesame Chicken | My Little Gourmet

 

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Lighter Sesame Chicken
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped or pressed
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 lb./500g skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into small chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 lb./500g broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • salt and ground pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine honey, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and garlic to make the sauce; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together egg whites and cornstarch; add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat and add half the chicken. Cook, turning occasionally, until opaque throughout; about 6-8 minutes.
  4. While chicken is cooking, steam broccoli until crisp tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. When 1st batch of chicken is done, transfer to a plate, heat remaining tablespoon of oil, and cook the rest of the chicken.
  6. Once done, return all the chicken to the skillet; add sauce and scallions, stir until chicken is coated and allow to simmer 30 seconds.
  7. Add the steamed broccoli and toss to coat.
  8. Serve over rice.

 
Adapted from Martha Stewart
 Posted by at 19:55

Sweet Broiled Salmon

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Nov 092012
 

Sweet broiled salmon

I am constantly on the look-out for delicious and, more importantly, easy recipes for preparing fish.  You always read that you should be feeding your kids fish twice weekly…for me, that’s not all that easy.  I just don’t have that many recipes for fish and the ones I do have are quite elaborate and not very kid-friendly.

Sweet broiled salmon

Last week, I stumbled across this recipe and had to try it right away.  It requires just a few simple ingredients, most of which I already had in the pantry, and very little time.  I’ve already cooked it twice, and definitely plan on making this a regular in our recipe rotation!

Sweet broiled salmon

Sweet Broiled Salmon
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon rice or cider vinegar
  • 4 salmon filets, skinless
  • sesame seeds
  • green onions
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and vinegar and whisk together.
  2. Wash the salmon filets with cold water and pat dry. Place the filets in a zip-lock bag or a shallow dish, and pour in the marinade.
  3. Marinate for about 15 minutes.
  4. Turn on the oven to pre-heat the broiler.
  5. Place the salmon on a foil lined cookie sheet and broil 4-6 inches from the heat for about 7-9 minutes depending on the thickness of the filets. Salmon is done when opaque and easily flakable with a fork.
  6. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onions, if you like, and serve.
 
Adapted from Weelicious

 

 Posted by at 13:21