Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mushroom and Chickn Fried Rice with Spicy Asian Greens

Fred had surgery on his knee this week. I wanted to make him something tasty, healthy, and full of veggies. I had some leftover rice from the other day. The farmers market has had some excellent produce. Put them together and you've got some great stuff to work with. I've been craving some fried rice, but most don't have enough veggies for my taste. I thought I'd get to work and create something we'd both enjoy. Here's what transpired.

Mushroom and Chickn Fried Rice
4 servings

2 tablespoons low sodium tamari
1 tablespoon mirin
2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
3 large cloves of garlic, minced
4 ounces chicken Gardien or Chicken Seitan, diced
1 large carrot brunnoise (small diced)
1 cup snow peas, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
 1 - 8 oz package cremini mushrooms sliced
3 cups brown rice, cold
1-2 additional tablespoon low sodium tamari

In small bowl, mix tamari, mirin, ginger, sesame oil. Let sit for at least 30 minutes to marinade. In wok or large deep saute pan on high heat, pour chicken and marinade into pan. Saute for 2  minutes. Add garlic and carrots. Saute until "chicken" browns. Add snow peas and mushrooms and saute until mushrooms release their liquid. Add additional tamari. Heat until rice is heated through.

Spicy Sauteed Asian Greens

8 cups Asian greens
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon mirin
2 tablespoon low sodium tamari
1 teaspoon sriracha sauce

In large saute pan or wok over med high heat, heat oil. add ginger and garlic and saute for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add greens, mirin, and Tamari. Saute for a couple of minutes until greens start to wilt. Add sriracha and saute for another minute. Serve immediately.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Guess Who's Testing Again

Yep. I said I would stop testing for a while. Ha! That didn't last long. I love testing and being part of the process of helping make amazing books come to the shelf. I can't help myself.

Right now I am testing for three who prefers to remain obscure and annonymous. The two other I'm hoping will offset each other. One is for Isa Chandra Moscowicz's upcoming Appetite for Reduction (I hope they keep that name - Love ya Axel), a low fat book. The other has yet to be named and it is a baking book by Carla Kelley. Both gals' recipes are amazingly good. I'll post a couple of teasers for you today.

It is St. Patrick's Day, so being the good Irish girl that I am, I must post this fantastic Irish Stew. It is not only delicious and bursting with homey, flavorful goodness, it boasts only 330 calories for a big hearty serving. It is low fat too. Bonus. I'm sure the green beer will offset any calorie savings, but hey, it's all about balance, right? (Please ignore the Smithwicks in the picture...I just found out it is not!)

Next comes a very fun and festive cupcake from the fabulous Carla (who you PPK folks know better as QueenV). These are a little bit on the pricey side due to the hazelnuts, but so worth it if you are a fan of them. I made these for a bake sale to benefit the Breast Cancer Fund, so the pink ribbon sprinkles were the perfect touch. I will be making these again! They are a decadent treat and are sure to impress your guests, friends, and family.

Hazelnut Latte Cupcakes

Our waistlines may not be excited about the testing, but I am. It is my way to unwind and have fun. It gives me excuses to cook, invite people over to taste test and spend some quality time in the kitchen. So you local peeps, don't be surprised if you get a desperate call from me to help eat the goods!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Calling All Local Vegan Bakers - Or Bakers Willing to Bake Vegan

Wow this is my 100th entry. What a great way to celebrate my 100th post!

April 24 - May 2, 2010 markes the second annual Worldwide Vegan Bakesale. Vegan bake sales are held all over the world to raise awarenss of how to help people, animals, and the planet. The proceeds go to your charity of choice. Of course my charity is the Wellness Community - Arizona as many of you already know.

I really wanted to do this last year, but I heard about it too late to put anything together. This year there is plenty of time. I want to get a big ol' group of bakers together and do this! I know that many of my friends and followers are incredible bakers. I think we could really wow a lot of people and raise a lot for the charities...not to mention have a blast doing it!

Let's have fun, help, people and show people vegan baking rocks! I can do it on Saturday May 1st or Sunday May 2nd. If I get some interested bakers, I will get a venue set up. Let me know if you are in and available. It will be a blast!

E-mail me and let me know if you are interested!