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All-Natural Chung’s in the Freezer Section

Here’s a new All-Natural Chinese option I found in the freezer section at Publix this week: Chung’s All-Natural! We tried the Teriyaki Chicken (it was okay, but had a few too many red peppers for me), the Vegetable Egg Rolls (very good!) and the Vegetable Pot Stickers (little dumplings that are also quite good). The freezer packages come with little individual sauce packets as well!

The Egg Rolls came in a box of four and each pair was wrapped together, and the Pot Stickers came with a resealable bag, so you could easily stretch it to make two meals (like we did). Better for you than take-out but every bit as fast. The Egg Rolls were the most time-consuming, and they only took 12 minutes in the oven (3 minutes if you use the microwave, but we don’t own one). Dinner is served!

This is the full box of Teriyaki Chicken, half box of Vegetable Egg Rolls and half box of Vegetable Pot Stickers (chopsticks not included; fortunately, we keep them on hand).

Recipes: Vegetable Quinoa and Vegetable Bouillon

Recipe for Vegetable Quinoa:
Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 diced Vidalia onion
  • 1/2 diced green pepper
  • 1 1/3 c. dry quinoa
  • 2 2/3 c. water
  • 1 Tbsp. Vegetable Bouillon (recipe below)

Instructions:

In a medium size saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute onion and green pepper with a pinch of salt and pepper. When the pepper is soft and the onion is transluscent, stir in quinoa, water and vegetable bouillon. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes. Cover and remove from heat. Fold quinoa so vegetables are mixed throughout. Serve warm. We served ours with chicken tenders using the Sweet & Spicy Rub Recipe, some Garlicky Brussel Sprouts, and fresh strawberries. Mmm!

Vegetable Bouillon Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. sundried tomatoes (about 6-8 sundried tomato halves)
  • 2 oz. fresh cilantro leaves (about 1 bunch)
  • 2 oz. fresh parsley leaves (about 1 bunch)
  • 3.5 oz. vidalia onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 7 oz. leeks (about 1 leek)
  • 7 oz. carrots (about 4 carrots)
  • 7 oz. celery (about 4 stalks of celery)
  • 7 oz. fennel bulb (about 1 bulb)
  • 9 oz. fine sea salt

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in food processor. You may need to pulse each ingredient separately and mix in a large bowl at the end, depending on the size of your food processor. Yields about 4 cups or 4 small canning jars. Great for gifts. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Use 1 tsp. per 1 cup of water. Great as the base of a soup, or saute to season meat, fish, sauerkraut, or scrambled eggs. Very versatile recipe!

Roasted Veggies with a Twist & Dip (Mar. 3, 2010)

I had some veggies leftover in my veggie drawer that needed to be used so I didn’t waste them. So, what did I do with them? I roasted them, of course! 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes = deliciousness!

This time, I used the leftover ingredients from my veggie boullion (see Feb. 9th’s post for recipe) and added potatoes to it. I had 2 leeks, 1/2 fennel bulb (plus some fennel leaves), 4 garlic cloves, 1/2 small bag of baby carrots, and 4 potatoes. I chopped everything up so the pieces were roughly the same size, drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper, and let the oven do it’s thing. I was nervous about the fennel. Every time I’ve seen it used on a cooking show, they compare it to licorice (which I hate). It does have a licoricey smell when you’re chopping it, but when roasted with everything else, it adds a nice texture and color to the mix.

Dip in ketchup or, if you like a thinner dip, you could use sour cream and a ranch dressing packet. If you’re more adventurous, make a Greek yogurt dip! My recipe below is like a tzatziki sauce with cheese. Mix all ingredients till smooth.

6 oz. plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. dill weed
1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped finely
3 green onions, chopped finely
1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped finely
1 c. shredded white cheddar cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

Enjoy!

“Healthified” Greek Layered Dip (Mar. 1, 2010)

My friend Amanda sent this to me from her “Betty Crocker’s Mobile Cookbook” email. She said she added garlic to the yogurt part of the dip to give it a bit more flavor. I’m pretty much always in favor of adding garlic. I can’t wait to try this one.
eatbetteramerica.com shares a recipe! 70% less fat • 54% fewer calories • 48% less sodium than the original recipe. You’ll love this much better-for-you appetizer updated with fat-free ingredients, extra veggies and baked whole wheat pita chips.

INGREDIENTS
2 whole wheat pita (pocket) breads (6 inch)
Cooking spray
1 container (7 or 8 oz) plain hummus
1 container (6 oz) fat-free Greek plain yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 medium plum (Roma) tomato, seeded, chopped
1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, quartered
1/3 cup finely chopped seeded cucumber
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (2 oz)
1/4 cup chopped green onions (4 medium)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 medium cucumber, sliced
1 medium green or red bell pepper, cut into strips
DIRECTIONS
Heat oven to 350°F. Split each pita bread horizontally to make 2 rounds. Cut each round into 6 wedges. Arrange on ungreased large cookie sheet, rough surface up. Spray with cooking spray (about 5 seconds).
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and crisp; cool.
Meanwhile, spread hummus on shallow serving platter or in pie plate. In small bowl, mix yogurt, parsley, lemon juice and pepper; spread evenly over hummus. Top with tomato, olives, chopped cucumber, feta cheese and onions. Drizzle with olive oil.

Baked Penne with Roasted Veggies and Chicken (Feb. 11, 2010)

Here’s another healthy favorite:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Chop vegetables into bite size pieces:
1 red pepper
2 zucchini
2 summer squash
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 leek

Place on baking sheet (I use large stoneware bar pan from Pampered Chef) with:
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Toss vegetables in oil gently and bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes (or until tender).

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta for 6-7 minutes (needs to still be hard on the inside; it will finish cooking in the oven):
1# whole wheat penne pasta

In a large bowl, mix:
1 large jar of Ragu Organic Original Marinara Sauce
1 c. ricotta cheese
8 oz. shredded part skim mozzarella
1 1/2 c. frozen peas, thawed
3 c. pre-cooked, cubed chicken (optional: without the chicken, this dish makes a great side dish or vegetarian meal)

Drain pasta and add to cheese/sauce mixture. Add roasted veggies. Toss gently and pour into greased 9×13 pan or large casserole dish.

Top with:
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces (placed on top of Parmesan to make a nice crispy topping)

Bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes.

Serves 12. Could also be used as a side dish for a large party.

It is SO yummy!