Try Vietnamese stir-fry for a change
A Daikon or white radish is used in the dish. It can be found in some supermarkets. As a substitute, regular radishes work well.
To speed up cooking in a wok, place all of the ingredients on a plate or cutting board in the order of use. You won't have to look back at the recipe to see what goes in next.
- Make sure the wok or skillet is very hot before adding the ingredients. The oil should be smoking.
- Slice vegetables in a food processor fitted with a thin-slicing blade.
- Dried Chinese noodles or angel hair pasta can be used instead of the steamed Chinese noodles.
For the sauce:
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium, soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce (nuoc mam)
- 1 1/2-tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch strips
- 1/2 cup sliced onion
- 1/2 cup sliced carrot
- 1/2 cup peeled, sliced daikon (white) radish
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/2 medium tomato, cut into 6 wedges
Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and stir-fry 2 minutes. Remove from the wok to a bowl. Add the onion, carrot, radish and garlic to the wok. Stir-fry 2 minutes. Add the tomato and return the chicken to the wok. Stir the sauce and add to the wok. Stir fry for 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Remove to a bowl. Following the recipe below, stir-fry noodles in same wok. Makes 2 servings.
Per serving: 370 calories (22 percent from fat), 9.2 g fat (1.7 g saturated, 3.0 g monounsaturated), 126 mg cholesterol, 40.7 g protein, 29.3 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g fiber, 1077 mg sodium.
- 1/4 pound Chinese steamed egg noodles
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Per serving: 239 calories (18 percent from fat), 4.8 g fat (1.0 g saturated, 1.6 g monounsaturated), 48 mg cholesterol, 8.1 g protein, 40.6 g carbohydrates, 1.9 g fiber, 12 mg sodium.
Linda Gassenheimer is the author, most recently, of "Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table." Her website is dinnerinminutes.com. Follow her on Twitter @lgassenheimer.
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