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Jun 22, 2012
10:36 AM

Cooking Tips for Absolute Beginners

Klutz in the kitchen? Never fear! Our savvy foodie mom breaks down the bare bones basics for nervous parents (and kids) with simple tips.

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Making a Stir-Fry

Stir-fries are a superfast, healthy way to make a meal. The key with a stir-fry is having all of your ingredients ready to go before you start and then cooking them quickly at a high heat. Many stir-fry recipes call for you to use a wok, but you can also use any wide-bottomed, non-stick pan.

Cut up your meat and vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Make sure to rinse and thoroughly clean any knives, cutting boards or other kitchen equipment you use for prepping the raw meat. Add two tablespoons vegetable or canola oil to the pan (olive oil has too much flavor for stir fries). Allow the oil to come to medium-high heat; you can toss a breadcrumb into the pan and if it begins to sizzle, you're ready! Place cut up chicken, beef or pork into the hot oil and let the meat cook until it's browned on that side; then, move the meat around the pan to cook through. Remove the meat. Place the vegetables into the pan. Heat the vegetables until just cooked slightly, about two minutes (with stir-fries, you want them to still be crisp). Place the meat back into the pan, adding a bit of soy sauce or hoisin sauce for flavor, and serve over rice.

Tip: For a quick sauce, place a half-tablespoon of cornstarch into two tablespoons water, along with two to three tablespoons of soy sauce in a cup. Stir until the cornstarch is dissolved. Pour into the pan during the final minutes of cooking (once the meat and vegetables are done) and allow it to come just to a boil (bubbles); then remove from the pan, stir and serve.

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