[personal profile] jdoochin
Every now and then I like to have themed dinner nights. Does anyone know why sticking to a theme during dinner makes it a little more enjoyable? Me either. Nonetheless, last night was Chinese food themed night. Below includes my Asian cuisine meal for two: 

Frozen Appetizer

General Chang's Chicken Spring roll is a great frozen appetizer with grilled chicken, broccoli and cabbage. Visit PF Chang's site for more appetizers and Asian meals.


Main Dish: Sesame chicken and noodles

Ingredients: 
  • 1/3  cup  rice vinegar
  • 1/3  cup  thinly sliced green onions
  • 2  tablespoons  honey
  • 1  tablespoon  reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1  tablespoon  grated fresh ginger
  • 2  teaspoons  Asian garlic-chili sauce
  • 2 6  ounces  refrigerated grilled chicken breast strips
  • 12  ounces  dried udon noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 3  tablespoons  toasted sesame oil
  • 2  medium yellow, red and/or orange sweet peppers, cut in bite-size strips

Directions

1. In medium bowl stir together vinegar, green onions, honey, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic-chili sauce. Add chicken; stir to coat. Set aside to allow flavors to meld.

2. Meanwhile, in large saucepan cook noodles in boiling water about 8 minutes until just tender. Drain noodles well and return to saucepan. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Add chicken mixture and toss to combine.

3. Transfer to bowls. Top each with pepper strips and cilantro. Makes 6 servings.

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[personal profile] rydra_wong
Con: requires use of a food-processor or blender, which can be hard for those of us with noise sensitivity.

Pro: minimal prep, lasts indefinitely in the freezer, takes only a few minutes to make, no cooking required, compatible with a very wide range of special dietary requirements, is mysterious food alchemy.

Taken from Instructables: 1-Ingredient Ice Cream:

Take a banana or bananas, peel, chop into chunks, then put in a bag in the freezer.

When desired, take out your frozen banana chunks, put them in a food processor, and blend them.

The result is amazingly creamy in texture, and way sweeter than regular banana, for reasons I cannot fathom.

I don't eat a lot of sugar, and I actually find the result too sweet; I'm going to be experimenting with blending in extra ingredients, including other fruits or cocoa powder.

ETA: If you need/want to take a supplement that's in powder form, blending it in seems to work very well (I tried this with a scoop of whey protein).

ETA2: If you are okay with dairy, blending in some Greek yoghurt is amazingly delicious.

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