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Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

It may appear to you that I have a little obsession with shredded carrot at the moment. They have appeared in a number of my recipe images lately, have you noticed? I am not fixating on shredded carrot but I do have a little 4 year old who has recently moved from being a carrot-hater to a carrot-lover. If I shred it as it is shown in the picture above he will happily eat it.

The move from carrot-hater to carrot-lover I attribute to my approach of continuing to present him with carrot, in meals and as a side dish OFTEN. Generally he would eat a bite or two and from there it was a struggle. Rather than no longer serving carrot to him I kept on serving it. I added just a few pieces to his plate so that it did not seem overwhelming and dreadful to him when I put it down in front of him. After a while he began to eat and enjoy honey carrots so I begun to serve him more than a couple on his plate with the rest of his dinner.  This process of continuously presenting the vegetable has worked well for us and resulted in the acceptance and enjoyment of many vegetables that were refused ongoing for a long period of time. You may suggest that having to shred carrots is a fussy/picky eating habit but I am really not too concerned about how I present the vegetable. I am happy that he will eat it.  I am more than a little pleased that he prefers it raw as it then retains more nutrients. You may find this post on feeding fussy eaters helpful if you have one in your home.

Stir Fry Ginger Chicken

If you read my news on Tuesday you may have noted that I am working on simplifying our family dinners. I can’t promise that I won’t break out of this once in a while in protest if I am craving something new and find an unexpected period of time I can devote to cooking…..

In general I am working on creating a new suite of quick and easy family meals to free up some of my time. I sat down with my notepad and pen a couple of weeks ago and started to create a list of meal categories that are quick and easy to create. Stir fry was of course at the top of the list. It is so easy to throw a few vegetables into a hot pan with some fresh herbs and flavors and dinner is done. This recipe combines classic flavors that are generally well loved.

This meal meets the criteria of quick and easy, as well as being family friendly. The recipe can be easily modified by using the vegetables that you have on hand.  The textural variety of the noodles and nuts alongside the crisp raw carrot and warm zing of the ginger are satisfying.

This dish may be served cold so it is perfect to take to work for lunch, or if someone is late home from work there is no need to reheat unless you wish to do so.

This is my quick and easy Ginger Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles.

Ginger Chicken Stir Fry
 
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Ginger Chicken Stir fry with noodles. A quick and easy family stir fry meal that can be served hot or cold.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or cooking oil of choice)
  • 3 cm chopped fresh ginger - approximately 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons honey
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 600 grams diced chicken
  • 1 small capsicum finely sliced
  • 2 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves with large stems removes
  • drizzle of fish sauce
  • drizzle of sesame oil
  • 200 grams rice vermicelli noodles
  • 1 small carrot - shaved
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pan toasted cashew nuts
Instructions
  1. Set a pot of water to boil (for the noodles)
  2. To a medium hot pan add the oil, ginger, cumin, honey and garlic and stir for a minute until fragrant
  3. Add the chicken and stir to coat with the ingredients in the pan. Brown the chicken on each side and leave in the pan to continue to cook through
  4. When the water has boiled add the rice noodles to cook according to the packet instructions, drain and set aside once cooked
  5. Add the capsicum and spinach to the chicken in the pan
  6. Once the spinach wilts remove the pan from the heat and add a drizzle of fish sauce and sesame oil
  7. Divide the noodles into serving bowls and top them with the chicken and vegetables. Add the shredded carrot and top the dish with fresh basil leaves and the cashew nuts

Classic flavors that will appeal to all of the family. I hope that you enjoy this meal and have a great weekend.

Do you have a carrot-hater in your family that you are trying to convert to a carrot-lover? If so I’d love to hear your tips. 

Kyrstie

 

 

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Carrot Salad Recipe

Shredded Carrot Salad

A change is coming……In the coming months there may be little lulls in activity here.  I will do my best to ensure that this is not the case but something may have “to give” for a short period of time.

The reason? I recently commenced a 40 week program of work. One aspect of the program involves writing a book, not an e-book, an actual thud on the desk book.  So…I am writing a book and I am working towards it being published in December. There I have said it!  This means that I will be spending a lot of time working on it and the associated items over the coming 6 months. The good news is that while I progress through this process there will be many benefits to you.

What does this mean for YOU? Well ultimately I hope that you will find my book incredibly useful and totally amazing, but for now it means that you will get to benefit from a whole suite of fresh healthy family recipes that are quick and easy to make. Recipes that are designed to remove the stress of cooking at the end of the day for busy mums.

The lead up to commencing work on my book has already led to some adjustments to our family meal routine. These changes have allowed me to find small pockets of time to dedicate to working on the program in addition to content development here and for the A Fresh Legacy social media communities. Along with the usual school (and after school) activities my family are still expecting dinner every night!! They are totally unimpressed by the notion of a book, or me spending more time working.

One of the initial minor changes that I have made to our meal time routine has been the addition of a simple meat and vegetable style meal into our menu at least once a fortnight. Of course this is not brain science, it is a common type of meal for many families but it is not the type of meal that I enjoy cooking, thus it has previously rarely featured on our menu.  I enjoy the creative process of cooking. I love experimenting with  ingredients and flavors.

Right now I have very little creative brain power to dedicate to meal creation at the end of the day and thus a simpler menu plan has been a forced return to simplicity.  To date this has been a refreshing change but I do find these meals to be really boring! In a bid for a brighter fresher tasting meal this carrot salad recipe evolved. I wanted to add a side dish to a simple meat and vegetables meal. I wanted to eat something with a fresh interesting flavor that provided some enjoyment to create and serve. Orange flower and carrot delivered that. They are a divine pairing. If you are yet to try them together I suggest you go and hunt down some Orange Flower Water as soon as possible. You will find it at most delis.

Fresh Carrot salad

This Carrot Salad was served alongside a simple grilled chicken and vegetable based meal. The flavors and bright color combination of the fresh ingredients make it a lovely dish to take with you to a BBQ or meal at someone’s place when you are contributing a dish.  This salad dish is perfect for those evenings when you need to get a healthy quick meal on the table and you want it to be full of fresh flavorsome ingredients.

As the weather cools and meals become heavier this side dish lightens a heavy Winter meat based meal. It works through Autumn when ingredients such as capsicum and cucumber are managing to hang around before the new produce of Winter begins to emerge.

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Carrot Salad Recipe. A simple, fresh side dish to brighten up a weekday meal or worthy of a dinner party. The divine pairing of Orange Flower Water and carrot is a must try combination.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 carrot - shaved or cut into fine strips
  • ¼ capsicum - finely sliced
  • ½ cucumber - finely sliced
  • handful of Pistachio nuts (unsalted if possible)
  • Dressing:
  • ½ teaspoon orange flower water
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • fresh coriander to serve
Instructions
  1. Add the salad ingredients to a serving plate and toss gently with your fingers to combine
  2. Mix the ingredients for the dressing together and drizzle over the salad
  3. Top with fresh coriander leaves

Find Fresh and Fast family meals:

Over the past four years I have created many family friendly quick meals. You can find them by using browsing my Recipe List via the Cook Fresh tab in the menu. Those labelled FFF are recipes that can be prepared and served in less than 30 minutes.

You can also search via the tag Quick Meals. You will find tags at the end of each recipe. They are essentially a grouping of recipe type that allow you to find other similar recipes if you would like to.

Carrot Salad

I would love to hear in the comments below your best tip for a healthy fast family meal at the end of a busy day. Please share for my benefit as well as for the benefit of all busy mums.

Kyrstie

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