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Meatless Monday: Egg, Asparagus and Mushroom Fried Rice

 

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

If you spent most of the weekend making a beautiful Mother’s Day spread, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to spring for takeout tonight. But before you call your local Thai or Chinese joint, consider this: It might actually be faster (not to mention cheaper and healthier) to make carry-out favorites at home. In the time it takes to deliver your haul, you can have Ching’s vegetarian fried rice on the dinner table. Ready in just half an hour, the rice is loaded with flavor — even sans meat — thanks to earthy shimeji mushrooms, spears of baby asparagus and diced red chiles. Best of all, fried rice is a one-pan meal, so you won’t be left with a mountain of dishes at the very end.

Egg, Baby Asparagus, Corn and Shimeji Mushroom Fried Rice

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Meatless Monday: Fried Rice with Asparagus, Corn and Mushrooms

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Recreating your favorite takeout dishes can be a much healthier option than ordering delivery. Take for instance fried rice. I’d be scared to know the nutritional information from my go-to Chinese takeout joint. Making it at home, I control how much oil goes into the wok.

You don’t need a recipe for fried rice — you can throw in just about anything. But Ching’s recipe for Egg, Baby Asparagus, Corn and Shimeji Mushroom Fried Rice takes the classic takeout dish to another level. It’s loaded with flavor, even sans pork. The addition of asparagus and mushrooms brings an earthy element to the meal. Finely diced red chile brings just the right amount of heat and corn adds a sweet crunch. By cooking the eggs separately from the rice, you get fluffy pieces of egg which make for the best of bites.

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Meatless Monday: Hot and Sour Fresh Noodles


Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Thinking about ordering in for dinner tonight? Instead of reaching for the take-out menu of your neighborhood Chinese restaurant, head to the kitchen and start heating up the wok. You can whip together your favorite Chinese noodles in well under an hour.

Ching’s recipe for Hot and Sour Fresh Noodles is lighter than what you would typically order at a restaurant so you’ll feel better about polishing off a big bowl.  It’s the perfect balance between spicy and tangy, and the crisp zucchini adds a nice contrast of texture to the soft noodles. The fresh ginger, chilies and garlic combined with the soy sauce and vinegar make for a fragrant dish you’ll crave time and time again.

This recipe is flexible. You can easily add in as many veggies as you want for some extra crunch. If you’re not a fan of spicy foods, scale back on the amount of chilies and chili oil you add. Sesame oil and rice wine vinegar can be found in most grocery stores and are worth having in your pantry.

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Sifted: Brunch Inspiration, Healthy Dinner Options + More


Whiskey Maple Syrup from Life as a Strawberry
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Life’s a Strawberry’s whiskey maple syrup corrupts sweet, fluffy pancakes in a deliciously good way.
  2. Add Crepes of Wrath’s spicy baked eggs to this weekend’s brunch menu. The combination of the zesty roasted red pepper sauce, sweet potatoes and runny yolk is perfect.
  3. One look at Damn Delicious’ brown butter cinnamon sugar pull apart bread and you’ll be daydreaming about it all day.
  4. Get your health on with Greek style quinoa patties from The Iron You. The tzatiki sauce on the side makes them extra awesome.
  5. Skip the takeout and make Pinch of Yum’s healthier General Tso’s chicken.

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Sifted: Cooking with Cider, Homemade Takeout + More

Cider-Braised Chicken by The Bite House

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. You cook with wine and beer, so why not hard cider? We’ve got our eye on this recipe for cider-braised chicken by The Bite House.
  2. Skip the takeout and make 30 Pounds of Apple’s pork & ginger apple potstickers. Grab some chopsticks, put on a good movie and you have yourself a nice night.
  3. So over pumpkin spice lattes? Sweet Happy Life has a recipe for homemade gingerbread lattes that is sure to win over your heart.
  4. Kahlua gives Tutti Dolci’s espresso crinkle cookies an extra wow factor. Everyone will be asking for your secret.
  5. Make Yin Mom, Yang Mom’s recipe for apple pie-infused bourbon for the important apple pie and/or bourbon lovers in your life.

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Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipe

In the small Southern town where I grew up, chicken shacks dot every other street corner, gas station, and strip mall. My first summer job was at one of those famous fry joints; I was 16 and had so much to learn. My best friend and I drank bottomless cherry cokes and ate too many French fries — it was three short months of greasy teenage bliss. Man, what I wouldn’t give to have that high school metabolism back!

As a veteran and self-proclaimed chicken joint “pro,” let me give you non-Southerners a couple of tips should you make it down this way. Chicken joints do one thing — fried chicken — and they do it well. Don’t even think about asking for grilled. You can get a plate, a box, or a bucket; all served with crinkle fries, slaw, and Texas toast. There are three options for a reason, so don’t try to over-complicate your order. (Simple works, folks, especially when high schoolers are running the register). And let’s not forget about that oh-so-special “special sauce.” Every spot has its own secret recipe, but they all taste pretty similar, and delicious, to me. Go ahead and order a couple of extras; you’re gonna need them.

In case you aren’t headed South anytime soon, here’s a recipe to give you a little taste of what you’re missing.

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