Friday, October 14, 2011

Asian Style Cooking for the Weekend

Sweet and Sour is not something I generally order when I go out to eat, but I figured that by making it at home, I could control the tastes. And I was right.

This quick and easy to follow recipe is definitely a WINNER

What's Needed
1 cup long grain rice (I used tastic)
1 Tablespoon cornstarch (Maizena)
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup white vinegar
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
about 500 grams boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into small pieces
2 peppers (any colour), seeded and diced
½ pound green beans, trimmed and halved
5 spring onions thinly sliced
1 tsp ginger (or you can use a piece of fresh minced ginger)
3 garlic cloves, minced (or u can use a tsp or 2 of chopped garlic)
2 Tablespoons roasted peanuts (almonds or pecan nuts)

And Then
1.                  Cook rice according to packet instructions and set aside
2.                  In small bowl, whisk together Maizena, sugar, soy sauce and vinegar and set aside
3.                  In a large wok, heat some oil on high heat. I like my oil to just start smoking a bit then I know that its really hot. Add the cubed chicken, peppers and green beans and cook. Make sure to stir so that it doesnt stick/burn. Once the veggies have softened, add the ginger and garlic and cook.
4.                  Keep stirring until the chicken has cooked through. (between 5 and and 10 minutes?)
5.                  Whisk the soy sauce combo again and add to wok. Stir frequently until the sauce has thickened. This step should not take long – about 3 minutes of stirring.
6.                  Remove from the heat and prepare to serve.


Serve on bed of rice and garnish with nuts. T doesn't like nuts so I saved the roasted goodies for my own dish. The dish is just as good sans nuts.

Some side notes:
  • The sweet and sour flavours in this dish are subtle, but just enough to excite the taste buds
  • Add mushrooms instead of chicken for a vegetarian option
  • A nutritious meal that's easy to prepare
  • For a healthier option, add less brown sugar and use brown rice instead of white

 Feel free to have more than one helping :)

I'm writing exams in the next week and doubt that I will be trying anything new...the dubious take outs and late night popcorn snacks with coffee are what will sustain me until the dreaded papers are over....It's just one week ;) I shall be back soon ;). Have a fab weekend and week everyone *chest bump*

Thursday, October 06, 2011

7 Colour Meals..well almost 7 colours.

I haven't had much time to write up any posts lately and it's been bugging me. I have some saved at home, which I wrote sometime ago but keep forgetting to upload them OR when I am ready to load them, the USB that has the pics is missing?

And to be honest ...I haven't made that many wonderful indulgent things lately. Not for myself anyway. I've been trying to watch what I eat and also "reset" my bodys need for all things fabulous (i.e.cake and cupcakes and anything that has a lot of potatoes and cream). This matched with gym is my action plan...which I didn't want to tell anyone about because then you're under the magnifying glass every time you put something in your mouth. You're usually met with comments like "oohhh..what happened to your *diet* (cursed word) OR " do you really think u should have that" (well tha's kinda out the window now if I know you and you're reding this.)

I figured I can still share pics of what I have been eating - because well food is food! And that's what I do about food :) :) :)

These meals are very easy to prepare!! Very tasty too! I hate bland food (yes hate) so have worked at making these low cal meals as crunchy, colourful and tasty as possible! :)

2 Veggie burger patties (I bought mine from woolies)
1 handful or more of raw green beans
1/4 red cabbage sliced

Warm patties according to packaging instructions (can be done in the microwave)
Add asian dressing to veggies (allow to marinate for 20mins if possible) and serve :)

This meal was SOOOO filling omg. It's all raw. And almost zero points (for those who are doing the weight watchers thing)

4 Raw baby marrows (cut into strips and shavings (which I achieved by using a cheese cutter)
A few Rosa Tomatoes
1/4 Lettuce (normal cos Lettuce)
1/4 Red Cabbage
Honey and Mustard dressing from woolies
Pinch of fresh mint and fresh parsely. Just pinching it from the garden was so cool :) I plan on planting more goodies. 

Slice all your goodies and mix up! Again allow dressing to marinate for a bit - adds that extra va va voom.

 I wish this was my creation but it wasn't. This was dinner at a girlfriends house. A filling DELICIOUS meal thrown together in 10mins (not even). Grreen salad with prawns = winning! I really didnt expect to get full on this meal but I did! and maybe my 2...3 glasses of wine helped ;)

Shavings of RAW baby marrow
Red and yellow peppers thinly sliced
Some more red cabbage
Lemon juice and EVOO dressing with salt and pepper :)

These unflavoured roasted nuts (available at all Pick n Pays) is absolutely a-ma-zing!!! I've had them sprinkled over salad to add extra crunch. They work just as well as the daily 4pm snack! I keep them on my desk and just grab a handful when I want something "chewy" ;)

So you see. the healthy options don't have to be bland boiled options all the time. Easiest tip is to make sure there is colour!! 
Colour = variety on your plate :)