Even though I am constantly cooking, I'm not embarrassed to say, sometimes I need a night off!  I love restaurants and take-out is so convenient every now and then.  But don't use the fact that you can't make something the reason you order it.  Give it a try!!  Making different kinds of ethnic foods can be really fun and improve your ability to cook all around!  Take out food is usually Italian and Chinese.  So why not learn how to do these yourself?  You'll save a bunch of money and have so much fun experimenting!!  (See number 6 for how to make tomato sauce from scratch and my pizza post for that)

Chinese Stir Fry with Brown Sauce 

**This recipe can be used in so many ways.  Stir fry anything you like with it and it'll be delicious 

What you’ll need: 

 Tofu or chicken 



 Green beans 

 Red Pepper 


 Bamboo Shoots 

 Sesame Seeds 



 ¼ cup water 

 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar 

 1 tbsp honey

 1 tbsp soy sauce 

 1 tsp cornstarch with 1 tbsp water 

 What you’ll do: 

 Fry the Tofu or Chicken till browned, remove and set aside
Stir fry all the vegetables for 7 minutes
Make sauce
In small pot, bring water, vinegar, honey, and soy sauce to a simmer add the cornstarch mixed with water, remove from heat, stir until thick
Add sesame seeds, almonds and chicken or tofu
Add sauce and simmer 5 minutes
Serve over white or brown rice 

And check out this great recipe for my chinese chicken-less salad