Chinese Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Chinese Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Yuhong is here, once again, to put her spin on juicy, falling-off-the-bone Chinese sweet and sour spare ribs.  You can finish them in the oven or on the grill!

Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 753 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • lb pork loin back rib
  • 2 tbsp cooking wine

Glase

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp crushed chili pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp sweet bean sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1” knob fresh ginger, crushed

Instructions
 

  • Cut ribs into 3 sections.
  • Place ribs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Add wine.
  • Bring the water to a boil, drain and rinse ribs.
  • Put the ribs into an instant pot, cover with water and cook for 50 minutes. Alternatively, you can simmer them in a large pan on the stovetop for 1 hour.
  • Mix ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350℉ (380℉ for crispier ribs)
  • Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and lay ribs in the pan in a single layer.  Brush both sides with the cooking sauce. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes, turning once.
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While ribs are notorious for being high in fat and calories, it’s not all bad news.  They also contain a healthy dose of necessary nutrients so count them in for the occasional treat!

Suggestion: Serve these at your next picnic or barbecue with this creamy potato salad!

Homemade Poultry Seasoning Mix

This recipe is a quick and easy way to make homemade poultry seasoning mix in a pinch. It’s a great alternative to store-bought!

Homemade Poultry Seasoning Mix

Homemade Poultry Seasoning Mix

Course Seasoning
Servings 1 tsp
Calories 5 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • tsp ground dried sage
  • tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • ¾ tsp dried rosemary
  • ¾ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Measure out all ingredients into a small container.  
  • Mix well and store tightly covered away from heat and light.
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Did you know? Poultry seasoning is a good source of nutrients, including Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron and Manganese!

Suggestion:  Poultry seasoning is not just for poultry!  I use it in this recipe for pork chops with apple butter and onions!

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

This sweet and spicy barbecue sauce is one of my favorite condiments.  Making it homemade allows you to adjust spices to make it just the way you want it!

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Course Condiment
Servings 2 tbsp
Calories 55 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 rsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (use more or less to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.  Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Yield:  2 ½ cups barbecue sauce.
  • Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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Although barbecue is typically thought of an American tradition, the roots of barbecue sauce can actually be traced to Africa!

Suggestion:  Use this sauce to make barbecue spaghetti squash pizza!

Lemon Herb Chicken Burgers

Lemon herb chicken burgers are a delicious blend of lemon and herbs topped with thousand island dressing. It’s a meal you can really wrap your hands around!

Lemon Herb Chicken Burgers

Lemon Herb Chicken Burgers

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 395 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp minced garlic
  • tbsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns

Instructions
 

  • Mix the first 7 ingredients (chicken through salt/pepper) in a bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Shape into 4 patties. Cook in pan preheated pan 5-7 minutes on each side until the internal temperature reaches 165℉.  Top each patty with 1 slice of swiss cheese, 1 tablespoon Thousand Island, tomato and lettuce. Serve on a whole-wheat bun.
  • Hack:  Place burgers on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer until frozen.  Put individually into sealable sandwich bags and then into a sealable freezer bag or freezer container.  The rolls can also be frozen in the same manner.
  • Hack:  To extend the shelf life of romaine, separate leave and wash.  Dry in a salad spinner or with paper towels.  Place lettuce leaves in a sealable plastic bag or container with paper towels between each layer to absorb moisture.  Replace paper towels if they become soggy.
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