Monday, January 30, 2012

When you're craving junk.....

Today I decided to post a recipe. When you're eating healthy and being sooo good on your diet, sometimes you may feel the need to cheat. Here is a very simple recipe that is low in fat, high in protein and will satisfy that junk food craving! I get bored eating the same thing all the time, so when I shop, of course I will stick to most of my usuals, but I will always look for something different to break up the monotony. One of my favorite recipes that I have come up with is called General Tsao's Chicken - WAIT?!?! WHAT?!?! That's what I said, people! Amazing, right?! Without further adieu - I present to you, your next dinner ;o)

Nikkie's General Tsao's Chicken and Quinoa

  • one large boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup General Tsao stir fry sauce (Trader  Joe's)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 bag of tri-color peppers (Trader Joe's)
Start by boiling the water for the quinoa (one part quinoa - one part water.) This will take longer and you want all of your food to finish at the same time :)  Once the water is boiling, add your quinoa. Reduce heat and let simmer - it will take about 30-35 minutes until it's done. I use pre-rinsed quinoa so you don't have to rinse it before hand. While the quinoa is simmering, filet your chicken breast... then cut each filet into cubes. If you feel like you need more chicken, you can use two pieces. Add chicken and peppers to frying pan. Then add your garlic. (don't forget to keep stirring the quinoa so it doesn't stick.) Cook chicken and peppers until the chicken is fully cooked. After it's cooked, add the General Tsao's sauce. Let simmer until heated. If this finishes before your quinoa, remove from heat and cover. Once the quinoa is done, add desired amount to a bowl and top with your General Tsao's chicken stir-fry.

The recipe makes about 2 1/2 - 3 servings and will be about 243 - 338 calories per serving depending on how many pieces of chicken you use. Each serving will also have less than 5 grams of fat! Amazing... I know! 

You can use rice instead of quinoa, but quinoa is healthier, and like rice - it will take on the flavor of most food. And for all of my vegan and vegetarian friends, you can also use Tofu, or a soy protein instead of chicken.

Please remember to read all the ingredients on any food that we post to make sure that you aren't allergic!

So if you can't think of anything to make for dinner, try this! If you do, don't forget to let me know what you think!

So stay focused, eat healthy, exercise and don't sweat the small stuff.

Twinspiration - 

Love and Health to all!


  1. Yum!!!!! This sounds so good Nikkie! I am going to make this for dinner tomorrow night :) This is some great information...I wonder how this would taste with fish?!

    Just kissing :)

  2. Sounds delicious, Nikkie! I just pulled some quinoa out of my cabinet this morning that I had forgotten was there. Synchronicity :-). I'll have to incorporate some of your recipe into my next quinoa meal! I usually make up my own sauces/spice combinations for things....especially since I'm gluten free and prefer to only use Himalayan salt whenever possible. Thanks for the ideas!