Posts tagged ‘Chicken’

May 26, 2011

It’s called P90X, baby! (oh! and leftover spaghetti meatballs…)

It’s absolutely insane, and I love it!

Problem is, now I don’t want to run anymore… I just want to “Bring it”!

You see, I’d been wanting this training program for a long time now, but seeing that it costs $150, I sort of put it off for a while. And, since I am supposed to be training for a half-marathon this summer, I figured I wouldn’t need to buy it until fall.

BUT, the wheather has been so crappy so far, it’s just raining all the time, I decided to go ahead and get it now! I just don’t feel like running in the rain. I can’t say that I love running, really. I do it only because when it’s nice out, I’d rather be exercising outdoors than in my basement, and since running doesn’t cost much at all, it became the obvious choice.

Plus, I have to admit that I really like the idea of eventually running a full marathon. And looking at this picture from last year’s half totally makes me want to go for it.

So now I don’t know, I’m all confused. If I don’t start running soon, I can kiss my half-marathon good bye for this year. I feel like I want to do it, but I lack the motivation to train for it. Maybe it’s the thought of running alone again.

Whatever I do, I need to decide and quick, for I need new shoes. What’s it gonna be? Shock absorbing or stability control?

Oh, right, I almost forgot… FOOD! Yes, I did eat today!

Tonight, I had leftovers. I had some Chicken Meatball Spaghetti Sauce left in the freezer.

Well, believe it or not, I took pictures of my leftovers! I’m a freak, I know!

Here goes! Not bad, for leftovers, isn’t it?


May 20, 2011

General Tao Chicken

I remember seeing this recipe for a healthier General Tao Chicken in my Coup de Pouce magazine back in November and thinking OMG, I sooo have to give that one a try! (ok, ok, I confess… I didn’t actually remember that the recipe had been published in November, I had to go check my magazines!)

Then, I don’t know, life happened and I stored the magazine and forgot about trying that recipe. Looks like I get that problem a lot, which is why I created my must try list. That way, the recipes that I want to try are all kept together in one place. Well, so long as they appear on the Internet somewhere, that is. I still have to think of something for those recipes that are on paper…

When I saw this recipe last week on Taste and Tell and saw that it had been adapted from the very recipe that I’d been wanting to try earlier, it immediately found a spot on my must try list. And this time, I didn’t wait! I gave it a go right away.

Me being me, though, I had to clean it up even more. I have to say that I was extremely sceptical with the results of my little experiment before I plated it. I think the sauce didn’t look shiny enough, and the chicken didn’t look… well, it didn’t look like it had been deep fried enough! Somehow, it looked all wrong and I thought to myself “there’s no way this dish is going to turn out good enough to earn the right to be called General Tao. I’ll have to come up with a new name…”

Well, much to my surprise, it was very good. Nice balance between sweet, sour and spicy, the chicken had a great texture to it. Not quite as crispy as the deep fried stuff, but still very decent. At least, you could taste and feel the chicken, which I really appreciated. The sauce lacked a little bit of “stickiness”, but its wonderful flavour really made up for it. Hey! Even my son liked it. He ate a whole plate!!! I was stunned! Now THAT really means something. If he ate it and said it was good, then it really passed the test.

I say this dish is good enough to be called General Tao (or General Tso, whichever you prefer) and healthy enough to be served at my table, yet it will please even the fussiest of eaters!

By the way… does anyone know why the two names? Tao? Tso? Which is right?

INGREDIENTS
(serves 3)

SAUCE

  • 3 tbsp mirin
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp miso
  • ½ tsp sambal oelek
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated (I went half and half)

CHICKEN

  • 1 tsp olive oil (to pan fry chicken)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • 450g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes

OTHER

  • 4 green onions chopped, to add to chicken
  • Toasted sesame seeds, to garnish
  • 1 green onion, chopped, to garnish
  • 2 cups cooked brown basmati rice, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix corn starch, salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in this mixture and shake off any excess.
  2. In a large non-stick pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken in the olive oil until browned on all sides. The key here is to leave your chicken alone until it forms a crust. Be patient. Don’t touch it. Just lift the pieces once in a while to see if a beautiful golden crust has formed. If not, put it back. Once you have a crust, then you can flip your pieces, one by one. Make sure you get that beautiful crust all around. This will take at least 10 minutes.
  3. While your chicken is browning, keep busy by preparing your sauce (just mix all the ingredients together), chopping your green onions and toasting your sesame seeds.
  4. When your chicken is ready, add the green onions and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the sauce and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 2 minutes, or until the sauce thickens a bit.
  5. Serve with cooked rice and garnish with green onions, and sesame seeds

May 17, 2011

Bad Girl, Stupid Bath Tub, oh, and some sort of a chicken sandwich!

I have a confession to make. I have been a very bad girl tonight! Very bad girl! I skipped exercise night. Voluntarily!! Out of my own free will!

Those who know me know that I NEVER skip exercise night, unless I have a VERY good reason. Tonight? I didn’t even have A reason, let alone a good one… I was just feeling blah, you know… BLAH!

So… I was actually changing into my exercising clothes when I had a vision: Me, in a bath! OOOOOOH, a bath. It had been well over a year since I’d last taken a bath! I could already feel the warm jets of water and air bubbles massaging my skin. Instantly, my body and mind went into relaxation mode and I KNEW I had no choice, I had to go for it!

I get upstairs, get the water going then bring all my stuff, you know, all the stuff you need when you take a bath: shampoo, conditioner, soap, bubble bath, cup of green tea

I get in the tub and anxiously wait for the water level to get high enough for me to get the jets going… water level is rising, rising… soon, so soon, it will happen. Finally, after what seems like forever, oooh, bliss, the magic moment is finally here… I press the power button…

NOTHING! NOTHING! The damn thing is broken and refuses to throw water and air bubbles at me. Does it not understand that I have just skipped exercise night to lose myself in it?

ARGH!ARGH!ARGH!ARGH!ARGH!ARGH!ARGH!ARGH!ARGH!

Oh well, I ended up staying like 20 minutes in a bubbless tub… I never stay much longer than that anyway. I hate it when my skin gets all wrinkley.

Now what? My stupid bath is over, I didn’t exercise, so I don’t even get to have an evening snack. Somehow, I feel robbed and frustrated. I think I will have a nice cup of warm unsweetened soy milk with a teaspoon of honey in it. There. That ought to make me feel better. Although with my luck, the milk will probably have gone bad!

Oh, and this is what I had for supper tonight. A super quick chicken sandwich made from leftover cooked chicken. Huge sandwich. And I didn’t even work it out. *sigh*  There’s always tomorrow…

These are the ingredients that I used:

  • 1 cooked chicken breast, diced
  • ½ Red Delicious Apple, diced (I ate the other half too!)
  • 20g blue cheese, crumbled
  • 20g toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp low fat sour cream
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Just mix everything together and throw it between two slices of good, toasted whole grain bread (or a super cute triangular bread like the one I got!) with a few green leaves and a handful of alfalfa sprouts.