Take-out Tuesday, Chinese New Year

Happy Fat Tuesday!


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We’ve been Mardi Gras-ing it up around here, but February is so full of holidays and celebrations, we might as well squeeze one more in and celebrate Chinese New Year 🎉

This year the celebration began February 8.  It lasts for seven days so there’s still plenty of time to celebrate…


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One Chinese tradition is to decorate homes with red paper cut outs representing  good luck, fortune and longevity.

Well, I’m all for that!  Here are some Asian style recipes you can whip up to join the celebration-

Both of these dishes are 5 minute prep recipes and better than any take-out


Asian Short Ribs are a favorite at my house, I make these all the time~


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Asian Short Ribs

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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6-8 short ribs

1 bottle Asian sweet chili sauce

1/2 cup Hoisin sauce { Chinese BBQ sauce}

3-4 green onions, sliced,  for garnish

toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Place short ribs in a slow cooker that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray.  Season.  Mix sauces together and pour over meat.  Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours.  Serves 3-4

Psst…If you want to make your own hoisin sauce, it’s so easy~

Hoisin Sauce

  • Servings: 1/2 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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4 T soy sauce

1 T peanut butter

1 T brown sugar

dash garlic powder

dash ground ginger

dash of minced onions

2 tsp sesame oil

dash of pepper

1/4 cup BBQ sauce

Place ingredients in a jar and shake, or whisk in a bowl to thoroughly blend.  Makes about 1/2 cup

Sesame Peanut Noodles are a tasty little side dish or add cooked pork, shrimp or chicken for a complete meal


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Sesame Peanut Noodles

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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6 oz thin spaghetti

2 T soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 T rice vinegar

1 T sesame oil

3 T peanut butter

4 green onions, sliced

2-4 T sesame seeds

sprinkle of red pepper flakes for heat if desired

Combine soy sauce, garlic, rice vinegar, sesame oil and peanut butter.  Stir to combine. Cook pasta until just done.  Turn burner off.  Drain pasta, return to pan on burner and add sauce mix.  Cover and let sit 2 minutes to help melt peanut butter.  Stir.  Turn burner on low if necessary to warm noodles.  Serve warm garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.  Serves 3-4


Chinese New Year celebrations also include fireworks, so you might want to make these Asian Firecracker Wontons


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This is my son’s creation, he’s famous for his wontons~ they show up at a lot of parties and can be made ahead of time and frozen

Asian Firecrackers

  • Servings: 30
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 pkg wonton wrappers

1 lb. pork sausage

8 oz light cream cheese

1 can, 4 oz diced green chiles, drained well, or use chopped fresh jalapenos

1 fresh pineapple

2 jars La Choy sweet and sour sauce

Cook sausage, drain and crumble.  Combine with cream cheese and green chiles.  Place about one Tablespoon of filling off center of wrapper.  Wet edges of wrapper with your finger and cool water.  Fold into a triangle and push edges together to seal.  Fold corners up and over filling mound forming wonton shape.  Deep fry 2-3 minutes until golden.

Remove top of pineapple, about half way down.  Remove center from bottom half of pineapple, reserving good pineapple meat, and make the pineapple into a bowl.  Chop up some of the fresh pineapple into a small dice and combine with sweet and sour sauce.  Heat over low heat, stirring, to warm.  Pour sauce into prepared pineapple bowl and serve with hot wontons.  Makes about 30


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So much to celebrate!


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9 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Chinese New Year”
  1. Mary says:

    Lots of delicious food to celebrate with Jenna! We just enjoyed some short ribs a week ago, we need to try your Asian version!

  2. Jenna, such beautiful food to entice me! I love short ribs and I like the sound of your recipe! Have a fabulous Tuesday!!

  3. Emily says:

    So much fun and good food around your home Jenna, I will be right over! Those Asian ribs look delicious, my favorite of today’s recipes. Love to decorate here too, always happy to use red hearts. Enjoy your day……….

  4. Lynn says:

    Wish I had a little bit of everything for dinner tonight:@)

  5. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    Love those little firecrackers! Happy New Year and Happy Mardi Gras!

  6. Kim says:

    Those ribs sound delish! We celebrated with an Asian pork chop, oriental cole slaw and sautèd veggies. My red decorations included paper napkins. Simple, but festive. I wonder what the year of the monkey will bring us?!?

  7. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    What a fun party with fantastic food! Hope you have a very special Valentine Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. These short ribs have my mouth watering Jenna. It never occured to me one could make hoisin sauce. Thanks for sharing this. I am going to make this!

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