Friday, January 25, 2008

Chinese Take Out (At Home)

I love Chinese food but it's so high in calories and sodium. I found both these recipes in the LA Weightloss cook book. I no longer am on that program but the recipes are still great for the new lifestyle I'm working now. The chicken turned out awesome. My rice needs a little bit of work only because I've never cooked fried rice before. It was still yummy though.

Sweet n Sour Chicken

2 6oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
4 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup fresh pineapple (i used canned)
4 tbsp brown sugar artificial sweetener (i used regular brown sugar)
4 tbsp ketchup
1 tomato, diced
1 cup low sodium chicken broth

Cut chicken in stripes or pieces
Coat pan with nonfat cooking spray. Add onion, and green pepper. Stir fry until crisp-tender. Remove an set aside.
Coat pan again with cooking spray. Cook chicken until brown.
Mix vinegar, cornstarch, broth, sugar, and ketchup together.
Add sauce to pan with chicken. Cook stirring constantly until sauce thickens.
Return onion and green pepper to pan. Stir in pineapple chunks and tomato. Cook till heated through.

Fried Rice

1/2 chopped green pepper
4 chopped green onions
1/2 chopped carrot
dash of garlic powder
dash of onion powder
1/2 tsp ginger
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 egg white scrambled

Spray pan with cooking spray. Stir fry veggies until crisp-tender
Season veggies with garlic powder, onion powder, ginger, soy sauce, and salt
Add rice and egg white. Toss to combine and to heat through.

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