Ground Beef Chili

1 large yellow onion
1 medium red bell pepper
1 medium green bell pepper
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon unsweetened natural cocoa powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth or water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
For serving (optional):

1 medium avocado, diced
2 medium scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

Prepare the following, placing them all in the same bowl: Dice 1 medium yellow onion. Core, seed, and dice 1 red and 1 green bell pepper. Mince 3 garlic cloves.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 6-quart or larger Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add 1 pound ground beef, season with 1 teaspoon of the kosher salt, and use a wooden spoon to break it up into large pieces. Let the beef brown undisturbed for 4 to 5 minutes. Break the beef up into smaller pieces and continue to cook until mostly cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook until softened, 7 to 8 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons tomato paste, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, the remaining 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and stir to coat the beef. Cook for 2 minutes.

Stir in 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes and their juices and 1 1/2 cups beef broth or water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered until the flavors meld, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare any desired toppings like diced avocado, thinly sliced scallions, and fresh cilantro leaves.

Remove the chili from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Serve topped with the avocado, scallions, and cilantro if desired.

RECIPE NOTES

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

Chili Paneer

250 grams Paneer
50 grams Onion
80 grams Capsicum
5 grams Ginger
5 grams garlic
20 grams Spring Onion
1 Tbsp Vinegar
2 Tsp Soya Sauce
1 Tsp Chilly Sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt to Taste
Pepper to taste

Cut the paneer into big chunks, season with salt & pepper.

Fry till golden brown on either side and cut into bite size pieces.

Fry the ginger and garlic and green chilli in a wok.

Add in the onions and capsicum.

Add in the vinegar, soya sauce, chilli sauce and some water.

Cook for 2 minutes and add in the paneer.

Cook till all the liquid is dried up.

Garnish with spring onion greens.

Serve HOT!

Paneer Makhanwala

200 grams Paneer
45 grams Onions
75 grams Tomato Puree
75 grams Fresh Cream (Heavy Whipping Cream)
30 grams Butter
1 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Tsp Kasuri Meth/Dried Fenugreek Leaves
1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 Tsp Kashmiri Red Chilly Powder
1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
1/4 Tsp Garam Masala Powder
Salt to Taste
Coriander for Garnish
1/2 Cup Water

The first thing you want to do is melt the butter in the saucepan and add in the onions and cumin seeds and cook till the onions turn translucent and soften.

Then add in the spices, tumeric, chilli powder, garam masala and coriander powder along with the ginger garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes.

Then add in the tomato puree and water and mix well and allow to cook for 10 minutes.

While the sauce is simmering cut the paneer into bite size pieces and pan fry till golden brown on all sides.

Once the sauce has reduced and the tartness of the puree cooked out then season it with salt and add in the Kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves.

Add in the cream and mix well. Finally add the paneer and garnish with coriander.

Enjoy!

Paneer Jalfrezi

250 grams Paneer
60 grams Onion
70 grams Tomato
70 grams Green Peppers
1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
5 grams Ginger
5 grams garlic
1 tbsp Vinegar
1/2 Tsp turmeric powder
1/2 Tsp Red Chilly Powder
1 Tsp Coriander Powder
2 Dried Red Chillies
1 Green Chilly
Salt to Taste
Fresh Coriander

Cut the paneer into bite size pieces and set aside.

Heat the oil and butter in a pan and fry the cumin and red chillies till fragrant.

Add in the onion and fry till soft.

Add in the ginger, garlic and green chilly and fry till they start browning.

Add in the tomato, turmeric, chilly powder and coriander powder.

Add the vinegar and a splash of water and cook down.

Finally add the paneer and season with salt and cook for 2 minutes.

Finish with fresh coriander and serve.

Tawa Paneer

200 grams Paneer
1 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Turmeric
1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
2 tbsp Melted Butter/Ghee
Coriander and Lemon for garnish

Mix the ginger garlic paste, salt, chilli powder, tumeric, coriander & cumin powder and half the melted butter/ghee together.

Chop paneer into bite size pieces and mix with the paste.

Heat the remaining ghee/butter/oil in the pan.

Fry the paneer for 1-2 minutes of each side till nice and golden brown.

Garnish with fresh coriander and lemon and serve.

Reuben Casserole

8 oz (226.8 g) Pastrami, thinly sliced
8 oz (226.8 g) Corned Beef, thinly sliced
2 cups (284 g) Sauerkraut
8 oz (226.8 g) Swiss Cheese, sliced
1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Caraway seeds

For the Russian dressing
1/2 cup (112 g) mayonnaise
2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) Low Sugar Ketchup
1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) onions, chopped
1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Smoked Paprika

Preheat oven to 400F.

Make the Russian Dressing: In a small bowl, mix together mayo, ketchup, onion, hot sauce, and paprika and set aside.

Butter an 9 inch pan or an 8 x 8 baking dish. Layer the ingredients for the Reuben: start with the three fourths of the corned beef, top with the sauerkraut. Sprinkle the caraway seeds across the sauerkraut. Drizzle the dressing over the sauerkraut. Top with the remaining meat, and then top with Swiss Cheese. So your layers will be: meat, sauerkraut, caraway seeds, dressing, meat, and Swiss cheese.

Bake at 400F for 15 minutes until the cheese has melted and is bubbling. Turn on the broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes if desired.

Notes:

Use a 9-inch cake pan or an 8 x 8 baking pan to make this casserole.

Use a combination of thinly sliced pastrami and corned beef.

Drain the sauerkraut as well as you can. Despite this, you will have some sauce in the bottom of the pan once it’s baked. I drizzled most of this over the casserole.

If you don’t care about making this low carb, you can always layer the bottom with pieces of rye bread. Top with rye bread as well, and bake as directed. In this case, the bread will soak up all the lovely dressing. But of course, for low carb, either skip the bread or try it with Sola bread which is currently my favorite low carb bread.

Use Swiss cheese or any other kind of melting cheese for the top.

The caraway seeds add a lovely crunch to this dish. You can also buy sauerkraut with caraway seeds and skip a step.

Cauliflower Cheese Casserole

FOR THE MAC & CHEESE
Butter, for baking dish
2 medium heads cauliflower, cut into florets
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
1 c. heavy cream
6 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
4 c. shredded cheddar
2 c. shredded mozzarella
1 tbsp. hot sauce (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE TOPPING
4 oz. pork rinds, crushed
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Preheat oven to 375° and butter a 9”-x-13” baking dish. In a large bowl, toss cauliflower with 2 tablespoons oil and season with salt. Spread cauliflower onto two large baking sheets and roast until tender and lightly golden, about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium heat, heat cream. Bring up to a simmer, then decrease heat to low and stir in cheeses until melted. Remove from heat, add hot sauce if using and season with salt and pepper, then fold in roasted cauliflower. Taste and season more if needed.

Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. In a medium bowl stir to combine pork rinds, Parmesan, and oil. Sprinkle mixture in an even layer over cauliflower and cheese.

Bake until golden, 15 minutes. If desired, turn oven to broil to toast topping further, about 2 minutes.

Garnish with parsley before serving.

Vegetable Yaki Udon

12 ozUdon Noodles

Sauce:
1 tablespoon oyster sauce (or vegetarian oyster sauce)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Stir Fry:
2 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
2 cloves garlic , minced
1/2 onion , diced
1 bell pepper , sliced
1/2 cup carrot , cut into matchsticks
1/2 cup snow peas , sliced
1 can (5 oz) water chestnuts , sliced

Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well and set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and fry until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add the onion, bell pepper, carrot, snow peas, and water chestnuts. Cook and stir for another 30 seconds, until the veggies just start to turn tender.

Add the noodles over the vegetables, followed by 2 tablespoons of water. Gently break apart the noodles using a pair of chopsticks (or a pair of tongs) while the water cooks off. Then add the remaining tablespoon of oil and stir everything together.

Pour the sauce over the vegetables and noodles. Stir and mix until the noodles and vegetables are evenly coated. Cook for another minute until the vegetables are cooked through but remain crisp. Taste the noodles carefully, add a pinch of salt to your taste if needed.

Serve hot as a main or side dish.

Kung Pao Tofu

1 medium or small head cauliflower , cut into small florets
1 tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup milk (or non-dairy milk)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
1 bell pepper , cut into 1” (2.5 cm) pieces
4 green onions , cut into bite-sized pieces (*Footnote 1)

Sauce:
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons Chinkiang vinegar
1/4 cup Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns , crushed
6 dried Chinese chili peppers
1 ” (2.5 cm) ginger , minced
4 cloves garlic , minced

Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C). Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and spray with a light coating of cooking spray.

Combine the Chinkiang vinegar, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium-sized bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar and cornstarch.

Dry the cauliflower thoroughly with paper towels. Add the cauliflower florets to a large bowl. Drizzle with oil and toss a few times. Add the flour and toss until the the florets are coated. Pour in the milk and toss again. Add the cornstarch and toss until the cauliflower is evenly coated. Spread the coated cauliflower on to the lined baking tray, making sure the pieces are evenly spaced out with gaps in between (*Footnote 2). Bake for 25 minutes in total. Check the cauliflower at the 15- and 20-minute marks. If the bottom is browned, flip the cauliflower. Once the baking is finished, the cauliflower should turn golden brown spotly and crispy throughout.

While the cauliflower is baking, make the sauce. Add the oil, peppercorns, and dried chilis to a small saucepan and turn the heat to medium-low. Once they become fragrant, about 1 minute, add the ginger and garlic. Cook until they are just starting to brown, another 1 to 2 minutes. Stir the sauce again to re-dissolve the cornstarch completely and add it to the pan. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring it to a boil. Boil until the sauce is just thickened. Remove the pot from the heat and set it aside.

After the cauliflower has baked for 25 minutes, pull the tray out and turn the heat to 500°F. Add the peanuts, peppers, and green onions. Put the tray back in the oven and cook for another 5 minutes, until the peppers are lightly cooked.

Pour the sauce over the cauliflower and gently toss to coat (*Footnote 3). Serve immediately as a side or a main.

Notes
It’s important to cut the cauliflower to the right size to ensure even roasting and browning. See the blog post above to see how to cut the cauliflower.

It’s very important to leave some space between the cauliflower florets, so the cauliflower will release steam and turn crispy once baked. If your baking tray does not have enough space, bake the rest in a separate tray. You can bake both trays at the same time by place the smaller tray on a different rack.

If you’re not serving the dish immediately, let the cauliflower cool off for a bit before tossing in the sauce. The cauliflower will stay crispy better this way.

Home Style Tofu with Peppers

1 block (14 oz/396 g) soft or medium firm tofu , cut into 1 cm thick triangles (Footnote 1)
1 cup vegetable oil , for deep frying
4 cloves garlic , sliced
1 ” (2.5 cm) ginger , thinly sliced into strips
3 green onions , cut into 1″ pieces, white and green parts separated
1 tablespoon doubanjiang
1/2 carrot , sliced (about 1/3 cup)
1 bell pepper , cut into 1” diamonds
1 (8-oz / 226 g) can sliced bamboo shoots , or 1 bamboo shoot, sliced (about 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Sauce:
3 tablespoons light soy sauce (or soy sauce)
1 tablespoon Chinkiang vinegar
2 teaspoons vegetarian oyster sauce (or sweet bean paste) (Footnote 2)
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons water (or vegetable stock)

Slurry:
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon water

Mix the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl.

Add the slurry ingredients into a small bowl and stir to mix well.

In a high-walled skillet or pot, heat the oil to 375°F (190°C). Carefully add the tofu. Fry until both sides turn golden, about 3 minutes. Flip once or twice to ensure even cooking. Remove the tofu from the oil and transfer it to a big plate.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pan (alternatively, you can heat 1 tablespoon of oil in another large skillet).

Add the garlic, ginger, green onion (white part), and doubanjiang to the pan. Turn the heat to medium. Stir fry to release the fragrance until the oil turns red, about 2 minutes.

Add the fried tofu, carrots, bell peppers, and bamboo. Stir fry for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Pour in the sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, gently flipping occasionally. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the green onion (green part). Mix the slurry again so the cornstarch is fully dissolved. Pour in the slurry and mix with a spatula until the sauce thickens.

Drizzle in a teaspoon of sesame oil to finish up.

Serve hot over steamed rice as a main dish.

General Tso’s Tofu

Tofu:
1 block (16 oz / 450 g) extra firm tofu (or medium firm tofu)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or agave nectar)
5 to 6 tablespoons cornstarch

Sauce:
2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
3 tablespoons Chinkiang vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Stir fry:
3 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
2 teaspoons whole Sichuan peppercorns (Optional)
4 to 5 dried chili peppers
1 tablespoon garlic , minced
1 tablespoon ginger , minced
2 teaspoons doubanjiang (spicy fermented bean paste) (Footnote 1) (Optional)
4 green onions , roughly chopped
1 bell pepper , chopped
1/3 cup fried peanuts

Cut tofu into 1-inch pieces and transfer to a large ziploc bag. Add soy sauce and maple syrup. Gently flip the bag a few times to coat tofu with the liquid. Marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.

Mix all the sauce ingredients with 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl.

When tofu is marinated, open the bag just a little bit without letting the tofu fall out. Drain the liquid and discard it. Add cornstarch, a tablespoon at a time, and gently toss the bag to coat the tofu. It is OK if the tofu isn’t coated evenly.

Heat a large skillet with 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat until hot. Add the tofu with your hand (or a pair of tongs), shaking off any extra cornstarch. Let cook without moving for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the bottom turns golden. Flip to brown the other side. If the pan gets too hot, turn to medium or medium low heat. Transfer cooked tofu to a plate. Set aside.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the Sichuan peppercorns. Cook and stir until the peppercorns turn dark (but not black). Remove the Sichuan peppercorns and discard them.

Add the chili pepper, garlic, ginger, and doubanjiang. Stir for 20 to 30 seconds to release the fragrance.

Add the bell pepper and green onion. Stir for 20 seconds.

Stir the sauce again to dissolve the cornstarch completely. Pour into the pan. Stir a few times until the sauce thickens.

Add back the cooked tofu. Gently toss to coat with sauce. Add the peanuts and give it a quick stir. Immediately transfer everything to a big plate.

Serve hot as main with steamed rice.

Baked Crispy Tofu

1 (14 oz/ 396 g) extra firm tofu (or firm tofu)

Batter:
1/2 cup soy milk (or other plant-based milk)
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons parsley , dried (or Italian seasoning blend)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt

Coating:
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup cornmeal

Serving options:
Thai sweet chili sauce, ketchup, Sriracha sauce, or mayonnaise

Preheat oven to 400 degree F (200 C). Spray a thin layer of oil onto a baking tray.

Carefully press the tofu with your hands. Wrap a few layers of kitchen paper towels (or cheesecloth) around it to absorb the extra liquid. Cut tofu into squares that are about 1/3 inch (1 cm) thick and 2 inches (4 cm) long.

Mix the batter in a large bowl. Mix the panko and cornmeal in another bowl.

Set up your workstation by placing the batter, plate of panko mixture, and the baking tray all in a row.

Pick up a piece of tofu with your hand and dunk it into the batter. Then place it into the panko bowl, flip to coat the other side, then transfer it onto the baking tray. Repeat the process with the remaining tofu.

Spray tofu with a thin layer of oil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, flipping once in between, until both surfaces turn golden.

Serve hot or cold with homemade sweet chili sauce, ketchup.

Chinese Deviled Eggs

6 extra large eggs
5 tablespoons mayonnaise (or to taste)
1 heaping teaspoon wasabi or Chinese hot mustard (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons zha cai Chinese pickled mustard greens, diced (Optional)
1 green onion , thinly sliced
Chinese chili flakes (or your favorite chili sauce)

To boil the eggs, fill a pot with enough water to cover the eggs. Bring the water to a boil, then slowly lower the eggs using a ladle. Boil for 12 minutes, stirring the water in a circular motion with a spoon for the first minute (to keep the egg yolk in the center). Once the eggs are done, run them under cold tap water to stop cooking.

Once the eggs are cooled, peel them and slice them in half lengthwise.

Gently pop out the cooked yolks into a big bowl using a small spoon. Mash them with the backside of a spoon. Make sure to mash them as finely as you can, so the finished filling will be smooth.
Add the mayonnaise, wasabi or mustard, and rice vinegar to the bowl. Mix with a spatula (or an immersion blender) just until it forms a smooth paste. You can adjust the taste by adding more mayo, wasabi, or vinegar.

Add the zha cai pickles, if using. Mix again to distribute throughout the yolk mixture.

Transfer the yolk mixture to a piping bag with a large star tip, or a small ziplock bag with a corner cut off.

Pipe the yolks into the halved egg white cups.

Garnish the eggs with chili flakes (or hot sauce) and green onions. Serve as an appetizer.

These eggs can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 days.

Grilled Tenderloin and Toast with Ancho-Jalapeno Butter

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 medium shallots, minced
2 jalapeños, minced
3 teaspoons ancho chile powder
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

One 2 1/2-pound beef tenderloin, tied
8 thick slices of crusty bread

Set up a grill for indirect grilling, with the coals on one side, and heat to 450°. In a bowl, mix the butter, shallots, jalapeños and chile powder; season with salt. Transfer to a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a 1 1/2-inch-thick log; refrigerate for 15 minutes.

In a bowl, mix the brown sugar, paprika, pepper and 1 tablespoon of salt. Rub the beef with the spice mixture. Oil the grate and grill the beef directly over the coals, turning, until charred, 12 minutes.

Move the beef away from the coals. Cover and grill for 25 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the beef registers 130°. Transfer to a carving board; let rest for 10 minutes.

Grill the bread directly over the coals until toasted. Spread the bread with half of the ancho-jalapeño butter. Slice the remaining butter and transfer to a plate.

Slice the beef and serve with the toasts and ancho-jalapeño butter.

Indian Barbecue Chicken

Vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
1/3 cup tamarind puree (see Note)
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
Pinch of sugar
3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons garam masala
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Four 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

In a skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until translucent, 4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant. Add the ketchup, vinegar, tamarind, molasses, sugar, mustard and cayenne and simmer over low heat, stirring, until reduced to 1 3/4 cups, 5 minutes. Stir in the garam masala and season with salt and black pepper.

Light a grill. Rub the chicken with oil and season with salt. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until almost cooked, about 7 minutes. Brush with the sauce and grill over low heat, brushing and turning, until glazed, 4 minutes, then serve.

Chili Oil Noodles

14 ounces dried udon noodles
1/4 cup chile oil with crunchy garlic
2 tablespoons pure sesame oil
2 teaspoons Sichuan chile oil, or to taste
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 cup finely sliced garlic chives or scallions, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons store-bought fried shallots, crumbled by hand (optional)
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro (see Note), plus a few sprigs for garnish

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook noodles according to package instructions, stirring from time to time to prevent them from sticking. Drain well in a colander, then run noodles under cold water until cooled.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine all three oils with the soy sauce and 1/2 cup garlic chives.
Toss cooled noodles into the chile oil mixture. Gently fold in the crumbled fried shallots and chopped cilantro. Divide among four bowls, and top with more garlic chives and cilantro sprigs.

Orange Beef

FOR THE SAUCE:
1 tablespoon neutral oil
1 1 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons orange zest, plus the juice of one orange
3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup rice vinegar (do not use seasoned rice vinegar)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce

FOR THE BEEF:
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 pinch kosher salt
1 boneless rib-eye steak, approximately 1 to 1 1/2 pounds, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup neutral oil
6 scallions, white and green parts cut into inchlong pieces and separated
2 to 4 dried red chiles, or to taste

Make the sauce: Heat oil in a small sauce pan set over medium-high heat. When it begins to shimmer, add ginger, jalapeño and orange zest and stir to combine. Sauté mixture until ingredients soften, approximately 2 to 3 minutes, then add garlic and continue cooking until it softens, approximately 1 to 2 minutes longer.

Add orange juice, brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce and fish sauce to pan and stir to combine. Allow mixture to come to a boil, then lower the heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and reduces by half, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the meat: Combine egg white, cornstarch and salt in a bowl. Add steak, tossing to coat the meat with the batter.

In a large skillet or wok set over high heat, heat oil until it shimmers and is about to smoke. Add beef to the pan or wok in a single layer and cook without stirring until the bottoms of the pieces are crisp and golden, approximately 60 to 90 seconds. Add white pieces of scallion and chiles to the pan, then turn the beef pieces over and cook the other sides, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes more for medium-rare. Transfer to a platter.

Pour orange sauce into the hot pan or wok, let it boil and stir it as it thickens. Add meat and white scallions and stir to coat with the sauce. Return meat and sauce to the platter and scatter green scallions over the top. Serve with steamed broccoli and white rice.

Skillet-Baked Pasta with Sausage and Ricotta

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 pound bulk hot or mild Italian sausage (pork, chicken or turkey)
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, coarsely crushed
Pinch of red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving (optional)
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes with their juices
1 (14-ounce) can crushed or strained tomatoes
2 bay leaves
Kosher salt
12 ounces dried pasta, such as small shells, farfalle or other shaped pasta
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, torn into bite-size pieces
6 ounces whole-milk ricotta (about 3/4 cup)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup basil leaves
Black pepper, for serving

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Heat oil in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Crumble sausage into skillet, using a spoon to break it into small pieces. Cook until starting to brown, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in garlic, oregano, fennel seeds and red-pepper flakes (if using), and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.

Stir in whole tomatoes and their juice, using a spoon to break them up. Add crushed tomatoes, bay leaves and 2 teaspoons salt, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes to thicken slightly.
Stir in pasta and 1 cup water and return to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently to make sure pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat, pluck out the bay leaves, and fold in about a third of the mozzarella.

Top pasta with remaining mozzarella and dollops of ricotta. Sprinkle with Parmesan, then transfer to oven. Bake until pasta is tender when poked with a fork, and cheese is bubbly and lightly golden, 18 to 22 minutes. (If you’d like a more deeply browned topping, run the pan under the broiler for 1 or 2 minutes.) Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Top with basil, plenty of black pepper, and more red-pepper flakes, if you like.

Chicken Tikka

1 pounds chicken thighs , or breast, boneless skinless, cut into bite size cubes
1/2 cup Full-Fat Greek Yogurt
3-4 cloves Minced Garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Minced Ginger, minced
1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon Garam Masala
1/2 teaspoons Turmeric
1/2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
1/2 teaspoons Ground Coriander
1/2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
1/4 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
2 tablespoon Ghee
1 Lemon, juiced

Mix together chicken, yogurt, garlic, ginger, cilantro, salt, garam masala, cayenne, cumin, coriander, paprika, and let the chicken marinate for an hour or up to 24 hours. If you’re using chicken breast, give it at least an hour for the yogurt to marinate the chicken.

When you’re ready to cook this, heat a skillet, and when it’s hot, add two tablespoons of ghee. You want a skillet that’s large enough to let your chicken rest in a single layer across the pan, or be ready to cook it in batches. You want to quick cook this at high heat, frying in the ghee, not braise this.

Carefully place the chicken in the skillet, and after 3-4 minutes, using tongs, turn the pieces to sear the other side. Once both sides are seared, you can reduce the heat a little to finish cooking the pieces, but all in all, you’re looking at about 10 mins at most in the skillet, especially if you cut into bite-sized pieces as instructed.

Spritz the lemon juice across all the chicken right before serving.

Air fryer instructions:
If you’re trying to avoid fat, you can cook this in an air-fryer at 400F for 12 minutes, turning half way through. They’re a little dryer than the skillet method but the meat is still tender due to the yogurt marinade.

Spritz the lemon juice across all the chicken right before serving.