Easy Weeknight Dinners To Impress!

I’m all about simplifying weeknight dinners so my latest discovery using oven and wok combo will impress you so much that you’ll want to immediately invite friends over for dinner to show off your new dinner trick, it never fails!  Once you’ve got this down, you’ll be able to make loads of variations, see mine below. It’s the same easy technique as my visual roadmap for wok cooking.

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Try quinoa instead of rice, pasta or potatoes! All the lovely juice from the stew makes it very yummy. I like to add fresh scallions and just stir into stew last minute, ummm!

It’s a fail proof stewing method and same concept as slow cooking in a crock pot except…

1) you won’t need one more cookware taking up counter space
2) you can use whatever you find in your fridge
3) you’ll be guaranteed success every time!

Here are a few things you need to know to guarantee your success…
1) use meat that has a ton of marbling i.e. fat so it doesn’t get dry, I love pork shoulder strips or pork belly. It’s not fat that makes you fat, it’s sugar and starchy carbs. I learned a lot since becoming prediabetic and my numbers are so good, I’m off medication!
2) use firm veggies to include with meat and add less firmer veggies half way through.
3) always start with switching oven on at 345 while chopping aromatics: onion, garlic and ginger.
4) use very little chicken broth or any leftover wine or beer, you don’t want soup!
5) you don’t need much seasonings cause you’ll want to taste the flavors from your meat and veggies!  Seasonings can be tamari, dry spice rubs, dry herbs, tumeric ginger (good for digestion and all sorts of health benefits, be aware it’ll turn orangey yellow which I love, more color the better!)
6) use a wide baking tray, trust me you’ll want to make a whole lot of this to last a few more dinners! After filling with veggies and meat, cover tightly with foil and stew for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours, check half way through if you want, but I’ve never had to do anything even after peeking at it!
7) stir fry a veggie that gives contrast and oompf to your stew!  Two that were outstanding…bok choy and rappini.

Ready to find out how to make your pork fork tender?

This is not a recipe, it’s a method, along same lines as my no-recipe technique for wok cooking, remember?

 

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Switch oven temp to 345 while you chop aromatics: onion, ginger and garlic thwacked in big chunks, no need to dice

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Use very little chicken broth, wine or beer and tamari. Sprinkle dry spice rubs on the meat and top with onions, garlic and ginger. You can even just make this without any other veggies if you don’t have any.

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Stir fry bok choy while stew is in oven! Cut down bok choy and rinse well. Add a little broth or water in wok and put lid on to ‘steam fry’!

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When bok choy’s texture is cooked how you like them, add some contrasting colored veggies like mini sweet bell peppers and stir fry in a little oil with garlic and ginger. Sprinkle a little San-J tamari and medium sherry and they’re ready!

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Lay pork shoulder strips on top of veggies and cover pork over with onions, garlic and ginger. This stew had tomatoes, bell peppers, scallions and made in glass baking tray but it was a tad small, that’s how I found a baking tray was the best!

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A stroke of genius, brussel sprouts are my hubby’s fav, they were so juicy and full of flavor from the pork.

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This was a throw in all the veggies I could find from the fridge: celery, Chinese broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini. I sprinkled some of that spicy Huy Fong chili garlic sauce, it’s vinegary, so helps to give your stew a nice zing!

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Earthy Delight’s Oyster mushrooms were soooo good in this one, tender and juicy and picked up all the flavors from the sauce and meat! Orange and red bell peppers but always, always onions, garlic and ginger.

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I stir fried rappini and mini sweet peppers for the next day to change up the sides!

If you’ve enjoyed learning this technique for stewing in the oven, you’ll enjoy my no-recipe technique for wok cooking!  If you live in Miami, you can attend a class, if you live elsewhere, my instructional DVDs together with my Wok Star Kit will provide everything you need to succeed.

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