Saturday, January 28, 2017

Chinese New Year 2017

Chinese New Year, also known as the "Spring Festival" is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional Chinese calendar. The first day of the Chinese New Year is Saturday, January 28, initiating the year of the Rooster. Celebrate the New Year with a rich soup, which is chock-full of flavorful early spring produce.
Chinese New Year Soup
Ingredients:
  • ¾ lb pork tenderloin or chicken cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 1/2 flour
  • 1 TB. olive oil
  • 1- 32 oz. carton of chicken broth-low-sodium
  • 4 oz. whole-grain spaghetti or fettuccine pasta
  • 1 lb bok choy, root end removed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1 TB. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 TB. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 4 green onions
Directions:
  • In a zip loc bag place flour and add pork or chicken chunks. Coat well.
  • In a large stockpot heat oil and sear meat until brown on all sides. Set aside. Bring broth and 2 cups water to a boil. Add pasta, reduce heat to medium-high and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in bok choy, carrots, celery, meat cubes, cabbage, parsley flakes, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger and simmer on low for 30 minutes or until veggies are al dente. Remove from heat and stir in green onions.

Garlic Snow Peas

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups snow peas, trimmed
  • 1/2 TB. cooking oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • pinch of salt
  • Sesame seeds for garnishing (optional)
Directions:
  • Bring water to boil in a medium pot, add several drops of oil and a really small pinch of salt. Place the snow peas to cook for around 1 minute. Drain and add to an ice bath for 30 seconds Click and drain again.
  • Heat up oil in wok over medium heat and stir fry the minced garlic for 1 minute.  Add snow peas in, followed with salt, sesame seeds and sesame oil. Give a quick stir-fry to mix everything together about 2 minutes and serve immediately.
Click on this link for 
Foods to Celebrate the Chinese New Year
Sesame and Beef Stir Fry
10 Asian soup recipes to help you eat healthy and get lean
Our Diverse World: China
the following resources are from pragmaticmom.com

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