Eat Chinese Food without the Guilt and Gain!

I studied abroad in Beijing, China for 6 months in college after having already gained the freshman 15. After eating fried rice and dumplings on the daily for breakfast and cheap noodles out of some old couple's kitchen at least 3 days a week... I gained several pounds despite my daily visits to the local gym...and came back to the states totally craving pizza and Oreos!



Anywhoo... I know anytime I eat out at a Chinese Restaurant, or more realistically order in, I feel super bloated and the scale skyrockets the next morning. OH, YOU TOO!? Check out this video I did on WHY!





I highlight the 4 ingredients that are causing the problems, some tips on how to mitigate the uptick on the scale, and check out some new recipes for you to try at home - my favorite healthier Asian dishes! My M.O. in life is to feel good in my skin AND enjoy my favorite foods and drink!....Oh, and to help others do the same! Check out my Healthy Cookie Dough Recipe and Skinny Moscow Mule tricks in this FREE TRAINING I did, and schedule a call with me to roadmap your success plan!

THE RECIPES YOU WANT...


1) Eggroll in a Bowl


2) Cauliflower Fried Rice




3) Low Carb Asian Noodle Bowl





4) Teriyaki Salmon Bites

Coated in a flavorful homemade teriyaki glaze and seasoned with sesame seeds and scallions, these delicious Teriyaki Salmon Bites are a total crowd pleaser.


Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 1 hr 15 mins Servings 6 servings Calories 147 cal

Ingredients ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 Tbsp. water 1 thin slice fresh ginger, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 Tbsp. raw honey 1 lb. raw salmon, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 1 tsp. sesame seeds 1 green onion, thinly sliced (for garnish; optional)


Instructions

Combine soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic, and honey in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.

Add salmon; toss gently to coat. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 1 hour.

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Place salmon in an even layer in saucepan; cook for 2 minutes, turn each salmon cube, cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Place salmon on a serving plate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion (if desired). Place a toothpick in each piece of salmon.


5) Spicy Eggplant





Eggplant is rich in iron, calcium, and fiber. In this recipe it gets bold flavor from garlic and chili oil.


Total Time: 1 hour 3 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: 8 min. Yield: 4 servings


Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant, sliced into ½-inch rounds, cut into ¾-inch strips (about 1½ lbs.) ¼ tsp. sea salt 1 Tbsp. sesame oil 1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped ¼ tsp. chili oil ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper 2 green onions, thinly sliced


Preparation: 1. Combine eggplant and salt in a medium bowl; toss gently to blend. Let eggplant rest for 30 to 45 minutes. 2. While eggplant rests, combine sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, chili oil, and red pepper in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside. 3. Preheat broiler on high. 4. Brush eggplant slices with oil mixture. 5. Place eggplant on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil; bake, for 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, until golden. 6. Garnish with green onions; serve immediately.


6. Healthier General Tso's Chicken



This Healthier General Tso's Chicken is made with tender chicken breast, a host of authentic aromatics and spices, and sweetened with pure maple syrup.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb. raw chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 2 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. cornstarch, divided use

  • ¼ tsp. sea salt

  • 1 tsp. sesame oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped

  • 2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth

  • 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste, no added sugar

  • 2 tsp. hoisin sauce

  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup, (or raw honey)

  • 2 Tbsp. cold water

  • 2 green onions, sliced

  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 Tbsp. dried Thai chiles (optional)


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

  3. Place chicken, 2 Tbsp. cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl; toss until well coated.

  4. Place chicken in a single layer on prepared baking sheet; bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

  5. While chicken is baking, heat oil, garlic, and ginger in large skillet over medium heat; cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

  6. Add soy sauce, broth, vinegar, tomato paste, hoisin sauce, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook for 4 to 5 minutes.

  7. Dissolve remaining 1 tsp. cornstarch in cold water; add to soy sauce mixture. Gently boil, stirring frequently, for another 3 to 4 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken.

  8. Add cooked chicken to sauce, coating thoroughly.

  9. Serve chicken sprinkled with sesame seeds, green onions, and chiles (if desired).

ENJOY MY FRIENDS!!! Let me know how it goes... jill@jillortizfitness.com

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