Dinner: Homemade Chicken Chow Mein!


For the past few weeks I have dying for some Chicken Chow Mein.  I figured instead of being tempted by all the foods that I used to love at my local Chinese restaurant that I was going to give a try in making my own homemade chicken chow mein for the first time.  Then again since I’ve been getting more and more into cooking, I enjoy trying to make dishes which are “foreign” to me and out of my normal comfort zone.
I was surprised with how simple this really was and how delicious it tuned out.  I actually ended up using rotisserie chicken meat for my chicken because I didn’t want to boil chicken/bake it/ etc.  I looked up how to make chow mein on allrecipes.com and kind of winged my vegetables and the measurements of my liquids.
I put 2 tablespoons of margarine in the bottom of a pan and put in my sliced onions, minced garlic, celery and red peppers.  I seasoned my veggies with black pepper, a dash of sea salt, ground ginger, and garlic powder.  I put them into the pan and let them sweat out, but I didn’t allow them to cook all the way ‘til they were soft.  I then added in my mushrooms and fresh bean sprouts.  I let them cook for a few minutes so the bean sprouts were more pliable.  I then put in some canned drained baby corn, water chestnuts and sliced bamboo shoots.  I then added in 3 ½ cups of fat free low sodium chicken broth and 1/3 cup water.  I mixed to combine, and then added in 1/4c low sodium soy sauce.  When all set I then took my chopped rotisserie chicken and added that in and stirred in.  I let it heat and added in some cornstarch to thicken.  Once everything was nice and hot (my chicken was cold since I cut it up the night before) I served with the hard chow mein noodles on top of the mixture.
I served with plain white rice and since I didn’t feel like making eggrolls, I took out a pack of Lean Cuisine Garlic Chicken Spring Rolls and microwaved them per package instruction and served.
Overall the meal was absolutely delicious!  The chow mein wasn’t as thick as it generally is at restaurants, but I didn’t want to overkill with the cornstarch – but I didn’t mind the consistency, I actually find I enjoy it more.  Better yet, it definitely cured the Chinese food bug.

the master bagel breakfast sandwich

Isn’t it a beaut? It was delicious as well. My boyfriend bought a bag of bagels at the market and I’d been wanting one. I used to have this immense love for bagels but since they’re so carby they always send me down the wrong path — which generally is hand in hand with a carb overloaded day. I had my meals for the day but was still hungry. To curb my hunger, protein always does it for me. I looked over at my boyfriend and asked if I made a breakfast sandwich on a bagel, would he eat half with me? He said yes (bless him – then again my mere mentioning it made his eyes widen).

I learned a trick from my local mom & pop coffee shop. They make breakfast sandwiches (and I say hands down the best ‘fast food’ variety) because they use all fresh ingredients. Real eggs, cheese and frozen sausage or pre-cooked REAL bacon (not that microwavable crap). I do the same thing at home now and it makes making breakfast a breeze, especially when I don’t feel like getting out pans, etc.

All you do is spray a microwave safe bowl (plastic or glass — but be aware the glass is going to get very hot to the touch) with cooking spray (i.e. Pam). Crack your egg into it, whisk and add your salt and pepper. In the photo I used eggbeaters. You then drop a frozen sausage patty right into the center of the egg to let the egg form a cocoon of sorts around the meat. I used a plastic bowl that was the same size of the bagel, so as my eggbeaters started cooking (they’re primarily colored eggwhites) they started poofing up which is why the egg looks completely massive. If you are using a regular egg and sausage you cook for a muinute, check and cook for another 30 seconds. With this, I have to cook it 2 minutes, check and cook another minute because the eggbeaters just take a little more. Typically I’d throw a slice of cheese on this BUT the BF doesn’t like cheese so it was dismissed. But that’s fine because this was fantastic and quite yummy!

If you follow Weight Watchers PointsPlus program this would run you 9 points+, but since I had half, it was 5 points+.

Do you make bagel sandwiches at home?


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