CHICKEN CHOP SUEY.

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Chicken Chop Suey.
It’s easy to make this perennial Chinese takeout favorite low-Gi. If you prefer, use a can of sliced water chestnuts instead of the bamboo shoots.

450g chicken breast.
2 tsp olive oil.
180ml chicken stock.
2 tbsp soy sauce.
1tbsp cornflour.
4 spring onions, sliced.
1stalk celery, thinly sliced.
1carrot, thinly sliced.
450g mushrooms , sliced.
1 can sliced bamboo shoots, drained and rinsed.
1 tbsp chopped ginger.

1. Thinly slice the chicken crosswise into bite size pieces; set aside.
2. In a large non-stick frying pan or wok, heat oil over a medium heat and cook the chicken stirring constantly for about 8 minutes or until golden and no longer pink inside. Remove to a plate.
3. Add oil to frying pan and cook the onions, celery, carrot and mushrooms stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender crisp. Return chicken to frying pan.
4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the chicken stock, soy sauce and cornflour. Pour into the frying pan along with bamboo shoots and ginger and cook, stirring for about 2 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and bubbly.

Makes 4 servings.

GREEN LIGHT FOODS.

CHICKEN VEGETABLE NOODLE SOUP.

This soup is the ultimate in comfort food for adults and kids alike. For variety, try it with turkey instead of the chicken.

1tbsp olive oil
1 leek, white and light green part only, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
225g mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp freshly chopped or 1tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 pints chicken stock
3 boneless chicken breasts, diced
40g orzo pasta
1 can 410g red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
225g lightly packed shredded spinach

1. In a stockpot heat the oil over a medium heat and cook leeks for about 5 minutes or until beginning to soften. Add the celery, carrot, garlic, mushrooms, thyme, pepper and salt and cook, stirring for about 8 minutes or until the liquid evaporates from the mushrooms and starts to turn golden.
2. Add the chicken stock and bring to boil. Add chicken and orzo, and cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink inside and the pasta is al dente. Add the spinach and beans and cook until the spinach is wilted and beans are hot.

Makes 6-8 servings.

THE FAMILY TRAFFIC LIGHT DIET.

IMG_20150626_105557HEALTHY, GREEN-LIGHT RECIPES AND LIFESTYLE TIPS FOR YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY.

BREAKFAST:

GRANOLA TOPPED PEACHES.

Eating fresh fruit for breakfast gives you a healthy start to the day. In this dish, peaches are combined with granola and cottage cheese for an additional energy boost. They can be also served cold.

50g oats

30g almonds, flaked

15g all bran

6 ripe peaches

1 tbsp. soft non-hydrogenated margarine

1 tub no/low-fat cottage cheese

2 tbsp. sugar substitute

45g dried cranberries or raisins

2 tsp orange rind, grated

  1. In a non-stick frying pan, toast rolled oats and almonds over a medium heat, stirring constantly for about 8 minutes or until golden brown. Place in a bowel. Add bran cereal and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cut peaches in half horizontally and remove stone. Melt margarine in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat and place peaches cut side down and cook for about 5 minutes or until starting to soften. Remove to a plate.
  3. In a bowl, stir together the cottage cheese, sugar, cranberries and orange rind. Divide evenly among the peaches. Sprinkle with the oats mixture.

Makes 6 servings.

You can use canned peaches. Omit step 2.

Try using pears or nectarines also work well.

RED LIGHT FOODS (STOP EATING). Only if over weight.

Regular bacon

Sausages

Milk (whole)

Cheese

Yoghurt (full-fat)

Cottage cheese (full-fat)

Cream

Goats milk

All cold cereals except those listed as yellow-or-green-light

Muesli (branded)

White bread

Bagels

Baguette

Croissants

Doughnuts

Muffins

Pancakes/Waffles

Biscuits

Crispbreads (regular)

Melba toast

All dried fruits

All canned fruits in syrup

Cantaloupe melons

Watermelon
Prune juice

All sweetened juices

All fruit drinks

French fries

Hash browns

Butter

Hard margarine

Peanut butter

Tropical oils

Vegetable fat