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Eat Drink Indy’s Jolene Ketzenberger shares one of her daughter’s favorite dishes, Lo Mein and Sweet and Sour Chicken.
Easy Lo Mein (Serves 4)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup (2 handfuls) snow peas, halved on a diagonal
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into matchstick-size pieces
- 1/2 pound assorted mushrooms (shiitake, straw, enoki, or oyster), coarsely chopped, if necessary
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced on a diagonal
- 2 inches fresh ginger root, minced or grated
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound lo mein noodles or thin spaghetti, cooked to al dente and drained well
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
Heat a wok-shaped skillet or large non-stick skillet over high heat. When pan is very hot, add oil, then immediately add the snow peas, pepper, mushrooms and scallions. Stir fry for 1 minute, then add ginger and garlic, and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add the cooked noodles and toss to combine. Add the soy sauce and toss the ingredients to coat noodles evenly with sauce. Transfer the lo mein to a serving platter and garnish with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil. (Adapted from foodnetwork.com)
Sweet and Sour Popcorn Chicken (Serves 4)
- 1 package (12 ounces) frozen popcorn chicken
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Hot cooked rice, optional
- Optional toppings: green onions and sesame seeds
Microwave or bake chicken according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add green pepper and onion; stir-fry until crisp-tender, 3-4 minutes. Drain pineapple, reserving the juice in a 2-cup measuring cup; set pineapple aside. Add enough water to the juice to measure 1-1/3 cups; stir in vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup.
In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in pineapple juice mixture until smooth. Gradually add to the skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in chicken and pineapple; heat through.
If desired, serve with rice and sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds. (Adapted from tasteofhome.com)
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