Today’s post is a doozie. Get ready. So many good things to share from one simple dinner!
#1: Mandarain Orange Chicken in the Costco freezer section is back!
About a year ago, I wrote about how I love the Mandarain Orange Chicken from Costco’s freezer section…even more than Trader Joe’s (sorry, Joe!). Then I kept getting comments on the post asking if I knew the brand, people couldn’t find it and, horror of horrors, a Costco rep said they had removed it from inventory. It was a sad time.
I went to Costco last week…look what I found tucked in the freezer? Yippee!
The brand is Crazy Cuisine, in case they discontinue it again and people need to track it down. It was as yummy as ever.
#2: Short Grain Brown Rice
Last week I asked for tips on how to make brown rice like PF Changs. Quick update: I found short grain brown rice in the bulk section at our grocery store. It wasn’t exactly like PF Chang’s, but it was what I was looking for (I’m pretty sure PF Chang’s is, in fact, using short grain brown rice, just a different variety). The short grain brown is stickier, making it perfect for Chinese food. It is definitely good enough to be the healthy replacement for my all-time favorite Calrose rice.
#3: Simple Side Dish – Leftover Asparagus
When I went to Berkeley Bowl, I bought a few million pencil asparagus (I love skinny asparagus!). Of course we couldn’t eat it all at one sitting. While I love freshly cooked asparagus, leftover cooked asparagus? Not so much. But I have discovered a good use for this soggy leftover!
I chopped the asparagus into smaller pieces, sauteed over medium heat with soy sauce, a dash of sesame oil, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, and a spoonful of sugar (you know, to help with the medicine). It was DEEEE-LISH and the perfect side dish for Chinese food. Very simple and easy.