What is it about the holidays that makes you crave Chinese food? Is that just me?
I think it’s because American comfort food abounds during this season- turkey, ham, green beans, potatoes… you name it. Plus TONS of sweets. Between needing a break from this heavy (but delicious!) fare, and being generally very very busy, Chinese take-out is pretty darn tempting during the month of December.
But you know me- why order take-out when you can make the same thing MUCH healthier, cheaper, and in less than the time it would take you to order and get something delivered?
Behold: Homemade Skinny Orange Sesame Chicken! Made in only 20 MINUTES, with 100% real food!
This does not mean I’m not getting into the Christmas Spirit. Why, just today Zach hung Christmas lights outside of the house, while I basked in the 70 degree weather in shorts and a tee-shirt and read my book.
The Texas Christmas season is most definitely different than the New England Christmas Season :-)
Oscar, too, is fully embracing the Spirit of Christmas by claiming the Christmas lights as his own. Whenever we turned them on, he immediately pranced on over and plopped himself right on top of them! How adorable is he?!
Back to the Orange Sesame Chicken. Usually, this dish is served deep fried from typical restaurants. This version is lightened up and made more “real” in a few ways. First, the chicken is sauteed rather than deep fried. Second, the sauce doesn’t contain any refined sugar- just honey and fresh orange juice for sweetness. Also, no MSG! Finally, serving this on a bed of brown rice is far healthier than the refined white stuff you’d get with take-out….