Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry

My daughter turns 11 this week. She’s just like I was as a kid in that she starts planning her next birthday celebration the minute her previous birthday ends. I have to put the kibosh on some of her wild hair ideas but I try to always allow one or two. This year we are taking her and a few of her friends to the zoo and she wants to go dressed as unicorns. Yes, unicorns. I ordered unicorn horns as party favors and she’s created unicorn shirts, complete with rainbow colored tails attached. Good thing she’s crafty.

She also wants a 3 layer cookie cake. Not a plain cookie cake. A sugar cookie cake with 3 layers, frosting between, and sprinkles. It’s a little unexpected (as usual) but honestly it sounds divine so, challenge accepted. (I’m sure you’ll be seeing that soft sugar cookie recipe here on the blog soon. I got it from Kathy and it’s THE BEST. Keep your eyes open for it.)

She also requested this Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry for her birthday. Just kidding, that’s a lie. Hahaha, she’s 11, she wants pizza. Surprisingly though, as my more picky child, she actually will eat this stir fry. I know that doesn’t sound like a glowing recommendation but I promise it is. She usually turns up her nose at vegetables mixed in with meat. Not this one. She mostly eats the broccoli and chicken out, but I ain’t complaining if she eats it at all! My son likes it but he eats like a grown up. Anybody else out there have a picky eater? (All the moms raise their hands.) There’s one in every family.

This stir fry is one of our mom’s creations. Mom has always liked to create new recipes, and this is one she came up with not long ago and shared with us at one of our visits to her house. I immediately asked for the recipe. Thanks, Momma! It’s made with basic ingredients but is packed with flavor… spicy without being hot, and has a hint of salty sweetness as well. What can I say, our mom knows how to cook! ~Erin

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Ingredients:

8 T. red pepper jelly (found in the jelly isle)

4 T. Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce

½ tsp. ginger paste or freshly grated ginger

1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces

Seasoning of your choice for chicken (I used a prepackaged Asian seasoning but salt, pepper, and garlic powder would be fine too.)

1 large white or yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 T. garlic, minced or pressed (I use pre-minced jarred garlic)

1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 red, and 1 green bell pepper, deseeded sliced into strips

2 small heads of broccoli (about 3 cups), cut into small florets; discard stems

2 ½ T. sesame oil or olive oil, divided

Prepared rice, red pepper flakes, chopped green onions, and/or more soy sauce for serving (optional)

Instructions:

In a small bowl, whisk together red pepper jelly, soy sauce, and ginger; set aside.

In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 T. oil over medium high heat. Cook the seasoned chicken a few minutes on each side, until lightly browned and cooked through; remove from pan and set aside.

In the same skillet, heat 1 T. oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook until onions are tender and becoming translucent (about 5-6 mintues, stirring often).

Increase heat to medium and add ½ T. more oil. Add all the bell peppers and cook until they start to get tender.

Add the broccoli and cook for 3-4 minutes, until tender but not overly soft.

Add the cooked chicken & sauce to the pan with the veggies; cook & stir until evenly coated & heated throughout.

Serve over rice with more soy sauce if desired.

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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry
    Ingredients
  • ~ 8 T. red pepper jelly (found in the jelly isle)
  • ~ 4 T. Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  • ~ ½ tsp. ginger paste or freshly grated ginger
  • ~ 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • ~ Seasoning of your choice for chicken (I used a prepackaged Asian seasoning but salt, pepper, and garlic ~ powder would be fine too.)
  • ~ 1 large white or yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ~ 1 T. garlic, minced or pressed (I use pre-minced jarred garlic)
  • ~ 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 red, and 1 green bell pepper, deseeded sliced into strips
  • ~ 2 small heads of broccoli (about 3 cups), cut into small florets; discard stems
  • ~ 2 ½ T. sesame oil or olive oil, divided
  • ~ Prepared rice, red pepper flakes, chopped green onions, and/or more soy sauce for serving (optional)
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together red pepper jelly, soy sauce, and ginger; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 T. oil over medium high heat. Cook the seasoned chicken a few minutes on each side, until lightly browned and cooked through; remove from pan and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, heat 1 T. oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook until onions are tender and becoming translucent (about 5-6 mintues, stirring often).
  4. Increase heat to medium and add ½ T. more oil. Add all the bell peppers and cook until they start to get tender.
  5. Add the broccoli and cook for 3-4 minutes, until tender but not overly soft.
  6. Add the cooked chicken & sauce to the pan with the veggies; cook & stir until evenly coated & heated throughout.
  7. Serve over rice with more soy sauce if desired.

Weight Watchers Info.: This recipe makes 8 servings. Each 1 ½ cups serving is 4 SmartPoints on Freestyle, not including rice.

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Taco Slaw Bowls

Posted by Erin

Did you try our most popular recipe, Egg Roll in a Bowl? This Mexican version was inspired by that dish, and you will love it!

I’m one busy woman, as pretty much all moms (and dads!) are. We are always rushing to get kids to their extra-curricular activities, get homework done, etc. so I try to come up with recipes that don’t require a lot of time-consuming chopping and prep-work. This one fits the bill. 

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Another bonus to this recipe, for those of us with picky kids, is that it somewhat disguises the veggies. I don’t know about your kids, but mine won’t eat raw shredded lettuce and chopped tomato on a taco. They will, however, eat the tomatoes & shredded cabbage cooked with this taco meat. The flavors blend so well, they don’t even detect the veggies. I serve theirs in a taco shell, topped with cheese, but I like mine over rice. Either way, it’s delicious!  

Ingredients:

1 lb. 93% lean ground beef

1 medium onion, diced

3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 (1 oz.) packet low sodium taco seasoning

1 (1 oz.) packet ranch dip mix, dry

1 (14 oz.) bag classic slaw/chopped cabbage with carrots

1 (10 oz.) can mild Ro-tel, undrained

1 T. extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lime, plus more for serving

1 tsp. each:  chili powder, cumin, paprika

½ a bunch of cilantro, chopped

Chopped green onion for garnish

Other optional garnishes & serving ideas:  rice, taco shells, shredded cheese, sliced avocado, salsa

Instructions:

Brown the beef in a large skillet with the diced onions, garlic, taco seasoning, and ranch seasoning; set aside onto a paper towel-covered plate to remove any residual oil from beef.  

Heat olive oil in the skillet over medium heat; add the slaw, Ro-tel, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and paprika.  

Stir and cook until cabbage is wilted and tender.  

Add the beef mixture back to the skillet; stir and heat through.  

Serve over rice with lime wedges, chopped green onions, etc.

Weight Watchers info.:  This makes 5 servings of about 1 cup each; 6 SmartPoints per serving (not including rice or optional garnishes).

 

Asian Beef & Broccoli

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Posted by Erin

The only “vegetables” (even if you can call them that) I at as a child were potatoes and hominy.  Hominy… not sure that even qualifies as a vegetable, it’s so over-processed.  My mom tried everything to get me to eat my vegetables.  She tried making me sit at the table until I ate them… I was apparently a very strong willed child.  She tried seasoning them differently or “hiding” them in casseroles… I didn’t fall for that.   She even tried paying me.  That one actually worked… until she quit paying me, then I quit eating them.  My poor mom.  Fortunately, my taste buds have changed and now I’m a lover of all foods, meat and vegetables alike.  Luckily for me, my kids are a lot better eaters than I was as a child.  One of their favorite veggies is broccoli so we have it a lot.  We like it roasted, steamed & seasoned, covered in cheese, or incorporated into a dish such as this one.  This Asian Beef & Broccoli is a one-pan meal, which you know I love!  (Okay, two pans if you count the one you cook the rice in.)  It’s fast & easy to prepare and tastes like Chinese take-out!

Ingredients:

½ c. beef broth (I use water & beef bouillion)

3 T. cornstarch, divided

2 T. sweet chili sauce (found in the Asian section of the grocery store)

4 T. low sodium soy sauce

1 T. garlic, minced

½ tsp. fresh ginger or ginger paste

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)

1 T. sesame oil, divided

1 (12 ounce) bag frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained on paper towels (I chop them smaller so they spread more evenly throughout the dish & cook faster.)

½ a medium onion, chopped

1 lb. tenderized round steak (a.k.a. cube steak), trimmed and cut into small strips

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

Salt & pepper

Cooked rice, for serving (We also like to have more soy sauce on hand to season our rice.)

 

Instructions:

In a small bowl, combine beef broth, sweet chili sauce, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, minced garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes (if desired); set aside.

In a large skillet or wok, heat ½ tablespoon sesame oil over medium-high heat.  Sautee the broccoli, stirring frequently, until it gets some brown coloration on it.  Turn off heat, remove broccoli from the pan, and set aside.

In a bowl or plastic baggie, sprinkle steak strips with corn starch, garlic powder, onion powder, and a dash of salt & pepper; toss to coat.

Heat remaining ½ tablespoon sesame oil in the skillet again over medium high heat.

Add beef; cook and stir until brown and juice runs clear.

Add broth mixture & broccoli to pan with beef.

Reduce heat to low.

Simmer & stir about 5 minutes, until broccoli is tender and sauce is thickened.

Serve over rice; add more soy sauce, if desired.

 

Weight Watchers info:  Each 8 ounce (weight) serving is 6 SmartPoints; makes 4 servings.

Skillet Fiesta

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This is probably one of the more versatile recipes in our family recipe box.  We usually eat this dish with chips, but friends have put it in a taco shell or rolled it up in a tortilla.  Any way you eat it, it’s delicious!  Another great thing about this dish is that it’s only 6 SmartPoints per serving (minus the chips, of course)!

1 lb. lean ground beef

½ c. diced onion

½ t. salt

½ t. black pepper

1 t. garlic salt

2 t. chili powder

1, 16 oz. can petit diced tomatoes

1 c. frozen corn (or one small can, drained)

½ c. c. chopped green bell pepper

1 ½ c. prepared beef bullion

1 ½ c. minute rice

Cook meat and onion together until meat is browned.  Stir in salt, pepper, garlic salt, and chili powder.  Stir in tomatoes, corn, and green pepper.  Bring to a boil.

Stir in rice and bullion.  Cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until rice is cooked through and liquid is mostly absorbed.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Note – 6 SmartPoints per serving.  Makes approximately 6 servings.