Teriyaki Chicken & Snow Pea Stir-Fry

Teriyaki Chicken and Snow Pea Stir FryTeriyaki Chicken & Snow Pea Stir-Fry

2 tsp. Asian (dark) sesame oil

1 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into thin strips

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 (1/2 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

4 scallions, thinly sliced

1 (5 0z.) can sliced water chestnuts, drained

6 oz. snow peas, trimmed

1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

1/4 cup teriyaki sauce

Pinch red pepper flakes

2 cups hot cooked brown rice

Heat large skillet or wok over medium-high heat until drop of water sizzles in pan.  Add oil and swirl to coat skillet.

Add chicken to skillet and stir-fry until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Using slotted spoon, transfer chicken to plate.

Add garlic and ginger to skillet and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add bell pepper, scallions and water chestnuts; stir-fry 2 minutes.  Add snow peas and stir-fry until bright green.  Add broth, teriyaki sauce and red pepper flakes; stir-fry until sauce is slightly reduced, about 1 minute longer.

Return chicken to skillet and stir-fry until heated through, about 1 minute.  Serve with brown rice.

Stir-fries are one of the quickest meals you can make, but once you start cooking, there’s little time to do anything but STIR!  Prep all your ingredients and arrange them near the stove before you begin for stress-free stir-frying.

Weight Watchers, Teriyaki Chicken and Snow Pea Stir-Fry, Cook it Fast, 2014


Couscous Meatball Soup

Couscous Meatball Soup

Couscous Meatball Soup


This soup is easy, healthy, full of flavor and great for a cold day.  It’s perfect with fresh crusty bread.

           Jonathan Pace                                                  San Francisco, California


Couscous Meatball Soup Recipe

Couscous Meatball Soup

1 lb. 90% Lean Ground Beef

2 tsp. dried basil

2 tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. salt

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 tsp. canola oil

8 cups collard greens (or spinach)

8 cups chopped fresh kale

2 cartons (32 oz. each) vegetable stock

1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar

½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp. pepper

1 package (8.8 oz.) Israeli couscous

In a small bowl, combine the beef, basil, oregano and salt.  Shape into ½ inch balls.  In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown meatballs; drain.  Remove meatballs and set aside.

In the same skillet, brown onion in oil.  Add greens or spinach and kale; cook 6-7 minutes longer or until wilted.

In a Dutch oven, combine the greens mixture, meatballs, stock, vinegar, pepper flakes and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  Return to a boil.  Stir in couscous, reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until couscous is render, stirring once.            10 servings


(Recipe for Couscous Meatball Soup came from tasteofhome.com)


Lemon Chicken and Rice

Lemon Chicken and Rice

Lemon Chicken and Rice

This recipe was in the Sunday Newspaper in June, 2013.  It’s for Lemon Chicken and Rice and it’s from a local blogger.

                 Catherine Pappas                                                                            Amityville, New York


Lemon Chicken and Rice Recipe


Lemon Chicken and Rice

For the chicken:   ½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

½ tsp. red pepper flakes

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. brown sugar

1 lemon zest and juice

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast

For the sauce:   3 Tbsp. olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 lemon, zest and juice

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes

¼ to ½ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

To finish the dish:   Olive oil for sautéing

6 cups cooked white rice

Combine spices, brown sugar, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl.  Slice breast across the grain into ¼ to ½-inch slices.  Toss the chicken in the marinade and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap or transfer contents to resealable plastic bag.  Marinate, refrigerated, for one hour or up to overnight.

Sauce:  Heat half the olive oil in a small frying pan with the chopped garlic until garlic is fragrant and slightly golden.  In a small bowl combine garlic and oil with remaining sauce ingredients.

Finishing: Film a large (10 to 12 inch) skillet with olive oil over medium heat.  Sauté chicken slices until golden and cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side depending on thickness.  Do not crowd the pan; work in batches, adding more oil as needed.

Arrange the cooked chicken on top of the white rice.  Drizzle on the sauce and serve.     4-6 servings


(Recipe for Lemon Chicken and Rice was in Newsday, Sunday, June 16, 2013; by Catherine Pappas)