2/24/16

Spicy Peanut Stir Fry

I have been blogging a really long time. And I have read a lot of blogs too with cute anecdotes accompanying every recipe from cupcakes to liverwurst...no joke, read it here.  I am okay enough with myself to admit that I do not have a cute story to go along with every recipe I make. Most of the time, I just make something great by accident and want to record it for posterity. This is one of those recipes. I hope others will enjoy it as much as I do.

This stir fry took less than 30 min from start to finish and had amazing textures and was very satisfying. 


Spicy Peanut Stir Fry

1 chicken breast, sliced
2 cups of chopped veggies of choice. 
(Broccoli, carrots, celery, peppers, squash, and onion are my favorites)
2 T sesame oil, divided
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 T natural peanut butter
1 tsp molasses
1 squirt siracha..to taste
1/4 cup peanuts
1 handful chopped cilantro
salt, pepper, garlic and ginger powder to taste

Add 1 T of sesame oil to a hot pan or wok. Once it is hot, add the chicken and cook over high to sear it to golden perfection. Turn the heat to medium hight and throw in the veggies. Stir as you fry until they are crisp tender, or 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, garlic, and ginger.

In a small bowl, mix the remaining sesame oil, the soy sauce, molasses, peanut butter and siracha. Pour over the meat and veggies and stir to combine. Lastly, add the peanuts and the cilantro.

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Thanks for reading,
Janine

This post was shared at Full Plate Thursday, Creative Princess

2/23/16

Grain Free/Sugar Free Menu Plan

I got on the scale this morning and did not like what I saw. Seriously! The last time I had this weight on me, I was about to give birth. Ugh. We moved across the country last month and I am not going to lie, it has been stressful. Apparently I calm stress with sugar. But who doesn't? I would love to use other methods, like Tai Chi or meditation or long walks. But a cookie is so much easier!

Well, it is time to get back on the wagon again. Sugar may calm my stress temporarily, but it also feeds cancer and causes inflammation and for me, obvious weight gain.

I called out to my dear friend Laura and extended a challenge to both of us. Stop with the sugar already...and grains...ugh. For every unauthorized deliciously addictive serving of bread, pasta or sugary dessert, we gotta shell out 10 bucks. Effective? I think so. And, at the end of 6 weeks, the one of us who has lost the greatest percentage of body weight gets 50 smackers!! I don't have money to spare and Laura hates spending the stuff, so great motivation for both of us.

Some psychologist out there would probably frown upon this and say we are doing it for the wrong reasons, but oh well, It is time to get ready for swim suits and jogging shorts....well swim suits anyhow.

I always do best if I have a menu to follow, so here goes. I hope many will follow along.  I will plan to post each week on Monday so there is time to get groceries before Wed morning.
***Go here for a list of key items to have on hand this week: (this list is not all inclusive)

Menu plan: 

Wednesday:
Breakfast: Chocolate PB Smoothie
Lunch: Lettuce wraps
Dinner: Sweet Potato Beef Stew

Thursday
Breakfast: Grain free Chocolate muffins
Lunch: Strawberry Spinach Salad with Quinoa 
Dinner: Chicken Strips and Sweet potato fries (baked or fried in coconut oil)

Friday
Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
Lunch: Chicken Avocado Burritos serve ingredients over a salad with salsa instead of in tortillas.
Dinner: Grain Free Spaghetti

Saturday
Breakfast: Cottage Cheese Pancakes Top with Berry Syrup
Lunch: "Bunless" Hoagie sandwiches...Roll all the toppings in the meat. Serve with Sweet potato chips.
Dinner: Cheat meal...anything that sounds great...Pizza?? Hamburger?? Go for it!

Sunday
Breakfast: Refrigerator Oatmeal
Lunch: Mason Jar Salad
Dinner: Chicken Cordon Bleu and Garlic roasted cauliflower and carrots

Monday
Breakfast: Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
Lunch: Sweet potato Fajitas with beef
Dinner: White Chicken chili (I adapt this recipe to my taste)

Tuesday
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with avocado, cheese and salsa
Lunch: Mason Jar Salad
Dinner:  "Bunless" Hamburgers...make as usual and wrap in lettuce leaves

Snacks:
Nuts
Cheese cubes
Snap peas
Carrots
Celery in natural PB
Fresh or Dried fruit (1 serving per day)
Cottage Berry Whip
Unsweetened Applesauce (my recipe)
Protein bites (only a few... sugar)
Smoothies

Drinks:
Warm Winter Chai
Sugar Free Hot Chocolate
Cinnamon Kool-Ade

Need more ideas?  Go here: Trim Healthy Mama Board

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