Sweet and Sour Chicken

Have I told you how much my daughter loves when I make homemade Chinese food? Yeah it’s like our thing to either eat it out or at home. Our schedule this holiday season hasn’t allowed for much time to really cook. I am hoping to free up time to make some yummy Frozen cookies and a few really tasty soups. What are you cooking? Or are you just going out to eat? Monday night I decided it was time for some homemade Chinese I was so over the out to eat game. I whipped up (took over an hour) some sweet and sour chicken. It was so darn delicious!

Sweet and Sour Chicken - Mooshu Jenne Topped with spring onions in a sweet and sour sauce topped over rice.

It’s something about this time of year that I just crave Chinese food. I think it’s because when I was younger my grandparents would shop and then we would stop by Chuck’s Chinese and American food. It was just around the corner from where I grew up. I remember playing in the kitchen. The bowls decorated with the blue designs and the cool soup spoons that were definitely like the soup spoons we had at home. The atmosphere was like home to me. It is one of the best memories from my childhood.

Sweet and Sour Chicken - Mooshu Jenne Topped with spring onions in a sweet and sour sauce topped over rice.

Do you have a memory that stretches back into your childhood that you’ll never forget. One that dances in your brain with beauty? I’d love to hear about it below. I know I only have a few but they are so fun and always seem to be wrapped around food. I guess I was always a foodie at heart.

Sweet and Sour Chicken - Mooshu Jenne Topped with spring onions in a sweet and sour sauce topped over rice.

I hope you can try out this dish and wrap some really great holiday memories with it. I know we will. Hopefully, I can find a way to do this in this in the summer too for a movie marathon or season watching party. It really does fit so many occasions. I am off to see the new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies today and I cannot wait!

Sweet and Sour Chicken
Serves 7
Chicken fried and tossed in a sweet and sour sauce scooped over rice and topped with spring onions.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast
  2. 1 cup cornstarch
  3. 3 large eggs, beaten
  4. 2 cups vegetable oil; for frying
  5. 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  6. 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  7. 1 cup ketchup
  8. 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  9. 4 cloves of garlic; peeled and minced
  10. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger; minced
  11. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  13. 1 stalk spring onion; sliced
Instructions
  1. To make the sauce, whisk together brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, ginger and garlic ins a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, pour in oil and heat to a medium heat.
  3. Diced chicken into 1/2 cubes. In a medium bowl crack three eggs and beat with a whisk until well blended. In a large bowl place cornstarch. Roll chicken cubes in the egg and then into the cornstarch and place in to the hot frying pan with a spider. Careful not to burn yourself.
  4. In a large pan, add in sauce and put on low. This will help to thicken the sauce while frying the chicken.
  5. Drain chicken as you pull it from the oil and place it into the sauce. Repeat this until all chicken is fried and in the sauce. Toss until all chicken is coated. Top with salt and pepper.
  6. Turn off heat. Add the sliced spring onion to the top and stir. Remove from heat and serve over white steamed rice.
Notes
  1. There is an option to do baked. If you are interested comment below and I will gladly write up a recipe for baked.
Mooshu Jenne http://mooshujenne.com/

Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein

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I just love simple dinners don’t you? Something not completely loaded down with meat but spicy enough to clear your nose from the allergies in the air. This Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein will do just that.

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From the fragrant ginger to the spicy chili sauce it is packed with a punch of flavor. The sauce for this only takes four ingredients including some De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar

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This is a go to dinner for me. Very simple, healthy, and perfect for movie night. I usually like to eat this when I just want to stay in bed and catch up on all the shows I missed. I always end up getting behind by a few episodes on each. Eventually though I catch up and gab about it online.

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The teens just love this recipe too. Both the spicy and non spicy versions. They always beg me to make this for a lunch on a movie day. I think the Italian vinegar, which is made in Italy, has much more flavor then using a basic rice vinegar. It just adds that something extra to the recipe. I picked it up at Walmart on the aisle with the ketchup. While I was there I grabbed a bag of Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables so I don’t have to do all that cutting. It makes dinner just that much more simple!

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Their favorite part is when I fry up the noodles in the sauce because it helps stick to the pasta. It also takes away any slime texture from boiling the noodles. De Nigris Seasoned White Wine Vinegars have all natural ingredients and are healthy. They have a De Nigris Seasoned Italian Herb White Wine Vinegar that I like to use to dunk my bread into or even pour over a bread salad. #LoveMyVinegar It’s family owned which in my book is pretty darn awesome!

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My son is scarfing this down right now. He is on his iPad, with headphones in, and stuffing his face with a bowl full of this spicy vegetable lo mein. I am no different. I have my bowl next to me with my chop sticks chowing down as I type this post. I guess I should just share the recipe so I can go finish my dinner :)

Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein
Serves 4
Lo mein noodles tossed in a sauce made from De Nigris white wine vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, and brown sugar.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 bag of Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables
  2. 1 package lo mein noodles
  3. 1/3 cup De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar
  4. 1/3 cup soy sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon chili sauce (red pepper flakes in it)
  6. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  7. 2 cloves of garlic; minced
  8. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger; minced
  9. 1 tablespoon greek olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a pasta pot, add water and bring to a boil.
  2. In a large saute pan or wok, add in Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables, ginger, olive oil and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat until the vegetables become tender. Push to one side of the pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, chili sauce, De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar, and soy sauce. Pour into the pan. Cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, boil the noodles for 3 minutes and drain. Add noodles to the sauce.
  5. Toss noddles, sauce, and vegetables together. Serve in a bowl with chopsticks.
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Sweet and Spicy Ramen

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This is the time of year that my two oldest are working and my daughter seems to spend most of her time at school or in after school activities. I don’t go out to lunch as often as I use to. I’ve been wanting to find ways to have an inexpensive and healthy option for lunch for myself and for them when they do get to eat with me.

Sweet and Spicy Ramen - Mooshu Jenne #MC #MonkFruitInTheRaw #Sponsored

With Fall fast approaching I crave soup! It’s this Oh MY Gosh that is all I want. This Sweet and Spicy Ramen is perfect for rainy days. It doesn’t take long to make with toppings that are customized to your favorite vegetables or meat if you desire. We also sprinkled this over fruit for some delicious healthy snacks. Monk Fruit In The Raw is tasty for being a calorie free sweetener. 

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September is Childhood Obesity Month. In observance of this month, I am incorporating Monk Fruit In The Raw into recipes as a way to reduce sugar without reducing taste. It’s a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener,made with real fruit. It has a simple, sweet taste that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. Perfectly ideal for moms looking to cut added sugars without sacrificing taste for their families.

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Sweet and Spicy Ramen
Serves 1
Ramen topped with a sweet chili sauce, red onions, and hard boiled egg.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package ramen
  2. 1 egg
  3. 3 slices red onion
  4. 1 tablespoon Monk Fruit In The Raw
  5. 2 tablespoons chili sauce
Instructions
  1. Boil egg in hot water for 5 minutes. Remove and place in cold bowl of water.
  2. Add ramen to hot water and cook for three minutes. Place ramen into the bowl and top with egg and sliced onion.
  3. In a small ramekin, mix in chili sauce with a tablespoon of Monk Fruit In The Raw. Top over ramen and serve.
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Chinese Lunar New Year – Vegetable Lo Mein

Vegetable lo mein is one the simplest dishes to me in Chinese cuisine. There is plenty of flavors. You can add whatever you would like IE: mushrooms, carrots, snow peas, peas, celery, or whatever meat you choose. If I do add meat to my vegetable lo mein I like roast duck. It’s tender and dark but full of flavor. To be specific I love orange duck paired with it. It something about the combination of all the flavors. 

Vegetable Lo Mein via Mooshu Jenne

Generally every Chinese lunar new year I make an entire feast. This year however we are going out to a nice steak restaurant with the family since we have been cooking so much lately. We have also been working on the house and everyone seems to be in two different places. It’s the first night we are all together. I love going to restaurants because it gives me time to visit with the family while getting updated on all that is happening in their lives. Sometimes I do miss things.

Vegetable Lo Mein via Mooshu Jenne

Do you go out with your family to eat? What are your favorite places? We go out on date nights at least once a month. It’s a great break for V and I. We also like to take the family out once in awhile to play catch up and just enough time with them. Although, I didn’t get to do my huge feast I truly enjoyed lunch with Tommy. Once Chancelor came in the door I handed him a bowl also. He was pretty excited! They love this dish; it is so simple to make. This time all I had on hand was carrots and celery. I generally put spring onions also but I was out. Ginger, soy and garlic accompany it perfectly.  Most of the items I keep on hand at all times for a quick lunch or easy dinner before my favorite shows come on. 

Vegetable Lo Mein
Serves 3
Lo mein noodles tossed with celery, carrots, ginger and garlic.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 carrots; diced
  2. 4 stalks of celery; diced
  3. 3 cloves garlic; minced
  4. 1 teaspoon ginger; minced
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 1 package of lo mein noodles
  7. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  8. Fresh cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. In a pasta pot, bring water to a boil with one tablespoon soy sauce. Add noodles and cook as directed on package. Usually 4 minutes does the trick.
  2. In a saute pan or wok add in vegetables, garlic, and ginger with a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on high until vegetables are tender. Remove vegetables from heat and put in a small bowl.
  3. In saute pan, add cooked noodles and one tablespoon soy sauce. Toss well and saute for about 2 minutes on medium heat. Remove noodles and toss with vegetables.
  4. Top with fresh cracked pepper. Serve with spring onions for garnish.
Notes
  1. You may add any meat or other vegetables you like.
Mooshu Jenne http://mooshujenne.com/

Orange Chicken

This is one of my favorite all time dishes paired with lo mein and saké.  The fresh spring onions are on my go to list for everything. Snacks, garnishes, side dishes and meals. I have to tell myself not everyone likes onion like I do. Spring onions bring color to Orange Chicken along with a hint of flavor. 

Orange Chicken

What’s your favorite Asian dish? I really dig beef broccoli, sesame chicken, hot and sour soup, lo mein, and even egg drop soup if made correctly. Orange chicken is universal though. You can lightly fry the chicken before with cornstarch or you can just saute the chicken or bake the chicken. My preference is to lightly fry the chicken because I honestly love the extra crunch.  

Many think this meal is quick to make. It very well can be but when I do it, it always takes me about an hour. I fry the chicken first on the stove top and set it aside. Then I make the sauce and simmer the chicken in the sauce while the sauce thickens around the chicken. If you would like a darker orange chicken you may use a dark soy sauce and dark brown sugar. Generally, I use the light brown sugar and dark soy sauce. 

Orange Chicken
Serves 6
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Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  2. 3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, 1/2 inch cubes
  3. Vegetable oil for frying
  4. 1/3 cup soy sauce
  5. 1/2 cup orange juice
  6. 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  7. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated or minced
  8. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  9. 1 tablespoon garlic chili sauce
  10. 4 stalks spring onions; sliced
  11. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a skillet or wok, heat vegetable oil for frying. In a small bowl add 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. Slice chicken into 1/2 cubes. Toss a little chicken at a time in the cornstarch and shake off excess. Fry two handfuls at a time until the chicken is lightly golden brown. Put chicken in a bowl on the side and fry more until all is complete.
  2. In a sauce pan, add soy sauce, orange juice, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, chili sauce and 2 tablespoon cornstarch. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes whisking frequently. Add salt and pepper. Once the sauce starts to thicken add chicken to the pot. Toss chicken well and cook for about 8 minutes until sauce is thick on chicken.
  3. Serve over rice or with lo mein topped with spring onions.
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We munched on this while watching Supernatural last night. It was a hilarious episode. Dean could talk to animals and part of the potion/spell he had to take had side effects of acting like an animal. Barking at the mail man and playing fetch about had me on the floor. Then they had this beautiful shepherd on talking to Dean which was pretty funny too. What I would give to have a beautiful shepherd like that in my home. Though I do love my Carolina dog Ozzy; he’s super spoiled!  Do you watch Supernatural? It’s probably my most favorite TV series. Haven comes in at a close second. Love to know what you watch. Always on the look out for a new show.

Chili Chicken & Peanut Noodles #PowerofthePeanut

Lately, I am working to do my best to eat healthier. Snacking generally gets the best of me because I don’t always eat healthy. I would like to speed up my metabolism. Peanuts have the power to help with that. They are a healthy snack that are pack full of nutrients. Science doesn’t lie because it’s made of facts. Just like the video A Gift from Nature explains. Mr. Peanut explains all the nutritional values. Although, it certainly is not always about snacking. Healthy dinners help too! Just like Chili Chicken & Peanut Noodles.

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This allows me not to eat the horrible chicken fried everything that my other half loves. He’s not the biggest fan of Asian or Thai food but I try to edit the recipes to leave out some of the flavors he doesn’t prefer. He likes his beef and fried foods. Not healthy! In my journey to eat healthy, lose some weight, and build muscles I like creating dishes with all around healthy ingredients.

Peanuts have six essentially nutrients like niacin which get all up in you. It’s successful snacking. Niacin helps with skin health. Have you seen anybody do anything worth while without skin? Planter’s peanuts have plenty of options for snacking with different styles of peanuts.

I used Planter’s peanuts in this recipe for a fresh crunchy topping packed with the #PowerofthePeanut. I also used spring onions for a bit of flavor. Do you have the #PowerofthePeanut? I know I do! It’s hard to get rid of those pounds sometimes and the science behind the peanut is pretty powerful. Now to get my other half to believe it. The teens already do! I even influenced a few of the teens friends to try my recipe and they loved it.

chili chicken and peanut noodles

I have to admit that every holiday season I like to stick bowls of Planter’s cocktail peanuts out on the tables rather then fudge or chocolates. Such a better alternative. What do you set out during the holidays?

Chili Chicken & Peanut Noodles
Serves 8
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. For Peanut Noodles & Sauce
  2. 1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth
  3. 5 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  4. 1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
  5. 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  6. 2 packages lo mein noodles
  7. For Chili Chicken
  8. 5 chicken breast; 1/2 cubes
  9. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  10. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  11. 4 garlic cloves; minced
  12. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger; minced
  13. 1/3 cup chicken broth
  14. 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  15. 2 tablespoons Sriracha chili sauce
  16. 1 bottle regular chili sauce
  17. Salt and fresh cracked pepper
  18. For Topping
  19. One handful of Planter's cocktail peanuts; chopped
  20. 1 bundle of spring onions; sliced
Instructions
  1. In a deep skillet, add in chicken, olive oil, garlic, and ginger. Bring to a high heat. Add in chicken broth and two tablespoons soy sauce. Cook until chicken is browned.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a large pot with one tablespoon soy sauce.
  3. Add apple cider vinegar, Sriracha chili sauce, regular chili sauce, and remaining soy sauce to skillet. Bring to a low boil and then lower to very low simmer for 20 minutes stirring frequently. Add salt and fresh cracker pepper.
  4. Add noodles to water and cook for 4 minutes or as directed on package. In a small bowl, add peanut butter, Sriracha chili sauce, chicken broth, and remaining soy sauce. Heat for one minute and then whisk ingredients together. Add more chicken broth until sauce because light and thin.
  5. Drain noodles and toss sauce over noodles. Chop spring onions and Planter's peanuts to top over chicken and noodles.
Mooshu Jenne http://mooshujenne.com/

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Coconut Lime Chicken Chow Mein

Tropical Traditions sent me out a large jar of coconut oil, so my daughter and I sat thinking of what recipes we could use it in. Of course I went right to curries with fresh mango. My daughter on the other hand loves chow mein noodles and she mentioned how it would be cool to incorporate the coconut into a dish with chow mein. After suggestions of pineapple and mango we moved on to citrus. She hands down said lime. Next, it was time to head to the store and get a new wok! We brought the new wok home and decided to experiment. The recipe turned out wonderful! I am excited to share the recipe for coconut lime chicken chow mein with you below along with a giveaway!

The chicken look a little dry in the pictures because I photographed it the next day due to lighting. I need to get some lights and a tripod!

Coconut Lime Chicken Chow Mein
Serves 6
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Total Time
40 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 chicken breasts; 1/2 inch cubes
  2. 4 limes
  3. 2 packages of chow mein noodles
  4. soy sauce
  5. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  6. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring medium pot of water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, slice chicken breast lengthwise three times and then cut into 1/2 inch cubes by cutting across. In a wok, add coconut oil and chicken. Squeeze two limes over the chicken and drizzle a little soy sauce over the top; salt and pepper. Cook till chicken is done. Drain wok from the liquid and drizzle a little more soy over the chicken to brown a glaze to the chicken. Remove chicken to a bowl with lid to keep warm.
  3. Boil noodles for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and stir fry in wok with soy sauce and olive oil (you may use coconut oil for more coconut flavor). Stir fry for a few minutes until noodles are sticky and coated. You will cook the noodles in increments not all at once. Remove noodles to bowl after stir frying in batches.
  4. Toss chicken with noodles. You can add spring onions if you would like at this point. Squeeze one lime over chicken and noodles. Use remaining lime to serve on the side of the bowl.
Mooshu Jenne http://mooshujenne.com/

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