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by on February 6th, 2013

Sweet and Sour Dinosaurs

Ok, so your laughing.

Ok, ok, so I was stretching for something to do with these dinosaurs. At Christmas time, while shopping at Sam’s club, I was trying to buy some of my grandsons’ favorites. I knew they both ate chicken nuggets and I thought how cute these little dinos would be.

As it turned out they might have eaten two and here I am with a dino-size box of chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs. What is a GRAN to do but come up with something to use them for after the wee little ones have gone back home. I thought of Cobb Salad, which I did, then maybe Chicken Dino Parmesan. Now, that’s an easy one; put the dinos in a pan and top with a good jar of pasta sauce, cover with cheese and then bake in oven. I don’t intend to give you that recipe and call it an original GRAN recipe; you can figure that one out.

You’ve heard the saying if given a lemon, make lemonade. Well, when you have a whole box of dinosaurs — make Sweet and Sour Dinos.

So, that is what I did with the nuggets and I will share the sauce recipe with you. Don’t feel like you have to buy the nuggets to make it. You could use real chicken breast, cut in small pieces and either bread and fry or just sauté in skillet and then add to the sweet and Sour Sauce.

This recipe is really all about the sweet and sour sauce recipe and you can use it with chicken, pork or shrimp. I hope you like this recipe; I thought it was a cute idea and believe me I thought of those little boys while eating the different shaped dines. Now what am I going to do with all those Goldfish and juice boxes I bought?

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Milo’s 4th birthday was on the 5th of January. Here is what one of his birthday cakes looked like — read the story, it was all my fault. Wow, 12,800 people have looked at that story. Now, where do all those people come from.

Everything chopped, slivered and ready for the pan.

I fried my dinos, you could also bake them.

I put a little too much red food coloring. I wanted a light tint and got a little darker. If you decide to use the coloring just use the tip of a toothpick dipped in the coloring then swirl in the pan.

Stir in the heated dinos right before serving and stir to coat. Or you can cover this and put in oven to keep warm.

Sweet and Sour Dinosaurs
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c. sugar
  2. 1 c. wine vinegar
  3. 1 tsp. chili-garlic sauce
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1/2 c. water
  6. 2 tsp. soy sauce
  7. 1 green bell pepper
  8. 1 red bell pepper, cut in 1/4 slicvers
  9. 1 bunch green onions cut in 2″ strips
  10. hand full of snow peas, trimmed
  11. 1 can water chestnuts, drained and cut in half
  12. 2 Tbsp. cornstarch in another 1/2 c. water
  13. 1 medium can pineapple chunks, drained and cut in half (save juice)
  14. Cooked rice, kept warm
Instructions
  1. Bring to boil in a saucepan the sugar, chili garlic sauce, wine vinegar, soy sauce, salt and water. Add green and red bell peppers and boil 1 minute. Add the snow peas and water chestnuts then stir in cornstarch and water and simmer 2 minutes until thickened and translucent. Add the drained pineapple chunks and heated dinos (or chicken nuggets). Serve over rice and serve immediately or put in oven for about 20 minutes. Garnish with the green onions.
  2. If you don’t want to use the nuggets (and who would, really), cut up boneless chicken pieces, dredge in flour, egg, flour (or use a tempura batter) or if you want to cut out the breading and frying all together, simply cut up chicken breast into pieces and sauté in a little oil until brown and done. Then mix these into the sweet and sour sauce.
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