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Today has been a very blah day for me, nothing particular just a lot on my mind. So when I went to gather ingredients for to make dinner, I had no idea where the recipe was. I thought I had torn it from a magazine but I looked through the latest stack, then I glanced in my files. recipes

Yes the picture you see is files and files of recipes. Please before you think how organized I am, the entire middle section is just stacks of torn out recipes and copies, and there is a plastic storage container full in the closet. It is a bit shameful, but I could have worse addictions. Well after spending way to long looking, I remembered the recipe I was searching for was on Pinterest. Good gosh, a mind must be a terrible thing to lose.

Once again water was the drink of choice today; and yes I still want that Diet Coke from McDonalds. If you are wondering I do not drink diet coke from a can or bottle, fountain only and 99% from McDonalds. Their fountain drinks go through an internal reverse osmosis system which makes them more “sparkly” and fresh. I can taste it now. Take this as free insider trading information, McDonalds stocks should plummet any day so SELL! If you wind up in prison like Martha I will bring you fresh lemons and maybe you will score a nice knitted poncho. (For anyone who has a question look on your face, supposedly the only thing she missed while in prison was fresh lemons and one of her cell mates knitted her a poncho she wore when she was released.)

When I found the elusive recipe, I pulled the jar of hoisin sauce from the refrigerator and looked at the ingredients. Seriously, it is laced; 2 tablespoons contained 13 grams of sugar and I needed a ½ cup which would be 52 grams of sugar. Many health gurus suggest only 10 grams per day. So once again, plans changed thanks to sugar. I did however find a recipe to make my own, without added sugar.

Sticky Asian Chicken Spaghetti

This is a perfectly healthy and yummy meal from the Noble Pig website. It makes very little sauce and you will not think there will be enough but it is very flavorful and is plenty. Also next time I will cook half the amount of spaghetti recommended.

 1 lb chicken tenderloins cut into bite-sized pieces

1/2 cup hoisin sauce

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

1 Tablespoon vodka*

1 Tablespoon Mirin

1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger (not chopped)

1 clove garlic, minced

2 cups broccoli, blanched or steamed (small florets)

12 oz spaghetti (uncooked)

  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, hoisin, soy sauce, vodka, Mirin, toasted sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare broccoli (you don’t want this mushy so be mindful not to overcook) and spaghetti. Keep warm.
  • In a large skillet, over medium-low heat, add chicken to the pan using a slotted spoon. Allow the marinade to drip through the slotted spoon back into bowl, reserving it for later use. I cooked the chicken in two batches, carefully turning each piece and evenly spacing them out to get the desired brownness; about 3-4 minutes.
  • While the last of the chicken is cooking pour the reserved marinade into a small saucepan (you will not have a lot, but it will be enough). Bring to a boil and simmer over heat for 5 minutes.
  • Stir cooked, reserved marinade into spaghetti noodles and top each serving with chicken, broccoli.4 Tab. soy sauce1 Tab. honey1/8 tsp garlic powder20 drops hot sauce
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. white vinegar
  • 2 Tab. natural no sugar added creamy peanut butter
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Mix all together. Will take some time with the peanut butter but it does come together. I used it all in the recipe above.

A whole lot of water and Metamucil.

229 days and 26.52 pounds to Disney Food & Wine


About rosestancil

I am your average 50+-year-old who woke up one morning wondering how and where the extra 30 pounds suddenly appeared came from. I am a Mom to two grown children, an Environmental Engineer (go Clemson Tigers), and a farm girl. I was raised on a green onion and collard farm in what was then rural Lexington County, SC. I still live on a part of the farm and hope to stay there. I have had a subscription newsletter, Green Onion & Collards for several years. I published recipes using seasonal local foods. I became a bit overwhelmed at the responses (I know, this should have been a good thing right?) and stopped it about a year ago. Some of the recipes I post will be from the newsletter. I will not count calories or eat lettuce. Girl gotta eat. I also will not give up good craft beer and wine, I will watch my portion size however. I intend to cook healthy, full of flavor foods, which will allow me to eat more, exercise at least 4 times a week (no gym or gym contracts), reduce and try to eliminate processed foods, and have snacks handy. I am a work in progress and will always be. If I am crazy enough to post my weekly weight, you need to be crazy enough to tag along on this journey.
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