Saturday, September 6, 2008

Easy Lunch: Chicken Stir-Fry in Cabbage Cups

I'm totally lazy when it comes to cooking meals, so I tend to eat a lot of quick stir-frys made with frozen vegetables and chicken or steak you can buy already pre-cooked. Heat some oil in a skillet, throw in the veggies and meat, add some garlic powder, a few red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, and maybe a little bit of soy sauce, and that's it. It's not gourmet, but it's really quick, easy, and yummy. And, depending on which frozen vegetable mix I use (I usually allow some carrots and a few peas despite their starchiness), a big serving is always less than 10 carbs.

I was in the mood for one of these easy stir-frys the other day when I remembered I had a head of cabbage in the fridge. It only added a couple of extra minutes to my "ccoking" time to wash and half the cabbage, remove the flimsy leaves, and find some nice, firm bowl-shaped leaves in the center perfect for filling up with my chicken and veggies.


The result was a deliciously crisp lunch I could hold in my hand and munch on while I watched TV. I kept a fork handy in case of spillage, but it turns out I didn't even need it.


I use Oscar Meyer's Grilled Chicken Breast Strips, by the way, and I dice it up to make it easier to eat. The Oscar Meyer is much more tender than Tyson's version, which always seems kind of slimy and unappetizing to me. I like Tyson's pre-cooked steak strips just fine, though.


outdoorgriller said...

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plumpdumpling said...

Hey, thanks for reminding me about those stir-frys. My co-worker Nik who works out 2.5 hours every day told me that he's read everywhere that if you're going to eat carbs, you eat them earlier in the day and cut them out almost completely at dinner, but it's just so easy for me to grab Subway when Kamran's not around. I can totally get those, though, and I'm sure he'd be happy to have my leftovers when he gets home.

Tracey said...

Hey, yeah. There was a celebrity who was on a talk show recently talking about his weight-loss, and when he was explaining his diet, he says he stops eating carbs after 2pm. I think it might have been Steve Harvey, and if that's true, I think it was on Tyra, but I'm a little embarrassed to admit to having watched that.

Eating that way kind of reminds me of the Carbohydrate Addict's diet in that you're just cutting down on the amount of time each day you spend raising your blood sugar. It makes sense to me.