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Orange Chicken

I’ve been in a citrus mood lately, so I have another orange chicken recipe for you this week. I decided to use this one because I liked the combination of ingredients in the marinade. Since I made this on a busy weekday, I completely omitted one step: The original recipe asks that you dredge the chicken pieces in an egg mixture and then coat with cornstarch. Then you have to fry the chicken in 1 cup of oil. I’m sure this step renders a delicious crispy crust, but… no. I really don’t want to dredge the chicken pieces in an egg mixture and then coat them with cornstarch on a busy day.  So, I just marinated the chicken and then stir fried the pieces, adding the thickened sauce at the end. It was still very flavorful, and definitely on the lighter side with no cornstarch coating and a lot less oil. I also used only 2 tablespoons of sugar instead of ½ cup.

White rice is the perfect side for this dish, and a simple cucumber salad would be a great pairing. So there you have it, another one of my busy mom weekday recipes!  Let me know if you try it.

Helga

Orange Chicken

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Zucchini Lasagna

In my attempt to make healthy meals at home, I came across this recipe for Zucchini Lasagna. Instead of pasta you use thin slices of zucchini, which makes it a much healthier option and there is really no flavor sacrifice here… it’s a tasty, kid approved recipe. As with the zucchini noodle recipe, I had also been meaning to try it for a long time, but I had felt discouraged when I read that you had to let the salted zucchini strips sit for a while, and then dry them up before assembling your lasagna. It’s a weekday… I’m busy, I don’t want extra steps. Then one day I saw a video by Everyday Food and noticed that they didn’t do anything to the zucchinis but slice them up, and it seemed to work out just fine. So here it is guys, zucchini lasagna… with no extra steps to prep the zucchini.  I hope you try it, we’re sure you’ll enjoy it!

Helga

Zucchini Lasagna
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Zucchini Noodles with Pomodoro Chicken

I finally got around to making these zucchini noodles. I’ve been eyeing the recipe for a long time, but every time I found a recipe and skimmed the procedure, I would find that after forming the noodles, when the zucchini is still raw, you have to pat them dry a few times going through a drying process before cooking them. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot to do, but I swear that part of the procedure alone made me not want to make them. Then I found this recipe, which does require you to get organized ahead of time, but you just have to follow a few steps and there’s not a lot of active work. The first step is tossing the noodles with salt and leaving them in a strainer for 30 minutes. This will make the zucchini sweat, getting rid of excess moisture so you don’t get mushy noodles when they are cooked. Those inactive 30 minutes are important to me… I can’t do other things, like drink a cup of coffee (yeah, right!),  give my daughter a bath, answer some emails or get a load of laundry going. You get the idea. After the 30 minutes are up, you rinse them well to get rid of all the salt and then put them in the fridge for an hour or two, to dehydrate them further. This second step is optional, but I have always done it. You can stop at this step, and place your noodles in a sealed container so you have them ready whenever you want to cook them.

I’ve made this recipe 3 or 4 times already. I’ve tried them drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper, I’ve had them with tomato sauce and Parmesan on top, and now I tried them as a side dish to a quick pomodoro chicken that I whipped up. At first I thought they would tear, but they hold their shape pretty well, you can even twirl them with a fork and eat them as if they were grain noodles! If you’re looking to substitute pasta in your diet, or are just looking for a new way to serve zucchini then please try this recipe, you will be glad you did.

Helga

Zucchini Noodles with Pomodoro Chicken

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