Dinner Time!

It’s just about 10:00 p.m. and we just finished dinner.

Pretty late for dinner, right?

With busy work schedules and yoga class, we often don’t get to sit down and eat until 9:00 p.m. Well…maybe now’s the time to admit that we actually don’t “sit down” and eat (we don’t have a table), but we do have a good setup going on the coffee table or on the arm of the couch.  It works…sort off.

Anyways, if you have a busy schedule, a healthy and easy dinner is still possible! No excuses! You just need to plan ahead.

I had about a 45 minute window between work and yoga and I was able to whip up a Spicy Hoisin Chicken Stir Fry with time to spare. I always start by getting the rice going. Tonight I used sticky rice (probably my favourite), but any type of rice works. With Stir Fry, the most important step is to prep all of your ingredients before you start cooking. When it’s time to start frying, the process is very quick and you need to be ready. This dish reheats well, so after yoga, dinner was served!

Here’s what you need for my Spicy Hoisin Stir Fry:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 or 3 Bell Peppers, cut into bite sized pieces (play around with the colours)
  • ½ of an Onion, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 can of Baby Corn, drained (one of our favourites)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tbsp of ginger, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

You can also add Mushrooms, Snow Peas, Bok Choy etc. Anything you have on hand!

Sauce:

  • 2 cups Chicken Broth (water works just as well)
  • 3 tbsp Hoisin Sauce (you can find this in the Asian section in your grocery store)
  • 1 tsp of spicy chilli sauce (also in the Asian section)
  • 1 tsp granular sugar (to balance out the spicy)
  • 2 tbsp Soya Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Corn Starch

Start by mixing all of the sauce ingredients together, making sure that the corn starch dissolves completely. 

Heat oil in a pan or wok on high, add ½ of the garlic and ginger, stir for about 5 seconds. Add chicken and stir until cooked. Remove chicken from pan. 

Heat a little more oil and add remaining garlic and ginger.  Then add the veggies. 

Be careful not to over cook the veggies, you want them to stay crisp. After about 2 minutes or so of cooking the veggies, add the chicken back into the pan with the veggies and pour over the sauce.

Simmer until sauce thickens (about 1-2 minutes) and it`s ready!

Serves 4-6 people (or two, with lunch leftovers for tomorrow)

*PLATING TIP*

Fill a bowl with rice (my bowls are square) and flip the bowl onto a plate. The rice should release easily and mould into the shape of the bowl. Garnish with chopped green onions.

Now it`s time for bed.

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2 Responses to “Dinner Time!”

  1. Dani Says:

    This looks so good, I’m going to try it out! And who sits at the table anymore… if you can eat something that looks this good and sit in front of the tv, I’m set!

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