simple & healthy: stir-fry

Stir-frys are always a great choice for simple and healthy meals that come together in minutes.

In fact, usually the rice takes longer to make than the stir-fry itself. If you are short on time, consider trying frozen brown rice or instant brown rice. (You can also make your own brown rice in large batches and then freeze for later use).

Then gather up all of the vegetables you have, along with some protein and have a flavorful dinner on the table in minutes!

(Beef & Basil Stir-Fry from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything)

Stir-Fry Tips and Steps: 

  1. Prepare rice, grain or pasta if using
  2. Prepare all ingredients (slice, chop, etc) so they are all ready to go
  3. Heat pan and oil in pan (you can flavor oil with garlic and ginger)
  4. Add ingredients by length of cooking time, adding ingredients that take longest first*
  5. Add sauce (can be as simple as a splash of soy, fish sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, etc.)
  6. Serve immediately

*If your stir-fry includes meat or seafood, consider cooking the meat, removing from pan and then cooking the vegetables so you don’t over cook your meat

Stir-Fry Recipes to Try:

Shrimp & Snow Pea Stir-Fry 

Sauteed Baby Squash with Basil & Feta

Chicken & Leek Stir-Fry

Spicy Asparagus-Tempeh Stir-Fry

Brown Rise Stir-Fry with Kimchi, Pork & Tofu

Grace Young’s Best Stir-Fry Tips

 

easy entertaining ideas

I absolutely love entertaining, having and attending parties, and making appetizers. Eating the appetizers tops the list as well, of course!

I always go for cocktail parties because I love the idea of mingling and little bites of food. (I’m going to pretend that if we had a dining table that could fit a meal for four people I would still feel the same way). But whether you are serving a multi-course meal or wine with some simple snacks, here are small ways to make any get-together a little better.

 beverages

  • champagne (makes everything more festive)
  • signature cocktail (great signature cocktail ideas from Martha)
  • a variety of wine and craft beers
  • flavored water like cucumber slices or strawberry and orange slices (recently had this at a hotel and it was wonderful)
  • something non-alcoholic (iced tea, juice spritzer, sparkling water, etc.)
nibbles

  • goat cheese log + olive tapenade served with baguette slices and/or crackers
  • roasted & spiced nuts
  • cheese tray with a variety of crackers (how to build the perfect cheese tray)
  • crostini
  • cured meats
  • 10 best store-bought party appetizers

ambiance

  • cute cocktail napkins
  • lots of candles
  • fresh flowers
  • good music
  • fabulous outfit :)

What are your best entertaining “tricks”? 

spicy egg scramble

When my Mom and her friend were here last week we finally visited a restaurant that has long been on our restaurant list. Eating in LA on the weekends can be interesting. After about 11am on Saturdays and Sundays, the majority of restaurants are packed, and a lot of them even have lines out the door or crowds waiting to get in.

We visited The Griddle at 10am on a Friday and I think we were sat at the last available table. (On the weekends it is essentially impossible). We eyed up everyone else’s plates as we walked back to our table, it is the type of place that will eventually be on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It’s got the craziest pancake concoctions (red velvet, coconut & chocolate filled pancakes, espresso & chocolate chip, etc.), ridiculous french toasts and a long list of egg omelets, scrambles and benedicts. As good as the pancakes and french toast sounded, I always go for eggs. (I also knew that I could have bites of the sweet stuff) I decided on the “Some like it HOT” Scramble and it was delicious! Spicy, but just the way I like it!

I needed it in my life again, and stat. So I rounded up the ingredients and gave it a go. The result was a delicious and perfectly spicy scramble. If you don’t like the heat, leave out the jalapeño and hot sauce.

Spicy Egg Scramble

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5-10 minutes

 

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 chicken sausage, sliced in half lengthwise and then thinly sliced
  • 3 eggs
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1-2 tsp hot sauce (like Cholula)
  • garnish: avocado slices, pico de gallo, green onions.

Instructions

Heat pan over medium-high heat.

Spray with cooking spray or coat with butter.

Add green pepper, jalapeno, onion and chicken sausage to pan, stirring occasionally.

Cook for about 3-5 minutes, until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, whisk eggs together in bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Combine sour cream and hot sauce in small bowl.

Lower heat and add eggs to pan, scraping bottom of pan until eggs have set.

Stir in sour cream mixture and serve immediately.

Top with green onions, avocado, pico de gallo if desired.

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lately i’ve been…(v)

having an AMAZING visit with my Mom

seeing hilarious movies starring Ms Lynn Chen

eating Korean BBQ again

being a tourist in LA

working on some new, fun recipes for French Meadow Bakery!

visiting Venice Beach

finally eating breakfast at The Griddle Cafe

drinking my new favorite juice: cucumber, celery, carrot, lemon and pear

attending dance recitals and neighborhood block parties

having Shahs of Sunset (with Shiraz) dates with a friend

working on getting back into a yoga groove

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 Happy Weekend!