Thursday, September 25, 2008

Asian Thursday

My Thursdays are usually full so it was a pleasant surprise to find that this evening I am free from committments! That means I will be able to prepare dinner tonight and enjoy the company of my guys. The recipe I'm using is a conglomeration of several I found in cookbooks and online. Hopefully, Mr. B, will do the prep work before I arrive home. As always the facts will follow.

Thursday's Meal
Shrimp Fried Rice
Apple Blueberry Crisp

Shrimp Fried Rice
1 pound raw shrimp (peeled, deveined, tails removed - frozen works just fine)
2 cups frozen stir fry veggies (thawed)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 Tbsp. cooking oil
1 egg (beaten)
2 cups rice (cooked)

1/2 cup chicken stock
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Mix all ingredients for sauce and set aside. Beat egg in a seperate bowl. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok. Add shrimp, cook until pink and remove. Coarsely chop shrimp. Add garlic and onion to skillet, cook for one minute, then add veggies and cook until all are tender. Pour in egg and rice and cook until the egg is done. Add sauce and cook until slightly thickened. Stri in shrimp and cook until heated through.

Apple Blueberry Crisp
2 cups blueberries
2 cups apples, peeled and cored
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons coconut, shredded
2 tablespoons rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3 teaspoons honey

Combine the berries, and apples in a small bowl and sprinkle with one tablespoon flour; toss to coat. Spoon into an 8 X 8 baking dish. Combine the remaining 3 tablespoons flour, and sugar in a bowl. Stir in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the coconut, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg; set aside. Spoon honey over fruit, then sprinkle with the flour mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes then serve warm.

Food Facts: 1. Fried Rice - Cook the egg in a separate pan, then add to fried rice at the very end. Also, you will need to double the sauce recipe except for the red pepper flakes. All in all this dish was very good and easy to assemble once the prep work was done. 2. Crisp - Mr. B. declared this dessert "just about perfect". It was just sweet enough with addition of some whipped topping (out of the know the ones teenagers grab from the frig and eat straight from the can as a snack). I would like more veggies, but The Hoss said there were plenty in the dish already. I believe this one may show up again on the dinner table.

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