I looooove Chinese Food, but it doesn’t always love me back 😉
Making “fakeaway” at home is a great compromise when I’m craving Orange Chicken or General Tso’s. We don’t end up bloated, HANGRY and tired an hour later like we used to after getting traditional take out!
Even my husband likes this Healthier Sesame Chicken Lo Mein recipe, and he’s made many rounds through the Chinese buffets with me over the years. A quick shout out to the amazing Ree Drummond for inspiring this recipe! http://www.pioneerwoman.com (PS Isn’t her line of dishes SO CUTE?) ❤
I just added a few healthier twists to make this recipe fit into my cleaner eating plan! It’s amazing how much better you can feel when you just make some tweaks to your eating – HELLO extra energy!! And as a busy mom, I can use all the energy I can get 😉
SPICY SESAME LO MEIN CHICKEN
Total Time: 40 minutes Serves: 6
3 large chicken boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cups veggies cut into uniform sized pieces (broccoli, peppers, carrots, onions, etc.)
8 oz dry whole wheat or brown rice pasta
1/2 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos (healthier version of soy sauce)
2 Tbsp. honey
8 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. hot chili sesame oil (or sub regular sesame oil)
5 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
4 whole green onions, sliced thin (not necessary but pretty ;))
- Cut chicken into cubes and stir fry in 1 Tbsp. oil and pepper. Remove from pan.
- Cut veggies in uniform sized pieces and stir fry in 1 Tbsp. of oil. Once cooked, add chicken. Remove from heat.
- Cook noodles and drain.
- Whisk soy sauce, honey, garlic, rice vinegar, hot chili sesame oil and remaining 2Tbsp. olive oil together in a bowl. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed.
- Pour sauce over chicken/veggie mixture. Place over noodles and sprinkle with onions.
Adapted from http://www.ThePioneerWoman.com
What’s your favorite traditional Chinese dish, are you a Lo Mein fan or are you more into Fried Rice? (I have a healthier recipe for that too if you need it!!)
Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheese soup used to be a WEEKLY obsession of mine…now that I’m trying to eat a little healthier and have realized Dairy doesn’t mix well with thyroid issues, I’ve been on the hunt for a healthier version that still tastes good! (Sounds impossible right?!)
I took several recipes and combine them into one, and I have to say even dairy fans seem to appreciate this soup! Plus you can pack a ton of hidden veggies in here, and adjust things based on your family’s tastes. The key is using Nutritional Yeast to get that cheesy-flavor, I like Bragg’s brand and get it from Amazon.com.
And this soup freezes much better than regular cheese soups that end to get all gloppy when thawed out (is gloppy a word?!) So make extra for a busy day!
DAIRY FREE BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP
Serves 6 (approx. 2 cups each)
4 cups of veggies cut into bite sized pieces (cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, onions, or a combo of these)
1 box low sodium organic chicken broth/stock
4 cups (about 1 head) broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
1 can chickpeas or northern white beans
3/4 cups plain almond or cashew milk, divided
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp. thyme or poultry seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste
- In a large pot cook 1/2 the carton of broth and the 4 cups of veggies until tender.
- While veggies are cooking, chop the broccoli.
- Once veggies are tender, blend together in a large blender (be careful with hot liquids!)
- Back into your pot, add the veggie puree, remaining broth, broccoli, garlic & onion powder, thyme or poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir and cook covered for 7-10 mins, or until broccoli is tender.
- While soup is cooking, rinse and drain beans. Blend with 1/2 cup non-dairy milk. Add more liquid if needed to achieve smooth texture.
- Add beans and additional 1/4 cup non-dairy milk to the soup once the broccoli is tender.
- Add 1/2 cup nutritional yeast and stir to combine.
21 Day Fix Equivalent: 1 green veggie, ½ yellow carb
What kind of soups do you crave as the weather gets colder? Is anyone in your house eating dairy free right now too?
This recipe is SO easy, but good enough to serve for a holiday dinner. And if your kids love Ranch, they might just eat broccoli this way!
The past few years we’ve been trying to incorporate some healthier options into our holiday meals (along with the ham, potatoes, pies, and all the other usual goodies, because this time of year it’s all about balance, not deprivation).
And for this healthier Ranch flavor you just need some spices from your cabinet, not the chemical-laden Ranch Seasoning Packet that I used in all my recipes before I realized I could make it at home!
What types of veggies do you typically serve up for the holidays?
This and Cranberry Apple Pecan salad are two of my favorites! (Let me know if you want that recipe too!)
Yield: 4 Servings (1 cup each)
4 cups frozen veggies (I like the California Blend)
4 tsp olive oil or melted coconut (plus a little extra to coat baking dish)
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp dried onion flakes
1½ Tbsp dried parsley
1½ tsp dried dill
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried chives
1/8 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Grease baking dish with extra oil, then add in frozen veggies.
- Drizzle with 4 tsp oil and sprinkle with seasonings.
- Toss to coat.
- Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Stir once halfway through!
As as life long picky eater, I was never one to get super adventurous with my food…Old El Paso taco seasoning and Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supremes were about the extent of my exposure to Mexican food (super healthy too, right?).
But after being stationed in New Mexico when my hubby was in the military, I developed an OBSESSION for real, authentic Mexican food…and I’ve found lots of way to make it fit into my cleaner eating lifestyle too!
The cilantro in this dish is also one of the most DETOXIFYING herbs around, besides just plain tasting amazing! This salsa is YUMMY on chicken, tacos, salads, quesadillas, or just plain chips!
What’s your favorite MEXICAN FOOD? Comment below, maybe I have a *healthified* recipe I can share with you!
CORN & BLACK BEAN SALSA
Yield: About 4 cups
1 15 oz. can of black beans
2 10 oz. cans of diced tomatoes & green chilis
1 large onion, diced
24 jarred jalapeño slices, diced
1/2 bag of frozen corn, thawed
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp lime juice
1. Mix everything together. This gets better as it sits, so usually I make it a day in advance. Refrigerate up to 1 week.
21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1 cup = 1/2 green, 1/2 yellow