Red Curry Green Beans with Tofu

Sides | January 17, 2016 | By

My body craves green veggies! I know it sounds weird. Some people crave chocolate. Not me — I crave greens! Don’t get me wrong, I will eat chocolate if you put it in front of me! Willpower is not one of my strong suits. This recipe definitely satisfies my “greens” craving! Not to mention, I eat a lot of tofu, which goes quite well with this appealing side dish. The red curry sauce brings on just the right amount of heat. I use this sauce in so many recipes because it’s outrageously good! Have a piece of chocolate later! 🙂

Red Curry Green Beans with Tofu
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups green beans, trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Thai chili peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 lemon grass stalk (soft inner bulb only), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 oz. firm tofu, drained, patted dry and cubed
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
Instructions
  1. Cook green beans in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes until crisp tender. Strain beans and "shock" in ice water to preserve its color. Strain again and set aside.
  2. Place garlic, chili peppers, red curry, lemon grass, fish sauce, and coconut milk in blender. Process until smooth. Heat oil over medium high heat in a wok and add tofu until tofu is slightly browned. Add in scallions and cook another 1 minute. Add blended mixture to wok and heat to a slow simmer, about 4 minutes. Add in the green beans and simmer another 2 minutes. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds for garnish.
Notes
To toast the sesame seeds: Place in a skillet on the stove over medium heat and dry toast it until light brown. Don't overcook.

Spicy Garlic Aioli

Dips & Sauces | January 15, 2016 | By

Use this sauce as a dip for seafood bites and cooked or raw veggies. It’s also great as a topper for burgers and seafood cakes!

Spicy Sriracha Aioli
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or crushed
  • 1½ cups light mayonnaise
  • ½ tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Chill until ready to use. Serve along side your favorite seafood bites and veggies, or on top of burgers and seafood cakes.

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Poultry, Starters | January 15, 2016 | By

My sister-in-law, Cathy, has been making these finger-licking wings for years and I just had to share it with you. Because, who doesn’t love chicken wings? And who needs a sporting event as an excuse to serve them? You can make them as saucy as you wish! Serve them as a starter or as a main. Serve them with ranch or blue cheese dressing, or serve them over rice. You’ll find yourself reaching for this recipe during football season and beyond!

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs. chicken wings and drumettes, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon dried mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season chicken generously with salt, pepper, and paprika. In a large bowl, combine all other ingredients and marinate chicken in mixture either in the bowl or a large ziplock bag for at least 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator. Place chicken in a single layer on a cookie sheet or disposable pan, reserving marinade, and bake at least 1 to 1 ½ hours until nicely browned and cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, bring reserved marinade to a boil in a small sauce pan while chicken is in the oven. Reduce heat and simmer marinade for 3 to 4 minutes. Halfway through the cooking process, baste the wings with the marinade at least two times. Sprinkle wings with sesame seeds while hot and ready to serve. Serve with your favorite wing sauce on the side.
Notes
Adapted from: Cathy Schwartz