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Sweet and Sour Sauce

Condiment:  Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sometimes my refrigerator looks as though all we eat are condiments:  ketchup, mustard, salsas, mayo, chili sauce, and oriental sauce.  Finally I found one oriental Sweet and Sour Sauce to be enjoyed on many dishes:  vegetables, poultry, meats and seafood which is easily made in my own kitchen.  I have a sweet-loving husband who likes to eat everything with sugar” on it.  It seems this sauce satisfies the ‘sweet tooth.’

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sweet and Sour Sauce

I do not remember the original source of this Sweet and Sour Sauce, I  first published it with the Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

House Favorite Sweet and Sour Sauce

Roasted and steamed vegetables lacked that little extra piazza.  This Sweet and Sour Sauce became the house favorite condiment for that extra special zip. 

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Enjoy a basic Sweet and Sour Sauce for mixing with vegetables or as a condiment for meats, poultry and seafood.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry white wine or water
  • 3 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  • Put the first 5 ingredients into small sauce pan.
  • Stir the cornstarch into the water until smooth and dissolved.
  • Add to the sugar mixture.
  • Whisk to blend.
  • Heat over low heat, stirring until thickened.
  • Keep warm to add to steamed vegetables.

Notes

The sauce can be served cold or warmed to use as a condiment. --------------------
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Meat, poultry and seafood can be enhanced with the same Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Steamed Salmon with Bok Choy

 

Salmon and Bok Choy, Microwave Steamed

Salmon and bok choy before microwave steaming.

Salmon and bok choy before microwave steaming.

How do you buy your salmon?  I really like it fresh, though sometimes for economy and time-saving, frozen from a ‘big box store’ is easiest.   I always look to see how and where the salmon grew up.  When possible, I will get a fresh large filet and cut into serving sizes and freeze remainder for later use. Most of my recipes for salmon are broiled or baked, sometimes sautéed.  The Microwave Steamed Salmon and Bok Choy is a one dish meal with no extra oil or fat added. When using frozen salmon filets, thaw in  refrigerator. To prepare, wash and remove scales from salmon, rinse and dry.

Washing and cleaning the scales off the salmon filet.

Washing and cleaning the scales off the salmon filet.

Diet wise, it is smart to eat salmon at least once a week.  The omega-3, high in protein, and vitamins D, B12 and 6 are all found in the salmon. Canned salmon has all the same nutrients plus calcium because the bones are included.  When first married, salmon patties were the last resort meal before the next pay-day.  I am sure some of you can relate.

There are so many vegetables available that I did not see when first married, soon to be 50 years ago.  Bok choy is one.  Bok choy, also known as Chinese cabbage.  It is good in stir-fry, addition to chicken soup or even chicken broth for a light soup.  It is a vegetable to be eaten raw in salads or in coleslaw  Bok choy is a zero calorie recommended vegetable.  It is rich in vitamins A, C and K  as well as potassium and calcium to name a few.

Thoroughly wash bok choy stalks and leaves to remove dirt and grit.  Cut the wide stalks in half lengthwise and slice both the white stalk and leaves into 1/2-inch pieces. Put the bok choy in the bottom of a microwave dish.  Lay the salmon filets on top.

In a small bowl, mix the ginger, reduced-sodium soy sauce and lemon juice.  Pour over the filets and bok choy.  Cover the dish with plastic wrap, leaving a corner uncovered to vent.

Microwave the salmon and bok choy 5-9 minutes on high.  The salmon will be light pink in the center and tender when done.  Lightly prick the filets with a fork to test for flakiness.

 Microwave Steamed Salmon with Bok Choy

Microwave Steamed Salmon with Bok Choy

A healthy one-dish meal without extra oil or fat added. Gain the benefits of omega-3 and protein of salmon and zero bok choy calories.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Seafood
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 2
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 2 5-6 ounce frozen or fresh salmon filets

Instructions

  • Prepare in a microwave casserole.
  • Wash and remove scales from salmon, marinate in 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice.
  • Thoroughly wash bok choy to remove dirt and grit.
  • Cut leaves and stalk in half lengthwise, slice into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Place bok choy in the bottom of casserole.
  • Drain and dry salmon, place on top of bok choy.
  • In a small bowl, mix the ginger, soy sauce and lemon juice.
  • Pour over salmon and bok choy.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, leaving corner uncovered to vent.
  • Microwave dish 5-9 minutes on high.
  • Salmon will be flaky when pricked with a fork to test for doneness.

Notes

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For this particular meal, I roasted root vegetables to serve with the microwave steamed salmon with bok choy.

Microwave steamed salmon with bok choy and roasted root vegetables.

Microwave steamed salmon with bok choy and roasted root vegetables.

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Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

gives a change to your menu.  Do you serve mostly southwestern, southern, midwestern meals, Italian, Indian, or Mexican cuisines?  Here is a recipe for Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl. As cooks, it is so easy to get into the habit of fixing the same thing over and over particularly if your family is busy and on the go.  I have found by serving one type of cuisine, there is a likelihood of having all the ingredients. However, when you like to cook, it is challenging and fun to try something different.

Some tips regarding Oriental cuisine:

1. Fast cooking at a high temperature is a key to Oriental cuisine.
2. The chief protein in the Oriental diet is the soybean: as in soybean oil, soy milk and soy sauce.
.3. The rapid, minimal cooking helps preserve the flavor, color and texture in Oriental cooking.

This Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl is a simple lunch or dinner dish.

 Add a fruit gelatin salad, crusty bread and fruit cup for a quick week day dinner.

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

Recipe for Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

Stir-fried vegetable with pork and brown rice for a quick light meal. A good way to use left over meats.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • BROWN RICE

Instructions

  • BROWN RICE
  • Put broth and rice in large saucepan, bring to boil, cover and simmer 45 minutes.
  • When broth is absorbed and rice is tender, stir, recover and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  • BASIC SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE
  • Put sugar, wine, vinegar, soy sauce and catsup in small saucepan, heat to boiling.
  • Stir cornstarch into water until smooth.
  • Add to sugar mixture; heat and stir until thickened. Keep warm
  • VEGETABLES
  • Slice and dice all vegetables.
  • Heat wok or 12 inch non-stick skillet until hot, not smoking.
  • Add oil, stir to coat pan and add meat stir to brown, remove meat, keep warm.
  • Add onions, carrots, cook 1 minute.
  • Add peppers and broccoli, cook vegetables 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the meat to vegetables.
  • Add the sweet and sour sauce to skillet cover and bring to a simmer.
  • Serve over brown rice.

Notes

If using left over meat or poultry, just heat thoroughly with vegetables before adding the sweet and sour sauce. Inspired by The creative cooking course, the American Homemaker's Academy 1973.
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 A Versatile Oriental Vegetables and Rice Bowl

You have many options to develop your own special Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl by changing the vegetables, the rice and the meats. The basic sweet and sour sauce can have many changes of taste by using pineapple juice, and the pineapple in the vegetables, brown sugar, or different vinegar.

Here are some suggestions to complete the meal.   Enjoy Your Oriental Vegetables and Rice Bowl.

Inspired by The Creative Cooking Course, The Creative Homemaker’s Academy 1973.

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