Stir fry is one of the easiest ways to get yoself a ton of veggies and protein in a decently low calorie meal that tastes like fat kid food. I'm not sure why? Maybe because takeout is usually so greasy, it seems like the fakeout stuff should be bad for you as well? Either way...I love to throw a bunch of stuff in a pan and cover it with this sauce:
I've tried a lot of sauces, and this one is only 20 calories per 2 tablespoons and has (by far) the best flavor with a little kick in the pants to boot...and you know how I like my pants kicked. I should really watch my statements like that if I don't want to get a boot to the tush in the grocery store or something. Although that would be a pretty funny story, wouldn't it?! If you can't tell, the ho hum 'tude I had yesterday has been obliterated and we are in full force of a great week in my world. And let's be honest, my world is all that matters here!
Another great find that makes your life easier than a finger snap is these little packages of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice. I love the Whole Grain or the Long Grain and Wild but there are also Asian and Mexican variations that are wonderful for different recipes...we went with Whole Grain this time to try to keep this as healthy as possible.
From here on out, you can freestyle this recipe! Plus you will only dirty one skillet...don't you love solo dish nights? I used 1 pound shrimp that I had cleaned and deveined the night before so they were ready to go, but you could use a couple chicken breasts, or even a flank steak cut into strips if you would like. Whatever takes you to Smiletown. I used:
1 cup fresh snow peas
2 cans water chestnuts, sliced
1 cup shelled edamame
2 cups fresh mushrooms
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cups chopped kale
Spray your largest skillet or wok with non-fat cooking spray and add all your veggies to begin cooking. Stir continuously for 5 minutes and add shrimp. Stir continuously for 5 minutes until shrimp are pink and cooked through. Add 6 T of the Szecuan Spicy Stirfry sauce as well as 2 bags of cooked (90 seconds in the microwave) Uncle Ben's Ready Rice (flavor of your choosing...Teriyaki would be great in this).
Dish yourself a heaping helping like I did, top with low sodium soy sauce and you've got yourself some skinny kid food that feels like fat kid food. Love when I get to feel indulgent without ruining the day's workout! Oh, and don't be fooled. I'm not cool enough to eat stir fry with chopsticks. I rock them with sushi but this stuff was shoveled in by the forkful...
I have this recipe figured at 300 calories per cup basing the portions off my My Fitness Pal account. I've been doing well using it to track my intake the last couple weeks. It's a pain sometimes but keeps me very accountable, and is easier to do with the mobile app I have on my phone. How is everyone coming on the Tuff Butt April challenge? I fell a little behind this weekend and had to finish days 7 and 9 before I allowed myself to blog for you guys...luckily day 8 was a rest day or I would've been in big trouble! That means I have to throw down days 10 and 11 tomorrow and I'll be all caught up...which may be tough with kickboxing tonight and a quick turnaround to morning power sculpt hot yoga so I can have dinner with a friends and her little ladies tomorrow night. I'll let you know if I can walk to my car after work to get to said dinner....