Homemade Stirfry Sauce

I had every intention of making a green monster smoothie yesterday morning, but even though I had an hour and a half before having to leave for work, suddenly I looked up at the clock and realized it was time to go!

Only one solution then.  Throw shit in a bag for breakfast.  I threw in my homemade bread, a stalk of broccoli, egg whites, ham, cheese, and an apple and a banana.  Thus a broccoli egg white cheezy open face breakfast bread was born.

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Yesterday was National Running Day, and even though I usually just swim or walk because of Insanity at night, I decided to run a 5k at lunch.  My thought process was that if my legs were sore, I felt tired, I could always stop.  But guess what?  I felt great! Almost broke 34 minutes – woot!

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Of course, I ran while watching The Chew make homemade smores with a peanut butter marshmallow fluff, and then watch Anthony Bordain’s show with Eric Ripert eat the most amazing French food – made the time go by fast though!

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Just to show you how hard I was working at my running – my blood sugar was 253 before working out – after?  79!!  The lingering piece of risotto on my cutting board showcases my artistry in my photography – ha!

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Okay, this is what happens when you try to do to much in the morning before work, i.e, make lemon poppy seed pancakes, cook chicken for panini, do a load of laundry, download pictures, blog, get ready for work!  Thanks to Carrie, I realized I never posted my stir fry sauce or lunch – ha!  I’ll update it tonight after work.

Evening!  Yep, here is the recipe and my lunch picture.

Homemade Stirfry Sauce

  • 2 servings: 119 calories, 5.2 fat, 1646 sodium (yikes – even with low sodium soy!), 16 carbs, .6 fiber and 3.4 protein

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

I just marinated 8 ounces of chicken breast with this mixture about 30 minutes before cooking.  Add whatever veggies you want – I used bean sprouts, broccoli slaw, zucchini and carrots, and served mine over 1/2 cup of cooked rice.

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My MIL taught me how to make risotto (thanks Bonnie!) and ever since she replaced apple with onions when she made the dish for me, I’ve had apple in each risotto I’ve made – it’s a nice sweet balance to the salty Parmesan.  I used my spring time risotto recipe as the base, and then added 1/2 a pound of bay scallops for the 4 servings.

Here’s a tip if you don’t already use soup base.  This jar cost me $3.99, but it makes 91 cups of chicken broth – just mix 1 teaspoon mix to 1 cup hot water for your chicken broth.  This equates to .04 cents a cup of broth, vs. .49 cents per cup when you buy the carton of broth.

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I was going to buy regular scallops – but they were not on sale, and at $15 a pound, no thanks.  I actually preferred the bay scallops in this dish!

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I will warm you that this is about a 40 minute dish to make, but it’s so worth it!  Believe it or not, this dish is 383 calories!  FYI, 3 ounces of scallops is only 35 calories.

So last night was Day 3 of Insanity.  Day 3 was called Cardio Recovery, so I wasn’t sure what was in store, but my blog friend Kim said that it was one of her favorite workouts of the whole month.

It started out slow, and I was like – sweet, this is going to be great!  Um, no. It was 40 minutes of core strength!  Think holding a pliet (sp?) squat for 2 minutes, then pulse up and down for another minute on top of that.  My legs were shaking!  But I am happy to report that I did complete 95% of Day 3!

I posted this on Instagram – this was me, holding the table top pose and not falling over!  And you get the added bonus of a cleavage shot!  You’re welcome. Open-mouthed smile

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I have to tell you though, these last three days I’ve been really hungry at night.  The last couple nights I’ve had some almonds, but that wasn’t enough, so I had a Chobani vanilla yogurt and that helped.

Know what else?  I’ve had no wine (or alcohol for that matter) since Sunday! #winning!  I do plan to have a glass of wine Friday night though. Open-mouthed smile Martini glass  My first WI for the DietBet I am doing is on Saturday.  We’ll see!

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 1607 caloires, 48 cat, 198 carbs, 16 fiber and 88 protein
  • 50% of calories from carbs, 27% from fat and 23% from protein
  • 5k (35:10) at lunch
  • 40 minute Day 3 of Insanity – Cardio Recovery

I have lemon poppy seed pancakes going with Habitall, so I’ll post that recipe tomorrow if it turns out.  I have grilled chicken, goat cheese and roasted red pepper panini’s on the menu for lunch, and company salisbury steak for dinner.

What’s on your menu today?  Make it a great day!

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40 thoughts on “Homemade Stirfry Sauce

  1. I’m so proud of you, you’re doing great with Insanity! Awesome run too!
    I have no idea what’s on my menu today, except I know that I want some breakfast tacos here in a few. Yum!

  2. You are doing great! I wish I had your will power!

  3. List today!
    1) Homemade Stir Fry Sauce?
    2) I use Wildtree Bouillon Base and it works wonders like your soup base! I don’t waste a carton of broth if I don’t use it up! And I always have it on hand. Love it!
    3) You are rocking with your workourts! I love how you spontaneously did a 5k just because it was National Running Day because YOU CAN. And rock on with that time, girl! Glad it felt great.
    4) Our menu tonight is going to contain something with Morel mushrooms. A friend gave us two from his garden. Got any good recipes for that? I’m still looking for one! 😉

    Cheers!

  4. Way to go with your workouts! I’m guessing you’re more hungry than usual at the end of the day due to the increase in your activity. I know that if I ramp up my workouts for a couple of days in a row, I can feel my appetite increase. Not necessarily a bad thing–I tell myself that my muscles are growing and they need fuel. 🙂

    I have some friends the LOVE risotto, so I’ll have to pass along the apple idea. I bet they’d like the twist from the usual dish.

  5. That risotto looks just beautiful! I swear if I just threw sh in a bag…it would never come out looking as yummy as yours does 🙂 You are ROCKING the workout. I’m excited for your WI!!! Whoop whoop! I’ve been doing a lot of cooking this week…I’m ready for a break! Luckily, we’re going out to a special dinner on Friday

  6. You’re doing awesome, Biz!! So proud of you! On my dinner menu tonight is eggplant parm. I LOVE the stuff!

    • A.M., do you soak or salt your eggplant? I haven’t tried it in years, you would think I would like it because I like zucchini, but it has a bitter taste to me.

  7. Great job!!! You are doing so great with your workouts!
    I am glad i am not the only one who loves watching food shows while working out. 🙂

  8. Wow – great job!!! No alcohol since Sunday? I’m impressed!!! That’s not possibly for me this week with a teething baby over here 🙂 Have a great day and keep up the awesome work!

  9. You crack me up with your cleavage shots!! 😉 Great job on the workouts. You put me to shame!

  10. Your blood sugars blow me away how it bounces around so much. Do blood sugars ever stay the same number or does it depend on what you are doing or eating?

    Watched Bachalorette last night (recorded) one guy said he was type 2 diabetic, at 16 his mother took him to the hospital, his blood sugars were over 800, he said a good number is between 80 and 150. I tend to stay in the 140’s (my average for 30 days is 150)and when I get in the 180-190’s or so I get very nervous. I guess I am labeled pre-diabetic. I am hoping that just eating better and watching what you do will help me control this diabetes.

    Anyways, your food looks great. I had a hot dog and broc last night….your kielbasa, broc and coleslaw looked so good yesterday, I wanted to duplicate as close as I could with the things I had in the house…..today I got some cabbage….coleslaw coming up.

    Tonight it’s porkchops, coleslaw and broc or beans. good job on your Insanity workouts!!

    • Yep, Louise – so many variables with my blood sugars. When/what I eat. What time I eat. If I had a normal blood sugar of 100 when I woke up and worked out, my blood sugar would jump to the 300’s, but if I worked out at lunch or after dinner, it drops 100-175 points depending on how hard I work out.

      Believe me, it’s taken me years to figure this out, and even then sometimes I am off. Like today after my workout? It dropped to 50 and I had to eat a protein bar on my way back to the office!

      Your pork chops sound good – haven’t had any since Tony isn’t a fan of pork much anymore. 😀

  11. Weighting For 50

    You are so kicking Insanity’s butt!! Go Vat Go!! OMG, your breakfast and dinner look freakin’ amazing. I’m not a big fan of Anthony Bourdain, but I REALLY like this new show of his. He goes to such interesting places and seems to meet amazing people. Makes me want to get on a plane and just “go”! Have a great day!

  12. I’m so inspired by you this week! Great job! I would definitely take a look at your calories. Physical hunger can usually be the body saying it needs more…especially with the amount of calorie burn you’ve been doing. Don’t deprive yourself or those needed calories!

  13. I tried making risotto once and it ended up like glue! Ick – yours turned out great B!

    • I don’t even stir it constantly, just add 1/2 a cup of broth at a time, walk away, come back and stir every few minutes. #loveit!

  14. That risotto looks awesome! I tried making risotto last week and it did not go so well, I’ll have to try again soon. 🙂

    Also – just wanted to let you know that I used your no-rise pizza crust this past week and it turned out amazing! So easy – love it! Thanks! 🙂

  15. All of your food always looks incredible!!
    You’re funny talking about Insanity and thanks for the shout-out!! Dang 95% is awesome!!!! (especially during week 1 – by week 2 or 3 you will be completing 100% of all the workouts!!!)

  16. You are rockin’ it! And you should be hungry. you are burnin’ lot of calories. Way to go!

  17. I’m so uninspired in the kitchen lately. I really envy your talent for always coming up with great meals. Tonight on the menu is noodles with butter for my picky child. Leftover rice with chicken stew for my husband. And for me??? None of the above. I’ll probably have a spinach salad.

    You are Insane! Go girl!! Two workouts in one day is awesome. How nice of you to honor National Running Day.

  18. I’m glad you’re enjoying Insanity! I always hated Cardio recovery because of those plie squats and pulses and stuff! Hurts like H*ll! Haha! I’m always ravenous after those workouts so I don’t blame you for being hungry at night! They’re intense!

  19. You are by far the most creative cook I know. You are like a short order cook all day long. You really are Bizzy! I have never made risotto but I have read that it can be made in a short amount of time in a pressure cooker. Do you have a pressure cooker? I am thinking of buying one.

    • Ha, thanks Tami. Nope, no pressure cooker. And I don’t constantly stir my risotto – I’ll leave it a good 3-4 minutes in between stirs. Creamy every time. 😀 I am pissed though, I left the leftovers on the stove and forgot to put them away. Dammit!

  20. Hi Biz! It’s so awesome to read your blog again! I’m back! I still fantasize about you being my personal chef…

  21. Great job so far on Insanity. You are killing it! Might have to look into it for the future…

    Risotto is one of those things that I love, but am terrified to make for fear of ruining the entire dish (and thus my opinion of it). I refuse to cook pork belly, crepes, and tamales, to name a few!

  22. You’re doing so good with insanity go you

  23. Insanity was one of the workouts I was considering before I got pregnant b/c I gained so much stress weight last year…I think I might do it after baby cuz I’m going to need to lose some major pounds! Sounds…INSANE. Not sure I can handle that-lol. Your risotto looks out of this world!

  24. […] When I got to work I realized I completely skipped over my recipe and lunch!  So if you are interested – I’ve written out the recipe and you can check it out here. […]

  25. I need to check out that soup base, cooking for one means lots of stock in my fridge that I don’t always get to. The risotto looks freaking awesome!

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