One of the best ways to introduce kids to another culture is by introducing them to its food. Chinese New Year, “The Year of the Snake”, kicks off on February 10, 2013. To celebrate, I’m happy to share a couple of Asian recipes from Simply Asia.
Ginger Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps
Credit: Simply Asia
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Makes 6 servings.
• 1 tablespoon oil
• 1 pound ground chicken or ground turkey
• 1 pouch Simply Asia® Ginger Teriyaki Stir-Fry Sauce
• 6 large iceberg lettuce leaves or 12 Bibb lettuce leaves
• Toppings such as shredded carrots, bean sprouts, chow mein noodles, chopped peanuts, chopped fresh cilantro and chopped green onions
1. HEAT oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add ground chicken; stir fry 5 minutes or until cooked through. Add Stir-Fry Sauce; cook and stir until heated through.
2. SPOON chicken mixture into center of each lettuce leaf. Sprinkle with desired toppings. Fold sides of lettuce over filling and roll up to serve.
General Tsao’s Meatballs
Credit: Simply Asia
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes 15 (2-meatball) appetizer servings.
• 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
• 1 egg, beaten
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 pound ground beef or turkey
• 1 pouch Simply Asia® General Tsao Stir-Fry Sauce
• 1/4 cup orange juice
1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix breadcrumbs, egg, milk, garlic powder and ground ginger in large bowl until well blended. Add ground beef; mix well.
2. SHAPE into 1-inch meatballs. Arrange meatballs in foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
3. BAKE 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through. Drain if needed.
4. BRING Stir-Fry Sauce and orange juice to simmer in large skillet on medium heat. Add meatballs; toss to coat well and cook until heated through.
For more quick and easy Asian recipes, Simply Asia’s website is a great Chinese New Year resource for busy moms.
(On a side note, I have a special love for Chinese culture and food. I worked at a Chinese restaurant as a teen and shared an easy recipe for one of my favorites (egg foo young) over on my food and lifestyle blog, Foodie City Mom.)