My husband diagnosed me with a disease. Yes you heard me right. I have been suffering from one condition from the beginning of Holiday Season.
Symptoms: Patient suffering from non-stop chewing and grinding in the mouth, in total food-loving-mode, never says “no” to anything offered on the plate, can always be found in grocery store shopping for candies, chips and chocolates.
Diagnosis: Holiday Non-Stop Eating Syndrome
I know many of you reading this post is also suffering from this syndrome. So better don’t laugh any further.
There were (and still) cookies, layers of soft cakes tugged in-between delicious whipping cream, roasted nuts, warm apply cider, mulled wine and steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows in every party I am attending. It is the last week of the year and it’s the time to dream big and start the new year with the hope to have a memorable one. There has been a lot of over eating for the last one week. Few generous souls brought cheese cake and pie to work and I end up eating one after the other.
Christmas is the season to indulge, be it with food or shopping or gifting other. It is the month to be generous in everything we do. Yes, doesn’t it feel great to receive gifts. The day after Christmas is the best time to shop as most stuffs were on great sales . I gifted myself a pair of DSW boots which I had been eyeing for the last few weeks. I got a great discount on that. What did you gift your loved ones? I bought Sweaters for my husband and lots of toys and apps for my son. He loves his Ipad and we got him a lot of educative apps. That made both mommy and son happy.
To reduce the stress to my poor stomach, I made a really quick stir fry with chicken, veggies and tossed in soy sauce and sriracha for dinner last night. Since my husband needs his carb, I mixed in some rice, scrambled eggs and turned it into a fried rice.
Today’s post is for those who want to take a break from non-stop high calories holiday eating. I am on a three day eating break (Wed, Thur and Fri), just to recuperate my stomach for all the parties I am going to attend from Friday night. I am on South beach diet phase 1 for the last few days. I didn’t lose any but I am so glad that I didn’t gain so much for all the non-stop mincing, chewing and grinding I did. I know my tummy will thank me for the effort and determination I am throwing in because it is the one which has suffered so much to digest the junk I threw in.
SIMPLE CHINESE STIR FRY WITH CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES
Makes: 2 cups
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon dry red chilly flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
- 10 shallots, finely chopped
- 1 zucchini, cubed
- 1/2 cup mushroom of any choice
- 1 red bell pepper, quartered
- 1 green bell pepper, quartered
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce ( more or less as per your taste)
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha ( more or less as per your heat tolerance)
- 1/2 cup skinless, boneless chicken breast – cubed
- 1/2 cup baby spinach + more if you want
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a wok. Once hot, add the chilly flakes, garlic and ginger. Saute for couple of minutes. Throw in the onions and let it char a bit. Cook on medium high but make sure you don’t burn the food.
- Add in the zucchini, mushrooms,bell peppers, soy sauce and sriracha. Stir and toss well.
- Mix in the chicken and let it cook for 20 minutes on medium low flame. Add salt and pepper to taste. Check for seasonings. Add more if needed.
- Sprinkle the spinach, stir and switch off the flame. Serve hot with a cold cabbage slaw.
- For carb cravers, mix in cooked quinoa or basmati or jasmine or plain white or brown rice. You can add scrambled eggs, cooked shrimp and some more soy sauce and sriracha for taste. Serve hot.