Chicken Lo Mein
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Sometimes I think it’s a downright miracle that I EVER manage to get anything accomplished. Take this morning, for instance.
I wanted to sleep in but the pain in my back wasn’t having it. So, I got up, let Leo and the dogs out and made some coffee.
Then I headed back upstairs to my loft, where my laptop was, and got to work, polishing and publishing the post I wrote yesterday.
I didn’t put in my contacts earlier, because my up-close vision is better without them.
Needing a second cup of coffee, I headed back down and returned with my coffee to do some work on my photos.
Without my glasses on, I could more easily read my book on the exercise bike. I’m reading The Count of Monte Cristo, which is 600 pages in the smallest font imaginable.
Went back into the kitchen and decided I would do my arms and legs exercises first, away from the temptation of my laptop.
When I brought my empty coffee cup into the kitchen, I noticed dishes in the sink from my husband’s “power shake,” as well as from last night’s Olive Oil Popcorn (yum). We have this quite a lot, because it is healthy and very, very yummy. I simply coat the bottom of a large saucepan with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, add my popcorn and pop, then sprinkle with salt and lightly drizzle with some more Olive Oil, for good measure. You wouldn’t believe the difference Extra Virgin Olive Oil makes! So much better than butter and healthy, to boot!
After deciding that the dishes in the dishwasher were clean (my dishwasher is so lame that it’s pretty hard to tell, since I pre-scrub everything and they come out wet when done), I unloaded and did the dishes.
Then I remembered I needed to put the stuff in the washer into the dryer.
On the way, I noticed that the animals’ water was lookin’ pretty slimy. So, I hauled it back into the kitchen to soak.
Had to head back to the laundry to put the clean stuff in the dryer. While I was back there, I could definitely tell that the cat box could stand cleaning. So I headed back toward the kitchen to get a grocery sack. (I need to keep a stash back there. No, wait! I need to get to 10,000 steps. Inefficiency is the key.)
Cleaned the cat box, tied off the grocery sack, and came back into the bathroom to wash my hands.
Saw the leftover, frozen soup on the kitchen counter. Both the soup and the grocery sack needed to go out to the garage. So I donned a warm hat, my boots and some gloves and managed to close the weird latch on our front door while holding all this stuff.
I made it back to the house, and decided that, since I was going to be working out in front of The Great British Baking Show downstairs, I had better come upstairs and get on my contacts.
My contact solution was out, so I went to the cupboard and got a new bottle. The plastic safety wrapping was so burglar-proof that I needed to fetch scissors to even get it off. Luckily, I keep a small pair in the bathroom which I use for things like this. And to trim my bangs.
I then noticed that my new bottle of solution came with a new contact lens holder. Looking at my old one, I decided to toss it and use the new one.
But I couldn’t get the lid off of the contact lens holder for a minute or two without the help (finally) of a washcloth (arthritis is a pain in the neck).
I was heading back downstairs to work out when I saw that I hadn’t yet made the bed or opened the drapes because I was NOT the last one up.
It’s been an hour now since I headed downstairs to work out and I still haven’t done it.
I had to pass this laptop, and I felt compelled to share this fascinating story.
While I’m here, I’m thinking I need to create a new Pinterest Board for my new healthy recipes. Seriously, my life is right out of a page from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!
This is me, heading downstairs. NOW!!
Pinterest can wait. I’m a man on a mission!
Later …. I not only did arms and legs downstairs, I even came upstairs and did the exercise bike for 35 minutes! This is me, patting myself on the back.
That evening I was corrupted by Bill.
I had prepped all the ingredients for this Chicken Lo Mein dinner, when he asked if I wanted to go out to our little Mexican place.
Well, hell’s, yeah. No way am I turning an invitation like that down!
Like any newly committed health nut would, I ordered two soft tacos (no cheese, no sour cream, just meat and cilantro).
The problem was, the meat was horrible and gristly (not ordering that again!) I made it through one taco, but just couldn’t eat the second. I was forced, therefore, to descend upon my refried beans and rice (with chips, of course) with a passion.
Hey, I was starving. All I’d eaten that day was one modest cup of beautiful, green Healthnut Soup. It was either eat every last chip with beans and rice or starve to death!
I’m pretty sure those beans were cooked in lard, because they were to die for.
See the little glass with the ends of my green onions? If you put them in about an inch of water, they will re-grow on your windowsill. Also, if you stick them in some dirt and keep them watered, they’ll live forever. Just keep cutting them back, again and again, and you’ll always have a nice supply of green onions.
To pay for my sins, tonight we’re finally having this. It’s healthy and really, really good.
No, I haven’t taken down our Christmas decorations yet. This is not because I am lazy (which I am). It’s because I never take them down until January 2. The house looks so depressingly bare and I want to procrastinate as long as possible. Also, Leo really enjoys them! He hangs out on the stairs by the tree and swats at the ornaments.
This Chicken Lo Mein is sort of a conglomeration of a lot of things I’ve tried over the years. It’s pretty versatile, so you can use anything you feel like, in order to up the veggies in it. If I make a real effort to add in veggies here and there in a dinner, I’ll end up better off for it. And so will you!
This dinner is pretty quick and easy, too.
Chicken Lo Mein
Chicken breasts or tenders, sliced
1 to 2 teaspoons Cornstarch (to tenderize chicken pieces)
Red peppers, thinly sliced
Celery, thinly sliced
Snow Peas, cut into thirds or halves
Shredded Nappa Cabbage, optional
Green onions, sliced into one inch pieces
Bean sprouts, optional
Chopped cilantro, optional
Chopped peanuts, optional
Toasted Sesame Seeds, optional
Sauce: Mix Together
4 Tablespoons Soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
2 teaspoons Garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon Ginger, chopped (from a jar is fine)
Chow Mein Stir Fry Noodles (or any type of thin pasta)
Canola, vegetable or peanut oil (don’t use olive oil!)
Hot mustard (buy hot oriental mustard and mix with water), optional
Lightly dust chicken pieces with cornstarch. Lay out the chicken pieces on your cutting board. Take a sieve and put the cornstarch in it. Lightly tap the sieve as you move over the chicken. Turn chicken over and repeat on other side. Or you can use a little shaker, like the kind I use for flour and powdered sugar. I feel an Amazon moment coming on.
Heat your wok or large skillet on medium high to high.
Prepare noodles or pasta according to package directions and drain.
When wok is hot, add 4 Tablespoons canola oil.
Add chicken pieces and quickly stir-fry them. REMOVE from wok and put in a pie plate. Removing the chicken will ensure you won’t overcook the chicken.
Add vegetables that will take the longest to cook. I add bell peppers and celery together, then snow peas and cabbage. Don’t overcook! You want the veggies to be slightly crispy at the end, and they will continue cooking.
Add in your noodles and mix well.
At the very last second, put in the green onions and bean sprouts, (if you have bean sprouts, which I don’t).
Add cooked chicken and toss everything to mix well
Pour sauce over all and mix together. Remove from heat.
Add chopped cilantro and peanuts, if you like. (Because of my peanut addiction, I can’t have peanuts in the house. Boo hoo.)
This “recipe” is very versatile. Use whatever veggies you like or have on hand. Drizzle with hot mustard, if you like a kick.
Note the fried won tons in the photo. I discovered them, leftover, in my freezer. Since Bill had just vacuumed the house, I decided to treat him (I only had one, I swear!).
If you’d like to learn how to make your own won tons, click here. I serve them with Mae Ploy Sweet Chilli Sauce (in the Asian Foods Aisle).
If you’d like a little salad, just shred some of the Nappa Cabbage, slice some red peppers, green onions and cilantro (all the stuff in the Lo Mein) and serve with this Sweet Chilli Dressing.
Enjoy! Happy New Year!