Let’s talk about NYC’s delivery food scene for a sec. It is simultaneously one of the best and worst things to exist. Anything you could POSSIBLY want to eat: anytime, all week, day or night. From a green smoothie to a sirloin steak and everything in between, the options are endless. This is great when you’re short on time, stuck with an empty fridge, or just don’t feel like cooking. Not so great for what I think we can all agree are obvious reasons. Contrary to what I may believe after a few beers, Thai food is not essential at 1 a.m. Also, here’s a not-so-fun experiment: try searching “Seamless” in your bank statement (or an app like Mint or Learnvest if you use one). Add up the total, and cry.
It’s no crime to order out, especially if it’s a nice ritual or something you look forward to, and we are all guilty of going overboard from time to time. The bad news, is that takeout meals are some of the worst offenders out there in terms of nutritional content. Loads of salt, sugar, grease and unrecognizable ingredients are dumped into these dishes, and the resulting feeling? Not good.
So what’s a hungry gal to do? Step away from the Seamless app, and recreate a favorite dish. This recipe for sesame chicken & broccoli happens to be one of mine, and I have to tell you, the homemade version is ten times more delicious. Not only is it more nutritious, but it’s quick, simple and costs about half of what you’d spend on delivery (lasts longer, too!).
Sesame Chicken & Broccoli
4 chicken breasts
3 cloves of garlic
3-4 large heads of broccoli (cut off the stems)
2 cups of brown rice
1 cup honey
1 cup tamari or low sodium soy sauce
4 tablespoons tomato paste/puree
2 tablespoons oil (sesame is great here, but you could use olive or coconut)
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, plus 1/2 teaspoon more for topping
Cook the brown rice as you normally would. I’ve been using my handy-dandy risotto maker, which cuts the time in half, but do whatever works for you. While that’s happening, cook the chicken in a large pan using a tablespoon of oil. Once cooked, remove from heat and slice into smaller pieces. Chop the broccoli florets into bite size pieces, as well as the onion and garlic and sauté until browned.
Meanwhile make the sauce by mixing the honey, tamari/soy sauce and tomato paste. Add the chicken back into the pan with the vegetables, then add the sauce and the sesame seeds to the pan and stir everything together. When the rice is done, add the chicken/vegetables/sauce mixture to the rice, and stir thoroughly.
Top with additional sesame seeds, and serve warm. Sayonara, Seamless!
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