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Quick Asian Chicken Broth

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Quick Asian Chicken Broth

My go to drink of choice when I’m sick, trying not to snack on shitty, unhealthy stuff or just want something delicious.  


INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 green onions cut into 2 inch lengths 
  • 10 or so sprigs of cilantro
  • Four 1/8 inch slices ginger (skin in is fine)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled & rough smashed
  • 15 or so Sichuan pepper corns
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put everything in a pot and bring to a low simmer, then cover and leave for 10 - 15 minutes 
  2. But check a couple minutes after being covered to make sure it’s not boiling - it does that after it gets covered sometimes
  3. To drink, I remove the peppercorns, ginger & garlic but leave in the greens 

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Shepherd’s Pie with Tots

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Shepherd’s Pie with Tots

The crunchy deliciousness of tots instead of mashed potatoes on top of this is a most welcome change. Make it


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • ½ of yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon each Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup cut frozen vegetables (your choice, I used carrots, parsnips and beets)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 - 16 ounce bag frozen tater tots

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In an oven proof skillet (cast iron is ideal) heat oil and cook onions until translucent; then add garlic and cook until fragrant about 45 seconds or so
  3. Add in the ground beef, cook until almost done and season with salt and pepper
  4. Mix in tomato paste then sprinkle in flour, cook out flour about a minute or so then stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce; mix well - add a little more broth if it’s too thick, but you don’t want it runny
  5. Add in the frozen vegetables and parsley and mix well
  6. Add the frozen tots on top
  7. Bake in the oven 30-40 minutes then broil on high towards the last minute of cooking time until tots are a nice crispy golden color

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Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries

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Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries

Not to be a broken record…but these are totally simple & delicious. 


Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, rinsed (no need to peel)
  • 2 teaspoons neutral oil - like vegetable or avocado
  • ½ teaspoon each Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin  and/or curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder, optional

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spiralize sweet potato using the small noodle blade, then place the spiralized potato in a large mixing bowl
  3. Add oil, salt, pepper and cumin and/or curry powder if using (which you should be) to the potatoes and mix well so the seasonings incorporate evenly
  4. Place spiralized potatoes on a baking sheet and bake 20-30 minutes (toss fries halfway through) or until nice and golden brown

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Quick Asian Noodles

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Quick Asian Noodles

5 minutes, 5 ingredients. No stir frying and so damn delicious. 

Serves 1-2

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces chow mein noodles (or any noodle like spaghetti can work)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions
  2. While noodles are cooking, make the sauce - in a small bowl add soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar and Sriracha; mix well and set aside
  3. Drain noodles, put back in pot and mix sauce with the noodles
  4. Top with green onions and cilantro; serve on plate or eat out of the pot like me
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