Friday, July 30, 2010

Weight Watcher's Chinese Recipes

MMMMMmmmmm.... Chinese is one of my FAVORITES!!! 
NOT that it's all  that GOOD FOR YOU... It's HIGH in MSG and not so great for someone watching their calories and fat... UNLESS... you make it yourself and use recipes from Weight Watcher's!!
General Tso's Chicken
1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1.5 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup stir-fry sauce (purchased or recipe below)
2-3 cups of your choice of veggies -- I used broccoli florets and shredded carrots
1-2 tsp. dark sesame oil
3 scallions, chopped
soy sauce to taste

Stir Fry Sauce:
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tbsp minced garlic

Adapted from Weight Watchers Take-Out Tonight: 150+ Restaurant Favorites to Make at Home
Serves 4-5 people

Take the chicken pieces and add to 1 tbsp. cornstarch and 3 tbsp. of the stir-fry sauce, mixing thoroughly and letting chicken marinate for at least 5 minutes.

Combine the remaining stir-fry sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, and soy sauce in a separate bowl and set aside.

Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add oil, once heated add ginger, garlic, and scallions. Cook for a minute or so, then add the chicken and marinade and stir-fry for a couple minutes, until the chicken begins to brown. Add the vegetables and stir-fry until crisp-tender. Now add the sauce ingredients and stir-fry as the mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 1-2 minutes. Make sure chicken is cooked through!

Veggie Lo Mein
8 oz. angel hair or vermicelli pasta, broken in half
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1-2 tsp ginger paste
3 scallions, chopped
approx. 2 tbsp soy sauce (more if needed)
1 tbsp oyster sauce  (I use soy... I'm allergic to seafood)
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce (optional)
3 cups veggies -- I used frozen Japanese blend veggies and fresh coleslaw mix
2 tsp dark sesame oil
1 tsp cornstarch

Boil water for pasta. While this is going on, heat the oil in a large nonstick pan. Then add garlic, ginger, and scallions and stir fry for a minute or so. Add the veggies and stir fry for a minute. Add sauces and keep stir-frying until veggies are crisp tender. Set aside.

Cook the pasta, and drain. Reheat the pan with veggies and add the pasta, making sure to combine all ingredients thoroughly. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Take the cornstarch in a small bowl and add water until you get a slurry. Add this to the pan and stir to coat and heat through. Add the sesame oil at the very end and toss.

Serves 4-5 people

  1. All measurements are approximate, adjust for your personal preference
  2. Disclaimer: These images are from the internet and not mine.  ;p
  3. I was inspired to try this and got these recipes from One Bite at a Time

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