Wednesday, March 14, 2012

We are all in this together.

A friend of mine and I were exchanging text all day yesterday. Texts encouraging each other not to eat doughnuts....not to snap at our children and husbands because of the hunger.....reminding each other that we are worth it and strong enough. It's nice to know that someone has your back and knows how you are feeling. Now to be perfectly honest this same friend is also the fist person to convince me to indulge on that tempting desert or yummy appetizer and I do the same for her. So we either diet together or we fail together.....but no matter what we are in it together. So this post is for this friend.....WE CAN DO IT! RAW RAW SHUSH CUM BA!!

So last night for dinner I made the yummiest dish. It was only 360 calories and was jam packed with flavor!! It was a little involved but totally worth it, my kids even loved it and my husband wouldn't stop talking about how much he enjoyed it....

Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl


6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth ( I added a teaspoon of better then bouillon)

2 cups water

2 tablespoons mirin

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 bunch scallions (about 6)

4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, caps thinly sliced, stems reserved

1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

6 garlic cloves, sliced ( I added 2 extra cloves because my cloves were small)

1 small bunch basil, plus basil leaves, for serving

1 large chicken breast (about 12 ounces)

1/2 to 1 red jalapeno, thinly sliced (seeds and ribs removed for less heat, if desired)

1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed

3 ounces (1 cup) julienned jicama

Kosher salt

2 cups hot cooked brown rice

Lime wedges, serving suggestion

Combine the broth, water, mirin, and the fish sauce in a large saucepan. Cut all but one scallion into 1-inch pieces and add to the broth with the mushroom stems, ginger, garlic and bunch basil. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and continue to simmer until reduced by half, about 45 minutes. Remove the solids from the broth using a strainer or slotted spoon and discard.

Add the chicken, sliced mushroom caps, and jalapeno to the broth; adjust heat to keep the broth at a gentle simmer and cook 12 to 14 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and slice into 1-inch pieces.

Remove the broth from the heat; Stir in the edamame, jicama, and sliced chicken. Season to taste with salt. Scoop 1/2 cup of the cooked rice in each bowl and ladle some of the soup over it. Slice the reserved scallion on an angle and sprinkle over each bowl along with the basil leaves. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.

I got this recipe from the food network web sight.

Nutritional analysis per serving (without lime wedges)

Calories 360 ; Total Fat 6g (Sat Fat 1.1g, Mono Fat 1.6g, Poly Fat 1.1g) ; Protein 36g; Carb 39g; Fiber 6g; Cholesterol 49mg; Sodium 645mg


Mama Thor said...

Dang. I just ate dinner and I want this. By the way, I would be that friend that would say, "EAT IT!"

Anne-Marie said...

Right back at ya there, Missy! Yes, we encourage and we sabotage...BUT we also have accomplished some serious weight loss between the two of us! About a 100lbs!! We will get back on the wagon!

Anne-Marie said...

Oh, and the dessert thing never takes a whole lot of "convincing" by the way...