Christmas is over and, after a few weeks spent in the West Coast and a couple previous trips to Spain, I need to shed a few pounds. So the following recipes will be as light and easy as I can make them without falling into a sad, boring and flavorless diet. I will probably include some ingredients like cheese and bacon in moderate amounts and will try to avoid carbs as much as possible. I hope they can help you get through January and even February eating healthy but happily. Let us start with this super tasty chicken breast, marinated (for at least 1 hour, recommended 4) in orange juice. Full of flavor, with a great contrast of colors and textures, ready in 20 minutes and, best of all, low in calories.
4 boneless chicken breasts
½ pineapple (3 cups peeled and chopped pineapple)
1 red pepper (sliced)
1 sweet onion
1 cup snow pea beans (sliced)
¼ cup ginger (peeled and finely chopped)
¼ cup soy sauce
2 garlic cloves
2 green onions
2 tbsps. peanuts (optional)
salt, olive oil, red pepper flakes
STEP 1.- Juice the oranges. Dice the chicken breasts and chop the garlic. Mix the ginger, soy, juice and garlic and marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour. You can add some of the orange peel for extra flavor.
STEP 2.- Rinse the chicken, reserving the liquid. Sauté with 1 tbsp. EVOO over high heat, until starts browning. Reserve.
STEP 3.- In the same pan, add ½ tbsp. EVOO and sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat. Add the pepper, the snow pea beans and the pineapple. Cook for a couple minutes and add the chicken and the reserved liquid. Let simmer over medium-low heat another 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (it will depend on the size of the chicken dices). Taste and add salt only if necessary.
STEP 4.- Finely chop the green onions and peanuts. Use a plating ring and place the chicken over some white rice (optional). Garnish with the green onions and peanuts and some chili flakes.
-I prepared some white rice with sesame in the rice cooker to accompany this chicken , and added it to this recipe to make a nutritionally complete meal, but I would skip it when trying to lose weight.