Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I guess I'll throw you a bone

Quick Chicken Stir-fry
Southern Living Annual Recipes 2006 Copyright 2006

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 (14-oz.) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
1 to 2 Tbsp. chili-garlic paste
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups packaged matchstick carrots
1 red bell pepper, cut into slices
1 green bell pepper, cut into slices
2 green onions, sliced
Hot cooked rice

1. Cut chicken into 1/4-inch-thick strips; place in a shallow dish.

2. Whisk together chicken broth and next 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Pour half of broth mixture over chicken, reserving remaining broth mixture. Turn chicken to coat, and let stand 30 minutes.

3. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Add chicken to wok, and stir-fry 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add carrots, bell peppers, and green onions, and stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes. Add reserved broth mixture, and cook 1 minute or until thickened. Serve over hot cooked rice.

I made this last week. It was okay - the chili-garlic sauce pretty much makes any stir-fry good. It didn't brown up very nice due to the wet marinade that had broth and cornstarch. It was the last real cooking that I've done. For the most part, I've been doing just what I need to do to get by. We had broiled steak on Monday and subs purchased from a fundraiser last night. Tonight I'm making a frozen lasagna. I haven't a clue what we're having tomorrow.

I don't feel bad about it either. When you're in a rut, any change feels good, even moving on from something you've enjoyed. Hobbies are just a form of escapism and it's time to deal with reality for a while. I will try to post at least once a week and certainly the blog will remain online as long as it can.

I've lost 8.6 pounds already. That is not just from not cooking. I'm running about 20 miles/week and doing the elliptical and stair machines too.


KatieSPerk said...

That is amazing! Way to go!!!

Sheila said...

Wow--congratulations on the weight loss. I should really get motivated too but I just can't seem to do it. We love stirfry but mine never seems to come out right--it is usually too wet and not crisp like I want it to be. Hope y'all aren't too snowed in.

B and the boys said...

Congrats on the weight loss! Will miss your regular postings, but absence does make the heart grow fonder. Changing routine is good for everyone. Good Luck! B

Chef Aimee said...

Way to go with the weight loss! Awesome!

College Term Papers said...

I really like this blog, It's always nice when you can not only be informed, but also get knowledge, from these type of blog, nice entry. Thanks

Melisa Marzett said...

I will write it down into my cook book. This recipe is simple to cook and healthy! Writing a college paper, I sometimes need rest and delirious dishes to try:)

Virat Singh said...

it will be happier that was a simple and a database sql books healthy database that will never happened in a knowledge