Monday, January 12, 2009

Stir(fry) it up!

Here's a quick, tasty, and good-for-you dinner that just requires a few ingredients! I liked it even better for lunch the next day with a little bit of soy sauce.

Stirfried Chicken with Red Peppers, Broccoli and Cashews

2 tsp vegetable oil, divided
1 tsp sesame oil, divided
1 1/2 tbsp ginger root, finely chopped
3 small garlic clove(s), finely chopped
1 pound(s) chicken breast, uncooked, boneless, skinless, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large sweet red pepper(s), cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cup(s) broccoli, florets
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
20 item(s) Cashews, roasted, unsalted, roughly chopped

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat (be sure to use some cooking spray too to make sure you don't have to use a lot of elbow grease to clean your pan when you're all done).

2. Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil, ginger and garlic; cook 15 seconds. Add chicken and stir-fry until starting to brown, about 3 to 4 minutes; remove to a plate.

3. Add remaining teaspoon of vegetable oil, pepper and broccoli to same skillet; stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add chicken back to skillet, pour in soy sauce and cook, stirring, until chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes more; toss with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil. Sprinkle on cashews and serve. Yields about 1 3/4 cup per serving for 5 points per serving.

**In other news, Deacon had his last xrays last Wednesday and is perfectly healed and recovered from his TPO! And what's even better is that his other hip looked as close to normal as possible according to the vet (hip dysplasia is almost always bilateral affecting both hips). So we couldn't be happier with the results of the surgery! Deacon is enjoying some off-leash time in the backyard and reminding us of exactly how quick he is...especially when he's got something he isn't supposed to!

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