Better Than Takeout Fried Rice and Crab Rangoons

Tonight my daughter had an away volleyball game so it was just me and the boyfriend for dinner. So after looking over my cooking board we came up with the idea to make our own Chinese. I love Chinese food, so does my boyfriend, but my daughter…not so much so it makes the perfect food to cook while she’s gone. I made shrimp fried rice and oven “fried” crab rangoons….it tasted so good!

The pins:

Fried rice: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/72057662761465337/

Oven “fried” crab rangoons: http://www.generationyfoodie.com/2012/02/takeout-makeover-crab-rangoon.html

Ingredients ready to cook

Ingredients ready to cook

Fried Rice:

4 cups rice, cooked

1/2 lb meat (I used shrimp)

1  cup peas and carrots

1 white onion chopped (optional)

2 cloves garlic minced

2 eggs

1/4 soy sauce

3 tbsp sesame oil (I used vegetable)

Crab Rangoons:

24 wonton wrappers (I used Nasoya brand)
olive oil cooking spray
8oz lump crab meat
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp curry powder (optional. I omitted this)
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
½ cup reduced fat cream cheese
⅓ cup scallions, washed and thinly sliced

I started by putting the shrimp on to boil and while that cooked I prepared the filling for the crab rangoons.  First I put the wonton wrappers into a oiled muffin tin then I put it aside. I mixed the ginger, Worcestershire sauce, and crab meat and used a fork to chunk it up then you add the cream cheese. By this time the shrimp was done so I poured it into a colander to drain off the water and let the shrimp cool down. I got out my frying pan and heated up the oil then I added the garlic, peas with carrots, and onions to sautee. While this cooked I spooned the filling into the shells then with wet fingers I curled the ends over and sealed them. I put them aside and turned the oven on and let it preheat (as I am doing this I occasionally stir the vegetables in the pan.)

 

ready to cook

ready to cook

As the oven heats up I crack two eggs into the pan and scramble them up, making sure to mix it up really well. Then you add the rice, meat, and, soy sauce and stir it up until heated through. I put the pan of rangoons in the over and cook for ten minutes then pull out when golden brown.

Ready to eat

Ready to eat

It was easy to make and it tasted so good!

Table is ready for dinner!

Table is ready for dinner!

Tips by me: 

#1 I would add more cream cheese and less crab to the rangoons because I like mine really gooey and these were good but not cheesy or gooey enough.

I love how simple it was to make this and it was way better then takeout because I know what was put in there.  I like knowing that my food has no MSG, no preservatives, and real vegetables. The rangoons were even made to be “skinny” and come in at 40 calories per piece amazing! So after I filled my plate I poured me a glass of my favorite wine, Mia Dolce Moscato D’Asti, and enjoyed some healthy and tasty Chinese food!

Happy pinning!!

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Inspirational

As I posted yesterday I have a board solely devoted to inspirations where I can go for a quick lift when I need one. The last few days I have been very sick with a respiratory infection which has left me weak and tired. After returning to work today I was struck by just how low my endurance was…I mean I wasn’t able to keep up with my geriatric patients lol!! So I went to my boards to lift my spirits and I found two things that made me smile.

My favorite bible verse

My favorite bible verse

This one reminds me that no matter what I go through that there is a purpose for everything. This illness had made me realize that if I can be made to feel this weak as a healthy 32 year old it’s no wonder it takes my patients months to recover. It sort of cements my drive to help them even more because this just SUCKS!

Read this daily until you believe it.

Read this daily until you believe it.

I love the first part because it rings very true for me I have survived a lot in my life but is had made me a better person and I wouldn’t change anything!

My motto

My motto

Tomorrow I will be making Skinny Chicken Enchiladas from my boards…can’t wait to try it!!

Happy Pinning…time for me to rest up before tomorrow!

September 11th

I decided today was not a day to write about the latest tasty thing I had cooked/baked or some cute project I had finally completed. Today is a day of remembering all those who lost their lives, their friends, and their family. I was sleeping that morning since I was a new mom, my daughter was just 6 months old, and we’d had a really fussy, cranky late night. I heard her dad yelling for me and I got up rather annoyed to yell at him for waking me and the baby when we’d gotten so little sleep. When I went into the living room he told me a plane had hit the World Trade Center in shock all I said was “On purpose??” we then watched, as most of nation did, in horror as the second plane hit then the fall. I remember sitting there thinking “My God what world have I brought this innocent baby into?” I held her most of the day thinking about all those people who would never get the chance to kiss their kids, wife’s, husband’s, parents, or any of their loved ones again. We were safe in Kansas City but many in NYC were not. I pinned the following pictures to my inspiration board because  everyone who was there that day is inspiring to me.

The board: http://pinterest.com/aradias/inspirations/

Never forget

Never forget

 

Thank you for all who gave their lives past and present whether it be police, firefighters, the members of our military, or the random good Samaritan who stood up to help.

 

God Bless America

God Bless America

 

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. ~Psalm 23

(credit to those who took the photos and made the gif. Also credit to God for his words of comfort in our darkest hours.)