It's been a while since I've written about food. You see, a year and a half ago I completely changed my diet. Completely. I was a true carboholic, loved my potato chips, and a glass of wine always tasted better with just about any kind of junk food you could put in front of me. When I was younger, I was thin and trim and could eat anything I wanted. Until I had children. I never liked exercise, but I did like to cook. Not a good combination. Three children and twenty odd years later, I gained a lot of weight. Then I got a big wake-up call. I now know what the term scared straight means only my addiction happened to be food.
I now eat a clean, mostly organic diet and exercise my butt off. Because, dear readers, that's the only way it comes off. This is one of the recipes I consider to be healthy junk food, it tastes that good. You can also read my post Rain or Shine to see what else I do.
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Orange Chicken Stir Fry
- 1/2 jar orange marmalade (12 oz.)
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce (I use low sodium)
- 1 tsp. minced ginger
- a dash of honey (sugar or agave)
- 1 lb. chicken breast cut into strips or chunks
- 4 cups chopped broccoli crowns. (You could add 1 sliced red pepper as well.)
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Put it all together
1. Depending on how you like your sauce, you could place all of the ingredients in a blender so it's nice and smooth or simply combine the ingredients together making sure to mince the garlic.
2. Steam or sauté the broccoli. If you steam the broccoli, it should take about 5 minutes to cook. If you sauté, it will depend on how well done you like your broccoli. Coat a pan in a little olive oil and heat through or brown. Approximately 10 minutes. You could even add some sauce to the pan and caramelize the broccoli.
3. Sauté chicken in a pan covered in olive oil until almost done (approximately 5 minutes). Add a bit of the sauce to the chicken and remove from the heat.
4. Combine the chicken, broccoli, and sauce together and heat through.
Serves 3-4 people.