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Chicken Fried Rice

Posted in Cooking, Dinner, Food, Home Cooked Food, recipe with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2009 by helenphillips

This is a wonderful dish – it sounds bad (but isn’t) and tastes delicious. According to the Food Focus website, it’s 422 calories per portion, with 6g of fat, 64g of Carbs, and 26g of Protein – I wasn’t very strict about weighing stuff (maybe that’s part of the problem), but having gone back through the ingredients, I’d say it’s pretty close.

So, the ingredients (per person):

  • 1 chicken thigh (skin and bone removed if necessary, and chopped into small chunks)
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 large spring onions, chopped
  • 50g mushrooms, sliced
  • 90g bean sprouts
  • Tablespoon of Soy Sauce (I use reduced salt)

The rest is easy.

Use the stock to cook the rice, adding more water if required. I find that 2 portions takes around 10 minutes, so adjust time accordingly.  Do this first to ensure that it’s ready in time – it doesn’t matter if it goes cold as it will be added to the rest of the dish later.

Brown the chicken pieces (I find that by using a non-stick pan there’s no need to use any oil). Next add the mushrooms, spring onions and red peppers. Fry until soft (around 10 minutes), giving it the occasional stir. Finally stir in the bean sprouts, rice and soy sauce. Cook for another 5 minutes until the remaining ingredients are warm right through, then serve.

Shovel down with spoons in the smug knowledge that it’s much better than the pizza you had last night.


Gone too long

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2009 by helenphillips

I’ve sorely neglected ‘Hel’s Kitchen’ this year, but it was still a shock when I realised exactly how long it had been since I last posted an entry. It’s been an odd year, and my current kitchen doesn’t fill me with inspiration. Still, it’s about time I started writing again. WordPress has a few more gizmos since I was last here, so it may mean a few changes to the blog appearance. I may also write about other stuff that’s not food, hence the slight change to the tag line.

I started kickboxing about 4 months ago – today was my first grading. The meanies didn’t tell us whether we had passed, so that’s news still to come. It’s meant some gradual improvements to my shape, but no weight lost despite the masses of calories it burns. So, I can only conclude my diet needs significant improvement! I have an interest in low GI recipes, so that may reflect in the upcoming posts – in fact, the next one planned is the Chicken Fried Rice we had for dinner tonight. Yesterday I discovered the Food Focus website, that allows me to keep a food diary and track of calories – for free!

So, here’s to (another) fresh start!