Easy Chow Mein Noodles

Moving away from the city we lived in for the last 15 years was hard. I miss all the good friends and neighbors. Big V and and I were very active in our kids lives as they were growing up. And by doing that we met a lot of nice people. Talking to them on the phone or on Facebook is just not them same. One of these days we will all get together and share stories about the good old days!

I also miss the little whole in the wall Chinese take out that was around the corner from us. They had the best Orange Chicken and Chow Mein Noodles I have ever had. I tried different place in my new (old) town, but nothing compares to that little place. I have tried making my own orange chicken and have had no luck so far, I am still working on that. But the noodles I think I might have come up with some close to theirs. I got thumbs up from Big V, he even claimed the leftovers for his lunch the next day. So today I share my recipe for Easy Chow Mein Noodles. 

Easy Chow Mein Noodles 

1 medium cabbage shredded, about 4 cups

1 1/2 cups celery  thinly sliced on a diagonal

1 cup julienne cut carrots 

1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onions

1/2 cup low soduim soy sauce 

2 Tablespoons brown sugar 

6 cloves garlic minced 

1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated 

4 tablespoons oil

1 package of pancit flour noodles

1) In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger. Set aside. 

2) In a large pot boil enough water that will cover noodles. Add noodles when water when water is at full boil. Cook only about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. These noodles will cook fast. Drain and run under cold water to stop cooking.  

3) In a large saute pan add oil, when hot add celery, onions and carrots. Saute about 2 to 3 minutes. Add cabage and saute another 2 to 3 minutes. Add noodles and soy sauce mixture saute 3 to 4 minutes.  Make sure everything is combined well.

Enjoy! 

Garlic “Instant” Mashed Potatoes…Shhh don’t tell anyone they’re Instant!

I know you can never replace the real thing, but sometimes you can substitute it! I’m talking about potatoes! My family loves “Real” mashed potatoes. But sometimes I don’t always have enough on hand or they are so expensive and not that great looking. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind paying for good looking potatoes, but not those ugly ones that look like they should be the start of next year’s crop.

I always have that container of good old fashioned instant potatoes flakes on hand, just incase. There is so many options that you can do with them. You and add garlic, cheese, sour cream, bacon and more. You can also make bread, rolls, gnocchi and they also make a great thickener for soups. So next time your at the store pick up a box, you never know when you might need it!

Garlic “Instant” Mashed Potatoes 

4 cups water

4 1/2 teaspoons chicken bullion 

1 1/2 cups 1/2&1/2

6 Tablespoons of butter 

4 cups instant potatoes flakes 

1 teaspoon pepper (we like pepper)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

1/2 teaspoon parsley 

Salt (optional, remember you have it in the bullion)

1) In a medium sauce pan add water, 1/2 & 1/2 and butter. Heat on medium low just until a simmer starts. Remove from heat.

2) Add chicken bullion, pepper, garlic powder and parsley.

3) Whisk in instant potato flakes slowly just until combined. At this point they may look like you need more flakes. But do not add more. Let sit about 5 minutes. Add salt if needed.

4) Whip the potatoes a bit and serve.

Enjoy!