Use This Simple Formula To Make Fool-Proof Stir Fry Recipes

 

 

 

Stir-frying is a great way to make quick meals.  Once you master the technique, there are so many possibilities and different meal combinations you can make. And in case you’re new to stir-frying, it’s just a cooking process in which ingredients (meat and vegetables) are fried in a small of amount of oil while be stirred continually.

Cook Smarts put together a great guide to stir-frying. The graphic above walks you through the main steps to stir-frying.  It also provides some basic sauce recipes to get you started. The longer graphic below provides a guide on how to combine different ingredients.

According to chart below, the key to stir-frying is the formula:

  • 1 pound of protein
  • 4 cups of veggies
  • 1 tablespoon of aromatics (garlic, ginger, green onions, etc.) – optional

The Basic Formula and Combination Ideas

 

Stir-Fry 101: A Guide to Quick & Healthy Meals – Cook Smarts

H/T Lifehacker

Appetizer Recipe: How To Make A Giant Pretzel

Our friends over at POPSUGAR Food show us how to make a delicious, giant pretzel. Watch the video for the full instructions. We’ve put the ingredients and directions below as well. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 cans pizza crust
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper (not wax paper – they’re not the same!) & spray with non-stick cooking spray
  • Flour your work surface & unwrap the 4 cans of pizza crust.
  • Stack the dough on top of each other and roll into a log.
  • Seal the edges by pressing the ends.
  • Stretch the log until it’s about 6 feet long.
  • Twist the log into the shape of a pretzel.
  • Baste your pretzel with your water/baking soda mixture (this give you the crunchy top).
  • Let your pretzel rise for 10 minutes.
  • Baste the pretzel with a beaten egg (makes it golden brown).
  • Sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden brown & the pretzel is baked through.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauces!

 

Swapping Out Just One Ingredient In Chicken Alfredo Will Turn It Into A Guilt-Free Meal

If you’re like me, you love any pasta dish.  I especially love chicken alfredo.  Unfortunately, while it tastes amazing, the heavy creamy sauce comes with a lot of calories.  So what do you do?

Thankfully, PopSugar Food has come to the rescue.  They found a great way to make chicken alfredo that keeps the amazing taste but without all the calories from a heavy cream sauce.

What’s the secret you ask?  Well, according to the video, you swap out the cream with plain yogurt (or Greek yogurt).  Then, you add salt, Italian seasoning, and chili flakes to the yogurt to bring in some flavor.

Watch the video for a full explanation and and recipe instructions.

Good luck!

5 Breakfast Smoothies To Start Each Day Off Right

We’ve all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While it may be true, it’s hard to find the time to make a nutrient-rich breakfast.

This is where smoothies come in. By throwing some fruits and vegetables in a blender, you can have a breakfast that has all the healthy nutrients your body needs.   Plus, they taste really, really good.

The Domestic Geek provides five great recipes so you can have some variety throughout the week.

Here’s The Best Way To Freeze Ground Meat

If you’re like me, when ground meat goes on sale, you tend to stock up and throw it in the freezer.  The only problem with this approach is that when you want to make a meal and don’t need to use a whole package, you still wind up having to thawing it all out. It seems more often than not, I find myself in this frustrating situation.

Fortunately, I found this really slick trick that serves two purposes:

  1. It distributes the meat, making it thinner for quick defrosting.
  2. It divides the meat into portions for easy removal using just one bag.

Here are the steps from the video:

  1. Put the meat in a freezer bag
  2. Using  a bottle of wine or rolling pin, go over the bag to spread the meat out evenly
  3. Using chopsticks or a back of a knife, divide the meat into sections
  4. Then freeze

When you need some meat you just open the bag and the sections will easily break apart.

Pretty cool!

Quick Appetizer Recipe: Cauliflower Breadsticks

Looking for healthier snacking alternatives for your football parties? TipHero has a great solution: cauliflower breadsticks! Watch their video for the full instructions. Get the ingredients below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head cauliflower, shredded in food processor
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella

Get full instructions in the video.

 

Dinner Recipe: Crock-Pot Philly Cheesesteaks

Thinly sliced steak, sautéed peppers, mushrooms, and onions, plus ooey gooey melted cheese. Is your mouth watering yet? Watch the video from Allrecipes for the full instructions on how to make Philly cheesesteaks in a crock-pot.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Tri-tip beef steak
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 split French or Italian sandwich rolls
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 large green pepper, sliced
  • 8 oz fresh mushroom, sliced
  • 12 slices white american (or provolone) cheese

For the full recipe instructions, click here.

Photo by larryjh1234

Appetizer Recipe: Yummy Mediterranean Pinwheels

This no-bake appetizer recipe is perfect for any kind of party – or even a lunch! Because they take only a few minutes to make and can be stored in the fridge overnight, there’s less mess and stress.

Watch the video by All In Recipes‘ Youtube Channel for the simple instructions.

Ingredients

  • 4 large tortillas, warmed slightly to prevent tearing
  • 2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (1oz) package ranch dressing mix
  •  2 green onions, minced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, diced
  • 2 oz black olives, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Optional Ingredients

  • 12 slices salami
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • Fresh basil

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