Monday, April 27, 2009

Dinner tonight

There's something cathartic about cooking a good meal. It's even better when it's good.....wait for it....and healthy. I'm a subscriber to Cooking Light magazine. And while its food isn't the lightest there is, it's good food. And healthy. We made the below stir-fry for dinner tonight. I wish I could serve up a plateful to everybody, because it was just that good. If you like Chinese food, please make this. You won't be sorry.

And as an aside (can you tell I'm trying to put IF on the back burner this month?), I told my husband, "Wow, I haven't had many side effects from the Clomid this month!" His response? Eye rolling. Ok, maybe I don't notice the side effects anymore, because I've been taking it for 4 cycles now, and perhaps I should just label myself Permanent Bitch. Oh boy.

U/S on Wednesday morning. If all looks good, IUI on Thursday afternoon.

Chicken, Cashew, and Red Pepper Stir Fry

3 3/4 tsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp dry sherry
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
3/4 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp tabasco
1 lb chicken breast, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup (or more if you love cashews like I do) cashews
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 cups julienne cut red bell pepper (one large)
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
3 Tbsp thinly sliced green onions

Combine 1 tsp cornstarch, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, and the next 4 ingredients (through hot pepper sauce) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.

Comine remaining 2 3/4 tsp cornstarch, remaining 1 Tbsp soy sauce and chicken in a medium bowl; toss well to coat.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add cashews to pan; cook 3 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring frequently. Remove from pan.

Add oil to pan, swirling to coat. Ad chicken mixture to pan; saute 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan; place in a bowl. Add bell pepper to pan; saute 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and ginger; cook 30 seconds. Add chicken and cornstarch mixture to pan; cook 1 minute or until sauce is slightly thick. Sprinkle with cashews and green onions. Yield: 4 servings (one cup/serving).

KCal: 325
Fat: 16 grams
Protein: 30 grams
Carb 13.5 grams
Fiber 2 grams

Serve with Rice--after preparing rice, add 2 Tbsp chopped water chestnuts, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Top with the stir fry and enjoy!!!


jenn said...

Hey! thanks for the comment. That stir fry sounds so good! I'm going to have to try it. Love the Cooking Light and Tatse of Home mags. Clomid made me a B**** of epic proportions also. My husband still looks back at that with fear. lol

S said...

Sounds delicious. Did your husband eat this culinary masterpiece with you?

My hubby won't eat anything that has veggies in it. LOL

Erika said...

Sounds delicious! I'm trying to talk my husband into cooking it for dinner tonight (he's the cook at our house).

Clomid is awful... I think that's one reason why we're so afraid of trying again.

just me said...

I get cooking light too, and thought that recipe sounded good....glad to hear it does, we'll have to try it!

Barefoot said...

That stir-fry sounds amazing! Totally smiling at the Clomid side-effects comment -- we had a very similar exchange in my house during Clomid and Lupron.;)

Lucky Jones said...

yumm, this sounds delish...

My 'roid was on the outside, but displacing my uterus right where an embryo would implant... hmmmm

Best When Used By said...

I don't feel too sorry for the spouses. They stand on the outside, watching the show. We have to take the needles, the blood draws the U/S wands, the stirrup humiliation, the emotional rollercoasters and a cocktail of medications. And they complain?

That wasn't too b*tchy, was it?

Hey, thanks for commenting on my blog post about my evil SIL and my TV addiction. I'm glad to hear I have a comrade! About 20 minutes after posting it I felt sort of guilty about bashing her so I'm deleting the post. But I wanted to thank you for backing me up.

Best When Used By said...

It's me again. Wow, I went back to delete my Evil sil post and there were already 2 more comments.

You guys are making me laugh (and not feel like an evil b*itch myself), so I'm going to leave the post least for a few days.

Thanks again.

WiseGuy said...


I don't have the cooking gene though...all the very best for the IUI!!!

Fat Chick said...

Hey, sounds delish!


Anonymous said...

i love my cooking light! really excited to try some of the recipes from this month!! :)

Best When Used By said...

BTW, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that your IUI happens on Thursday.

Positive thoughts and a package of cookies, from me to you!