1 4-oz piece of salmon (skin removed)
1 cup of white rice
1 cup of stir-fry veggies (fresh or frozen)
1 cup of Mandarin stir fry sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons of cooking oil
Salt and pepper
1. Cook rice through the "Simmer and Steam" method (See "Easy 30-minute White Rice" post).
2. Put oil in large skillet and turn to medium-high heat. Season both sides of salmon with desired salt and pepper, then lightly coat with flour. When skillet is hot, place salmon in skillet to get a sear, then flip and turn heat to medium. Cook for about five minutes on each side.
3. As salmon is almost cooked, add the veggies and mandarin sauce, getting it to a moderate boil. Turn down the heat to medium-low and cover skillet with lid. This will give time for veggies to steam and get tender. Continue to let cook until veggies are at desired tenderness and the sauce has thickened.
4. Place salmon on a plate, add rice on the side and top it with the veggies.
Green Beans (String Beans)
1 pound green beans
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 of a Yellow Onion
1. Fill a saucepan with a cup of water and set to medium-high heat. Chop ends of green beans and throw away, chop remaining green beans into 1-inch pieces.
2. Add green beans into saucepan, adding salt, pepper, and onion.
3. Cook green beans down until onion starts to come apart. Turn down to medium-low heat until most of the water is cooked down.
Ground Chuck (I used 80/20 lean/fat here, but you can use 75/25 or 90/10)
Lipton Onion Soup Mix (optional)
Salt and Pepper for taste (if you don't use the onion soup mix)
1. Place a tablespoon of oil in a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat.
2. Season your hamburger (either with onion soup mix or salt and pepper) and form your patty.
3. Add hamburger to skillet when it is hot. Cook for 3-4 minutes and flip, turning down the heat to medium. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.
4. You can cook the hamburger to your liking (the hamburger pictured was cooked at medium-well). When at desired result, take out of the skillet.
So the way that my mother taught me how to make rice was to boil rice in water and salt in a pot, drain the rice, run hot water through the rice in the colander (to rinse the rice of the starch), and return it to the pot to let it steam. I wanted to research a different way of making white rice and I came across a recipe that involved the "simmer-and-steam" method. I thought, "What is this?" but I tried it myself and thought it was an easier method that what I was taught.
What you will need to make the rice:
1 cup of long-grain white rice
1 1/2 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1. Put water in saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. While water is getting to a boil, put the rice in the strainer and run water through it until the water is clear. This is to rinse the starch in the rice.
3. When the water comes to a boil, add the rice and salt, stirring gently.
4. Cover the saucepan with the lid and turn the heat down to a simmer (low) for 18-20 minutes, until most of the water is absorbed.
5. Take the saucepan off of the heat and let it steam for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and it is ready to serve!