Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wonder Woman's Spicy Peanut Asian Salad With Chipotle Marinated 'Chik'n'

Wonder Woman's?  Let me explain...  I made this salad last night for 17 people... after getting my 5 year old off to school, babysitting my sister's 2 year old which included: taking him to two different grocery stores along with my 3 year old and my 5 month old in tow.  Have you ever chased a toddler through the produce section?  How about two?  YIKES!  After the shopping, I got the two older boys fed and down for naps and with my sous chef on my hip I managed to prep everything.  I found a spare minute to post some updates on my family blog and to check my email.  Then, I made a dozen cupcakes, custom cupcake wrappers, and frosted them to boot!  Before I knew it, it was time to pick up my 5 year old and drop my nephew off.  I was homeward bound after that to begin making my dinner for 17.  I know this may not seem like a busy day to some, but to me, it was BONKERS!  The mess in the kitchen said it all.  It looked the way I felt.  The good news is, after all of that craziness, dinner turned out great.  This was the perfect meal to end my busy day and it was well worth it to be able to spend time with people I love.

Chipotle Marinaded 'Chick'n'

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1-2 chipotle peppers
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 cup sunflower oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 package Gardein Chick'n Scallopini

1.  Put all ingredients except salt and pepper and Chick'n into a blender and blend until smooth.
2.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
3.  Place Chick'n in a container and pour over about 1/2 the marinade.
4.  Refrigerate and allow it to marinate for about 1 hour.
5.  Heat a pan over medium high heat and add just enough oil to coat the pan to keep the chick'n from sticking.
6.  Cook the chick'n for a bout 3 minutes on each side until it is cooked through.

Spicy Peanut Asian Salad

6 oz. fresh spinach
1 cup red cabbage, shredded
1 cup carrots, shredded
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
2/3 cup canned corn
1 red bell peppers, julienned
1 1/2 cups rice, cooked and cooled
Marinated Chick'n
1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
left over marinade

1.  Toss all the ingredients except the chick'n and rice in a bowl.
2.  Serve the salad over rice and top with the chick'n.
3.  Lightly drizzle some of the remaining marinade over the salad as a dressing.



The Shenandoah Vegan said...

I want whatever you, Morgan and Deb are on. I'll pay big bucks for it.

Morgan@LittleHouseofVeggies said...

haha!!! Shen, you are hilarious!!

Elise- You are soooooo AMAZING!!! I totally know that bonkers feeling for sure! And I totally know a thrashed kitchen too! haha :) But like I said, you are amazing! Thats why your my bstie buddy!!! :) I can hang out with you and you can transfer some of you super woman awesomeness to me...This recipe looks tatally delicious, my kind of food for sure. The ingredients are so healthy and full of flavor! And the marinade looks KILLER!!! Love it! All I can say is THURSDAY!!! Yay!!

Elise said...

Shen- Too funny! Would Diet Coke count as being on something? It's my guilty pleasure...

Morgan- I'm hardly Super Woman! Although, I have been working out lately... so lifting cars, flying and saving people from burning buildings is in my near future for sure!
P.S. Thursday will be fun!

aimee said...

Yum, Yum, Yum! This looks beautiful and I love all the veggies. Beautiful photo as well, Elise.
Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

I just came across your blog and WOW...that looks and sounds awesome! I'm worn out though after reading how busy your day was. I need your energy. :o)

The Health Seeker's Kitchen said...
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The Health Seeker's Kitchen said...

Shen, I love your comments! You are so fun and funny.

Elise, I agree with everyone on how amazing you are. I can relate to everything you have said here. I remember shopping with my 4 kids when they were little and the person behind me said "You need another kid don't you"? I just laughed and said, "actually I have been thinking about it lately" and shortly after had my 5th~very cute little Kevin who is 20 now). I have always mananged to spend time in the kitchen because I love it. It is sooo.... awesome to see you taking such good care of your family with YUMMY and healthy food. XOXO