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Fried Rice

26 Sep

Fried Rice
Recipe by Our Best Bites, adapted from Disneyworld’s Ohana Restaurant

2 c. white rice + 4 c. water (OR 4 c. cold, leftover rice, which is actually better)
3 Tbsp. butter
1/4 c. minced red onion
2 Tbsp. chopped green onions
1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 c. chopped carrots
1/2 c. chopped mushrooms
8 oz. (1/2 bag) of coleslaw mix
3-4 generous Tbsp. soy sauce

Boil water and add rice. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. This step can be done even up to 2-3 days in advance (and for some reason, fried rice tastes better when the rice is cold). Heat butter over medium heat and saute onions, carrots, and cabbage until carrots are tender. Add cooked rice, soy sauce, and seasoning to taste (you won’t even come close to using all of it; save the rest for future fried rice or use as you would seasoning salt.)

OPTIONAL ADD-INS:

–Peas, snap peas, or pea pods
–Ham
–Shrimp
–Leftover Fauxtisserie Chicken

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

20 Sep

A recipe from the Food Network website.  This is an easy recipe when you have leftover chicken.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 6 cups chicken broth, low-sodium canned
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1 ripe tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • About a dozen corn tortilla chips, broken a bit
  • Lime wedges, optional

Directions

 

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, chipotle, chili powder, and salt and cook until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, bring to a boil, reduce the heat slightly, and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add the corn and cook for 5 minutes more.

 

Pull the saucepan from the heat and stir in the tomato, chicken, cilantro, and lime juice. Divide the tortilla chips among 4 warmed bowls, ladle the soup on top, and serve with lime wedges, if desired.

 

Know-How Get every last drop of juice from those little limes. Before halving, microwave them for a few seconds and roll them under the palm of your hand to release the juice from the pulp.

 

Add a swirl of chile and homey tortillas to comforting chicken soup and you have a bold hug of a meal.

 

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