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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year

It's Chinese New Year and in honor of that I have been trying out a few new recipes. 

I made a Pinterest recipe the other night that turned out so good! (So very good that we ate it all!)

It was simple, easy, fairly healthy, and if you can get your 5 year old and your husband to both say they liked it, it must be a keeper! I modified it to fit the ingredients I had in my fridge and to fit my gluten free needs.

6 oz gluten free spaghetti noodles

1/4 cup very hot water
2 tsp low sodium beef bullion
3 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar

Oil for pan frying beef and veggies in pan (I use olive oil)

1lb beef (I used grass feed beef and a fajita steak cut)
1 large red onion chopped
2 large carrots chopped up into small chunk (I used carrots I grow in the summer the wash chop and freeze in 1 lb bags.)
2 cups (give or take) I like broccoli so i make mine heaping cup fulls :-)
2 Tbsp of diced garlic
1 teaspoon sesame oil

1) Cook spaghetti as directed. (If you can, time it so you will be draining it about the time the meat and veggies are done.)
2) Combine low sodium beef bullion, gluten free soy sauce, and brown sugar the hot water and stir until fully dissolved. Set off to the side.
3) Cook meat with olive oil in pan until almost done. Near the end add the onions, garlic, and sesame oil so they will start to soften and caramelize a bit and the flavors will combine.
4) Add in carrots and broccoli and put on medium low head to warm and soften veggies. Stir often to mix flavors.
5) When veggies are warmed all the way through (I like mine with a little crunch, cook longer if you prefer a more cooked veg)  Add the sauce you set aside earlier, mix to coat everything well.
6) Pour the entire meat, veg, sauce mixture into the drained noodles and toss to coat everything.

Serve and watch it disappear into happy mouths!

 Original recipe from momsdish.com can be found here.

Serving size:
- See more at: http://momsdish.com/recipe/400/beef-lo-mein-recipe#sthash.uDCZLntN.dpuf
    • 8 ounces
    • Thin Spaghetti; broken in half
    • Oil; for frying
    • 2
    • large Carrots
    • 1
    • large Onion
    • 4
    • Garlic Cloves
  • - See more at: http://momsdish.com/recipe/400/beef-lo-mein-recipe#sthash.uDCZLntN.dpuf
    And after eatting such a great dinner why not continue the fun with a craft?
     Super simple Chinese lanterns from firstpalette.com.

    • Paper or cardstock (preferably red or yellow)
    • Scissors
    • Stapler or tape
    • Glue
    • Ruler
    • Pencil
    • Things to decorate your lantern with: gift wrap
      paper, ribbons, sequins, stickers, glitter glue,
      small buttons, etc.


    Step 1 Chinese Paper Lantern craft 1. Start out with an A4, Letter size, or any rectangular sheet of paper or cardstock. Red and yellow are preferred colors for a Chinese-themed lantern, but you can always choose any color you like.
    Step 2 Chinese Paper Lantern craft 2. Cut a 1-inch wide strip off on one short side. Set this aside for the handle.
    Step 3 Chinese Paper Lantern craft 3. Fold the paper in half, lengthwise.
    Step 4 Chinese Paper Lantern craft 4. Draw a horizontal line one inch from the long edge opposite the fold.

    *This line is just a guide for cutting and may not be necessary for older kids.
    Step 5 Chinese Paper Lantern craft 5. Starting from the folded edge, cut a straight line about an inch from one short edge, all the way up to the horizontal line.
    Step 6 Chinese Paper Lantern craft 6. Continue to cut more straight lines about 1 inch apart until you reach the opposite short edge of the paper. Remember that the horizontal line marks the point where you stop cutting each straight line.
    Step 7 Chinese Paper Lantern craft 7. Unfold the paper. The paper will have several vertical slits along the middle. Erase any pencil marks or re-fold the crease the opposite way to hide the pencil marks at the back.
    Step 8a Chinese Paper Lantern craft 8. Decorating the lantern is optional but if you wish to jazz up yours, here are some ideas you can try:

    a.) Make a border by painting with any water-based paint or coloring with crayons or oil pastels.
    Step 8b Chinese Paper Lantern craft
    b.) Create patterns and details with glitter glue, puffy paint, or markers.
    Step 8c Chinese Paper Lantern craft
    c.) Glue on a strip of gift wrap paper, patterned paper, fabric, lace, washi tape, or a wide ribbon to make a border.
    Step 8d Chinese Paper Lantern craft
    d.) Add texture by gluing on materials like craft foam or felt shapes, small buttons, beads, sequins, ribbon, lace, etc. Do not glue on materials that are too heavy for your paper though.

    Take note to leave at least a half-inch of undecorated area on one top corner. This space will allow you to connect the two edges of the paper to form a lantern.
    Step 9 Chinese Paper Lantern craft Ask for an adult's help9. Form the paper into a tube shape to transform it into a lantern. Overlap the long edges at least a half-inch. Staple or tape the top and bottom corners.
    Step 10 Chinese Paper Lantern craft 10. Glue on the paper handle from Step 2. Decorate the handle if you like.

    Once the glue dries, hang the paper lantern as a festive Chinese New Year decoration.

    More Ideas

    Red Chinese paper lantern with sequins Instead of paper, you can use a length of ribbon, lace or fabric for the handle.
    Chinese paper lantern with streamers Cut strips of crepe paper and glue these along the inside of the lantern's bottom edge. These streamers will make the lanterns move gracefully with the wind.
    Pastel-colored paper lanterns Besides the typical red and yellow Chinese lanterns, you can make them in your favorite colors or in hues that go with a particular occasion (e.g. orange and black for Halloween).
    Blue paper lantern You can also decorate the strips in betwen the slits of your lantern. Glue on small paper or fabric shapes, or draw designs with markers or crayons.

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