Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer Zucchini Bread

This is always a favorite thing to make with all the zucchini coming out of the garden. I love it because it freezes so well! Of course, it never lasts too long! 1 cup white flour
2 cups wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 tsp. vanilla
3 cups grated zucchini

Cream together sugar and oil. Add the remaining ingredients, leaving the flour and zucchini for last. Mix until blended. Pour into oiled pans and bake at 325 for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let sit in pans for ten minutes before removing.

Beef and Brocoli

My kids LOVE a good stir fry, so tonight we had beef and brocoli. It's always a favorite. Dallin didn't want to eat dinner tonight because he didn't think it was good. He asked for an apple, string cheese...ANYTHING, but dinner. I said "no" and finally around 8:00 he decided he was hungry enough to eat dinner. He took his first bite and said "this isn't too bad!" and then ate the whole bowl. Punk! What did he think I was going to feed him? Cod liver oil? Ingredients:
Top Sirloin (however much you want)
Brocoli (however much you want)
Carrots, optional
Onion, optional

2 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon water
2 tablespoon cornstarch

Thinly slice the steak and marinate in the marinade mixture for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking. Heat oil in a skillet and cook until meat changes color, but still has slight pink in the middle (1 to 2 minutes). Don't over cook. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel.

To cook Vegetables:
1/2 cup water (more if you use carrots and onion)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar

4 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
2 tablespoon water

Mix sauce in a small bowl and pour over vegetables and meat and heat through right before serving.

2 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
1 pound fresh broccoli
1 TBSP. minced garlic

To Cook Broccoli:
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon sugar, or to taste

Saute the garlic in a little olive oil until it smells yummy. Add brocoli and saute for a few minutes. Add water, salt and sugar and cover and bring to a boil and let simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, leaving the vegetables slightly crunchy. Add meat and sauce and serve over rice.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour is always a hit. Who doesn't like it? After all, it's like eating candy! My kids aren't a huge fan of peppers, but covered in the sauce they eat everything!2 lb. pork, cut into bite size chunks
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. soy sauce
2 eg whites
4 green onions, chopped
1 cup cornstarch

Cut up the pork and place all the ingredients and the pork in a ziploc bag. Coat the meat really well. Refrigerate meat mixture at least 1 hour. Then add 1 cup cornstarch to the bag and coat the meat evenly. Let sit for 10 minutes to absorb some of the coating. Brown in oil in a frying pan until browned and meat is fully cooked. Do not overcook.

6 stalks celery, cut in chunks
2 medium green bell peppers
2 medium red bell peppers
Sugar to taste (approx. 1/2 tsp.)
salt to taste (approx. 1/4 tsp.)
1 tbsp. oil

Add oil to frying pan and saute the vegetables until crisp tender. Add meat and pour sauce mixture over the top. Add cornstarch and water mixture and simmer until thickened. Serve over rice.

2 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tsp. soy sauce
16 oz. can pineapple chunks, undrained

4 TBSP. cornstarch
1/2 cup water

Combine sauce ingredients (except the cornstarch and water) and bring to a boil. Pour over the meat and vegetables. Combine the water and cornstarch and slowly add to the meat and vegetables and simmer until thickened.