Panda Express Copycat Fried Rice

Panda Express has some good fast food and the base of almost all of them is Fried Rice. Fast and simple. Just spoon it up as is or add more soy sauce.

 

Panda Express has some good fast food and the base of almost all of them is Fried Rice.  We love their veggie bowl and fried rice.  The recipe is so simple and it really is the same way my mother made it years ago – but I will admit my moms is better than PE.  I think she just added more vegetables.  Fried rice is probably one of those ancient recipes.  Adding egg is traditional but it is not needed in any way.  So … I left it out.  It is actually better in my opinion and much cleaner.  Panda uses frozen peas and carrots and you sure can too.  I am adding another option where you can add fresh carrots and peas.  You just cut your carrots up in very small pieces and boil them until almost done.  Fresh shelled peas would not need to be precooked.  They are ‘fried’ along with everything else.

You don’t even need to have a topping for this rice when it is ready to serve.  Just spoon it up and let the kids add more tamari.  They love it!

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Chocolate Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Chocolate Frosted Lemon Cupcakes are so inviting with a chocolaty top and the cupcakes have just a hint of lemon. Two favorite dessert flavors all in one.

 

Chocolate Frosted Lemon Cupcakes are so inviting with a chocolaty top and the cupcakes have just a hint of lemon.  Two of my favorite dessert flavors combined in one.

It is about time for a new decadent treat to be gracing these pages.  On my Recipe Index page there are little thumbnail photos lined up of all my recipes, in order, in which they were introduced on the blog.  Newest to oldest.  Well I scanned down the page and it was way too long of a scan before I found any chocolate.  Heavens!  I need to keep closer attention.  Also, there were no cupcakes!  It is all fixed now and I can breathe a sigh of relief.  All is right with the world.

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Hearty Chickpeas and Red Lentils

Hearty Chickpeas and Red Lentils Recipe is simple to throw together and easier to eat. Lots of texture and spices make it a perfect dinner or side dish.

 

Isn’t it nice when you have a group of recipes that are your favorites, cook up quickly and are healthy to boot? I have quite a slew of them but this Chickpeas and Red Lentils Recipe is a standard ‘go to’ for me.  After a full day of ‘life’ it is really nice to have something so simple and delicious to throw together.  Lots of texture and spices to make it the perfect dinner or side dish.

One thing that has been added to my life lately is yoga.  I still try to do regular exercises but most of the time I tell myself that just running around like I do is enough.  It really isn’t.  Especially for strengthening your core and muscles.  Healthy living, yoga and wellness is my new mantra so I bend and hold, stretch and hold, balance and hold.   I had no idea you could work up such a sweat from holding a pose.  I love it!

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Homemade Garam Masala Seasoning

Garam Masala is a spice mixture that will take you a long way in adding flavors to your dishes. A simple blend that you just mix and use whenever it calls.

 

 

Garam Masala is a spice mixture that will take you a long way in adding flavors to your dishes.  It’s roots are in Northern India and Southern Asia and has a very intense and spicy flavor.  There are variations of the mixture and this is a simple one that I came up with that does not require you to roast and grind seeds.  You will already have most of the ground spices in your cupboard if not all of them.  Just measure out, mix and keep in a jar with a tight fitting lid.  You will find yourself using this seasoning mixture over and over again.

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Chunky Maple Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Chunky Maple Peanut Butter Ice Cream is a frozen dessert bonanza with lots of chunks and swirls. Made from scratch and very simple - from start to finish.`

Chunky Maple Peanut Butter Ice Cream is a frozen dessert bonanza with lots of chunks and swirls.  Last year I bought my first time ever ice cream maker.  I remember when I was little that my parents had one where they used rock salt and a wooden ice cream maker with a hand crank.  It was a fun get together activity but you had to really watch that the rock salt did not get into the ice cream. I don’t know how that happens – I think it just comes up over the top and gets mixed in.  I told you I was really little.  The reason I remember the rock salt so well was because at one party I got the first bite.  It was a cold bite of salt.  Shock!  Well, those were the good old days but today when we use ice cream makers you get a nice cold sweet bite of heaven.  Every time.  Really easily. Click here to see the full recipe …

Homemade Maple Peanut Butter

Homemade Maple Peanut Butter only takes minutes to make and it is ridiculously easy. Rich, creamy and extremely versatile - fresh and in baking.

Well, look what we’ve got here.  Homemade Maple Peanut Butter – to tempt you – daily!  There isn’t anything negative about this recipe.  It only takes minutes to make and it is extremely versatile.  I mean, this could go on toast, muffins, bread and of course it fills up a teaspoon very nicely.  You can use it in recipes for cookies and ‘no bake’ goodies too.  I was actually trying to come up with an ice cream recipe that could become my favorite.  My mind started roaming and then it stopped, almost immediately.  And by the way, guess what is going on the blog next.  Yes, Chunky Maple Peanut Butter Ice Cream.  But we have to start at the beginning.  It is so simple to make finger and spoon lickin’ good maple peanut butter from scratch.

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Cranberry Apple Turnovers

Cranberry Apple Turnovers use Granny Smith apples and dried cranberries. Both are all mellowed out with an apple jelly mixture and baked in puff pastry. YUM

 

It is really nice that we have so many dried fruit options to choose from in our grocery stores. It didn’t use to be like this.  You use to have to wait for Christmas season to get your cranberry on.  This spring and summer I have already made Cranberry Orange Scones and Cranberry Cherry Popsicles and today I am happy to be posting a new recipe for Cranberry Apple Turnovers.  The tart Granny Smith apple is mixed with dried cranberries and then both are all mellowed out with an apple jelly mixture.  After it all bakes in a pre-packaged puff pastry you will have a scrumptious treat.

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