Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Chinese Fakeaway

I love chinese food. I mean I love all food, but 90% of the time it's my go-to choice for a takeaway. Since I started Slimming World in May, we've had way more 'fakeaway' nights than takeaways and it hardly bothers me. Most of the time, we just have chicken fried rice and mayflower curry sauce (which is really low in syns) but we add salt and pepper chips (free) and crispy duck pancakes (definitely not slimming world friendly) if we fancy a treat. So here's what goes into our chinese fakeaway nights...

Duck with pancakes

- Gressingham Crispy Aromatic Half Duck
- Cucumber
- Spring Onions
- Extra Hoisin Sauce (if there's more than 2 people)

I would like to try roasting a whole duck to do pancakes one day (if there was enough people coming round to justify it!) but the Gressingham kit, which we buy from Tesco/Asda, is so tasty there's no need. There's not much to the pancakes really, you roast the duck for 30 minutes until it's crispy and then pull it all apart after it's rested for a few minutes. There's two packets of pancakes in a pack which you heat up in the microwave. And then just cut some thin cucumber and spring onion strips to go with them. It comes with a packet of hoisin sauce but you might want some extra if there's more than two people.

Chicken fried rice (Serves 2)

- Sesame oil (or frylight if on SW)
- 3 eggs
- Half a brown onion
- Half a bunch of spring onions
- 50g frozen peas
- 1/2 tsp lazy garlic
- Salt and pepper
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1/4 tsp Chinese five spice
- 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
- Packet of basmati rice

This is fast becoming a favourite with me and Aled for tea, the chances are that we have it at least once a week! Fried rice is super easy to make and most of the time, I have most of the ingredients in the house too. I start by whisking 3 eggs and then frying them in some sesame oil (or frylight), breaking it up constantly with a wooden spoon. Once it's cooked, remove it from the pan and put it in a bowl until later.

Then I fry half a finely chopped onion and half a bunch of sliced spring onions with 50g frozen peas, 1/2 tsp lazy garlic and plenty of salt and pepper in some sesame oil (or frylight) for about 5 minutes until soft. Then add two chicken breast, cut into thin strips and 1/4 tsp five spice. Once the chicken is cooked through, add the rice (I prefer to use microwave rice because I'm rubbish at cooking rice!), soy sauce and cooked egg from earlier. Mix it all together and it's done!

Salt and pepper chips

- Frozen oven chips (or SW chips)
- Sesame oil (or frylight if on SW)
- Half a red pepper
- Half a green pepper
- Half a brown onion
- 1/4 tsp lazy chilli
- 1/2 tsp lazy garlic
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp Chinese five spice

I don't think I'm capable of having a chinese without salt and pepper chips anymore! I love them, and we only had them for the first time less than two years ago. Homemade ones are reaallly easy to make too. Cook some oven chips, either frozen ones or Slimming World ones and while they're cooking get cracking on the rest.... 

Sauté half a red pepper, green pepper and brown onion (all sliced) with 1/4tsp lazy chilli and 1/2 tsp lazy garlic in sesame oil (or frylight) until soft. Then add the chips (once cooked) with 1tbsp soy sauce and chinese five spice. Mix together and cook for a couple of minutes. Done!


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