Ingredient: oyster sauce

All Seasons, Asian, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Black Bean Sauce

I adapted this Chinese-influenced slow cooker recipe from a recipe I found while perusing a Filipino food site. It originally called for boiling the ribs in water until they were tender and then tossing them with the black bean sauce in a skillet. I wanted something a bit more hands-off as far as the time spent cooking the ribs, as well as I preferred braising the ribs in an Asian braising liquid to impart some flavor to the ribs while they cooked. The slow cooker was the perfect cooking tool to achieve this. Most of the time for this recipe is invested in the slow cooker, but you’ll need an additional 10-15 minutes in prep and preparing the black bean sauce to toss with the fall-off-the-bone ribs.
I served this at a dinner party and we could not get enough of this slightly exotic Chinese dish; most of us going back for another serving. I served it over steaming white jasmine rice along with a vinegar-based cucumber salad and one of my favorite Filipino noodle dishes, Pancit (find this recipe on The Whole Meal’s website).
If you would like to treat your family and friends with something different than typical Chinese/Asian cuisine, I highly recommend you prepare this meal with the Pancit. Finish it off with fresh lychees if you can find them at your local farmer’s or Asian markets.

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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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Grilled Barbequed Chicken and Pineapple Pizza

Serve with Romaine Salad with Quick and Easy Vinaigrette-

With the warm weather here to stay and not a mosquito in sight, I love to grill pizza on the outside grill. Grilling the crust adds a nice smokiness, and tastes as decadent as fast food but it’s really good whole foods eating!

We love this version- a bit more gourmet for the adults, but kid-friendly enough that they’ll ask for another slice, or two.

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Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein

Who needs Chinese takeout when you can whip up this 5 star recipe. It won’t be dripping in grease or laced with msg, rather it’ll be high on flavor and freshness, and made with high quality ingredients. This is one of my family’s favorite meals. Don’t forget the chopsticks!