Thursday, July 2, 2009

What's Cookin?

After spending 3 weeks traveling and eating out (albeit amazing, delicious Italian food), we were happy to be home and able to enjoy cooking for ourselves again.  
We are also aiming to eat at home as much as we can to break our bad habit of eating on the go - a habit that is both expensive and not the healthiest!  Here is one of my recently used recipes: 

"Not-Really-Fried Rice"
from The Biggest Loser Cookbook (we love that show!)

This recipe is really simple.  Ingredients are as follows: 

2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. hot mustard
1 tsp. chili paste
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
3 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast cut or shredded
salt & black pepper to taste
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup cooked brown rice
1/4 cup frozen peas
2 large egg whites
* This last time I added about a half cup of chopped mushrooms - yum! 

1.  Combine soy sauce, mustard, chili paste, and sesame oil.  Stir to mix & set aside.
2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, cook in a skillet or wok, set aside to cool.  Cut or shred.  (I have used a Costco rotisserie chicken many times in place of cooking my own!)
3. In a wok or large saucepan, lightly mist with olive oil spray.  Set over medium-high heat.  Add green onions, carrot, and garlic to the pan.  Cook and stir 2-3 minutes.
4. Add rice and peas.  Cook, stirring frequently for 2 minutes or so. 
5. Create a well in the middle of the rice to expose the center of the pan.  Lightly mist the pan with oil (off the heat). Add the egg whites & stir to mix into the rice. Cook 1-2 minutes, or until egg whites are completely cooked.
6. Return the chicken to the pan.  Stir in the soy sauce mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute, or until hot.  

The above recipe makes 1 serving - only 415 calories!  I usually follow the recipe but add more chicken and about a cup of cooked rice.  That usually makes about 4-6 servings for dinner and leftover lunches for us.  It's a really quick and easy meal! :-) 

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