Monday, January 23, 2012

Welcome the Dragon!

Today, January 23, is the Chinese New Year!  For those of you unfamiliar with the Chinese New Year, this celebration is the most important of all the Chinese traditional holidays.  In China, it is known as the "Spring Festival".
In 2012, we welcome the Dragon.  The Dragon is the only mythological and "free spirit" in the Chinese Zodiac.  No one in our household is born under the Dragon; but, we're celebrating just the same.

I love introducing my kids to different cultures and traditions.  I think Chinese New Year is the perfect way to do that!  Today, is a PA Day for the kids so we're making some Chinese lanterns and red envelopes, filled with Chocolate gold coins of course!  We're also going to try some new dishes this week in honour of the Chinese New Year!




VH Sauces and Steamers make it easy to mix up meal time and introduce the kids to new flavours and dishes.  As far as picky eaters go, my kids are on the low-end of the picky scale.  They have their moments; but, they're usually willing to at least try something new.  I thought I might take a stab at creating my own Chinese dumplings and Spring Rolls which go great with any VH Sauce; but VH Plum sauce or VH Hoisin sauce are definitely favourites!

Tonight we're going to enjoy Mandarin Chicken and Broccoli!  I have no doubt this will become a family favourite!


  • PAM cooking spray, or other cooking oil
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts; whole or cut into strips
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 cups small broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 bottle VH Asian 5 Spice Stir-Fry Sauce
  • 2 cans whole mandarin orange segments, including liquid
Spray non-stick wok or large skillet pan with PAM or other cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Cook chicken with garlic until lightly browned.  Remove and keep warm
Drain mandarin liquid into pan; add broccoli and VH Sauce.  Cook 4 minutes or until broccoli is tender crisp.  Return chicken to the pan, heat through.
Reduce heat.  Gently stir in oranges, reserving some for garnish.  Heat through.  Garnish with reserved oranges.






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Why not try some new dishes in your family too?  VH Sauces and Steamers are providing one of my readers with a Chinese New Year gift pack, valued at $60!

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Disclosure – I am participating in the VH Chinese New Year Celebration program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of VH.  I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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  1. what a great idea!! I've never done anything like that before with the boys, it'd be fun!

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  2. we like to try foods from other countries to introduce culture

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  5. we love to eat broccoli so we do a lot of stir fry. As well we like taco salad , so there's a good reason to eat mexican

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  9. I intorduce culture by having theme night dinners ,like mexico (tacos) or india (curry chicken)
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  11. I introduce it into my family by setting the mood. I put international music on and set up my computer to flip through various pictures from other culture. Then everyone is surprised when we reveal the nights international theme.

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  12. We don't introduce much culture into our meals, but love reading the ideas. We do however, try different sauces and dips with different foods!

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  17. i read recipes from the internet and try them at home. we like curries.

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  19. We will take our kids out to restaurants to try new foods. If it is a hit, we will then recreate at home.

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  21. I love to cook and am always experimenting with differnt types of food. In the last week I have made homemade perogies, lasagna and chicken fried rice.pretty-multicultural :0)

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  56. We try all kinds of ingredients and recipes to introduce other cultures into our meals. Due to my bf low tolerance for spicy some foods we cannot try.

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