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It’s been a long time since I posted! Shame on me! This tasty recipe for baked egg rolls is super delicious, easy and very healthy. My five year old helped me “roll” the egg rolls, and both my kids loved the end result. The green onions are the only ingrediant that requires chopping. Everything else is just opening packages. I found egg roll wrappers in the produce section by the tofu, and oyster sauce is in the Asian food aisle. Get your kids to help and have fun! (Yes my daughter is pictured below still in her jammies at dinner time. And yes she’s wearing Christmas jammies in April.)

Crispy Baked Egg Rolls

2 tbsp. olive oil
16 oz. bag cole slaw mix (cabbage or broccoli slaw)
4 green onions, chopped
1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
1 tbsp. white wine (vermouth or sake)
2 tbsp. oyster sauce
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 eggs (optional)
1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
20 egg roll wrappers

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat oil in a large pan over medium to medium high heat. Add coleslaw, green onions, bean sprouts, wine, oyster sauce, and soy sauce. Stir- fry until cabbage is wilted, 3 – 5 minutes. Push contents of pan to the outside leaving a well in the center. Whisk eggs in a small bowl and add to pan. Let the eggs cook for about 1 minute then stir until soft scrambled. Mix everything together. Mix cornstarch with 1 tbsp. cold water and stir into cabbage mixture. Stir for about 1 minute until sauce is thickened.

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place a 1/4 cup of the mixture in center of egg roll wrapper turned like a diamond.

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Fold the bottom corner up over the filling. Fold in both sides, then roll upward. Put a dab of water on the top corner to seal the roll. Place on baking sheet seam side down.

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Repeat with remaining mixture and wrappers, about 20. Egg rolls can be placed close together on baking sheet but cannot touch. Spray the tops with cooking spray and bake until golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes. Serve with sweet and sour sauce and Chinese hot mustard.

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For the first time in 5 years I am not cooking Thanksgiving dinner!  I am responsible for the cranberries for my mom’s traditional early Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday though.  This is a recipe from Cooking Light and it was great.  The cinnamon, ginger and orange juice really make the cranberry sauce something special.  It smells great while its cooking and is very simple.  If you don’t want to squeeze your own orange juice just use it out of a carton.  But since you’re going to need the zest you may as well juice at least that orange so that you’re not wasting.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Classic Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 3 oranges)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest

Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low/medium and cook about 12 minutes until the cranberries pop.  Remove from heat and stir in zest.  Cool completely.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.  Makes about 3 cups.

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This recipe is a great dish for a Meatless Monday or as a side dish.  I adapted it from The Gourmet Cookbook which has the rice topped with deep-fried onions.  Even though the thought of some onion rings sounded yummy, I don’t think this dish needs them.  On its own the lentils and rice make a hearty and healthy dish.  If I could figure out how to make saag paneer I think I could make my perfect vegetarian meal.  I might even become a once a week vegetarian on a regular basis.  Happy lentils!

Lentils and Curried Brown Rice

  • 1 cup lentils picked over and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Combine lentils with cold well-salted water to cover by 2-inches in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook lentils at a bare simmer until just tender, about 15 minutes.  Drain in a sieve and gently rinse under cold water.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add rice and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add curry and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.  Add 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cups water, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook uncovered for about 12 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes more.  All the liquid should be absorbed.  Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes.

Transfer rice to a bowl and fluff with a fork.  Add lentils and parsley and toss well.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  Serves 6 as a side dish.

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This quick salad is a great side dish for chicken or is great all by itself.  It’s fresh, light and satisfying.  Be sure to eat it the day its made or the next day because the yogurt separates and looks a tad unappealing. 

Cucumbers with Yogurt and Mint

  • 2/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups sliced peeled cucumber (about 3 medium)

Combine yogurt, mint, salt, cumin and pepper in a large bowl.  Add cucumber to yogurt mixture, and toss gently to coat.  Cover and chill one hour.  Makes about four one cup servings.

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Oven roasted broccoli?  That sounds weird.  Don’t you roast things like beef, pork and wild boar?  Why would I roast broccoli?  Because its delicious!  Roasting the broccoli brings out a nutty sweetness that is different and delicious.  Don’t be scared when it gets a little brown on the edges, this is a good thing.  If you buy the whole crown of broccoli with the stalk like I do, (its cheaper), don’t throw the stalk away!  That was too dramatic, but the stalk is yummy.  Be sure to cut about an inch or so off the end and peel the remaining stalk with a veggie peeler and slice.

Oven Roasted Broccoli

  • 2 – 3 crowns fresh broccoli, separated into florets, and stalk peeled and sliced if using
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Heat oven to 375°F.  Line a baking sheet (with sides) with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Spread broccoli out on pan.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake for about 45 minutes or until edges of broccoli are browned.

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This recipe was in the June edition of Bon Appetite.  This recipe is extremely simple and makes good use of summer ingredients.  Summer makes me crave fresh tomatoes.  I’m actually growing grape tomatoes in my container garden this year and can’t wait to make this salad with my homegrown tomatoes.  The tomatoes at the grocery store are great right now too.  If you extremely dislike, (I can’t use the word hate or I’ll owe my kids a dollar), dill, use a different fresh herb.  If you love fresh dill like I do this is a fantastic recipe.  Enjoy!

Dilled White Bean and Grape Tomato Salad

  • 2  15-ounce cans cannellini or great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced or 2/3 cup red onion
  • ¼ chopped fresh dill or combination of dill and basil
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Toss all ingredients in a large bowl.  Season with salt (about ½ teaspoon) and pepper.  Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.  This can be made ahead and refrigerated, but be sure to bring it to room temperature before serving.

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Be very careful if you make this potato salad.  You will be asked for the recipe over and over and over at every event you take it to.  A friend and coworker (my boss actually), back when I used to work, shared this recipe with me and it has been my husband’s and my favorite cookout side dish ever since.  I have no idea how many times I’ve made it over the past 10 years, and no idea how many friends have asked for the recipe, but it is seriously really good.  And now you can have the knowledge for yourself, I’m feeling very generous.  By the way, the friend who originally gave me the recipe has a fantastic food blog you should check out at http://foododelmundo.com/.  She’s featuring burgers right now which would go great with this tater salad.  Cheers!

Smokin’ Redskin Potato Salad

  • 20 redskin potatoes, halved or quartered
  • 4 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 ounce package bacon
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ – 2 teaspoons Tabasco

Fill a large saucepan with 2 quarts water and add potatoes, liquid smoke and salt.  Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.  Drain water and spread potatoes on a large baking sheet to cool. 

While the potatoes are boiling, pre-heat oven to 375°.  Cover a large baking sheet, (one with sides), with parchment or waxed paper and spread bacon out in a single layer.  It’s ok if the bacon over laps a little.  Cook in oven for 20 – 25 minutes until crisp.  When bacon is done transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain and cool. 

In a large bowl combine crumbled cooled bacon, mayonnaise, green onion, salt, pepper and Tabasco.  Add the cooled potatoes and gently toss to combine.  Check the seasonings and chill in fridge for at least 5 hours – overnight is even better.  For my family which includes young children I use ½ teaspoon of Tabasco.  For a group of adults I would add 2 teaspoons.

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