May 3, 2009

Oriental Chicken Kabobs

One word. AMAZING!! Seriously these are so good!! The sauce to dip them in is delish!! I served these with homemade fried rice. Great family meal!

1/2 c. creamy peanut butter

1/2 c. water

1/4 c. soy sauce

4 cloves garlic, pressed

3 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (this adds "zing" but is far from hot)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 in. wide strips

metal, or wooden skewers (about 8 will work)

1-Combine peanut butter, water, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, brown sugar, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for one minute or until smooth; let cool. Remove garlic from sauce and set aside

2-Take you chicken strips and thread onto your skewers

3-Cook kabobs on the grill for about 6-8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, turning once. Be sure to baste your meat once or twice while cooking.

4-Serve with reserved sauce for dipping over fried rice.

*Tip: If you are using wooden skewers be sure to soak them in water for at least 20 to keep them from burning on the grill)

*If you would like, you can always grill veggies on skewers to serve with this as well. We use green and red bell peppers, onion wedges, and pineapple. Cook until crisp tender on the grill. DON'T BURN!! Use the upper rack!

Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce

I HATE running out of my favorite store brand BBQ sauce but , sometimes it happens!! Here is a quick and easy recipe that even the kiddos will like!! Even better, almost ALL of us have these ingredients on hand 24-7!

1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

1 tsp. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. Worcerstershire sauce

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Kokomo Quencher

I love making different drinks to try all the time. I came across this one awhile back and it is sooo delicious. Keep in mind that you can also freeze this and serve it "slushy style" also.

2 bottles Sprite or 7 UP

1 bottle (40 oz.) Dole brand Light orchard peach juice (any peach brand will work just use light)

5 c. pineapple juice, chilled

2 c. fresh or frozen blackberries (or berries of your choice. Raspberries are great in this!!)

1 can (15 oz.) real cream of coconut (usually found by the Asian foods)

Lime slices, optional for garnish

1-Combine all ingredients in a LARGE punch bowl, serve in goblet glasses with a lime wedge to garnish.

Stir-Fried Beef Fajitas

In our house we LOVE Mexican food but, Fajitas have to be my all time FAVORITE!! I usually make chicken fajitas, but these are just as good and they change it up a little bit!!

1 lb. boneless chuck shoulder steaks, cut 1/2 in. thick (really just use whatever is on sale!!)

1 green or red bell pepper, cut length wise into thin strips

1 medium onion, cut lengthwise into this wedges

1 cup cheese

1 cup salsa

2 avocados peeled, and cut lengthwise into strips (optional)

lettuce (optional)


2 Tbsp. o.j.

2 Tbsp. white vinegar

1 tsp. minced garlic (I just use it out of the jar!)

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. grounds oregano

1/8 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1-Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl.

2-Trim fat from meat and cut lengthwise into 1/8 in. think strips (Just eyeball it, not too thick not too thin!!)

3-Place beef and half of the marinade mixture in a Ziploc freezer bag, seal tight and mush to coat the meat well.

4-Marinade for 6-8 hours, or even overnight if you like

5-Place onion, peppers and remaining marinade in a Ziploc freezer bag, seal tight and mush to coat veggies well. Let marinade for same amount of time as the beef.

6- Remove veggies from marinade and cook in a medium size skillet on medium heat until crisp-tender. About 3 min.

7- Remove meat from marinade and use same skillet to cook the meat. Cook just until brown. )DO NOT overcook!!)

8- Combine veggies and meat together, toss to coat and warm through.

*Serve with warm flour tortillas, avocado wedges, salsa, cheese and lettuce if desired.

*Just to add extra flavor I always squeeze fresh lime over the meat and veggies once they have finished cooking. Yumm!!!