With the weather cooling down, I’m all about cozy-ing up with a hot bowl of pasta! Pasta to me will always be the perfect comfort food. So get comfy, tuck in, and get ready for some really incredible ways to celebrate that nip in the air.
I’m all about a creamy sauce on pasta. I cannot wait to try this Pasta with Pancetta and Vodka Sauce! Just a Taste’s Kelly says to not skimp on the vodka you use. Don’t cook with anything you wouldn’t drink!
What is your favorite dish to cozy up with? Let me know in the comments!
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If mealtime in your household involves the words “quick,” “easy” and “minimum mess,” then look no further than this 30-minute Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry starring tender diced chicken and fresh veggies tossed in a tangy ginger-soy sauce.
This meal-in-a-bowl has become a go-to in my weeknight repertoire. And not only does it fall under the “Fast and Flavorful” category, it can also be as healthy or as indulgent (read: noodles!) as you’d like. But before you fire up those flames, read on for my top tips for stir-frying success.
Standardize Your Sizes: The size of your ingredients plays an important role in how quickly and evenly they will cook. Put those knife skills to the test and aim to slice and dice each ingredient into equal-sized pieces.
Pick Your Pan: To wok or not to wok? That is the question. While a wok’s high sides will minimize any potential mess from the frequent stirring (hence, stir-frying), a sauté pan with 2- to 3-inch high sides will work just fine.
Cook, Remove, Repeat: The technique of stir-frying often involves cooking some ingredients, removing them from the pan, adding other ingredients, and then tossing it all together for the big finish. In this particular recipe, we stir-fry the broccoli and peppers, remove them, stir-fry the chicken with the sauce, and then add back in the veggies.
This method of preparation prevents varying ingredients from being overcooked or undercooked. By cooking the veggies, removing them, and then adding them back in at the end, we’re preserving their tender texture while avoiding a mushy mess.
Ready for a no-fuss meal that will make the most of all those leftover odds and ends in the fridge? Wok and roll with this quick and easy recipe for Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry.
- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste
When I am rushing to get things ready for a dinner party, I often want to make a couple sides that can be served at room temperature to save oven space and time at the last minute. I adapted this BHG broccoli recipe by adding chickpeas and feta – it’s a super easy (and very tasty) vegetarian side. I prefer my broccoli roasted because I love the crispy edges- I could eat this stuff like popcorn (well, almost!)
Roasted Broccoli with Chickpeas and Feta
- 1 pound broccoli, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1 (15 oz.) can of chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans)
- 1/2c crumbled feta
1.) Lay your broccoli florets on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 T of the olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Roast at 450 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes, until the edges become slightly brown and crispy.
2.) Let the broccoli cool for 5 minutes then combine in a bowl with the feta, drained chickpeas and remaining 1 T olive oil. Toss and salt to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Photos and Illustrations by Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast, a blog and soon-to-be cookbook full of simple recipe and entertaining ideas inspired by living in a cabin in the woods.
Hello! Katie Parker, Senior Digital Food Editor for BHG, joining the conversation. I hate wasting food and I recently nabbed a nifty tip from our Test Kitchen to capture every last bit of a stock of broccoli: Namely, use the stems. Stop making that face!, they really can be just as tasty as the hog-the-spotlight florets. I used my new method in our 4-star-rated Sesame Chicken with Broccoli for dinner last night.
Watch the 1-minute method for cutting and cooking broccoli (cough, cough, that’s me doing the voiceover…hi Mom!). The gist: Peel off those knobby pieces to get to the smoother stem. For me, this looked like:
To cook, toss the stems into a pan with some water for 3 minutes, then add the florets and continue on for 2 minutes more:
The rest of the recipe was Wok work. Cook your marinated chicken (you will LOVE the tangy-sweet smell from the honey-soy marinade!):
Set the chicken aside and cook yummy ginger, garlic, and green onions:
Then stir in chicken broth, soy sauce, smell-the-sweetness honey, cornstarch, rice vinegar, and chili paste. I plated without rice (and without sesame seeds, which were suspiciously unavailable at my local grocery store). I also like to eat with chopsticks when reasonable because it slows me down and helps me appreciate my dinner. And my crisp-tender broccoli florets and stems?—Perfection. Get the Sesame Chicken with Broccoli recipe here: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/sesame-chicken-with-broccoli-stir-fry/