Baked General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

A perfect night in for me is ordering some Chinese food, grabbing a bottle of wine, and watching a great movie (usually a chick-flick).  So last weekend, we ordered 50 Shades of Grey (the hubby was not impressed) and got a nice bottle of wine.  I decided I wanted to try this Low-fat General Tso’s recipe I had been eyeing on pinterest and was so impressed with how it came out. I was, however, missing Also, you absolutely have to try the Organic Jasmine rice from Trader Joe’s.  I decided taking on the chicken recipe was enough so I took a shortcut and got this rice and it is seriously the most delicious sticky white rice and is ready in 3 minutes.   The movie, on the other hand, was just okay.  In my opinion, the books are 100x times better.

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Ingredients
2 -3 pounds boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut in strips
1 egg + 2 tbsp water whisked together to make an egg wash
1 cup flour
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt

For the Sauce
1 cup sugar
¼ cup water
4 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp rice wine vinegar (white wine vinegar is fine in a pinch)
2 tbsp toasted sesame seed oil
2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp hot crushed chilli paste or sauce (use more or less to taste if you don’t like it very hot)
3 cloves minced garlic
3 tbsp freshly grated ginger
¼ cup water
2 tsp corn starch

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Instructions
Combine the 1 cup flour, ½ tsp black pepper, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, 3 tbsp ground ginger, 1 tsp salt.  Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, then dip them in the egg wash to dredge them in the flour mixture.  Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and lightly drizzle or the tops with a little more olive oil.  Bake at 425 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Flip the pieces at half way through the cooking time.
To make the sauce, while the chicken is baking, prepare your sauce. Don’t walk away from this sauce; it gets very hot when making the caramel base and can burn easily so pay careful attention while cooking it.
In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ¼ cup water, toasted sesame seed oil, paprika, chilli paste or sauce, tsp salt, corn starch, cloves minced garlic and freshly grated ginger. Set this mixture aside.
In a medium saucepan or wok, boil together the 1 cup of sugar and ¼ cup of water.
Boil this over medium heat, watching constantly until the caramel starts to turn a light amber color and you can begin to smell the caramel. Do not stir. When it reaches this stage, give the other ingredients in the bowl a quick stir to make sure the corn starch is dissolved then add it all at once to the hot caramel. (Careful: This mixture is very hot and will release a lot of steam at this point!)  Be careful at this stage because this sauce can foam up considerably for a few seconds and it is very hot. Simmer for only few minutes and remove from the heat and allow to cool down slightly.  Toss the sauce with the cooked chicken pieces and serve over plain steamed rice or Chinese noodles.  Recipe from Rock Recipes.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here through Sunday and per usual, does not disappoint. The clarisonic brush (which I highly recommend) has an awesome deal with free gifts. Also, fall is around the corner so boots and booties are the perfect late-summer investment. Here are my picks. Happy shopping!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Kate Spade Mother of Pearl bracelet watch: $160 (after sale $250)

Steve Madden aztec jacket: $100 (normally $150)

Sorel Wedge waterproof boots: $174 (normally $260)

Sister Jane crop set: $59 ( after sale $98)

TOMS Desert Wedge booties: $119 ($78 after sale)

“Left-overs” Chicken Quesadillas

As a new mom, it is almost impossible to have time to cook dinner every night, let alone eat dinner.  I find myself trying recipes that are quick and take more shortcuts than ever.  I bought a chicken rotisserie breast and made some roasted potatoes and asparagus for a side which was the perfect wholesome and easy meal.  I had some leftover chicken breast and definitely did not want to waste it so I looked in the fridge and threw together some ingredients to make the perfect left-over dinner, Chicken Quesadillas.  You can make this with chicken, steak, vegetarian.. basically whatever leftovers you have.  I do not have a quesadilla-maker but I do have a panini press which worked out perfectly.

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Ingredients (can vary based on what left-overs you have)

  • left-over chicken cut into small squares
  • cheddar cheese
  • salsa
  • sour scream
  • avocado sliced thin
  • large wraps

Directions:

Lay wrap flat and layer chicken, cheese, avocado, salsa and sour cream on one half.  Fold wrap to close over all ingredients.  Put in panini press for about 3 minutes until all ingredients are hot.  If you do not have a panina press, simply fry on pan for 3 minutes each side. Enjoy!

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Low-fat Starbucks-inspired Strawberry Frappuccino

The other day I was craving a Frappuccino badly but being 8 weeks post-partum, I really am trying to watch my calories. At Starbucks, the strawberries & creme Frappuccino is 15g of fat & 54 sugars. I am all for treating myself but would rather save the calories for a glass of wine (or 2) or an icecream sundae! Then I realized, I have strawberries and a Vitamix and I conquered a low-fat Starbucks-inspired version on my own. This version is 80 calories, 8 g sugar, and 5 g fat.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic frozen strawberries (you can use fresh but I like frozen to keep smoothie cold)
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoon organic palm sugar (or sugar of your choice)
  • 3 ice cubes

Directions: In a blender, mix in strawberries, almond milk, ice and sugar on high speed.  Mix until creamy & smooth.  Pour in glass & top with light whipped cream.

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Project Organize {on a budget}

I’ll admit, I am not the most organized person. However, once I find a system that works, I find it much easier to stay organized so I got motivated and organized my beauty products and accessories with just a few bucks. I LOVE these Ikea spice racks for organization. I painted them white, hung them up in my bathroom and it is the perfect place to organize skin and hair products. These are only $3.99!

My accessories were tucked away in a drawer and I really wanted them on display so when I get dressed I can see what my options are. These space-saving hangers are perfect to hang accessories right in your closet and these are under $10.

My makeup brushes were just kind of sprawled across my counter and I remembers I cleaned out the remaining wax of a candle jar. This is the perfect way to organize makeup brushes or anything for that matter. What do you do to stay organized?

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