I love coming up with game time food during football season. Something about the fall and watching sports on Sunday that really makes me want some delicious homemade food. I’ve never met anyone that doesn’t like an egg roll and I figured it was worth trying some out to see if you can make them with out putting them in a deep fryer. Were they as good? No. But they were still crunchy on the outside and full of flavor in the middle. Plus you can use any ingredients you want–an Italian twist, an Asian twist, a Mexican twist… sky is the limit. I had limited ingredients on hand and certainly wish I had some fresh ginger to add but these were good nonetheless. Try ’em out using your favorite flavors!
-1 link of organic chicken sausage with casing removed or ground chicken
-1/2 red onion
-4 Won Ton wrappers
-Chinese cabbage, sliced thin
-1 Red pepper, julienned
For the Sauce:
-Sriracha sauce to taste
-Corn starch (optional)
– 1/2 TBSP honey
-Salt & pepper
For the Sauce:
-Combine a few tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of honey and sriracha (to taste) in a bowl. Mix well. Heat up in sauce pan or in the microwave. Add corn starch to thicken. Set aside for dipping later.
-Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
-Saute chicken and onions until the chicken is browned and onions are softened.
Cut your cabbage and red pepper in thin strips.
Place the chicken, cabbage and peppers towards the edge of your won ton. Dip your finger in water and wet the edges of all sides of the won ton. Roll the wrapper and fold in the sides as you continue rolling. Pinch the edges and wet again if necessary to be sure they stick together.
On a baking sheet, drizzle some olive or vegetable oil (I used both). Roll your egg rolls in the oil so they are covered.
Place in the oven to bake for roughly 15 minutes or until the egg rolls are golden brown. Dip in sauce and enjoy some football! Pretty simple, no?
Fried rice is one of my favorite take out items. I can’t imagine it’s that great for you so why not put a healthy quick on it and make it at home. I made this “fried rice” with quinoa and lots of veggies. Feel free to use any vegetables you like or have on hand. This can also be made with chicken or any other kind of protein. Enjoy!
Shrimp, cleaned and deveined, chopped into bite size pieces
1 cup cooked quinoa
3 scallions, diced
1/2 white onion, diced
1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 stalks of celery or bok choy, chopped
1-2 tsp sesame oil
1 carrot, diced
salt & pepper
A few tbsp soy sauce (to taste)
1/2 tbsp sriracha sauce (more for a spicier kick)
1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
Seasonings are optional. Fresh cilantro would work well. I have a Chinese dried seasoning blend that I use
Add sesame and vegetable oil to a wok and turn to high heat
Add onion and scallions to the hot pan and saute for 1-2 minutes
Add your egg to the middle of the pan, season with salt and pepper
Add the garlic and the rest of veggies and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and fresh ginger. Then immediately add the quinoa. (the shrimp will only need 3-5 minutes to cook)
Jews love Chinese food, I’m not sure why but my family has been ordering Chinese delivery since I can remember. Often times however I find it too greasy and I feel sick as soon as I’m done eating it. Cooking any kind of Asian cuisine at home can be scary but I’ve found a way to satisfy my craving. On a few occasions I have made fried rice using different vegetables and proteins so feel free to find your own! Of course using brown rice isn’t typical Chinese style fried rice but it makes it a bit healthier and you really can’t tell the difference.
Disclaimer: I know nothing about cooking Chinese or Asian cuisine but this is a great recipe for the casual cook who likes to have fun and try new things!
Boneless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces with salt & pepper (can replace with shrimp, beef, or leave out the meat and rely on the egg for protein!)
Shiitake and/or crimini mushrooms
1-2 Garlic Cloves
Celery or Bok Choy
Brown rice, cooked
Chinese seasoning (I found the one shown above at Home Goods – “Spicy Stir Fry”)
Sesame oil (teaspoon at most)
Heat up sesame oil in a wok if you have one.
Add onion, celery and saute until soft, then add chicken and garlic and soy sauce and stir-fry for 5 to 6 minutes.
Stir in zucchini, mushrooms, pea pods, Chinese seasoning and stir-fry another 5 or so minutes. Then add rice and stir thoroughly.
Finally, stir in scrambled eggs and 1/3 cup soy sauce, heat through and serve hot.