Tuesday, May 18, 2010

to quote Rachael Ray...

THIS is what's for dinner tonight!

... or, last night actually. But either way... :)

So, spoiler alert: I'm not going to blog about crafting today. I'm going to blog about another love of mine: food; and something I know many people struggle with: maintaining a healthy relationship with food. I've been struggling with my weight since about 2003. Actually, struggling is a bit of a euphemism. More like steadily gaining weight since 2003 (not a great slogan). I've mostly managed to stay healthy, but recently my doctor finally managed to convince me that I need to put a little more effort into dropping a few pounds. So I started Weight Watchers on Wednesday... for the second time (I tried it for about a month last summer). My biggest complaint with the program is that the easiest way to follow it is by eating foods with nutrition labels. And meals that come with nutrition labels are not terribly healthy. So I've been checking cookbooks out of the library and looking at blogs that have recipes with the WW Points (r) value already calculated. I made the first of these recipes last night and it was so yummy! So I thought I'd share...

Moo Shu Chicken Wraps
(adapted from http://ww-recipes.net)

Serves 4

2-3 chicken breasts
8 oz. bagged coleslaw mix
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
4 flour tortillas

1. Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. (You want to choose a pot that all your chicken breasts will fit in comfortably.) Add raw chicken to boiling water, reduce heat, and allow to simmer until the chicken is opaque in the center. Remove chicken from water and shred with 2 forks. Measure 2 cups of chicken.
2. Heat the vegetable oil  in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add coleslaw mix to skillet and allow to cook until the cabbage becomes slightly tender.
4. Add the chicken to the cabbage and heat through.
5. Add the soy sauce and hoisin, and stir until all of the cabbage and chicken is coated thoroughly.

6. Heat a tortilla in the microwave for 30 seconds. Fill your tortilla with 1/4 of the moo shu mixture, and wrap it up. Yum!


Nutritional information (one serving):
WW points: 7
Calories: 304
Total fat: 14.1 g
Cholesterol: 52 mg
Sodium: 634 mg
Total carbs: 22.4 g
Dietary fiber: 2.5 g
Protein: 21.6 g

Whether you're watching your weight or not, you should really try this recipe! It tastes exactly like your favorite Chinese takeout moo shu, but you made it so you know everything that went into it and there are no questionable chemicals! One serving with a side salad is definitely enough, but if you're into slightly larger portions, this could be a meal for two. Give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

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