What do you do when you fancy noodles, but are watching the carbs or on a Slimming World SP day? Make this Chicken Zoodle Stir Fry of course.
So this week I decided to take on a full SP week. Truth be told, there have been far too many meals off plan over the last couple of months. I always find this time of year really hard, as it's when we have family visits from the UK. So it's my weakest time of year and I must say I started feeling really bleurgh from all the meals out and foods that were not on plan.
There was only one thing to do to get me back on track and feeling healthy again and that was a Slimming World SP week, where I eat nothing but good fresh home cooked meals and limiting sugar and sweeteners and focus on good proteins, vegetables and fruits.
If you often feel like doing a SP week, but are not sure where to begin in planning your meals, then I have some Slimming World SP meal plans on the blog that are all worked out for you. Making it so much easier to stick to, as all you have to do is cook and enjoy the food.
It probably wasn't the best day to choose to start a SP week to be honest, as it was a super hectic day, but some of my best meals come from just looking in my fridge and pantry and picking a protein and vegetable and combining them into a meal.
Healthy Food doesn't need to be boring, you really can create delicious meals with just some basic ingredients.
Now some of you might be reading this and wondering what on earth are zoodles. Living in Canada on this side of the Atlantic, I've taken on all the names we use here, so zoodles is of course a combination of the word zucchini and noodles. But if you live on the other side of the Atlantic and call this yummy versatile vegetable a courgette - then of course you combine the word with spaghetti and it becomes courgetti.
To make either zoodles or courgette you do need a special kitchen gadget, but it doesn't need to be an expensive one. You can use either a Julienne Peeler or a handheld Spiralizer or if you want a really fancy one that will spiral literally all shaped vegetables then there are some amazing counter tops ones like this Mueller Spiralizer with 4-blades.
I actually have all 3, but thats only because I started out with the basic and have upgraded each time, until I got my counter top one which I love, it's perfect for increasing vegetables and making them interesting, especially for fussy kids.
So with some chicken for protein and zucchini (courgette) to turn into noodles with my vegetable spiralizer and literally minutes to get a quick lunch together before I needed to go out, I decided on a quick Chicken Zoodle Stir Fry. Nice and simple, but really delicious.
- 2 small chicken thighs (boneless and skinless) - approx 4oz/115g
- 100g of asian pear (or regular pear), thinly sliced
- 1 zucchini (courgette), spiralized
- ½ red onion, sliced
- 1 spring onion, sliced
- 1 clove of garlic
- ½ tsp of fresh grated ginger
- 1 tbs Soy sauce (or Tamari or Coconut Aminos)
- pinch of Chinese Five Spice
- small pinch of sesame seeds
- salt and black pepper
- Spray oil
- Add the spiralized zucchini to a sieve, season with a little salt and leave over a bowl for about 10 minutes.
- Spray a frying pan or wok over a medium high heat with some spray oil
- Add the onion and fry till softened.
- Add the garlic, ginger, chicken and Chinese Five Spice and fry till lightly golden.
- Add the zucchini (courgette), asian pear and a tbs of soy sauce and stir fry for about 2 minutes.
- Season with a little black pepper
- Sprinkle with chopped spring onion and a teeny pinch of sesame seeds.
I don't syn the sesame seeds as it is literally a teeny pinch and so the syns are negligible.
I also don't bother synning the asian pear in this dish. Ideally fruit that is cooked, pureed or blended should be synned, but in this dish the pear is literally pan fried for no longer than 2 minutes and still has quite a bite to it, so for that reason I have kept it syn free.
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Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 219Total Fat 4.3gSaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 85mgSodium 1160mgCarbohydrates 25.2gFiber 8.1gSugar 10.5gProtein 24.5g