Monday, January 18, 2016

146.6...Sweet and Sour Chicken

I whipped up a super quick and delicious dinner on Friday night. The recipe came straight out of the most recent issue of Cooking Light. Give it a try on those nights that you’re busy but still want a healthy, homemade meal.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken (Serves 4)

Recipe from: Cooking Light, January/February 2016

Ingredients:

2 large egg whites

4 tsp. cornstarch, divided

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

6 Tbsp ketchup

1/4 cup water

3 Tbsp cider vinegar

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1 1/2 Tbsp lower-sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp canola oil

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks

2 tsp. grated fresh ginger

3 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces

3/8 tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

1. Combine egg whites and 1 Tbsp cornstarch in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat. 

2. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon cornstarch, ketchup, and next 4 ingredients (through soy sauce) in a bowl, stirring with a whisk.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add bell pepper to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add pineapple, ginger, and onions to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer bell pepper mixture to a plate. 

4. Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil to pan. Add chicken mixture, allowing any excess egg white mixture to drip back into bowl. Stir-fry 6 minutes or until chicken is browned and done. Add ketchup mixture and bell pepper mixture to pan. Bring to a simmer; simmer 1 minute or until slightly  thickened. Sprinkler with salt; serve immediately. 

Printable Recipe

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Thursday night, I enjoyed the last of the Chicken Chili Verde. 

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I really love this chili, if I haven’t mentioned it before. :)

Friday’s breakfast: 

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I took the kids to school, went to a meeting, then to the gym for Zumba. 

Lunch was at Big Bang Sushi with some friends. Miso soup:

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Chili Garlic Edamame: 

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I shared a bunch of sushi. 

Tuna:

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Yellowtail:

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Salmon:

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Several rolls:

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So freaking delicious!!

Dinner was the Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice:

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Saturday’s breakfast:

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We packed the car and headed to LA to celebrate my nephew’s 1st birthday. On the way, we stopped at Pizza Rev for lunch. 

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I promised you’d see it again soon. :)

We arrived at my brother’s house for the party. They had a ton of food, including a taco guy! My favorite!

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I had another set of two tacos after these. Had too. Oh, and birthday cake. 

Later that evening, we went to a friend’s poker party. They had a taco guy there too! I downed another two tacos. Taco madness!

We stayed at the Beverly Hilton that night. Sunday morning we had breakfast at their buffet. I had an omelet, hash browns, bacon and sausage.

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Yum!

We went back to my brother’s house. We picked up Mendocino Farms for lunch. I had Mendo’s Chicken Cobb Salad (shaved, roasted free-range chicken breast, butter lettuce & romaine, Prime applewood bacon, avocado, grape tomatoes, red onions, hard boiled egg with mustard vinaigrette):

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Really good salad! 

Dessert was more birthday cake. I love birthday cake. 

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After lunch, we drove back to San Diego. For dinner, we went to Alicia’s house. She made pasta with homemade meat sauce and salad.

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SO good! 

Breakfast this morning: 

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My daughter went to a friends house and my son has a friend over. It’s nice having a three day weekend! Tomorrow…back to reality!

What was the best thing you ate all weekend?

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