Sweet Secret-Ingredient: Cooking with Honey

AllYou That little bottled bear in your pantry can be used for a lot more than flavoring your morning cup of tea. In addition to these nifty uses for honey, we have three new recipes that will make your family say, "Sweet!"



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Honey Cashew Chicken

Prep: 25 min., Cook: 10 min., Serves: 4

Cost per serving: $3.37

Ingredients:

• 1 Tbsp. cornstarch • 1½ tsp. honey

• 2 Tbsp. soy sauce • 6 Tbsp. low-sodium chicken broth

• 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced

• 3 cloves garlic, minced • 1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger

• ½ tsp. crushed red pepper • 1¼ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into ¾-inch dice

• 6 oz. snow peas, trimmed (about 2cups) • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded, cut into strips

• ½ cup unsalted cashews • 2 tsp. sesame oil, optional



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Directions:

1. In a small bowl, whisk 1 Tbsp. water with cornstarch until smooth. Whisk in honey, soy sauce and broth.

2. Warm oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger and crushed red pepper; cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

3. Add chicken and stir-fry until opaque, 5 to 6 minutes. Add snow peas, bell pepper and cashews and continue stir-frying for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir reserved sauce and pour it into skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly, until sauce is bubbling and has thickened. Drizzle with sesame oil and serve over rice, if desired.

PER SERVING: 378 Cal., 17g Fat (2g Sat.), 82mg Chol., 3g Fiber, 38g Pro., 19g Carb., 600mg Sod.



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Kitchen tips:

Manage the heat. If you like a milder dish, use less crushed red pepper. For more spice, add a few shakes of hot sauce when you pour in the soy sauce mixture.

Be prepared. Have all the ingredients ready before you begin stir-frying. The cooking process is quick over high heat, so there won't be time to pause.

*More recipes to try: Frisee, Apple and Bacon Salad and Spiced Honey Cake

Tell us: What's your favorite way to use honey?