Friday, January 23, 2015

Recipe: Orange and Sesame Chicken. Bring a sLITE change in your life.




Ever since I've made the switch to leading a healthier lifestyle, my brain has been in an involuntary overdrive, analysing what I'm eating during any time on a given day. When I cheat, I go all out. But other than that I am mostly eating a high protein and fat diet along with smart carbs. What are smart carbs, you ask? Well, just eating smartly. For example, I load on carbs within 30 minutes of finishing a mean workout at the gym. I'll be explaining this in greater detail in the forthcoming blog posts.

One other important detail I have been consciously looking at is the amount of Sodium I consume on a daily basis. Most of the packaged food we eat today is loaded with Sodium and that isn't good for our body. For example, a small packet of chips contains approximately 150 calories per serving but the quantities of Sodium and Carbs, especially the ones derived from Sugar, is quite alarming. The added disadvantage of Sodium rich foods promoting water retention just makes matters worse (AKA- can't-pose-for-a-selfie-coz-my-face-looks-bloated syndrome).

I have been trying to make a conscious effort in trying to cook my own meals these days. At least I can control the amount of how much of what goes into what I am cooking. I have made the switch from normal salt to a low sodium salt and even so, I try limiting my salt intake as well. 

This healthy eating spree begins the series of some healthy recipes I cook, from my kitchen to yours :)

Orange and Sesame Chicken.

Ingredients:

200 gm Chicken cut into medium small pieces
Tata Salt Lite (low Sodium)
Pepper
1/4 C fresh Orange Juice (I recommend fresh, but you can use bottled juice as well)
some Orange Zest
1 tsp Vinegar
1 tsp Soy
1 tsp Demarara Sugar
1 tsp Garlic minced
1 tsp Ginger minced
1 tsp Corn Starch
1/4 C Cold Water. 
2 Tbsp Oil
Sesame Seeds, toasted.

Method:

Heat up a flat pan on medium high flame. Add Oil.
Coat and massage the Chicken pieces with Salt and Pepper.
Add to the Oil and sear on all sides. Keep turning. About 5 minutes. 
In the mean while. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl, except water and corn starch. Mix the corn starch and water separately in another bowl. 
After the chicken is golden, Pour both mixtures to the chicken and stir well. Reduce heat to low and let it go for 7 minutes more. Stir occasionally. 
Garnish with toasted Sesame seeds and serve warm (not piping hot) over rice/brown rice! As for me, I ate it as is :)

Do let me know how it turned out for you!

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