As the last weekend in January will be the Chinese New Year, many of us will want to celebrate it with having a Chinese Meal. But not over-indulge!
There is nothing to stop us doing this, if we know how to cook healthy meals, and this is the whole basis of my Weight Away Plans. I help people to control portions sizes and cook fresh food to enable them to eat well and with friends and family but still lose weight.
I have attached photos for the two meals below which are both healthy alternatives to rushing to the take away for a Chinese meal. They are both very easy to cook and absolutely delicious. If you want to know about eating well and healthily but still be able to lose weight then I would love you to hear from you and I am happy to send you the recipe for the soup but the Chicken Pad Thai one is below
Thai Prawn soup for around 250 calories
Chicken Pad Thai for around 375 Calories
CHICKEN PAD THAI
Serves 4 350 calories per serving
35 -40 minutes to prepare and cook
125g rice noodles
A spray of olive oil
2 garlic cloves crushed
2cm of fresh ginger
1 egg beaten
300g chicken breast
3 spring onions
½ tsp chilli flakes
125g fresh bean sprouts
2 carrots grated
3 tbsp of soy sauce
50g dry roasted peanuts
Place the noodles in a large bowl and cover them with boiling water. Leave to stand for 4 minutes then drain rinse in cold water and set aside
Spray a wok or large pan with olive oil and heat. When hot add the garlic, chopped ginger and egg. Move it around to scramble the eggs when cooked set aside
Spray the wok again with olive oil and add the chicken which should be cut into strips. Stir fry for about 8-10 minutes then add the finely chopped spring onions and chilli flakes. Stir for another couple of minutes.
Add the noodles, the grated carrots and the beansprouts but keep a few to top the dish. Cook for another few minutes then add the soy and all but 2 tablespoons of the peanuts.
Stir fry again and incorporate the egg and ginger. Serve sprinkling the remaining beansprouts and nuts on the top.