Chicken Lo Mein

IMG_5107I had chicken in the freezer and not a clue what to make for dinner.  I needed to run to the store on my lunch break today so I decided to make some Lo Mein.  Now I took a chance with the vegetable thing but they can also pick it out.

I’m a fan of any kind of vegetable so I love what I added to this.  I know my family doesn’t like carrots or broccoli but most mixed bags of vegetables have both of those in them.  I LOVE the little baby corn!  I saw this in the frozen section and knew that was going in the Lo Mein!!

I have a little one that I have to pick up from daycare every day.  When she gets home, she wants to eat.  And if the food isn’t done, she is following me all over the place!  So I got dinner started on my last work break today (I have the pleasure of working from home)!  I baked the chicken instead of frying it in a pan.  Once it was done I put it on the microwave to sit for a bit.  Once I was done with work I added the ingredients to a big skillet and covered it until I got the kids all home.

Ingredients

2lb bag of Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (Garlic and Herb seasoned)

80z uncooked thin spaghetti, broken in half

1pkg frozen Asian blend vegetables (or your choice of what you’d like to add)

2 and 1/4 cups Chicken Broth

1 tbs soy sauce

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp garlic powder

How to:

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Place chicken breasts on a flat cookie sheet and bake until cooked through (about 25 minutes).

Put the chicken in a large skillet and add the remaining ingredients.  Heat to boiling.  Reduce heat and partially cover.  Simmer 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.

As you can see Mr. Clyde likes this meal too!!

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I guess it it’s Clyde approved it’s  good meal!!  😉

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Home made dinner is better to me than any take out meal.  Ok, unless you count my Sunday lunch at Zantigo!

Have a great week!

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

Pork Chops w/Mustard Sauce

Pork Chops w/Mustard Sauce

I’ve been posting quite a few new recipes that I’ve gotten from this cookbook.  Its’s not only just to get my cholesterol levels down, but to help my family eat better as well.  How can I set a good example to the kids by telling them certain foods aren’t good for them, if I’m not showing them how to make them and eat them myself?

I’ve only done a repeat so far once or twice from this book.  There are that many good recipes in it.  I highly recommend you getting it if you’re trying to either lower your cholesterol or just plain eat better.    Here’s a link on Amazon so you can see for yourself: http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Low-Cholesterol-Cookbook-delicious-low-carb/dp/1598694014.  The first chapter of the book even describes what cholesterol is, how it affects you, when it’s too high, risk factors, etc.

I use this app on my iPhone called MyFitnessPal.  If you’re not sure what this app is, you log your daily food intake, your workouts, track your weight progress…And the best part is you can have your friends follow you and be a support system for you!  On the daily portion of the app, it shows you how much fat, carbs, potassium, sugars, etc. your intake is.  I look at this daily to make sure that I’m staying within the range I need to be.  I’m not so much worried about the caloric intake as I am the fat and sugars.

Yesterday when I looked at the sugar intake I was shocked to see I had already gone over my limit by lunch time.  I had eaten a bowl of cereal (fiber cereal too) and for lunch I had a salad with onions and green olives with ranch dressing and low fat cheese.  I had an apple and some grapes.  So I look at the content of the grapes…A bowl of grapes have 24.8 grams of sugar.  I search online to see if natural sugars affect your triglycerides and sure enough they do.  So each day I’ve been wondering how I’m exceeding the sugar limit to find out it’s from the fruits that I thought were supposed to be good for me!  What’s a sugar addict supposed to do?!

Back to my pork chop dinner!  Since the weather is getting colder, and the snow is right around the corner (literally), I took the opportunity to make this recipe because I got to use the grill.  Not that you can’t grill in the winter, I just choose not to!

Here’s a note from the cookbook:  Spreading the meat with yogurt and mustard mixture before grilling helps keep the meat moist and tender and adds great flavor.

And I’m telling you it really does.  Some of my family are not a huge mustard fan, so I used a bit less than suggested so it wasn’t too much for them.  But I love this one.  I’m sure it would be just as good baked in the oven as well.

Here’s what you need:

2tbs Dijon Mustard, divided

2tbs plain yogurt (I used fat free with less sugar content)

1/8tsp pepper (or as much as you like – pepper is one of my favorites after garlic)

4- 3 ounce bone in pork chops (I used the boneless and cut the fat)

2tbs olive oil (I used light extra virgin olive oil)

1 onion, chopped (I used half onion because the family isn’t a fan)

1tbs flour

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (I used store bought)

1/4 cup dry white wine (I substituted with more chicken broth)

Here’s what you do:

1.  Prepare and preheat grill.  In a small bowl, combine 1tbs mustard, yogurt and pepper and mix well.  Spread mixture on both sides of pork chops; set aside for 15 minutes.

2.  In a small saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add flour; cook and stir until combined and bubbly.  Add broth, wine and remaining 1tbs mustard; bring to a boil, stirring with a wire whisk, until sauce is slightly thickened.

3.  Grill the chops for 4-6 minutes on each side; turning only once, until pork is just slightly pink in the center.  Serve with sauce.  I added some parsley to the top of the meat and sauce.

I put some potatoes in the microwave and cooked them until almost soft.  I cut them into bite size chunks and put in a large skillet with the olive oil until they were nice and crisp.

Pan fried potatoes

This was another great meal.  Caleb even ate the mustard sauce (and it had onions!  Of course he didn’t know that).  This was really good.

Have a great week.  Enjoy your food and know that eating healthy doesn’t always have to be “boring”.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking