Friday, January 2, 2015

Chicken Asparagus Stir-fry for Post Holiday Eating

Some of my favorite posts from around the interwebs this week...

That sentence needs more than a "." after it.
I shared this on FB this week and lots of friends, even in person, commented on it. 

There are Better Things to Talk About Than Other People. This quote: "There is a 100% chance that you have not fully explored the deepest places of the heart and life sitting right in front of you. Rather than engaging in conversation about someone else, choose to ask deeper questions about the hopes, dreams, and fears of the people who are present." Written almost 3 years ago, this post is definitely worth a read.

5 Questions to Ask Before Posting to Social Media Social Media is amoral. It is neither good or bad. The users, we, are the ones who decide how we are using social media. I think these questions need continually revisited. 

George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Me by Tim Challies. It was just good. 

We've gotten into stir-fry lately. It is quick and the recipes I have are chock full of vegetables. My kids are loving them. Which borderline surprises me. Normally their favorite thing at the Chinese restaurant is the Crab Cheese Rangoon.

(Also, I've noticed that healthy food tends to be rather more colorful than comfort food. I'm seeing this in all my food photography stuff. I love these sauces and chicken dishes and pasta for the Classic Comfort plan, but they tend to be white, brown, grey and yellow. Rather mono-chromatic. The color in the meal comes from the vegetables. The healthier food oozes color. Greens, yellows, reds. So pretty. Shoot for color!)

look at that vibrant green

Chicken Asparagus Stir-fry
3 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp honey
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1” pieces
2 pounds asparagus
1 Tbsp oil
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
6 green onions, chopped
2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 Tbsp sesame seeds

-In a bowl combine the soy sauce and honey. Cube the chicken and add. Toss to coat and refrigerate until ready to use.
-Trim asparagus, and cut into 1” pieces.
-In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the asparagus and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
-Thinly slice the garlic and the green onions.
-Remove chicken from the marinade and add to skillet. Sauté until nearly cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, green onions, and reserved marinade to the skillet. Saute for an additional 2 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the garlic is fragrant.
-Remove from heat and immediately stir in the oil and sesame seeds and asparagus. Serve over rice if desired, with a salad to round out your meal. You could also serve with Crab Cheese, though that kind of lowers the health factor. (snort)

Plus, stir-fry seems to be an iconic New Year's recipe. At least in my mind. Though maybe I am thinking of Chinese New Year....

So, Happy New Year!