Chicken and Rice (Or… Dumb Rice!)

So simple. A toddler favorite…. Something you probably grew up eating your whole childhood, but won’t make for your kids.

(Duhn duh duh DUH!)

RICE A RONI! 

Hailee simply calls it by the endearing name “Chicken and Rice”.

My nephew calls it, “Dumb Rice.” Not quite as endearing.

So I’ll call this Chicken and Rice! :)

It was a regular in our home. But….. This mama’s new budget dislike the price per box. And mom dislikes the random items in the ingredients list!

So I decided to look for a recipe for something very similar, using only basic ingredients from my kitchen. My first test was SO spot on, we all loved it! The adults agree it was better than the boxed kind, and the toddler’s didn’t notice a difference so THAT is certainly a win! I just had to share, and record for myself, since I did make a few adjustments to the original find.

It’s Claire approved.

Which… I’ll admit it. She eats a lot! Soooo this just means you can trust it wasn’t disgusting! ;)

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And it’s Hailee approved!

Which means a lot. Little picky eater. I have to work hard to make sure the things she actually likes enough to eat a significant amount of are nutritious, because she tends to only like starchy, snacky, or sweet foods. So her stamp of approval is one hard earned!!!

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Try it. It’s easy and delicious!

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Kung Pao Shrimp {PF Changs Copycat}

One of my favorite restaurants is PF Chang’s. For starters, I simply love all Chinese food.

When I was pregnant, I went crazy on grocery store cafeteria chow mein  Gross right?! My husband thinks so! Luckily, he loved me enough to still bring me some every once in a while.

I blame this gross craving on the fact that I live in a small town, where we don’t have any actual GOOD Chinese food restaurants. At least Raley’s looks safe!!!

But believe you me. I notice a difference between PF Chang’s Chinese food, and Raley’s.

{Even the pregnant me does.}

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And this recipe is as close to their’s as I’ve gotten, and its pretty darn close!

Enjoy,

Kait

I have another copy cat of theirs, Dan Dan Noodles, from Secret Recipes 2 that I have adjusted and find near perfection as well. Hoping to post that soon, but wanted to mention it because if you make these two dishes on the same night—- prepare to be in Chinese food heaven!!!

 

Ingredients:

4 Tbs. soy sauce
1\2 tsp. corn starch
4 Tbs. water
1/4 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. sugar
pepper to taste
3 Tbs. hot chili oil
3 cloves minced garlic
1/4 onion, cut into quarters
15 large, peeled and deveined, shrimp
1/4 cup roasted peanuts
5 scallions, chopped

 

If you are using frozen shrimp, put those in a baggie, and in a sink filled with warm water and let them thaw. While thats happening…

Mix soy sauce, corn starch, water, sesame oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar and pepper together in a small bowl. Set next to the stove.

Pour your hot chili oil into your frying pan. (Pan should be fairly deep. If you have a wok, that is a good option.)

Also, if you don’t have hot chili oil on hand, just use 3 tablespoon of oil, and sprinkle in a smalll amount (~1/2 tsp.) of red pepper flakes. This will result in a similar flavor.

Place you minced garlic, quarted quarter of an onion (read that again- it does make sense!) into the chili oil. Saute on medium until you can smell the spicy-ness! Delicious!

Add the shrimps and cook until one side is pink. Add your sauce mix and stir the shrimp around.

Continue to cook for 10-15 minutes or until sauce is thick, coating the shrimp.

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Turn off fire, stir in scallions and peanuts.

Serve on rice and enjoy!!!

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