Stir up your resolutions for the Chinese New Year

Barbara Wilson

It’s not everyday we get a second chance to kick-start those New Year resolutions so, with the Chinese New Year this week, why not take this opportunity to get back on track with your health and fitness programme?

Traditional Chinese cookery is generally a very healthy option with many stir-fried dishes using plenty of fresh vegetables and lower fat white meats such as pork and chicken. Here are a couple of recipe ideas to get you started

Mushroom Stir-fry

Heat 2 tsp (10ml) oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wok and cook a sliced red pepper until softened. Add an inch (2cm) of grated ginger, 6 spring onions, sliced, 8oz (200g) of assorted mushrooms such as shitake and oyster mushrooms, 4 oz (100g) bean sprouts and 12 oz (300g) noodles that have been cooked following package directions. Cook over a medium-high heat for around 5 minutes. Add 1 tbs (15ml) each of soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional Information: 2 eDiets units or 145 calories 5g of fat and 22g carbs.

Pork with Soy and Pineapple Sauce

Mix together 4 tbs (60ml) each of soy sauce and honey, an inch (2cm) of grated ginger and the juice from a 400g can of pineapple chunks in juice and use this to marinade 1lb (450g) of very lean pork, sliced, for 20-30 minutes. Meantime, crush half of the pineapple using a food processor or by hand. Heat 2 tsp oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wok and cook the drained strips of pork for around 5 minutes. Add the pineapple, a yellow and a red pepper, sliced, the florets from a medium-sized head of broccoli and 6 spring onions, sliced. Stir-fry for a further 5 minutes. Pour in the honey and soy marinade, bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes. If preferred, mix a tbs (15ml) of cornflour in a little water and stir in to thicken the sauce. Serve with boiled rice.

Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional Information: 4 eDiets units or 355 calories 12g of fat and 35g carbs.

Oriental Rice Salad

Heat 2 tsp oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry a small chopped onion until softened. Measure out 8 oz (200g) of rice and then measure the volume of this amount in a cup or measuring jug. Add the rice to the onion and then add twice the volume of water to rice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Add the juice of ½ a lemon, 3 tbs of juice from a small tin of lychees in juice and 1 tbs (15ml) soy sauce. Mix gently. Add half a red and half a yellow pepper, sliced, ¼ of a white cabbage, finely shredded and the lychees, chopped if preferred. Chill well and serve.

Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional Information: 3 eDiets units or 263 calories 4.5g of fat and 53g carbs.

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