the month of greyness & dieting. blah.
i've often thought if my birthday weren't in january, i'd be depressed all month.
not that i'm being dramatic or anything.
i did do some sit-ups to ring in the new year. i've been meaning to start a sit-up routine for approximately 17 years. no joke.
i have 2 "here's to a happier january" tips for you.
1. light some candles...
|(& a glass of wine doesn't hurt)|
2. make this chinese chicken salad for dinner (it's light, but yummo)...
chinese chicken salad...
4 md garlic cloves, minced
1/3 c. olive oil
1 c bread crumbs
1 c grated parmesan
1 lb bnlss/sknlss chicken breasts, cut into smaller lengths**
salad mix (i like the heb herb blend)
green onions, chopped (optional)
small can of mandarin oranges, drained
head of broccoli, chopped into bitesized pieces
1 pkg Ramen noodles, broken into small pieces
sesame seeds (optional)
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c red wine vinegar
1/2 c olive oil
3T soy sauce
preheat oven to 425.
combine olive oil & garlic in small sauce pan. warm to blend flavors well.
combine parmesan & breadcrumbs in shallow bowl.
dip chicken in garlic/oil mixture, then bread crumb/parmesan & place in shallow baking pan. leave at least an inch between chicken pieces.
bake about 30 mins. you want the chicken to be crunchy. allow to cool a bit.
combine lettuce, green onions, broccoli, & mandarin oranges in a bowl. set aside (okay, actually i just arrange each individual plate, but this is if you want to be all fancy.)
melt butter in saute pan over md high heat. add ramen, almonds, & sesame seeds. you'll want to watch these because you want them to brown/toast, but not burn. stir occasionally. once browned, allow to cool, then add to salad mixture.
combine sugar, vinegar, oil, & soy sauce. the best way to do this is in a mason jar, or something like it - just put the lid on & shake. you can also wisk it in a bowl.
top salad with chicken pieces & add dressing to taste (recipe probably makes more than you'll need).
**think chicken tenders. also, the smaller you cut the chicken, the more crunchy topping you'll be able to use. i like them on the smaller side because i like the most topping.
if you make this, let me know. i'd love to hear what you think. also, if you have any light recipes you think i should try, post & send me a link. light-ish recipes work, too :)