Happy Moon Festival!
Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is one of the most celebrated holidays in the Chinese calendar. Moon Festival falls on September 12th this year (today!) and on this date, families across the world will gather with brightly-lit Chinese lanterns to share delicious Chinese cuisine with one another.
If you’re looking to celebrate tonight – or any night – and would like a little help in the kitchen, VH Sauces offer a quick, easy and tasty solution for bringing a little culture into your cuisine. From zesty Orange Ginger to the NEW Spicy Thai Chili Sauce, you can create a healthy and delicious stir fry on the fly – perfect for those weekday nights when you’re craving take-out but want a more nutritious (and wallet-friendly) option.
To celebrate Moon Festival this evening, I once again threw together my 5-minute standby:
Lena’s Quick Un-Pad Thai
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
250g capellini pasta
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup medium cooked shrimp, deveined
3/4 cup VH Thai Market Pad Thai Sauce
1 tsp sesame seed oil
2-3 leaves fresh basil, chiffonade cut
Original PAM Cooking Spray
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook capellini according to manufacturer’s directions (normally only about 3-4 minutes).
Meanwhile, spray a wok or large pan with PAM cooking spray; set on medium heat. Add minced garlic and fry barely 30 seconds; add shrimp, VH Market Pad Thai Sauce and sesame oil; stir for 1 minute until heated through. Toss with drained pasta, remove to serving bowl and sprinkle with fresh basil.
Ta-da! A delicious, Asian-inspired meal that you can create in minutes with a few staple ingredients on hand – including the VH Sauce, of course! All my boys gobble it up, and even though it’s not strictly authentic, the flavours are nonetheless perfectly balanced.
If you’re on the go and don’t have time to deal with pots, pans and dishes, do try VH Steamers. They’re Asian-inspired meals ready in less than 5 minutes and steamed to perfection! Available in Kung Pao Chicken, Shanghai Ginger Beef (my fave!), Honey Sesame Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki, Thai Chicken and Shrimp (think I’d love this too – a must try!) and Zesty Orange Chicken, they’re quick and tasty, perfect for lunch at the office or busy school nights.
What makes them unique? VH Steamers feature a DuoTray SteamCooker – a fancy title which essentially translates to the meal cooking naturally in it’s own juices, which helps lock in flavour and preserve the texture of the food. I cannot lie: my husband is addicted to these convenient little wonders, and I must admit that they are leaps and bounds better than your average frozen entrée. They’re a staple in our home!