Korean Red Beet Salad

Red beets are in season!!! Some of the health benefits of eating beets are 15% Fiber, Low in calories, great for cardiovascular health, for eye sight and the list goes on. You can not only enjoy the root, but the leaves have those great benefits also. Please look for a recipe on how to use beet leaves. Photobucket

Ingredients 

1 lb cooked red beets
2 large garlic cloves
1/3 tea spoon black pepper
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt


To prepare;

Peel beets and Julianne them into a mixing bowl. I use a medallion to slice my beets. 
To Make dressing, In separate bowl whisk together vinegar, oil, sesame oil, sugar, salt and garlic. Pour over beets. 

Let flavors blend 3-4 hours and enjoy.

Sesame oil is used for smell.

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Chicken Egg Rolls

Whenever I make egg rolls I usually make a large batch about 40 at a time and freeze them, I deep fry them when I need some. Otherwise to make a few it’s just to much work. This recipe is pretty easy and full of flavor.

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Ingredients
40 Egg Roll Wrappers
1/2 Head thinly sliced cabbage
1 large carrot grated
4-5 large white mushrooms grated
1/2 medium onion grated
2 celery sticks grated
1 green pepper grated
2 large chicken breasts sliced into thin strips
4 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup kikkoman soy sauce
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To Prepare

Start by sauteing cabbage with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, until wilted, then peppers onions and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 3-4 minutes, do the same to carrots and celery, mushrooms and peppers saute each group of vegetables in a few teaspoons of oil and put in large mixing bowl.

Stir fry chicken with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and mix in with vegetables in the mixing bowl.
Add garlic powder,oyster sauce, sugar sesame oil and ginger. Mix all ingredients very well.

Lay egg roll skin out on the table and fill with one tablespoon of filling cover with one corner, then bring in one side roll, bring in the other side and roll until the whole skin is used up.  it should look like a rolled envelope. Enjoy with Chili Sauce. Make 40 Mini Egg rolls. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Red Beet Borscht

If you are trying to eat more vegetables this is a good way to start. Even if you don’t like beets give this soup a try. Save it for next day and it’s even better.

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4 quarts water
8 oz meat pork
2 bay leaves
1/2 head thinly Sliced cabbage
4 cups peeled chopped potatoes into 1 inch squares
1/2 small onion chopped
8 small beets or 4 medium cooked peeled and grated
4 tablespoons Kraft Catalina dressing or tomato sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 clover pressed garlic
3/4 Cup chopped fresh fill

To Prepare;

Fill enough water to cover meat in pan and bring to a boil, pour out water and rinse meat and pan. Fill water add meat, bay leaf and onion bring to a simmer and simmer for 1 hour

While meat is simmering, saute grated beets, and tomato sauce for 5 minutes.

Add potatoes to the simmering stock, and cabbage and simmer until potatoes are soft 10-15 minutes add salt, pepper sugar, beet mixture and vinegar. Bring just to a simmer and turn off. add garlic and dill, close lid and let flavors blend about 30 minutes. Serve with sour cream.
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Buttermilk Biscuit filled with Sauerkraut (Piroshki)

Piroshki is a fast easy snack or lunch. My mom used to make these but she made the dough from scratch. I just use the buttermilk biscuit dough from the tube. These are perfect to child’s hands not too big and not too small.

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Ingredients
1 tube of Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits The Pillsbury Cookbook By Pillsbury Company (Google Affiliate Ad)
1 cup shredded cabbage
1/2 cup sauerkraut
1 tablespoon shredded carrot
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
a pinch of pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 Cup Oil

To Prepare;

Open biscuits and layout on table. Make filling by frying cabbage, sauerkraut,carrots, fennel seeds salt and pepper, saute on med low about 10 minutes.
Stretch  dough about as big as the inside of your palm, fill dough with 1 tablespoon of filling and pinch the opposite sides together.
Heat oil in frying pan med low and fry until golden brown or 1-2 min. per side.

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Green Tomatillo Chicken Soup

This is the first time that I am experiencing with tomatillo, If you never had one you should try it. the flavor is sour that look like a green tomato without any juice inside. The outside is covered in dry husk and the tomatillo is quite sticky when husk is removed.

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Ingredients

8 Cups beef stock
1 chicken breast with bone
5 Medium Tomatillos
1/2 small onion chopped
1 Celery stick chopped
1 small tomato chopped
2 cloves Garlic minced
1/4 cup red pepper diced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 corn
1 14 oz black beans

To Prepare;

Take large pot add stock, chicken breasts, cumin, chili, black pepper, and sugar and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 25 minutes.
In large skillet add 2 tablespoons olive oil, onions, tomatillo, celery, and saute 10 minutes on medium low heat. add garlic, red pepper,and tomato. Saute another 5 Minutes
add vegetables from skillet into pot and simmer another 15-20 Minutes.
Remover chicken from pot dice into 1 inch chunks and put back into pot. Add corn and beans let simmer another 10 minutes.
Garnish with  tortilla chips, cilantro and sour cream.
Makes six servings

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Canned Tomato Juice

My tomatoes are growing faster then I can use them, So I tried making my own tomato juice and I will say I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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Ingredients
12 lb red tomatoes
4 tablespoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

To Prepare;

Wash and core all tomatoes and cut into fourths. Using a juicer, juice tomatoes and mix with pulp. I because the skin does not taste that great of the tomatoes I used a sieve and that is how I removed it.
You can also peel the skin beforehand, by cutting a X on the tomato and dunking them into hot water for 10 seconds and then into ice water.
Bring juice to a boil and turn down heat so it simmers add salt and pepper and let simmer 20 minutes.
Sanitize your jars (I use dishwasher)
Fill jars leaving 1/2 inch space. Close lid tightly and store upside down until cool to touch. Make sure the lid is not bouncy if it does not move it means the lid is tight and secure.
Ball Regular Mouth Jars – 8 oz. – 24 pk. – Tools & Accessories (Google Affiliate Ad)Store in cool dry place, Enjoy cold.
Makes 5 16 oz cans.

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Cherry Tomatoes with Basil Cream Cheese

Cherry tomatoes are the perfect size to pop right into your mouth, add basil and it gets better, add cream cheese and you have a perfect appetizer or snack on a perfect summer day.

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Ingredients
6-8 Cherry tomatoes
4 oz cream cheese
1 tablespoon minced green onion
1 tablespoon minced basil leaves
a good pinch of salt

To prepare;

Soften cream cheese in microwave for twelve seconds so it’s easier to work with, mix in salt, basil, and onion.
Wash and slice cherry tomatoes in half, but not all they way through. Fill them with cream cheese filling and Enjoy.

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