Good Morning! Happy Friday!! It’s Friday! TGIF! Hopefully this means that the week of rain is over! Last night was the worst drive home! Seriously. It was pouring so bad, I couldn’t even see how to drive. Then it started flooding and my car was literally driving under like 4 inches of water! It was awful! I was so afraid our house was going to get flooded like a couple of months ago. Thank goodness it was okay! I don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t. It’s still raining this morning! I just want this rain to go away forever!
I was really excited to make dinner last night. I have had the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook for a while now and I just never got around to cooking anything from it. I decided that last night would be perfect. I’m trying to eat healthier so I thought making something from the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook would be a great place to start.
Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir-Fry (adapted from the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook)
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
Ground Black Pepper, to taste
1 Pound Trimmed Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast, Cut Into Bite-sized Cubes
1 Tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil
1 Cup 1/2″ Wide Strips Onion (about 1″ long) (**I used a frozen bag mix of broccoli, onion, mushrooms and pepper)
1 Cup 1/2″ Wide Strips Green Bell Pepper (about 1″ long) (**I used a red bell pepper)
2 Tablespoons Freshly Minced Garlic (**I used jarred garlic)
1/4 Cup Bottled Sweet & Sour Stir-fry Sauce
In a large bowl, combine cornstarch, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and mix well. Add the chicken and toss until thoroughly coated.
Place a large nonstick skillet or nonstick wok over high heat. When hot, add 1 teaspoon sesame oil, onion,
green red pepper, and garlic.
Cook, stirring, until the garlic softens and the vegetables are crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Be careful not to overcook or the garlic may burn. Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.
Return the pan to high heat and add another teaspoon oil and half the chicken in a single layer. Cook until the pieces are lightly brown on the bottom. Flip the pieces and continue cooking until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the cooked chicken in the bowl with the vegetables. Return the pan to high heat, add the remaining oil and cook the remaining chicken.
Return the vegetables and chicken to the pan to reheat if needed. Transfer to a medium bowl, add the sauce, and mix until well combined. Divide the stir-fry among 4 bowls, and serve.
**You will notice in the pictures that I decided to add more veggies to this stir-fry. I used a frozen bag mix of broccoli, onion, mushrooms, and peppers. I also added fresh slices of red bell pepper because I didn’t have green**
This was excellent! I was happy to get use out of our wok! I think I’ve used it 3 or 4 times. I don’t use it enough. It really cooks everything super fast! I have never used cornstarch in cooking before and I have to say using that blend on the chicken made a world of difference when cooking it. It made it soft and it was coated with flavor. I really liked it a lot! This, I definitely think will be a dish for rotation! It was quick and easy to prepare. It tasted great and it’s healthy! I think it came out better that I added a lot of vegetables to it. I think I will turn to the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook for more recipes! This was a good one! Do you have a wok? Do you like cooking stir-fry dishes?
After dinner, Mike and I relaxed and watched Grey’s Anatomy. I thought it was a weak season finale compared to the season finale last year. Although, the best line of evening definitely goes to Karev when he was sitting in the bar and the doctor Lucy walked in and he said to her, “Go to hell!” He had a complete straight face when saying it and it just added much-needed comedic relief to the episode. I know it was a mean thing for him to say to her but I just couldn’t stop laughing! It was the funniest moment of the show. It was a very depressing episode. I thought they would have had a much stronger finale. Oh well. We will see what happens next season.
Alright, it’s time for me to get back to work and enjoy my free blueberry muffin. Have a good morning!
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