Favorite Romantic Meal 30: From Gigi’s kitchen

Gigi had never shopped at Trader Joe’s until she was dating her poet Oscar. Then Helen took her there, and Gigi was hooked. They have very cheap food, and great packages that you can quickly put together into great meals. Gigi’s favorite is the Mandarin orange chicken with the shrimp fried rice. It is so easy to prepare and comes out tasting as though you ordered it at a restaurant.

So if you are not the best of cooks, and there is a Trader Joe’s near you, try cooking it up. However, if you do enjoy cooking this meal from scratch, Gigi found you a meal.

Mandarin orange chicken

Ingredients

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded to 1/4 inch thickness
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup hoisin sauce
1/3 cup orange juice
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 tablespoon chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped cashews
Directions

Place flour in a small bowl. Dredge chicken in the flour to lightly coat.
Heat olive oil and butter in a medium skillet over medium heat, and saute the chicken breasts until no longer pink and juices run clear. Set aside, and keep warm.
Stir hoisin sauce and orange juice into the skillet, and scrape up the browned bits. Mix in mandarin oranges, green onions, and cashews, Return chicken to the skillet. Continue cooking until all ingredients are heated through.

Shrimp fried rice

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
3 cups water
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined without tail
1/4 cup chopped green onion
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
Directions

In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Set aside and allow rice to cool.
Heat a large skillet or wok for 2 minutes. When the skillet or wok is hot, pour in vegetable oil, bean sprouts and onions. Mix well and cook for 3 minutes.
Mix in cooled rice and shrimp and cook for another 3 minutes. Stirring constantly.
Mix in green onions, eggs, salt, pepper, soy sauce and sesame oil. Cook for another 4 minutes, stirring continuously, until eggs are cooked and everything is blended evenly.

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