You already know our take on Valentine’s Day …
We don’t celebrate the Chinese New Year, either. I mean, after all … we’re not Chinese! This year, however, these holidays fall on the same day and I’m sure there will be tons of celebrating going on around the world as a result. I was unaware of this holiday overlap when I made Chinese food at home a couple of nights ago. When I mentioned this fact on Facebook, one asked for recipes and another asked me to come cook for her. I choose to offer recipes and everyone can cook for themselves! How’s that for a plan?!
· Egg Drop Soup—SO easy to heat some chicken broth with fresh ginger and garlic, then swirl beaten egg into it. That’s it. Finish it off with some green onions and you have a great starter to a meal or a very light lunch.
· Beef and Broccoli-I thought this recipe was already on my blog! Apparently, not.
· Steamed rice—I use my rice cooker so many times a week. If you don’t have one, I recommend your getting one! I got mine at Costco for $30. It has more than paid for itself in the time that I HAVEN’T spent washing pots that rice cooked in. That was one thing I HATED about cooking rice. You can also cook quinoa in it, or steam vegetables … its possibilities are limitless.
· Edamames—these are soybeans still in their pod. I buy them frozen at Trader Joe’s and cook them in boiling water for about 5 minutes. I sprinkle them with flake salt and we eat them like candy!
· Gyozas—otherwise known as 'potstickers', these are my girls’ favorite! (Emily can’t eat them anymore, though, so if someone finds a wheat-free option, please let us know!) I suppose I could make them fresh, but here in the NW, especially, there are so many fresh/frozen options that I tend to forego my ‘must-be-fresh’ mantra.
There you go … your very own Chinese dinner at home!
Happy Valentine's Day and Happy New Year, my Chinese friends!