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Family Dinner - Asian Packets

Asian Packets

Everyone in my family has a different opinion when it comes to their favorite Chinese entrée: One wants sweet and sour, another likes Szechuan. Instead of juggling five different takeout orders, we found a way to please all our different Asian tastes and make them at home, too!
The best part of this recipe is that the whole family can pitch in and help with the cooking by putting their own packets together.

Ingredients
Cooking spray
Baking sheet(s)
1 lb. chicken breast or beef, diced
1 green or red pepper
1 white onion
1 can sliced water chestnuts
1 can bamboo shoots
2 cups broccoli, cleaned and chopped
1/2 cup carrot sticks
1 can pineapple tidbits
2–3 Tbsp. of a bottled sauce such as sweet and sour, teriyaki, hoisin, spicy peanut, Szechuan and moo shoo (many of these are available in the Asian or international sections of
local grocery stores)
1 box Minute rice (or jasmine rice if you have a little longer to prepare dinner)
1 12 oz. can unsweetened coconut milk

How To
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Have all ingredients and sauces ready and set out in bowls. 
3. Prepare the rice according to the directions on the box or bag, substituting 1/2 of the water with coconut milk for extra flavor.  
5. Lay a long piece of aluminum foil on the baking sheet for each person in the family. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
6. Place desired meat in the center of foil. Wash hands.
7. Choose desired veggies and place in the center of foil with the meat. 
8. Bend up edges of foil slightly.
9. Add desired sauce.
10. Place another piece of foil on top of meat, veggies and sauce and fold the two foil pieces together tightly.
11. Use a Sharpie or other felt tip pen to write names on the foil packets for those who own them.
12. Place packets onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
13. Serve packet contents over rice.

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Hints

• Once the ingredients are ready, call in family members and spend some fun time prepping dinner together.

• Add other ingredients that you like in your Asian dishes, including mushrooms, baby corn, mandarin oranges and pea pods.

• If you have the time, let your children decorate their packet with a marker for a little extra family fun!

• When removing from oven, remember that there will be steam in each pouch; open and vent them carefully to prevent burning yourself or your child! 

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