Ingredient: celery, chopped

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Asian Pork Noodle Bowl

I remember my mom taking a Chinese cooking class and practicing on us at home the dishes she learned. The flavors were different than the Filipino cooking I was used to, but just as vibrant and most delicious. I was hooked! While I never took a class as an adult, I have tried my best to create authentic Chinese at home for my family via a step-by-step cook book I found in a discount store. There are some basic steps to a great Chinese stir-fry (cook meat, cook veggies, add cornstarch-based sauce, add back in meat) and my version below stays true to its Chinese roots. I love to make Chinese stir fries on nights I need a quick, one-pot meal. This pork noodle bowl fits the bill nicely!

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Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

This is one our favorite slow cooker recipes (and its vegetarian!). It’s great on its own, but can be the base for taco salads, burritos, tacos, or as a side dish to a grilled meat. I cook my rice in a rice cooker 40 minutes before we are set to eat. If I know I will be out right up ‘til dinner time, then I make it at the same time as when I prepare the beans, only needing to heat it up at mealtime. You will have extras- perfect for lunch the next day!