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Orange chicken, fried rice and egg rolls

For my daughter’s birthday dinner it was requested that she have orange chicken, her favorite Chinese dish. So I went to scouring the internet for a healthy homemade version of orange chicken, fried rice and egg rolls. After a couple of minutes looking through different blogs, not finding exactly what I wanted, I went to my trusty All Recipes website. I love All Recipes….don’t you? I had made the egg rolls before and already had it saved to my recipe box so I just needed to find the others.

I first started the orange sauce so the chicken could marinate in the fridge while I was preparing the rest. I used the Asian Orange Chicken recipe and stayed pretty close to the directions except by adding more fresh squeezed orange juice and some pulp. We ended up frying it in the leftover peanut oil from the egg rolls.(not so healthy, but delicious)

I started making the fried rice recipe, House Fried Rice when the chicken began to marinate. I eliminated the meats,  just using shrimp and didn’t have any green pepper on hand. Leftovers is what I wanted , so I made a triple batch and when it was time to eat I re-fried the rice in sesame oil to make it more authentic and crispy, yum!

I used this Best Egg Rolls recipe with a little modification. I didn’t add any pork(we had meat in the other two dishes so why do we need more, I say?) and used the slaw mix bag from the produce section(so easy). It turned out scrumptious and I had a hard time keeping hands away from ‘testing’ them. 😉

After all of that hard work I was eager to taste my efforts and let me tell you….it was worth it! Kyra loved it and said it was better than at the food court(where she usually has it) and the boys claim that they are going to request it for their birthdays this year too! There are some mommy points there, right? 😀

So if you are in the mood for some Asian fare, go ahead and treat your family to some homemade orange chicken, fried rice and egg rolls!

This is the culinary scientist signing off,

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Meet My Best Friend

The Crock-Pot!

I love my crock-pot! I am not a meal planner at heart so being able to throw something together that will magically conjure up a meal for my family is a blessing. It helps me to be able to prepare a healthy meal for my family without the hassle of remembering when to start it. I don’t know about you but I have difficulty remembering when I need to start dinner most days. I even put a reminder on my phone to help. But alas, if I don’t have my phone on me constantly then I don’t hear it.  Ugh!

Our family likes food. When we do go out to eat, it isn’t at the same restaurant every time as some do. We enjoy a variety of food and we make a variety of food from different cultures. My kids are connoisseurs, too. They were not raised with the same foods every day growing up and I attribute that to them having missed the ‘I won’t eat that’ stage.  I have lots of cookbooks and the internet to search for what our hearts(or my) desire is that day. But most of the time I take a look at what I have and make my own creation. So we hardly ever eat the same thing twice! Sure we have our ‘taco night’ and ‘spaghetti night’ and a few other dishes that I periodically make, I’m no Martha Stewart you know!

So I’ll share what I concocted tonight in the hopes that others out there might need the same kind of help that I do.

We’ll call it….Choccoliflower and Rice:

2 Cups chicken broth

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

5 chicken breasts(cut in slices or chunks)

1 package each of frozen broccoli and cauliflower

1/2 an onion

2 tsp garlic

2 Tbsp Mrs. Dash Table Blend

salt and pepper to taste

Place all but frozen vegetables in slow cooker, on low for 6 hours. Add frozen vegetables and place on high for last 1-2 hours(depending on how you like your vegetables). Then 30 minutes before dinner make enough rice for your family and enjoy!

All measurements of time and food are approximate. (Feeds family of 8)

P.S. I usually cook my rice in broth to give it that extra kick!! POW!!:)

Happy Eating, 

V.I.C.K.I.