Sunday, July 22, 2012

Frozen Food Trick

What you need: Lean Cuisine Chicken Alfredo (or something similar), frozen peas, microwave

So this post is going to be short and sweet and isn't really a review but just one of my favorite tricks for a quick healthy meal.

So many of the "healthy" frozen dinners out there skimp on vegetables.  This doesn't really sit so well with me since trying to get veggies into my day is something I sometimes struggle with.  My solution: frozen peas!  I take a seemingly boring veggie and add it to any frozen pasta dish and voila!  Bigger portion and more veggies!  I typically go for something with a cream sauce because I just think it pairs great with peas, and let's be honest, those pasta dishes typically have way too much sauce in them anyway, so there's no reason to let that go to waste :)

The box!

The result!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Quickie Stir Fry Chickie

Recipe Under Review: Super Speedy Chinese Stir Fry 
 More Info At: Hungry Girl's 300 Under 300 
 First Impression: always looking for new stir-fry ideas! 
 Verdict: not too shabby, but not amazed.

So I haven't been around for a while because I spent the last few months graduating college, moving halfway across the country, and starting a full-time job. I'm finally all settled in and ready to start making time to cook new things for myself again. I'm still getting used to my new kitchen and different pots/pans so I think that has a lot to do with why this recipe didn't come out better.

One of the reasons I really like this recipe is that not only is it quick and easy to make, it's also easy to keep the ingredients on hand at all times so you can always make it in a pinch. Frozen veggies, canned fruit, (frozen) chicken breast... simple and versatile!

These are the frozen "stir-fry" veggies I opted for, but there are a ton of options in the freezer aisles these days so you can easily pick one to suit your preferences.  

10 oz chicken breast, cut up salt & peppered and teriyakied
So there are the ingredients.  One 16-oz bag of stir-fry veggies works out perfectly. The big can of mandarin oranges was too much.  I'll throw the extra ones on a salad tonight or something like that.  But yes, it's this simple overall!
Just added the veggies to the no-longer-pink chicken!

I added some extra teriyaki sauce and a few red pepper flakes at this point as well, I wanted this to have a good amount of flavor.
Mandarin oranges are the last step, just gently stir in!
Overall, I think the recipe only took about 20-30 minutes to put together (I'm a bit slow with the chicken trimming.  Be very careful at this last step though, mandarin oranges are quite fragile and tend to fall apart.
The finished product!

Flavor-wise this was real good!  Not too intense on the flavor, but a nice balance of light spicy and sweet, which I loved!  The serving size was also great, I couldn't even finish my bowl.  Definitely a full meal for 2, could easily be 3 if no one is starving.  I think it would pair great with some brown rice as well if you wanted to stretch this dish even further.  

Overall this is something I would definitely make again.  I would pay a little closer attention to my cook time though, as I accidentally overcooked the veggies.  The recipe says it's done when the "excess water has evaporated" so I was standing and stirring trying to get the water to go away and it never really did.  That was the major downside to this, there was a decent amount of liquid in the pan and that's just not something I like with my stirfry.