Pantry Party November Round Up

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I’m late! I’m late! But I’m here. The Pantry Party is still alive! We’ve had a small month, but I’m not horribly surprised about it with American Thanksgiving having just occurred and the holidays looming (or already begun for some.) It’s been a hectic few weeks for me, so I’m glad to see some submissions!

This month I challenged my Pantry Partiers to make quick dishes. I got a wide variety of things construed to be recipes that can be made under 30 minutes. I love variety!

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Janet from over at  Taste Space shared an easy dessert – Chocolate Protein Bark. Using only a small handful of ingredients, Janet shows us how an easy and even healthy chocolatey treat can be made in under 30 minutes!

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Janet was not done! She also shared her Raw Parsnip Sushi Rolls. This vegan rendition of sushi is stuffed with parsnip. It’s amazing how much the parsnip resembles sushi rice in these! At first glance I never would even guess they weren’t traditional sushi. They look great and I’m sure they taste delicious too! Janet couldn’t decide which variety of sushi to make, so she has shared two different versions.

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My quick meal this month was my Spicy Fish Stew. This dish was actually a strange take on a recipe I didn’t have the ingredients for. For as quick as I made it, the flavors were wonderful. An easy dinner for a busy night!

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Michelle from Ms. enPlace shared Pine Nut Brown Butter Pasta. This pantry-based dish can be made in under 30 minutes! The sauce is made from pine nuts and butter. Sounds easy but delicious!

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The last recipe this month comes from Chaya at Bizzy Bakes. This Apple Kugel is gluten-free. Chaya made this dish per her son’s request and used baking supplies in her pantry as well as apples she had on hand. Welcome Chaya! This is her first month and we love new friends!

Spicy Fish Stew

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Before I start talking about food, I have a huge announcement to make. On Friday I found out I passed the California bar exam. 😀 😀 😀

My life has been pretty excellent this last year. It’s been stressful, no doubt, but I couldn’t ask for anything better.

Anyway, this year I also started the Pantry Party. Pantry Party is a monthly round-up, where dishes are made from the ingredients in our pantries. Every month I give a theme. This month’s theme has been perfect for this crazy month (or really, this crazy year) I’ve been having. The theme? A recipe that can be made in 30 minutes or less!

The month is almost over – I hope more people join.

This was an easy dish. It was flavorful. And for a cold evening, it was great! PS – it was the first dish I made as a lawyer. This dish took me about 20 minutes to prepare.

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Spicy Fish Stew

Ingredients
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb swai, cut into pieces
1 onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp a spice mix from Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack (I got this from a past Foodie Pen Pals)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 can garbanzo beans

Directions

1. In a deep pot, heat the olive oil. Add the spice mix and the oregano and cook for 30 seconds. Add the onions, garbanzo beans, and garlic. Cover and cook over low-medium heat for 10 minutes.

2. Add 1/2 cup of water. Arrange the swai between the vegetables. Cover and cook for 7 minutes.

* serves 2
* this dish is being shared with See Ya In The Gumbo

Pork Chops Chinese-Style

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We truly went random this month at Dom’s Random Recipes. The random number generator told me that #8 was the cookbook to choose. #8 on my shelf was a book I got for free called Wok Cookery by Ceil Dyer. I had not used this cookbook yet – for one big reason. I do not own a wok. I really want a wok, but I have not purchased one (for no good reason.) Even sitting here, having cooked from Wok Cookery, I still do not own a wok. I just made it work with what I did own. After digging through my cooking collection I opted to use my double broiler. I’ve never thought to do meat in it before. It worked perfectly.

I did not let the pork chop marinate as long as I was instructed. I mean, I had all day. I could have. But I didn’t actually read the recipe until I was going to make it. I ended up marinating the pork for about 30 minutes. I’m sure the additional time would have made these even better, but I’m not complaining. The flavor was great. They were very tender. And served on top of a big mound of fried rice, I was pretty happy.

I’m not going to include the fried rice recipe, because.. It’s fried rice. But just in case you’re curious, it has onions, garlic, red bell pepper, corn, green onions, cashews, and soy sauce in it.

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Pork Chops Chinese-Style

Ingredients
4 boneless pork chops, trimmed
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup chili sauce
3/4 cup white wine
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Directions

1. Place pork chops in a shallow dish. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the pork. Turn the chops several times and pierce the pork chops with a fork. Let marinate at room temperature for 2 or 3 hours (or a half hour if you’re like me.)

2. Fill a double broiler with water. Bring to a simmer. Place the pork chops on the top part of the double broiler. Cover and steam for 1 hour.

* serves 4
* Besides Random Recipes, this is shared with Mix It Up Monday

Pantry Party November 2013

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Welcome to a round up featuring recipes you cook with ingredients found in your pantry. On the 1st of each month (well, this post is going up early because I got excited) I’ll announce the pantry party challenge of the month.  All you need to do is cook something based on the theme with at least one ingredient found in your pantry. Have some pasta? Some jelly? Some sauce? Flour? Sugar? Canned foods? We all have stuff pushed in our pantries that get forgotten about, so now is the time to make use of these otherwise forgotten foods.

On the 29th of each month I will post the round-up, with all the recipes and links to your blogs showcasing your contribution to the party.

I hope you’ll join me and explore your pantries!

How to Participate:

1. Visit The Law Student’s Cookbook on the 1st of each month to find out the Pantry Challenge Theme of the month.

2. Cook up something delicious based on the theme for the month with at least one ingredient found in your pantry.

3. Post the recipe on your blog. You can submit more than one recipe in a month if you wish, but all recipes must be current. If you don’t have a blog, you can still participate! Just send me an email with a write-up of your recipe, a picture, and any other information. I’ll make a post with recipes from readers who participated.

4. You must link to the announcement post for the given month in your blog post. If you wish, you can also use the graphic above in your post or sidebar (which you can find here.)

5. Email your recipes to elizabeth@crabtech.net no later than the 28th of each month. In the email include:

* Your name

* Your blog name

* Permalink to the blog post

* A photo of your recipe or permission to pull one from the post

6. On the 29th of each month visit The Law Student’s Cookbook for the recipe round up!

The theme for November is 30 MINUTES OR LESS.
Make a dish, relying on your pantry items, that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. For me, November is the beginning of a hectic few months, during the holiday season. Easy is the way to go this month!