The Role of Food is Important to Family and HealthI'll get to the food in a minute, but first I wanted to share some thoughts. I've learned over the past couple of months the importance that the role of food has in family and health. No, this isn't a lecture to eat healthy, just a little something, I feel, is important that I learned.
Things were going smoothly with our non-diet up until about 2 weeks ago when we decided to say screw it and start junking it up. With higher grocery prices, we've resorted to a more traditional and boring menu, which has not satisfied our desires for exciting flavors and new tastes. With our cravings and food interests unmet, we've temporary lapsed into a junk food binge, which I'm happy to say is over.
It's good to say that we're back on track, back on the wagon of healthy eating, but while no irreversible damage was done there were certainly some harsh consequences and we're still in damage control mode.
- on-the-go or fast-food type meals leads to less family dinners, which has led to
- more eating in front of the television as well
- small amount of weight gained back, which isn't too bad. What's worse is:
- no weight loss. Think of it as an opportunity cost where we could have been losing weight this whole time. But now,
- our bodies have to reverse course and recondition themselves into a weight loss mode. Other consequences include
- generally feeling like crap because we're full of sugar and fat instead of good stuff
- IBS symptoms showing their butt again
Polynesian Pineapple Chicken
The flavor was very mild, as in not too acidic or sharp like often citrus stir fry dishes can be. The dressing and pineapple adds a tang, but it's nothing too over-powering. I find that if these kinds of stir fry dishes do end up too acidic or sour then eating them with rice helps to balance some of that out.
Polynesian Pineapple Chicken Recipe
This recipe comes from Stir It Up: Super Skillet Cookbook, which is a WeightWatchers book that had so many good recipes in it when I was flipping through it that I had to
For the dressing:
1/3 C ketchup
3 T reduced sodium soy sauce
3 T sugar
2 T rice vinegar (note: not rice wine vinegar)
1 T cornstarch
Combine all ingredients. Be sure to mix it up again before adding it to the pan to make sure the cornstarch hasn't clumped up.
For the stir fry:
3 T oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes (I just used 2 breasts and cut them into small strips)
2 carrots, thinly sliced (I'll try to learn julienne for next time)
1 T fresh ginger, minced and peeled
1/2 lb fresh snow peas, trimmed
1/4 C sliced almonds
1 8 oz. can pineapple chunks in juice, drained
Heat 2 T of the oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken - remove chicken to a plate after chicken has been cooked through.
Heat 1 T oil and add carrots and ginger. Cook, stirring, until carrots soften, about 2 min. Stir in snow peas, almonds, water chestnuts, pineapple and chicken. Cook until snow peas are crisp-tender, about 3-4 min. Add dressing, bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly until thickened, about 1 min.
Back on the healthy eating wagon - and this kind of dish is perfect for summer! Hope you all enjoyed and I hope to see you all back.