Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pad Thai

This is a version of a recipe I found here.

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Serves 4

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250g rice stick noodles
500g chicken thigh fillets, sliced thinly
2 clove garlic, crushed
2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 red capsicum, sliced into thin strips and strips halved
1 large carrot, cut into matchstick
4 spring onions, sliced thinly
2 cups bean sprouts
1 or 2 red thai chilli, sliced thinly
2 tablespoons chopped palm sugar (or brown sugar)
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
3 eggs
fresh roughly chopped coriander leaves
chopped peanuts
Chilli flakes and sesame seeds (optional)

Do This -
  • Prepare rice noodles according to directions listed on package.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, lime juice and fish sauce, set aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok or large and deep non-stick pan over medium-high heat. 
  • Once hot add chicken and saute until cooked through, about 4 - 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate, leaving oil in pan. 
  • Add capsicum and carrots and saute 1 - 2 minutes then add garlic, ginger, spring onions and bean sprouts saute 1 minute longer. 
  • Push veggies to edges of pan and crack eggs into center. Cook and scramble until eggs have cooked through. 
  • Add in chicken, noodles and sauce and toss everything together and cook 1 - 2 minutes.
Serve warm topped with cilantro, peanuts and optional red pepper flakes and sesame seeds.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Honey Soy & Ginger Chicken Noodle Stir Fry

I love a stir-fry!!

Serves 2

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1 chicken breast, trimmed, cut into strips across the grain
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled, finely chopped
4cm piece ginger, finely grated
1 small onion, cut into thin wedges
1 medium carrot, cut into thin sticks
handful of green beans, trimmed, halved diagonally
(Or whatever stir-fry vegetables you have eg capsicum, snow peas, brocolli, baby corn)
enough noodles for 2 (I prefer rice noodles, but you could use hokkien, udon, stick noodles, or even a packet of 2 minute noodles)

Do This - 
  • Combine chicken, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger in a bowl.  Let stand for at least 5 minutes to marinate. (An hour in the fridge is better)
  • Cook noodles according to the instructions on the pack.
  • Drain chicken and reserve marinade.  Heat oil in a large wok or fry pan over a high heat.  Add chicken and stir fry for about 2 minutes, until just cooked.  Remove chicken from wok.
  • Add vegetables one at a time and stir-fry until cooked through.
  • Add chicken, drained noodles and reserved marinade, combine until heated through.
  • Serve with chopped herbs or spring onions.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Chicken BLT Salad

I love salads on a Summer night.
This one is perfect!!

 Serves 4

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Olive oil
500g single chicken breast fillets
4 lean bacon rashers, excess fat trimmed, cut into thirds
2 baby cos lettuces, leaves separated, washed, dried
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, thickly sliced
1 avocado, halved, stone removed, peeled, thinly sliced
4 boiled eggs
caesar salad dressing

Do This -
  • Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Add to the pan and cook for 3 minutes each side or until well browned. Thickly slice the chicken across the grain.
  • Add the bacon to the pan and cook for 4 minutes or until crisp.
  • Remove the bacon and place chicken back into the pan. Stir until cooked well all through.
  • Divide the lettuce, tomato, avocado, chicken and bacon among serving bowls. Drizzle dressing over the top. Finish with a boiled egg cut in half.
*I like to add some shaved parmesan as well. You could also have it with croutons.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Pesto Spaghetti

I like this for a quick & easy summer meal.

Serves 2

Get This -
  • enough spaghetti for 2
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Do This -
  1. Preheat oven to 200degC.
  2. Place cherry tomatoes on an oven tray, sprinkle lightly with olive oil and salt. Roast for 15 mins.
  3. Cook spaghetti according to the instructions on the pack.
  4. Drain the spaghetti and tip back into the saucepan. Mix in the pesto, parmesan and tomatoes. 
  5. Serve in 2 bowls and top with shaved parmesan.
  6. Finish with some fresh chopped basil if you wish.