Monday, January 23, 2012

"7 Minutes In Heaven" Stir Fry

"7 Minutes in Heaven" Stir Fry
(Serves 4)

Last year, I lost almost 90 pounds, primarily by eating the right foods, sensibly, at the right times of day.  Working long hours has always posed a challenge for me when it comes to creating quick, easy and satisfying meals for my family.  The best advice I can give all of you busy working women and mothers out there is to keep it simple, be creative and always remember to incorporate (1) a protein, (2) vegetables and (3) a whole grain with your dinners.  If you stick to that mantra, you will not only achieve a healthy eating lifestyle for yourself and your family, but also you will likely lose a little weight and feel the satisfaction of knowing that you have placed yet another quick and delicious meal on your table.  Below is my recipe for my "7 Minutes In Heaven" Stir Fry.  The whole meal takes about 7 minutes to prepare, with one extra minute if you simultaneously prepare boil-in-bag brown rice.  Just chop, wok and roll.   

2 tbsp. canola oil
1 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts, cut into slices
1 medium red onion,  coarsely chopped
8 asparagus, chopped into bite size pieces
3 bell peppers, chopped into bite size pieces
10 baby corn
10 sugar snap peas
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
Low-sodium soy or teriaki sauce, to taste

- In a wok or large frying pan with a lid, heat the canola oil under medium high heat.
- Toss in chicken and cook 3/4 way through, turning occasionally (about 3 minutes).
- Toss in all of the vegetables with a few splashes of soy or teriaki sauce, give a quick stir to mix it with the chicken, and cover (about 3 minutes).
- Uncover, give a final toss for the last minute, and serve.

Serving Suggestion
I prefer to serve this stir fry in a decorative, bold colored bowl over brown rice.  So simple and easy to prepare.  Enjoy!

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