Monday, August 24, 2009

Fried Rice with Ham & Vegetables

For a belated Mother's Day gift, I gave my mom a mother/daughter time with a cooking class at our local Central Market. We had a great time and learned a ton of new, delicious, healthy recipes. I am going to try and remake them in hopes they turn out just a good. This one was a success! I never realized how easy it is to make fried rice. We won't be turning to take out again!

Fried Rice with Ham & Vegetables
Serves 4

1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup diced cooked ham
2 cups frozen stir-fry vegetables
4 cups cooked rice, chilled
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce ( I added)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil (I added)

Preheat a large nonstick skillet or wok on medium-high heat. Add oil to pan. Add the beaten eggs, cooking until set. With the edge of your spatula, break cooked egg into smaller pieces making thing strips. Place eggs on a plate and set aside.

Add ham and frozen vegetable to pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cooked rice and reserved egg strips. Sprinkle with soy sauce (and Hoisin and sesame oil). Heat through, about 3 to 5 minutes, tossing gently to coat with soy sauce. Serve with additional soy sauce if desired.

Grilled Chicken with Southwest Salsa

This is another recipe from the cooking class I took with my mom. It was just as yummy as I remember. It is so easy and quick to make, this will definitely be on the list of remakes in the future!
Grilled Chicken with Southwest Salsa
Serves 4

2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 (15ounce) can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained

Combine in a shallow bowl lime juice, vegetable oil, and chili powder. Rinse chicken under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Trip visible fat from chicken breast. Lightly pound chicken breasts, between two pieces of plastic wrap, with the flat side of a meat mallet or heavy rolling pin, until chicken is slightly flattened. Place chicken in lime juice mixture, turning to coat.

In a medium bowl , combine black beans, corn and salsa; reserve.

Grill chicken on a preheated outdoor grill (medium-hot coals) or stove top grill on medium high heat for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in center.

Spoon some of the reserved salsa mixture over each chicken breast and serve warm.

** I used 2 chicken breast and cut them in half to save on points. It turned out to be about 6 points this way. **