Maureen Turner: We Are Family


Small Ribs, Big Flavour

A Dinner Everyone Will Enjoy

The slew of after-school activities at our house means dinners are not a leisurely event, rather more a sprint relay where I hand off food to kids as they run out the door.

In a typical week, our calendar looks a little like this: Hockey, hockey, gymnastics, singing lessons, hockey, swimming, gymnastics, swimming and ummmm… hockey.You’ll notice there are more activities than days, which means Tom and I are often both running in separate directions.

So, I was thrilled when I was introduced to the VH Sauces website because not only do they have super simple meals, but many of them can be made in under half an hour.

The site is really easy to use. You can search the recipe section by meal type, ingredient, which VH Sauce you are using and even by the amount of time. Each recipe tells how long it will take to prep and how long it will take to cook.

I found it was very helpful in getting me out of my day-to-day cooking rut. The flavours are a little more exotic than I generally cook with, and it makes it really easy to try something new because the Asian sauces, which can be a little daunting to make from scratch, are made for you.

I made the Stir Fried Chicken with Orange and Coconut the other day, and I was pleasantly surprised by how tangy and sweet it was. Not only did I absolutely love the meal, but it was beyond easy to make and was done in 20 minutes... even I have time for that!

Tonight, however,  I was happy to have an evening where we didn’t have to rush out the door. It meant that we could have a nice family dinner and I didn’t have to rush to make it.

I decided to make something the kids would LOVE... ribs! I have never really had a good rib recipe. I’ve always just thrown them in the oven with whatever sauce I had in the cupboard... well not anymore! Not since I found this recipe on the VH Sauces website...Chinese Honey Garlic Spare Ribs.

As soon as the kids came in the door, they were talking about the smell in the house. Tom said “It smells like love in here”.

I like ribs too, but more than that, I LOVE a dinner the whole family will eat without complaint!

These ribs were easy to make, and they were absolutely delicious. You know how I know they were good? We practically had to hose down the kids after dinner.

It was funny because I made side ribs, so they were smaller than the ribs I usually make, and I want to leave you with this quote from Ethan: “These ribs may be little, but they are amazing!”

Check out more easy ways to express your cooking creativity with a little Asian flair!