..please read like: ‘to the windows, to the walls (to the walls).’ If you have no idea what I’m talking about, just ignore me.
Over the weekend I did some cooking; Miguel had to work Saturday afternoon so I had the apartment (and the kitchen) to myself. Miguel’s favorite food group is Chinese food. Yes, he likes it so much that it’s basically its own food group around here. To satisfy this craving, I usual just cook rice and add broccoli and chicken/shrimp. Tada! Easy as pie. While that works just fine, I wanted to try something new and exciting. By that, I mean that I wanted to use my new crock pot again. I was staring at my sauces and spices cabinet and debating what I could use. Staring right back at me was: soy sauce, sesame oil and honey. BOOM, done. I did have to go to the grocery store to pick up the veggies, but this meal was seriously so simple. If it wasn’t simple, I wouldn’t share it 🙂
Fancy Stir Fry: a Crock Pot Meal
1 cup brown rice, uncooked
1 cup peanuts
1/3 cup yellow onion, chopped
1cup carrots, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
3 1/2 cup hot water
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2-3 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
2 chicken breasts
This ingredient list is a bit heftier than most my recipes, but the prep is simple, I promise.
1. Heat peanuts in medium-sized skillet over medium heat until slightly browned. Place in a bowl and save for later.
2. Pour 2 tsp sesame oil in that same skillet. Add onion and sauté until dark brown. Transfer to the crock pot.
3. Add carrots, peppers, uncooked brown rice, water, and red pepper flakes to the crock pot. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours. While everything is cooking, make sure to thaw out the chicken.
4. Once the 3 hours are almost up, lightly marinade the chicken with soy sauce and sesame oil (I didn’t measure the amount of marinade I used). Fry chicken on skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Add chicken to crock pot.
5. Add leftover soy sauce, sesame oil and peanuts to crock pot. Cook for another 15 minutes or until the rice has absorbed all (or most) or the water.
6. Transfer to bowls, pour honey overtop, and enjoy!
This dish is very flavorful and the honey really adds some sweetness to it. If you like Chinese food, you will like this!
Q: Favorite kind of food: go! (i.e. Chinese, Italian, American, etc.)